Well, that's my next six months' reading sorted out :D I especially like the sound of 'Satana Enslaved' and 'The 24 Hour "Thing" '
The Soft Rock Wars plod into their third year, and in the trenches of the 41st Hall and Oates, Lance Captain Longears and his ten eels are in Dire Straits!
"ELO? ELO? ELO?! Drat this Telephone Line! Private Dancer, is that you? Is it your Tina Turner as Comms Officer? Listen, we're under attack by Night Rangers and they've already overrun our John Cougar Mellencamp, which means ALL OUR JOHN COUGAR MELONS ARE IN ENEMY HANDS!!! Hold The Line and Lieutenant Love will be along in five minutes? I'll have you know that Love isn't always on time! We're out of ammo - we're down to using Styx! What's that - you'll send over some Carpenters, in that case? Very funny - don't make me Christopher Cross, Private! We need Cher support, and fast! Over and out!"
Then, through the clouds of dry ice and over the boom of Simmonds drums , a sound can be heard...
I think it's fair to say that they do, although that never stopped me from enjoying Rush :) Still, forewarned is forearmed, as one girallon scout said to the other. Might give the first couple a go.
I remember reading a few Sven Hassel books when I was younger. Can't imagine doing that now, though I'm not sure about his actual politics...
It's obviously Cosmo's fault that I had to learn 'Time After Time' by Cyndi Lauper, but that wasn't enough for him, oh no. After the second or third run through, I started to find it affecting and got vaguely tearful at the point in the video where she leaves the caravan, hugs her mommy and goes off to the train station, Cosmo's high-pitched sadistic giggle playing over the top. Or that may have just been Cyndi emoting.
Blame Cyndi Lauper for all Cosmo's problems here.
Beasts! Inhuman fiends! Leeches! Vampires, gorged on the bleeding corpses of a ravaged, exhausted proletariat! File, file and file again, brave worker, until the chains fall from your struggle-tempered limbs in a glorious cascade of broken steel and the oppressor is hurled screaming from his golden throne! Your cause is ours, comrade!
My Saturday read this week was 'Prisoner of the Horned Helmet' by James Silke. Oboy. Sample paragraph below:
...Gath stepped out of the enveloping darkness, like a sword drawn from a scabbard. He was darker than she remembered. More brutal. Hard dry scabs were turning to scar tissue. His fur loincloth bristled slightly in the breeze only slightly.... A new suit of chainmail, his belt and a Kitzaak helmet were slung over his shoulders. A bright steel axe rode his right fist. His chiselled features were mottled with dark shadows, and wore an expression of dark invitation. To a bed of MURDER!!!
Caps and exclamation marks were my own. Also features a warlord called Klang.
Treacle Stout works well, which surprised me a little, but the Centenary Stout's the better pint. Bit more body, and I like my stouts bitter rather than sweet. Will also visit the Lithuanian shop tomorrow and see what they can come up with...
Now I'm imagining SnowJade as a sort of blend of Jane Russell and Bast, reclining on a chaise longue with a Martini in one paw and an ivory cigarette holder in the other while Doodlebug/Drejk/FHDM/assorted other Paizonians spoon caviare into her mouth or give her pedicures/backrubs and so on. Clearly I have too much time on my hands.
I saw one volume in that series in the library today and thought of picking it up, but it was huge, so I didn't bother.
Not exactly in-depth research, but the Wikipedia synopsis suggests it has a sort of right-wing libertarian slant. Is that fair/accurate?
I'll take your gefilte fish golem and raise you a certified kosher pork flavoured goose golem. What a wonderful world we live in.
LET THE GOLEM WARS COMMENCE!
Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
And then the All Clear sounds and it's safe to come out, picking over the wreckage of our homes as the Donovanwaffe retreats back over the North Sea.
Those Tribe Called Quest videos were fantastic, so thankyou DA and DN. Lots of fun sample hunting, too, since I haven't been at work, which has led me to Weldon Irvine and the Michal Urbaniak EDIT: Band.
And one by a band from Singapore called The Bee Jays *snigger*. There appear to be a few bands called The Bee Jays, one of whom does erotic versions of Bee Gees songs. Good work, chaps, but no links for you. Standards must be maintained, and we don't want to over-excite the goblins on a weekday evening.
Yesterday I decided to go on some Gorean websites - now I've done it, I'll never have to do it again - and today, since I'm off work all week, I had (am having) some beer and watched the first Gor film, which manages (somehow) to be even worse than the books, despite the copious amounts of late '80s bum cleavage on display.
Well, public opinion seems to be against me; if fey Scots and/or monks of great reknown are your thing, who am I to argue?
Can I just say that linking to Donovan tracks without a clear warning is the absolute height of irresponsibility?
An hour's practice with a scimitar followed up with Conan The Defiant (or 'Threesomes with Zombies', as it should be known) left me completely unprepared for that
It's impossible to write a non-cheesy song about Atlantis, as proved by Eloy
Also,this is nothing to do with anything literary, but it does have a man in lipstick shooting down a slide and going 'Ha ha ha ha'
That was ace.
Here's a version by Arizona Swamp Company with a boss riff, which they might have nicked from someone else. Not sure.
Late to the Beatles-fest, but my top five faves are:
1) Strawberry Fields Forever
My favourite Who track is 'The Kids Are Alright', my favourite Kinks track is probably 'Days' or 'See My Friends', my lucky stone is topaz and my turn-ons include zebra stripe prints and a negative quantity of coleslaw.
Because I'm now getting prog withdrawal symptoms, here's Mack Sigis Porter - Sunday in Neon Lights
I think my mum preferred John.
Wait, so how did Richard Burton (the Scheherazade one, Doodlebug) enter a conversation involving Philip Jose Farmer aside from being the main character of Riverworld? So confused! I blame you, Limey . . .
Thlanderouth Athperthionth! (no worries :)
That was to do with Lord Dunsany, to whom he (RB) was supposed to be related. I assume it was the explorer, swordsmen and champion ponker and not the actor, actor and champion ponker, but Wikipedia was silent on that point.
Never read any of the Riverworld books. Any good?
I was trying to find the mashup of RB (II) reading the start of 'Under Milk Wood' with a dub version of 'Dreamt Last Night About Ali Baba' (or whatever it's called), but to no avail. Now back to your Philip Jose Farmer discussion.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
And, alas, he is still considered a hero by many, many Russian and Chinese pinkskins and even some Britishiznoid elves.
Well, not me, and I will deny that before any Committee you care to name.
Still on the Decameron, but I did buy a load of 2nd hand [redacted] books over the weekend, including a biography of You Know Who, published in 1949 in the USSR and no doubt an unflinching warts and all portrait of the man himself. And some Andrea Dworkin, which was interesting.
A few examples from the Infernal/Abyssal songbook:
'Daddy's taking us to Pazuzu tomorrow'
Judy Bauer wrote:
I like it a lot! My copy was bought from a second hand shop, was translated by Richard Aldington (?) and published in 1957. I'm no expert, so I don't know how good a translation it is, but it's very entertaining nonetheless. Penguin Classics have it, and it seems to be stupidly cheap if you get a Kindle copy...
I bought 'Throne of the Crescent Moon', after the slew of recommendations it's received on this thread, and it's more than living up to its billing so far. I'm also having a go at the Decameron, which is quite fun. Mine's an ex-library copy, and has a big sticker in the front saying
'The reader is warned that the language used or the incidents described in this book may be considered objectionable by some, and, therefore, the librarian has been asked to issue this book with discretion. NOT TO BE PLACED ON THE OPEN SHELVES
Presumably in case the mere sight of it sent the inhabitants of 1950s Darlington into some sort of slavering erotic frenzy.
I also found 'Thongor of Lemuria' when clearing out my bookshelves, which I don't think I've actually read before. Thrills.
Deap Vally was the tops. Like (a much better looking) Blue Cheer in places.
Meanwhile, some stuff I heard on Jarvis Cocker's show last week:
And (not on the show) 'In Ale Gasn' Farshlept lebn galt!
EDIT: Etron Fou Le Loublan. Good gracious.
Storm Silverhand: "Why is that lump of hash hooting at that creature with the body of an ox and the head of a wild boar which can kill with its gaze or breath?"
Manshoon: "I don't know, why is that lump of hash hooting at that creature with the body of an ox and the head of a wild boar which can kill with its gaze or breath?"
Storm: "That's just the pot calling the Catoblepas! BOOM BOOM!"
Manshoon: "Shut up and put some clothes on"
A man walked into a pet shop, and noticing a particularly impressive budgie behind the counter, asked the owner how much it was.
"£350?! For a budgie?!"
"Yes, but this one sings!"
"All budgies sing"
"Ah, but this one sings in English! Let me show you! He's called Chet, by the way"
So the pet shop owner took out a cigarette lighter and held it under the budgie's right wing, and the budgie sang 'Walking in a Winter Wonderland'
The pet shop owner held up one finger as if to say, 'Now watch this!' and held the lighter under the budgie's left wing, upon which the bird sang 'Silent Night'
"And now for the grand finale!"
The shopkeeper moved the lighter between the budgie's legs and turned it up to full blast. Then, with tears in its eyes, the budgie sang
"Chet's nuts roasting on an open fire!", after which the RSPCA smashed through the door and collared them all.
Oh, so 348 varieties of drizzle don't do it for you?
Plus, if you want to add a thrillingly random element to your life, go out for fast food and try to guess how many different species have contributed to your meal!
He's Mythic/It's a class feature/Because... MAGIC!!. You don't ask smart-arse questions about Smite Evil or Sneak Attack, do you?
I'm sorry to have to be harsh with you, lucky7, but if you put the effort into ranting that you put into making excuses for not ranting, you'd be drowning in points right now.
From Robin Gibb's late 60s? Early 70s? solo album . Trembling Bells covered this one.
It combined 'Go Ride the Music' and 'West Pole' and was brought to you courtesy of Ralph J. Gleason and his enviable moustache.
EDIT: Also, super live footage of Agitation Free!
First thought on reading that: "Why is Richard Littlejohn outraged by a recipe for Kale Pesto?"
Second thought: "Why am I surprised that Richard Littlejohn is outraged by a recipe for Kale Pesto?"
For anyone who doesn't know who he is, imagine a doughier Glenn Beck, or Rush Limbaugh with the Half-Clarkson template.
Lawful Good Human Wizard (4th Level), with Charisma as dump stat:
I have never played a wizard in my life.
Not available, apparently, so I must have imagined the pint I just had of it. Not normally a fan of flavoured beers, but the combination of tastes you got in that one was just right. If I can find it bottled, I intend to do some serious stocking up.
The absolute pinnacle of Wodehouse's achievements is the 'Gussie Presents the Prizes' section from Right Ho, Jeeves. If you haven't read that yet, Aaron, make haste to do so, eftsoon and right speedily (odd that you feel yourself slipping into that way of talking... Agh! Agh! Pass me the Selected Works of Lenin before I turn into my class enemy!)
I finished an interesting book about the Jacobites and Jason Goodwin's potted history of the Ottoman empire. Good, if a bit over written, and he was WRONG about Gavrilo Princip being in IMRO.
Now I've started the Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens. I have never heard so much as a squeak about this author or this book, although H.P. Lovecraft praises it highly; not sure how it'll shape up, but will stick it out.
Freehold DM wrote:
Coffey - BREATHING LIGHTNING!!!!
So do I!!
Tomorrow I shall mostly be drawing ladies in hotpants with Afros and 30ft wingspans ;)
Also, I'm glad no-one's decided to mentio Bullette for my Valentine yet
Not that I'm in any position to contradict our Mythic Overlord, but isn't lucky7 at -2 because of a lack of rants? EDIT: No, he isn't. I am very, very wrong and very, very ashamed. Would it help if he changed his name to ranty7 ?
Or could someone else lend him rant points, to be paid back in blood/treasure at some unspecified point in future?