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But then again, I didn't think you wanted to hear me grumbling about whiny people whining at work about prices or how it's supposed to be warm this weekend, or how one family member has been outdoing themselves whining. Yes, I know that's complaining about complaining, thus I'm avoiding any further discussion on that subject.

Busy at work lately: the store in Andover has closed for renovations, so the customers from there have been coming to my store. Good for me in that I'm getting more hours, but bad in that it's been busier (also due to the holiday this weekend).

Finished reading "Boy in Darkness": I can see why some people would interpret it as an allegory against organized religion, or fascism, but I think it's also another case of Completely Missing the Point, since Peake (like Tolkien) was more about telling a good story than about applying any Deep Meaning to it. The style is a bit different from that of the main series, but that's likely to be expected.

Also, the TV Tropes page on Gormenghast makes me want to rage. Yes, I agree, there's a certain element of Draco in Leather Pants in the fandom (or directed towards one anti-villain in particular...), and yes, a certain casting choice in the mini-series is responsible for this, however before you bitch about Steerpike's Freudian Excuses, please re-read a certain relevant passage in the books, which I've pointed out in an earlier posting. Also... have we read the same books? The series is about as gloomy as an Edward Gorey drawing (why so serious, fandom?). And yes, there was Creator Breakdown, however, it wasn't just Parkinson's Disease that caused it, but also a form of encephalitis that had, it seemed, lain dormant in Mervyn Peake's system for years (probably contracted when he was growing up in China), hence why he seemed to lose control of the writing on the third book. And no, "Boy in Darkness" is not set between the first two books, since Titus is described as being about age twelve or fourteen in it, while he's age six or seven at the start of the second book (either that, or he's one glib seven year old, considering how he fast-talks the Goat and the Hyena, and how obsequious he is to the Lamb).

Though I did learn something interesting from the TV Tropes page: it seems that Peake had planned a volume dealing with an interregnum at Gormenghast, in which Dr. Prunesquallor becomes the Countess's right-hand man, which only raises Prune even more in my esteem.

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