October 3rd, 2003

Saffron Cake

Gloat Gloat Gloat

I have just read the ARC of Laurie R. King's latest Russell/Holmes adventure, The Game. The one that's a follow-up to Rudyard Kipling's Kim. The one that won't be published until March 2, 2004. That one.

And it absolutely rocks. I ate up every syllable. I laughed out loud, I gasped in shock, I grinned like an idiot when I realized my leg had been pulled in several different directions. I wrote Laurie a totally incoherent letter burbling over how much I enjoyed it.

But now I want to discuss it with somebody and I can't! Wah!
A Pocket Full of Murder

*giggles maniacally*

Oh, I feel so guilty now. But you jealous types are all so funny.

Seriously, listen. Next time you read a book you really really like by an author you've never heard of before, write that author a long enthusiastic letter telling them how much you liked the book, and why. Then tell them that you've just set up your first website and part of it is a page dedicated entirely to this book by your New Favourite Author. And that you've also started a mailing list to discuss this book. Free publicity! Authors love free publicity! And if they're a Really Nice Author, like Laurie R. King, they will give you perks to show their appreciation and make your job go more smoothly. Like Advance Reading Copies of their books.

See? Easy-peasy. Except you can't do that with Laurie, because I got there first. Mwah ha ha ha ha.

*coughs* Anyway, to answer all of you who wanted to know whether you ought to read Rudyard Kipling's Kim before you read Laurie's latest, the answer is that you don't absolutely have to be familiar with Kim in order to understand The Game, but I would still highly recommend reading the Kipling book anyway. Because it's a fun story in its own right, beautifully characterized and rich in atmosphere and full of cleverness and wit. And then you will get an even bigger kick out of Laurie's quasi-sequel, plus you'll have something to tide you over until March 2, 2004 when GAME is officially released...

There. Don't say I don't do you no favours. :)
A Pocket Full of Murder

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This is the first time I've ever come out an Extrovert on a personality test.

The Big Five Personality Test
Extroverted|||||||||||||||| 62%
Introverted |||||||||| 38%
Friendly |||||||||||| 48%
Aggressive |||||||||||||| 52%
Orderly |||||||||||||||||| 74%
Disorderly |||||| 26%
Relaxed |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Intellectual |||||||||||||||||||| 84%
Practical |||| 16%
Take Free Big 5 Personality Test

Interesting. And yet, not wholly inaccurate, either. I guess it depends on how you define Extroversion -- whether it means that you find it easy and pleasant to converse with all kinds of people and feel energized by large group situations (which is not true of me), or whether it means that you don't mind speaking out in public or being the centre of attention (which is true of me).

I accidentally put this in the LiveJournal first, but moved it over when I thought better of it. I am not a fandom, after all...