standing at the back in my sissy robe

July 15, 2009

And to think darling, if I hadn’t been reading Arthas: Rise of the Lich King….

Filed under: D'oh,Diversions — Tamarind @ 1:23 pm

This post is a little bit less about WoW than usual – although it is, at heart, a WoW-themed anecdote. I apologise for the lack of a sissy robe.

On the other hand: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King just ruined my life.

There was an old British comedy show called Newman and Baddiel in Pieces – it’s pretty obscure these days because the critics spanked it to death and Newman and Baddiel discovered, during the making of it, that they hated each other and couldn’t work together. I mention it because one of Rob Newman’s sketches centred on the idea (and you’ll have to forgive me for vagueness, I can’t remember it very well and it doesn’t exist anywhere on the internet, that’s how badly this show sank without trace) that he was incapable of going to gatherings he knew he would hate because some part of him always thought it would be at the very same gathering he would meet the love of his life. His monologue goes something like:

It’s 3am in London, and my friends are all saying, yeah, let’s go to this place, you know, and I’m like, no, I don’t want to do it but then I hear the same voice in my head, and that voice is me, on the occasion of my ruby wedding anniversary, as I lean on the mantelpiece and raise a glass to my wife saying:

“And to think, darling, I nearly didn’t go to that nightclub, and we would never have met.”

Of course, from there it gets increasingly outlandish. “And to think darling, I nearly didn’t go to that satanic orgy, and we would never have met”. Etc. etc. Typical Rob Newman stuff, insightful, neurotic and very very funny.

I mention this, despite the fact it has little to do with WoW, because I think we all, secretly, on some level think like this. I am driven by, and attracted to, the shimmering possibilities of things that could have, but did not, happen. (Cresting a wave of profound self-indulgent here, I nearly quoted TS Eliot here, but I’ll spare you).

So, let’s take this out of the abstractionville: last night, I was walking home, and I was finishing off Arthas: The Rise of the Lich King. I don’t normally read when I’m walking along because, quite frankly, I lack the necessary concentration and coordination. So it amounted to a private insult aimed at the text. I was trying to let it know just how little I thought of it, and that I resented any real time given over to reading it.

While I was walking along, reading and resenting and not paying as much attention to where I was going as I could have been, I very nearly, very gently, walked into a Very Beautiful Person. The reason I didn’t collide embarrassingly with the VPB was because we were both reading books and, therefore, all that happened was that the spines lightly nudged against each other.

Our eyes met, and held, over the top of our respective, still-touching books.

Rob Newman went wild in my head. This was it! My ruby wedding anniversary was going to be along any day now. To think darling…

My eyes dipped to the book.

The world had long since stopped turning.

“You’re reading Roland Barthes,” I said, dreamily.

The VBP’s eyes did likewise.

“You’re reading…” a pause, a voice increasingly filled with incredulity. “World of Warcraft? Arthas? Rise of the Lich King?”

I have never seen attraction die so quickly in my entire life. Never.

It barely had time to gurgle.

Critted for 10k points of damage.

So, yeah, no Ruby Wedding Anniversary for me.

Fuck you, Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, fuck you.

And, actually, fuck you VBP, you elitist, judgemental meanie who probably smells. I’ve read Barthes AND Arthas: Rise of the Lich King. I happen to think that makes me a more balanced human being, actually. And I didn’t want to have a Ruby Wedding Anniversary with you anyway. So there.

So, anyway, does anybody want my copy of Arthas: Rise of the Cockblocking Lich King? I will happily pay postage for the privilege of no longer owning it, and I feel a moral quandary about giving it to a charity shop lest it fall into innocent hands.



  1. Oh, dear.

    Judgmental VBP (plural) are why, as I staggered to work this morning while reading a Hickman & Weis fantasy novel from my teenage years (I, too, have difficulty walking and reading, as a rule), I had the paperback folded practically in half so that the title and magnificently cheesy dragon cover art were not visible. My apologies to librarians everywhere for so mistreating a book.

    Of course, that said, when it’s truly meant to be a Ruby Anniversary meeting, the VBP will take one look at the book, think it’s adorable and hilarious that you’re reading it, and instantly ask you if you like pirates. I’m pretty sure that’s how my pally and I met. 😉

    Comment by wildgrowth — July 15, 2009 @ 1:51 pm | Reply

    • Hehe, I think I’ll survive the loss of the JVBP – and, quite frankly, if I can’t commit to layout for my blog, I think I should curb those Ruby Wedding Anniversary thoughts for now 🙂

      And absolutely, the right VBP will be entirely un-J.

      Ah! Weis and Hickman, eh? That brings back memories. Dragonlance? I actually tried to re-read those for nostalgia a year or so back but I didn’t quite succeed. I think I got to the bit where the silver-haired, silver-skinned wood elf sat under the silver moon by a silver, silver-moon reflecting pool, combing her silver hair while bathed in the silver moonlight that I thought, hmm, maybe I’m a bit old for this 🙂

      Comment by Tamarind — July 15, 2009 @ 1:59 pm | Reply

      • LOL. I’ve only read the Dragonlance series once, I think. No, this was the Death Gate Cycle – the first real high-fantasy series I ever picked up (not counting the Narnia books), and I was instantly hooked on the genre. Of course, now I generally reach for George RR Martin, but it’s good to occasionally reread those old, beloved series as well. As long as there aren’t too many silvery elves bathing in silvery moonlight while their violet eyes (honestly, who has VIOLET eyes?) twinkle with a silvery light in the limpid pools of…

        Comment by wildgrowth — July 15, 2009 @ 2:06 pm

      • Oh my God, the Death Gate cycle! I’ve been slowly putting that together from battered copies found in charity shops (I have 1,,3 7 and 5 I think – woot!) I still can’t quite believe that, even as a teenager, I read a 7 book series – I have a feeling it blew my tiny mind back then. I actually went through a pretty intensive Weis & Hickman phase when I was young, before I really knew what fantasy was or that I liked it. I seem to recall Weis, writing along, wrote a really cute space opera series called … oh … um … *fail* Star of the Guardians?

        I’m worried about GRRM these days. I think he might have forgotten, y’know, how to write books…

        Comment by Tamarind — July 15, 2009 @ 2:21 pm

  2. Its not all that often I stumble upon a bloggy website, and actually spend the whole morning of my working day reading it, and a great deal of the archived gossip there within.

    Today however was the day I do.

    Its also the same day my boss isn’t here to slap me on the back of the head for not working, and laughing to the extent my eyes water.

    I recently purchased the 4 in 1 wow collection of books. Some insightful reading there, it has to be said, but all the same, quite possibly the quickest way to get yourself lumped with a group of individuals that definately weren’t in the popular group at school.

    I’m sure another equally attractive VBP will stumble in your direction and ask you if you have a big apple tree at home.

    We can all but hope right?

    Comment by Joe — July 15, 2009 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

    • Thank you kindly, that is very cheering. I’m so glad you found something to entertain you, especially if you’re skiving 😉

      I’m kind of burned off WoW tie-in fiction … but … but … are the other books any better?

      Also the big advantage of being a grown up with, y’know, qualifications is that you can read what you damn well please.

      Adn that VBP was totally missing out. My apple tree is splendid.

      Comment by Tamarind — July 15, 2009 @ 2:26 pm | Reply

  3. That VBP wasn’t nearly worthy your attention. Not at all. She might have had a beautiful look, but the inside? Bah.

    I hope youll meet the lady of your dreams one day. I’m sure you will. A person with not only Very Beutiful Looks, but also a Very Beautiful Mind.

    And I agree totally that a mix in your literature diet keeps you healthy. All my life I’ve happily mixed Carl Barks cartoons and SF with Canon Literature. And I dare say it has broadened my perspective in a very good way.

    Stand strong against the social pressure! I’m all with you.

    Comment by Larísa — July 15, 2009 @ 2:27 pm | Reply

    • Hehe, you’re very very sweet. Thank you. I’m not actually weeping into my tea or anything, nor have I committed myself to a life alone in a dark room with Arthas: Rise of the Lich King. I mainly told the story because it amused me, and ultimately anyone who makes a random judgement on another person based on what book they happen to have in their hand at the second of meeting them is, as you say, hardly worth the mourning.

      Thankfully I’m old enough and content enough that social pressure barely lands on my shoulders, and I read just about anything with impugnity 🙂

      Comment by Tamarind — July 15, 2009 @ 2:38 pm | Reply

  4. Ah, the Death Gate Cycle, those books still sit in my book case at home, next to the Dragonlance series (including the 4th one about Raistlin’s daughter) 🙂

    Perhaps a greyish neutral dustjacket would come in handy to disguise any controversial literature (or lack of) in case any more preoccupied VBPs happen to cross your path?

    And no thanks to the book offer, strangely enough I don’t feel any urge whatsoever to read about Arthas, I wonder why…

    Comment by Tessy — July 15, 2009 @ 2:36 pm | Reply

    • Raistlin had a daughter?! What the hell? When did that happen?!

      Honestly, you turn your back for five seconds…

      Hmmm…a neutral dust jacket. Well, ultimately I believe what you choose to read says nothing about you except that you’ve currently chosen to read that book, so I think a concealing dust jacket would compromise my principles. After all, I didn’t like Arthas: Fail of the Lich King, but I’m not ashamed of having read it. lthough I suppose I could make said dust jacket and write over the front in a childish scrawl: “Big book of intellectual importance” and that might make the point 😉

      What? You don’t want a copy of Arthas: Rise of the Lich King? Whyever not? =P

      Comment by Tamarind — July 15, 2009 @ 2:43 pm | Reply

  5. WordPress doesn’t want me replying anymore…

    You don’t control me, though, WordPress! I don’t need you! I don’t need anybody!

    *embarrassed cough*

    (I’m afraid thinking of my teenage years has had a bit of an effect on me…And now I’m wondering how I landed in accounting at a university, of all things?! *sigh*)

    The intensive Weis & Hickman “this-is-fantasy?-wow!” phase is one I went through as well. They are the gateway books for young, impressionable minds to the more hardcore stuff out there. And, as GRRM continues to evade producing additions to his top-quality stuff, this decline clearly leads to the trolling for “I-need-a-hit-of-fantasy-any-fantasy!” that brings us Arthas: Rise of the Lich King. 😉 W&H are not the height of the genre, but their stuff is definitely fun to read. I remember the space opera well. It was Star Wars-but-not-Star Wars! I had a dreadfully good time with it.

    I’ve honestly considered getting Arthas before – I think now I’m content to have read the snippets in your semi-review as well as this story. They were hilarious.

    Comment by wildgrowth — July 15, 2009 @ 2:45 pm | Reply

    • WordPress does that to me sometimes. Damn it, WordPress, it’s *my own blog* – I can reply when I want to.

      Weis & Hickman as the fantasy gateway drug, interesting. It’s true, actually, they are considerably shorter than most fantasy novels. Perhaps the thing is we need to keep reading longer and longer novels to get the same hit. I haven’t really looked at them for years, silver-incident aside. You’re making tempted to revisit though. I believe they’re still at it, aren’t they? I’m sure I saw a Well of Something series in Blackwells the other day. Or do I mean Something of the Wells? Guardian? I have no idea.

      Comment by Tamarind — July 15, 2009 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

      • I got the hankerin’ to re-read the Dragonlance books a few weeks ago. The first one… the writing is pretty terrible. And it’s shorter than I remember. But as you go on through the series you see it improve considerably (aside from the silver fetish in the second book), and I still love it to bits!

        Also, maybe you are doing the VBP a disservice. She may have been completely open to WoW in general, but knew just how bad Arthas was, and was soul crushingly disappointed to see her potential new beau enjoying such tripe. Maybe.

        Comment by Sierro — July 16, 2009 @ 10:08 am

      • Gah, WordPress isn’t allowing me to reply where I want again. *shakes fist*

        I think the reason the silver-fetish broke my spirit because, like you, I was a bit “oh god this is terrible” about the first book but it was *showing signs of improving*. And then I got hit in the face with the silver sequence, and my hopes were crushed, so I gave up 🙂

        That’s an interesting point regarding the VPB. Even so, I would have liked a little trust that I was, y’know, capable of recognising the awfulness of Arthas on my own account and, perhaps, only finishing it off so I could complain about it at length on my blog.

        Comment by Tamarind — July 16, 2009 @ 10:12 am

  6. I judge you, Tamarind. I judge you…AWESOME!

    Comment by Claire — July 15, 2009 @ 2:46 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, sweetie. That’s because I AM AWESOME. 😉

      Comment by Tamarind — July 16, 2009 @ 10:13 am | Reply

  7. I blame Ms. Golden for all this. If it wasn’t for her you probably would have been reading something highly philosophical and intelligent and your inner Rob Newman would have sat back and toasted you with a nice drink.

    But, as everyone else has mentioned, it sounds like the VBP probably was not your VBP. Everyone needs a little recreational reading, we can’t all sit around reading Roland Barthes everyday. 😉

    Comment by Lhian — July 15, 2009 @ 2:51 pm | Reply

    • Well, Barthes is all very well but once you know whodunnit… 😉

      Anyway, even if the VPB had caught me at a moment of reading something highbrow, I don’t think we could have made it Ruby Wedding Anniversary given my fondness for trashy 🙂 It was the VPB or the trash, I’m afraid the trash would win.

      But, yes, I could probably sue Ms Golden for, uh, damage to my sexlife?

      Comment by Tamarind — July 15, 2009 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  8. I also think it’s pretty funny that WordPress offers, as a related post at the bottom of this one, a chance to “WIN a free copy of World of Warcraft: Arthas – Rise of the Lich King.”

    Comment by wildgrowth — July 15, 2009 @ 2:57 pm | Reply

  9. Frankly I’m going to play devil’s advocate here, and instead of patting you on the back and consoling you for this little mishap, I’m going to say YOU FUCKED UP! Srsly. 🙂 You could have easily saved this situation to your advantage.

    When the woman started to judge your choice of reading material, you immediately have to put her in her place. Especially a beautiful woman; they LIKE to be treated like shit. I know it’s weird, but beautiful women are so used to having guys kiss their ass, that the first guy who comes along and treats them poorly makes them think, “Wow, this guy must REALLY have it together if he’s willing to put ME down.” (Ever wonder why so many beautiful women seem to date guys that are complete pricks? Now you know.)

    So now let’s think back and see how we could have handled this situation a little differently. I think the quote you posted above would have been a good start: “I’ve read Barthes AND Arthas; I happen to think that makes me a more balanced human being, actually. Please tell me you don’t deprive your mind of the literary equivalent of junk food on occasion?”

    Next, insult her choice of footwear. But say it in an offhand way, and then immediately smile and say, “But hey, I love you anyway,” and put your arm around her like you’re consoling a friend who just lost their pet… and immediately release, pushing her away slightly in the process, like you don’t want to get too close to her.

    She’ll be ready to have your children.

    Comment by Zaphind — July 15, 2009 @ 3:31 pm | Reply

    • Dude, please tell me you’re being ironic here.

      Comment by Temitope — July 15, 2009 @ 3:45 pm | Reply

    • I can do without the consolation, if I needed that I’d be weeping in a corner rather than writing silly posts about it on my public blog 🙂

      But please tell me there there is a layer of irony as thick as butter smeared across this suggestion?

      The day I have to stoop to cheap PUA tactics in order to get a quick, unsatisfying shag with an insecure person who’ll regret it almost as soon as it’s done is the day I lose all my self-respect and shoot myself =P

      Comment by Tamarind — July 15, 2009 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

    • Irony? No. Sarcasm perhaps. But you’ll never know! Ah, such is the beauty of the interwebz, and all of its glorious tubes.

      And what the heck is a PUA tactic? 😉

      Comment by Zaphind — July 15, 2009 @ 7:36 pm | Reply

      • I would have opted to irony, it’s sarcasm’s big brother 🙂

        PUA stands for pick up artist – it’s a community of embittered men who decided that the reason they couldn’t get laid was the fault of women preferring men who were bastards to them and consequently pioneered a technique for manipulating women into bed by basically the methodology you describe above.

        In essence it’s misogynistic shit and tantamount to date rape – not a happy thing to have advocated on my blog about WoW 🙂

        Comment by Tamarind — July 15, 2009 @ 8:15 pm

  10. I laughed. But at least she wasn’t reading Harry Potter.

    Comment by spinks — July 15, 2009 @ 3:31 pm | Reply

    • True. If the VPB had been reading Harry Potter, I’d have been totally judgemental 😉 (well, I wouldn’t really) I hate Harry Potter … with the twisted passion of someone who used to rather enjoy it BEFORE IT ALL WENT WRONG!

      Comment by Tamarind — July 15, 2009 @ 3:44 pm | Reply

  11. Boy, you really showed that book who’s boss by walking while reading it….

    Think about it this way, while VBP may not approve of your current choice of reading material, the original post inspired by said piece of crap exposed your brilliance to a whole army of new readers thanks to Twitter.

    Well deserved attention, my friend.

    Comment by Misneach — July 15, 2009 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

    • That being so, I probably shouldn’t have followed up with a post about me failing to pull. I should have followed up by BEING MORE AWESOME. Ah, well, lesson learned.

      Anyway, I know how to treat a book. First you take it out for coffee, dip it into lightly, see how’re both getting along; maybe later, take it back to your place, a long lingering engagement on the sofa and, then, bam, before it knows what’s hit it, you’re naked and reading it in bed. SCORE!

      Also Twitter is a strange and eerie place full of very short sentences … but I guess I owe it one? 🙂

      Comment by Tamarind — July 15, 2009 @ 3:43 pm | Reply

  12. Rise of the Lich King is for casuals! Christie Golden is dumming down the game! Nerf Asimov! RAAGE!

    Comment by krizzlybear — July 15, 2009 @ 3:46 pm | Reply

    • And I’m laughing aloud in public and people are looking at me funny….

      I remember when WoWlore was *challenging*.

      Comment by Tamarind — July 15, 2009 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

    • Rise of the Lich King is working as intended.

      Comment by Ghostcrawler — July 15, 2009 @ 4:29 pm | Reply

    • I hear in the new edition you’ll be able to read Rise of the Lich King at 20.

      Comment by Temitope — July 15, 2009 @ 4:42 pm | Reply

  13. OMG i just realized that this story reminds me of something that happened yesterday on the train ride home. A similar VB chick-lit type was sitting across from me, and we were both reading our respective novels. She eyes the spine of my book.

    “Oh my god, are you reading Pride and Prejudice?”


    [totally impressed] “Wow! I’ve never seen a guy comfortable enough to read Austen in public. P&P is an amazing bo- nevermind.”

    And she goes back to reading her book. And to think darling, If I hadn’t been reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies…

    Comment by krizzlybear — July 15, 2009 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

    • Aahahah! That’s a very amusing story. What is with these judgmental VB literary types?

      How is P&P&Z, by the way? I hear it’s unsatisfying to people who like Pride and Prejudice, but satisfying to people who like zombies? I was kind of afraid of to read it in the case the idea was the joke, you know? It’s why I’ve never dared read VAMPIRATES despite the fact it’s perhaps the book with the best premise in the universe.

      Comment by Tamarind — July 15, 2009 @ 10:19 pm | Reply

      • PPZ is, despite the obvious blasphemy, quite an interesting read so far. In essence, it’s a “faithful” retelling of the original plot, except that it takes place in the context of a zombie menace. If anything, most of the original text is there, I’ve heard up to 75%, which I believe so far.

        I’ve only read through PPZ once or twice in high school for English class. From what I can vaguely remember, my experience reading the original was a positive one overall. If anything, reading this has cemented my appreciation for Victorian era nuances (whereas in high school, I found totally lame), which in turn strengthened my love for Steampunk.

        If anything, I find that the parody in itself strengthens the original theme and genre. Love conquers all, even the undead.

        Comment by krizzlybear — July 16, 2009 @ 5:15 am

  14. Oh man Tam! Why all the hate for Harry?!?! What did he ever do to you? Enquiring minds must know! =)

    Comment by Beruthiel — July 15, 2009 @ 7:03 pm | Reply

    • Oh lord, don’t get me started on Harry Potter. It’s a dark dark pit of, err, darkness. I suppose it’s because the first three books are tautly written, well-put together children’s books with a great sense of humour, a genuinely entertaining and detailed world, and a good sense of what they’re trying to accomplish … and then they spiral into indulgent, sprawling, pretentious pile of disappointment. But don’t listen to me, as we know I’m a grumpy old man who will be spending his ruby wedding anniversary with his cats 😉

      Comment by Tamarind — July 15, 2009 @ 10:22 pm | Reply

    • Although Neville is awesome.

      Comment by Tamarind — July 15, 2009 @ 10:47 pm | Reply

  15. Oh the book judging! It’s the same thing when some form says, “Favorite book:___” Gah. How the heck am I supposed to pick that?! You know the only things people put there are for image management, not actual favorite.

    I’ve always marveled at those people who manage to have in their living room a bookshelf full of The Right Books, looking so erudite and impressive. I’ve read Barthes and Foucault and Dante and Melville and Austen and Dostoevsky! I swear! Just because my bookshelf is full of space ships and heaving busoms on dragonback doesn’t mean I’m not cool! I swear!

    I wonder, though, where did all those impressive books go? Are they in some box somewhere, hiding their social capital from me? I’ve been tempted to go to a used bookstore and just stock up on the impressive stuff so I can put them on my shelf. I promise I’d only put ones that I’ve read. THEN everyone would see how many pages of nutritious literary fodder I’ve read. (Pay no attention to that space opera behind the curtain!)

    As for the VBP in the street, well, first of all, isn’t it impressive enough you were reading an actual book rather than, say, texting? Besides, we can flip the tables on this VBP and say, “Reading Barthes in public? How pretentious and clearly staged is THAT?! I mean come on. Who the hell reads post-modern philosophy walking down the street? Did someone tell you that’s a good way to pick someone up? Are you even reading that for real?”

    Comment by lantanasham — July 15, 2009 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

    • Book-judging drives me nuts. Well, any kind of judging is annoying. But ultimately, as I said above, what you’re reading says nothing more than you chose to read that particular book at the moment. And even if I didn’t have a thorough grounding in literature from, well, 8AD to about 1930 (it gets a big shaky after this, my undergraduate degree didn’t believe in life after the 1950s or, for that matter, American literature which I did later – yay for England), if I wanted to read nothing but space opera and epic fantasy that would still be my prerogative, and wouldn’t make any less of a worthy human being.

      I never trust people who have shelves of nothing but The Right Books – even the concept of the right books is shudder inducing to me. It always says “I don’t really like reading.”I have boxes and boxes of books and some of them are even The Right Ones but the books currently exploding my shelves are the sort of books you want to read for pleasure, lying in bed, or in the sun, on a bus or lend to a friend. You’re hardly going to turn round to a visitor and drawl in what I imagine would be a sneeringly superior “You know, darling, I think you really must read Ulysses” although you might grab, say, Joe Abercrombie, thrust him forth and cry eagerly: “Have you read The Blade Itself, it’s awesome!”

      Don’t get me wrong, I have my passionate literary loves as well, but they have to share me and they don’t get special treatment.

      I thought something quite similar about the VPB with the Barthes. I confess I was a bit swept away because Barthes is my favourite critical theorist ever and I am a crazy crazy fanboy for him. (he never gets boxed). He’s a genuine pleasure to read but he deserves *concentration* – I couldn’t read him walking down the street, it would make my eyes glaze, and it wouldn’t do him any justice at all. If I had been starry-eyed about the fact it was Barthes, I would definitely have condemned for sheer pretension. I just thought better of writing that in the blog itself, for fear of getting 150 comments all telling me that they walk down the street reading Barthes every day of their life and I have no right to condemn it 😉

      Comment by Tamarind — July 15, 2009 @ 10:42 pm | Reply

  16. Checking my blog reader at lunch and seeing a new post by you always brightens my day, Tam, and today is no exception.

    “And to think, darling, I nearly didn’t go to that nightclub, and we would never have met.” is the story of my life, really. Except in my case, it was a place I was forced to go by my stepmother, the kind of place where one moment you’d be saying “I’m not going! You can’t make me go!” and then the camera cuts to a bus pulling out of the station, with you gazing out of the window, hopeless. It was an utterly horrible week I spent there, constantly introducing myself to the vapid blondepires as “Hi, I’m Kiryn, and I hate this place!” but I can’t really be mad at my stepmother, since if I had not gone there 8 years ago, I would not have met my current fiance/pocket tank, now would I?


    Comment by Kiryn — July 15, 2009 @ 9:02 pm | Reply

    • Awww, thank you, that’s terribly kind – especially when I am posting so self-indulgently.

      And your rambling is charming, and always welcome, although you do realise that reason the Ruby Wedding Anniversary anxiety continues to exert a old over the rest of us is because of people like you. Dammit. Making it true 🙂

      Comment by Tamarind — July 15, 2009 @ 10:47 pm | Reply

      • Sorry =) Though to be honest, the book we ended up meeting over was the Worst Case Scenario Survival Guide. I had brought some things by Piers Anthony (Orn/Ox/Omnivore trilogy if my memory is correct) but I had so much time to sit around that I finished them all and was left to scribble little dragons with my silver gel pens and overall be bored.

        Comment by Kiryn — July 16, 2009 @ 4:23 am

      • The Worst Case Scenario Survival Guide … were you discussing how to take down / escape from the blondepires?

        M’Pocket Tank and I bonded over George RR Martin.

        Books are wonderful for creating / cementing friendship.

        Comment by Tamarind — July 16, 2009 @ 9:23 am

  17. This post is EXACTLY the reason I don’t bring certain books to the laundromat. Or the coffee house. Or anywhere in public, actually… some literary guilty pleasures are best enjoyed alone.

    Great blog, funny & snappy writing style. Y’know, your ruby anniversary might come from a blog reader, who knows?

    Comment by Mugician13 — July 15, 2009 @ 10:17 pm | Reply

    • You do realise that the world would be happier place if everyone who felt obligated to bring War and Peace to the laundromat could, instead, take a book they actually wanted to read at the laundromat. Imagine the conversations that would ensue, instead of the guilty, churn-filled silence when everybody, too aware of their own hypocrisy, dare not speak to each other 🙂

      I paint a picture of a better world. You know I’m right 😉

      Thank you for your kind comments about the blog – I’m so glad to have entertained you.

      “And to think darling, If I hadn’t started a random blog…” Hmmm, not quite a story to tell the grand kids it it? 😉

      Comment by Tamarind — July 15, 2009 @ 10:53 pm | Reply

  18. I keep my Arthas with my Porno Mags, there’s an equal amount of shame in reading both.

    Comment by theerivs — July 15, 2009 @ 10:42 pm | Reply

    • Oh my god, I was reading porn in the street….

      Comment by Tamarind — July 15, 2009 @ 10:55 pm | Reply

  19. At least you weren’t reading Aelfric’s Catholic Homilies. I scared away a guy with that.

    Comment by Liadan — July 16, 2009 @ 12:15 am | Reply

    • Man was a fool.

      If it was in the original Anglo-Saxon I would probably have tried to do you right then.

      And even if not I would still have been really really impressed.

      Comment by Tamarind — July 16, 2009 @ 9:20 am | Reply

  20. xD Delightfully entertaining (as always), but wow, what a judgemental .. *looks around for censors*

    Comment by Syrana — July 16, 2009 @ 1:11 am | Reply

    • Hehe, yes, indeed, very much a judgmental BLEEP. And rather less B, as a consequence 🙂

      Comment by Tamarind — July 16, 2009 @ 9:27 am | Reply

  21. Your right – she is not worthy.. now if you had been reading harry potter would that have made it better or worse

    Comment by Pugnacious Priest — July 16, 2009 @ 9:45 am | Reply

    • Well, as long as I wasn’t reading The da Vinci code… 😉

      Comment by Tamarind — July 16, 2009 @ 10:08 am | Reply

  22. People actually read books whilst they walk?!

    I’ve never seen that actually. probably because I live a sheltered life life in a small city, but that just seems odd. And Is it like a conversation piece, or some sort of accessory like a woman’s handbag? I myself would be tempted to only be seen reading the most impressive books that make me seem like quite the intellectual.

    But then that’s just me 😛

    Comment by uke — July 18, 2009 @ 8:20 pm | Reply

    • In my city, yes, but it is a city of dreaming spires and intellectual pretension. I think it’s basically the intellectual equivalent of a WoWcock. “Dear World, I am reading Proust, and I am so passionately entangled by his excessive verbiage that I can’t bear to put the book down for a single second.”

      As I say, I rarely do it (a dislike of walking into lampposts and getting hit by traffic, I suppose, puts me off) unless I’m reading something I don’t have to concentrate on, like, for example, dear old Arthas: Rise of the Lich King.

      Somebody shuffled past me with Raymond E Feist’s latest t’other day and I thought “fair play to you, you probably can’t in all honesty put that down.” Man can certainly churn out a ripping yarn.

      Comment by Tamarind — July 19, 2009 @ 12:18 am | Reply

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