Marie Antoinette's pastry slave (mark356) wrote,
Marie Antoinette's pastry slave

The Lady Gaga concert was so much fun! I could hardly see her from halfway across the stadium, but even when her whole body looks like it's about a centimeter high, Lady Gaga clearly has it. I loved everything about the production: her urging us to put our hands in the air and dance with her, the crazy constume changes-- one of them was a Cthulu costume-- at another point, she said, "I don't think pop music is fun unless it's a bit fucked up" and rips off her green wig and has her costume changed right there onstage!-- at another point, she called up an audience member to the stage, a cute girl who'd come all the way from Hokkaido to see her, and cradled her as she sang a solo piano version of "Born This Way". I loved Lady Gaga before, but really had no idea of just how crazy awesome she is. I can't wait to see her again!

Swinging through Tokyo on the way back, I saw a new Diana Wynne Jones book in a bookstore. I was surprised, because she died a while ago. Her family found the manuscript, and her little sister, who was one of her first audiences, finished it. It's called The Islands of Chaldea, and I'm on my second time through it. I like it. It doesn't have the crazy hilarity of Howl or Chrestomanci, or the bleak mystery of Homeward Bounders.

It's more like her straight-up take on the classic fantasy quest story: a junior Wise Woman, in a sort of mythical British Isles that never was, goes with her aunt, the Wise Woman, to break the spell on the isles. One of the islands has set up a barrier in the sea separating it from the others, and this is ruining the economies of the other isles. And although it's a slow pace-- they have to walk through pretty much every island before they can do it-- it's very thoughtful. I like her set-up of each of the islands: the cow raiders on one, the bards with the magical powers on another, the priests who regulate absolutely everything. The aunt, the Wise Woman, is almost certainly someone DWJ didn't like in real life: she's tough as steel and stubborn as a donkey and very quick to put anyone down. And of course there were a few semi-unexpected things, as to be expected with DWJ. So even though it's not my favorite of hers, I still liked it a lot.

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