No doubt you’ll be happy to hear that Sandy has not fallen off the Disc in order to find out the truth about A’Tuin’s sex. (After all, she wouldn’t even know what turtle bits and pieces to look for!) Instead, she was working on a Very Important Article (well, sort of important) on “History and Nostalgia in W. M. Thackeray’s THE NEWCOMES.” Since the novel is set in the 1830s and 40s and there are references to even earlier decades, I was able to show off and make use of all my research about the Regency era. Which was fun! (But took a bit longer than I had anticipated …)
In addition, I continued glomming Lisa Kleypas (why doesn’t Fictionwise have the first of the Hathaway books???) and read some of Anne Perry’s Christmas novellas. I bought my first Anne Perry novel in Oxford eleven years ago after I had seen THE CATER STREET HANGMAN on TV. (Hmm. Wonder whether the film is available on DVD by now …) (I’ve just checked, and the answer is no. Duh.)
One of the DVDs I gave my parents for Christmas was MAMMA MIA! Loved, loved, loved it!!! It’s such a fun, feel-good movie. The German dubbing, though, is a horror. It made me squirm when I watched the film with my parents. Whoever did the synchro managed to butcher the poor movie. It’s so sad, especially when you consider how much time, effort and money went into the making of the film. Argh!
I also watched the second Pratchett TV adaptation, THE COLOUR OF MAGIC. Even though we don’t learn anything about A’Tuin’s sex, the mini-series is still highly entertaining. It’s perhaps not as good as HOGFATHER, but the ending is just awwwwww. You can’t help loving that big turtle! 🙂