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When I'm bored, I shop. And when I shop, I buy tons of books.

My latest Amazon order:

Have His Carcase and Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers. I already bought Strong Poison at Borders tonight and I'm going to start that one once I finish my latest Plaidy book. These came recommended by the Snarkfest Current Reads thread. I'm looking forward to reading a good mystery series.

Comic Book Tattoo: Tales inspired by Tori Amos

Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein. I think I enjoy reading more about the lives of the Romantics than their actual works. (See Passions by Jude Morgan) Did I mention that I netflixed Gothic? Whoa. 0_o

Spaced: The Complete Series.

I also sank to a new level of geekdom and bought a Doctor Who t-shirt. Because I apparently need everyone who might chance to see me know that I am a huge nerd. And then I also bought a Chairman Meow t-shirt.

Speaking of clothes, does anybody have recommendations for clothing sites? I often see Anthropologie mentioned on SF and while I like their clothes, they're quite a bit out of my price range. I'm feeling the rare urge to improve my wardrobe.
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money wasted under the cut )

There's also this, which I haven't bought yet, but I would really like to. It's a stitcher's case called "A la Reine".

It's by a French designer called CMon Monde. It looks like Violarium (cool website!) is selling the pattern with translated finishing instructions. Ooooh, too tempting. Never done any ribbon embroidery before though, that might be hard.
fiercebunny: (fan marie)
octopus teapot
I bought an octopus teapot in Old Town San Diego. I have collected a lot of teacups, but not any teapots, well, except for the glass teapot that I actually use. An octopus teapot I was not able to resist.

This was from a Japanese antiques shop in Ocean Beach. I think it may have been the only item under $200 in the whole store. (It was $12. As it was in the same case with expensive Edo period kokeshi, I was afraid it was $1200, but fortunately there was a decimal point and I was able to buy it.) Maybe I should start collecting kokeshi, not that I really need another thing to collect.
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Heh, I am addicted to Etsy. I bought chrysoprase drop necklace yesterday. I saw some chrysoprase at a jewelry shop while in San Diego and have been wanting some since then. It's a really pretty type of stone; I much prefer semi-precious stones to popular gemstones anyway*. The same etsy seller has a lot of pretty jewelry, it looks like she uses a lot of labradorite, which I also really like too. I have had a long lull on jewelry buying, but Etsy is playing havoc with that.

*eta: Okay, maybe it's more accurate to say that I like all kinds of gemstones. It's just the semi-precious ones that I can actually sometimes afford.
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I should be packing for my trip, setting up auction items, etc. but no, I'm just wasting my time surfing on the intarwebs.

Today I bought a pretty kanzashi from Gaijin Geisha. Squee!
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I also won a sleeping doll head off a Yahoo! Japan auction that I plan on customizing. I know I said I was going to chill out on spending, but it turns out that I totally lied.

And to complete my procrastination, I'm going to a midnight showing of Pirates of the Caribbean with Sarah. w00t! It's the only movie I was really looking forward to this summer (with the exception of Snakes on a Plane, of course.)
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I went to the needle shop in Norman today before work because they were having a going-out-of-business sale. Since everything was 75% off, I lost my mind and bought a metric buttload of stuff. (1.0 Metric Buttload = a seriously retarded amount of stuff. To put it scientifically.) At such opportunities, my mind switches to "Get it NOW" mode, only to come to an hour later in another town on top of a pile of silk threads, patterns, and fabric. Gah! Must say no to further temptation! Thank goodness it's the weekend, so I can stitch to my heart's content at work while it's slow.

And also the books and cd I recently ordered off Amazon came today too. Make that 1.5 metric buttload.

More tomorrow, a book entry possibly, if I can ever remember what I've read lately. (I knew I should've written it down for a reason.)
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I haven't mentioned any book reviews for awhile, but I'm still keeping track for this year. Here's what I have so far.

To Shield the Queen by Fiona Buckley - A mystery novel set during the time of Elizabeth I, involving a widowed gentlewoman hired by Robert Dudley to wait on his wife Amy (and also convince her that he's not trying to kill her.) Not bad. The prose felt kind of anachronistic, but it was forgiveable. I might read more of the series.
The Queen of Subtleties by Susannah Dunn - Dual plots about Anne Boleyn and the Henry VIII's court candy maker. The candy maker falls in love with Mark Smeaton, who is eventually falsely accused and condemned to death for screwing around with Anne. And another complaint about the language: I'm not picky, I'm not expecting iambic pentameter, but the language felt way too modern. Basically, it was written in chicklit. I suppose that was the writer's take on the subject as a way of making it her own, but it was very distracting and frankly, annoying. Also, Anne was a major bitch.

The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir - Weir's written a tonne of books about Tudor history and she's very readable, so if you're looking for something on the subject, I'd probably recommend her first. I enjoyed this biography a lot.
Murder Most Royal by Jean Plaidy - This combines the two stories of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, cousins both married and beheaded by Henry VIII. I have no idea why Three Rivers Press chose to reissue this book when they've already reissued Lady in the Tower about Anne, and Rose Without a Thorn, about Catherine. And they're both by Plaidy. (Plaidy was apparently so prolific, she felt the need to tackle the story at least twice.) Still, it's Plaidy, so I had to read it anyway. Murder Most Royal was still a captivating read although the only major difference between this and the other books is that it's written in the third person instead of first and it maybe goes into a little less detail.

Something I'd like to point out is that while Plaidy's version of Anne Boleyn does some (okay, more than a fair share) bitchy things, she's not inherently a bitch and Plaidy as a writer shows demonstrable sympathy for her. That's something that's lacking from modern reads like The Queen of Subtleties or Phillipa Gregory's The Other Boleyn Girl. Their Anne(s) are so unsympathetic that when she finally does get her head cut off, you pretty much feel she had it coming. Gregory goes so far as to suggest that Anne maybe did commit incest with her brother. The problem with this approach (or twisting history, in Gregory's case) is that by giving him justification for his actions, they let Henry off the hook for being the murderous asshat that he was. This is why I prefer Plaidy since she obviously recognizes that Henry's an annoying bastard.
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Liquor by Poppy Z Brite - Out of Tudor England, at last. I much preferred this to Brite's horror novels. It's set in New Orleans as a pair of cooks set up their own restaurant with the entire menu themed to alchohol. It's really fun and quite a page turner. Also, it made me really, really hungry.
Darkness, Tell Us by Richard Laymon - Creepy hijinks ensue after college kids mess around with a ouija board and then get chased around the woods by freaky perverts. Weird.
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale - YA novel fairy tale adaptation. Cute fantasy. Not quite up to par to Robin McKinley, but still fun.
Ruslan by Barbara Scrupski - reread. Fast becoming one of my favorite historical novels, evah.
Time of the Ghost by Diana Wynne Jones -another reread. Sometimes I just get in one of those moods for nothing but YA fantasy. DWJ is good for that.

Now that I've finished that, I'm off to webshop. Yesterday, I bought a cupcake necklace from Pancake Meow. Dessert and jewelry, my two loves. I couldn't resist their combined power.
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Despite their recently poor customer service, I placed another order with Amazon. I couldn't help it, they were so cheap. I feel the same way when I shop at Amazon that I do when I shop at Walmart, like I should know better, but they're so cheap! And convenient! Also, their Satanic software is surprisingly good at guessing what else I'd like to buy.

Anyway, this is what I bought
With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E. Grant
A Cross Stitcher's Oriental Odyssey
Queen Margot on dvd.

I haven't seen Queen Margot in years, but I remember it was a very lavish historical production. And there's something that I'm going to be paying more attention to this time, because I never quite understood it. I realize this is kinda a dumb question, but in the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre when thousands of Protestants were killed, how did they know who was who? Was there a Protestant uniform? Perhaps I should have paid more attention in my French History class.


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