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[25 Sep 2009|03:21am]
1. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson (Misc. Horror and Adventure - 4/5)
2. Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker (Horror and Fantasy - 3/5)
3. A Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (Fantasy - 3/5)
4. Startide Rising by David Brin (Science Fiction - 4/5)
5. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks (Horror, Humor...Reference)
6. Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling (General Literature - 2.5/5)
7. Watchmen by Alan Moore (Graphic Novel, Science Fiction - 5/5)
8. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis (Fantasy - 3/5)
9. Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle that Made England by Juliet Barker (History - 5/5)
10. The Gnostic Mystery by Randy Davila (Suspense, Mystery - 2/5)
11. Buddhas by Nancy Tingley (Art, History, Religion - 3/5)
12. Inside Straight: A Wild Cards Novel by various authors, ed. George R.R. Martin(Superhero Science Fiction - 4/5)
13. Shadow & Claw (Book of the New Sun, Books 1 and 2) by Gene Wolfe (Science Fiction, Fantasy - 4/5)
14. Sword & Citadel (Book of the New Sun, Books 3 and 4) by Gene Wolfe (Science Fiction, Fantasy - 4/5)
15. Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis (Fantasy - 3.5/5)
16. The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis (Fantasy - 3.5/5)

I liked this one. A little darker and no annoying interaction between Pevensie children.
"The Magician's Nephew" didn't come out until a few years after this book, so he probably didn't think of this, but in "The Silver Chair" Lewis says that the lady in green/serpent/queen of the underworld character came from the same place as the White Witch. Taking into account the origin of things according to "The Magician's Nephew", it begs the question: how did this second evil witch get into Narnia? Have others discovered the same magic the rings used to travel between worlds?
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Mehr Buecher! [16 Sep 2009|11:22pm]
1. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson (Misc. Horror and Adventure - 4/5)
2. Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker (Horror and Fantasy - 3/5)
3. A Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (Fantasy - 3/5)
4. Startide Rising by David Brin (Science Fiction - 4/5)
5. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks (Horror, Humor...Reference)
6. Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling (General Literature - 2.5/5)
7. Watchmen by Alan Moore (Graphic Novel, Science Fiction - 5/5)
8. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis (Fantasy - 3/5)
9. Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle that Made England by Juliet Barker (History - 5/5)
10. The Gnostic Mystery by Randy Davila (Suspense, Mystery - 2/5)
11. Buddhas by Nancy Tingley (Art, History, Religion - 3/5)
12. Inside Straight: A Wild Cards Novel by various authors, ed. George R.R. Martin(Superhero Science Fiction - 4/5)
13. Shadow & Claw (Book of the New Sun, Books 1 and 2) by Gene Wolfe (Science Fiction, Fantasy - 4/5)
14. Sword & Citadel (Book of the New Sun, Books 3 and 4) by Gene Wolfe (Science Fiction, Fantasy - 4/5)
15. Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis (Fantasy - 3.5/5)

Alrighty, been a while since I updated that list! Let's see...

11. A freebie from LibraryThing. Interesting, but made to along with a museum exhibit. A bit dense and assumes you know more about buddhism than I do in some respects, and dumbs it down too much in other respects. Author tried to fit a lot into a little book. Beautiful images though!

12. Another freebie. Possibly from GoodReads, this time. Don't recall. It's a "mosaic novel" - a contiguous story with chapters written by different authors, each a self-contained narrative, though obviously heavily connected to the rest. I was skeptical about this one working. That and I'd never read typical superhero stuff in a novel format. It was good though. All the authors did a fantastic job and overall story was quite good! I'll probably snag the sequels eventually, but probably not so much the 20 years of prequels. :) Luckily this novel is the first in the revival of the series, picking up with a new generation, so you don't really need much background. The bits and pieces they drop are enough to give you an idea of what deal is.

13. and 14. Been meaning to read these for years. Even before I noticed Gaiman's blurb on the covers "The best SF novel of the last century", so that played no part in my decision to read it! It does appear to be universally well-received and praised though. All four books were nominated for various awards when they were originally published.
All four being, in full title: "The Shadow of the Torturer", "The Claw of the Conciliator", "The Sword of the Lictor" and "The Citadel of the Autarch".
This was heavy stuff. Set in the far future with a dying Sun and a dying Earth ("Urth", in the book...written as such with a meaning, not for fanciness) where there is both much advanced technology and a lack thereof side-by-side. Not really sure how to go about this one. It's trippy. Mind-bending stuff happens, since by this time, certain people have access to things that give a big middle finger to space-time as we know it.
It's definitely a literary SF novel. It requires a hell of a lot of thought. After the first volume (1 and 2), I wasn't sure what to think, but by the time I finished the second volume (3 and 4), I really loved the whole thing. Though I still don't get the very end.
There's a direct sequel, "Urth of the New Sun" that I think I'll have to check out.

15. Still not quite sure how I feel about these Narnia books. They're growing on me. At least this one was better than Caspian. Aslan was a prick in that one. I'm currently reading "The Silver Chair", which I think I'm enjoying even more.

I also read all the comics/graphic novels I got from Comic Con. Y: The Last Man is awesome! I needs more volumes of that, pronto. Same goes for Fables; it's such a fun concept.
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[21 Jun 2009|07:40pm]
No color that I wear or overlay my avatar with will help my fellow inhabitants of this planet. Only action will. This is best left to the opressed, their leaders and maybe our leaders...but I shall investigate setting up a proxy or some such thing that may help in some small way.
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get what ya pay for [16 May 2009|10:25am]
1. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson (Misc. Horror and Adventure - 4/5)
2. Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker (Horror and Fantasy - 3/5)
3. A Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (Fantasy - 3/5)
4. Startide Rising by David Brin (Science Fiction - 4/5)
5. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks (Horror, Humor...Reference)
6. Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling (General Literature - 2.5/5)
7. Watchmen by Alan Moore (Graphic Novel, Science Fiction - 5/5)
8. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis (Fantasy - 3/5)
9. Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle that Made England by Juliet Barker (History - 5/5)
10. The Gnostic Mystery by Randy Davila (Suspense, Mystery - 2/5)

Got this one free through LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program...thankfully, because I'd be saddened if I had paid good money for this.
Now don't get me wrong, there's some good stuff in here, a lot of interesting stuff and some things more people should be aware of, but that's just it - this would have served a lot better as an informative history of religion/philosophy book than an attempt at a novel.
Weighing in at 197 pages, with a big blank page after each chapter, a HUGE space for the number at the beginning of each chapter, large font and large line spacing, it's hardly a book at all. And to call it a novel is almost a joke, especially since it's clearly trying to ride on Dan Brown's coat tails, which it fails to do. There is only one scene of action, which has nothing at all to do with the plot. No one is trying to foil the protagonists; everything just falls into their laps.
Young kid finds two scrolls in Dead Sea area. Vacationing business man buys one on the cheap. His friend's religion/philosophy professor friend happens to read the ancient greek it's written in and translates it. Gnostic! Hints at second scroll with mystery revealed. Group finds woman who bought second scroll; retrieve it and compensate kids who found them. The end. Basically anyways. No action. 99% (no joke there) of the book is just dialog about gnosticism and it's history. That's all. Interesting, but not in this format. The main character is goddamned dumbshit and everyone seems to have infinite patience with his inane comments and questions that often lead to repetition of things already discussed. Ugh. And the dialog itself is of 2am product demonstration infomercial quality. I wanted to pound my head into a wall.
I would have given this one start, but the only saving graces is that some of the information contained within is quite interesting, a couple things were new to me and he's got a bibliography should I ever feel compelled to check the validity of his sources.
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[11 May 2009|07:40pm]
1. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson (Misc. Horror and Adventure - 4/5)
2. Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker (Horror and Fantasy - 3/5)
3. A Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (Fantasy - 3/5)
4. Startide Rising by David Brin (Science Fiction - 4/5)
5. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks (Horror, Humor...Reference)
6. Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling (General Literature - 2.5/5)
7. Watchmen by Alan Moore (Graphic Novel, Science Fiction - 5/5)
8. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis (Fantasy - 3/5)
9. Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle that Made England by Juliet Barker (History - 5/5)

I heart me my medieval history. This one was excellent. Very comprehensive, covering events leading up the campaign, the campaign itself and the aftermath. She also goes on off on interesting and relevant tangents to discuss various topics, such as some of the principles of chivalry and how seriously it was taken at the time and other social/political aspects of life in the 15th century. I was particularly impressed with her thoroughness in trying to get the most accurate depiction of events possible, taking into the equation varying opinions of modern historians, those more contemporary to the event and also first-hand accounts.
Sometimes it was hard to wade through all the names (very many being French), but that's what ya get with history. I think I'll definitely be picking up more from this author.
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Free Comic Book Day event in Boulder [02 May 2009|11:54am]
Time Warp Comics
3105 28th St.
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 443-4500

Scheduled Creator & Character Appearances
Featured Guests:
Nick Runge (IDW Terminator:Salvation, the Badger)
Daniel Crosier (Bartholomew of the Scissors)
Scorpio Steele (Marvel Comics)
John Porcellino (King-Cat)
Kevin Gentilcore (Ray Harryhausen’s Back to Mysterious Island)
Karl Christian Krumpholz (Byron)
Lee Oaks (Thunder Monkey)
Noah Van Sciver (Westword, Blammo)
Leila Del Luca
These artists will take part in live, large-scaled illustrations during the day. Their work will be auctioned off to fans and art enthusiasts to benefit unique literature events and fund speaking engagements for both CU and the community.

Additional appearances by:
Jason & Heather Marin
Thomas Studholme
Mike Geiger and Tom Rasch (concept artists for Idol Minds Game Developers)

Special Guests:
JC Medina
Clarence Diamond
Miss Grayson of KGNU 88.5
Kristobel Von Steppenwolff of Areopagitica

Finally, Jay Sternitzky, local writer for Paper Dream Productions, has graciously organized a Free Comic Book Day After Party at Murphy's Grill, featuring: exclusive giveaways, 1/2 off appetizers from Murphy's when you bring one of this years' free comics, and drink deals from Oskar Blues Brewery!

FCBD patrons can join fellow comic book fans for an evening of food, drink, conversation and fun! The event will start shortly after FCBD ends at Time Warp (around 6:15 - 6:30 PM). Murphy's Grill is located two blocks north of Time Warp at the NW corner of Iris and 28th (2731 Iris Ave).

The Star Wars 501st Stormtroopers Legion stopping by in the afternoon, complete with bounty hunters and Darth Vader!
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[29 Apr 2009|12:01pm]
Damn Penny Arcade/Wizards of the Coast pod casts make me kinda want to play D&D...
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In honor of the date [14 Apr 2009|07:47pm]


And the lyrics:

I want to keep my money
And give away absolutely nothing
To the government who moderates my spending
and obliterates depending on what time of the year
brutality is near

in the form of income tax
I'd rather take a fucking axe
to my face, blow up this place

with you all in it, I'd do it in a minute

If I could write off your murder
I'd save all of my receipts
because I'd rather you be dead
than lose a tiny shred of what I made this fiscal year

I'd rather you be dead than ponder parting with my second home
I'd rather you be dead than consider not opening a restaurant

I'd rather you be dead
I'd rather you be dead

Prepare the laser-beam
I'm gonna use it tonight

Engage the laser-beam
It's gonna end your life

I'm gonna use it tonight

If I could write off your murder
I'd save all of my receipts
because I'd rather you be dead
than lose a tiny shred of what I made this fiscal year

I'd rather you be dead than ponder parting with my second home
I'd rather you be dead than consider not opening a restaurant
I'd rather you be dead
I'd rather you be dead

Be dead now X3
Be dead
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booky goodness [08 Apr 2009|11:00pm]
1. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson (Misc. Horror and Adventure - 4/5)
2. Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker (Horror and Fantasy - 3/5)
3. A Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (Fantasy - 3/5)
4. Startide Rising by David Brin (Science Fiction - 4/5)
5. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks (Horror, Humor...Reference)
6. Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling (General Literature - 2.5/5)
7. Watchmen by Alan Moore (Graphic Novel, Science Fiction - 5/5)
8. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis (Fantasy - 3/5)
9. Red, White and Brew: An American Beer Odyssey by Brian Yaeger (Travelogue, Culinary History - 4/5)

Some beer geek does a 'round-country solo road trip visiting various local breweries and interviewing the owners at each stop. Each chapter also explores the history of the region in relation to the beer industry in addition to the individual history of each brewery, their philosophy (both in beer and business), impact and future course.
It was an easy, fun read, always engaging, often humorous and extremely fascinating. I really enjoyed it.

The reason I picked up this book to begin with is because the Stone Brewing Co. here in Escondido hosts a Book and Beer event once a month (I think) throughout the spring and summer, and the first one of the year is on the 19th, featuring this book.
I haven't been to one yet, but basically they choose some book related to beer or food (since the brewery has a bistro and they're all into the whole food/organic/slow food thing), have the author come visit, everyone sits out in the garden (BYOLawnchair), sipping an optionally-purchased beer of choice and has an open discussion with the author. Sounds cool to me. And luckily it was a very worth-while book!
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ugh... [02 Apr 2009|07:48pm]
I just saw a trailer for a live action DragonBall movie, that seems to have very little to do with DragonBall other than pointy hair and fast punches. That may actually make it better though...but probably not.
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book'd [25 Mar 2009|10:02pm]
1. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson (Misc. Horror and Adventure - 4/5)
2. Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker (Horror and Fantasy - 3/5)
3. A Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (Fantasy - 3/5)
4. Startide Rising by David Brin (Science Fiction - 4/5)
5. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks (Horror, Humor...Reference)
6. Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling (General Literature - 2.5/5)
7. Watchmen by Alan Moore (Graphic Novel, Science Fiction - 5/5)
8. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis (Fantasy - 3/5)

Y'know, I just can't get into these Narnia books. I'm gonna make myself read them, but they just don't hold me and draw me. They're quick, but I find myself easily losing interest. I must admit though that I could see them being very enjoyable to read aloud to a child, which I believe is the feel Lewis was going for, so I can dig that.
I hear that they progressively get darker, so I have that to look forward to at least.

Also, in this one...Aslan is a fucked up bastard. Disappears, not helping his followers for centuries, possibly millennia, terrorizes a town, turns school children in to pigs just because they're products of their environment and he seriously considers not re-growing a wounded mouse's tail...one who fought bravely, nearly getting killed in Aslan's name. Fucking jerk.
Throws a mean party though.
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Go see it! [09 Feb 2009|09:55pm]
I saw "Coraline" in 3D this past Saturday. It was great! A fantastic adaptation of the book. There were some major differences, but none of them bad. The animation is superb and story still touching.
I'm also really impressed with what they're doing with 3D these days. It's not just some gimmick where the zoom shit at you from the screen. It was a movie and it just happened to be 3D. It was very natural and very awesome.

There was also a trailer for "9" by Tim Burton that looks really cool.
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[08 Feb 2009|06:49pm]
[ mood | destroyed by hops! ]

OMGYUM

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[06 Feb 2009|07:00pm]
I am really attracted to one of our vendors. I wish it was ethical to date someone we give gobs of money to.
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[05 Feb 2009|07:44pm]
1. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson (Misc. Horror and Adventure - 4/5)
2. Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker (Horror and Fantasy - 3/5)
3. A Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (Fantasy - 3.5/5)
4. Startide Rising by David Brin (Science Fiction - 4/5)
5. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks (Horror, Humor...Reference)

Max Brooks is the son of Mel Brooks, so obviously not a book to be taken seriously. It is awesome, not because it's written tongue-in-cheek comedic, but because it's so deadpan. It is actually written like a survival guide, covering all scenarios, all possible levels of outbreak and includes "scientific" background and "historical" cases. It's brilliant.
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I drink your milkshake! [29 Jan 2009|08:29pm]
1. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson (Misc. Horror and Adventure - 4/5)
2. Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker (Horror and Fantasy - 3/5)
3. A Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (Fantasy - 3.5/5)
4. Startide Rising by David Brin (Science Fiction - 4/5)

Kit, I like your idea, so I'm copying you and keeping track of what I read this year. I'll probably be too lazy to actual do a review though :)

However, of note re: number 4 - dolphin sex. Yup.
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[25 Jan 2009|06:32pm]
Watch the first video on the list. I love it. Looking forward to this movie! 100% stop-motion, hand-crafted, no cgi and the same director as Nightmare Before Christmas...how can you go wrong?
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[19 Jan 2009|07:16pm]
Well, doormat-cat has moved on.
When I left for work this morning, the little guy was gone. I was actually a little disappointed; sure it made me feel bad having to keep him outside, but it was kinda fun having the cat hanging out there. He would even follow me on the way to the dumpster and back (though, I'm tempted to do the same when someone gives me a free meal...).
It was funny though, because he literally did camp out on my doormat. Not the landing in general, but in front of my door specifically. Very weird.
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[18 Jan 2009|07:22pm]
So I went to go out today and on my doormat, there's some cat curled up looking at me pitifully. I say "shoo" and all that, but it just looks at me, "mraaow?" Well, I head out, hoping it'll be gone when I get back.
Nope. I get back, cat still there. I go inside and fill a bowl up with water and put it outside. I'm pretty sure that won't make it go away, but poor thing's gotta drink, right?
Several hours pass. I peek out. Still there...it tries to nose in through the door. Uh-uh. You're a strange cat and my current pet is probably delicious to you.
Probably smells my pork loin cooking. Damn.
I enjoy dinner. Have a beer. Start watching a movie.
Damn it! Stupid cat's probably hungry. So I bust out a can of tuna, snag a taste (what??), break it up and put it outside. Wow! Cat loves it! It's goin' nuts. Good. Eat up. Poor cat. Then I notice someone else has replaced my water with milk and put out a hardboiled egg, too! The egg's sliced, but untouched. Can't say I blame the cat, the yolk was all dry and green. Overcooked.
Thing is though, I can't keep feeding some doormat-cat and I sure don't want to adopt the damn animal...what should I do if it's still there tomorrow? Animal control?
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[13 Jan 2009|08:43pm]
My birthday celebration at Churchill's consisted of:
1/2 portion of fish and chips (being a normal portion for mortal men...the full is just a bit too epic unless you have the hunger of a frost giant) thoroughly drenched in malt vinegar.
Lightning Balitc Porter from a cask (much different than keg, mind you!)
Blind Pig IPA - deliciously bitter!
and
Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock, thereby popping my Rauchbier cherry celebrating my Capricorn-iness (see origin). It smelled of campfire and bacon...and tasted a bit of such as well. Quite Damn tasty, too.

And for fun, sing along!

Birthday Dethday by Dethklok



Many years ago today something grew
inside of your mother...
That thing was you

YOU

YOU YOU YOU YOU

Did she scream did she cry
Only those that are born are the ones that
Get to die

One more year closer to dying
Rotting organs ripping grinding
Biological discordance
Birthday equals self abhorrence

Years keep passing aging always
Mutate into vapid slugs
Doctor gives a new perscription
Bullet in a fucking gun

One more year closer to dying
Plastic surgeons fuel the lying
You forget why you came in here
Your mind rots with every New Year

RSVP PLEASE
For the DETH of thee
You have little time
And you're running out of life

Happy Birthday
You're gonna die

Now you're old and full of hatred
Take a pill to masturbatred
Children point to you and scream
Because they will become that thing

One more year of further suffering
There's no point of fucking bluffing
Open up your DETHDAY present
It's a box of fucking nothing

RSVP PLEASE
For the DETH of thee
You have little time
And you're running out of life

DIE DIE
DETHDAY
BIRTHDAY
DETHDAY
DIE DIE
DETHDAY
BIRTHDAY
DETHDAY

RSVP PLEASE
For the DETH of thee
You have little time
And you're running out of life

Happy Birthday
You're gonna die
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