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May 17th, 2015


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04:44 pm - The State of English Magic in the Subtropics, Post #7
So I see on Twitter that Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell has started in England. (Here it'll premiere June 13 on BBC America.) I'm halfway through my reread of the novel, and perhaps influenced by that, I'm now starting to see corvids even more than usual -- which is rather a lot.

This morning as Master Danger and I walked past the School Board Annex, a big brick building with a metal roof, a crow flew over our heads. Master Danger (card-carrying asshole and registered hater of corvids) leapt up barking, trying to catch the bird on the wing. It slowed, looking down at him, and then flew to join two other crows perched on the topmost crown of the roof. Black against silver, they beat their wings at each other and then turned as one to look at us.

I thought of the Raven King, and hurried the young master until we were out of sight.

And now, after a busy and hot day, I think I'll make a pitcher of lemon and ginger iced tea and read some more of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, but safely inside, in front of a cooling fan and away from faeries and their other forms.

May you have a good start of the week, free from any unwanted visitations!

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From:mobile_alh
Date:May 17th, 2015 10:28 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the reminder! I was contemplating a re-read and I had forgotten that the BBC version was coming up so soon.

Busy weekend dealing with garage emptying, the never-ending task, but at least we've had pleasantly cool weather for it! Garage second story plans approved (by us) and we're on to the next step of gettng the whole project moving forward.

Hugs and happy tea and reading!
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From:laurawise
Date:May 18th, 2015 04:13 pm (UTC)
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HURRAH for garage building, and hopes for an empty garage soonest. :)

Hugs hugs!
From:gwynnega
Date:May 17th, 2015 11:21 pm (UTC)
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Sounds like a rather Hitchcockian moment with the crows!

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:May 18th, 2015 04:14 pm (UTC)
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The birds are everywhere here. It's just this side of Bodega-Bay realness. ;)

Hugs!
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From:mamculuna
Date:May 18th, 2015 01:34 am (UTC)
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Yes, stay away from corvids--the young master has the right idea! Can't wait for the series, though.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 18th, 2015 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Hee, Master Danger likes to antagonize corvids! I have had to speak sharply to him about this several times. He has no sense of self-preservation.
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From:anne_d
Date:May 18th, 2015 02:17 am (UTC)
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We became interested in corvids thanks to Lemony Snicket and his messenger crows. But yes, once you start noticing, they're everywhere.

They're awesomely intelligent, too.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 18th, 2015 04:17 pm (UTC)
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Very very intelligent indeed. I recommend Mark Cocker's nonfiction book Crow Country (about England, but still cool). :)

Cheers and hugs to you!
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From:anne_d
Date:May 18th, 2015 04:40 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the recommendation! I'll ask Emily if she knows Crow Country. She'll probably say yes. She may even own a copy. There are also some good episodes of Nature on PBS about corvids, documenting their tool-making and puzzle-solving abilities, and their mischief.
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From:wildrider
Date:May 18th, 2015 02:51 am (UTC)
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I suspect I'll have to start my re-read, too.

But oh, even after it, I still see ravens as omens of good fortune - they've always been portents of good things those rare times when I see them, including appearing just before I won that writing contest.

But they may have a beef against Master Danger, at that. Good week!
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From:laurawise
Date:May 18th, 2015 04:18 pm (UTC)
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I love your icon! :)

All thinking creatures have a beef against Master Danger. He's just that obnoxious!

Hugs to you!
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From:wildrider
Date:May 19th, 2015 03:29 am (UTC)
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I snitched that from Gunnerkrigg Court, one of my favorites!

Hugs!

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From:paratti
Date:May 18th, 2015 06:32 am (UTC)
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This sounds wise.

It was good.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:May 18th, 2015 04:18 pm (UTC)
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I'm really excited for Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, so I'm glad the first ep was good! :)

And Master Danger continues to bark at crows. Bless his heart.

Hugs hugs!
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From:stateless82
Date:May 21st, 2015 03:37 am (UTC)
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I've been meaning to Jonathan Strange since it came out. I don't know why I haven't. I'll have to do something about that.
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From:laurawise
Date:May 21st, 2015 01:05 pm (UTC)
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It's v.v. long and, with footnotes, not a super-fast read -- but so much good stuff. :)


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