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(an attempt to more or less revive the film-oriented thread that reached a violent death sometime ago)

Is "Million Dollar Baby" the best picture of the year?

Is there such a thing? Are the Oscars and all award shows a sham?

Etc.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Have you ever used that card to order anything in America before?

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Hey. I was very wrong. Ustedes is, usually, considered to be formal (Usted, singular, ustedes plural.) Vosotros is usually considered to be informal, or familiar. (Tu, singular, vosotros plural)

The odd thing is in some places "vosotros" has been completely obliterated from the language. So, for example, here in Venezuela we don't use vosotros at all. It's only ustedes (it's a little similar to "you" in English. Only that in singular we still have the formal and informal)

But, even in Spain there are places where "vosotros" has been substituted by ustedes.

I think "confabular" is uncommon in Spanish. I'd almost say that iy has a "literary" meaning. It'd be very unusual to hear it in casual talk. Funny thing is that whenever I hear it is usually in the context of "plotting," as in conspiracies and keeping secrets. (At least in this neck of the woods.)
(I thought that "confabulate" in English was to plot, but it's "to converse informally," "to chat." just like the dictionary definition of it in Spanish.)

My question to you is: when you use confabulate, which use do you give it?

Anyhoo, that funky tongue twister would be something like this:

Confucius was confabulating a confusing confabulation. Confused, he didn't trust the confusing [confused] confabulation he had just finished confabulating.

Buscaba el bosque Francisco,
un vasco bizco, muy brusco,
y al verlo le dijo un chusco,
¿Busca el bosque, vasco bizco?

Bye.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Well, hope you have fun with it and it works out.

"Kagurati" is indeed old, from way back in May 08, 2002. But it had 0 posts. But "Kagurati Tian" is from the same day (#1110 & #1111, respectively) and that one had 19 posts. And, for what is worth, if you care about such number crunching, you had 2 votes for an average of 4 stars.

Anyway, sorry this seems boring to you sometimes.

Best of luck with you board!!!

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Alo: CP como Computadora Personal sigue sirviendo. Aqui las llamamos PCs, porque aunque el 90% de los Venezolanos se quejan u totalmente odian a los Gringos (no bromeo. Los Gringos son: robots, no saben bailar, secos, aburridos, burros de un solo camino, o, si alguien pertenece a los grupos mas radicales como el amigo Ch. y sus secuazes, entonces los odian. 5 años llevo defendiendo a los Americanos cada vez que alguien los critica. Como si los Venezolanos fuesen la ultima coca-cola del desierto!) este mismo 90% los copia de tantas maneras que es bochornoso.

En España llaman a las Computadoras: Ordenadores.

Luz (o Mab) de que parte de España eres?

Aran: "Aran" quiere decir "ellos aran" o "ustedes aran" (pero recuerden que deberia de ser "vosotros arais" ya que vosotros es mas formal. Esto de "ustedes" es muy Latino, pero no toda Latino America.) Con "caytar" no hay pa' donde ir.

El Ogro Furioso, o el Ogro Mal Oliente es de Argentina, al menos si mal no recuerdo.

Me pregunto como traduciran esos programas esto:
Confuso confabulaba una confusa confubalacion, confundido no confiaba en la confundida confabulacion, que acababa de confabular.

Hasta la vista, nenas! (y nenos???)

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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From what I've been told, the newer Macs are based on Unix. I've heard they are far more difficult to infect with virus, more stable, and their desktop looks pretty (for those who like that sort of thing.) Also, now I don't know how PCs stand in that area, but before Macs were really good with desktop publishing and designing stuff. I used to hear that Macs rocked at graphics and for some reason Intel processors were better with numbers.

I've heard that years ago it was a point of pride, or something like that, to own a Mac. There was some kind of war between Macs and PCs. Mac people would say how better their newer computer was compared to this PC or that.

I don't know if the war still rages on and if it is as powerful as it used to be. But back in the days you could see barrooms (or coffeerooms) fights between Mac and Pc users. They were mean and bloody.

As for games. . . well, sure. You don't have that much variety, but most of the biggest sellers make it to Mac eventually. You do miss a few gems, but you're also spared the hellish dissapointments as you wade through the tons of garbage out there.

I think I was a Mac addict once, but I betrayed the cause in '99. Very sad.

Geneforge 3: a while yet. No cal for beta testing yet.

P.S: But now there's Mac Mini.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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From what I've been told, the newer Macs are based on Unix. I've heard they are far more difficult to infect with virus, more stable, and their desktop looks pretty (for those who like that sort of thing.) Also, now I don't know how PCs stand in that area, but before Macs were really good with desktop publishing and designing stuff. I used to hear that Macs rocked at graphics and for some reason Intel processors were better with numbers.

I've heard that years ago it was a point of pride, or something like that, to own a Mac. There was some kind of war between Macs and PCs. Mac people would say how better their newer computer was compared to this PC or that.

I don't know if the war still rages on and if it is as powerful as it used to be. But back in the days you could see barrooms (or coffeerooms) fights between Mac and Pc users. They were mean and bloody.

As for games. . . well, sure. You don't have that much variety, but most of the biggest sellers make it to Mac eventually. You do miss a few gems, but you're also spared the hellish dissapointments as you wade through the tons of garbage out there.

I think I was a Mac addict once, but I betrayed the cause in '99. Very sad.

Geneforge 3: a while yet. No cal for beta testing yet.

P.S: But now there's Mac Mini.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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From what I've been told, the newer Macs are based on Unix. I've heard they are far more difficult to infect with virus, more stable, and their desktop looks pretty (for those who like that sort of thing.) Also, now I don't know how PCs stand in that area, but before Macs were really good with desktop publishing and designing stuff. I used to hear that Macs rocked at graphics and for some reason Intel processors were better with numbers.

I've heard that years ago it was a point of pride, or something like that, to own a Mac. There was some kind of war between Macs and PCs. Mac people would say how better their newer computer was compared to this PC or that.

I don't know if the war still rages on and if it is as powerful as it used to be. But back in the days you could see barrooms (or coffeerooms) fights between Mac and Pc users. They were mean and bloody.

As for games. . . well, sure. You don't have that much variety, but most of the biggest sellers make it to Mac eventually. You do miss a few gems, but you're also spared the hellish dissapointments as you wade through the tons of garbage out there.

I think I was a Mac addict once, but I betrayed the cause in '99. Very sad.

Geneforge 3: a while yet. No cal for beta testing yet.

P.S: But now there's Mac Mini.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Alo, tu escribes en Español bastante bien! Ademas usas acentos, lo cual es algo bastante sorprendente!

Fanatic72802 de donde eres?

Aran, no te olvides que tambien Nazgul, Ogre son latinos. Y hay al menos otro, no me acuerdo de su nombre, era de Peru.

No se si alguno de ustedes ha leido Gabriel Cabrera Infante (uno de los mejores escritos Cubanos del siglo pasado, en mi opinion), pero murio hace poco. Bah!

Una pregunta: que tan ilegal seria comenzar una Lista de Muertos? Saben, hacer una lista de las personas que van a morir este año. He escuchado que es ilegal. Lo es?

Saludos!

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Well, they don't have a complete walkthrough here but they have some cheats that might help you.

Over here there are some messages where you may find some answers to your questions. Don't know if they are worth it. I detested that game. I hope they are for Homeland Stone of Night.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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It seems that there are two NPCs who can join you. Apparently they'll be the chatty kind, and depending on what you do they might stick around or vamoose.

[ Friday, February 25, 2005 21:23: Message edited by: Bireme sailor's concubine ]

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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It seems that there are two NPCs who can join you. Apparently they'll be the chatty kind, and depending on what you do they might stick around or vamoose.

[ Friday, February 25, 2005 21:23: Message edited by: Bireme sailor's concubine ]

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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John, in case you can't get it to work, I don't think they would have a problem giving you a new registration code, if you tell them your old one.

Something similar happened to me, but with a PC. I don't remember what the exact problem was that I had, this was years ago (okay, so that wasn't very helpful. Sorry for the lack of details, but I do know that I had a registered copy once of one of their games, I did something stupid and the registration was lost so I had to download another copy. Anyway, after calling them explaining the problem, they were fine with it.)

[ Wednesday, February 23, 2005 20:09: Message edited by: Bireme sailor's concubine ]

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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John, in case you can't get it to work, I don't think they would have a problem giving you a new registration code, if you tell them your old one.

Something similar happened to me, but with a PC. I don't remember what the exact problem was that I had, this was years ago (okay, so that wasn't very helpful. Sorry for the lack of details, but I do know that I had a registered copy once of one of their games, I did something stupid and the registration was lost so I had to download another copy. Anyway, after calling them explaining the problem, they were fine with it.)

[ Wednesday, February 23, 2005 20:09: Message edited by: Bireme sailor's concubine ]

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Ischi: "A Feast Unknown" is definitely. . . graphic at times. And I don't mean sex. It gets pretty violent and gruesome.

Thanks for the Dr. Who recommendations. I'll try to buy the first one. Thank you very much for the offer. But mail down here (Venezuela) is a mess. I basically have to get things through my sister and MailBoxes.

I think there are only the 3 Dayworld books.

There's another series by Farmer I forgot about the other day, which was silly of me. "World of Tiers." I never read the last one that came in the 90s.
(What I mean by that is that while I'm trapped in this country, I'd feel terrible accepting your rather generous offer without being able to send you books in return, thus beginning a SF Books mail correspondence, which would be brilliant. Thank you, though, very much for your offer. Indeed!)

Trinity: Oh, man. I'd love to go visit Hagia Sophia. I'd love to visit Contan- sorry, Istanbul.
They built it five years (532-537) under Justinian. St. Peter's Basilica (more or less as we know it, there used to be a smaller one there), began construction in the middle of the 15th century and was finally complete (inside decorations, the works) in 1626. Of course, Justinian was quite a powerful Emperor and it was easier for him to order something built and get it done.
(Sorry about the measly information above)

So far, "The Briar King" is fine. But, remember what happened with the "Age of Unreason."

Guys, rather blindly I bought a couple of books by Stephen Baxter and have been about to start reading them. Should I?

They are "Ring" and "Manifold: Time"

[ Wednesday, February 23, 2005 20:01: Message edited by: Bireme sailor's concubine ]

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Ischi: "A Feast Unknown" is definitely. . . graphic at times. And I don't mean sex. It gets pretty violent and gruesome.

Thanks for the Dr. Who recommendations. I'll try to buy the first one. Thank you very much for the offer. But mail down here (Venezuela) is a mess. I basically have to get things through my sister and MailBoxes.

I think there are only the 3 Dayworld books.

There's another series by Farmer I forgot about the other day, which was silly of me. "World of Tiers." I never read the last one that came in the 90s.
(What I mean by that is that while I'm trapped in this country, I'd feel terrible accepting your rather generous offer without being able to send you books in return, thus beginning a SF Books mail correspondence, which would be brilliant. Thank you, though, very much for your offer. Indeed!)

Trinity: Oh, man. I'd love to go visit Hagia Sophia. I'd love to visit Contan- sorry, Istanbul.
They built it five years (532-537) under Justinian. St. Peter's Basilica (more or less as we know it, there used to be a smaller one there), began construction in the middle of the 15th century and was finally complete (inside decorations, the works) in 1626. Of course, Justinian was quite a powerful Emperor and it was easier for him to order something built and get it done.
(Sorry about the measly information above)

So far, "The Briar King" is fine. But, remember what happened with the "Age of Unreason."

Guys, rather blindly I bought a couple of books by Stephen Baxter and have been about to start reading them. Should I?

They are "Ring" and "Manifold: Time"

[ Wednesday, February 23, 2005 20:01: Message edited by: Bireme sailor's concubine ]

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Ischi: "A Feast Unknown" is definitely. . . graphic at times. And I don't mean sex. It gets pretty violent and gruesome.

Thanks for the Dr. Who recommendations. I'll try to buy the first one. Thank you very much for the offer. But mail down here (Venezuela) is a mess. I basically have to get things through my sister and MailBoxes.

I think there are only the 3 Dayworld books.

There's another series by Farmer I forgot about the other day, which was silly of me. "World of Tiers." I never read the last one that came in the 90s.
(What I mean by that is that while I'm trapped in this country, I'd feel terrible accepting your rather generous offer without being able to send you books in return, thus beginning a SF Books mail correspondence, which would be brilliant. Thank you, though, very much for your offer. Indeed!)

Trinity: Oh, man. I'd love to go visit Hagia Sophia. I'd love to visit Contan- sorry, Istanbul.
They built it five years (532-537) under Justinian. St. Peter's Basilica (more or less as we know it, there used to be a smaller one there), began construction in the middle of the 15th century and was finally complete (inside decorations, the works) in 1626. Of course, Justinian was quite a powerful Emperor and it was easier for him to order something built and get it done.
(Sorry about the measly information above)

So far, "The Briar King" is fine. But, remember what happened with the "Age of Unreason."

Guys, rather blindly I bought a couple of books by Stephen Baxter and have been about to start reading them. Should I?

They are "Ring" and "Manifold: Time"

[ Wednesday, February 23, 2005 20:01: Message edited by: Bireme sailor's concubine ]

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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So "nephlim homie" after two posts, the following two topics, here and here, decides to punish BainIhrno, whose criminal behavior can be seen in the first link.

It seems #5098 is another one who lives, and hopefully will continue to, interesting times.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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We'll let you know.

I have high hopes for this one. But, who knows? Apparently according to that interview Jeff has a plan for several more of these games and in this one things hit the fan.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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We'll let you know.

I have high hopes for this one. But, who knows? Apparently according to that interview Jeff has a plan for several more of these games and in this one things hit the fan.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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We'll let you know.

I have high hopes for this one. But, who knows? Apparently according to that interview Jeff has a plan for several more of these games and in this one things hit the fan.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Alo, thanks for the comments on NC. Now I'm definitely reserving it for a boring afternoon with nothing to do. That's a shame. I'd hoped that it was an improvement over Realmz.

Besides, even if I liked it and wanted to register, it seems I wasn't the only one who had to wait a while for the Realmz code.

I wonder if Fantasoft are becoming moribund.

Oh, a quick question off-topic: Have any of you played Darklands? I've heard some good things about it. Is it good?

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Cool stuff. Ash, you do have a radio-broadcaster voice. Nice to have heard you two.

As for my voice, besides my accent, it sounds femenine when recorded. People think I'm a woman when I'm on the phone. And not sometimes. Almost all the time. Oh, well.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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I find it amazing, Cav, that you helped the guy after what he did. Your karma, and that of a few thousand people, must have gotten up by quite a few karma units.

It seems gf has taken it upon himself to start, willy-nilly, insulting people on the boards.

And that looser guy is his brother? Man. Those two and the multiple posting female entity. What's up with new guys these days?

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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Icshi: P.J. Farmer is a god among men. Okay, that was a slight exageration, but he's one of the few writers out there who have succeeded at telling modern versions of pulp stories. I love pulp fiction writers. His stories about Tarzan are wonderful, and the one were Tarzan fights Doc Savage is wonderful. Granted, they are what they are: exagerated pulp fiction retellings. Don't expect any brain candy in those. He also did one for Philleas Fogg that was rather entertaining!
There's also his Dayworld books (first couple fine, then not so fine to rather bad)
His classic series may be Riverworld.
Wonderful concept: a world where the dead people end up (no, not Heaven. Far from it)
First two books are as entertaining as adventures get. Then he gets weird when he explains what's going on.
However, the chance to read Richar Burton (the explorer) having adventurers with Mark Twain and other luminaries was too cool for me.

I'm also delighted HPL is getting a clean up, being an enormous fan of him. Ditto for REH whom I proffesor of mine once described as a warrior wimp (wimp in real life, warrior in fiction)
Maybe we will get some treatment for ERB?
And, even though he is not SF, Edgar Wallace, which is one of my favorite thriller (old meaning) writers around.

The fact that "The World Between" had a superb ending is a bit of a detour for Vance who usually just kind of ends his stories like. . . there. Ended.

You guys know he's got a new book, right? It's called "Lurulu" and is a sequel to Ports of Call. He's almost 90 years old (born in 1916), and almost completely blind.

VIE is also in my millionaire list--> it costs over 1000 dollars!

Actually, I enjoyed some of those Doctor Who books. I particularly enjoyed the one with Sherlock Holmes. . . something about fire.

Iain Banks is indeed one of those cool ones.

I read recently a book by James Alan Gardner, "Expendable." Short book. Not bad. I thought his eyes screamed for more depth and more examples, but it was cool enough. I hear there's a sequel.

Trinity: No kidding, man!!! I read the Age of Unreason by GK too and felt the exact the same way you did. Darn it. The first book was so wonderful (gotta start using other adjectives :D ). And then. . . I read all of them. You didn't miss much. In fact it has been about a year since and I hardly remember at all what happened at the end.

Still, I'm reading right now the Briar King, the first of his new series. So far so good, but we'll see.

Deadlines can be a drag.

On the other hand, look at George R. R. Martin. It has taken him over 4 years to complete the fourth book of the Song of Fire and Ice saga and he's still working on it.
BTW, if you guys haven't read it, I sincerely recommend it. It has a very strong historical feeling. Very gritty, unrelenting and unrepenting.

Oh, and if you guys want to read another "version" of what Keyes was doing with Age of Unreason, you may want to check The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson.

Now, as far as alternate histories go, this is as subtle as they come. No big chances. In fact, hardly any chance at all from what I've been told (haven't read vol. 2 and 3 yet.) but it's very well written (if you get his style, which may not be for al tastes) and they are a nice "tour" through the political/social/scientific changes of the 18th century. In fact, by the same author, Cyptonomicon, Diamond Age and SnowCrash are fun.

BTW, guys, there's a cool SF series by Stephen Donaldson, the Gap Series. A cool adventure.

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"I suffer from spiritual malaise," said Cugel meaningfully. "which manifest itself in outburst of vicious rage. I implore you to depart, lest, in an uncontrollable spasm, I cut you in three pieces with my sword, or worse, I invoke magic."
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