Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Shalee lhaih 2015: shiaghtin 26

Go here for English version. Note, this is rewritten from scratch, not a direct translation.

22h-28oo Vean Souree

Jerrey sheyoo shiaghtin as feed ny Shalee Lhaih. Shoh ny lhiah mee yn çhiaghtin shoh chaie:

The Night land (William Hope Hodgson)

By vie lhiam dy by vie lhiam dy skeeal shoh, agh va'n aght screeuee dy my lhiettal. Cha s'aym my she skeeal mie t'ayn ny dyn, myr shen. Ta'n aght screeuee jus do-lhaih. Cha nee prose bardagh (shen mie ny keayrtyn) chamoo shenn aght t'ayn (ta mee lhiah y lheid dy jeean) - t'eh neuyeeragh as yl-chast, as ta grammeydys lane whaagh ayn (abbyrt ennagh? shenn aght nagh vel fys aym er? marranys hene?) myr scansh eddyr uss as y skeeal. Lhaih mee daa chabdil roish my scuirr mee jeh. Cha s'aym eer cre'n genre t'ayn: t'eh mastey straih farskeealaght heanse, agh v'eh jeeaghyn shennaghyssagh dy liooar. Cha dod mee surranse eh. As ta eieyn lane shenn-emshiragh ayn mychione currymyn deiney as mraane, as ta shen jus dree.

Friend Island (Francis Stevens)

Ny skeeal giare, dy jarroo. Cha noddym cur genre baghtal er: ta FSS (far-skeealaght heanse) 'sy teihll hene, agh cha nel shen bentyn rish y skeeal t'ayn, as ta reddyn yindyssagh ayn nagh vel fansee cadjin noadyr. Ta Stevens maylartey ynnydyn mraane as deiney gyn cur wheesh trimmid er y chooish, as by vie lhiam eh shen. Y skeeal hene, cha nee agh beggan aitt t'ayn. Ghow mee taitnyss jeh, agh cha nee The Citadel of Fear t'ayn er chor erbee.

The Terror (Arthur Machen)

Cha row fys aym cre'n lioar veagh ayn, agh va mee er glashtyn jeh. She lioareen t'ayn, 90 duillagyn. Wahll, she folliaght t'ayn, as fer lane quaagh. Hoig mee red ny ghaa rish lhaih y skeeal, agh cha dod mee roshtyn y freggyrt hene er chor erbee derrey ghow ny karrecteyryn toshiaght soilshaghey magh y chooish. Chreid mee dy nee far-skeealaght whaagh v'ayn - ta sannish jeh cummaghtyn joarree dy leah - agh cha nee, 'sy cheeal chadjin. Ta moralaght Victoriagh echey, as cha nel eh lhiantyn rish cliaghtaghyn far-skeealaght whaagh.

Voir eh orrym dy vel eh croghey er sleih gyn rheynn fyssyree ymmydoil, eer marish ny caarjyn oc. As cha nel y dunverer feer tushtagh, myr shen lhisagh ny smoo sleih er scapail baase, as eisht er doiggal bun y chooish. Myr shen, er lhiam dy vel y chied 80 duillag lane 'eeu, agh cha nel mee shickyr mychione y jerrey!

Magic for Beginners (Kerry Link)

Hooar mee y lioar shoh nastee aght ennagh, myr shen cha vaik mee rieau coontey giare ny red erbee myr shen. Chreid mee rere yn ennym as y coodagh dy nee fansee baljagh v'ayn - da'n aeglee, foddee - mychione ynsaghey druiaghtys. Cha nee. She teihys skeealyn t'ayn, as cha dod mee coontey monney jeh. She sorçh dy feeynaidyn lettyragh fansee v'ayn, er lhiam. T'ad quaagh jeh yioin, as shen dy schlei, agh cha chreid mee dy row dean baghtal oc. Lhaih mee daa as scuirr mee jeh. Va blass far-skeealaght laue-lioar RPG oc, er lhiam: soilshaghey magh seihll ennagh dy mie, agh ny share shen na skeealaght. Ghow mee taitnys jeh kied lieh y chied skeeal derrey hoig mee nagh beagh feasley erbee er ny reddyn quaagh aynsyn. V'eh gollrish prowaltyssyn screeuee ennagh, cloie marish eieyn quaagh, agh gyn eie fondagh er cre'n skeeal v'ayn. Wahll, va lhaihderyn elley jeean dy liooar - mooarane jeu! - myr shen, ny crog orryms ynrican.

Two Keys vol. 1 (Chloe Chan and Aliena Shoemaker)

Skeeal noir fansee bajagh mie. Ta'n ellyn garroo dy ellynagh, as ta shen cooie da'n ghenre er lhiam; t'eh cur trimmid er cummaghyn as gleashaght, agh t'eh baghtal ny yei shen. She skeeal cleaynagh er lhiam, as lhaihym y naa lioar nish. Cha nel mee toiggal cre'n fa nagh vel kiartyn erbee ec sleih pishagagh - veagh ad ymmydoil dy liooar da'n reiltys, er lhiam, as er lhiam dy beagh pishagys hene ny kaart dellal ymmydoil myrgeddin. Agh, shen y seihll t'ayn.

Two Keys vol. 2 (Chloe Chan and Aliena Shoemaker)

Cha hoig mee taghyrtyn y skeeal shoh wheesh mie as y chied lioar. Shimmey reayrtys lane ghleashaght t'ayn, as er lhiam nagh vel yn ellyn wheesh cooie da shen. Cha hoig mee ny keayrtyn ny va taghyrt, as erskyn ooilley tra va pishagys 'sy chooish. She skeeal mie v'ayn, agh v'eh orrym gobbraghey ny smoo 'sy lioar shoh na 'sy chied lioar. Er lhiam dy vel shen, ayns ayrn, croghey er ny bun-skeealyn t'ayn. Ta arc baghtal as jerrey echey ec y chied lioar, as eisht arc elley hayrn harrish dys y nah lioar. 'Sy nah lioar, ta'n arc shen çheet gys jerrey neuhickyragh, as ta'n nah arc beggan moal er lhiam. Ta jerrey ard-haghyrtagh echey, agh dooys she "c'rad hig ass shen, hmm?" v'ayn, cha nee "cur y nah lioar dou kiart nish!" v'ayn.

Fockle s'jerree

Lhaih mee 6 lioar, va 92 aym yn çhiaghtin shoh chaie, myr shen ta 86 faagit dou nish. Shegin dou lhaih 36 lioaryn ayns 26 shiaghteeyn.

English version

22nd-28th June

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

The Night land (William Hope Hodgson)

I wanted to like this, but the writing stopped me. I have no idea whether it's a good story or not. The writing style is incredibly hard to read; not purple prose (which can be good) nor simply archaic, but very roundabout and fussy and thoroughly getting in the way of whatever story may be there. I got two chapters in and then gave up at the prospect of more. I don't even know what genre it is - it's part of a sci-fi series, but everything I saw looked like historical fiction to me. I have a high tolerance for archaism and dense prose, but I couldn't stomach this. It also starts as it (I'm told) means to go on, with some depressingly antiquated ideas about gender roles, which apparently turns into alarming possessiveness later.

Friend Island (Francis Stevens)

Actually a short story, not a book. It's hard to genre-pigeonhole this one - it's got a setting that's some kind of sci-fi, but barely comes into it, with fantastical elements too. I liked how it flips gender roles just in passing while setting up the story. The actual story is just a bit of fun really. It's a far cry from The Citadel of Fear, though.

The Terror (Arthur Machen)

I had no idea what to expect from this - haven't read any before, only heard of it. It's actually a novella, a mere 90 pages. It's good, very peculiar. I had inklings of things that were part of the mystery, but could not see my way to the answer, and it was only once the characters themselves put things together that I would be able to. I thought this was going to be a weird tale, and changed my mind about what kind of weird tale as the revelations came along, but in the end I think it actually isn't. It's got a very Victorian sensibility and doesn't really seem to fit the frame of the weird tale. It seemed early on as though it might bring in alien influences on almost Lovecraftian lines.

It does rely in a couple of places on the slightly annoying device of characters failing to share information that would have helped them put the facts together. There's also a slightly weird thing going on where essentially, lots of people are being killed, but there are remarkably few unsuccessful attacks; this is actually a bit unlikely once you know the solution, and you'd expect the truth to come out quite easily. The attacker is not intelligent enough to only attack when success is likely, and there should really be far more attacks in general.

Magic for Beginners (Kerry Link)

I got this as a free bonus ebook for backing something on Indiegogo, so bear that in mind. I didn't buy it, nor did I see a blurb to evaluate at any point.

The title and cover gave me the impression this would be an urban fantasy, possibly YA title, about learning magic. It isn't. It's actually a collection of short stories. I couldn't really get into it. It seems essentially like literary fantasy vignettes. The two stories I read were knowingly weird, and very successful at it - my problem was that they didn't seem to have anything else in mind. On reflection, they remind me strongly of RPG game fiction, evoking a distinctive setting well but not particularly going anywhere. I enjoyed the first half of the first story, until I realised none of the weirdness would ever be resolved. The second one did nothing for me. It seems like a set of writing experiments in being weird, not apparently going anywhere. Some people absolutely raved about it, so hey.

Two Keys vol. 1 (Chloe Chan and Aliena Shoemaker)

A decent urban fantasy noir. The artistically-rough art style works well for the genre, emphasising shades and impressions, while still being pretty clear to the eye. The story intrigues me so far, though there are a number of unanswered setting questions - not least, why do magic people apparently have no rights? Given they're a potential asset to the government, and also magic tends to be a useful bargaining chip... ah well, it's a setting assumption. I'm interested to see where this goes.

Two Keys vol. 2 (Chloe Chan and Aliena Shoemaker)

I found this one a little harder to follow than the first. There's quite a lot of action scenes early on, and I don't feel the art style is quite as suited to that. Sometimes it wasn't clear to me what was happening, particularly as a lot of magic flies around. This was still a good volume, but not quite as satisfying as the first. I think it's partly because it's setting up a longer-term storyline for next volume. The first volume had one conclusive arc (finding the prisoner) and led into the next; here, the first arc sort of peters out with a stalemate, while the second felt rather slow to me. The ending is a dramatic splash, though not a cliffhanger as such. It's cool, but more of a "huh, I wonder where this is going?" than a "wowza I need the next volume right now!" for my part.


I read 6 books this week, I had 92 last week, so 86 are left over. I have 36 books to read in 26 weeks.

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