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#281 Offline Kopekemaster

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Posted Jun 28 2014 - 08:03 AM

In the same book as The Time Machine was in, there were 3 other shorter stories by H.G. Wells (gosh that sentence was so poorly worded), The Empire of the Ants, The Country of the Blind, and The Man Who Could Work Miracles.

The first and last of those three were great. The first was quite gory (yus), and the last was just pretty awesome and funny. The middle one....

Meh.

I didn't see anything scifi or fantasy in it, and, really, not much of a plot. It's an interesting idea, to be sure, but still...

Also, he says that the valley of the blind had been secluded for 30 generations, which would be around 900 years (give or take a hundred). There's practically no way that their language would still be similar enough to Spanish that they would be able to speak to uh derp what's his name the guy they call Bogota.

But yeah. Continuing with The Great Hunt, now.


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Posted Jul 01 2014 - 08:12 PM

Been on a Harlan Ellison kick lately, especially his essays,and just finished Xenogenesis.


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Posted Jul 05 2014 - 07:48 PM

over the last two weeks i read:

 

- Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

- Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

- Book I of the Night Angel trilogy (I forget the title of the book in question, since I bought the three volumes written as one) by Brent Weeks

- Started Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

- Started A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

- Started Game of Thrones (My sister owns the book, so I haven't finished it) by George R.R Martin

 

also wanted to reread The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde but can't find the book anywhere, might start Paradise Lost by John Milton soon (though that's an epic poem, but it's bound like a book and published on its own so there). 


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Posted Jul 06 2014 - 11:39 AM

Walt Disney's Fantasia- John Culhane

 

Like the 'Art of' books published by Chronicle, this one tells the stories and shows concept art for all sections of Fantasia. If Art of Tangled was a 4.5/5, then this book is a 6/5. It's much longer than Chronicle's books (by forty pages), which means there's much more room for the author to write paragraphs on paragraphs of details like symbolism in the film, how the music was adapted to Fantasound, how characters were designed, and he even gets into criticism of certain elements. It probably has less art than Chronicle's books, but I think that's forgivable due to how comprehensive the material is. This is what an 'Art of' book should be, and any fans of Fantasia should definitely read it.

 

Up next, The Illusion of Life.

 

EDIT: Totally lied. Up next was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney's Classic Animated Film - J.B. Kaufman

 

It's basically an Art Of book that just wasn't published by Chronicle. It's longer (by almost 90 pages), but at the same time the amount of interesting or information is probably on par with their books. For one, the text resorts to a lot of summary of the film. Books such as these are meant to be written for someone who has already seen the film, and for that reason summaries are unnecessary. Aside from that, the concept artwork (which fills most of the book) is nice to look at it, but I also feel like there are too many examples of just cel backgrounds. I've seen the movie and I know what the backgrounds look like. They occasionally make them interesting by showing the different cel layers that make up a shot, but the book would have strongly benefitted from showing actual concept art. It's entirely possible that, as a result of how old the movie is, that this material didn't exist anymore. But, still, a note on that would have been nice.

 

Overall it's not as good as Culhane's Fantasia book, but still interesting. 

 

Up next: The Illusion of Life (for real this time) and an audiobook: Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl.


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Posted Jul 18 2014 - 11:49 PM

I read John Cage, a biography of the remarkably eccentric avant-garde American composer by Rob Haskins. It wasn't too long, but really gave me a sense of Cage's musical philosophy. He's perhaps best known for 4'33" - known as "The Silent Piece" - but he was a excellent mycologist (except for the time he accidentally poisoned himself and a group of friends), used coin flips and ancient Chinese books to determine parts of his compositions, and painted canvases with as abstract a mindset as he composed with.

 

(I got a bunch of composer biographies for my birthday - I'm about halfway through Ravel: Man and Musician now.)

 

I also read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I wrote a blog entry about this - in a word, meh. But I gave Green's writing another chance and read An Abundance of Katherines, and it was much better. If I were given both of those and didn't know their publication dates, I would have said that Katherines came after TFiOS, just because it's ... better.


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Posted Jul 19 2014 - 12:20 AM

Finished reading a few of the Psych tie-in novels: A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read, Mind Over Magic and Call of the Mild. They were all pretty good, definitely felt like episodes of Psych, probably because the author was also a writer on the show.

 

Just started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone today. I've been meaning to read the Harry Potter books for awhile now, but I just never got around to it until now.


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Posted Jul 22 2014 - 10:37 PM

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
 
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I'm also almost half way through The Illusion of Life. I swear it's getting worked on.


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Posted Aug 03 2014 - 09:51 PM

Recently finished The Alchemist, by Michael Scott. It was . . . okay. Not as good as I was hoping, and I wasn’t really a fan of the writing style, but overall it had some enjoyable moments.

 

But just before that I read Jokers Wild, edited by George R.R. Martin, the third book in his Wild Cards anthology/mosaic novel/etc. series, and it's really quite awesome. Obviously with this series you have your highs and lows with all the different authors working on the Wild Cards series (my two favorite collaborators so far are by a long shot Martin himself and Robert Zelazny), but overall it's really well done. After reading A Song of Ice and Fire and Sandkings, I just had to read more from Martin, and with TOR slowly coming out with re-issues (the first was re-published in 2010, the second in 2011, and the third in 2014), it was a perfect chance to start picking them up. As with pretty much any Martin project it seems, one should expect a lot of adult content, but otherwise the series really is incredibly enjoyable, and I can't wait for the re-release of the fourth book in January. 

 

I'm not sure if this is my favorite so far (there's definitely downsides to each one), but it's the first full mosaic novel, as the other two had been anthologies of individual short stories sort of loosely strung together, and this format definitely worked really well. The only downside in this novel compared to the others is that Zelazny didn't contribute to this one at all, except for a character that is mentioned only briefly. In the other two, he had his own stories, with one of the coolest and most interesting characters (not to mention, easily one of the best writing styles). 

 

Definitely recommended to those who love Martin and superheroes. One shouldn't expect ASoIaF, but Martin's ingenuity and writing ability is still very obviously present. 

 

And now, I've (finally) just begun The Eye of the World, after meaning to start this series for years. 


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Posted Aug 04 2014 - 04:56 PM

And now, I've (finally) just begun The Eye of the World, after meaning to start this series for years.

Yessssss. I'm currently reading The Great Hunt (I would already be long done with it, but hash tag slow reader), and I can assure you, the series is great. Have you read New Spring?

 

Also, I just read Animal Farm in a shockingly (for me) short amount of time. That was seriously great.


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Posted Aug 07 2014 - 10:16 PM

The Fault in Our Stars: Because people like it and it's Now A Major Motion Picture. Pretty good.

 

The Metamorphosis: Didn't want to start summer reading yet; knew this was a classic and that it was short. It was weird. Like, weird.

 

The Kite Runner: Read this one for school. A good read, but man, that was rough. Interestingly, one of the reviews on the back noted that the narrative contains "no frills, no nonsense, just hard, sparse prose" (The Washington Post Book World). Personally, I felt there were a number of points where Hosseini went overboard on the diction - not necessarily in a way that detracted or distracted from the narrative, but not exactly fulfilling the review's description.

 

Currently rereading The Great Gatsby because AP Literature yaaaay

I liked it the first time but taking notes and making charts isn't exactly my idea of a good time.


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Posted Aug 07 2014 - 11:09 PM

I finished reading Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy a couple weeks back, before I left for Germany. Currently, I'm reading The Once and Future King for English next year and am nearly done The Sword in the Stone/the first 208 pages.

Hopefully I'll have more time to read Executive Orders when my summer work is done.


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Posted Aug 08 2014 - 05:10 PM

 

And now, I've (finally) just begun The Eye of the World, after meaning to start this series for years.

Yessssss. I'm currently reading The Great Hunt (I would already be long done with it, but hash tag slow reader), and I can assure you, the series is great. Have you read New Spring?

 

No, not yet. I searched around a bit and it sounded like people suggested reading the books in publication order the most, since New Spring gives background information to things you don't see until up to book 10 or something like that. But who knows how long it will take me before I get that far in the series. =P I've got mountains of books on my to-read shelf, but TEotW was pretty good, so I'm looking forward to reading more eventually; I'll probably try to read one here and there, but I'm not in any particular rush so who knows. Still, definitely glad I finally read it . . . I've kept saying "I'll definitely read TEotW soon" for over two years now haha. And while it'll be a pain to get through, it is nice knowing that there's so many books in the series so that if I do keep liking it, I'll be satisfied for quite a while.

 

Anyway, currently reading The Princess Bride (again, like with TEotW: finally) for the first time. One of my all-time favorite films, it's about time I read the book. =P And my sister just bought me the new, beautifully illustrated hardcover edition a month ago for my birthday, so that was just all the more reason to finally read it now. Really great so far, as expected.


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Posted Aug 08 2014 - 05:43 PM

Well, I guess it does sort of let you know deeper into Moiraine's motives and such, but I already had known pretty much all of it from a friend who enjoys talking about WoT. XD


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Posted Aug 23 2014 - 09:29 PM

Enjoyed rereading Gatsby and didn't have to do a ton of analysis on it so that's always nice.

 

I was about to start The Count of Monte Cristo before realizing I had an abridged translation; naturally, I wanted to read the whole thing. Instead I started with A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court which I regrettably haven't had much time to work on yet.

 

Also reading the Iliad for school - not the whole thing, though. I'm enjoying it, so I'll probably pick up a complete copy at some point.


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Posted Aug 23 2014 - 09:52 PM

Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian for like the 3rd time, my favorite book series of all time


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