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Mar 10, 2014 04:11AM

1865 Thanks for that link, Jeannette. That Baby Cthulu deck is tempting. And the Princess deck looks like it has cool art.
1865 If anything I find the opposite. Sometimes a re-read makes it easier to write a review. It's either no trouble the first time, or I need at least one re-read to clarify my thoughts.
Jul 11, 2013 04:13AM

1865 ... is there a link to that, Trike? I have to admit I'm curious now.
Jul 10, 2013 01:53PM

1865 Sometimes the process of writing a review will jog something loose in my head, or make me think of something new, yeah.
1865 Yeah, the old edition was good too. But I'm really gleeful about the rest of the material from the print book being added.
1865 Anyone else listened to this?

So far, it's awesome. Just in case anyone was wondering. I'm just a couple minutes away from the end of the second disc (out of 10). Denise Crosby as the former soccer mom literally made the hair on my arms stand up.
1865 Comments from other authors that I've read lead me to believe that you can sell the rights and get paid, or not sell the rights and get nothing. (And in this case, it's not impossible that the prospective buyer will make a movie that's like your story but different enough that they wouldn't owe you any money.) Unless you are J.K. Rowling or someone of equally large market penetration, I'm pretty sure you don't get to dictate terms. and generally support this. is old (in Internet terms) but in Brooks's own words, he had "zero control."

Personally, I don't blame him for taking the money for the option, the opportunity to sell more books as the movie was promoted, and the opportunity to make a full audio adaptation.
1865 I'm sad that they didn't go with a mockumentary style of filming. But I guess that's not the summer blockbuster formula. >.<

Also I think it's completely unfair to blame Max Brooks at all. Assuming that's what you were doing, Jay.

I got the unabridged audio version (World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-In Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War) from the library and am very excited about getting to hear the parts that were left out of the first audio version.
Sep 09, 2012 10:45AM

1865 I think that Lois McMaster Bujold at least came close in The Curse of Chalion and its sequel, Paladin of Souls. (I haven't read them with that question in mind, so I'm not 100% sure.)
Aug 15, 2012 05:58PM

1865 Brenda, I wondered that about Bane. With Darth Vader and the might of the Empire and military discipline it's a little easier to swallow. Though having first watched Star Wars when I was younger and less critical about stuff probably helps.

I think in fantasy there's a tendency for the antagonist to not have a motivation beyond "I'm evil because I can." If that's the vibe I get from a book I tend to put it down, or not pick in up in the first place.
Aug 14, 2012 05:31AM

1865 I'll tolerate names with apostrophes if they don't otherwise look or sound stupid. (Names that sound stupid is generally a deal-breaker to me. I realize this is subjective, but ... just sayin'.) Or wrong, if they're based on a real world language I'm familiar with. (People seem to love to put apostrophes in French-based last names. Like (making this up) d'Poubeille. And my brain spasms because argh that's not how it's supposed to work.)
Aug 05, 2012 07:14AM

1865 The Forever War tends not to get as much credit as an antecedent of this book as I think it deserves.
Jun 25, 2012 10:00AM

1865 I forgot to mention — Cory Doctorow (author of Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town) has a lot of standalones, though they are mostly SF. Most of them can be downloaded (legally and for free) here or here.
Jun 24, 2012 12:49PM

1865 Second Cosmonaut Keep.
Jun 23, 2012 08:05PM

1865 Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
Stealing the Elf-King's Roses (or Stealing the Elf-King's Roses: The Author's Cut if you have an e-reader)
Among Others
When The King Comes Home
A Song for Arbonne
The Last Hot Time
The Hero and the Crown
War for the Oaks

These don't all qualify as saving the world or S&S, but they are standalone fantasy books I enjoyed. And I third the recommendation of Tam Lin.
Jun 15, 2012 07:19AM

1865 Mike, thanks for weighing in ... I think it might be interesting to talk about Felix where we can throw spoilers around. So I've put up a thread here if anyone else has some thoughts on Felix.
Jun 15, 2012 07:17AM

1865 The topic came up in the No Spoilers thread and I find myself wondering - what do others think of Felix? Ordinary average guy, or unassertive goop who doesn't deserve to be the centerpiece of a story?
Jun 13, 2012 03:01PM

1865 Mike and JSWolf, could you guys please take your unrelated dispute to some other thread? (Don't care who started it. Don't make me turn this thread around.)

Mike, I agree that this is very much a carrier bag book versus a Big Damn Hero book. Personally, I can enjoy both styles, depending on my mood.

I can agree that Felix is somewhat, well, ineffectual. You could say that's his personality, and I'd agree somewhat. But at the same time, he's taken a fairly big leap to come to Universe B at all. (Money, time, tiptoeing around the DIM regulations.)

Colleen, I wouldn't say that it's Pratchett-style funny, or a Piers Anthony punfest. More one of those kind of books that gently points out how silly human existence is. (The "wry humor" observation not being mine, though, I won't insist on going to the mat to defend it. ;)
Jun 12, 2012 07:20AM

1865 Yep! Right here.
Jun 08, 2012 06:47AM

1865 Colleen, glad you are going to join us. For anyone else who is interested - I will (most likely) not have Internet access until Monday. But if I do, I will certainly look in here to see how things are going. Everyone else, have fun!
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