August 2nd, 2012

lovejoy

August Books 1) Gold from Gemini, by Jonathan Gash

First, a PSA: I have very poor internet access at present, haven't seen LJ since Friday (posting from my phone) and am well behind on emails. Hope to catch up soon.

My current run of Lovejoy books continues with another story in which he is pulled from cosy East Anglia to wilder climes, if the Isle of Man counts as wild. This is an earlier book in the sequence than Paid and Loving Eyes; Lovejoy is even more obsessed with antiques here, and slightly less with women, in that his affections are concentrated on Jane Felsham (played by Phillis Logan on TV, who like Ian McShane was about ten years older than the characters in the books). We also have the gormless Algernon as Lovejoy's apprentice, slightly posher and stupider than his sidekick Eric on TV. There is fun lore on how to fake antiques, and stay within the letter of the law; there are also horrible things done to Lovejoy's budgerigars, and (rather implausibly) no hint that the police are set onto the most likely suspect. And there is loving description of the scenery of the Isle of Man, and discussion of how the Romans invaded; a scenario not supported by mainstream history, but this is a work of fiction. Generally good fun, apart from the budgies.
politics

Links I found interesting for 02-08-2012

earthsea

"Everyone thinks that. They are quite wrong."

C.S. Lewis: "The starting point of the second novel, Perelandra, was my mental picture of the floating islands. The whole of the rest of my labours in a sense consisted of building up a world in which floating islands could exist. And then of course the story about an averted fall developed. This is because, as you know, having got your people to this exciting country, something must happen."
Kingsley Amis: "That frequently taxes people very much."
Brian Aldiss: "But I am surprised that you put it this way round. I would have thought that you constructed Perelandra for the didactic purpose."
C.S. Lewis: "Yes, everyone thinks that. They are quite wrong."

(From a fascinating discussion between the three a few months before Lewis's death in 1963, published as "Unreal Estates" in the Spectrum IV anthology. As the fiftieth anniversary is coming up, perhaps someone might reprint it in full?)