So I’ve very nearly finished The Talisman for librivox, I’ve got a bit of editing to do for the last few sections (I swear I remember a time when I had few sections I needed to edit, am I getting more careless? Although only needing to make 1 edit per section is not that bad I guess) and I need to record the introduction. Thats not likely to happen for a week or so for 2 very good reasons. 1) I have to hand my thesis in next thursday so I need to work on that and 2) I now have a cold. Its not too bad yet, but I’m feeling sniffly and bunged up and a bit breathless. And even though I will probably be over the worst of this by next Thursday it’ll probably take ab it longer just to be well enough to record. (Ah but don’t you love the timing of this cold?!)
Anyway, so I’ve started to think about what I want to record next. I’m torn between another Sir Walter Scott book, or maybe a H. Rider Haggard book. I’ve started to read Ivanhoe (not for Librivox, someone else is already doing that but in book form on the tube) and I have to say, that from the two books I’ve read so far Scott’s books take a couple of chapters or so to get into the action, but once their there boy is it fun! 🙂 At the same time I also like Haggard’s adventure stories. So I’m wondering maybe Scott’s Rob Roy or maybe Haggard’s People of the Mist.
And then my mind wondered as I remebered Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto. I got the prose version on the advice from a friend who told me it’s a crazy if fun tale. And it is, there’s several stories all going on at once, (which makes it a little hard to keep track of things) crazy magicians and antics as well as one guy who visits the moon. (The tales are set around the time of Charlemagne’s war with the King of Africa, Agramante). I would love to read this for Librivox but there is one small problem, the prose version is NOT public domain, the public domain version is in verse. I am not a huge fan of poetry and I’m not really very good at reading it out aloud. Therefore the idea of reading a poem that has 32 canto’s is… rather daunting. I don’t think I could do it justice. I suppose I could do it as a collaborative at some point. But I have a couple of other idea’s for Collabs, so I’m not sure.
Anyone (out of the few people that I suspect read this blog) have any suggestions? Preferences?
I think I’m leaning towards Rob Roy.. but I’m sure when I had a look at that book a few months back I worked out that the intro was around 22k words(!) which I think may be longer than the actual book…. 😐