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Post  big chicken on Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:32 pm

This Amazon review is my second favorite right after a certain review of Whitney, My Love.

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Re: The Works of L.M. Montgomery

Post  chibimanda on Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:51 am

“This book is supposed to be Anne Of Green Gables NOT Anne Does Green Gables!”


This.
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Post  punkysdilemma on Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:06 am

Oh, I didn't realize it was a CreateSpace book. Apparently you can just download public domain books, slap any old cover on them, and send them off to be published. So it's more likely to be some yutz in his basement with a copy of Word and a picture of the neighbor's daughter than a real publishing house that did this?
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Post  ulkis on Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:40 pm

Okay, so finally I have completed the Emily trilogy. All in all I liked it although when Mrs kent told the truth and Ilse dumped Teddy and Emily was STILL all "oh woe Teddy has long gotten past me" I was like this is friggin ridiculous. And Dean Priest was a creeper but I got to say it really was nice of him to give the awesome house to Teddy and Emily.

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Post  ulkis on Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:47 pm

I finished Pat of Silver Bush and Mistress Pat, and I think I may have the most engaged in these books outside of the Anne books. Put under spoiler cut cause I'm gonna blather a bit.

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First of I totally teared up when the dogs died. Way to get me there Montgomery. Way sadder than when Bets died. sorry Bets, you were a boring little cipher child designed just to die. could Montgomery have TRIED to give her some scrap of personality besides, "everyone loved her"?

Pat annoyed me a bit at first but then I started empathizing more because I was like, hey, it's a Montgomery lead that actually has FLAWS. Like, deeply legitimate flaws. I do think the other heroines had moments of weakness and cattiness and pettiness, but I don't think I've ever said about them, "whoa, that is not cool [Anne/Emily/Jane]" like I did with Pat.

And I think I loved Hilary the most out of all the male characters she ever created too, but then of course he totally disappears from the next book.

Judy and her dialogue was a bit ridiculous, but I liked her all the same. I would have been sadder at her death except totally saw that coming pretty much and it took her like 5 pages to die. I was actually afraid they were going to kill Rae off a couple of times; she was pretty awesome for a character who had been called a twee name like Cuddles for the first book (and I totally don't blame for demanding to be called by their real names. Damn, Cuddles and Jingles are silly, although Hilary doesn't sound much better for a man to my modern ears.)

I've seen a lot of people say that it sucks for Hilary because Pat only chose him once Silver Bush burned down (which I had heard about so that moment didn't get to me like it probably would have if I hadn't known) but I agree with this person's comment (from here: http://thehairpin.com/2012/04/really-good-books-that-happen-to-be-free-for-the-kindle)

Though, I do feel like Pat loved Jingle all along, it's just that her Silver Bush love got in the way and Pat was too blind to her unhealthy attachment to free herself

I feel bad for Sid the most I think. I like to think May mellowed later on in life. Or that he - gasp - got a damn divorce. May was one of my disappointments in the book. Pat was such a snob about her I was hoping that she was really kind to Sid while at the same time being a bitch to Pat or something like that but nope, she was just a moron messing up Pat's life. We should have at least heard how she "hoodwinked" Sid into marrying her.

And Tillytuck! He was great. I was quite sad when he had to go, all sudden like that

And random question about "A Tangled Web" (which I haven't read) - what is the racism at the end of the book I've seen some people talk about?

ETA: Nevermind I checked it out. Having not read the book, I can't tell whether that character is supposed to be uncouth or not classy when they use the n word (like Mary is supposed to be in "Rainbow Valley") or if he's supposed to be some loveable rootable funny character. Either way, what a freakin' screeching halt for an end of a book.

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Re: The Works of L.M. Montgomery

Post  ulkis on Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:18 am

http://www.amazon.com/Anne-Avonlea-Green-Gables/dp/1402288972/ref=pd_sim_b_2

oh man look at these adorable new paperback covers for the Anne series!

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Post  Fraoch on Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:54 pm

Cute!!

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Re: The Works of L.M. Montgomery

Post  ulkis on Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:58 pm

none for Rainbow Valley or Rilla though. boo!

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Re: The Works of L.M. Montgomery

Post  punkysdilemma on Sun Apr 20, 2014 2:45 pm

I just finished reading the Pat books and A Tangled Web and: why do terrible things keep happening to cats in L. M. Montgomery novels? Cringe.
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Re: The Works of L.M. Montgomery

Post  ulkis on Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:12 pm

I forget, what happened in the Pat books?

I guess cause cats were easy to wring for some emotional poignancy without actual killing any actual characters.

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Post  punkysdilemma on Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:42 pm

ulkis wrote:I forget, what happened in the Pat books?

When the girls get stranded at a (not actually unoccupied) cabin after their car runs out of gas, the weird guy who lives there talks about how he likes to roast up a kitten when there isn't any food. I thought Pat would be horrified since she loves her cats so much but she doesn't bat an eye.

(And then there's the bit where they pack off her favorite cat to another home. Not a horrifying fate, but a sad moment, until the cat makes its way home again. I totally over-project on moments of cats being taken away from The Only Home They've Ever Known.)

I still skip those pages in Rilla where Bruce describes what he does to Stripey. Cringe.
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Re: The Works of L.M. Montgomery

Post  ulkis on Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:10 pm

When the girls get stranded at a (not actually unoccupied) cabin after their car runs out of gas, the weird guy who lives there talks about how he likes to roast up a kitten when there isn't any food. I thought Pat would be horrified since she loves her cats so much but she doesn't bat an eye.


That doesn't ring a bell for me. Maybe my version was edited. But yeah, that is pretty awful. The Stripey stuff in Rilla is pretty sad but it doesn't bother me on a visceral level.

How did you like the Pat books overall? People seem pretty down on them but I liked them. Probably more than I did the Emily series, and definitely more than Jane of Lantern Hill (I wasn't a fan).

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Post  punkysdilemma on Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:27 pm

I liked the Pat books too, though it got a little funny when it got all the way up to the Year Eleven chapter title of Pat's overwhelming spinsterhood. Heh.

As far as the lesser-known works of LMM go, I now can't remember if I actually finished The Story Girl. Or maybe I got bored in the middle of The Golden Road.

Whatever happened to that TV retread of Anne of Green Gables that people were worried about a few years back?
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Post  ulkis on Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:16 pm

punkysdilemma wrote:I liked the Pat books too, though it got a little funny when it got all the way up to the Year Eleven chapter title of Pat's overwhelming spinsterhood.  Heh.  

As far as the lesser-known works of LMM go, I now can't remember if I actually finished The Story Girl.  Or maybe I got bored in the middle of The Golden Road.

Whatever happened to that TV retread of Anne of Green Gables that people were worried about a few years back?

I really liked the Story Girl. I haven't gotten to the Golden Road yet though. I haven't read a Tangled Web, Kilmeny of the Orchard, or Magic for Marigold either. I don't know if I'll ever get to Kilmeny. It sounds weird.

Oh, it aired. I honestly thought, if it were an original story, it would have been well-written and well-acted. As an adaptation though? Horrible. It turned out Walter, Anne's father, had written to Marilla, and Marilla had hidden the letters and never told Anne her father was alive. Just no. And that was merely the start.

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Post  punkysdilemma on Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:32 pm

I just finished A Tangled Web -- there are too many characters to keep straight but it has its charms. Think I found it on Gutenberg awhile back but never got around to reading it till recently. Kilmeny is a pretty short book, though it's one of her rare ones where the POV is male (though there is still a creature of dulcet perfection running around, of course).

TV series -- I meant this one, I guess it hasn't aired yet. Assuming it doesn't suck, and assuming we get to watch it in the States, I hope they keep it to the proper time period so that someday they might actually work their way up to WWI. I don't know what Kevin Sullivan was smoking with his adaptations and I hope LMM's heirs were as appalled as the rest of us were, since I think I heard they're working with the producers of this new one.
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Post  ulkis on Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:41 pm

oh no, I never even heard of that. I don't mind more Anne adaptations but I would prefer if someone just did a Rilla adaptation already (or one of the other books)

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Post  big chicken on Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:32 pm

I hope LMM's heirs were as appalled as the rest of us were, since I think I heard they're working with the producers of this new one.

Is that why the last few Sullivan productions have basically been Anne fanficton? He couldn't get the rights to the actual books so he wrote is own stories?

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Post  dionneshea on Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:49 pm

The Golden Road is actually my favourite LMM book of all time. It wraps up the stories nicely, has some hints of tragedy, but overall leaves on a sweet note. But I like the King family the best. I wish the Road to Avonlea characters would have been closer to what they were in the books.

What happened with a cat in A Tangled Web? It's been so long since I've read it, I don't remember anymore.
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Post  ulkis on Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:29 pm

big chicken wrote:
I hope LMM's heirs were as appalled as the rest of us were, since I think I heard they're working with the producers of this new one.

Is that why the last few Sullivan productions have basically been Anne fanficton?  He couldn't get the rights to the actual books so he wrote is own stories?

Maybe. But as someone who thought he veered mostly into fanfic territory already after the first Anne movie he made, I think he just doesn't like the source material that much.

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Post  punkysdilemma on Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:01 pm

dionneshea wrote:What happened with a cat in A Tangled Web? It's been so long since I've read it, I don't remember anymore.

I suppose this counts as a spoiler:
Brian, the orphaned boy who is forced to live in someone's loft, has a kitten who secretly starts visiting him at night, and it's the only thing in the world he loves -- and then one of the relatives straight-up kills it because he was sleeping in the loft and it woke him up. It's the last straw that leads Brian to leave there to live with Margaret Penhallow, but, yeesh.

I didn't even like half of what Sullivan did in the second Anne adaptation. Anne of Windy Poplars is probably my least favorite of the books and he spends SO MUCH TIME there. Meh.
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Post  QueenSix on Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:22 am

ulkis wrote:
big chicken wrote:
I hope LMM's heirs were as appalled as the rest of us were, since I think I heard they're working with the producers of this new one.

Is that why the last few Sullivan productions have basically been Anne fanficton?  He couldn't get the rights to the actual books so he wrote is own stories?

Maybe. But as someone who thought he veered mostly into fanfic territory already after the first Anne movie he made, I think he just doesn't like the source material that much.

I don't know if that's the case or not, but it boggles me when people go to the bother of getting rights to books only to decide they don't like the source material and turn it into something different. I think that's why I find Bryan Fuller so refreshing: he actually likes and respects the books he's based his TV show on! Who'd have thought such a thing possible?!

When the Megan Follows Anne aired here in the 1980's, I loved it so much I had to have the books with the adaptation covers. It took me a while because 1980's Galway was not exactly packed with bookshops that were up to date on such things (and you had to go to Northern Ireland or Dublin for anything half decent) but I got them! I was so proud. If anyone wants to sell them or give them away, they'll be prying them out of my cold dead hand!

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Post  ulkis on Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:30 pm

I didn't even like half of what Sullivan did in the second Anne adaptation. Anne of Windy Poplars is probably my least favorite of the books and he spends SO MUCH TIME there. Meh.

And he rips straight off of Little Women for the proposal scene, what the heck was that? And it's annoying because in Little Women, the fact that Jo and Laurie were alike was a point against them, and in "Anna", it was the reason that Gilbert and Anne were right for each other. I still like it, but I prefer the BBC 1975 Anne of Avonlea, shoddy accents and stage bound set and all. I would prefer most of all though if someone made an Anne of Avonlea/of the Island/House of Dreams sequel that was faithful to the books and had good production, heh. Although maybe that might be too much for one movie.

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Re: The Works of L.M. Montgomery

Post  Algae on Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:20 pm

But it doesn't look like the annotations carry over into the Kindle version? At least in the sample I saw. Can someone confirm?
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