[identity profile] mheloyse.livejournal.com
I'm currently re-reading The Thursday Kidnapping with a view to starting a Trennels readthrough shortly, if no one objects to this.

If anyone would like to contribute any chapters, perhaps they could post to this thread.

Copies of The Thursday Kidnapping are currently on sale on Amazon for around £15 - £20 if anyone needs one to join in. There are many interesting parallels and comparisons to be drawn between TTK and the Marlowverse, so I am hoping the readthrough will prompt Marlow-based discussion, as well as discussion of the novel in its own right.
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
Chapter 11: Upon a Fearful Summons )

Chapter 12: Stand for Judgment )

Chapter 13: Old and Plain )

Chapter 14: The Pageants of the Sea )

Well, that really is it from me: we've read our way through all 12 Marlows books. It's been just over a year, at a fairly conservative estimate about 100,000 words written in readthrough posts, and over 6,000 comments.

I'd like to thank the guest posters: [personal profile] legionseagle, who took on Peter's Room and the sailing bits of Run Away Home, [livejournal.com profile] coughingbear who took on Cricket Term; [livejournal.com profile] highfantastical, who posted on parts of the Players books and on Falconer's Lure; [livejournal.com profile] jackmerlin, who posted on chapters from Ready Made Family; and [livejournal.com profile] sprog_63 who posted on Falconer's Lure.

Thanks to the [livejournal.com profile] trennels mods, [livejournal.com profile] thewhiteowl, [livejournal.com profile] ankaret and [livejournal.com profile] coughingbear for their exceptional modding.

And finally, thanks to everyone who participated in the discussions, without whom &c.

It's been an epic experience: I feel I've learned a lot about Forest and her books, and I've enjoyed myself trimmensely. I hope you have too. I find myself a little overwhelmed, so I hope you'll excuse me if I don't launch into a prolonged panegyric, but I am enormously gratified and touched by the enthusiastic and informed response that there has been to the readthrough.

I hope after a short break we might continue discussion of the Marlows books with some thematic posts, and if people would like to, also a readthrough of The Thursday Kidnapping. The fic fest is still open for sign-ups for another two weeks, and there are plenty of prompts already there awaiting a claim.

But for now, I'll gently rise, and softly call: good night, and joy be to you all.

Thanks once again to everyone.
[identity profile] highfantastical.livejournal.com
Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] lilliburlero for letting me have a crack at The Players and the Rebels!

The Mirror up to Nature )

The Quick Comedians )

The Wind is Northerly )

That's it from me! Thanks again to everyone who keeps [livejournal.com profile] trennels running smoothly, and of course to [livejournal.com profile] lilliburlero for all her amazing work during the readthrough. Over to you all. :)
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
Thanks very much to [livejournal.com profile] highfantastical for posting last week, and to all of you for the discussion. Sorry this one's slightly late.

Chapter 13: Highways in Summer )

Chapter 14: Hangman’s Hands )

Chapter 15: Homeward He Did Come )

Over to you!
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
For the delay to your regularly scheduled readthrough post. It will go up first thing in the morning (UTC), perhaps even still on Friday in some timezones.
[identity profile] highfantastical.livejournal.com
Thank you very much to [livejournal.com profile] lilliburlero for giving me the opportunity to guest-post this week -- the first two TPB recaps were fantastic and it's an honour to follow in her footsteps!

Chapter 9: A Good Sprag Memory )

Chapter 10: The Youngest of that Name )

Chapter 11: Well Grac'd Actor )

Chapter 12: His Hopeful Son )


A long summary of some PACKED chapters covering masses of time, professional formation, maturation, and much else besides. So that is more than enough from me -- over to you!
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
If you are unable to get your hands on the Players books, please send me a pm.

Remember GGBP are starting to reprint the Marlows books, beginning with Traitor. If you've enjoyed the readthrough and haven't hard copies of all the books yet, here's an opportunity to do so, and to support a small publisher. If you can possibly spare them some of your money, please do so!
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
24th April: Chapters 1-4
1st May: Chapters 5-8
8th May: Chapters 9-12, guest post by [livejournal.com profile] highfantastical
15th May: Chapters 13-15

If you'd like to do a guest post, please let me know below or in pm. Similarly if you would like to lend/circulate/borrow Players texts, please contact me via pm.
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
I'm planning to begin reading the Players books on 24th April. Schedule to follow. Unfortunately, I don't have or know of any electronic copies of these novels. If you do, and would be willing to share, please let me know. If you're able to afford them, 2nd hand copies of the books are available from various dealers and on Ebay etc. Unfortunately it looks like these will set you back about £40 each at the going rate, so it would be great if people were able informally to circulate pdfs or loan spare copies &c.
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
Posting slightly early on behalf of [personal profile] legionseagle, to whom thanks.

This is the last post on the modern Marlows books, so I'd like to take the opportunity to express gratitude to everyone who's contributed, but particularly those who've put time and energy into writing guest posts, and our indefatigable mods. It's not quite all over yet: after a short break we'll be reading the Players books (schedule to follow) and if there's appetite, The Thursday Kidnapping. Thank you!



Someone suggested in one of the earlier chapter discussions that possibly this is the part of the book Forest wanted to write, and she cut and bent her story to make it fit. It would not surprise me; I think there's a difference in tone and atmosphere in these chapters which possibly suggest they were written at a different time or with a different fluency. Discussion?

My personal opinion is that these chapters bear comparison with and have the degree of authenticity Ransome reaches in We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea (although if Commander Walker had been sending his famous telegram about the Marlow boys, I suspect it would have been two words long.)

Nit-picks on sailing issues )

Anyway, as we saw in the last chapter, Nicola duly delivers the fugitive and Surfrider sets off eastwards up Channel to Wotton.

Chapter Twelve: To Sea in a Sieve )

Chapter Thirteen: Overdue )

Chapter Fourteen: Ferry Crossing )

Chapter Fifteen: Night-long )

Chapter Sixteen: Driftwood )

An uneven book, but not a bad note to end on, in my view. Have at it!
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
Chapter 9: Boy on the Phone )

Chapter 10: Monkey Business )

Chapter 11: Night Ride )

...and that's it from me. [personal profile] legionseagle will be taking the tiller next week, so this is actually my last post on the modern Marlows. It's been fun. Thanks to you all!
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
Muggins here forgot to post a schedule for this novel. Sorrow!

March 13th: Chapters 1-4: posted here.
March 20th: Chapters 5-8
March 27th: Chapters 9-11
April 3rd: Chapters 12-16, guest posted by [personal profile] legionseagle.
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
Chapter 13: Spilled Coffee )

Chapter 14: Consequential )

Chapter 15: Rain on the Just )

Chapter 16: Daks Goes Home )

Right, enough from me: over to you!

I'd much appreciate guest posters for Run Away Home: if you'd like to take on a post, let me know by pm (not below, please: it'll get lost).
[identity profile] lilliburlero.livejournal.com
My apologies for this being a day late: I had planned to finish it yesterday, but there was what might be described as very nearly a nasty accident (no harm done) and I didn't. Anyway, here goes.

Chapter 9: Second Telephone Call )

Chapter 10: Repercussions )

Chapter 11: Casual Conversations )

Chapter 12: One Verse, Set to Music )

Have at it!


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