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Falselogic
12-28-2012, 08:05 PM
How did we not have one of these already?

ALT: How did I miss the old one?

Anyway, question:

How do you feel like a book club for TT?

I read a lot of books and sometimes I really want to have somewhat meaty discussions about them. The "Watcha Reading" thread moves too fast for that or it doesn't move at all.

Please note this Book Club will not be a team effort. I will name some books each month that are in my queue and people can say they want to read that or not, I'll pick the one most people respond to or seem to care about, unless I pick something completely different. Why is it this way? Remember when you had your senior group project in High School and in order to guarentee you got a decent grade you ended up doing the whole thing yourself? That's why. They can drop in and out of the Club, see?

Is this an idea worth pursueing or am I crazy(ier)?

Büge
12-28-2012, 08:17 PM
Could be interesting. I hope it's books that you can find at your local library.

Matchstick
12-29-2012, 11:55 AM
Is this an idea worth pursueing or am I crazy(ier)?

We've taken a couple of runs at this in the past. I've enjoyed doing it, but participation has always been pretty thin. I think offering up a slate of choices rather than taking nominations is a good idea.

Octopus Prime
12-29-2012, 05:20 PM
Could be interesting. I hope it's books that you can find at your local library.

You can learn more about books at your local library at your local library!

Dawnswalker
12-29-2012, 11:43 PM
There was once a time when I didn't know just why so many people were harsh on The Walking Dead. "Isn't it kind of the point, that the struggles and the relationships of the survivors get more attention than the zombie menace, in an interesting role-reversal from the usual Zombie Genre? Aren't we eventually meant to see that in the end, Man was truly the greatest monster?"

(Well, I didn't say it like that, but you get the point.)

Then I read it, and now I understand. TWD almost approaches the themes I thought it would, but then it decides that killing off large portions of the cast is drama enough, and then the status quo resets until it's time to build tension again. Either have your Col. Kurtz moment or don't, Rick!

And the dialogue is shameful, even by comic book standards. Maybe the zombies are just upset at how the living won't. Stop. Rambling. On.

Seven
12-30-2012, 12:54 AM
I think it might be a good idea. Might be a little slow and thin at first, but I'm sure that once you get the ball rolling we could have some pretty interesting discussions in time.

Grignr
12-30-2012, 06:54 AM
I think part of the problem with book clubbing is that the big readers of this forum read way too fast and are pretty well-read in the obvious classics and genre stuff. Personally, when I've tried to read along in the past, I'd finish the reading selection of the next few weeks in a single sitting and then read several other books between the club intervals, making the topic book less fresh in my memory.

So you'd want something long, like a series, that people read along book-by-book with (which has the obvious spoilers-from-the-future issue) or read something very long and dense, like Romance of Three Kingdoms / the Mahabharata / the Tain. Or just say up front "This is the book club thread of RE-reading all the Bujold/Pratchett/etc novels" and spoilers beware.

tl;dr "Let's read the Complete Sherlock Holmes/Brontë sisters/Raymond Chandler/Dorothy Sayers/Jane Austen". Especially the stuff free on gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/). Maybe even "Let's read Project Gutenberg" with different books every few weeks. Especially stuff where we can discuss obscure things unfamiliar to us (mythology/history/Victorian jargon) instead of just plot speculation (which can be spoiled).

Or "Let's Read James Bond": Casino Royale is the Kindle Daily Deal (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008L40NT0/ref=s9_al_bw_g351_ir01?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1EBVHJBGDRZT2X2NA594&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1447691602&pf_rd_i=1286228011) today. Actually, they're all on sale (http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=xs_gb_rss_231981/?docId=1000777851&ccmID=380205&tag=rssfeeds-20) for $1.99 apiece today!

Adrenaline
12-30-2012, 01:22 PM
How did we not have one of these already?


How do whatcha reading/what comics did you buy this week not already accomplish this thread's purpose?

Falselogic
12-30-2012, 02:28 PM
How do whatcha reading/what comics did you buy this week not already accomplish this thread's purpose?

Cause it doesn't. If you ever bothered reading the posts that come before yours you'd already know that.

Nodal
12-30-2012, 04:01 PM
Cause it doesn't. If you ever bothered reading the posts that come before yours you'd already know that.

The thread's title is very different than it's seemingly intended purpose.

Dizzy
12-30-2012, 04:15 PM
Yeah, we already have a few generalized threads on reading books and other printed media, so to create a super-generalized thread that can encompass all of them seems pointless. But hey, here it is and here we are.

liquid
12-30-2012, 10:51 PM
"Isn't it kind of the point, that the struggles and the relationships of the survivors get more attention than the zombie menace, in an interesting role-reversal from the usual Zombie Genre? Aren't we eventually meant to see that in the end, Man was truly the greatest monster?"
uh

If anything, wouldn't having zombies be the sole threat be the role-reversal?

Dawnswalker
12-31-2012, 03:00 AM
Well, it's true that zombies don't actually seem to do much in zombie movies (until the comic relief characters fuck up the most simple of plans), but it's not as if there's really much else going on aside from zombie-related drama. Except for "Shaun of the Dead."

Loki
01-30-2013, 11:05 AM
I saw this (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-star-wars-trilogy-lucas-george/1112352844) at Barns & Noble's today. I don't even know any more. I think books might be over. Just pack the whole operation up.

Evil Dead Junkie
01-30-2013, 11:16 AM
Wow that imprint went downhill pretty fucking fast.

It's a shame they produced some nice books, my complete Lovecraft is fucking beautiful, as is the Grimms I own.

Loki
02-11-2013, 06:40 AM
Last night I discovered the existence of Bizarro Fiction (http://www.amazon.com/Bizarro-Fiction-Books-Kindle-Part/lm/R3J0EM69V5HCP2).

http://i.imgur.com/mkpXa5O.gif

I'm... I'm not going to get out of this without reading some of these, am I?

Octopus Prime
02-11-2013, 06:48 AM
Last night I discovered the existence of Bizarro Fiction (http://www.amazon.com/Bizarro-Fiction-Books-Kindle-Part/lm/R3J0EM69V5HCP2).

http://i.imgur.com/mkpXa5O.gif

I'm... I'm not going to get out of this without reading some of these, am I?

A bizarro tribute to Spaghetti westerns, H.P. Lovecraft, and foot fetish enthusiasts.

Screwhorse, Nevada is legendary for its violent and unusual pleasures, but when a mysterious gunslinger drags a wooden donkey into the desert town, the stage is set for a bloodbath unlike anything the west has ever seen. His name is Calamaro, and he's from New Jersey.

Featuring Cthulhu-worshipping Indians, a woman with four feet, a Giallo-esque serial killer, a crazed gunman who is obsessed with sucking on candy, Syphilis-ridden mutants, ass juice, burping pistols, sexually transmitted tattoos, and a house devoted to the freakiest fetishes, Jordan Krall's Fistful of Feet is the weirdest western ever written.

tungwene
03-04-2013, 08:30 PM
What the hey linking from the kickstarter (http://www.talking-time.net/showpost.php?p=1492589&postcount=616) thread.

gahitsu
03-08-2013, 02:56 AM
Guys, this could change everything.

I hope you're ready for a paradigm shift, because The Room is finally getting its own book (http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-room-book-is-coming-for-real,93450/). Sort of. Rejoice!

Teaspoon
03-09-2013, 10:10 PM
As someone who's glommed on to the other book threads: a book club is a great idea and I totally support it. It's amazing how much material is on Project Gutenberg, especially the Australia site. Not to mention the loads of scans on the Internet Archive (better than Google Books sometimes, depending on how obscure the item is and how much you want to be looking at a version of an actual page).

gahitsu
03-20-2013, 02:05 PM
I just wanted to put this belated blurb that Phillip Pullman is workin' (http://www.wired.com/underwire/2012/12/geeks-guide-philip-pullman/) on stuff! :3

Adam
03-20-2013, 11:55 PM
Philip Pullman Is Planning on Going Silent

yaaaaaaaaaaay!

Pullman is withdrawing from public life in order to focus on the long-promised sequel to His Dark Materials, a novel called The Book of Dust.

BOOOOOOOOOO! adam gahitsu fight go!

Klatrymadon
03-22-2013, 06:14 AM
Chinua Achebe has died. If you haven't already, read 'Things Fall Apart' some time. An outstanding novel about imperialism.

Gerad
03-22-2013, 08:59 AM
Chinua Achebe has died. If you haven't already, read 'Things Fall Apart' some time. An outstanding novel about imperialism.

Yams were a man's crop, the king of crops.

sraymonds
03-26-2013, 08:25 AM
Scott Brick is making the Passage a hard book to listen to. Every line he speaks has this weird undertone of sadness to it.

Issun
06-06-2013, 10:00 PM
When parents see their kids reading Twilight or similar trashy YA fiction, the usual response is: "At least they're reading." But, while reading does strengthen certain centers of the brain, something as badly written as Twilight is not going to do much to upgrade your grey matter.

But how likely is it that someone will finish Breaking Dawn and say "Hmmm, that was great. Now I think I'll go read a nice Russian novel"? Not likely. Their reading skills will likely stagnate. Even a kid hooked on Harry Potter will probably not tackle The Sound and the Fury on their own down the road.

I dunno, am I being a snob? Where do some of you stand on the "At least the kid's reading" sentiment?

Healy
06-07-2013, 12:06 AM
Eh, as someone who's spent the last couple of hours reading about dumb, awful, weird, and/or kind of neat Tabletop RPGs, I feel like I can't really criticize anyone else's reading habits.

Rascally Badger
06-07-2013, 10:59 AM
I dunno, am I being a snob? Where do some of you stand on the "At least the kid's reading" sentiment?

I don't see anything wrong with a young adult reading young adult material. I see no reason to believe a kid's taste won't mature with the kid. They aren't going to go from Harry Potter to Faulkner on their own, but I'm sure they'll get exposed to good stuff at some point. If someone's in the habit of reading it is that much more likely they will eventually read something worthwhile. Plus, if they get to be an adult and still read only Twilight level stuff, while not exactly helpful I doubt it is legitimately harmful. So I'm good with "at least they're reading."

Dawnswalker
06-07-2013, 01:56 PM
My sister didn't like reading that much until she started reading the Harry Potter books. She did stick with fantasy for a while, but she reads a lot of literature now (she probably reads more "literature" than I do.) And she wouldn't touch Twilight with a ten-foot-pole.

So people can develop their reading skills with YA books, as long as reading is something they grow to enjoy, rather than see as something they "have" to do.

Karzac
06-08-2013, 01:26 AM
I think there's a balance. I think reading as a skill is useful and it's good to practice it any way you can, but certainly it's a lot more useful if you're reading actually informative or illuminating. So I think YA fiction is a great starting point and a great way to show kids that reading can be fun, but it's best used as a gateway.

There's also the issue that kids read at a slower pace and have more limited comprehension than adults, so deeper literature might be too much for them at the point that they're reading YA anyway.

Teaspoon
06-14-2013, 11:13 AM
Iain Banks has passed away (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22835047).

Oh, contemporary authors, stop dying before I have a chance to read any of your books! I've heard such good things about "Walking on Glass".

Patrick
06-14-2013, 12:04 PM
Any other Chicago people going to CAKE tomorrow? I'm going to try to make it by noon for the Chris Ware interview.

Octopus Prime
06-30-2013, 12:00 PM
My fathers has a number of "True Murder Stories" style books strategically placed around the house wherever he thinks he might need one. I just flipped one open and saw this:

Are Russians only interested in winning Olympic events, sending Cosmonauts into outer space and lining up for loaves of bread? Of course not. They are also deeply involved with murdering one another.

Which, as far as opening paragraphs go, is definitely one of the better ones I've encountered.

Rascally Badger
06-30-2013, 01:05 PM
That jives with the impressions I got from reading a lot of Russian short stories, which left me thinking that Russia was the most miserable place possible, with everyone determined to make sure everyone else was a miserable as they were.

Beta Metroid
07-02-2013, 10:26 PM
So, I've been watching Avengers: EMH on Netflix lately, and it's put me in the mood for some superhero comics. In particular, I've always enjoyed the concept of the Fantastic Four and the characters when they appear elsewhere, but I know next to nothing about their series. Can anyone recommend me the best of the FF?

Octopus Prime
07-03-2013, 05:16 AM
So, I've been watching Avengers: EMH on Netflix lately, and it's put me in the mood for some superhero comics. In particular, I've always enjoyed the concept of the Fantastic Four and the characters when they appear elsewhere, but I know next to nothing about their series. Can anyone recommend me the best of the FF?

If I were to recommend any one book, it would be the third Essential Fantastic Four volume, besides being aged to perfection Lee/Kirby, it's also got two of the most famous FF arcs and has Reed and Sues wedding, which am very well be the Craziest Damn Comic I Have Ever Read.

Seriously, it has a blind man hijack a semi-truck full of nuclear weapons from a group of terrorists and crash it into a whale as a minor plot point and is by no means he most insane thing to happen in those pages.

Beta Metroid
07-03-2013, 07:43 AM
That's exactly the guidance I was looking for! Thanks!

Rascally Badger
07-03-2013, 10:06 AM
Once you are done with the Lee/Kirby FF, if you still want more I would recommend the three Waid/Wieringo volumes.

Patrick
07-07-2013, 02:43 PM
So recently I went to Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) and the American Library Association Convention and got to meet some comics people. Here's what I got:

Anthony "Nedroid" Clark drew a wizard riding a mythical creature:

http://i.imgur.com/LaG95R1.jpg

Meredith Gran drew a little cat:

http://i.imgur.com/BGMmYpv.jpg

Michael DeForge drew a deer being sliced into pieces:

http://i.imgur.com/RoPHTBh.jpg

Zac Gorman drew Mega Man:

http://i.imgur.com/4RrFSxu.jpg

And Paul Pope gave me a free preview copy of Battling Boy and signed it:

http://i.imgur.com/SAnYvrr.jpg

Battling Boy #1 (of 2) comes out in October. It's completely rad and reminds me a lot of Gravity Rush in terms of atmosphere. It's aimed at the Bone set, but it's surprisingly violent and has a cool mix of Monsters, Technology, and Mythical beings.

http://i.imgur.com/SqKoXlr.jpg

Buy it! Also, buy Paul Pope's earlier book 100% if you haven't read that yet.

Karzac
07-09-2013, 09:12 PM
Fan-created title sequence for a hypothetical Gentleman Bastard TV series. (http://vimeo.com/67591566) I want this show now, just so the world can see this title sequence.

Falselogic
07-09-2013, 09:46 PM
How did we not have one of these already?

ALT: How did I miss the old one?

Anyway, question:

How do you feel like a book club for TT?

I read a lot of books and sometimes I really want to have somewhat meaty discussions about them. The "Watcha Reading" thread moves too fast for that or it doesn't move at all.

Please note this Book Club will not be a team effort. I will name some books each month that are in my queue and people can say they want to read that or not, I'll pick the one most people respond to or seem to care about, unless I pick something completely different. Why is it this way? Remember when you had your senior group project in High School and in order to guarentee you got a decent grade you ended up doing the whole thing yourself? That's why. They can drop in and out of the Club, see?

Is this an idea worth pursueing or am I crazy(ier)?

Remember when I asked this whilst creating a superfluous thread? You should cause I just quoted it!

Well guess what?! It's happening!. Go to the subforum and scroll down to the bottom of the screen. See my name in the bottom right hand corner?

(I RULE YOU)

So, there's going to be a Talking Time Book Club! Modeled after the fun club we have for video games. It will begin next month (August 2013) I will be creating a thread for nominations.

Evil Dead Junkie
07-11-2013, 02:15 PM
I for one welcome our new ant overlords.

Beta Metroid
07-12-2013, 09:48 AM
If I were to recommend any one book, it would be the third Essential Fantastic Four volume, besides being aged to perfection Lee/Kirby, it's also got two of the most famous FF arcs and has Reed and Sues wedding, which am very well be the Craziest Damn Comic I Have Ever Read.

Seriously, it has a blind man hijack a semi-truck full of nuclear weapons from a group of terrorists and crash it into a whale as a minor plot point and is by no means he most insane thing to happen in those pages.

So, when does FF stop being awkwardly sexist (or is that "get less awkwardly sexist")? I mean, I knew Sue didn't have her force field powers right away, but there was this issue that had the FF answering fan mail, and the complaint that she was a token female came up. It was both hilarious and cringe-worthy at the same time, as they fiercely defend her by bringing up all the times she helped them out while they were saving the day, and Ben literally says "if you want to see women fighting all the time, go watch lady wrestlers!" I mean, their heart was in the right place, but wow...

And then the next issue, which is not a(s overtly of a) fourth-wall breaker, has them discussing how they're gonna take down the Hulk, and Sue's saying how she doesn't think she'll be very helpful. General Ross reassures her by telling the superhero that she can help by keeping up the men's morale. Her teammates basically say "yeah! That nice gentleman is right! See, you can be helpful!"

I mean, I've read plenty of Silver Age Spider-Man, so I wasn't totally unprepared, but I thought a woman superhero as part of the core cast would make more of a difference.

With that said, I am enjoying how off-the-wall and experimental the stories are, and Stan's lovable wacky dialogue can really shine with a team of heroes to play off each other.

Loki
07-13-2013, 06:17 PM
J. K. Rowling wrote a secret novel!

Issun
09-10-2013, 09:51 PM
So I was in Half-Price books today and saw a ton of Dragonlance books, and in my subsequent ponderings I realized: Legends is one of the best fantasy trilogies ever, but it's hard to fully appreciate it without reading the good-but-not-great Chronicles trilogy first. Which leaves us I'm not sure where.

Teaspoon
09-11-2013, 09:02 AM
The Chronicles trilogy is much more endurable if you get the huge version with commentary in the margins. Watching two people who are trying to figure out how roleplaying and novels work simultaneously is pretty entertaining, and there's a lot of fascinating backstory about TSR's early history.

Pseudonym
09-13-2013, 08:03 AM
So recently I went to Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) and the American Library Association Convention and got to meet some comics people.

I'm going to go to my first ever comics convention next weekend. My local comics shop mentioned it on their facebook page, and I decided why the hell not, I'll go! The admittance is pretty reasonable, and I already had trades by quite a few guests. I'm really hoping I can get a sketch of Young Justice Impulse from Todd Nauck. That would get framed and put up on my wall right away.

Anyway, I'm pretty pumped.


Edit! I went to the convention this weekend. It was basically a shopping day but the tickets were only $15. That's ok for shopping rights. More than that, you better have some RPGs for me to play in or something. Anyway! Loot! I didn't see much in the way of stuff I specifically had my eye out for, but like all the trade paperbacks were half off, so I grabbed plenty anyway. I got the Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Companion for half off, and trade paperbacks of The Spirit and Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew for $5 each. I got a book on the history of the St. Louis comic scene, and a comic called Hoax Hunters. (It has something to do with a Astronaut made of crows from what I can tell from the ads. I'm down with that.) And a few other little things. I got lots of stuff from home signed. But what I really came for was a drawing. Behold my score!

http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q239/kmbrown6/F10C925D-4745-49BE-8300-8A192D514A00-2471-0000054FD0952B1B_zpsa14cc1af.jpg

Impulse is my favorite superguy, and I really liked Young Justice. So I had to get Todd Nauck to draw him. I like it plenty. The Kid Flash was an...:cool: impluse buy. YEEEEAAAAAHHH! Seriously, though I was in the line to get George Perez to sign my Crisis on Infinite Earths, and there he was just sketching up a storm being all jolly and adorable and stuff. So I got a Kid Flash! I'm quite happy with the pair! I shall frame these and then Wally and Bart can be all passive aggressive up on my wall.

The icing on the cake was my streetpass bounty. I probably had like 15! And one was from Hawaii!

This convention was a success!

Beta Metroid
09-25-2013, 08:47 PM
So, are the Alien/Predator/AvP comics from Dark Horse worth reading? My local comic shop has a couple "omnibus" collections of each...about 500 pages apiece. I was considering picking up the Aliens or AvP edition, but I'm wondering what I'm in for.

pointzeroeight
11-25-2013, 11:04 AM
Asterios Polyp - this book keeps popping up recently and I'm kind of curious about it. Anyone here have opinions on it?

pointzeroeight
11-25-2013, 11:14 AM
It's very good and worth reading. The ending is pretty... divisive, but I've never been one to let an ending retroactively ruin the rest of something fantastic.

This is very good to hear! I'm seeing people saying it is "too academic". Any idea why this might be?

shramoon
11-25-2013, 02:05 PM
The people who say that probably either haven't read it (and thus are taking the chatter about its formal elegance as stuffy intellectualism) or constantly analyze art at the expense of experiencing it. Asterios Polyp is certainly high-falutin' and intelligent and thematically rich, but it's also a hell of a good time. It's funny, it's nuanced, it's amazingly drawn, and honestly more accessible than any of the big OGNs by alt-comics luminaries that have come out in the last several years.

That said, if one spends a lot of time reading superhero comics, it's certainly a change of pace, and in the sense that "academic" is opposed to "violence and one-liners", the description is apt. So... maybe a palate cleanser between Asterios Polyp and Deadpool?

pointzeroeight
11-25-2013, 02:33 PM
Thanks for the answer! This makes me want to read it even more. I really like what I've seen of the art, and now can't wait to read it.

Teaspoon
01-30-2014, 12:08 PM
The Kruger Telegram (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kruger_telegram) totally inspired "The Adventure of the Second Stain".

Daikaiju
02-02-2014, 08:47 AM
BRACE FOR (fanwankery) IMPACT. (http://io9.com/j-k-rowling-says-hermione-should-have-married-harry-n-1514204695)

[Rowling] said: "I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That's how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron."

She added: "I know, I'm sorry, I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I'm absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people's hearts by saying this? I hope not."

Teaspoon
02-02-2014, 09:20 AM
That was a perfectly coherent and logical statement and you can follow the line of thinking that led her to write it that way in the past, and why she thinks it was an error now.

I expect fandom crazy anyhow.

Loki
02-02-2014, 09:27 AM
Ooooohhhh booooooooy.

Daikaiju
02-02-2014, 09:35 AM
That was a perfectly coherent and logical statement and you can follow the line of thinking that led her to write it that way in the past, and why she thinks it was an error now.

Oh I concur, but this is meaty bone is the same as when ATLA fans found out that Zuko was originally supposed to end up with Katara as mentioned in the official artbook.

I expect fandom crazy anyhow.

It's gonna get uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugly...

Karzac
02-03-2014, 11:55 AM
I've been having a discussion on Facebook over the past few days with a friend who is adamant that Harry and Hermione should have gotten together and that Ginny is an empty character who only serves as a "Hero Reward."

Teaspoon
02-03-2014, 01:16 PM
Heh. (http://chocolatepot.livejournal.com/752353.html)

It is true that Ginny hasn't much personality, though. She's sweet, she got hypnotised once, she likes Harry. Do we know much else about her? Not really.

Karzac
02-03-2014, 01:36 PM
That's what my friend is arguing, but I completely disagree. Sure, Ginny isn't the most developed character, but she's as developed as any of the side characters. She gets a ton of action in books 5 and 6. We know that she's a great Quidditch player, an accomplished witch, she's clever, has a bit of an acid tongue and is kind to others.

Evil Dead Junkie
02-03-2014, 02:34 PM
You know the fact that Harry was portrayed as having a close meaningful platonic relationship with Hermione is one of my favorite things about the series.

Karzac
02-03-2014, 03:10 PM
You know the fact that Harry was portrayed as having a close meaningful platonic relationship with Hermione is one of my favorite things about the series.

Agreed.

Zef
02-04-2014, 10:25 PM
I expect fandom crazy anyhow.

It's gonna get uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugly...

I'm just massively bemused at how the audience that was so receptive to the previous Interview Bombshell (Dumbledore) is now reacting so negatively to this one. I mean... I don't want to reopen the Death Of The Author debate, but, well, this is precisely why that school of thought exists. Otherwise, how do people know which bits of unwritten authorial intent to accept as part of the text, and which ones to throw away?

Teaspoon
02-04-2014, 10:29 PM
The difference is that an awful, awful lot of shippers cared passionately about the sexual proclivities of the younger crowd. No one really wrote Dumbledore het or slash. It's a matter of time and personal investment - if you've spent a serious proportion of your waking hours defending or critiquing something one way or the other, you're naturally more exercised by the outcome.

Falselogic
02-06-2014, 04:12 PM
Amazon released their list of 100 books to read in your lifetime (http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&node=8192263011&tag=boingboing0e-20) some surprises in there for sure.

Let's argue about it

Teaspoon
02-06-2014, 04:22 PM
That is pretty much "here are top sellers from some of our highest selling categories".

Dizzy
02-06-2014, 04:36 PM
Ooooohhhh booooooooy.

Rowling must feel cool to know whatever she says makes headlines. Next we'll be hearing about Ron should have been a girl.

Patrick
02-06-2014, 05:09 PM
Amazon released their list of 100 books to read in your lifetime (http://www.amazon.com/b/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&node=8192263011&tag=boingboing0e-20) some surprises in there for sure.

Let's argue about it

The reader, the booklover, must meet his own needs without paying too much attention to what his neighbors say those needs should be.

That being said, there's a lot of great books on Amazon's list.

Daikaiju
02-08-2014, 04:39 AM
Any list that includes The Phantom Tollbooth is worth a look-see.

Matchstick
02-08-2014, 03:32 PM
Any list that includes The Phantom Tollbooth is worth a look-see.

Well, that goes without saying.

Teaspoon
02-10-2014, 10:49 AM
I just realised that of all the memorable bits from my teenage reading of "For Whom The Bell Tolls", the actual matter of which side Hemingway's protagonist fought on had completely slipped my memory. I had to double-check that he was in the International Brigade.

I'm not sure if that says something about Hemingway's ideology, or mine, or if that's just not what the book was about, or if I really just have to go back and reread the deuced thing because I don't remember it at all.

Adam
02-10-2014, 05:09 PM
I'm not sure if that says something about Hemingway's ideology, or mine, or if that's just not what the book was about, or if I really just have to go back and reread the deuced thing because I don't remember it at all.

You have earned (1) one hug.

gahitsu
03-10-2014, 06:33 PM
Oooooooooooooh man, Anne Rice is coming out with Prince Lestat on my friend's birthday. It's a sign. A sign I never grew out of mopey religious vampires, apparently.

I'm still psyched!

Falselogic
03-10-2014, 07:14 PM
Oooooooooooooh man, Anne Rice is coming out with Prince Lestat on my friend's birthday. It's a sign. A sign I never grew out of mopey religious vampires, apparently.

I'm still psyched!

When did lestat become a Prince?

gahitsu
03-10-2014, 07:16 PM
When did lestat become a Prince?

I think it's a reference to his nickname, "The Brat Prince."

Falselogic
03-10-2014, 09:10 PM
I think it's a reference to his nickname, "The Brat Prince."

When did THAT become his nickname? is this a fandom thing? If so I'll keep my ignorance thank you very much!

gahitsu
03-11-2014, 01:04 AM
When did THAT become his nickname? is this a fandom thing? If so I'll keep my ignorance thank you very much!

Naw, it's a nickname he acquired within the series 'cause he's so dang bratty, the lil' rascal~.

(still psyched)

Dawnswalker
03-11-2014, 02:15 PM
Anne Rice is kinda crazy, but I'm glad to see that she's still keepin' on.

Falselogic
03-17-2014, 01:31 PM
Do you know how many books you own but haven't yet read, at least once?

I didn't until this weekend when I sat down and made an entire list (http://www.falselogic.net/dimortuisunt/2014/03/17/falling-behind-my-reading-backlog/).

It's bigger than I'd like. (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlHwmH9zBaT3dHdXTlgtQUtORjBDR010R25Jb0U2N UE&usp=sharing)

It's probably going to grow before it shrinks.

Anyone else done this? Anyone else know just how many books they own, and the ratio of read to not read?

Grignr
04-12-2014, 11:40 AM
So Marketplace ran a story (http://www.marketplace.org/topics/business/how-choose-your-own-adventure-was-born) ( a collaboration with Mental Floss, which has more but different text online (http://mentalfloss.com/article/56160/brief-history-choose-your-own-adventure) ) with Edward Packard on how the Choose Your Own Adventure series started.

Weird that Sugar Cane Island was the first story Packard wrote but wasn't adapted until CYOA #62.

Healy
04-12-2014, 07:05 PM
Hey! I'm writing a CYOA story right now! What a cowinky-dink.

Falselogic
04-17-2014, 02:48 PM
Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-27073911)

This is probably a good time to read one of his books...

John
04-17-2014, 04:39 PM
Do you know how many books you own but haven't yet read, at least once?

I didn't until this weekend when I sat down and made an entire list (http://www.falselogic.net/dimortuisunt/2014/03/17/falling-behind-my-reading-backlog/).

It's bigger than I'd like. (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlHwmH9zBaT3dHdXTlgtQUtORjBDR010R25Jb0U2N UE&usp=sharing)

It's probably going to grow before it shrinks.

Anyone else done this? Anyone else know just how many books they own, and the ratio of read to not read?

I did this, and then took a few tubs of books to the local used bookstore for credit. Problem solved! If I really want to read something, now I buy a digital copy which is much easier to transport next time I move.

Pseudonym
04-21-2014, 05:29 PM
Hey you know what's pretty fun? Author readings/signings! I went to see Lemony Snicket this weekend. Dude is hilarious. Stayed in character pretty much the whole time to the point of wandering around the library during his introduction staring at children morosely. Then there was the talk that hinged upon a woman being attacked by a deer in a suspicious manner. Then he read from a book while climbing through the audience like a cast member of Cats. Then I got my books signed, and it's a pretty rad signature! It's a notarized stamp that he signs! His signing line banter was gold too! This little kid in front of me had a really hilarious exchange with him about Ultraman.

A good evening! I'd put this reading right up there with the time I went to see John Hodgeman read from his book and throw mayonnaise packets at me.

Matchstick
04-21-2014, 10:10 PM
Hey you know what's pretty fun? Author readings/signings! I went to see Lemony Snicket this weekend. Dude is hilarious.

I loves me some Lemony Snicket. I'll have to look around to see if Handler/Snicket is going to be around any time in the near future.

Patrick
04-21-2014, 10:22 PM
Lemony Snickett books are great, and everything else that I've read of his is great too. Yeah, that sounds like a blast.

ajr82
04-25-2014, 09:16 AM
Do you know how many books you own but haven't yet read, at least once?

Yeah, I don't put them up on the bookshelf until I've read them. I have a huge pile of unread books under a coffee table in my office.

Büge
05-07-2014, 11:29 AM
Farley Mowat died. (http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4505233-acclaimed-canadian-author-farley-mowat-dies/)

Karzac
05-08-2014, 09:21 PM
I should probably read one of his books. He and Margaret Laurence are the only giants of Canadian lit that I've read nothing from.

Falselogic
05-16-2014, 11:25 AM
If I was looking for a way to read the Romance of the Three Kingdoms without ACTUALLY reading the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. How would I do that?

Anyone know of any adaptions of the thing that makes it enjoyable to read?

Issun
05-16-2014, 12:48 PM
http://i.imgur.com/63hmtbx.jpg

Falselogic
05-16-2014, 12:52 PM
http://i.imgur.com/63hmtbx.jpg

I love that game but its not quite what I'm looking for

Büge
05-18-2014, 08:31 AM
Someone should make it into a comic. Get Kaoru Mori on the phone!

estragon
05-18-2014, 10:32 AM
If I was looking for a way to read the Romance of the Three Kingdoms without ACTUALLY reading the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. How would I do that?

Anyone know of any adaptions of the thing that makes it enjoyable to read?

Not a book, but my boyfriend likes the 2010 TV adaptation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Kingdoms_(TV_series)). It's all there with subtitles on youtube. Here's the first episode. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmxJCPxmL7k)

Alternately, you could read an abridged translation? (http://www.amazon.com/Three-Kingdoms-Historical-Novel-Volume/dp/0520215850) If you end up liking it in 500 pages, there's nothing stopping you from enjoying the expanded version later if you want more.

Zef
05-20-2014, 09:11 AM
So I mentioned elsewhere, in my diatribes against the God Is Dead and SHOOT First comics, that I'd love to read something akin to Megaten --as in, a modern-world or cyberpunk fiction where "realistic" people mingled with well-researched world mythologies, and not just the basic Greco-Roman or Norse pantheons (so, no, Percy Jackson is out). Is there anything like that? I've read some things about The Dresden Files that sound close to what I'm looking for, but since it's a whole series of books, I'd rather learn more about it before committing. Opinions? Alternatives?

(For the record, I enjoy Irving Wallace and I liked the millenium-frenzy novel The Last Day.)

ThricebornPhoenix
05-20-2014, 09:22 AM
Have you read American Gods?

Zef
05-20-2014, 09:28 AM
Have you read American Gods?

Yep, and Neverwhere, and Vertigo's Lucifer Vol. 1 is on my pile.

And read Good Omens, too :D

Octopus Prime
05-20-2014, 09:50 AM
I describe Dresden Files as being like Spider-Man, if, instead of doing whatever a Spider Can, Pete blew buildings up.

And if he killed Uncle Ben himself, because Uncle Ben was actually Doctor Octopus.

It's also more focused on Irish and Christian folklore then anything else.

Falselogic
05-20-2014, 10:01 AM
So I mentioned elsewhere, in my diatribes against the God Is Dead and SHOOT First comics, that I'd love to read something akin to Megaten --as in, a modern-world or cyberpunk fiction where "realistic" people mingled with well-researched world mythologies, and not just the basic Greco-Roman or Norse pantheons (so, no, Percy Jackson is out). Is there anything like that? I've read some things about The Dresden Files that sound close to what I'm looking for, but since it's a whole series of books, I'd rather learn more about it before committing. Opinions? Alternatives?

(For the record, I enjoy Irving Wallace and I liked the millenium-frenzy novel The Last Day.)

Maybe the Agent of Hel series by Jacqueline Carey?

ThricebornPhoenix
05-20-2014, 10:03 AM
I'm out of ideas. The next closest thing I can think of is Lord of Light, and, even further away, some of Gene Wolfe's stories.

Becksworth
05-22-2014, 11:29 AM
So what are people's thought on All New X Factor? I'm in the mood for something X Men related, and I've been told X Factor was consistently good in the past. Plus the art for it I saw had a Peter Chung minus the cod pieces vibe I was digging.

The Raider Dr. Jones
06-11-2014, 04:34 PM
Today in save the last printed bullet: Marion Zimmer Bradley's daughter says her mother sexually abused her and many other young people (http://www.teleread.com/writing/marion-zimmer-bradley-child-abuser-says-daughter/).

Given Bradley's who-gives-a-fuck attitude toward her husband's well-documented decades-long career in molesting young boys, the pieces all kinda fit.

widdershins
07-19-2014, 12:58 AM
A buddy of mine has been putting together a web series where he talks about the fringes of comic history, and they've been pretty fun so far. Figured I'd share for other comic-type folks.

Ep1: Muck Men
(http://youtu.be/37diuMYtlyc)

Ep2: Octobriana (http://youtu.be/0FQDVb332nA)

There're a bunch of mini episodes on his channel too, if'n they end up being something you dig.

Googleshng
07-19-2014, 02:14 AM
Those were actually both pretty fascinating.

The Raider Dr. Jones
08-10-2014, 04:00 PM
Three of the four main characters there I know are referenced in his other LA books. Is Hideo Ashida one of the guys they made whatsisname in Black Dahlia rat to the alien squad?

The Raider Dr. Jones
08-10-2014, 04:07 PM
That's right, "the Ashida brothers and Sam Murakami." It's in Black Dahlia, not Big Nowhere. Bucky Bleichert had to give up a couple of friends to keep his dad from being hauled off.

Falselogic
08-17-2014, 02:48 PM
This might be a fascinating read, The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth (http://www.paulkingsnorth.net/books/the-wake) it's a book set in the Norman invasion of 1066 and written in a mix of modern and old English.

Trar
08-20-2014, 01:49 AM
All Tomorrows (http://www.sivatherium.narod.ru/library/Ramjet/01_en.htm) is quite the futurist read.

Patrick
11-04-2014, 06:22 PM
I've only read half of Kurt Vonnegut's novels, so I'm going to spend the rest of November reading the other half. I also read 'Harrison Bergeron' and a few other short stories from Welcome to the Monkey House in school. He also has a number of plays and collections of short stories and other writings. I'm not going to be able to read all of it this year, but can anyone recommend any of his non-novel works in particular?

Teaspoon
11-09-2014, 12:51 PM
"Between Time and Timbuktu".

Dizzy
02-02-2015, 12:00 PM
If "New Book Smell" Were A Perfume, You'd Wear It: 10 Truths Only Print Book-Lovers Understand (http://www.bustle.com/articles/59213-if-new-book-smell-were-a-perfume-youd-wear-it-10-truths-only-print-book-lovers-understand)

A good and true list. Call me old fashioned, but I'd rather have overflowing bookshelves than a Kindle. But in this world, I can have both! Print products are boutique items at this point, so if it's worth killing a tree over, it's probably super classy.

or trashy.

Kirin
02-03-2015, 11:25 AM
I haven't even made it into this sub-forum in like a year, but I went out of my way this morning to pick up a signed first edition, so I thought I'd dump it in here:

https://41.media.tumblr.com/f1272696b5856174d1db5e6bf631bb7d/tumblr_nj78gtg9RU1ql53c3o1_540.jpg

Evil Dead Junkie
02-04-2015, 10:13 AM
I somehow missed hearing about that! Sweet!

Evil Dead Junkie
02-04-2015, 10:58 AM
If anyone wants a 700 page Bob Fosse biography the definitive one is 88% off at Amazon today. (http://www.amazon.com/Fosse-Sam-Wasson/dp/0547553293/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423072556&sr=8-1&keywords=Sam+Wasson)

estragon
02-04-2015, 11:32 AM
I've only read half of Kurt Vonnegut's novels, so I'm going to spend the rest of November reading the other half. I also read 'Harrison Bergeron' and a few other short stories from Welcome to the Monkey House in school. He also has a number of plays and collections of short stories and other writings. I'm not going to be able to read all of it this year, but can anyone recommend any of his non-novel works in particular?

This is months late, but: I would recommend Palm Sunday and Fates Worse than Death as far as his collections of various short, mostly non-fiction writing goes.

I haven't read any of the posthumous collections yet, though... The most recent book published while I was obsessively reading everything by Vonnegut was Bagombo Snuff Box in 1999 (see bibliography here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Vonnegut_bibliography)), and it looks like most of his collections of short work came after that.

If you did read some of his short works published after that, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts...

Lady
03-30-2015, 09:08 PM
I bought a book someone I know online wrote at a book signing, which was the first time I'd ever met the guy. Now I feel kind of weird about picking up the book and starting in on it, even though I've been reading his blog for years.

Positronic Brain
04-01-2015, 11:41 PM
You might be interested in "City of Bones" by Cassandra Claire

:toastybert:

will
04-07-2015, 01:19 PM
I'm about a fifth of the way into Cryptonomicon, and I feel like it's about ready to get going. I've been enjoying the crypto talk and the digressions on data leaking from unexpected channels, but one thing is pretty bothersome - one of the viewpoint characters is a proto-form of the archetypal neoreactionary tech-bro, whose no-nonsense, apolitical common sense is pitted against a series of utterly vapid sjw liberal elite philosopher strawmen (one of whom has a wife who's instantly seduced by our hero when he berates a professor for making bad metaphors about the internet).

It's really weird and kinda... ominous? Given how that demographic has flowered in the decade-and-a-half since the book was released.

Adam
04-07-2015, 02:08 PM
one of the viewpoint characters is a proto-form of the archetypal neoreactionary tech-bro, whose no-nonsense, apolitical common sense is pitted against a series of utterly vapid sjw liberal elite philosopher strawmen (one of whom has a wife who's instantly seduced by our hero when he berates a professor for making bad metaphors about the internet).

Holy shit, now I really want to reread this one.

will
04-07-2015, 05:39 PM
Holy shit, now I really want to reread this one.

It's kinda fascinating, as a cultural artifact! I think it's tapering off since he left California, but occasionally he'll, say, think about shaving, and the book will digress into a discussion about his ex-girlfriend's paper about the role of beards in the performance of masculinity or what have you.

Vaeran
06-26-2015, 11:59 AM
OH MAN I BET ORSON SCOTT CARD IS SO MAD RIGHT NOW

GONNA GO HOME AND FART INTO MY COPY OF ENDER'S GAME

HA HA HAAA

Lucas
06-30-2015, 11:52 AM
Has anyone here ever read In Hero Years, I'm Dead? It sounds really interesting but Michael Stackpole books are so hit and miss I'm not sure I want to take the plunge.

boyonion
07-03-2015, 08:24 PM
The laundry room in my building has a little library in it with books, I assume, that are donated from... somewhere?

Anyway.

I went down earlier with girlonion and I took a quick look on the shelf and lo and behold a first edition paperback of The Urth of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe. I've never seen one in the wild before. What are the chances I'd eventually run into it in a damned public laundry room?

Loki
07-03-2015, 08:39 PM
Neat! Keep it!

boyonion
07-04-2015, 06:27 AM
I mean, it won't be of any use to anyone who randomly picks it up without having read the previous volumes...

I'd really be saving the other residents 50 pages of annoyed confusion, wouldn't I? If they even bother to pick it up at all...

Büge
07-09-2015, 09:59 AM
Ernest Cline's followup to Ready Player One sounds like TVTropes: The Novel. (http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2015/07/armada_by_ernest_cline_follow_up_to_ready_player_o ne_reviewed.single.html)

Ample Vigour
07-09-2015, 10:35 AM
Ernest Cline's followup to Ready Player One sounds like TVTropes: The Novel. (http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2015/07/armada_by_ernest_cline_follow_up_to_ready_player_o ne_reviewed.single.html)

Lucky Wander Boy gets more prescient by the hour. My God.

Vaeran
07-09-2015, 11:00 AM
The review makes that book sound excruciating.

Ready Player One has been on the very edge of my radar for a while now just for the sheer frequency with which I hear it mentioned, though I never had a clear picture of what it was actually about. I feel like it's probably safe to disregard now.

Falselogic
07-09-2015, 11:04 AM
The review makes that book sound excruciating.

Ready Player One has been on the very edge of my radar for a while now just for the sheer frequency with which I hear it mentioned, though I never had a clear picture of what it was actually about. I feel like it's probably safe to disregard now.

I never get tired of sharing my review of it (http://www.falselogic.net/dimortuisunt/2012/01/09/not-a-review-ready-player-one/)!

Dizzy
07-09-2015, 11:13 AM
Ready Player One came out in 2011. That was the year I was engaging in nerd bigotry well before it became a pervasive dialect on social media. I was... ahead of the times. Au courant! And I've been over it for about two years now and find it boring.

Anyways, this book sounds dumb and anyone who pays to get their hands on it is funding the creative wellspring of an elitist dork who traffics in pointless and irrelevant pop culture trivia.

Issun
07-10-2015, 12:32 PM
So I just read the first chapter of Go Set a Watchman. You can tell it was written before Mockingbird because it feels like the work of a much less mature author. I always wanted another Harper Lee novel, but not like this.

Rivers
07-10-2015, 01:20 PM
The laundry room in my building has a little library in it with books, I assume, that are donated from... somewhere?

It's probably a Little Free Library (http://littlefreelibrary.org/). The idea is for readers to take books and replace them with different ones (or return the originals when you're done reading them). If you want to keep the book, just leave something else in its place.

Issun
07-10-2015, 05:08 PM
Yep, looks like I can safely ignore Watchman. (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/11/books/review-harper-lees-go-set-a-watchman-gives-atticus-finch-a-dark-side.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur)

Octopus Prime
07-11-2015, 09:18 AM
The review makes that book sound excruciating.

Ready Player One has been on the very edge of my radar for a while now just for the sheer frequency with which I hear it mentioned, though I never had a clear picture of what it was actually about. I feel like it's probably safe to disregard now.

It was a book I hated so much that, when I finished it, I flipped it the bird.

With both hands.

Positronic Brain
07-11-2015, 09:58 AM
True story, I tried reading Ready Player One because my brother and my best friend both recommended it.

I couldn't get past the first few chapters. The sheer level of self-indulgence that reeked through the pages... I felt as if I was witnessing the masturbation session of somebody who defined himself as "a real man" and who couldn't get pleasure from anything other than memories from his sad, forgotten youth. Never before a book had made me feel dirty. I couldn't wash that feeling away so I dropped it, never looked back.

And that's how I finally came to terms with the fact that both my brother and my best friend's taste in books sucks.

That said, I am curious to finish reading it just to see how Spielberg manages to make a decent movie out of it. All I need to do is find something akin like a mental condom because eeew.

Or spoil myself with Wikipedia. That might work, too.

Dawnswalker
07-13-2015, 12:23 PM
Yep, looks like I can safely ignore Watchman. (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/11/books/review-harper-lees-go-set-a-watchman-gives-atticus-finch-a-dark-side.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur)

There is one good thing about "Watchman" and it is this: The next time a celebrity author starts whining about how editors only destroy the pure expression of an author's creative Muse, their editors now have proof that the muse ain't worth shit when taken alone.

boyonion
07-13-2015, 02:03 PM
Umberto Eco has a new novel coming, Numero zero (or Issue Zero in English. I'm pretty pumped. It comes out in November allegedly.

Büge
07-13-2015, 07:52 PM
Yep, looks like I can safely ignore Watchman. (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/11/books/review-harper-lees-go-set-a-watchman-gives-atticus-finch-a-dark-side.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur)

I keep reading that as Watchmen, and I'm thinking "yeah, probably."

Falselogic
07-13-2015, 10:14 PM
I keep reading that as Watchmen, and I'm thinking "yeah, probably."

Me too Büge, me too...

Zef
07-14-2015, 11:00 AM
I bit the bullet, and after reading only 14.5 pages of The Girl With All The Gifts, went ahead and read a spoiler summary to confirm that it IS yet another gorram zombie novel. :/ And it had started so well and I was so looking forward to it, too...

I can't wait for this goddamn fad to end. Guess I'll start reading The Long Earth or The Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime instead. Maybe if I leave TGWATG in our common/game area with the rest of the donated books someone at the office will appreciate it more.

aturtledoesbite
07-15-2015, 11:18 PM
Reminder that StoryBundle's Summer Video Game Bundle ends Thursday 9 PM PDT, or Friday 12 AM EDT! (https://storybundle.com/games)

[ I wanna make these reminders a regular thing, because I remember how disappointed I was that I spaced the end of the Humble Nindie Bundle. :( ]

Make a post in the not worth its own thread in the book subforum as well!

You could have done this yourself, False!

Falselogic
07-15-2015, 11:19 PM
You could have done this yourself, False!

Think of me as the wind beneath your wings Turtle!

Those times in your life when you look back and see only one set of footprints? It was me carrying you!

Falselogic
07-15-2015, 11:22 PM
What was that Turtle?

Karzac
07-29-2015, 01:44 PM
The current Humble Book Bundle (https://www.humblebundle.com/books?music_bookbundle&utm_source=Social&utm_medium=Link&utm_campaign=Humble%20Music%20Books%20Bundle) has some sweet comics and books about music. INcluded are Wicked + Divine Vol. 1, Phonogram Vol. 1 and Scott Pilgrim 3 (in colour!) Pick this up!

MrChris
08-03-2015, 08:14 AM
Ursula K. Leguin has some interesting things to say about Go Set a Watchman. (http://bookviewcafe.com/blog/2015/08/03/a-personal-take-on-go-set-a-watchman/)

Positronic Brain
08-22-2015, 04:56 AM
Is there a name for the rule that any given series from a single author, when they have been going on long enough, eventually read like fanfiction?

I am talking about the retcons and reinterpretations from past books that suddenly appear in later works as the writer realizes that they have written themselves into a corner or simply because they have changed their mind regarding past characters or events, or because they want to tie everything into a nice knot, including past, contradictory works.

Grignr
08-22-2015, 06:57 AM
It's one of the symptoms of Brain Eater Syndrome (also may involve an increase in political rants or an fixation on certain sexual activities).

Fredde
08-27-2015, 01:39 AM
I just finished reading Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr, and realized that the text on the back of the book spoils a major plot point near the end of the book:

"Then and there he vowed never to rest until he'd rightened that wrong-and laid the foundation for the lives of Jill and all those whom she would hold dear: her father, the mercenary soldier Cullyn; the exiled berserker Rhodry Maelwaedd; and the ancient and powerful herbman Nevyn, all bound in a struggle against darkness. . ."

Thing is, Rhodry spends most of the book as a noble lord, it's only at the very end he makes a mistake and becomes an exile. I spent reading most of the book thinking that I had missed something important.

It's like if the back of The Empire Strikes Back DVD cover would say "Luke Skywalker must once more fight his father, Darth Vader..." Or if the cover to the Planet of the Apes DVD had the Statue of Liberty on it. Oh wait... (http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Apes-Charlton-Heston/dp/B00004W21Q)

Mightyblue
09-02-2015, 07:36 PM
Oh shiiiiiiiit, new Vorkosigan novel early next year - Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen. Takes place after Cryoburn.

boyonion
09-04-2015, 06:13 AM
Umberto Eco has a new novel coming, Numero zero (or Issue Zero in English. I'm pretty pumped. It comes out in November allegedly.

Following up on this:

I want to read the last Eco novel I haven't read before his new one comes out.

Problem is, I can't find The Island of the Day Before anywhere. Not in stores, not online, nowhere.

What's the deal?

Does anyone know where I can swing a copy? Are any of you willing to part with this book if you have it in your collection (in relatively good condition)?

Positronic Brain
09-10-2015, 12:37 AM
The newest Book Humble Bundle (https://www.humblebundle.com/books) is a Neil Gaiman collections, with lots of rarities from the earliest days of his career. I'm still on the fence (all I really want is the B5 script), but this is the first time I've seen a bundle with a BTA tier price more expensive than the premium tier price.

Pajaro Pete
09-22-2015, 05:10 PM
can someone give me a list of essential Thunderbolts issues to check out, i found a bunch of my old circa 96-97 comic books and it made me nostalgic to see what interesting things ended up happening

Rascally Badger
10-27-2015, 10:47 AM
Is the Waid/Kitson Supergirl and The Legion of Superheroes run any good? It is Waid/Kitson, but it is also Legion. I know it probably doesn't end well, but is the rest of it worth reading?

Deptford
11-02-2015, 02:27 PM
I realize this is an awfully enormous question, but: does anyone have any good suggestions of Chinese books to read? By which I mean literally anything; history, philosophy, literature, poetry, and any combination of the above, as long as somebody can vouch for it being good or interesting or significant. Reason being, I recently studied up a bit on Chinese history on a fairly shallow level, but it was enough to really capture my imagination and interest and make me goddamn fascinated with digging deeper into the culture. But daunting and overwhelming as the prospects of digging deeper into something as huge as CHINESE CULTURE goes, I have no idea where to start, so I'm just curious if anybody has any recommendations of works to read, as well as suggestions of particularly good translations for classic works that I'm sure have accumulated many different ones over the years.

Patrick
11-02-2015, 02:58 PM
I read 1587, A Year of No Significance (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1587,_a_Year_of_No_Significance) in undergrad and I remember enjoying it a lot.

Mightyblue
11-02-2015, 05:29 PM
The Art of War is a gimme, the Romance of the Three Kingdoms less so due to its enormity.

kaisel
11-02-2015, 05:41 PM
While it's a historical fiction comic and not super in depth, but Gene Luen Yang's Boxers & Saints (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxers_and_Saints) is a great comic that touches on the Boxer Rebellion, as well as mentioning some of China's historical figures that work well as a spring board for future research.

If you decide to pick up the Romance of the Three Kingdoms the Moss Roberts translation is supposed to be the best quality. Also for papers and some translated poems and the like around the same time period as the Three Kingdoms, you can look at Rafe de Crespigny's work (https://digitalcollections.anu.edu.au/html/1885/42048/index.html) is available, if a little dry.

Loki
11-02-2015, 05:44 PM
The Art of War is a gimme

Is it essential though, or is it a thing that bro dads like to have on their shelves to look smug?

ThricebornPhoenix
11-02-2015, 05:57 PM
I read RotK online, so I don't even know how long it is in print format. It has about 120 chapters, though, as I recall; that probably makes it very long (1000+ pages). It does have the advantage of being an adventure with war, politics, clever strategies, drama, and a bit of magic and also being loosely based on Dynasty Warriors actual history.

Rufferto
11-02-2015, 06:39 PM
If you like Wuxia, look into Jin Yong. His stuff is really influential and has spawned a shit ton of movie/tv adaptations. It's actually probably easier to find a subbed video than it is to find a translation of his books.

Mightyblue
11-02-2015, 06:46 PM
Is it essential though, or is it a thing that bro dads like to have on their shelves to look smug?

Yeah. If nothing else, it's a philosophical work that is and was very influential on all sorts of people.

Googleshng
11-02-2015, 07:29 PM
I realize this is an awfully enormous question, but: does anyone have any good suggestions of Chinese books to read? By which I mean literally anything; history, philosophy, literature, poetry, and any combination of the above, as long as somebody can vouch for it being good or interesting or significant. Reason being, I recently studied up a bit on Chinese history on a fairly shallow level, but it was enough to really capture my imagination and interest and make me goddamn fascinated with digging deeper into the culture. But daunting and overwhelming as the prospects of digging deeper into something as huge as CHINESE CULTURE goes, I have no idea where to start, so I'm just curious if anybody has any recommendations of works to read, as well as suggestions of particularly good translations for classic works that I'm sure have accumulated many different ones over the years.

Journey to the West is another big obvious one.

Past that, my relevant knowledge here takes a nosedive, but if you want something slice of life-y, my effectively-sister-in-law did this short series of comics (http://sushux.net/chinacomic/?p=20) on all the little cultural differences she notices whenever she's visiting family in China, which have been compiled into a book (http://sushux.storenvy.com/products/666181-china-comics).

Grignr
11-03-2015, 06:14 AM
Coincidentally, today I noticed the November Kindle Deals has two different translations of (Vol1) Romance of Three Kingdoms, this 2014 Iverson/Sumei "Dynamic New Translation" (http://www.amazon.com/Three-Kingdoms-Chinese-Loyalty-Translation-ebook/dp/B00JIDTFRO/ref=sr_1_36?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1446556199&sr=1-36) and this older Brewitt-Taylor one (http://www.amazon.com/Romance-Three-Kingdoms-Tuttle-Classics-ebook/dp/B006T3MFHI/ref=sr_1_47?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1446556199&sr=1-47) (which I own as a two-volume red/blue boxed paperback set and haven't touched yet despite owning for over a decade).

Loki
11-12-2015, 09:05 AM
iTune's Terms and Conditions - The Graphic Novel (http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/eyeball-kicks-itunes-terms-and-conditions-the-graphic-novel)

Violentvixen
11-26-2015, 09:22 AM
Amazon has 30% off any physical book (http://deals.kinja.com/amazons-taking-30-up-to-10-off-any-physical-book-y-1744752627) (up to $10) until the 30th. Use code HOLIDAY30. Looks like you can only use it once per account so choose wisely!

Büge
11-26-2015, 10:45 AM
Just one, or all the books in your order?

Violentvixen
11-26-2015, 01:28 PM
Looks like it's just the highest priced book in your order.

The Raider Dr. Jones
12-21-2015, 10:04 AM
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated yuletide knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.

- H. P. Lovecraft, "The Call of Cthulhu"

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole truth and knowledge.

- Francis Pharcellus Church, "Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus"

Daikaiju
01-28-2016, 02:36 PM
Amanda Connor doing Flintstones for DC

http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/jj537/greenhooves04/DC%20Flintstones_zpsjtlj8z58.jpg

Adam
01-28-2016, 03:49 PM
Yep, Betty's still a betty.

Excitemike
01-28-2016, 05:59 PM
Fuck, talk about not needing to reinvent the wheel...

Paul le Fou
01-28-2016, 06:24 PM
Wh-

is th-

why, why di-

who-

Loki
01-28-2016, 09:03 PM
yall should see the scooby doo one

Dawnswalker
01-28-2016, 09:23 PM
I actually like the Flintstones one!

I agree that the Scooby Doo one doesn't look so good. It's like fanart that got way out of hand.

Excitemike
01-28-2016, 10:08 PM
yall should see the scooby doo one
You can't make me

Moon Orbit
01-28-2016, 10:18 PM
Amanda Connor doing Flintstones for DC

http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/jj537/greenhooves04/DC%20Flintstones_zpsjtlj8z58.jpg

I have a musical reply to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSNJ00iAZ7I&feature=youtu.be&t=1m53s

URL'd because the embedded doesn't seem to support links to specific sections of a vid.

Rascally Badger
01-28-2016, 10:24 PM
What's so bad about those Flintstones? Fred and Barney's stubble looks a little off?

Excitemike
01-29-2016, 05:20 AM
What's so bad about those Flintstones? Fred and Barney's stubble looks a little off?
They look like human cosplayers?

Moon Orbit
01-29-2016, 08:49 AM
Fairly realistic art for the Flintstones fits it as well as Will Smith fit his role in Wild Wild West.

Daikaiju
01-29-2016, 12:41 PM
What's so bad about those Flintstones? Fred and Barney's stubble looks a little off?

Gist I'm getting is, "IT'S DIFFERENT! IT'S NEW! HISSS!!"

Moon Orbit
01-29-2016, 12:52 PM
Gist I'm getting is, "IT'S DIFFERENT! IT'S NEW! HISSS!!"

Can't speak for anyone else, but I feel realistic art for The Flintstones is about the same as realistic art for The Simpsons. Just completely missing the point.

That said, I'd love a live action Flintstones that did not suck. Bring back John Goodman as well, he was goddamned perfect casting. He really was.

Rascally Badger
01-29-2016, 01:02 PM
I understand some of that, especially with Scooby Doo, but that just looks like The Flintstones drawn in a different cartoony style. It's not really even realistic, just somewhat different from the cartoons.

Moon Orbit
01-29-2016, 01:06 PM
I understand some of that, especially with Scooby Doo, but that just looks like The Flintstones drawn in a different cartoony style. It's not really even realistic, just somewhat different from the cartoons.

I guess for me it's sitting closer to one side of the uncanny valley than the other. *shrug*

That's all I can say about my views on it.

Excitemike
01-29-2016, 03:07 PM
I understand some of that, especially with Scooby Doo, but that just looks like The Flintstones drawn in a different cartoony style. It's not really even realistic, just somewhat different from the cartoons.

Nah, the proportions are completely different. Cartoons live and breath in the abstract. It doesn't help that it reminds me of the movies. (full disclosure, I loved Alan Cummings as the Great Gazoo)

E: like, I'm not upset about it, but nothing about the cover would make me want to pick up the book.

Octopus Prime
01-29-2016, 04:20 PM
The art style is kind of ugly.

But it's Amanda Conner, so it can not be ugly.

A paradox.

Rascally Badger
01-29-2016, 06:08 PM
The art style is kind of ugly.

But it's Amanda Conner, so it can not be ugly.

A paradox.

That's kind of where I am, (its the facial/body hair, remove that and it would look fine) but I am growing at little exasperated at the idea that the problem is that it is "too realistic" which is not a complaint I ever expected to hear leveled at Amanda Conner's art. It is kind of the opposite of that.

Loki
01-29-2016, 06:32 PM
That art doesn't offend me so much as the idea of a flintstones reboot

Moon Orbit
01-29-2016, 06:38 PM
That's kind of where I am, (its the facial/body hair, remove that and it would look fine) but I am growing at little exasperated at the idea that the problem is that it is "too realistic" which is not a complaint I ever expected to hear leveled at Amanda Conner's art. It is kind of the opposite of that.

I think you're missing the context of the flintstones. Compare that picture of her art from earlier in the thread to this:

https://pmcvariety.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/new-the-flintstones-movie-warner-bros.jpg

Rascally Badger
01-29-2016, 07:18 PM
Yes, I realize that it is not a straight Flintstones comic. It is more detailed, because it is not intended to be animated, but it doesn't appear to be straying from what Flintstones are and realistic is about as far a way a description as gritty. The thing is, no one would be talking about it if DC were publishing a straight Flintstones comic. Just like no one gives a crap about their current straight Scooby-Doo comic, other than when he teams up with Batman. The pitch for the Flintstones comic is spot on perfect. It takes what The Flintstones was, prehistoric Honeymooners, and takes one step further, doing social criticism and commentary, at the hands of someone who has proven themselves very adept at that very thing. Seriously, read Prez people. You can snark all day about how stupid DC is, but they put out a legitimately excellent comic that was pretty much exactly what snarkers said they wanted and it went completely ignored.

Googleshng
01-29-2016, 07:34 PM
Amanda Connor doing Flintstones for DC

http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/jj537/greenhooves04/DC%20Flintstones_zpsjtlj8z58.jpg

It is antithetical to the character of Fred Flintstone for him to be a tall muscular adonis, seemingly at peace with his place in life.

Also knee-length dresses becoming hip-length, but, that's comic art.

Also, if we're going for greater realism, Dino should have feathers.

Issun
01-29-2016, 07:58 PM
Man, Catherine O'Hara's lookin' good for her age!

Daikaiju
01-29-2016, 09:56 PM
It is antithetical to the character of Fred Flintstone for him to be a tall muscular adonis, seemingly at peace with his place in life.

Also knee-length dresses becoming hip-length, but, that's comic art.


I don't think your ready for this Freddy. His body's too rockalicious for you.

Dino looks great, plus Amanda remembered they have a cat, which even the TV show tended to forget.

Büge
01-29-2016, 10:34 PM
Dino looks great, plus Amanda remembered they have a cat, which even the TV show tended to forget.

What are you talking about? The cat shows up in the end credits of every episode.

Daikaiju
01-30-2016, 08:35 AM
And how many episodes did he/she actually feature in?

Solitayre
01-30-2016, 08:53 AM
Does anyone even know the cat's name? I don't.

teg
01-30-2016, 10:03 AM
TV writers always forget cats. The Simpsons' cat has only appeared in 26 episodes in the twelve years since they introduced her.

Jeanie
01-30-2016, 10:17 AM
TV writers always forget cats. The Simpsons' cat has only appeared in 26 episodes in the twelve years since they introduced her.

That's a bit of a cop out, isn't it Principal Tanzerian.

Büge
01-30-2016, 10:18 AM
p_ZWewlipJo

Pajaro Pete
02-17-2016, 04:42 PM
i read 1984 for the first time last month and honestly it was kind of a stinker? the final act felt really unearned. setting aside the whole "lol yeah this was a sting operation and it consisted of giving you a newspaper clipping and then waiting or literal years for you to start fucking up" thing, the big dramatic climax/breaking point is supposed to be winston betraying julia, and it's like, ok? he spent the first third of the book thinking about how he wanted to rape and murder her, then the second thinking about how she was an idiot who only cared about sex.

Lady
02-17-2016, 07:14 PM
TV writers always forget cats. The Simpsons' cat has only appeared in 26 episodes in the twelve years since they introduced her.

Did they ever show Snowball The First?

Also, I wonder if the number of episodes is incredibly front-loaded, because I feel like I saw her in several, but then I stopped watching ca. 2001.

[edit- apparently she canonically died in 2004 (http://simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/I,_%28Annoyed_Grunt%29-Bot), so this makes sense]

[edit- wait, twelve years?]

[edit- is this a different cat?]

Solitayre
02-17-2016, 08:06 PM
I believe there have been multiple cats with the same name, and eventually the notion got so confusing that at one point even the characters decided they just weren't going to think about it anymore.

masterthes
02-18-2016, 05:36 AM
Does anyone even know the cat's name? I don't.

Had to look it up, but for you trivia heads, Baby Puss

Daikaiju
02-21-2016, 07:57 PM
Knights of the Dinner Table #227 had cover art by one of Q*bert's creators. Neat!

http://www.previewsworld.com/catalogimages/STK_IMAGES/STK680001-700000/STK693009.jpg

Daikaiju
06-04-2016, 12:42 PM
HyjLt_RGEww

Zodar
06-12-2016, 02:40 PM
Is this a good place to ask for book recommendations? I'm looking for adventure fantasy (or at least "the protagonists go on a long journey" fantasy) that doesn't trade in the genre's usual conventions -- good vs. evil, chosen ones, settings based on Arthurian Europe, conflict resolution through combat, etc. Protagonists who aren't fighters or straight white dudes are a plus.

The last fantasy series I read & enjoyed was Le Guin's Earthsea books (and Wolfe's Book of the New Sun a year prior), so I guess I'm looking for more in that vein.

Loki
06-12-2016, 02:42 PM
BRIDGE OF BIRDS

Solitayre
06-12-2016, 02:49 PM
Bridge of Birds is highly awesome. You might also try The Last Unicorn.

It's not a novel but if you're looking for a hero's journey that really bends genre convention I recommend Riceboy (http://www.rice-boy.com/see/). It's all online for free, you can read it all in about an hour and its definitely worth experiencing at least once.

Zodar
06-12-2016, 02:52 PM
I read both The Last Unicorn and Riceboy ages ago, but I remember thoroughly enjoying both. I'll check out Bridge of Birds, thanks!

Falselogic
06-12-2016, 02:57 PM
BRIDGE OF BIRDS

Have you read Across the Nightingale Floor Loki? Seems like its in the same vein as Bridge of Birds.

Loki
06-12-2016, 02:59 PM
Never heard of it

Falselogic
06-12-2016, 03:00 PM
Never heard of it

well now you have.

ThricebornPhoenix
06-12-2016, 10:31 PM
Is this a good place to ask for book recommendations? I'm looking for adventure fantasy (or at least "the protagonists go on a long journey" fantasy) that doesn't trade in the genre's usual conventions -- good vs. evil, chosen ones, settings based on Arthurian Europe, conflict resolution through combat, etc. Protagonists who aren't fighters or straight white dudes are a plus.
I never pass up a chance to recommend The Neverending Story. Conveniently, it matches most of your criteria!

Zodar
06-13-2016, 10:24 PM
I've already read that one as well :{ Thanks though!

I'm enjoying Bridge of Birds! Found an audiobook reading of it endorsed by the author, so I've been alternating between the two.

Falselogic
06-21-2016, 10:55 AM
I got $21 in Amazon credit due to the Apple price fixing lawsuit.

Gonna buy myself some more books!

Bunk Moreland
06-21-2016, 02:24 PM
Apologies if this has been posted already, but listen to Isaac Asimov read The Last Question. (http://boingboing.net/2015/06/15/listen-to-isaac-asimov-read-hi.html)

bonus version read by Leonard Nimoy included.

Positronic Brain
06-21-2016, 02:36 PM
Apologies if this has been posted already, but listen to Isaac Asimov read The Last Question. (http://boingboing.net/2015/06/15/listen-to-isaac-asimov-read-hi.html)

bonus version read by Leonard Nimoy included.

....
Right now you're my favoritest person in the universe and I'd kiss you if I could.

Positronic Brain
06-21-2016, 02:37 PM
Completely innocent non-related question - is there a Firefox or Chrome extension to extract audio from a YouTube video? Asking for a friend.

Mightyblue
06-21-2016, 02:42 PM
Extension, I'm not sure about, but there's a number of websites that do it.

Falselogic
07-12-2016, 09:51 PM
Sir Ian McKellen has an app. It's an app to help people get into Shakespeare.

Really into it!

The app, Heuristic Shakespeare (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/heuristic-shakespeare-tempest/id1099176816?mt=8), contains hi-res pics of the original folios, examples of how its been acted, three levels of analysis and critique. Just a lot of stuff!

Johnny Unusual
07-17-2016, 12:53 AM
Sir Ian McKellen has an app.
Sold.

It's an app to help people get into Shakespeare.


Still sold!

hologramblue
07-29-2016, 08:30 PM
So, I still hate English class and writing essays about things, but Twelfth Night in and of itself is fun.

[Enter Maria.]

FABIAN: Here comes my noble gull-catcher.
TOBY: Wilt thou set thy foot o' my neck?

I appreciate that the semantic value of asking someone to step on you has not changed at all in the last 500 years.

Daikaiju
07-30-2016, 09:31 PM
So apparently Gaiman is having Harper Collins do some retro covers for four of his books... (http://kleinletters.com/Blog/title-and-cover-design-for-neil-gaimans-american-gods/)

http://kleinletters.com/Blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/AmericanGodsFinal.jpg

Moon Orbit
07-31-2016, 03:36 PM
I see the Colonel lost some weight and got a new suit there.

Octopus Prime
07-31-2016, 05:43 PM
That's far closer to how I envisioned Wednesday than the show.

Shadow still doesn't look quite as mountainous as I pictured though.

Johnny Unusual
08-03-2016, 07:55 AM
Am I a dumb person for reading that whole book and not realizing the main character was black? Also, when I was a kid and I started reading To Kill a Mocking Bird, it took me more time than it should to realize Scout was white.

Patrick
08-09-2016, 08:24 AM
The Lord of the Rings in limericks (http://www.metafilter.com/user/17614). One limerick per chapter, so it's a quick read. There are a few slant rhymes in there, but otherwise it's great.

Loki
08-09-2016, 08:46 AM
Three rings for the elves, full of might;
Dwarves seven, men nine - that sounds right!
And one for their Lord? Sure!
He lives down in Mordor -
Where the shadows (and weather) are shite.

Oh my, this is a delight.

Alex Scott
08-09-2016, 09:09 AM
Am I a dumb person for reading that whole book and not realizing the main character was black? Also, when I was a kid and I started reading To Kill a Mocking Bird, it took me more time than it should to realize Scout was white.
Nah, never occurred to me, either. Shadow's never described directly in the book, though apparently Gaiman has said his mother's black.

Octopus Prime
08-09-2016, 09:19 AM
Am I a dumb person for reading that whole book and not realizing the main character was black? Also, when I was a kid and I started reading To Kill a Mocking Bird, it took me more time than it should to realize Scout was white.

It also happened to me with the books spinoff, Anansi Boys, where I pictured the main character as Ricky Gervais.

His twin brother I pictured as Phil Lamarr, circa MadTV.

Make of this as you will.

Johnny Unusual
08-13-2016, 12:40 AM
It also happened to me with the books spinoff, Anansi Boys, where I pictured the main character as Ricky Gervais.

His twin brother I pictured as Phil Lamarr, circa MadTV.

Make of this as you will.

Oh, that's good casting for the brother.

Rivers
08-26-2016, 05:16 PM
An edition of the long out-of-print Super Mario Adventures (https://www.amazon.com/Super-Mario-Adventures-Kentaro-Takemura/dp/1421588641/) comic by Kentaro Takemura is coming out in October. These are the ones that appeared in Nintendo Power. The Zelda one was reprinted last year, so I'm hoping we'll eventually see the Star Fox and Metroid comics as well.

Kishi
08-26-2016, 05:20 PM
I've been waiting for this ever since the Zelda reprint! It could only be improved if they included the comic where Mario and Wario both try to buy a Samus doll for Peach's birthday, which was not in the original collection.

The Star Fox and Super Metroid comics have also never been collected, which is a mistake I'd love to see corrected.

Octopus Prime
08-26-2016, 05:36 PM
Or a full collection of the Nester comics

Or at least the Howard & Nester ones. They were the emotionally vital ones.

teg
08-26-2016, 08:56 PM
we're never gonna get an english edition of mario-kun, huh

Kishi
08-27-2016, 12:40 AM
Or a full collection of the Nester comics

Or at least the Howard & Nester ones. They were the emotionally vital ones.

Sadly, that's probably too much to even hope for. Too many appearances by other people's IP.

Ample Vigour
08-31-2016, 08:30 AM
Sadly, that's probably too much to even hope for. Too many appearances by other people's IP.

We'll use the kickstarter exception, where terrible ideas combined with what people desperately want to be true to trump IP law

Daikaiju
08-31-2016, 12:01 PM
The Time Police are coming Octo. I can do nothing for you.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CrJN_y2VIAA3K8T.jpg:large

Octopus Prime
08-31-2016, 01:00 PM
My patriotism!

She grows!

Dizzy
09-02-2016, 08:44 AM
Wish I had a done a book report about this novelle (https://theuntranslated.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/from-hell-dallinferno-by-giorgio-manganelli/) in skool:

From Hell is as scatological as it is eschatological. There is shit everywhere. It threatens to inundate the poor man not only from outside, by also from within. In the course of the whole journey the main character has to suffer the nasty doll devouring his entrails and then defecating and urinating into his abdominal cavity. What is the significance of this perverse Beatrice?

Eschatalalagynanehgological

will
09-09-2016, 06:30 PM
My friend Juliet (https://twitter.com/prynnette) has just announced her upcoming graphic novel, Fabiola & Ylini (http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/71418-rights-report-week-of-september-5-2016.html), which is "ABOUT GAY TEEN NERD MERMAID LOVE". She's very talented and if you're not sold already I don't know what to tell you.

will
09-10-2016, 08:46 AM
Also, my bud Zach (http://clementeworks.tumblr.com/) has just got the first print copies of his most recent self-published comic, Petrichor (http://clementeworks.tumblr.com/post/150188741354/petrichor-is-finally-in-print-you-can-get-your)! It's a really gorgeous little bit of art.

Dizzy
01-14-2017, 01:29 PM
RIP Mark Fisher (http://thequietus.com/articles/21567-mark-fisher-dies-rip)

I remember reading his blog k-punk (http://k-punk.org/) a lot in college and learning all this weird Theory stuff combined with pop culture.

ASandoval
02-14-2017, 01:18 AM
Hey TT parents of young children! My good friend and colleague's sister is officially a published author and illustrator today with the release of Not Quite Narwhal! I got to read an proof copy and it's got a lot of heart and charm, along with a great message about alternative families. If that sounds like something you're interested in, I hope you'll check it out!

Mightyblue
02-15-2017, 11:18 AM
Philip Pullman is writing a sequel trilogy to His Dark Materials, focusing on Lyra.

Bunk Moreland
04-09-2017, 10:52 PM
Radio drama version of The Martian Chronicles. (http://nerdist.com/the-martian-chronicles-radio-drama-derek-jacobi-hayley-atwell/)

Lukyn
04-24-2017, 12:52 PM
Super last minute, but I have two tickets to a Cory Doctorow/John Scalzi book signing in Santa Cruz, CA (http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/event/offsite-ticketed-cory-doctorow-and-john-scalzi) on Wed 4/26. They had originally and mistakenly tweeted out the date of 4/29, when I am in town, but I can't go on 4/26 because I will be very far away.

I've made arrangements with the bookstore for them to hold my signed copy of Walkaway, and I'll be picking that up separately, but they said I could have someone else use the tickets so they don't go to waste. I'm sure you'll have the opportunity to buy their books and have them signed at the event.

Ghost from Spelunker
05-13-2017, 11:15 PM
I read the hardback collection of The Eltingville Club . It's nice to see somebody show the worse parts of nerds. And the spinoff, Northwest Comix Collective reminded me of some people I know.

Patrick
06-11-2017, 12:53 PM
I went to CAKE (http://www.cakechicago.com) today! I got a few cool little books:

I bought Travelogue (http://traveloguecomic.com/page/25) and a little Zelda Zine from Aatmaja Pandya (http://aatmajapandya.com). She forbid me from reading the Zelda one until I play BOTW, so now I have to buy a Switch.

https://image.ibb.co/hRGEFv/IMG_1527.jpg (https://ibb.co/ehVKha)
https://image.ibb.co/hnv8av/IMG_1528.jpg (https://ibb.co/jDWQNa)

I got this rad-as-hell Earthbound Postcard from Andrea Bell (http://andreabelldraws.com):

https://image.ibb.co/iDLKha/IMG_1530.jpg (https://ibb.co/eNrQNa)

I got Ben Sears's (http://freebensears.com) Towns, Townspeople, and Towns 2, which are basically D&D inspiration catnip:

https://image.ibb.co/eW7zha/IMG_1532.jpg (https://ibb.co/cgNoav)

And I bought this awesome Pizza book from my friend Beth (http://www.beth-hetland.com). There are like 4 different ways to read it, it's amazing.

https://image.ibb.co/mjZO8F/IMG_1535.jpg (https://ibb.co/iJy5Na)
https://image.ibb.co/gisX2a/IMG_1534.jpg (https://ibb.co/iu3uFv)
https://image.ibb.co/jAfwTF/IMG_1533.jpg (https://ibb.co/iONAoF)



And finally, Evan Dahm was on the list of artists, but he cancelled at the last minute, so I again missed my chance to buy Rice Boy from him. One of these days I will own that book.

Final rating for CAKE: A+

Daikaiju
06-22-2017, 09:16 AM
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Available on July 12 2017

Based on the classic Atari game! When a terrifying creature from beyond the stars attacks his planet, Dale’s journey begins. But he is not out to save his world. It is already too late for that. As the lone survivor, the only thing he wants is revenge!

Vaeran
07-03-2017, 03:36 PM
Why would a comic publisher even bother getting the license to Atari's Centipede

the entire premise is "there is a centipede"

just make a comic about that, no one can stop you

they licensed a font