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It can be either. Like, when I'm exhausted after a rough day at work and someone calls to invite me out: "I can't. After the day I've had, I'd just plotz!"
My favorite part of the James Whale's Frankenstein (1931) is the long tracking shot of the father carrying his dead daughter through the wedding festival, and the gradual change in tone from festivity to absolute shock and horror. And the best thing about that scene is that there are zero special effects, zero "surprise" cuts, and it is still emotionally effective - I had to remind myself that it's only a movie and that little girl isn't actually dead. Go watch that scene. It's great.
Fixed a typo.
Eric Hinkle wrote:
I need to watch that! Bruce Lee vs. Christopher Lee ought to be one of the match-ups on Epic Rap Battles of History!
The book I ordered from the scratch-n-dent was in near-perfect condition - the only problem being some of the pages that hadn't been cut properly so they were still connected along the fold. SoI just took my X-Acto knife and finished the job. Back in the 19th century almost all books came "unopened" (the technical term - "uncut" means the book hasn't been rebound). So I got my book and I learned a new biblio term!
Has anyone here on the website had their paper Adventure Paths recut and bound? If so, how much did it cost, and did you like the result? It would be an awesome project to rebind all 6 parts of an AP into one book!
I'm on chapter 3 of The Wall of Storms. It's fun so far -- there's already been a bar fight and the gods are meddling in the affairs of mortals as much as ever, but there are a ton of characters to keep track of. Also, I think I bruised my hand holding the book up to read -- this is one of the few times I think I ought to get a book-stand.
Eric Hinkle wrote:
I love all the schlocky Vincent Price films! "The Horla,"* "House of Wax," "Witchfinder General,"* the "Doctor Phibes"films, I even liked "Ruddigore" (Price can't sing a darn but he's just so hammy I love him anyway!) I have playbills from plays he was in here in Los Angeles -- he had an extensive stage career in addition to his film, tv and radio work.
* Horla = aka "Diary of a Madman"
I'm reading The Conglomeroid Cocktail Party, by Robert Silverberg. It's a collection of short stories. Some of them I love: particularly "A Thousand Paces Along the Via Dolorosa," which is about a guy trying to score some psychedelic mushrooms
it all goes terribly wrong.
But some of them aren't so great: particularly "The Man Who Floated in Time," which is the least imaginative time-travel story ever.
I still haven't started Liu's The Wall of Storms, but I'm reacquainting myself with the characters from the first book, half of whom I'd utterly forgotten.
I quit The Fifth Servant. It's very well written, and the period details (16th century Prague) are excellent, but the plot is just too noir for me at the moment. I don't do well with even imaginary torture and I skimmed ahead and saw some of the Inquisition scenes coming up and decided I didn't need this in my life right now. I'll try to pick it up again when I'm in a better mood.
I've started reading Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain, by Antonio Damasio. I suspect the science is a bit out of date but I'm enjoying it so far. It's kind of a slow read for me since I haven't taken a biology course since my first year of college, but it meshes with some of the articles I read about how Pixar developed the movie "Inside Out", about the emotional building-blocks of personality.
Well put, and more accurate than my statement when just looking at OotS as the main 6 characters of the webcomic (plus Blackwing). But I was thinking of the fight in the larger sense of the "team" being those on the airship vs. the enemy frost giants; in that sense, I think my statement can also stand.
The "Mr. Holmes" book arrived: A Slight Trick of the Mind, by Mitch Cullins. So far it is tracking pretty closely to the movie, but I read that it will diverge from the film in interesting ways, so I'm hoping to be surprised. I can't judge yet, but it has a high standard to live up to, since I loved Ian McKellen and Laura Linney in the movie.
Have you seen Without a Clue? Michael Caine as Sherlock Holmes and Ben Kingsley as Dr. Watson. Hilarious!
I finished Paris in the 20th Century. It had a suitably French, downer ending, with the protagonist dying in a winter cemetary. I can see why it didn't get published in Verne's lifetime.
Now I'm reading another Winter themed book: The Left Hand of Darkness. It's a reread. The last time I read it in high school, so I have totally forgotten the ending, although certain scenes remain in my head. e.g. Genly Ai walking through a forest of red trees, the landships driving over the snow. Le Guin is very good at worldbuilding in her description - just in her own, subtle way. However, on the second reading, I've discovered places where the connections between this book and her other "Hainish" books rubs a bit thin - that is, it stretches probability farther than it needs to go in order to make a tenuous in-text connection. Unless she's trying to make a point about the nature of the novel or point out its construction as a creation of her authorship, which would be very post-modern (despite Cervantes having done it), and I don't think she's trying to do that. It could be stealth marketing...But that kind of thing doesn't affect me. Hmm....Maybe I should go check out Rocannon's World...
I was expecting the tedious misogyny in Paris in the 20th Century, because I skimmed through before reading, but it is inadvertently funny when a character says, "There have been no true women since our grandmothers' time..." and he's supposed to be a guy in his 30s. Hold on there, Jules, you're getting way ahead of yourself. The GMILF won't be a "thing" until at least the 1970s*!
*e.g. "Harold and Maude" et al.
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