Thursday, February 28, 2013

Gables and Skyfall

This post is linked with: Booking Through, Thursday 13 

One of those quick, easy questions that I ask periodically because the answer is always changing: What are you reading right now? (And, is it good? Would you recommend it? How did you choose it?)
The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Started it last year and since then I have finished two John Grishams, one Nicholas Sparks, a Philippa Gregory and a few other leisure and work-related distractions. If anyone wants to explore themes of retribution or atonement or know what the consequences of greed were like around 1851, they may want to have a go at this classic. I'm developing curious sympathy for Hepzibah, poor old maid, so I'm going to finish this book before the next full moon invites howls from handsome shape-shifters.

Thursday 13: word associations from Skyfall. I didn't mind not getting around to watching the 23rd JB film until a bloggity friend commented on a post I shared with Judi Dench singing in it, saying she "just watched M die." Oh, blimey I hurried off to buy the DVD, and something caught my attention aside from their latest toys. I provide the 6th, 12th and 13th words as 007 and the psychologist mentioned only 11, and I doubt 'M' counts, as in M = bitch or that skyfall was really done.

I added a literary work that begins with the same word in bold. What are your associations of these words though? Any book, poetry or story you are reminded of with these words?

1. day - wasted -  Day with a courteous mother, A by Helen Hunt-Jackson
2. gun - shot - Gun for hire by Mack Reynolds
3. heart - target - Heart of Arethusa, The by Frances Barton Fox
4. agent - provocateur - Agent at the door, The by Walt Mason
5. woman - provocatrix - Woman who loved Chopin, The  by James Huneker
6. head - quarters - Head of Caesar, The by G.K. Chesterton
7. sunlight - swim - Sunlight on the soul by John S. Adams
8. moonlight - dance - Moonlight favor  by H.G. Wells
9. murder - employment - Murders in the Rue Morgue  by Edgar Allan Poe
10. bird - sky - Birds of spring, The by Wasington Irving
11. country - England - Country lass, The by Robert Burns
12. sky - fall - Sky is falling, The by Lester del Rey
13. lab - rat - Laboratory-Ancien Regime by Robert Browning


  1. What an interesting 13. Thanks

  2. As soon as Poe appears he steals the word associations ... The Tell-Tale Heart ... and as for bird, The Raven ...

    1. The Raven - bingo! It's vividly creepy.

  3. That was an intriguing 13. Thanks for sharing that. :)

  4. It's been a long time since I read Hawthorne...sounds wonderful to revisit the classics.

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  5. I really liked "SkyFall". It's my favorite Bond movie to date.

  6. Wait M dies in Skyfall?? :(

    I've actually visited The House Of Seven Gables it is really neat. The book of course is very good as well.

    My BTT

    1. I didn't think M would die either. How wonderful that you have been to 'Hawthorne's House.' I'd go visit first chance I get.

  7. "Provocateur, the agent at the door" has a nice ring to it. I'm spread across a bunch of books. I'll update my currently reading eventually. And actually finish some of the titles.

  8. An interesting T13 -- I have not seen Skyfall yet, though I wanted to. The House of Seven Gables has been in my TBR pile forever. I've read two classics so far this year, Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (reread) and Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. My current read is The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. In between I've read a few mysteries and romances. My T13

    1. Wish I could finish The House... soon. We discussed The Elegance of the Hedgehog at a book club meeting I attended once here in my city.

  9. I enjoy word associations, thanks!

  10. I've always been curious about The House of Seven Gables, but I've never read it. We have Skyfall, I just haven't gotten around to seeing it yet!
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  11. This is nice of you to share your list. I'm reading a text book right now, and it's ok, a little on the boring side sometimes, but ok. ;)



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