Sunday, 12 July 2015

Shalee lhaih 2015: shiaghtin 28

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

6oo - 12h Jerrey Souree

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

Some Chinese ghosts (Lafcadio Haern)

Çhaglym dy skeealyn scaanjoon as feayn-skeeayllaght anaasoil. Cha nee çhyndaays hene t'ayn, agh aascreeu rere y skeeal Sheenish ('syn Çhapaanish!) dys lhieggan noa 'sy Vaarle. Ta kuse jeu lane whaagh (feayn-skeeal bun tey, myr sampleyr) agh ghow mee soylley jeu.

A view from the Imperium (Jody Lynn Nye)

Ta mee er lhiah obbraghyn elley Nye as ghow mee soylley jeu. Shoh y lioar share jeu, er lhiam. T'ee screeuit dy meein, as ny focklyn scughey ass y raad as lhiggey dhyt goll shaghey. Ta schlei lettyragh dy liooar ec Nye myrgeddin. T'ee cur sheese rassyn y bun-skeeal foddey roish my t'ou toiggal y scansh oc, as cha row mee jerkal rish fer erbee jeu. She seihll anaasoil bioyr t'ayn, agh cha nel ee jummal stiagh mynphoyntyn as jerkal rhyt cur ad gys cooinaghtyn. Ta ny karracteyryn cleaynagh dy liooar, myn- as ard-charracteyryn y jees. Ta Nye dy kinjagh screeu mraane anaasoil, as by vie lhiam y Chooinseilagh erskyn ooilley, ga dy nee ben-oik t'ayn gyn blass hene caggee urree. Shen yn aght!

Shegin dou cur moylley er lheh da'n ard-charracteyr. S'doillee agglagh eh screeu ommidan ooasle as ard-chied echey, as jannoo shen y credjallagh, gyn croo fer nagh by vie lesh peiagh erbee eh. Ta screeu ass y chied reayrtys ny smessey foast. Ta Nye croo cormid jesh eddyr foill as mie; ta Thomas jannoo reddyn ommidjagh, agh t'eh cooilleeney reddyn scanshoil myrgeddin. Cha nee feniagh caggee t'ayn as laue niartal echey, agh cha nel eh jummal traa sleih neuooasle as cur orroo eh y hauail noadyr. Ta'n skeeal gra dy nee fer kenjal as cleaynagh t'ayn, as chreid mee shen. Ga dy nee anoayllagh t'ayn, ta cree as mian echey dy jannoo e chooid hare, as imlid dy liooar dy hoiggal feeu sleih cadjin. Kionneein y nah lioar nish mannagh row mee cummmal veih kionnaghey lioaryn.

Fockle s'jerree

Lhaih mee 2 lioar, va 84 aym yn çhiaghtin shoh chaie, myr shen ta 82 faagit dou nish. Shegin dou lhaih 32 lioar ayns 24 shiaghteeyn.

English version

5th - 12th July

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

Some Chinese ghosts (Lacfadio Haern)

An interesting little collection of ghostly short stories. They're based on Chinese stories that circulated in Japan while he lived there, though according to his notes, he's essentially rewritten them rather than simply translating a Japanese version. They're characterful and appealing.

A view from the Imperium (Jody Lynn Nye)

I've read and enjoyed Nye's work before, but I wasn't prepared for how enthralling I found this book. Technically, it's very impressive. Plot seeds are regularly planted well in advance, so smoothly that I never saw them coming. The setting is detailed enough to feel vibrant and new, but not crammed with aliens to memorise. Minor characters were nicely articulated, while Nye has always written good, interesting female characters without resorting to arbitrary badassness - the Councillor was excellent.

I was particularly impressed with the protagonist. A character who's a spoiled, privileged aristocratic twerp is very difficult to write convincingly without making them unlikable. First-person perspective makes it even worse. Nye balanced this nicely between flaws and virtues, competence and cluelessness. He's neither an action hero, nor a time-waster in constant need of saving. Thomas is supposed to be kind, likeable and charming, and I really felt that that charm seeped out of the page, so that even his foibles felt endearingly human rather than irritating. I'd buy the next book right now if I wasn't not buying books.


I read 2 books this week, I had 84 last week, 82 are left over. I have 32 books to read in 24 weeks.

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