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books are a nice way to escape into fantasy land

23 Apr

london 12.14pm 21C sunny thursday 2020

these few days have been very warm, with sunny cloudless blue skies. and i have been able to enjoy it inside my flat, because the sun shines in.

even so, i have been out, once 4 days ago, to the supermarket tesco in brixton. that was quite a distance, needing a bus trip. but brixton is where i can buy fresh chillis.

then,this morning i went to the sainsburys near me, to get milkpowder. i now know to go about 10am, as there is no queues to get in. i have been indoors apart from those two trips out. 

with the lockdown on, there is nothing much happening here. i have spent the time reading ebooks which i can borrow online from the cloudlibrary, a service provided by my local library. its been very useful keeping me occupied with books to read. much more so, since the tv programs are not very good. at least for me so that the tv has not provided me with much entertainment.  simon seems to find a lot of detective programs to watch.

thus the books transport me to a fantasy land of other happenings and much doings, without any direct discomfort or injury sustained to me. 


a parallel universe

29 Dec

london 2.03pm 13.6C sunny bluesky thursday 2016

not for the first time do i feel i am living in a parallel universe where there is no fog, there is blue sky and sunny day.

the news i read online says there has been fog today , so bad that it stops departures from airports (but not arrivals, isn’t that strange? but that is what applies in that alternate universe). whereas here i am, no fog, blue sky in fact for the 2nd consecutive day. not a cloud in the sky. how come? of course the rational explanation is that the fog is early in the morning, when i am sound asleep. haha.

but i sometimes wonder whether our souls can slot ourselves into a universe of its own choosing , one where our lives are just what we want, amongst all the parallel universes there are…  where other lives and  events may be go haywire, but does not really become personal and impinge on our lives.

it might be a fanciful way of looking at things. but if u consider that there is a trend of thought which says u call for what u wish… then there might be a universe where u really live the life you want, or rather your soul wants, and it might be in a universe where hitler won the war, where things are very different from what they are. maybe even there is no battle of hastings, or it was won by harold, and the england we have now is very different. i dont think many realise how big a game changer is william the conquerer’s invasion of england. hmm, i suppose it would make for a historical novel.

this universe i am in has the internet and is very mechanical , by which i mean hardware and software… rather than mental , mind control and all that. we seem to have moved from wielding the power of the mind and relied on mechanical stuff to get things done. so we rely on planes to fly instead of just levitating ourselves. anyway it is just me wondering , or fantasising …

perhaps i m thinking of these because i have been reading terry pratchett and his world vision in his books about the discworld. an entirely different universe.  i got three books of his.

finished the light fantastic and saw in my tv guide that there is a tv adaptation of it, along with the first book, the colour of magic. i saw the first part yesterday on pick tv, and today the concluding part will be shown at 5pm.  so it is rather nice to see a visual presentation of what a director thinks it should look like. reading the wiki entry, it is the first time i realise these are the two books that started the series of his discworld.

authors have been creating alternate universes all the time, it seems.

 added 12.22pm friday 30.12.16 4.1C foggy . i see another terry pratchett film , going postal,on pick tv today. i googled it and found out that sky has been adapting books to films and it has done three of terry pratchatt’s disc world books. and they are now being shown on pick tv which is on freeview. though i think the books are better. 


hounded, by kevin hearne

18 Sep

london 4.12pm rain off and on, 17.5C friday 2015

drop by the trafalgar square to see what is happening with the malaysia night which is an annual thing. its been rainy off and on, which dampened things a bit, so the square was not as crowded as in the past years. the grocery stall was doing great business. did not buy anything as the frozen fish balls were all sold out it seems. i asked if they do it, because i did not find any and was told they are all sold out. so early in the day too. 

not so much the food stalls. no queues at all for the food.

and there were no stage performers when i went there at about 2.30pm. the rain must have made them cancel the performances. pity that because the music and dance does make for a nice atmosphere.

i got more books to read at the charing cross library. one about djinns, ‘the golem and the djinni, by helene wecker, and the alexandria quartet, by lawrence durrell. the last one is a very old collection of 4 books 1957-1959. he died in 1990. i have read it before but did not finish it, and thought i shall try it again. 

but i want to talk about the latest one, hounded, that i finished reading last night, stayed up late to finish it. i seem to like these fantasy books about magic and werewolves and witches. it is the first of six books so far. called the iron druid chronicles. about a druid who is 2000 yrs old but looks 21yrs old and is very powerful, fighting and killing gods. i found it by random chance and picked it up in the library. it is nicely written.

i seem to gravitate to fantasy novels nowadays.

i picked up some booker prize nominees, but after reading the burbs, and finding they deal with the emotions of a kid growing up or some girl falling in and out of love, i put it back again. i kind of got bored with these relationship novels now. 

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