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I finished Nightblade. It was fun and distracting, but not as good as Nightglass. Isiem didn't have as strong a character arc in the sequel and despite some of the interesting things that could have been done with Ascaros' character, the plot remained a pretty standard dungeon crawl.
Now I'm reading some juvenile hist-fic: The Madman of Piney Wood, by Christopher Paul Curtis. It's a sequel to Elijah of Buxton with a split narrative (2 main viewpoint characters). Starts out with strong, distinct voices for the characters but I can already feel the plot points coming a mile away, and there was bit of awkward exposition that I didn't expect from Curtis in the first chapter.
Cole Deschain wrote:
I think you're right. Though it may be asking to much to draw any direct parallels between the Kansari and any real-world culture.
Evil Midnight Lurker wrote:
What is it with Native American-inspired cultures and giant elevators? Atruaghin Clans in Mystara, Tauren in Warcraft, this... is there some real-world reference of which I'm completely unaware?
There's a Buffalo connection... but that's really, really tenuous given it's just a homonym and doesn't have much to do with actual bison.This Link includes more about the inventor's connection to Native Americans.
Cole Deschain wrote:
My kingdom for some Yu'pik influence in future examinations of Arcadia...
I think they've hinted at that, though I may be reading too much into the current Arcadian (ethnicity) page on the Pathfinder Wiki where it talks about the Kansari encountering the Ulfen: Link.
I suspect a more northern influence can be felt in the Land of Northern Lakes, where Segada got the engineering for its cliff-climbers (I envision the climbers looking like funiculars, but the big city picture didn't show them in the Distant Shores book!)
Also, Yu'pik + high-tech + fantasy makes me think of "Legend of Korra."
I had no clue that the vampire aboard the Mechane was the undead Gontor Hammerfell until you linked to Rich's post, 137ben. I think the strip would have been improved by showing Durkula creating his undead minion, because my default assumption was that Gontor was just dead, without the "arise my child, and seek the blood of the living!" option (probably because of the X X eyes).
I did get that the 7th vote was going to be necessary.
Not quite true. SoCal got the remains of the hurricane Patricia that hit Mexico, and we expect to get a strong El Nino this year, which means potentially more warm rain and sharks in San Francisco bay. So we do get warm rain, it just fluctuates on the Southern Oscillation. It also isn't the greatest here in SoCal because it won't likely contribute to snow, which we need more than rain.
Stay thirsty, my friends!
My box from Paizo arrived!
The Hare with Amber Eyes is now on hiatus.
I'm now reading Nightblade by Liane Merciel.
So far I'm enjoying it, and I love seeing Ascaros again after reading of his first adventure in the website short fiction. I have some misgivings about the fairly standard fetch-quest plot that's been developing so far, but even if it doesn't rise to the level of Nightglass I think I'll still enjoy the journey. There're enough snide remarks to wallpaper a dungeon, so far.
I don't know if any of you sing, but I can tell you first hand, it is a tough experience for a rank amateur to do some of the G&S stuff.
I sang Mad Margaret's song from "Ruddigore" for a music class I was in. It's a pretty straightforward song but with a deceptive need for breath control! "Cheerily carols the lark"
I didn't even attempt "My eyes are fully open."
Note: first link is to the TV production starring Vincent Price!
Aaron Bitman wrote:
Re: pointless rambling: WHO does that?! Who sells tickets to one half of a show and holds Act 2 hostage until they get more $? Insane!
Re: the Mikado. I saw an AMAZING performance by D'Oyly Carte when I was about 13-14 years old (I think it was their touring show in the late '90s). My mom bought us tickets. One of my best theater experiences ever!
Also, some great amateur G&S on YouTube: of "Iolanthe" (I <3 "If you go in"). It lends itself to such antics!
Turin the Mad wrote:
This is NBH's game, not mine. ;)
Of course. You had just posted above me, which is probably why I made that typo. I'd have corrected my post, but I was hastily posting before I rushed out the door to go to work and I didn't see my mistake until just now. Sorry, NobodysHome! Keep up the good work!
So true! I've only been lurking on this thread so far, but this comment demanded a "favorite". Keep up the awesome game Turin! I can't wait to see what happens next!
I finished Nightglass. Here is my review: Nightglass review.
Now I am reading The Hare with Amber Eyes, by Edmund de Waal, which is nonfiction. I'm not sure I won't abandon it for The Code of the Woosters if it gets too heavy and I need a humor break. Meanwhile, I'm awaiting the other books I've ordered from Paizo and my local library.
I do see the merits of trade paperbacks... However, the mass market paperback size fits perfectly in my purse. When it comes to bus/train/airplane reading, I most definitely prefer it to trade size.
I'm currently working on a Tian "weather witch" who worships Gozreh. I started to wonder if the deity was even worshiped in that region of the world though. Does anyone know if there is any mention of Gozreh worship there, or worship of an aspect of Gozreh perhaps?
I have zero knowledge about Gozreh's worship in Tian Xia in published sources. However, I had this idea:
Given that water is associated with yin/feminine nature, I'd say that Gozreh's female aspect would be very important and prominent. His male aspect would perhaps be more rare, associated with heat related weather events such as droughts (the withholding of water), or typhoons (but even there, a typhoon would be primarily yin since its destructive aspect is only partly related to the heat that generates the storm).
Given the yin nature of water, it might be far more common to hear of female weather witches worshipping Gozreh, and the common people might find it very strange that she would have any male worshippers at all. Her male aspect would be downplayed or be said to be a symbolic gesture of the goddess, to reflect the fact that "even males have a little bit of yin in their nature."
Way to go! I considered doing NaNoWriMo this year (and it's not too late to start) but I feel too intimidated since I don't have an idea for a new novel and last year's novel is in a big ugly pile of notes on my desk and bookshelf, eyeing me accusingly and whinging in a plaintive voice "when will you edit meee?" I'm cosidering doing a NaNoEdMo (Novel Editing Month), but haven't decided yet.
I had never heard of people doing that. A reader would have to totally miss the point of the book to think that. Humbert H. is hands down the MOST annoying narrator in fiction, IMO. I suppose some people are just clueless. I'm so glad I don't have to teach that book in High School English.
Reminds me of the kids in High School who thought Wuthering Heights was a love story.
I finished Death of the Mantis. As I suspected/hoped there was a death-defying cat-and-mouse hunt for the killer in the Kalahari desert, where the remorseless sun beats down and parched tongues swell in bone-dry mouths. A fun read!
Now I'm reading the Pathfinder novel Nightglass. Not a mystery, for once!
Wouldn't any snake-people or lizard-people think of humans generally as 'the ones that smell like sweat-salt all over?" Heck, my dog licks me because "hey, tasty sweat-salt", more than because he loves me (he wags his tail for that). We basically have pores and sweat glands all over us compared to those cold blooded "species" - about 2 million!
I finished The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place. I do recommend - it's a quick, funny read and has a happy ending. I guessed who the murderer was quite early, but it is a Juvenile/YA novel so I'm not too proud of myself for my feat of deduction.
Now I'm reading The Death of the Mantis by Michael Stanley. A Botswana-set murder mystery/police detective that is quite far from the "cozy" style of the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" novels, without being too noire (at least so far). Where I'm at in the novel: a second murder has just been discovered, and the local constable bungled it by not holding the witness who may or may not have faked a gunshot to cover up the crime... which means, I assume, that at some point Detective Kubu will need to track the witnesses/suspects into the Kalahari. At least, I hope that happens because I love cat-and-mouse games between Detective and Killer. But given my track record at guessing whodunnit in full-on grown-up msyteries, I'll probably be proved wrong.
That brings up some intriguing ideas for me about home-worship and household gods. Maybe it is a culture (at least in the city) that doesn't care much for big-temple worship and prefers private ceremonies at home.Maybe their priesthood did something really, really bad and were banished.
Maybe there was a curse placed on the city that no public temple can be erected, lest the city perish in fire, flood and plague from the other jealous gods. (Could lead to a fun campaign where PCs need to seek out a secretly built temple and destroy it, or save it...)
Lots of options!
Some do, of course. But not this particular novel, which seems aimed at the younger end of YA (preteen-teen).
I was gonna read more Cadfael, but I got distracted by the shiny-new on the New Books shelf at the library and got The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, by Julie Berry, instead.
My latest read: Brother Cadfael's Penance, by Ellis Peters. It was great, even though I figured out who the killer would be before the dead body showed up. The parts I liked were the derring-do of the besieged castle. Peters has the Medieval actions and language down pat! Now I need to read the rest of the series.
I finished A Red Death. Mosley's dialog is sparkling, as always, and there's plenty of sex and violence (in terms of sex, Easy Rawlins may have Mike Hammer beat!)
However, I did feel Mosley's characters were a bit weak and leaned heavily on a few traits and some cliches, especially the people Easy meets at his local church who play a part in the crime. While I had an idea of who the killer was before the denouement, I totally didn't expect what his motives were. It tied up almost too neatly, like an Agatha Christie novel.
Now I'm taking a break from neo-noir pulp and reading Ellis Peters' last Brother Cadfael mystery. It's a very different style and milieu. I'm such a mystery junky!
I'm not really into punk, but those kids are pretty good. Be interesting to see where they go from here.
I finished Bring Up the Bodies. Now the wait begins... I guess I could watch the t.v. show of Wolf Hall, but I doubt the show will end before Mantel writes the last book, and I wouldn't want to watch the ending before reading it anyway.
I'm reading stuff for work right now, but also Walter Mosley's A Red Death. I wish my co-workers would leave me alone on my break so I can read. They're normally pretty good about that, but this week everyone has been chatty in the break room and I can't focus.
Now reading Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. This one is more straightforward in its chronology than Wolf Hall, but I find it leads to a slower pace and drags a bit. Even though Mantel's dialog is witty and there's lots of nice irony. I'm kind of impatient to read the downfall of the Boleyns. I hope Mantel's next book (the last in the series) picks up the pace a bit - it ought to, with the dissolution of the monastaries and such providing lots of room for action.
My copy of A Red Death by Walter Mosley also came in. Haven't started it yet, but I'm looking forward to it. It'll be less complex than Mantel, I hope, judging by Devil in a Blue Dress.
I finished Catherine Jinks' The Reformed Vampire Support Group. It was very funny, and quick-paced. The dust-jacked copy describes it as a mystery, but it is less of a mystery than a "caper" sort of novel. There were a few loose threads in the plot, but on the whole it was a quick, entertaining read with plenty of snarky dialogue and pop-culture vampire references. I plan to read her sequel, which is about werewolves, in between my other novels.
The nature of commercial publishing has changed. Whereas before publishers wanted pulp novels to be short so that they could keep manufacturing costs down and at least hope to break even on an investment in a new title, now they want to maximize their risk up front on a planned series because they hope it will have a built-in market: if you buy the first one, you NEEEED to buy the second one or will never know how the story ends. It's like a home-grown book-of-the-month club.
In mystery publishing, they up front will ASK if you plan to have your detective be a series detective. They don't like stand-alone stories anymore. But that's for mass market. If you're aiming for the literary market, such as "An Instance of the Fingerpost" or "The Name of the Rose" (to use the mystery genre as an example) then they don't care if its planned as a series or not, because the higher price, smaller print run and likelihood of being reviewed in a major newspaper or magazine are more conducive to a return on investment.
I finally finished Wolf Hall! Yay me! I am not sure I am ready to tackle the next book in the series, though I probably should read it soonish, before I forget who most of the character are. I just finished the book and can't remember who Lord Lisle is already. I think he might be the one in Calais?
For in-between the Cromwell saga: I have Walter Mosley's A Red Death on hold at the library, and The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks. I'll read whichever one comes in first.
I also have some short sci-fi anthologies I've been skimming. Nothing spectacular has caught my eye yet, so I won't mention the current ones here. I will say I did enjoy Ted Chiang's Stories of Your Life and Others, which I finished reading awhile ago; "Tower of Babylon" from that collection reminds me a bit of Robert Silverberg's "Sailing to Byzantium" in its evocation of a mythic reality.There is also one about a bicycle I really liked, but I can't remember if it is in Chiang's anthology or another one I'm reading (I have 4 currently on my Jenga-book-pile).
Although I'm not the OP, I'll go ahead and say if you aren't a Pern fan, you really oughtn't to post in the "Dragon riders of Pern fans?" thread and hate on McCaffrey. I'm sure the OP would appreciate constructive opinions of the series, but "it would be better off if it didn't exist" isn't constructive.
I was being facetious. Hence the lighter note.
I haven't been following the controversy that long. Links?