Monday, 10 August 2015

Shalee lhaih 2015: shiaghtin 32

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

3oo - 9oo Luanistyn

Jerrey nah hiaghtin jeih as feed ny Shalee Lhaih. Shoh ny lhiah mee yn çhiaghtin shoh chaie:

Unnatural Selection (Jonathan Green)

Skeeal contoyrtyssyn steampunkagh taitnyssagh dy liooar. Va'n prose beggan garroo nish as reesht, as er lhiam dy verragh aavaght elley blass noa er myr skeeal "taitnyssagh as so-lhaih". She ym-lioar nane t'ayn, agh nagh vel ad loayrt er ny traghyn t'er ngoll shaghey! Ny keayrtyn er lhiam dy row mee er goayl skeeal-roish ennagh. Ta Green soilshaghey dy jeean dy nee seihll groamagh t'ayn, as ta shen cur blass elley er yn ard-charracteyr. Cha nod fer berçhagh ooasle ve ny 'eniagh glen as eshyn goaill ayrn 'sy chorys heshoil t'ayn, agh t'eh jannoo reddyn feeu ny yei shen. Red elley, cha nel eh jiooldey insh dooin ny ta goll er, as folliaghey eh derrey jerrey'n skeeal; ta fys mie ain dy leah, as she cummey as jerrey y feaysley ta bun as bree y skeeal. Ghow mee soylley jeh'n skeeal trooid as trooid, as she seihll steampunkagh mie t'ayn. Ta blass garroo er y phrose, agh s'baghtal dy nee aght as daltyn ta cummal seose y lioar, as ta Green screeu adsyn mie dy liooar. Kionneeym y nah lioar, foddee, as yeearree dy bee ny karracteyryn ny smoo, wahll, nyn garracteyryn, rish sheeyney y skeeal.

The Color of Earth (Dong Hwa Kim)

Bea-skeeal caslyssagh mie er bashtal mychione aase 'syn Chorea. Ta caillin feaysley magh beggan er veggan bun as keeayllyn caillinys as bwoirrinys, 'sy chorp as 'sy chultoor mygeayrt eck. Ga dy vel blass bardaght lajer ayns ny coloayrtyssyn dy mennick, ta smooinaghtyn as ennaghtyn aeglee ainjyssagh ry-akin (as ry-chooinaghtyn!) ayns shoh.

Fockle s'jerree

Lhaih mee 2 lioar, va 80 aym yn çhiaghtin shoh chaie, myr shen ta 78 faagit dou nish. Shegin dou lhaih 28 lioaryn ayns 20 shiaghteeyn.

English version

3rd - 9th August

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

Unnatural Selection (Jonathan Green)

An enjoyable, action-packed steampunk adventure story. The prose was somewht clunky, and another editing pass could have boosted this into "action-packed and well-written". This is volume one of the series, but at times the references to past events made it feel like volume two, as though I was missing something. Green is cheerfully frank about how grim the setting is for all but the upper classes, and this paints the protagonist as something less than a real hero. You can't be likeable when you're knowingly part of that system, but his exploits are still unselfish. I also appreciated Green letting the reader know what's going on, rather than trying to hide it all. Overall I enjoyed the story, and I thought the world was a satisfying take on the steampunk theme. The prose is a little rough around the edges, but action and style are clearly the focus here, and Green delivers that well enough. I'll consider getting the next book, and hope that we might see some more depth to the characters as the story continues.

The Color of Earth (Dong Hwa Kim)

An excellent graphical memoir of growing up in Korea, and a young girl's slow unfolding discovery of what it means to be a girl, both biologically and culturally. A lot of familiar, believable childhood emotions and thoughts come across here, despite the rather poetic flavour many of the conversations have.


I read 2 books this week, I had 80 last week, so 78 are left over. I 78 books to read in 20 weeks.

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