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The Girl With Glass Feet

Ida Maclaird and Midas Crook meet by chance one day in a park. Ida has returned to St. Hauda’s Land to try and find a cure for the strange problem that is affecting her feet: they have turned to glass. Midas is unaware of this; he is fascinated by Ida’s weird monochromatic beauty, and wants to photograph her. As the story progresses, so does Ida and Midas’ relationship. It is a race against time, as the glass creeps steadily up Ida’s body, but also a race against their individual issues and inhibitions.

There are a host of secondary characters who all have important roles to play, and who all bring their own baggage to the table. No one in this fable in undamaged. And that somehow makes the story more realistic, despite the magical elements–after all, no one in the real world is undamaged; some people are just better at dealing with it or hiding it than others are.

I fell in love with the book as I read it, even though the ending broke my heart (but in a good way). It’s magical realism filtered through British reserve, by way of a fairy tale. It’s spare, it’s grey, it’s beautiful, I love it. The perfect book to devour in the lingering Minnesota winter.

NY Times review

Ali Shaw’s site

Source: borrowed from the library, but I’ll be buying it

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Soliloquy

Makes me smile, every time I watch it. 🙂

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PSA

My blog formatting seems to be borked. I’ve tried to fix it to the best of my (limited) abilities, even going so far as to scrap my lovely outsider template and return to a boring Blogger template. That fixed some of the issues, but alas, not all.

I’m not really sure what to do next, so if anyone has any brilliant ideas, I’m all ears. 😦

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"Love Aaj Kal"

Jai and Meera are a modern couple in London. They’ve been together for a year or so when they decide to break up for practical, modern reasons: Meera is going to India for an indeterminate amount of time to work on a restoration project at the Red Fort, and Jai is hoping to move to San Francisco to work on the Golden Gate Bridge. And since they both know that long distance relationships never work out, they decide to end things on a high note–they even go so far as to have a Break Up Party!

But of course life is never that simple. Jai and Meera still talk and chat and e-mail each other all the time, and even though they’ve both moved on to other relationships, somehow they haven’t really moved on.

Running parallel to Jai and Meera’s story is that of Veer and Harleen. Veer meets Jai in modern day London, and tells him his love story in an effort to convince him not to let Meera go. Forty years ago, things were very different. Veer fell in love with Harleen without ever once having spoken to her, and swore to make her his bride. Despite Harleen being engaged to another man, Veer persevered. Can Jai take Veer’s lesson to heart before it’s too late?

I had gotten a hold of the soundtrack before I saw the movie, and based on how much I liked the music, and what I had heard about the movie, I decided to buy it. (I had wanted to see it when it was playing here, but couldn’t get organized fast enough to make it.) This can be risky, but luckily I enjoyed the film. It wasn’t the best movie ever made, and I was sad about how my favorite song looked onscreen, but the fabulous flashbacks to Veer and Harleen’s story made it all worthwhile.

Official site

Source: personal copy

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No, the *other* dark side. Yes, I mock the Twilight-themed excess, but the underlying legal shenanigans that allow it to happen with no repercussions are pretty appalling.

Sucking the Quileute Dry

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Ramen

Mr Lush and I ate delicious ramen when we were in Japan–how could we not? (Yes, I ate sushi too, and it was delectable.) I wish we had had time to explore more ramen shops, and I wish we had not chickened out from ordering from a machine and then taking our ticket inside to get our ramen because that would have been a super cool experience.

And now, after reading this article, I am craving ramen. It does not help that this time last year was when we were getting ready to go to Hawaii and then Japan, and this year we are going nowhere. Can I even get authentic Japanese ramen in Minnesota? Doubtful.

Sigh.

One Noodle at a Time in Tokyo

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Soulless

Alexia Tarabotti is something of a burden to her mother. Not only is she 25, unmarried, and unfortunately half Italian, she also has no soul. Even in liberal Victorian London, where werewolves and vampires have become integrated into polite society (more or less), and even play important roles in government, being soulless is something that is frowned on. But when newly born vampires are found across London with no discernible connection to any vampire hive, and Alexia is suspected of being involved, she must join forces with the large, loud, rude, messy, and, most unbearable of all, SCOTTISH werewolf Lord Maccon to clear her name. If only he weren’t so attractive as well!

There is a strong kinship to the early Peabody and Emerson books, to wit: parasols, buttons, spinsters, verbal sparring, and a rollicking good story. Unlike the Peabody and Emerson books, there are vampires, werewolves, ghosts, and a host of other supernatural beings; Egyptology is a bit thin on the ground. Much like my friend K, I giggled my way through this one, and am looking forward to the second in the series. Changeless is due out in March (or possibly April) 2010.

Gail Carriger’s site and blog

Source: borrowed from library, but I’ll be buying it

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