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Thomas (thomasathogglestock) | 251 comments Yes, that other topic on episode 87. Which novel would you want to live in? I really didn't give an answer on the podcast but I think I did realize that I would prefer to be a fly on the wall rather than actually be plopped down in the middle of it all and have to be an actual character.

And the more I think about it, the more I want to see the world of MaddAddam. Maybe because the planet is headed that way and I want to be one of those that survive.


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Ruthiella | 272 comments Thomas, would you consider living in a Barbara Pym novel?

Sometimes I think I would like to live in Miss Marple's village, St. Mary Mead, tending to my garden, gossiping with the neighbors, living of a fixed yet generous income, no job, lots of time to read. The downside would be of course becoming a potential murder victim.

I have only read Oryx and Crake, so I haven't gotten to MaddAddam yet. However, I don't think a fictional dystopian future is for me (unless of course, as The House of Rumour posits, I am already living in one). My skin isn't thick enough to handle it.


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Thomas (thomasathogglestock) | 251 comments That's quite a dark side to living in St. Mary Mead. Maybe you could be Miss Marple. She is the invincible one.

In some ways I think I would want to live in a Pym, but there are too many less than stellar living arrangements and too many frustrated lives. But I guess any book that isn't just totally a romantic idyll, is full of conflict (like life). I have a hard time wanting to trade lives with anyone. So I would go strictly as a fly on the wall--or a two week vacation.


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Louise | 154 comments Libriomancer - I love the concept of drawing magic from books, and the dryads are deliciously naughty :-)


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Ruthiella | 272 comments Hi Louise,

So what book(s) would you draw your magic from if you were living in Libriomancer? It is a series about being able to make books come alive, right? So what book(s) would you reach into if you were living in that world? Just curious :)


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Louise | 154 comments Well, the Babelfish from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - which they also use in Libriomancer - would be handy!

I'd love some of the magical spirit stuff from Charles de Lint's Newford series, or some of the weird inventions from Phoenix Rising - and I'd definitely be visiting the cemetery of lost books from Carlos Ruiz Zafón's books for my next read :-)


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Ruthiella | 272 comments OMG I would love a Babelfish!


message 8: by Elizabeth☮ (new)

Elizabeth☮ I have been thinking of this for some time and I am going to say that I would love to live in the Sandleford Warren in Watership Down. Obviously I would have to be a rabbit, but this book really has a great cast of characters and a most welcoming community.


message 9: by Ruthiella (new)

Ruthiella | 272 comments Oh Elizabeth, I think I would find being a rabbit in Watership Down frightening! I could only visit that book only with a gurantee that no human or fox or rival warren will mess with me while I visit!


message 10: by Elizabeth☮ (new)

Elizabeth☮ That's part of the excitement Ruth.


message 11: by Ruthiella (new)

Ruthiella | 272 comments Obviously my taste for adventure is limited to reading about it only.:)


message 12: by Marie (new)

Marie | 5 comments First thought that came into my head: Middlemarch by George Eliot. I'm sure I could think of others, but hands down, Middlemarch is my top choice. :-)


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Thomas (thomasathogglestock) | 251 comments I've never read Middlemarch. I own it. I've read Mill on the Floss and liked it okay. Maybe 2014 will be a Middlemarch year for me.


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Esther (eshchory) | 135 comments I would love to live in a historical novel for the costumes - I love corsets and a flouncy skirt.
But of course I'd have to be rich. Jane Eyre is a wonderful role model but Blanche Ingram has a much easier life :0)
And I would love to play a small part in Pride and Prejudice if I could get to be friends with Lizzie Bennet.
Failing that, any book on a spaceship.


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