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Updated: 2017-06-03T22:09:45.558-07:00

 



dewey--it must have been you--I'll have to go back...

2007-07-29T20:01:00.000-07:00

dewey--it must have been you--I'll have to go back and look at what you wrote. Thanks for the inspiration, I'll let you know what I think when I read it.

I can understand your husband's feelings, it does seem weird when the English kids in the book don't sound English. I never thought about it quite that way, but it makes sense!



It might have been me! I've mentioned The Maytrees...

2007-07-29T15:22:00.000-07:00

It might have been me! I've mentioned The Maytrees twice this week. :)

We usually read the English editions, too, because my husband is English and it's just too odd to him that English kids are running around using American slang. Sometimes, though, we end up with the U.S. versions. As far as the cover art goes, sometimes I like the U.S. art better and other times the English art.



bellezza--I'm glad I'm not alone in liking the Bri...

2007-07-29T15:21:00.000-07:00

bellezza--I'm glad I'm not alone in liking the British version, and I do keep hearing great things about Water for Elephants, sounds like a must-read!



I ordered my H. Potter from Amazon.ca, too! I real...

2007-07-29T14:31:00.000-07:00

I ordered my H. Potter from Amazon.ca, too! I really wanted the British version. Now I'm going to read it again the way it should be. :)

Also, I adored Water For Elephants.



stefanie--on the cover art, for me I liked what I ...

2007-07-29T08:15:00.000-07:00

stefanie--on the cover art, for me I liked what I was used to, guess I'm a creature of habit :) And I'm so happy to have some nice books to read.

bookfool--I agree about the glossary idea. That's the first thing I thought when I realized they changed things in the American editions--why not leave things as they were and just include a glossary?

john--I'm looking forward to reading Blindness!

lotus--ooh, interesting that they're making a movie from Blindness, I'll have to look that up on imdb...



Gentle Reader, wow, those are some wonderful books...

2007-07-29T06:18:00.000-07:00

Gentle Reader, wow, those are some wonderful books, hope you enjoy them all, especially the Harry Potter!

I am so glad you will be reading "Blindness", they started shooting for the screen version just a couple of days ago here in Toronto. Juliana Moore (one of my favorite actresses) will be in the movie, I simply cannot wait!!!

Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday!



Looking forward to the Blindness review!

2007-07-28T19:32:00.000-07:00

Looking forward to the Blindness review!



Oooh, what a lovely stack! You'll have to tell me...

2007-07-28T19:07:00.000-07:00

Oooh, what a lovely stack! You'll have to tell me when you read Hotel du Lac.

As to Harry . . . I prefer the UK versions. I have 1-4, purchased in Edinburgh and, although I've only read the first two, I really disliked the way they Americanized words for publication in the U.S. In my opinion, doing so ruins the delightful flavor of uniqueness and sense of place. If they must explain things for the stupid Americans, publishers could easily include a simple glossary, instead. I also like the British covers better.

However, having said all that, we bought the last three so close to their release that we ended up with the yucky old American hardbacks and the kiddo was fine with them.



What a lovely stack of books. Can't wait to hear a...

2007-07-28T15:22:00.000-07:00

What a lovely stack of books. Can't wait to hear about them. I'm partial to the US coverart because the artist is from St Paul MN and a friend of a friend.



imani--yes, that's one advantage to the Commonweal...

2007-07-28T11:24:00.000-07:00

imani--yes, that's one advantage to the Commonwealth! Another being socialized medicine, but don't get me started...The U.S. edition is really big and heavy, and yes, it's 759 pages. The U.S. edition has some black and white illustrations at the start of chapters, and more (goofy, if you ask me) design flourishes on the pages. I like the more streamlined British version better.

If you find that list about the changes to the U.S. edition, send me the link, I'm sure it will amuse and irk me in equal measure!

And thank you for recommending the Arden Shakespeare. I'm glad you say the intro is accessible, because there's nothing worse than being intimidated before you even start reading the text of the book!



In Canada we get the British edition, which is one...

2007-07-28T10:48:00.000-07:00

In Canada we get the British edition, which is one advantage of being in the Commonwealth. :) It had less pages than the US edition too -- I remember reading reviews and the writer would mention it being over 700 pages.

There was a list on-line put up around the time of the last release that revealed the changes made to the US edition. They really irked me. Besides changing some of the terms because they would supposedly be too "confusing" for American audiences, they also boosted the "multicultural" aspect or some such crock. Adding in random minorities standing in line for the Sorting hat and that sort of thing. The list was amusing I'll have to search for it.

Again, I'm so glad I persuaded you to get that Arden! Its Shakespeare editions are really among the best, IMO. And the introduction is really accessible, which isn't always the case.



tanabata--thanks, I'm enjoying it! I have the chi...

2007-07-28T09:39:00.000-07:00

tanabata--thanks, I'm enjoying it! I have the children's covers, because for a long time I didn't know the adult ones existed. I'll have to check them out, too!



I always read the UK editions of Harry Potter too....

2007-07-28T02:32:00.000-07:00

I always read the UK editions of Harry Potter too. It would frustrate me terribly knowing many Britishisms had been lost in the US version. Luckily Amazon Japan sources from both the US and Europe so I could have a British one on the day of release. I started out with the children's covers but switched to the adult covers for the last 2. Someday I may buy the adult complete set as they're my favourite now.
Have fun with all your new books!



tara--I know, I only like the UK cover art better ...

2007-07-27T20:24:00.000-07:00

tara--I know, I only like the UK cover art better because it was what I got used to first. I'm really looking forward to diving into some of these books. Once I finish Harry Potter, of course :)



I can't decide what I think about the cover art of...

2007-07-27T18:17:00.000-07:00

I can't decide what I think about the cover art of the different editions - I like both. Great stack of books you have there - I have a few of those in my TBR pile.



joy--thanks for the tip on Water for Elephants--th...

2007-07-27T17:09:00.000-07:00

joy--thanks for the tip on Water for Elephants--that's what I love about blogging, I get good book advice!



I LOVED Water for Elephants. Don't put that one a...

2007-07-27T16:58:00.000-07:00

I LOVED Water for Elephants. Don't put that one aside!

Have fun with your new book loot, GR! :)



matt--glad I'm not alone reading Harry! I'll let ...

2007-07-27T14:34:00.000-07:00

matt--glad I'm not alone reading Harry! I'll let you know what I think of Blindness. Not sure when I'll get to Water for Elephants, either--I've got a lot to choose from at the moment :)



It will be interesting to read another opinion of ...

2007-07-27T13:43:00.000-07:00

It will be interesting to read another opinion of Blindness.

Also, I have Water for Elephants on my bookshelf right now waiting to be read. Not sure when I'll get to it though.

And don't worry, my wife is only a couple of chapters into the new Harry Potter so you're not the last!