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I just finished up The Crimson Campaign
. I tore through it. I really like this series. Great stuff. I'm now revisiting the alt picks that I've missed and starting on Empire State
. I may have to reread Name of the Wind this month as well.
I didn't Lem it; mostly because I'm incapable of lemming anything (If I can finish Mists of Avalon...) But this one, like Ancillary Justice, offered nothing. No likable characters, no plot hook, no fleshed out system of magic or world building of any kind. Then, at around 70%, a plot begins to form, only to be abruptly cut off at a seemingly arbitrary point.
I almost wonder if Dalglish wrote one long book and his publisher went, 'No, no, no. It has to be a trilogy! That's like, a genre thing.' And then just randomly grabbed the top of the stack and said, 'Here, this is book 1!'
The great thing about this series is you could have 3 (or more) actors play Kovacs. I think there are a lot of good choices. Just not Tom Cruise. Maverick: yes; Kovacs: no.
I agree with Joseph. That is the real risk. You're gambling the safety of your body and whether you will get to be yourself when you come out again. This is less imperative if you're rich or just don't care about your body. On the other hand, f you do, it'd be pretty awful. It's also in no way rehabilitative. I mean, you come out angry because you're in a body you don't care about and so you do whatever to get some money to buy a clone of your own body. Probably not a great practice. Maybe a virtual prison program would be better.
All three books are completely different in the type of plot and the tone. It worked for me because I love the world that Morgan built for this series. It's one of my favorite in all of SF and I felt like the wildly different situations and personalities kept it from getting stale.
Sandi wrote: "That's a pretty good list. I'm the family librarian, so I have some new ideas for my husband and son. I think Pride and Prejudice is a questionable choice though."
Maybe you could lure them in with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
I posted in the news discussion a list put together by the Art of Manliness of "fiction for men". Looking at this list, men chose books primarily with male authors. When I look at that list, having just listened to the podcast wrapping up Dragon Flight and the discussion of the male/female relationships in that book, it made me curious about authors who write main characters of the opposite gender. I would love to see a list by men of female authors who wrote strong, well rounded male characters and a list by women of male authors who wrote strong, well rounded female characters. Examples?
Art of Manliness just released a list of fiction that men should read for various reasons. Don't be fooled by it's name - Art of Manliness is not the bro-centric, frat boy, Maxim-style blog it's name might indicate. The list is a mix of genres, but science fiction/fantasy is well represented; the first three titles are American Gods, Cryptinomicon and A Princess of Mars. Even though most, but not all, of them are male-centric (Pride and Prejudice made the cut), the list is very solid, made up of mostly classic stuff and I think can easily be appreciated by both genders.http://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/05...
I pushed through and it picked up about half to 2/3s of the way though, but then fell flat again. I am just not compelled by anything going on or by any character.
Inglis is by far my favorite narrator. I find myself disliking a lot of interpretations of various lines and characters with most narrators, but I love his work in the Hobbit. Absolutely first class.
Vance wrote: "Scenic Route
(in honor of Sky)"
I finished the book, but there are whole sections that I don't remember. I just couldn't keep my focus while listening. I kept getting lost in the meandering style. I like the idea of Tigana, but I think it got lost in the execution.
Here is an interesting discussion of the HBO series on io9 Is Game of Thrones Gratuitous Violence Worse Than the Gratuitous Violence?
I have to say that I do feel like the violence is a bit much, but I can't use my own opinion because (after a year of viewing gnarly autopsy photos while studying to be a crime scene investigator) I have no stomach for that type of thing anymore. I feel like there is a trend toward ultra-gorey violence in movies as well. Super and Kick Ass are just a couple examples. I know this is partly because we have much better special effects technology, but just because we can, does that mean we have to? Splatter porn always had its small devoted audience and the mainstream seemed to get by just fine without it. I feel like there is this idea that, if something is "gritty", that it's better. I usually find it to be the opposite, grit is used to cover up poor writing. Since poor writing definitely isn't the case, do we need all the splatter porn? GoT is definitely a violent story, but I only remember a couple times when I felt like the violence was gratuitous (SPOILER: In FfC when The Mountain cuts off the boys arm fighting the Sand Snake), but have felt that way numerous times just during the first season of the HBO series.
The nudity does feel quite gratuitous at times (although if the book was written from the series, Rose's boobs could have their own chapters. So much back story told while she was naked) However, I won't even pretend that I am put off by this. I'm a guy and I like boobies. io9 does make a good point about there being very little male nudity (however, what the men lack in quntity, Hodor makes up for in shear mass). I suppose you could make the comment that this is because GoT is set in a medieval world run by men and that's why there is so much female nudity. Or maybe it's because the super violence is pushing the demographic towards men and the nudity is fan service plain and simple? I would be interested to see the breakdown.
Anyway, I would love to know if I'm alone in feeling this way. Thoughts?
I agree whole-heartedly. I could not enjoy this book. I really just wanted Quentin to go see a therapist. The kid has some depression and other issues he really needs to work out. The only likeable character in the whole thing is Alice. Maybe that was intentional, but I doubt it. No one caused me any emotions. I didn't hate them, I just didn't care about them at all. This was really evident to me when Penny got his hands bitten off. I just went 'meh. whatever'. In fact, for me, the whole Filory piece was the worst part of the book. I thought things would finally pick up there, but it just flat lined. The only enjoyable part was the break from Hogwarts, er, Brakebil's when they all turned to geese. Like Jo said, the Harry Potter and Narnia "satire" is far too similar to the actual stories to be satire. It just feels like a poor imitation.
I don't have any stories from my childhood where the world really stuck with me. My favorite was Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story
I remember when I reread it in HS I was still into it, but I wonder if I risk ruining my pristine memory of it. Jennifer Love Hewitt was making it into a movie at some point, but I'm not sure if that's still on.
In my own personal dictionary:
Rule 34: I don't like it, but I have to finish it anyway.
Maybe I should make it Rule 34(b) so as not to confuse it with the wider definition.
I'm not saying that I don't agree with some of his opinions on the books, but it is next level arrogant to assert that they should all be dismissed because they don't agree with him.
I thought this was timely since one of the books Priest trashes is Rule 34
. I didn't particularly care for the book. The setting just had a hint of laser to what I felt was a pretty weak plot. Given his angry, red faced tone, it just sounds like sour grapes to me. Maybe if he listed a few books he felt handled his examples better I would take it more seriously. As it stands, it just sounds like whining. The Prestige author Christopher Priest calls out the Clarke Awards
EDIT: Okay, I went and read the whole thing. He does list a few books that he did like, but doesn't really expand on why. Just that they more suited him. When he got to the part about firing the committee, it got even more pompous. I am even more disgusted than I was before.