Monday, 21 October 2013

Shalee lhaih 2013: Shiaghtin 42

Jerrey nah hiaghtin as daeed ny Shallee Lhaih. Shoh ny lhiah mee yn çhiaghtin shoh chaie:

So spirited a town (Nicholas Murray)

Lioar anaasoil, aasagh dy lhaih as lane dy vree phersoonagh. Ta Murray covestey cooinaghtyn, aaraaghyn as shennaghys myr broie blasstal dy liooar, as cha cheau mee agh un laa lhaih ee. Cha vow uss mooarane fysseree assjee, agh cha nee tekslioar t'ayn, agh eab dy ghoaill annym y valley as cur sooill kenjal da.

Twenty thousand leagues under the sea (Jules Verne)

She skeeal anaasoil dy liooar t'ayn, ayns ayrn, as skeeal far-skeealaght heanse "chreoi" leah lane dy eieyn as sheiltynys. Ta taghyrtyn contoyrtyssagh ny anaasoil ayn, y lhied by vie lhiam myr gilley ayns straih X Adventure liorish Willard Price. Er y laue elley - nagh trome eh! T'eh lane as slane dy rollaghyn enmyn eeastyn shliggagh as neuhliggagh, as leaghtyn beggey er shoh as er shen, ny smoo fys na cree. Cha nel eh gra red erbee anaasoil mychione ny h-eeastyn shen, agh credjal dy vel enmyn hene anaasoil dy liooar - cha nel ad. Er y laue elley, by vie lhiam fakin eh gaccan ayns 1870 mychione stroie meeresoonagh 'sy teihll najooragh, as by hreih lhiam smooinaghtyn dy vel ny reddyn cheddin taghyrt foast. Dy beagh reagheyder kenjal ennagh er ngiarrey magh y chooid smoo jeh'n stoo shen, veagh lioar anaasoil as chontoyrtyssagh ain. S'treih lhiam gra nagh dod mee moylley eh agh myr sampleyr shennaghyssagh. Ta lioaryn elley ayn ta bentyn rish stoo cosoylagh as ad ny s'eddrymey er sooill as laue.

I Don't Like You At All, Big Brother y.l. 3-4 (un lioar) (Kouichi Kusano)

Va'n ym-lioar shoh ny share lhiam na'n fer elley, as shen son y chooid smoo er y fa dy vel eh baghtal dy liooar dy nee skeeal aitt faghidagh t'ayn. 'Sy chied lioar, va mee beggan currit ass mychione y chooish ghraih v'ayn; cha row mee shickyr er barel yn ughtar cour y chooish. 'Syn ym-lioar shoh, ta'n lane chooish ny smoo aitt. Ta ny inneenyn hene gymmyrkey myr she gamman t'ayn, maylartey noteyn er ny haghyr tra v'ad speeikey er y yilley as myr shen, as t'ad caarjyn baghtal rish y cheilley. S'mie lhiam ny karracteyryn nish erreish daue goll er jannoo ny smoo baghtal, as y voir erskyn ooilley, foddee.

Toradora y.l. 4 (Takemiya Yuyuko)

Myr smooinee mee, ta'n skeeal leah er coayl aym; she skeeal elley t'er mayrn, bentyn son y chooid smoo rish inneenyn caggey son y yilley boght - wahll, son pooar harrish. As son dy cummal seose yn eie shen, shegin da ny karracteyryn ve ny sloo resoonagh as sneeyn aashagh y ghoaill orroo. Ny yei shen, ta aitt dy liooar ayn.

Toradora y.l. 5 (Takemiya Yuyuko)

Ta beggan ny smoo eddyr-obbraghey 'syn ym-lioar shoh, as cha nel wheesh caggey son y yilley. Ta ny smoo niart ec ny fo-charracteyryn as t'ad reaghey reddyn son y chooid smoo. Ghow mee soylley jee.

Oreimo y.l. 4 (Fushimi Tsukasa)

Ta'n lane ym-lioar shoh bentyn rish argane eddyr yn ard-inneen Kirino as carrey eck ta feddyn magh yn anaase quaagh t'eck. Dy firrinagh, voir eh orrym beggan er y fa dy vel ad ooilley meeresoonagh 'sy chooish shen. She aegidee t'ayn, shegin dou goaill rish, agh t'ad ommidjagh dy liooar. As er lhiam nagh row eh cooie lane ym-lioar y cheau er y lheid. Va mee laccal y bishaghey persoonagh, as eddyr-obbraghyn nagh row ard-haghyrtagh car y traa. Castreycair.

King Arthur : the true story (Graham Phillips, Martin Keatman)

Shoh coontey jeh sheiltynyssyn ny h-ughtaryn er quoi, c'raad as cre'n tra va'n Ree Artur ayn. V'ee anaasoil dy liooar, as by vie lhiam ny meeryn shennaghyssagh aynjee. As ta aght so-chredjal oc myrgeddin. Agh shegin dou gra, 'sy jerrey, dy vel ad troggal sheiltynys er bun yl-sheiltynys, as goaill rish ec dagh keim dy vel y fer s'jerree fondagh. T'ad feddyn sheiltynys so-chredjal as goaill rish dy vel eh cosoylagh. Cha nod oo jannoo studeyrys er lheid y vun, chaarjyn. Myr shen, feeu lhaih, agh ny jerk firrinys ghlen assjee.

The end of week forty-two of the Reading Project. Here's what I've read this week:

So spirited a town (Nicholas Murray)

An interesting book, easy to read and with a personal touch. Murray melds memories, quotations and history into a pleasant amalgam, and I easily read it within a day. You won't get a huge amount of hard information out of it, but it's not trying to be a textbook; rather, it's an attempt to capture something Liverpool and cast a loving eye over it.

Twenty thousand leagues under the sea (Jules Verne)

An interesting enough story to some extent, and an example of early "hard" sci-fi full of ideas and imagination. There are interesting and adventurous events in there, the kind I enjoyed as a lad in things like the X Adventure series by Willard Price. On the other hand, it's a bit of a slog. There are many, many sections where the protagonist simply lists the names of species - rarely saying anything about them, and even more rarely anything interesting, but simply listing them as though that should be interesting in its own right. There are little lectures here and there too, largely dry and unable to rouse my enthusiasm, and I say that as a biologist. On the other hand, I'll admit it's impressive that in 1870 Verne was already railing against the thoughtless havoc wrought on the natural world - and depressing to see how little effect it's had. I really do think, though, that it would have benefited from a kindly editor's hand to cut away some of the word-crust, leaving an interesting and adventurous book behind. As it is, I'm afraid I can't really recommend this book as the adventure story it seems to want to be, but only as a historical artefact for people with an interest in the genre. There are other books now that touch on similar content, lighter on the eye and the hand, and for most people I think they'd be a better option.

I Don't Like You At All, Big Brother v. 3-4 (one book) (Kouichi Kusano)

I think I enjoyed this a bit more than the previous book, partly because it seemed to set out its stall more clearly as a ridiculous comedy. In the first book, while I enjoyed it, I wasn't quite sure just how silly it thought it was, especially the sibling romance aspect. In this book, the whole thing is more comedic. The fueding girls shift to handling it as a sort of game, to the point where they're doing joint surveillance and exchanging their reports on the day's attempted flirtations, and maintaining a competitive friendship over it. I'm liking the characters now that many of them have been a bit more fleshed out, especially the mum, for some reason, even though she barely appears.

Toradora v. 4 (Takemiya Yuyuko)

As I suspected, the early story (or the one I thought I was reading, anyway) is gone from the series; what's left is mostly about some girls fighting for a boy, or at least for dominance over him. To my mild irritation, keeping up that story seems to call for the characters to be rather erratic so they can take offence unreasonably and be melodramatic (although in fairness that's sometimes how teenage life goes). However, I still had a reasonable time with it.

Toradora v. 5 (Takemiya Yuyuko)

This book has a bit more interaction between characters, and gives some of them (particularly the protagonist's nominal love interest) some development. It's much less about fueding over Ryuuji, and more just about some hijinks, while I enjoyed seeing the minor characters get some screentime.

Oreimo v. 4 (Fushimi Tsukasa)

This entire volume is taken up by a fight Kirino (the protagonist's sister) and her bezzie when she finds out exactly what Kirino's into (that being porn, mostly). Honestly, I found it a bit tiresome because everyone behaves unreasonably for no obvious reason. Yes, teenagers, but they're being daft even so. I didn't really feel this was worth a whole volume, and in particular I missed the actual character stuff - this one was basically all melodrama. Middling.

King Arthur : the true story (Graham Phillips, Martin Keatman)

An account of the authors' theories about who, when and where was King Arthur. It was fairly interesting, and I enjoyed the historical titbits throughout. They have a persuasive way with them, too. I have to say though, that when you think on it, they're building theory upon theory, assuming with each step that the one before was not merely possible but likely. That's no way to do serious scholarship, and so you can't take this book as such, or its findings as accurate.

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