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Yes, Sorcery and Cecilia was one of those books that got raved about a lot on NarniaWeb, so I purchased a copy years ago. Finally got to reading it and was very, very disappointed. There is some good humor, and a couple of exciting scenes, but there's a "sameness" to much of the book. Basically it's trying to be a Georgette Heyer with magical elements. And I'd just rather read Heyer. Or Susanna Clarke for the magic, even though that's weightier.
Finishing up a novel? I'm so jealous! I've not gotten beyond a prologue for my latest. I have several short stories I'm trying to edit and get out right now ... but mostly I'm being plagued with poetry assignments recently. And there's a play that's been dancing in my head for a few weeks now—a nineteenth-century melodrama of sorts. Between my life and my imagination, I shall never have any peace.

Yes, I believe it was The Eyre Affair that was associated with you. I need to try L'Engle again—I read A Wrinkle in Time in my childhood (about the same time I was into Alexander, actually) but never bothered to continue with the series. She's a trifle too sci-fi for me, but I'm definitely going to give her another try.

We honestly should rework the Yves/Cymru/Giles story into a real novel someday! I think the Ditto Story includes some of my best writing ... and some of my worst.
Yes, Alexander has a wonderful sense of humor, and the Welsh mythos of the Prydain is perfect for you, of course. I can't believe you haven't read the series before.

So what else are you reading these days? We rarely "talk" anymore - it's always such a pleasure to see you around!
Ditto :)
So are the Prydain books your first Alexanders? I definitely need to reread more of him, and try some of the few that I haven't sampled yet. The Marvelous Misadventures of Sebastian was MY first, years ago, but a reread of it last year proved disappointing. I followed that up with a reread of The Iron Ring, which made for a much more satisfying experience and is probably my favorite of his standalone books. But his two fantasy series may well be his best.
The Westmark trilogy is another fantasy series by Alexander. It has a more mature feel than the Prydain books (well, perhaps excepting the last one). There's intrigue and politics and barricades that remind me of Les Mis. Westmark isn't Welsh, but it's top-notch stuff for your fantasy fix.

You are making me want to reread Prydain, you know!
w00t for Lloyd Alexander! And if you like Prydain, you should try Westmark... :)
Yay! Lovely to see you about. And I see you've added Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy to your collection (or at least the third book). I think you'll enjoy her narrative style. There is some nastiness, but then, you read Neil Gaiman. ;)
Hullo friend!
Hope you're doing well.
Andrea aka PA
I love older books. I've got a few older Anne books and LM Alcott books. Sadly, they're not cheap so I can only collect them slowly. ;-)
hey cymru! how are you doing?
It's probably my second favourite of his short story collections, especially The Man in the Black Suit, Everything's Eventual, The Road Virus Heads North (for pure scares) and Riding the Bullet. I didn't overly enjoy 1408 actually, but it's easily the most suitable for Hollywood out of all the stories I guess.
Thanks to wisewoman, I've just signed up! I'm about to leave work, but will no doubt spend my entire evening updating myself. As it were...
I absolutely loved Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Thanks again for sending those my way. I'm going to have to find the rest of the Hitchhiker books to add to my library.
I registered so I could read what y'all post.
Looks like I've found you too; now I'm busily adding books to my inventory and trying to ensure the right editions show up as well. ...
Hi Cymru! I've found you. I've been entering books tonight (see what you've started!). I think I could become addicted to this site. So thanks (I guess) for mentioning it on NWeb :). See you around!

wisewoman
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