I always meant to do the one that Gryfon passed to me back in January. I do mean to do Mike’s Wellington one.
Honestly. This weekend. Yes. Oh, the pressure.
Meanwhile, I need to continue reading War and Peace_, which is every bit as good as people say. The Saturnyne’s advice on Jessie’s blog15.html to plough on past the first chapter is exactly what’s required.
I was concerned enough about losing track of all the characters that I started a wiki specially for the task (feel free to contribute, if you wish, although you can tell by the level of completeness that I didn’t actually need the prop). I’m such a fucking nerd, aren’t I.
As for the book itself: Tolstoy’s characterisations are superb, and his observations on people’s motivations in various situations are acute. Anna Karenina was similarly good, although doesn’t have quite the same Napoleonic sweep in the background.
But I do have to admit some impatience with all the balls; operas; and house interiors. Luckily it’s not long until I read up to the war of 1812.