Jun. 12th, 2005

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I just finished reading The Anxiety of Everyday Objects by Aurelie Sheehan, and I loved it. It's about a secretary slash film-maker, and it might well be one of my New Inspirational Books, because it's about surviving the next real world. I think the books I loved in my youth were about surviving my first real world, middle/high school, and the next batch must be about surviving the world of work and relationships and money and being an almost-thirtysomething (although at nineteen I've got some years to go.)

But The Anxiety of Everyday Objects is more than that. The language is unique and graceful and constantly surprising. It's not hard to read at all -- since I no longer have free weeks open for reading War and Peace, ease of reading has become a concern. But this language was liquid and the images thoughtful but the book still flowed with a sort of dreamy grace.

The heroine, Winona, is not my favorite character ever, but she has certain charming quirks and a cat named Fruit Bat, whom she loves dearly and who seems very real. The romance sold me utterly -- easy enough to do, unless you're writing a show called Stargate -- but wasn't cloying. The dialogue felt out of synch with the beauty of the rest of the language -- which feels like life.

The point of view was juggled wonderfully -- mostly Winona's, but some surprising and just-right dips into other character's heads that were refreshing and not jarring. It felt at times quaint and old-fashioned, but was very contemporary, and very slyly funny.

I've read a couple of books lately that were good, but this was my favorite.

I found it at the library. The cover is beautiful like the inside.

[the first few paragraphs behind the cut]
all good secretaries )

I am using my Anne/Diana icon, in honor of another book I loved.
wisdomeagle: Original Cindy and Max from Dark Angel getting in each other's personal space (Default)
Title: "Car Trouble"
Fandom: Stargate: SG-1
Pairing: Jack/Sam
Rating: PG-13
Timeline/Spoilers: post-"Homecoming", pre "Lost City"
Notes: For [livejournal.com profile] qwirky in the [livejournal.com profile] sjficathon. Her requests (as always) at the end. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ladybeth and [livejournal.com profile] scrollgirl for being fantabulous betas. Apologies for posting this... 37 minutes early, but I need to get to bed and I'm impatient!
Words: 2312
Summary: Some things never change.

car trouble )

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