tellitslant: helen magnus with a big gun (sanctuary - helen - carry a big gun)
Things I learned by reading the entire Chalet School series in a month (thanks, [personal profile] soupytwist):

  • Everyone in the Commonwealth is related to everyone else. No, really.

  • If you have your hair shaved off, it may grow back in curly.

  • Curling is known as 'shinny' in Canada. (This might be my favourite.)

  • Hump your mattress to keep it fresh.

  • Having a high fever as a child can make you taller.

  • Canadian children grow up faster and are more serious than English children.

  • Snow blindness makes you see red.

  • Twisted ankles and/or wrenched muscles will not only make you faint but leave you bedridden for months.

  • Eleven is not enough children.

  • Don't underestimate the possibility of natural disaster.

  • Never, ever, ever cross Matron.


I never encountered the series as a child, but as an adult they were - despite being very much a product of their times at points - interesting and enjoyable. But oh, at points they sure were funny.
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (alias - spimommy)
Have I mentioned how much I love Peter David?

I found him, unsurprisingly, through his Star Trek novels (*cough*Imzadi*cough*), but he's written a lot of other stuff as well. I read his take on King Arthur just recently, and loved it. And he's got this series out based around a character called "Sir Apropos of Nothing."

Well.

I'm reading the third book now, Tong Lashing, and I'm just dying. Apropos has shipwrecked himself in Chinpan and learned Chinpanese. He's become the pupil of the great Chinpan Ali, but is forced on a quest to destroy the Anais Ninjas, who are aligned with the Skang Kei crime family and it's leader, the Skang Kei Ho.

Yeah. If you enjoy parodies, puns, and stories about knights and squires, you really should give this series a read. Sir Apropos of Nothing, The Woad to Wuin, and now Tong Lashing.
tellitslant: amanda tapping being a dorkface at the camera (alias - spimommy)
Have I mentioned how much I love Peter David?

I found him, unsurprisingly, through his Star Trek novels (*cough*Imzadi*cough*), but he's written a lot of other stuff as well. I read his take on King Arthur just recently, and loved it. And he's got this series out based around a character called "Sir Apropos of Nothing."

Well.

I'm reading the third book now, Tong Lashing, and I'm just dying. Apropos has shipwrecked himself in Chinpan and learned Chinpanese. He's become the pupil of the great Chinpan Ali, but is forced on a quest to destroy the Anais Ninjas, who are aligned with the Skang Kei crime family and it's leader, the Skang Kei Ho.

Yeah. If you enjoy parodies, puns, and stories about knights and squires, you really should give this series a read. Sir Apropos of Nothing, The Woad to Wuin, and now Tong Lashing.

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