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Jess, Melbourne, 20's. Things I like may be found here (pretty pictures, quotes, recipes, occasional demented fangirlism).
Also occasional liveblogs of books by a completely amazing bastard called Dorothy Dunnett.


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Nicholas just used a yo-yo to get an in with the Medici

A yo-yo. To get an in. With the Medici.

A YO-YO.

The MEDICI.

…I think I’m in love.

I have finished Niccolo Rising and here are my carefully-considered thoughts:

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ajddhfjdkslJHFGAJSHDSHADGSHJAFASAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

REVELATIONS.

THINGS.

THINGS HAVE HAPPENED.

OH MY GOD AND A BUCKET OF GUMDROPS WHAT THE HELL

I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENINGGGG

I just know that I am HEAVILY INVESTED in WHATEVER IT IS THAT’S GOING ON.

marshmallowsandbubbles:

venusmilk:

The Fairy Book, 1863Illustrations by Warwick Goble

i wanna wear clothes like that.
and especially a hat like that. 

marshmallowsandbubbles:

venusmilk:

The Fairy Book, 1863
Illustrations by Warwick Goble

i wanna wear clothes like that.

and especially a hat like that. 

(via ninnieamee)

Whoops, bye-bye Felix!

I am not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, I never saw him going anywhere particularly great. On the other hand, who is going to sew bells on all Claes’ clothes now?!

vivelecirquedusoleil:

A brief video about costume making in Cirque.

Cirque costumes are one of my favorite things about the company. The detail and design that goes into them is just amazing.

renaissance-art:

El Greco c. 1597-1599
View of Toledo (detail)

renaissance-art:

El Greco c. 1597-1599

View of Toledo (detail)

(via somebrightneuroticstar)

(via dreamfulartist)

"Before him, lamplit in snapdragon silks, was a city of tents.."

dunnettfandom:

thevagueredhead:

Don’t mind me, I’ll just be over here losing my mind a little over the gorgeous phrases Dunnett just casually chucks in as if they were nothing.

We love it, keep them coming, and any observations you have about events.. I especially like to hear thoughts on the development of Nicholas. Thoughts?  And Gelis, FFJ, Kathi, all of the major players.  Except maybe Simon.

But also I know how it feels to be engrossed.  You might not want to get into heavy discussion until your second read-through.  You might not get really, really, really into it until your third.  And then you might start begging anyone and everyone to read it so you have someone to talk to about it (basically me, and it’s why I’m so excited that the fandom is growing nicely every day - just let me know if I’m too insistent and I’ll let up.  I’m making sure that I’m not posting any Niccolo spoilers in case you follow tags.)

Sorry, I get really excited when people read these books.  Like, it can make sun shine on the worst day ever.  Just reading your updates puts a smile on my face.  I’m beyond help ;)

I know the feeling! I’ve already strongarmed one friend into reading them (I hope), and I’m in the process of overwhelming several others by force of sheer, ranting persistence.

I haven’t been going into too much discussion so far because I’m still mentally staggering around this new world trying to figure out where the light switch has gone and what all the furniture is - which admittedly is also what I was doing for most of The Game of Kings. Once I get a handle on the series there will be some more informed thoughts, I hope! 

That said, I am in love with the Claes/Nicholas dichotomy, and one day I am going to write a very long ramble about Dunnett and names and how she uses them. Lymond evolving into Francis was one of the best examples I’ve ever seen of how to do that style of thing, and don’t even get me started on Will Scott’s fixation with Lymond’s original title (“The Master indeed,” I snigger quietly to myself every time it happens - WHICH IS OFTEN, I HAVE NOTICED). I assume Nicholas is going to transform himself into Niccolo eventually?

Other character thoughts, in no particular order:

Gelis - ONE TO WATCH, THAT GIRL. POSSIBLY ONE TO WATCH VERY CAREFULLY WHILE KEEPING YOUR HAND CLOSE TO SOMETHING EDGED AND POINTY. Anyone passing on clandestine correspondence AND BLATANTLY READING IT at that age is gonna go far. In fact it’s just struck me that she’s basically doing exactly what Nicholas is with the courier business, just within her own slightly more limited sphere. I look forward to her eventual world takeover.

Katelina - is Bad at Life. Probably doomed. A tiny part of my brain is watching the pregnancy for signs of a Lymond ancestor, but most of me is just screaming NO WHY ARE YOU DOING THAT? AND THAT? AND THAT ALSO? Please, Katelina, make just one sensible decision. For me.

Felix - I do not entirely trust Nicholas’ ongoing assumption that Felix Will Turn Out Alright. Felix seems to me to be dangerously steerable, and I have just remembered that he hasn’t yet met Jordan de Riberac (who seems to be our main antagonist and Vile Manipulator so far?). Possibly doomed, but more likely will continue to Fuck Up Spectacularly and unintentionally spoil Nicholas’ schemes every so often.

Marion de Charetty - YOU GO GIRL. YOU GO RULE THE WORLD when Nicholas brings it to you on a silver platter because really that seems to be where we’re heading.

I have tried to figure out who FFJ is, but I’m not sure? Either that, or I haven’t encountered her/him yet.

FURTHER ADVENTURES IN WILD SURMISE AND BASELESS HYPOTHESIS TO FOLLOW, REST ASSURED.