|Dvorak, Anne Rice and nothing much in particular...
||[Feb. 10th, 2004|06:21 am]
Miss Von Trapp
|||||Dvorak : Cello Concerto in B-Minor (2. Adagio ma non troppo)||]|
Called in on Spikey on the way to work at 5pm...will probably use the last week of February to film 'Journey Home', maybe move some of my stuff out of this flat too.
Dull night all in all...talked with Jui-ehh!! most of the night...nothing exciting.
Got let out at 5am, walked home...bitterly cold...checked my email and found one from Jean (one of my workmates)...unfortunately she has gotten ill in Australia and won't be back to work on time...I'll have to let the boss know tommorrow and find out what can be done.
Been trawling google for Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B Minor...
Oh what a beautiful piece of music!!! Played it to death quite literally on my old cassette copy for many many years so every phrase is entirely committed to memory, but must really get it on CD...
In the meantime I finally found a site with VERY GOOD midis of the entire concerto on...I'm listening to them now.
(right click where it says 'MIDI' on the page then 'save target as' to get the midis)
Well, spose I ought to go to bed...starting work at 6pm again tomorrow *sigh*
On a random note...
I'm going to piss off a few people reading this now, but, despite being a 'vamp-girl', I'm not really a big Anne Rice fan at all...
I've read most of her books...the last one I read was 'Merrick'...they're fine as far as 'entertaining romps' go...but her writing is far from brilliant...
'Interview With The Vampire' was a superb book...I really enjoyed that...but it was a good few years before 'The Vampire Lestat' came out, and I've a suspicion that it was only written in response to the popularity of 'Interview...'
I cannot bear Lestat...and I cannot bear her writing in 'The Queen of the Damned' either...the whole thing was a preposterous concept and far far removed from the fragility of Louis (whom I adored) and the humanity of 'Interview...'
She writes very good 'bodice ripper' sections of her stories...overly colourful perhaps...but what lets her down is the writing in the 'present day'. Plain Awful!!!
At the end of it all, after 'Interview...', I couldn't really separate a Vamp-based Mills and Boon (tacky romance 'novels' that are churned out en masse) from any of her later books.
*crawls back to her crypt to hide*
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I agree with you on the Anne Rice subject. I've found the majority of her work to be lacking in one way or another.
I read a book her son wrote called The Snow Garden. I wasn't too fond of it. The plot overall was a good one, but the writing style was too scattered for such a subject. Half way through the book I had the impression of someone grasping at straws. Frankly, I don't think it was worth the $6 I paid for it.
I'm with you on the Anne Rice thing!
I LOVED "Interview", a fantastic book, which I couldn't put down when I read it. THE vampire novel.
I read "Lestat", and thought it was OK.
I struggled with "Queen of the Damned", and gave up half way through.
I haven't bothered to read any of her other stuff, but I'll always love "Interview".
Might have a lot to do with my fancying Louis lolol!!
Sensitive, long dark hair, pale skin, tender emotional humanity complex...
Anne Rice, I've only read The Lasher, which was entertaining enough, but not so much I want to read everything else by her ever, although I'd have a crack at selected quality tomes of hers. Actually, that last paragraph was pretty pointless, but it's one of those days.
Dvorak, wasn't that the fishtank/computer thing from Blake's 7?
I've always thought Anne Rice was a bit of a hack writer...even 'Interview...' is terrible, in my opinion. But then, most modern vampire stories are pretty embarassing.
I'll stick with the 19th century!
Oh very true!! It's so hard to separate the wheat from the chaff these days!!
Can't beat old Bram...or Varney the Vampire, eh?
Anne Rice's books are terribly inconsistent, sometimes even with the same book. I'm glad I read Merrick and Blackwood Farm, but there were also times when I was downright struggling to get through it.
I'm also glad to see that I'm not alone in preferring Interview with the Vampire to the later Lestat POV chronicles.
My favorite Anne Rice novel is The Witching Hour, but the sequels were god-awful, in my opinion. Still, no matter how much I enjoyed it, I can't get into Anne Rice as a writer; I like some of her stories but her writing leaves me cold.
There are some contemporary vampire novels I like: Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite was enjoyable and I am Legend by Richard Matheson lives up to the hype. I have a John Skipp and Craig Spector book here called The Light at the End or something like that, but I've yet to read it. Oh, and 'Salem's Lot wasn't so bad either. Oh, and a short vampire story I like is the rather surprising (since he hardly uses conventional beasties) "The Lost Art of Twilight" by Thomas Ligotti.
I've read far far too many lol!!
What gets me atm is that everyone is fanatical about Laurell K. Hamilton, but her hugely popular books are nothing but crap rip-offs of the Sonja Blue series by Nancy A. Collins which begin with 'Sunglasses After Dark'...
A Thomas Ligotti story?? Ooh!! Do you perchance have a link??
I remember hearing about Sonja Blue, though I haven't read any.
I also am so with you on the Anne Rice thing. Lestat's just a pompous ass and reading all the drivel about him drove me ape. I only read about half of Queen of the Damned-- skipping all the drawn-out blather and only skimming the story. I also read Tale of the Body Thief which was the worst of all, really, and reading about his friend's pedophilia was even creepier.
I would have to say I loathe Poppy Z. Brite even more.