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i have writer's block, of a sort, i'll answer that lj block question of a few days ago.

first sentence of [a] favorite book:


"it was starting to end, after what seemed most of eternity to me."

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grashupfer
Aug. 28th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
How would you describe that series?
jones_casey
Aug. 30th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
it's like how the director of that jest video has been disallowed from talking about jest. i could go on for too long if i didn't disallow myself. but:

it's hard for me to say, since it's suffused with the glow that comes from first reading it when i was a young teen (i have the journal entries which show that i checked the ninth book out from the library two days after my fifteenth birthday and had finished it two days later). when i say it's among my favorite things ever written it's in the same way that i say back to the future is one of the best films ever. it's not so much juvenile, but it's not going to get super deep either. it's very much an adventure.

the first novel is fairly chandleresque and stands on its own -- i would recommend it as such to someone not interested in reading all ten. and the less you know about the series, the better the first book is.
jones_casey
Aug. 30th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC)
i forgot to mention that i have a funny story about what happened to the two 1970s omnibus hardcovers containing the first five novels which were passed on to me by my father. only it's also not so much funny and better told in person.

i also forgot to mention that the series is packed full of allusions to shakes, including, of course, hamlet. looking back now at the works i've loved, i realize to what extent hamlet is my ur-story.
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