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message 1: by Clouds (last edited Jan 18, 2013 01:18PM) (new)

Clouds As a fellow Dark Tower Junkie, I too should read this poem :-)


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

I read this poem back when book 7 came out, since it was conveniently in the back of the book and all. Isn't there also mention of an old man an an old horse, like the ones in the last book?


message 3: by Mir (new)

Mir Roger Zelazny was influenced by this poem also.


message 4: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent Miriam wrote: "Roger Zelazny was influenced by this poem also."

Wasn't the poem quoted in one of the Corwin Amber books?


message 5: by Mir (last edited Jan 17, 2013 02:37PM) (new)

Mir Yes, and it's also the set-up for the part where they rescue Brand (from the Dark Tower, in fact). When Random tells them his story about previously attempting to rescue Brand it is presented in terms of the poem, with Random as Childe Roland. Only with more cursing and running away. In fact, if I remember correctly, we learn at that point that the Dark Tower is where Random is fleeing from when he comes to Corwin for help at the start of the first book.

I first read the series at age 11 and that was one of the few allusions I actually got :)


message 6: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell Miriam wrote: "I first read the series at age 11 and that was one of the few allusions I actually got :) "

Aww yeah, fellow Amberite! I should have known. I read the first 10? books over and over as a kid.


message 7: by Mir (new)

Mir My mother had the first 5 -- the Corwin ones -- in the two-volume collected set and I read straight through them in the first week of summer vacation between 5th and 6th grade. That was right when the second Amber series came out, so I read those as they were released.


message 8: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell Oh Lord, the ones with the bile-yellow and puke-green covers and the giant cat? I lost my original copies of those, but bought them again about six years ago, because I HAD to have them.


message 9: by Mir (new)

Mir Yes, those! It's a good thing my mother recommended them because I wouldn't have picked them up based on covers... I feel like most of his books have pretty bad covers, but I guess that's par for the course of 1970s and 80s sci-fi and fantasy.


message 10: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell Now is the time /on Sprockets when we dance/* when I dig up the original Babel-17 cover!




*God, I am ollllllllllld.


message 11: by Mir (new)

Mir That cover reminds me a bit of Barbarella.


message 12: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell Miriam wrote: "That cover reminds me a bit of Barbarella."

With a giant...horny....thing! //leer -- Also, I can never figure out what the hell her back leg is doing. She's leaning, or half-sitting, on his big shoulder? But then where the hell is her knee? Is her back leg splayed out behind her? I ASK YOU.


message 13: by Mir (new)

Mir There were definitely some horny things in Barbarella.


message 14: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell Miriam wrote: "There were definitely some horny things in Barbarella."

Not including the angel. Or did she fuck the angel? I can't remember.


....Dan, I have thoroughly derailed your Browning review and I am very sorry.


message 15: by Terry (new)

Terry Good luck with _Shardik_ Dan!


message 16: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent Man, I leave for a couple hours and it's all Barbarella around here...


message 17: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell Dan wrote: "Man, I leave for a couple hours and it's all Barbarella around here..."

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-lkMrcUxCra8...


message 18: by Mir (new)

Mir Moira wrote: "Miriam wrote: "There were definitely some horny things in Barbarella."

Not including the angel. Or did she fuck the angel? I can't remember.


....Dan, I have thoroughly derailed your Browning rev..."


I'm pretty sure she did.

Yeah, I was starting to wonder I should apologize to Dan. But I didn't.


message 19: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent I'll bring the thread back to the topic at hand by saying that Roger Zelanzy probably watched Barbarella at some point.


message 20: by Melissa (new)

Melissa I'm a big fan of this whole thread.


message 21: by Mir (new)

Mir Dan, Moira, let me know if you want to buddy read something of Zelazny's.


message 22: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent Miriam wrote: "Dan, Moira, let me know if you want to buddy read something of Zelazny's."

I could get behind a Zelazny buddy read. Anything you have in mind?


message 23: by Mir (new)

Mir I'm comparing our lists and having trouble finding ones that look good that neither of us has read. Maybe Creatures of Light and Darkness? Donnerjack? Isle of the Dead (I may have read that one in middle school, can't remember for sure)?

Or were there any you wanted to reread?


message 24: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent Let me see if I can find one of those three down at the used bookstore. I'd be down for rereading pretty much any of the Zelazny books I own since it's been a couple years.


message 25: by Mir (new)

Mir Okay, let me know if you find one. The only one I've read really recently and don't want to reread is Eye of Cat.


message 26: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent Will do. Eye of Cat is the only one I own that I haven't read yet but it's not on my list of priorities.


message 27: by Mir (new)

Mir Eye of Cat is fine, but nothing special.


message 28: by Dan (new)

Dan Schwent Is The Mask of Loki any good?


message 29: by Mir (last edited Mar 21, 2013 07:52AM) (new)

Mir You know, I don't remember much besides being disappointed in it, but I was 14 when I read it. It gets pretty poor reviews, though.

I would recommend Cat's Eye over Mask of Loki. It's a lot shorter, for one thing.


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