Oct. 10th, 2010

wilderthan: ((Akihiko) Oh yeah?)
04:16: I took a picture, so I might as well include it and make a new post. Do I look tired yet?

I felt tired, when I took that photo. Since I started Singing the Dogstar Blues (Alison Goodman), I've perked up a bit, though. I think because it's a change of pace, and also maybe my body has figured out that hey, we're not planning on sleep tonight.

It helps that I did the sun salutations and washed my face, too. I sense that happening again a few times.

For this hour's mini-challenge, a haiku:

In three hours the sun
will rise; wakeful I'll meet it,
a book in my hand.

05:13: It doesn't feel like an hour since I last updated! I'm doing okay now. I'm pretty awake, and yoga is keeping the aches and pains away. Need to sneak down to grab another coke: pretty sure my housemate who sleeps just off the kitchen will kill me if I wake her up, but it's a risk I've gotta take.

Still reading Singing the Dogstar Blues, but now alternating between that and The Mabinogion. Definitely quite slow now, but hoping to finish both those and maybe another book before the end. Wish me luck?

06:06: Just less than halfway through Singing the Dogstar Blues, now, and I've read three of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi. Funny realisation moment when I figured out where Sarah Zettel got a subplot from for Camelot's Honor.

Not sleepy at all right now. Sunrise in an hour.

07:13: Sunrise in fourteen minutes! Finished reading The Four Branches of the Mabinogi, gonna crack on with Singing the Dogstar Blues now. Both are pretty compelling.

08:19: Snaffled a cereal bar for fuel. Hate the flavour, needed something to eat. Craving scrambled eggs on toast. As soon as everyone's up, that's what I'm making.

Finished Singing the Dogstar Blues. Review here.

09:11: Working on The Mabinogion at the moment. I'm onto 'The Lady of the Fountain'. After this, it'll be The Earth Hums in B Flat (Mari Strachan), and if I finish that before the end, then perhaps The Leper of Saint Giles (Ellis Peters).

09:48: Finished reading The Mabinogion, review here. Time for scrambled eggs, o yes, my precious, scrambled eggses for us.

10:09: Scrambled eggs have been eaten. Now for The Earth Hums in B Flat.

11:32: So close to the end of all this! I'm about a third of the way through this book.

For the sidekick mini-challenge, hmm... I'm rather fond of Sayers' Mervyn Bunter, manservant to Lord Peter Wimsey.

12:38: Two thirds of the way through The Earth Hums in B Flat. I shan't finish it within the twenty-four hours, but I'll keep going until I have finished it.

Finishing questions taken from someone or other, since they're not on the post...

1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Somewhere between 23:00 and 04:00, I guess. Around my usual bedtime.
2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Hmmm, well, tastes vary so much, don't they? From my actual reading list from this year, I think Singing the Dogstar Blues (Alison Goodman) kept my attention best. Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence would go down well, too.
3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? With all the links everywhere, at times I felt a bit overwhelmed, and people using varying rules and varying technology didn't help. I spent half an hour at one point trying to leave a comment somewhere.
4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Prizes, I think. A lot of the people I was talking to got something.
5. How many books did you read? Counting the Morte Arthure and Le Morte Arthur separately, 7.66.
6. What were the names of the books you read? Hmm, let me think. Richard III (Shakespeare); The History of the Britons (Nennius); the alliterative Morte Arthure (trans. Brian Stone); the stanzaic Le Morte Arthur (trans. Brian Stone); We (Yevgeny Zamyatin); Singing the Dogstar Blues (Alison Goodman); The Mabinogion (trans. Jones & Jones); The Earth Hums in B Flat (Mari Strachan).
7. Which book did you enjoy most? Hard to say, I liked them all.
8. Which did you enjoy least? Hm, Richard III or We.
9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/a.
10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Quite likely, as a reader.
wilderthan: ((Dr Horrible) Status quo)
I managed to stay up all twenty-four hours of the read-a-thon, and spent most of it reading, apart from when I was providing food or answering mini-challenges. I'm now really tired, but it was a lot of fun. Here's what I managed to read. The links go to the goodreads review pages.

1) Shakespeare's Richard III. I needed to read this for a class on Monday. It took me something like three hours and felt like it'd never be over, but I managed it.

2) Nennius' The History of the Britons. A short text, but not precisely easy reading. Contains one of the earliest references to King Arthur.

3) The alliterative Morte Arthure. An Arthurian text I've barely heard of: might be useful for my course.

4) The stanzaic Le Morte Arthur. Need I say more?

5) Yevgeny Zamyatin's We. One of the earliest dystopias, and massively influential.

6) Alison Goodman's Singing the Dogstar Blues. I needed a change of pace at the time, and this provided it wonderfully.

7) The Mabinogion. It's obvious why I read this, right? Arthurian references, and it's Welsh!

8) Mari Strachan's The Earth Hums in B Flat. Only managed two thirds of this, but finished up the last third this afternoon. Mari Strachan's also Welsh.

I think in future I'll do this again, and maybe monthly twelve hour readathons, to try and attack the to read as comprehensively as I did today.

Oh, god, guys, but I'm exhausted.
wilderthan: ((Delirium) Fish)
Huge apologies if everything just appeared on your LJ flists at once. DW wasn't crossposting for some reason. Returning to normal activity now, fear not!

The Death of King Arthur (alliterative and stanzaic poems), trans. Brian Stone )

We, by Yevgeny Zamyatin )

Firebirds Rising, ed. Sharyn November )

Singing the Dogstar Blues, by Alison Goodman )

The Earth Hums in B Flat, by Mari Strachan )


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