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So that guy I posted about just, uh, about two posts down for most of you. For me, I've got something like 10 private reminder-to-self entries inbetween, but hey.

Anyhow, it's kinda just nice for me to see some ASOIAF moments acted out.

I'm mostly underwhelmed by his Jon, but I really liked his second Jon monologue--it wasn't emo, and pulling off Jon without being emo is pretty important to me. He also pronounced Arya "Arr-ee-ah", which made me blink. I've always just said "Arr-yah". I interpreted the Theon scenes differently (less intense for the first, and far colder for the second), but I liked those too. I wonder what his neighbors thought of the screaming going on when he recorded the second monologue. I think everything else was pretty spot-on, minus Renly's laugh being rather evil.

Also: ROAAAR!!!
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So for those of you that don't know (ie, everybody that's got me friended that likely doesn't care), HBO has greenlighted a pilot for A Song of Ice and Fire, which is only my favoritest fantasy series ever. Actually, it's probably my favorite series of anything regardless of genre or medium.

I know most of the people over at [ profile] westerosorting don't really frequent Ran's board, but I do, mostly because I play mafia there. Anyway, there's this guy (a stage actor in NY) who's been trying to get himself casted. Iirc, he said he'd be happy if he landed a role as one of Craster's wives. Anyway, I thought he was alright until today where I finally bothered to check out the newer audition clip he's posted up on youtube. I got floored.

A Philip monologue from Lion in the Winter:

So yeah. I just wanted to post the vid since it's pretty awesome and say that I fully hope they give him a legit audition if not an actual role. I'd love to see him as Theon or Jon, though I think Waymar would be a likelier bet if he were to have a named character.
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Yeah.  I liked Ozymandias when he first showed up.  Turns out he's my favorite character.  And he doesn't die.  What were the chances?  Rather grim ending for him anyway though.  Grim ending all around in general.

Really curious who they cast for Ozy in the movie now.  Should go check.

Romeo und Julia ramblings from 4AM. )


Mar. 9th, 2008 10:10 pm
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On one hand, it didn't live up to hype.  On the other hand, it was really, really, really good.  To be even more specific, it couldn't even begin to dream of matching up to In The Heights.  In The Heights is my new standard, it seems.  I thought whoever acted Fiyero sucked.  That was really the only bad thing.

In other news, I want to reread the ASOIAF series.  It's been an entire year, pretty much.  I didn't know just how little I remembered until I tried stamping people at [profile] asoiaf_stamp.  I remember enough (read: everything) about all the characters I liked, but very little about the characters I didn't like and the characters that were introduced/fleshed out only in AFfC.  I really need to reread AFfC.

I think that when I reread (over spring break, almost definitely), I will start a great ASOIAF-quotes-that-I-liked compendium.  Expect lots of spammy posts starting next week.  Mark my words, ASOIAF has some beautiful lines.
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I've been assigned spring break reading.  Maus I and Maus II, a two-part comic book series on the Holocaust with the Jews drawn as anthro-mice and the Germans/Polish/Non-Jewish as anthro-pigs.  It's... very good.  Poignant, it gets the point across without detailing the gore.  It's won a Pulitzer Prize, and I'd say it deserves one.

I'm going to have to read Christine by Stephen King during spring break for English as well.  I'm not a King fan.  I've tried to be a King fan.  I lasted about 15 pages.  That being said, while a part of me thinks I should've picked Handmaid's Tale or whatever it's called (which is 1. much shorter, and 2. a dollar cheaper), I really ought to give King a second chance.

Also reading The Secret Books of Paradys, which is an anthology collection of all of Tanith Lee's Paradys cycle.  It's basically a vampire series, from what I've heard.  I haven't gotten far.  On one hand, I love Tanith Lee's writing and hate that all her books are out of print on this side of the pond.  On the other hand, good lord this is slow pacing.  The mood is beautiful.  Historic, gothic London, pretty much the same setting as the Sweeney Todd movie except put in words rather than moving pictures.  Plotting's slow.  Characters are also gay, but this is a vampire novel, so that's not surprising.  My favorite character already died.  Within the first 20 pages or so, in fact.  I should've seen it coming.

I should theoretically be reading Prelude to Foundation, a book I began at the beginning of the school year.  Isaac Asimov.  Supposedly a good work.  I bought The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie due to the forum raves, but I haven't even cracked the spine yet.  I've got a bit of a book queue.  There's also Gardens of the Moon, the first book to Steven Erikson's Malazan series, and the series is supposed to be phenomenal with the second book as the best, and the first book as pretty much shit.  The Darkness That Comes Before by Scott Bakker is also sitting on my shelf.  Haven't cracked the spine of that one either, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to like it provided I ever get around to reading it.  Gut vibe, you know.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes Volume I is also on my bookshelf.
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Terry Pratchett announced that he has early-onset Alzheimer's.


I would have liked to keep this one quiet for a little while, but because of upcoming conventions and of course the need to keep my publishers informed, it seems to me unfair to withhold the news.  I have been diagnosed with a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer's, which lay behind this year's phantom "stroke".

We are taking it fairly philosophically down here and possibly with a mild optimism.  For now work is continuing on the completion of Nation and the basic notes are already being laid down for Unseen Academicals. All other things being equal, I expect to meet most current and, as far as possible, future commitments but will discuss things with the various organisers.  Frankly, I would prefer it if people kept things cheerful, because I think there's time for at least a few more books yet :o)

PS  I would just like to draw attention to everyone reading the above that this should be interpreted as 'I am not dead'.  I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as will everybody else.  For me, this maybe further off than you think - it's too soon to tell. I know it's a very human thing to say "Is there anything I can do", but in this case I would only entertain offers from very high-end experts in brain chemistry.
My soul weeps. 
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Back around 1987 or so, when Wild Cards was new and we only had a couple of books out, I was approached at a convention by a skinny young British writer, all in black, who had an idea he wanted to pitch me for the series, a character who lived in dreams. I thanked him but told him we had all the writers we needed. The neophyte, of course, was Neil Gaiman, and the character was Morpheus. Obviously I'd like to have a do-over on that one.

That's GRRM, on his Wild Cards comic series.  I found that amusing.



Sep. 17th, 2007 05:41 pm
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Robert Jordan is dead.

2:45PM yesterday.  3:45PM EST, if you like specifics.

I don't know why I'm so shocked.  Or why I even care.  I haven't actually read any of his books, though I had always intended on seeing if the first few books of the Wheel of Time series is as good as everyone claims it is.

It's just sad, I think, that such a famous and successful author died before he finished his series.
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Joe Abercrombie, a new author I really want to check out when I've got the time, on writing fantasy series and how self-contained each book should be.  Thought some of you might be interested in that.

And as a note to myself... He also makes a mention of Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind, which I also want to check out.

ETA: And here's a random website link that makes fun of book covers.
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Finished it.  It was awesome.
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by Mike Carey

Haven't finished it yet, but there was something I wanted to say:

Neil Gaiman was the mastermind behind the Sandman comic series, I'm sure you all know that.  And you all know that Gaiman is, like, the definition of literary awesome.  Well, Sandman's over, but there was a single Sandman spin-off series, one that's very faithful to the Sandman canon as well as the mood and themes.  It's called Lucifer.  The mastermind behind Lucifer?  That'd be Mike Carey.  They chose the right man--of that, I have no doubt.

He's better with characterization than Gaiman, actually.  That's in my opinion, of course.  He hasn't got the same brilliant innovation, but I daresay Mike Carey's the better story-teller overall.  More cynical though, and none of the lucid dreaming quality Gaiman has.  Otherwise, the style is very similar.  Unique, of course, but similar nonetheless.

IN OTHER NEWS:  MoEP: The Lunars was made of rock.  I doubt you'll ever read it, Sonya, but imo, Lunars completely blow Sidereals out of the water in badassitude.
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by George R.R. Martin

Best book I have read in a very, very long time.  Am currently taking a break from reading because 1) I have other things to do and 2) everything else seems like crap so I can't even give Mike Carey's The Devil You Know a fair chance.

That good, mates.  That good.  It's a vampire novel, I guess, but it really reads like a historical novel on the steamboat era... er, except with vampires thrown in.  It's not really that it's a heartbreaking, gripping, emotional story.  It's not.  But it's brilliant.  It's fucking brilliant.  And this man knows how to tell a story.  What's so engaging (for me) isn't just the result (which rocks), but you can see very clearly that GRRM is a master of his art.  The plotting is fluid, the characters developed, themes explored, everything's done so right.

That's really about all I have to say.
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by Scott Lynch

Immensely enjoyable.  Superb.  Finished it in one day.  Yes, gripping.  But The Lies of Locke Lamora was better.  Oh, RSURS is better written, all things considered, but it tried to do too much.  Didn't have the same emotional impact and there were too many characters to develop.

I suppose the plotting's superior, but it echoes the first a lot, to the point that I started to worry about halfway through.  It's just got more factions (Merrein, Bondsmagi [clearly, I think Merrein is working for someone else], Priori, "bad" pirates) and... well, it got kind of excessive.  Well, not, not excessive.  It was all needed for the story to work, but it didn't delve particularly deeply into all of them.  I know jackshit about the other pirate captains, for instance.  And I don't care to know more either.  The Priori felt like a deus ex machina since they entered the story so late.  And by late, I mean within the last 20 pages or so.  Yeah, I wish I was exaggerating.

Spoilers )
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I think that, in the past two weeks, I have spent nearly $1000 for clothes and books.  Probably closer to $700.  If you include food, I definitely broke the $1k mark though.  I think I was trying to make up for buying nothing but the essentials all of last month.


Hogfather by Terry Pratchett - was mildly disappointing, probably because I'm not particularly fond of either the Unseen University characters or Susan.  I'll probably read it a second time around Christmas.  Should enjoy it more then.

Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb -  was a fun read.  Finished it in one day, same as the first two books in the trilogy, and it isn't exactly a thin book so clearly it's got to be fairly gripping.  It's a decent trilogy with some wonderful characters and some very bitchy ones.  The male characters fall into the first category, the females fall into the second.  Yeah.  It's a debut trilogy so there's some snarls and such, a lot of emoness from the hero that nearly puts Harry Potter to shame.  He's cooler than Harry Potter though, so it's forgivable.  Check it out.  (I heard the author's latest trilogy is complete, utter crap though, which makes me sad.)

Stardust by Neil Gaiman -  is sitting on my desk.  I got far enough to find out that there is no scene with Septimus (I think it was Septimus anyway) pushing his brother out the window.  Damn.  As for the general beginning... the movie didn't actually cut much out that was important since I'm sure no one cares about Victoria's backstory.  I've sort of put the book aside in favor of others.

Whatever The First Book in the Amber Chronicles is Called, by Roger Zelazny - meh.  Good read, definitely, but you can tell it's kinda old.  It's got that vague old-school fantasy feel, you know?  Read The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin, that basically sums it up.  It's definitely solid writing, but it's kinda shallow and un-fleshed out.  Like reading Through the Looking Glass.  I can appreciate it, but that don't mean I like it.  Anyhow, there are nine books left in the series and the first one's from 1970 and the tenth was published 1991, so I'm curious to see how the storytelling style changes in the next nine books.

Currently Reading: Red Ships Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch, sequel to The Lies of Lamora Locke.  Words cannot express how much I love this author.  Well, I bought his book in hardback.  I never buy books in hardback (unless it's HP and therefore 75% off).  You definitely need to read Lies first.  I'm only about 50 pages in and pretty much everything that happens in the ending of the last book is spoiled.  This does not ruin the first book at all, really, but just a headsup.

In Queue: Stardust by Neil Gaiman, The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles 1-10 by Roger Zelazny, The Darkness that Comes Before by R. Scott Bakker, Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin, The Devil You Know by Mike Carey, The Lunaras (Exalted 2nd Ed), The Dragonbloods (Exalted 2nd Ed), Oadenol's Codex (Exalted 2nd Ed)

Still need to purchase and read my summer reading books.  I'll figure something out.

(Btw, Sonya, I hope you're enjoying the Barlowgirl CD because I sure as hell am.)
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There were a few parts that totally shouldn't be funny but were totally funny anyway.  Like when the guy that talked like a chicken died.  Well, it was supposed to be funny, but you know.  You shouldn't laugh at people dying.  But it was hilarious anyway.  On the topic of deaths-should-not-be-funny-but-I-laughed-anyway, I totally loved it when Septimus (?) pushed his brother out the window.  Did not see that coming.  The way the king just laughed at it was awesome as well.  The ghosts of all the brothers were generally pretty amusing as well.

I mentioned that I thought the ending--which suddenly took a turn for the serious--clashed a bit with the rest of the movie, but it made sense.  I loved that witchy lady whatever her name is.

The actress for Yvaine has a very active face and a head that bobs around a lot.  Not a bad thing, really, but I couldn't help but notice during her long "I think I love you" monologue.  Tristan himself was adorable.  The pirate captain dude was wuv.  I think Septimus' line when he saw him dancing around was "What the hell?" which basically sums it up pretty nicely.

I'll start the book after I finish Hogfather (by Terry Pratchett, and I don't like books focusing on Susan or Death, so I'm not really liking it so much right  now) and I'm hoping the witch lady's two sisters had more of a personality in it.

I hope they make a movie out of Neverwhere.  It doesn't lend itself as well to the current fantasy trendiness, but I think it'd lend itself much, much better to a movie.  They'd miscast Islington though.  They always do.

PS: Dammit, Abby, I've got the Sailor Moon theme song stuck in my head too.  The English one, which I've actually only heard a few times before.  It's stupidly catchy.  "She's the one named Sailor Moon!"
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I am not a huge fan of comics, but I was linked this gem and it was a quick and wonderful read.  I know nothing of Green Lanterns, but I assume they're green people with funky rings o' power that make em superheroes.  You honestly don't need to know much more than that.

In other news, I've got all the CDs.  The Ellegarden one was great in general, but a bit odd.  When it comes down to it, the guy's English is flawless and that's kinda the problem.  It just sounds so unnatural.  It's so precise, it's really weird.

ETA: Did some quick exploring on the scans_daily comm (which I've actually heard a lot of shit about, but they seem pretty cool to me).

This is the Foxglove and Hazel sequence from Sandman.  As much as I hated the Game of You storyarc in Sandman...

This is the quick Emperor Norton snippet from Sandman.  I don't remember exactly when it occurred, but it was just a small event.  I didn't even remember it at first, but it's got all of Sandman's usual charm.

This is probably my single favorite moment out of Sandman, where Lucifer gives God one small victory.

This is a story of Cluracan and his Nemesis (and the Barkeep, I guess).  I love Cluracan (though I always assumed he was bi, but uh... I guess this proves me wrong, eh?)

This is just a short piece about falling and flying.  Sandman.  Yeah.  I felt like reading a bit of Sandman today.

This is Gilbert, proving that he is awesome.  Spoilery, but I figure none of you will read Sandman anyway.  Another one of my favorite Sandman moments.

This is a bit of Delirium and Dream.  And Matthew and Matthew's wonderful.

Yeah.  That was an excess of Sandman.
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Damn good book.  Damn good book.  No, not the thrill ride from GRRM, it lacks a certain degree of unseen twists (I saw most of them coming, the only one I missed was the one I really should've expected), but the scheming is wonderful.  Positively delightful.

As for the twist I didn't see... well, I knew in the back of my head that my favorite characters would die but for some reason, I was really, really surprised when they did.  You know some characters just exude this air of immortality?  Well, they did.  And they died.  I was pleased with the sinking of the ship at the end and other tributes to the dead throughout.

Sadly, out of all the Gentleman Bastards, the one I liked least was Jean.  This is to say that I really don't care about him in general.  Much prefer the Sanza brothers or Bug.

Did not like Gray King as a villain (didn't care about him either), though I loved hating Falconer.

And yes, I believe that was another 600+ page monster that I devoured in a single day.

I do recommend it.  It's Lynch's first published work too, apparently, and it is phenomenal.


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