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22 March 2014 @ 11:04 am
girls’ night out  

There is very little more entertaining in this world than having Sarah Rees Brennan relate the plot of one of her favourite books to you. It is, I’m fairly convinced, *much* better than actually reading the books, which I think cannot possibly match up to the dramatic and detailed retellings Sarah performs.

Last night during a post-dinner drink at a local pub, Sarah related the story of Flambards, to which, I assure you, the Wiki entry does no justice. Flambards is, by Sarah’s retelling, a Gothic romance sort of thing of tremendous sketchiness involving being beaten by crutches and true love killed in WW1 and replaced by stableboys and toothless husbands. We were all pretty well weeping with laughter by the time she was done, but better yet, as Sarah left the bar, apparently a man from the bar ran after her calling, “Wait! Excuse me! I have to know! What’s the book you were talking about?!”

“Man is that dude going to judge me when he amazons it…” Sarah said. :)

We had a lovely night out besides that, too. We went to the Cedar Tree, which is a stupendously good Lebanese restaurant that serves up dinner tapas-style. Sarah was late, so we only ordered for three, but as with her assistance we were barely able to finish dinner for 3 we thought it was just as well we hadn’t ordered for four. I feel that I should really not have to eat for at least six weeks.

Of course, on the way home I leapt on a bus and dug around in my purse for my wallet (enduring a snide comment from the bus driver about women and their handbags, which I did not go nuclear on him for mostly because I was starting to become alarmed that I COULD NOT FIND the wallet) so I could gt out my bus card, then had to get off the bus because I *couldn’t* find the wallet. Off the bus I took everything out of the purse and nope. No wallet. The last place I *knew* I had it was the restaurant, so I called and it was there and I went and got it (it had apparently fallen down the front of the handbag instead of going into it, and got knocked under the table) and all its contents were still in place, which was quite a relief. Whew!

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Catherinesharpwords on March 22nd, 2014 10:24 am (UTC)
Knowing who you were out with, I think a certain RFLong has an evil 'fluence - I lost my wallet at the Library Bar when we were there the other Saturday! (Thankfully someone had handed it in at reception, all intact.)
All Over The Mapjemck on March 22nd, 2014 10:58 am (UTC)
Phew indeed on the handbag. Horrible when that sort of thing happens.

I adored the Flambards books as a teen. And yes, the gothic elements are definitely there.

K M Peyton wrote some other excellent books, notably the 'Pennington' then-contemporary series - wherein the path to true teen love is quite majorly derailed by things including Our Hero going to jail for doing something dumb and an unplanned pregnancy where none of the resulting difficulties were glossed over, if I recall correctly.

Bearing in mind these were written in the early 70s and I read them around 76-77, this was pretty damn daring for the time.

Not sure if I dare reread them, in case the Suck Fairy has been in the meantime...
Catherinesharpwords on March 22nd, 2014 12:00 pm (UTC)
I loved the Pennington books; I read them in the late 80s, I think. They felt like period even then, but I'd read a lot of 70s-set/written stuff so they worked for me. I can still remember them now, out of all the hundreds of books I read then, so they must have been pretty good.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on March 22nd, 2014 10:59 am (UTC)
Yay for the Cedar Tree. And yay for their food to, which I remember as being pretty good.

(And a lot cheaper than the Lebanese meal that just came through on my credit card. Ouch! But then the CHF is riding high these days.)
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on March 22nd, 2014 11:57 am (UTC)
I'm glad you got to go out and have fun. And Sarah is quite right about Flambards: it's deeply gothic.
And I'm very glad you found your wallet.
irishkateirishkate on March 22nd, 2014 12:11 pm (UTC)
Lovely night out! Bummer about the ending but at least you DID get the wallet back and intact...
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on March 22nd, 2014 12:51 pm (UTC)
I just love the bit about the guy chasing her to find out which book it was :-)
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on March 22nd, 2014 02:33 pm (UTC)
Same here. :)