I'll save discussion of the story's literary merits to my review of all the nominees in this category; for now I want to indicate some areas for linguistic improvement, specifically in the use of Latin in the story. There are a number of slightly odd usages, and three that I spotted which are flat-out wrong. Going in reverse order as they appear:
- Towards the end of the story we are brought to a room called the "Cella Mundus", the chamber of the world. But "Cella" normally means a small room, and this one is very big; also, "Mundus" should be genitive "Mundi".
- The central character belongs to a body called the "Collegium Occludum", presumably the hidden college. There is no such word as "Occludum" in Latin; the writer should have written "Occlusum". (I see that Occludus is the name of the home planet of the Death Spectres in Warhammer 40k; perhaps this is the source of the confusion.) "Occlusus" is closer in meaning to "closed up" than to "hidden", but in fairness that may have been the intended meaning.
- The title itself, "Opera Vita Aeterna", is wrong. Though the phrase is not actually used in the story, it's fairly clear that it is intended to mean "The works of an eternal life". However, the long-lived protagonist completes only one work in the story, albeit a long one in many parts, so "Opera" should be "Opus". In addition, "Vita Aeterna" should be genitive (the same error as "Mundus" above), so that would be "Opus Vitæ Æternæ". Finally, of course, the use of "eternal" in this context to refer to a long-lived being in the world of the loving jars as being rather different from its normal context in Church Latin to refer to the afterlife; it might have been better to choose another word entirely.
(I was also surprised to read that the monks in the story had three books of "approved apocrypha", surely an oxymoron.)
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Apparently, the third grade teacher has been to so many of Debbie's concerts that they're friends on Facebook. He recorded my kids singing and Debbie watched it.
I would regard that as a "win." I hope she liked it.
Yep, I'm a happy fangirl today.
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Now, the good thing about that is that they are all available online from several archive sites. I will link to them from here, but you can find them on the Internet Archive as well. (My links are single MP3 files, though you can probably find other formats if you poke around.)
Around The World In 80 Days (23 October 1938)
A Christmas Carol (23 December 1938)
Dracula (11 July 1938)
The War Of The Worlds (30 October 1938)
Unfortunately no recording is known to survive of the fifth nominee, the BBC's 11 February 1938 live 38-minute TV adaptation of R.U.R. by Karel Čapek, thought to be the first ever BBC science fiction play.
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Anyway, the main downside is that I wasn't able to do the shopping I'd intended to do after gymnastics - mostly food, because I've been eating Passover Seder leftovers for every meal since Wednesday and I am very, very, very tired of Passover leftovers. Seriously, every meal - I've been using the salmon pate as a breakfast spread on matzoh. (It's salmon and cream cheese - it makes an excellent spread, actually, quite tasty.) But today I had eggs for breakfast, so that was a nice change, and I was hoping to make carrot-ginger soup for dinner from a new recipe, and I'm out of carrots so shopping was kind of necessary.
Meh. I figure Bill's pound of flesh for going to North Carolina and leaving me with a nauseous toddler is me going shopping tomorrow morning without either of them in attendance. Much nicer shopping experience for everyone, really.
Anyway, Andrew never had a fever at any point today, so I'm thinking it's just a stomach bug, and hopefully he'll be all better by morning. Not like his Easter basket has a lot of chocolate in it - I think he's getting a chocolate bunny but the rest is beach toys. And that reminds me I should go and set it up now before I'm too exhausted to think straight about it.
Now if I can only remember where I put it.....
|WoT 1: The Eye of the World, by Robert Jordan||138,047||4.15||10,028||4.04|
|WoT 2: The Great Hunt, by Robert Jordan||113,965||4.16||8,109||3.99|
|WoT 3: The Dragon Reborn, by Robert Jordan||106,175||4.19||7,589||3.97|
|WoT 4: The Shadow Rising, by Robert Jordan||79,596||4.18||7,242||3.90|
|WoT 12: The Gathering Storm, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson||60,806||4.30||2,645||4.27|
|WoT 5: The Fires of Heaven, by Robert Jordan||59,296||4.07||7,006||3.80|
|WoT 13: Towers of Midnight, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson||58,462||4.39||1,828||4.29|
|WoT 6: Lord of Chaos, by Robert Jordan||57,243||4.04||6,831||3.75|
|WoT 7: A Crown of Swords, by Robert Jordan||53,204||3.93||6,523||3.55|
|WoT 8: The Path of Daggers, by Robert Jordan||49,418||3.85||6,243||3.48|
|WoT 9: Winter's Heart, by Robert Jordan||46,033||3.85||6,003||3.47|
|WoT 10: Crossroads of Twilight, by Robert Jordan||40,258||3.78||5,677||3.42|
|WoT 11: Knife of Dreams, by Robert Jordan||42,521||4.07||5,059||3.84|
|WoT 0: New Spring, by Robert Jordan||31,517||3.94||3,681||3.69|
|WoT 14: A Memory of Light, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson||26,241||4.51||861||4.31|
|Parasite, by Mira Grant||3,134||3.69||288||3.85|
|Ancillary Justice, by Anne Leckie||3,100||3.98||386||4.08|
|Warbound, by Larry Correia||1,353||4.45||44||4.38|
|Neptune's Brood, by Charles Stross||997||3.74||177||3.78|
Obviously a somewhat unusual situation, with one of the nominees consisting of 15 separate volumes with almost 12,000 pages published over a period of 22 years.
Anyway, in for a penny, in for a pound: here are the equivalent rankings for the Retro Hugo nominees for Best Novel of 1939.
|Out Of The Silent Planet, by C.S. Lewis||35,406||3.90||6,073||3.85|
|The Sword In The Stone, by T.H. White||10,748||3.92||1,652||3.95|
|Galactic Patrol, by E.E. "Doc" Smith||1,865||3.95||849||3.54|
|Carson of Venus, by Edgar Rice Burroughs||657||3.67||363||3.32|
|The Legion of Time, by Jack Williamson||27||3.33||82||3.30|