Jon Jon's Comments (member since Jun 11, 2008)

Jon's comments from the SciFi and Fantasy Book Club group.

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Sep 01, 2008 08:04PM

1865 I liked the book and thought it was a good, entertaining, fast read. I too like both fantasy and murder/mystery/crime stories.

Some of the sardonic sarcasm got to be a bit much though. I think I had to stop reading for an hour or so after the "There came a tapping, tapping at my door" thought/comment by Dresden. :P

1865 While I liked her Earthsea novels, and Lathe of Heaven was good (although it's been decades since I read either), I'm struggling with The Left Hand of Darkness. It's probably just me. :)
1865 I'm reading an SF classic for the first time The Left Hand of Darkness. I was intrigued by Le Guin's use of shifgrethor, which seemed very similar to wuffle.

A bit of research online and I found a definition of shifgrethor: Prestige, face, place, the pride-relationship the untranslatable and all-important principle of social authority on Karhide and all of Gethen.

Perhaps not quite what wuffle was in Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom but still similar enough for me to ruminate about. :)

Aug 28, 2008 06:29PM

1865 Welcome Bronwen! And hello from a fellow Kansan and a Shocker (from the mid-80s). :)

Aug 28, 2008 06:19AM

1865 My concern with ebooks is libraries. I'm a huge library supporter. How is this going to mutate to work with ebooks?

There are very few books I actually purchase anymore - a few select authors that I've followed for decades. Since I have a very good memory, I also don't re-read many books.

Aug 27, 2008 03:15PM

1865 I prefer printed books, but I recently took the dive into ebooks. I have an ebook reader on my BlackBerry and I've found quite a few ebook versions of classics (not just SF) to download and peruse from Project Gutenberg -

If I find reading this easy and enjoyable, I may abandon traditional printed books.
Aug 26, 2008 10:08AM

1865 This is really going to show my age ... but oh well!

I love RPGs but I don't like the new graphic ones. Both my children have played (almost to the addiction level) WoW for the last couple of years.

I, on the other, am much more comfortable with a text-based MUD (specifically Aardwolf). Yes, text-based. Having a photographic memory is definitely a plus in that environment.

I've always preferred my imagination's ability to create my own graphics.
Aug 26, 2008 07:05AM

1865 Yes, it's the emotional response that I'm looking for most of the time. However, some science fiction doesn't lend itself to an emotional response, but does get me thinking, quite deeply and intensely.
Aug 26, 2008 06:50AM

1865 I've only recently stretch my SF reading envelope (mainly by joining this online discussion group). I actually read Asimov's Foundation series for the first time last autumn. And most recently, I'm still perusing an anthology I mooched that was published in the early 60's.

I've been very generous with my ratings of the stories, but perhaps I should have been more critical, especially after reading Ian Sales blog post. I tend to agree with him. Especially on this statement:

"A story should be considered a classic for a number of reasons - continuing relevance, good writing, originality (in ideas and/or deployment), rigour (of world-building, of story), meaning, impact upon the genre, impact upon the reader... "

Aug 26, 2008 04:19AM

1865 I was quite shocked this morning to see that the number one recommended news story on Yahoo was about Battlestar Galactica:

And I'd have to agree with the producers of the show. I'm not a traditional viewer by any means. I've had a DVR for years and never watch a show when it first runs/airs.

I also know that several collegues at work watch this show in a non-traditional manner - by renting the DVDs. In fact, my Scrabble club director recently watched the first four seasons in a long marathon over a weekend.

Stargate Universe (122 new)
Aug 22, 2008 05:06PM

1865 It's been such a hectic week I didn't touch base at SciFi Wire until just now. Can't believe I missed this new series announcement:

At least they'll be something not completely low budget on SciFi next year.

And GateWorld had these articles on the new series as well:

1865 My cousin used to work with him. In the tech industry actually. A company that created a video toaster that won an emmy. So I'm only one degree difference from him but never met him.

I don't have any problems with Wil, just the character of Wesley Crusher. :)

Eureka (376 new)
Aug 22, 2008 04:09AM

1865 Yes, exactly.
Eureka (376 new)
Aug 21, 2008 06:40PM

1865 Or perhaps they are just more human because of those emotions?

And without emotions, would there be any drama?

And science isn't bad, it just is. :)

1865 Yes, Asimov's focus was on science fiction short stories. The collection was of very short stories, hence why his introduction was an explanation of the mechanics of sci-fi writing. This collection was published in the early 60s and most of the stories were originally published in the 50s. Much of the tech is wrong or wildly out-dated but in nearly all cases, tech doesn't matter.

I agree many of them are very dry and very male, but there are some wonderful gems among them.

I also think that Dune definitely changed the face of science fiction in the mid-60s. And the genre has only improved in the decades since.

Aug 21, 2008 04:00AM

1865 Definitely the luggage!
Aug 20, 2008 07:15PM

1865 Great suggestion! And something I've been meaning to add to my to-read list - especially after seeing the movie. Of course, I'm going to wish I hadn't ever seen "Omega Man" or the recent "I Am Legend" movies I'm sure.

Either way, all the reviews I've read give high praise to the original 1954 novel.
Eureka (376 new)
Aug 20, 2008 06:26PM

1865 Actually, they are much easier than a VCR (which I don't even own anymore but I still have hundreds of tapes!).

If you can use a remote and navigate an on-screen guide, you can do the DVR thing. :)

Eureka (376 new)
Aug 20, 2008 06:15PM

1865 Hmm ... I've had a DVR for 3-4 years and haven't watched commercials in ... 3-4 years. :)

Oh, and I spent way too much money on this HD home entertainment theatre setup to watch stuff on a tiny laptop screen with God-awful sound.

But that's just me. :)

Eureka (376 new)
Aug 20, 2008 09:58AM

1865 You know the old adage ... "no one every really dies in sci-fi."


I have mixed feelings about Stark being deleted. I never really liked him but he was a great antagonist for Carter.

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