Loz (lozenger8) wrote,

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On either side the river lie...

With thanks to mzcalypso in crumpeteers I listened to Jamie Bamber reading two Vampiric short stories late last night. I had been up at 2 in the morning because my Mother was doing homework. She works as an administration officer in a Nursing Home, so her bosses have decided to put her in a Dementia course, in order for her to be better trained in knowing how to act with some of the residents. By the sound of it, she already knew what she was doing, but the idea is good at least.

The first story I listened to (but the second in the listing), Half-sick of Shadows, written by Graham Masterton, was a nice mix of my King Arthur study and my Gothic study. Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott" played a big part. It seemed like it had been researched and neatly weaved several myths together, which is never easy to do. Plus, it was read out with such a sexy voice, I couldn't help but pay extra attention.

The second I listened to was called This is Now and was written by Michael Marshall Smith. This story was probably my favourite as stories go. It left me with a "hmph" at the end, which is tantamount to saying a good work of short fiction ("hmph" is a positive sound, "ugh", "err" or "bleugh" are not). Jamie does an American accent all the way through. He really does do a great American accent. I know being half-American helps, but considering his normal speaking voice is so very English (and rather posh English at that) he still does a surprisingly good job.

I have to prepare a speech for tomorrow's "Research Skills" class. Luckily it isn't too difficult a topic, it's basically me talking about me, something I patently love to do.

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