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Crepes Suzette! Yum!

And oh, I'd not though about the decorative libraries! So many dead trees for so much stupidity... I'm reconsidering my third now, lol
Ani's Book Abyss 3 months ago
Ooh. I've never had Crepes Suzette, but I feel I need change this soon!

And hmm... 'The Scarlet Pimpernel'. I have this book, and now might be a good reason to read it.
BrokenTune 3 months ago
@TBTSYMD: I hadn't even thought of the waste of trees! :(

@Ani: I can only recommend the Crepes Suzette...and The Scarlet Pimpernel, even tho I switched books and went with one that I haven't read, yet.
You gave me an idea there, since I already had that one aside for bingo and my women writers
BrokenTune 3 months ago
The Scarlet Pimpernel?
Murder by Death 3 months ago
Wow, that art is both beautiful and (for me) soul rending. Conflicted, that's me.
BrokenTune 3 months ago
I know, but at least they weren't just turned into pulp.
Totally on board with all three of you book crimes ... and Crêpes Suzette would be somewhere near the top of my list, too. (Guess what I had for dessert on my first day in Corsica the week before last.)

Your review of "The Book Thief" was what clinched my decision not to read it -- I'd had a feeling evien from the blurbs that I wouldn't like it, and your response to the book removed every last bit of doubt.

And I love the Guy Fawkes fireworks image. Glad you enjoyed it -- even at the cost of being able to b*tch about it.
BrokenTune 3 months ago
I have not had Crepes Suzette in absolute ages. I really need to make some soon, or find a place that offers them.

I didn't know my review has such an impact. But in all seriousness, I just cannot recommend that book. I remember picking it up because my BFF liked it so much (and she's not a fan of sappy stories) - I phoned her at the half-way mark to complain. It ended up in a lot of laughing, but that really is the best I can say about that reading experience.

I'm still impressed how well the fireworks went last night. There was a slight hiccup at the start as nothing happened when the countdown finished, but they made up for it with the variety of rockets ... and dare I say it, they even tried to match the display to the various pieces of music. And it partially worked! That was a first, too.
I dunno, all the blurbs for "The Book Thief" just set off big alarm bells with me, for a wannabe-but-not-very-realistic setting (and at least in part, characters), and your review confirmed precisely that impression. The last kind of book I need to read about the 3d Reich is a book set in a faked-up version of the 3d Reich. I also can't shake the impression that it's emotionally manipulative. Again, not the sort of book I'm looking for when reading about that particular era.

I'm glad that phone call to your friend at least made up for the experience of the book itself for you ... ;)

Fireworks and music in (even partial) synch -- oh, I love it. That must have been a wonderful experience indeed. Just curious -- was this on the beach or downtown?
BrokenTune 3 months ago
The fireworks were at the beach, just about where the Ballroom is. The main crowd gathered on the field right between the Ballroom and the cafes (toward the harbour). The actual beach was closed off at that section as the fireworks are launched from the beach area.
We were on top of the little hill just next to the Ballroom as that is usually a good viewing spot.

Re Book Thief - The forced "authenticity" was one of the things that irked me. A lot. The emotional manipulation was another. It had manipulation drip off the pages. And, like you, I'm not keen on reading a faked-up version of the 3rd R. to start with. Yeah, ... that book. Ugh.
Phantastic setting for the fireworks -- plenty of space and good viewing spots!
BrokenTune 3 months ago
And some of the cafes on the other side had mulled cider! And there are lots of other events on the night, too, jugglers, firewalks, etc. It is a lot of fun.
Ooooh ... *and* mulled cider and street art. Sounds great!
Portable Mistletoe 3 months ago
People seem really polarized on The Book Thief - I haven't read it myself, but I'll read a scathing review and think, "nope not for me", then I'll see a glowing review and put it back on my TBR, then the next review I take it off... I think maybe I'll just put it on my Nope shelf and leave it there.

"2. Defacing, writing in, or otherwise damaging library books." I'm not one of those people who have a heart attack over broken spines, dogeared pages, smears of chocolate or cookie crumbs. To me those are signs of a well-loved book. But only on your own books! Definitely a crime to treat someone else's book - especially a public library! - carelessly.

"3. Buying books for decorative or bragging purposes only but not actually reading them." My two best friends love window shopping for houses - we go to these outrageously expensive new neighborhoods and walk through the model homes, etc. And it always makes me inexplicably angry to see books on the "office" shelves - usually with their covers removed so they look old and neutral to fit whatever decor has been chosen. I don't know why, because the gazillion copies of last year's top bestseller have to go *somewhere* when the reading craze for them has passed, and I should be glad they are getting some use instead of going into a landfill, but... IDK.
BrokenTune 3 months ago
Re The Book Thief - Or maybe you just read it and see for yourself. Not that I can recommend the book, but it would resolve your curiosity about it.

Library books - I should have extended that to any borrowed book. It just really irks me in library books because the librarians might not even notice and pull up the user to explain and make amends. So, the state of the book might just ruin the reading experience for the next borrower, and that is just not right. If it is my own books, I really have no problem with marks, scribbles, signs of wear, either.