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[Jan. 13th, 2006|09:28 am]
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I started reading the Three Kingdoms book that cyfis recommended to me. It's interesting, but I immediately found myself a little adrift. Surprisingly enough, I understand more or less the vocabulary they're using (and I sort of wonder when that happened), but the author writes in a style I can only describe as very Japanese. In Japanese, you don't have to specify the subject of the sentence - the reader is supposed to get it from context - and often, the subject is specified at the end of a sentence. This has lead to entertaining situations where it took me two paragraphs to figure out what the two paragraphs I had just read was describing when I was reading Makai Ishi Mephisto. One of the other problems I have with reading Japanese books is the names, though I've more or less picked up the four names of characters that have been physically present so far.

In order to supplement my ability to recognize these characters, I tossed in Sangoku Musou 4 last night and played one of Ryuubi's missions. Obviously the books take place before the game, since I haven't seen a mission to chase around 600 horses yet, and it happened before Ryuubi, Chouhi and Kan'u became brothers.

...Okay.

I came home to the sound of beeping. The cats are yowling. I discovered it's the carbon monoxide detector, and it's the low battery alarm. Absolu-frigging-lutely great. Well, I have batteries, right? Unfortunately, I CAN'T GET THE FUCKING THING OPEN. At this point, I AM experiencing fatigue, dizziness, and a headache, but I'm fairly sure that's because I a) haven't had dinner yet, and b) have been tormented since I got home by a loud fucking beeping.

I'm about ready to just smack the damn alarm with a rock until it stops beeping at me. For the sake of me. And, y'know, the cats.
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[User Picture]From: cyfis
2006-01-14 02:35 pm (UTC)
Well, keep in mind that the Musou games do their own embellishments on the era, and every novelist's take is a bit different depending on how much they want to adhere to the famous Ming Dynasty historical novel and how much attention they pay to real history :P
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[User Picture]From: siliconrose
2006-01-14 06:54 pm (UTC)
^^ It wasn't so much of a complaint, as a comment. The book so far is interesting, though I'm wondering a bit at the way the author uses single word sentences. It's sort of amusing - like he's using periods for emphasis.
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