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Well, I don't know how long "long" is, but Joe Abercrombie's got six books out (five of which I've read) which are pretty awesome:
The Blade Itself
I also like to recommend the Long Price Quartet by Daniel Abraham (which actually isn't that long).
.. just another band, isn't it?
No, Geraint. It's f#$*ing Babymetal!!!
(Btw, poking around on youtube, I have discovered that I was nowhere near being in on Babymetal from Day One.)
In other news,
[Puts on Don Juan de Cornelius hat]
[bubble bubble bubble]
Thanks for the reminder that I need to read the rest of Joe Abercrombie's work Comrade Doodlebug! I've read the First Law trilogy, need to read the stand alone stuff now.
For the record, I bought a copy of Red Country, handed it off to one of my players and he, no gushing fanboy, said it was the best one yet.
I handed it off to another one of my players who had also read all the Abercrombie books, let's see what he has to say.
As for myself, I realized that it's going to be quite a while before I get to Red Country because I decided that I am going to re-read all the other books before I start it and I don't think I'm going to do that for quite a while.
So, really, I guess I don't mind if Rothfuss (and Martin, for that matter) take their time.
I am still anticipating/hoping for a last-minute Joe Abercrombie/Henry James-style big reveal that Kvothe is really a lying, self-serving asshat and all the accusations of Gary-Stu-ing will turn out, instead, to be unreliable-narrator-dom.
I mean, the guy's an English grad student, isn't he? If he's just a hopped-up fanfic writer, I'm gonna be a little disappointed.
I've watched quite a few movies that I haven't posted about mostly because they were not very good blockbusters.
I did, however, also watch The Black Swan which, among other things, caused me much confusion about the proprieties of courtship on the Spanish Main and also reminded me a bit of my recent readings on bride kidnapping.
(Maureen O'Hara is hawt, btw.)
I was going to drive down to Boston today to catch a showing of Godard's Le mepris (Youtube says it's "Probably the greatest French movie trailer ever") but unless watching the trailer inspires me further, I think I'll just order it on Netflix.
"But the publication of the Melville family diaries and correspondences, with a connecting narrative, by Melville's oldest grandchild, Eleanor Melville Metcalf, Herman Melville, Cycle and Epicycle (Harvard University Press, 1953), is perhaps the most directly revealing introduction to the author as man."
--Harold Beaver, "Bibliography" in Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories by Herman Melville
So I feel like I've been reading almost exclusively fantasy lately. Does anyone have any recommendations for good hard science fiction (preferably recent)?
I think the only good, hard, somewhat recent science fiction I have read is Charles Stross's Accelerando. I liked it.
Finished The Swords of Lankhmar, read some more Sherlock Holmes and replaced my library copy of Melville's short fiction with a copy of Penguin's Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories, purchased at Goodwill for 99 cents.
Spent a lot of time earlier this morning, late last night, listening to Brtisihiznoid modsters turned Sufis, psych-out cults, Wagnerian Krautrock and Bolivian heavy metal. Huzzah!
In between, I managed to also listen to:
Future Islands (for the video game players)
Live Husker Du (for the hardcore nostalgists)
and The Locust (for the bugmen)
A whiles back, I discovered that the Boston Public Library had an awesome collection of cds and I began supplementing my record collection by taping a bunch of stuff I'd take out.
Years later, I no longer live in Boston and have a 20-year-old car with a cassette player. I begin taping my records to listen to on the way to work and back. After repeatedly using the same blank cassettes for five years, they start breaking. Blank cassettes aren't as easy to find as they used to be, so I start scavenging from the Boston Public Library tapes.
But now, of course, I have to go buy the albums that I am taping over. So I start looking for a copy of Dwight Yoakam's Dwight Sings Buck (linked over in the Good Covers thread). I go to the "alternative" store in Nashua and don't find it, but the clerk tells me they have a copy in their Manchester store. I do, however, find the 3 cd boxset for Hawkwind's Warriors on the Edge of Time. It's $35 bucks. I've never seen a copy, three-cd box set or otherwise, of this album, so I buy it. Huzzah!
A week later, I stop by the Manchester store, easily find Dwight and am strolling about when I see a used copy of Doremi Faso Latido, which, again, I don't think I've ever seen before. Huzzah!
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
[Rough sketch for a re-write of Little Women.]
I need to return to 'Moby Dick' and 'Heart of Darkness' though, because I'm finding what I read affects how I write. I'm sure Wayfinder doesn't need the story of a poor but virtuous and spirited half-orc girl's adventures with beaux and balls.
I don't recall exactly from Moby-Dick but in "Benito Cereno" you need at least four clauses marked off by commas per sentence.
Just one more post on page 129 and I'm gonna cheat. Instead of listening to it now, I am going to bump it and then skip directly to page 132 after I listen to I'm Gonna Take You Home again.
I watched a bunch of movies over the past five days which were kind of a mini-vacation.
Guardians of the Galaxy, I enjoyed.
Ender's Game, I didn't. In fact, I fell asleep twice and then had to rewatch the last half hour the next day. Made me wanna go back into some of the locked Ender's Game threads and start a fistfight.
I also was subjected to the entirety of The Matrix Trilogy. [Yawns]
I saw it yesterday. I was pretty unfamiliar with the characters, plot, etc., etc., but still thought it was pretty entertaining. Also, is it just me or did Drax look like a bulked-up, blue Sexy Putin?
Went home afterwords and was subjected to the hetero life partner watching all three Matrix films. I much preferred GotG.