You don't have to love someone or be with someone just because they are nice to you.
What's with all the hyper-obedience? I'd be a little worried if my kid never fundamentally questioned the nature of ownership.
@Megoon: I'm ready to jet on up to D.C. and pull a Donna Moss and just start answering some hot shot, up-and-comer's telephone and ride his coattails into the White House.
Sam Seaborn from West Wing. I'd love to be a passionate, charming genius who runs the show from the inside. Although, frankly, I wouldn't mind being C.J, Toby, Josh, Leo, or Bartlett himself.
@mbmargarita I hear you. This makes me want to spend my meager saving lest it depreciate to the point of nothing before I can enjoy it. Let's face it, it's never going to be enough to retire on and after inflation it could just be the cost of one years worth of wet catfood in forty years.
@Bittersweet Through a glass darkly is one of my all time favorites. Have you read To Dance with Kings by Rosiland Laker?
@jolie Mantel is such a beautifully complex writer though. There is seriously nothing else of that quality in the genre.
Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen. 18th century England AND France. Orgies and broken promises. So much fun.
AHAAAA Read Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. It is so fucking good! Well- researched and beautifully written from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell (she totally mocks Thomas More!). You will love it. I, too, am a devotee of historical fiction. Diana Gabaldon all the time. Seriously, all the time. I've read each of those 6oo page novels 10 or 12 times.
@nardcore It may be a fine read, I guess. But the prose is bloated and stilted and the characters are tropes rather than people. All told Rice is a far better writer than Rand and she wasn't a dingbat with an absurd "philosophical" axe to grind. But let's not pretend like Rice is an author of note.