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Andoran

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Drejk wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:
Finished The Return of the King. My opinion of Tolkien has not changed. A nice solid story, but nothing to write home about these days.
Yup. Anyone claimed otherwise?!

Quite a few people I've talked to.


I don't think I've ever written home about a book.

Finished Goliath. Much fun.

Finished Ginsberg's Reality Poems: Europe! Europe!.

Started and finished Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate, by Rick Bowers. Which was nowhere near as cool as it sounds: the history if Superman, the history of the KKK, and some 16-episode radio show in 1947 where Superman beat up some nativist fascists.

Tomorrow, I start Conan.

Osirion

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Reading The Wind Through the Key Hole by Stephen King. The latest Dark Tower book - kind of like 4.5 according to his Forward. Very interesting.

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Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

I don't think I've ever written home about a book.

Finished Goliath. Much fun.

Finished Ginsberg's Reality Poems: Europe! Europe!.

Started and finished Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate, by Rick Bowers. Which was nowhere near as cool as it sounds: the history if Superman, the history of the KKK, and some 16-episode radio show in 1947 where Superman beat up some nativist fascists.

Tomorrow, I start Conan.

In Cimmerian Hyboria, Conan starts you!!!!


Hee hee!


I'm currently working my way through The Gods of Gotham, a dark mystery set in New York City circa 1840.

Also reading Beyond Change Management but that isn't nearly as interesting - no one has turned up dead so far...

Andoran

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And back to A Dance With Dragons.


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Conan by Robert E. Howard, Edited by L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter

So, I didn't want to believe it, but, so far, it seems to be true:

Howard writes the best Conan. I thought that the introductory essay in the newish The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian was very unneccessarily disrespectful to the other Conan writers, but, yeah, the stories that were completed by Howard are leaps and bounds better than anything else in here.

Still, I have to wonder whether any of us would even know who Conan was if he hadn't been kept alive over the years by less talented writers.

I am also intrigued by de Camp turning non-Conan stories into, well, Conan stories. I think I am going to have to go trawlling the internet for Conan/Howard miniutiate sites!


I stand by my opinion that the only Conan-stories good enough to pay for were written/adapted by Roy Thomas.

In other news, being short one laptop does wonders for my reading-speed it seems. Charged straight through Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman's The Fall of the Kings in one 500-page sitting. Can't remember the last time that happened.


Kajehase wrote:

I stand by my opinion that the only Conan-stories good enough to pay for were written/adapted by Roy Thomas.

Hee hee!

Also, Marc Chagall Porn!

Okay, so I already looked at all these pictures, but I started reading the accompanying blurbs and for "Dedicated to My Fiancee" we get:

"This unusual and vibrant painting was one of the first works exhibited by Chagall in Paris, and it created a small scandal. Chagall wheeled the painting to the Salon des Independents in a handcart and hung it at the exhibition, only to be told that it was offensive and must be taken down. The 'pornographic' nature of this seemingly innocuous painting is hard to discern. Chagall referred to it as The Ass and the Woman and it focuses on the two figures of a man with a bull's head leaning on his arm, and a woman who throws her legs around his shoulders and spits into his mouth. The authorities saw the woman's pose as suggestive, the spitting as ejaculatory, and the lamp in the lower foreground as phallic. Chagall repainted the lamp and convinced the authorities to show the picture, but it continued to be seen as erotic."


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Hey everyone.

TriOmegaZero wrote:
Drejk wrote:
TriOmegaZero wrote:
Finished The Return of the King. My opinion of Tolkien has not changed. A nice solid story, but nothing to write home about these days.
Yup. Anyone claimed otherwise?!
Quite a few people I've talked to.

I hear you TOZ, I was catching trash-talk about how long it took me to read The Lord of the Rings 30+ years ago. I must have tried working my way through the The Fellowship of the Ring five or six times before I gave up and read it.

However if I'd never read it, I'd never'd read The Silmarillion, which I consider literature: written words that are art.

I've got a copy of Martin's bundle, (Amazon tells me "You purchased this item on July 5, 2011." It's also distressing to read the Kindle edition is still priced higher than the physical version) but I've yet to read any of it, much less consider A Dance with Dragons.

I'm digging the HBO version tho, so there's hope?

Aberzombie wrote:
Reading The Wind Through the Key Hole by Stephen King. The latest Dark Tower book - kind of like 4.5 according to his Forward. Very interesting.

Ugh. Before I even intarwebz check this, Aberzombie ... is this a graphic novel / novella / whatever, or is this a book proper?

Finally, Comrade Anklebiter are you a library person or do you purchase all these books you read? You're the most literate Goblin I've ever met, dude. :D

-- Andy

Andoran

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The more I read A Dance With Dragons, the more I'm struck by what horrible people live in the world. The Boltons especially. I can't help but think "These...are not nice people."

I'll have to put The Silmarillion on my list, maybe pick it up after ADWD.


TriOmegaZero wrote:
The more I read A Dance With Dragons, the more I'm struck by what horrible people live in the world. The Boltons especially. I can't help but think "These...are not nice people."

I'm waiting for A Dance with Dragons to come out in paperback (budget), but yeah, it starts out bad and just keeps getting worse. I don't know why people even get married in Westeros, that's just asking for trouble. One glimmer of hope: Hot Pie would appear to have survived his time on stage. I really didn't think that kid would make it.

Andoran

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No one gets married because they want to, it's all political. Fathers getting kids wherever they can just to use them as resources. It's a damn depressing world. :/ I'm going to need something light and fluffy between this and the next one.

Maybe I'll work on Lovecraft.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
The more I read A Dance With Dragons, the more I'm struck by what horrible people live in the world. The Boltons especially. I can't help but think "These...are not nice people."

What's a Bolton? That a house? Michael Bolton all that came to mind, and ... well he's not-nice.

"Not-nice" is how most humans helped all the rest of us get to our current state of luxury and comfort (and electricity and all that).

It's a conundrum of the human condition, I think. Sometimes the worst of us help the best of us get by.

I didn't type my list of current books:The China Study, (it's a kick-ass nutritional study), A Fire from Heaven, historical-fiction (a retelling?) of Alexander the Great's early life, and Lexicon Urthus (pretty much a website / series of opinionated blog-posts in book form discussing Gene Wolfe's Urth series).

I didn't include my PDF reads ... for some reason even though I'm reading them, I don't consider it "reading" (in that sense).

-- Andy

Andoran

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The Boltons are a noble family in Westeros. Their standard is The Flayed Man.

I don't think you need to hear anything more about them.


TriOmegaZero wrote:

The Boltons are a noble family in Westeros. Their standard is The Flayed Man.

I don't think you need to hear anything more about them.

Wonder if Martin had been watching a Sam Allardyce-managed Bolton Wanderers play when he decided on the standard. It certainly describes how you'd feel a lot of the time.

And I'm also reading about Alexander the Great. In this case a biography written by a Greek dude named Arrianos some time in the early 2nd century CE.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
The more I read A Dance With Dragons, the more I'm struck by what horrible people live in the world. The Boltons especially. I can't help but think "These...are not nice people."

I haven't read Dance yet, but that's my opinion of just about everybody I read about in history books. That might be expected of people in positions of power, but the picture of ordinary people one gets is not really much better.


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Oh come on. Albert Schweitzer was okay.

And as far as Roman emperors go I have to say that Titus and good old uncle Claudius seems to have been pretty decent chaps.


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Kajehase wrote:

Oh come on. Albert Schweitzer was okay.

And as far as Roman emperors go I have to say that Titus and good old uncle Claudius seems to have been pretty decent chaps.

By the standards of their times, that may be so. By ours? Probably not so much. It's a bit unfair to them, but I don't think we should discount the obvious corollary to having made a lot of moral progress: People in the past were pretty bad. Fortunately, almost all of them are dead and thus not causing anyone problems.


Samnell wrote:
Kajehase wrote:

Oh come on. Albert Schweitzer was okay.

And as far as Roman emperors go I have to say that Titus and good old uncle Claudius seems to have been pretty decent chaps.

By the standards of their times, that may be so. By ours? Probably not so much. It's a bit unfair to them, but I don't think we should discount the obvious corollary to having made a lot of moral progress: People in the past were pretty bad. Fortunately, almost all of them are dead and thus not causing anyone problems.

Still, Schweitzer got a Nobel peace prize pretty much just because he was such a principled nice guy. (And Titus most famous words: "I have wasted a day." Spoken when he realised he'd gone a whole day without commuting a death sentence. Though I guess the whole crushing the Jewish rebellion was done rather harshly.)


He wasn't very nice to Berenice, as I recall.

Osirion

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Started reading an older book last night - Psychomech by Brian Lumley

Qadira

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Fool Moon by Jim Butcher. I needed some lighter reading after the last couple. Funny, there's graphic description of mauled and mutilated bodies in this book, but it's still light reading in comparison to Ender's Game.

Cheliax

Just finishing Last Argument of Kings, the final book of The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. It has been an absolutely brilliant ride, and my only regret is that I wouldn't want it to end.

I'm a librarian and I read a LOT, and yet I'd easily consider this trilogy among the best fantasy books I've read in a long time. In my opinion it is a masterpiece of contemporary fantasy, and I'd recommend it to anyone who liked LotR, LeGuin's Earthsea novels, Gemmell's Drenai series, Chronicles of Amber, Gormenghast, A Song of Ice and Fire or Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising.

Wonderfully written and complex characters, exciting twists, lots of intrigue... there's just so much to love about these books that I don't know where to begin. Maybe I'll just keep it short and simple: if you liked any of the works mentioned above, READ these books! Period.


Asgetrion wrote:
Just finishing Last Argument of Kings, the final book of The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. It has been an absolutely brilliant ride, and my only regret is that I wouldn't want it to end.

But it doesn't have to! Although the characters are different, well, some of them, the story continues in Best Served Cold and The Heroes which are also awesome!!

So, you're a librarian, huh? How's that for a gig?


Conan Porn!

Okay, so "The Lair of the White Worm" has got to be one of the awesomest stories ever--

Spoiler:
boy meets girl, boy kills subhuman thugs trying to eat girl, boy f#@*s girl silly, girl gets eaten by a remorhaz, boy kills remorhaz!

It goes to show that, when done tastefully, a little mindless sexual objectification is good for you.

Spoiler:

"After the meal, warm and weary, they curled up together in his bearskin cloak. Her nearness brought to Conan's mind the thought that a bout of hawt love might calm her mind for sleep. His first tentative caresses found her not at all unwilling. Nor was she unresponsive to his youthful ardor; as he soon discovered, she was not new to this game. Before the hour of lovemaking was over, she was gasping and crying out in her passion. Afterwards, thinking her now relaxed, the Cimmerian rolled over and slept like a dead man."

Conan does it in the Lair of the White Worm!


Started Jerzy Żuławski On The Silver Globe.

Osirion

Atheist Manifesto by Michael Onfray. I also have to read a whole bunch of articles. My humanities professor liked my capstone project and thought it would make for a much better research paper. In exchange he is writing a letter of recommendation for my transfer to ODU.


I don't know what ODU is, but, congrats!


Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
I don't know what ODU is, but, congrats!

Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, VA.


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I was looking through my books the other day, and I chanced upon my old copy of The Fellowship of the Ring that I must have read between 6th-8th grade. I know this because those were my most "difficult" of teenage years, and written in black magic marker across the pages--(the surface opposite the spine, I can't think of how to describe it [bubble bubble bubble])--is written in all caps:

SCHOOL SUCKS!

Just thought I'd share.

Still, congrats!, Sanakht.


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Asgetrion,

Thanks for those recommendations! I'll get the The First Law series as soon as I finish the 4 or 5 Mary Renault books I last purchased.

It's been a long time since I've read the Earthsea books, I've got to put them out for a re-read soon. I usually read The Chronicles of Amber every-other year or so.

I'll check out those other authors once I finish The First Law stuff ...

Regards, and thanks again!

-- Andy

Osirion

Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
I don't know what ODU is, but, congrats!

Thanks.


Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

I was looking through my books the other day, and I chanced upon my old copy of The Fellowship of the Ring that I must have read between 6th-8th grade. I know this because those were my most "difficult" of teenage years, and written in black magic marker across the pages--(the surface opposite the spine, I can't think of how to describe it [bubble bubble bubble])--is written in all caps:

SCHOOL SUCKS!

Just thought I'd share.

Still, congrats!, Sanakht.

You... you... you desecrated a book! Why you filthy goblin, come here so I may break the offending fingers! ;)

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I just picked up Sunshine by Robin McKinley and Fort Freak edited by GRRM from the library.

Cheliax

Andrew Tuttle wrote:

Asgetrion,

Thanks for those recommendations! I'll get the The First Law series as soon as I finish the 4 or 5 Mary Renault books I last purchased.

It's been a long time since I've read the Earthsea books, I've got to put them out for a re-read soon. I usually read The Chronicles of Amber every-other year or so.

I'll check out those other authors once I finish The First Law stuff ...

Regards, and thanks again!

-- Andy

Heh, no problem; it's my job to recommend good books to people, and I love doing it! :D

I just love The Chronicles of Amber, and I've read the books several times, too (and included them in my booktalks for youth). We used to play Amber DRPG on a regular basis, but these days we get to play so rarely that Pathfinder naturally takes precedence over any other games. It's a great game, though, and really captures the atmosphere and spirit of Zelazny's novels.

Cheliax

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Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
Asgetrion wrote:
Just finishing Last Argument of Kings, the final book of The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. It has been an absolutely brilliant ride, and my only regret is that I wouldn't want it to end.

But it doesn't have to! Although the characters are different, well, some of them, the story continues in Best Served Cold and The Heroes which are also awesome!!

So, you're a librarian, huh? How's that for a gig?

Huh, but neither of them feature Glokta or Logen as protagonists, do they?

Being a public librarian is a dream job for me... I'm always surrounded by a vast number of great books, and I get paid to read and talk about them! :D

Well, the pay could be a bit better, but at least it's a secure and permanent job.

You know, I used to be a graphic designer, but got tired of constant deadlines and ever longer days. In the end I couldn't even sleep or eat, it got that bad; at that point I decided I need to switch to another profession. I've always been a voracious reader, and one day I realized I want to become a librarian; so I became a student, again, and eventually got the degree. And it was probably the smartest decision I've ever made... :)


No, but did you like Nicomo Cosca and Black Dow?


Don Juan de Doodlebug wrote:
Okay, so "The Lair of the White Worm" has got to be one of the awesomest stories ever--

Which is NOTHING compared to "Queen of the Black Coast" and "Vale of Lost Women!"

Which, though TOTALLY AWESOME!, could be subtitled: In which Conan thinks about joinng the Klan.


I did read the first two books in the first law trilogy and I liked reading them. But be warned: there seems not te be a real story in the book. It has more a slice of life in a decaying fantasy kingdom feel to it. And all the characters are pricks (according to me)

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Tried reading Seafaring Women, but while the content was interesting, esp. in the context of Skull & Shackles, the writing was not stellar. Now I'm working on Un beso en mi mano—did a preliminary read-through, now will go back through it with a dictionary—and a handful of other Spanish picture books while I wait for Kalevala to come in (another patron and I keep recalling it from each other :P ).


I just reread Tim Powers' Dinner at Deviant's Palace, which I'd read at least 10 years ago and remembered not being too impressed with.

It was better than I'd expected. Not Powers at his best, but that just means it's really good, not "best book I've read in years!"

Unlike most of his, this one is science fiction, not fantasy, set in a post-apocalyptic future. Somehow he still manages to work in a lot of the same tropes as many of his fantasy works: strange cults, "ghosts" and other creatures feeding off of people, alcohol, self-injury and blood.

Much fun.

Andoran

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I am reading Heroes Die by Matthew Woodring Stover. If you like darker gritty fantasy like Joe Abercrombie you might like Stover. An interesting mix of fantasy and sci-fi.


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Started A Clash of Kings last night.


Judy Bauer wrote:
Tried reading Seafaring Women, but while the content was interesting, esp. in the context of Skull & Shackles, the writing was not stellar. Now I'm working on Un beso en mi mano—did a preliminary read-through, now will go back through it with a dictionary—and a handful of other Spanish picture books while I wait for Kalevala to come in (another patron and I keep recalling it from each other :P ).

I could probably get you a copy of your own. As long as you don't mind it being in Swedish or Finnish... ;)


Finished Conan the Cimmerian. It was awesome!

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Kajehase wrote:
Judy Bauer wrote:
...Kalevala...
I could probably get you a copy of your own. As long as you don't mind it being in Swedish or Finnish... ;)

Tack så mycket! But... I suspect I will still finish sooner only reading it in alternating weeks than I would having to stretch my three words of Swedish (see above). And the closest to Finnish I know is a few Hungarian phrases—right language family, but not nearly enough vowels!

Cheliax

Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:
No, but did you like Nicomo Cosca and Black Dow?

Oh, most certainly; I liked both, but Cosca's flamboyant style appealed to me perhaps more than Dow's outright brutal nature. By the way, our library network has several copies of both novels, so I reserved them! :)

(I just hope we will eventually see another novel starring the ever lovable Sand dan Glokta...)


Not a book, but while at work I listened to the latest episode of Starship Sofa* and was very impressed by the main fiction piece: Incompatible, by Will McIntosh.

*:
Sci-Fi & Fantasy podcast which I discovered back when they featured James L Sutter's short-story prequel to Death's Heretic, in case anyone was wondering

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