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Agent
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quote:
and browsing through A Field Guide to the Plants of Arizona by Anne Orth Epple.
Field Guide to the Plants of Arizona:

Cacti: pg 3-100
Other: pg 101-103

I'm joking. A bit.

[ Friday, September 22, 2006 15:36: Message edited by: Andraste ]

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Just starting The Ring of Words - Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary by Peter Gilliver, Jeremy Marshall, and Edmund Weiner ($25 US, hardbound) a look at the time when J.R.R. Tolkien worked on the OED and the backround of some of the words used in his works. The look at about 100 words is funny since they go back to old and middle English for their origins and in jokes that he made.
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I just finished reading Magic for Beginners, a collection of short stories by Kelly Link... it was for a class, but it was absolutely amazing stuff... best I've read in quite a while. In fact, the class I had to read it for might be the best class I've had in quite a while.

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I'm about to begin the latest work of Terry Brooks: a novel called "Armageddon's Children."

This looks to be a step up from his latest few...
I'll report when I'm finished; which may not be a while, as I have a film and three papers due within the next week.

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The Silent Assassin is working on a powerpoint slideshow of pictures and video he took while in Detroit.
Looking at something that happened to be on the screen... it does really look like Al Capone is in the shot of the flaming Burger King.

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I've been meaning to suggest this book, merely as counterpoint to the obsessing on Tolkien. Also because the Harvard Lampoon is one of the most underappreciated bastions of American humor in the 20th (and 21st) century.

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quote:
Originally written by Jumpin' Salmon:

I've been meaning to suggest this book, merely as counterpoint to the obsessing on Tolkien. Also because the Harvard Lampoon is one of the most underappreciated bastions of American humor in the 20th (and 21st) century.
Yes, yes it is. Who can forget Frito, Spam, Moxie, Pepsi, Legolam, Gimlet, Goodgulf, and Arrowroot who are pitted against the villainous cretins, Sourman and Sorehead? :P

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I think I got an unread copy lying around. I glanced at it once and liked the parodies.
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I'm about to start Scott McCloud Making Comics which should be very interesting. I read Armageddon's Children which was pretty interesting. A nice mix of post apocalypse and magic. I was surprised that it was something different and original from Terry Brooks.

You have to realize that Terry Brooks has already made his money so he can choose to write what he wants. This is often the case with fantasy writers. They make their money off of horrible drivel, then they get to innovate when they have enough of an audience.

[ Tuesday, September 26, 2006 11:16: Message edited by: I'll Steal Your Toast ]

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Wasting your time and mine looking for a good laugh.

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Armageddon's Children different and original? Huh? I suppose it is better than the High Druid series, though.

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I finished reading Winter's End by Robert Silverbergy. Not a bad recommendation. I enjoyed it quite a bit. The Baen Free Library has a few more new books added to its contents by James P. Hogan. I'll probably read them. http://www.baen.com/library . The design is pretty good for their ebooks so they aren't hard to read.

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Last week I wrapped up the unauthorized Steve Jobs biography, iCon.

This week (or whenever Amazon.com delivers it) I hope to start on Wozniak's tome, suitably titled iWoz.
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Is Armageddon's Children in the vein of a sequel to the Knight of the Word series? Or would it be more analogous to a prequel to the Shannara books?

Anywho, recently, I've read... ok I need to get to the library again sometime soon, school' been too busy though. :rolleyes:

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By Macrsp:
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Is Armageddon's Children in the vein of a sequel to the Knight of the Word series? Or would it be more analogous to a prequel to the Shannara books?
SPOILER

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[ Tuesday, October 03, 2006 09:27: Message edited by: Dintiradan ]
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Not sure what that was supposed to link too, whatever that page is, it is unfortunately not in any of the languages I know. It looks like Dutch or German?

Regardless, I realized that info on the book would likely be online, and it is quite obviously a sequel to the Knight of the Word series.

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What I wanted you to do is hover your mouse over the link and read the status bar. The reason for that is in case someone wants to read the book and not have it spoiled for them. Sorry for the confusion.

Like This!.

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quote:
Originally written by Dintiradan:

Like This!.
Anyone who paid any attention to the Shannara books already knows that. Need I remind you of the flashlight and the ruined city built with iron girders in The Sword of Shannara, the entire city, complete with a subway, in The Druid of Shannara, the computer archive in Antrax, and myriad other references strewn throughout the series? :P

Anyway, here's an important question. Is Armageddon's Children worth reading (much less buying)? I've been soured to Terry Brooks ever since Morgawr, and The High Druid series was even worse.

[ Tuesday, October 03, 2006 16:10: Message edited by: Tyranicus. ]

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I was just being on the cautious side. I read the first two Shannara series around ten years ago, and it never really clicked for me until much later. Try as I might, I can't remember the flashlight.

I'm the wrong person to ask about whether or not to buy it; I don't buy any books until they appear at a used bookstore near my house for a dollar. There's nothing spectacular about Armageddon's Children: no airships or amazing artefacts as in Shannara, and the dark philosophical moments aren't as good as in the Knight of the Word trilogy.

It's definitely more a Knight of the Word book than a Shannara one (except for a few chapters; for a hint, look at the bloody cover). Some characters from Angelfire East make an appearance.

Anyway, this is probably the last Brooks series I'm reading. He's definitely exhasted the setting, but on the other hand, this will be the series which ties nearly all his works together. (Any bets whether Landover will make an appearance?)

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Was anyone else surprised that the Stone of Tears, the mriswith, and the kitchen sink didn't appear in Phantom? Everything else did.
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quote:
Originally written by Dintiradan:

I was just being on the cautious side. I read the first two Shannara series around ten years ago, and it never really clicked for me until much later. Try as I might, I can't remember the flashlight.
When the King of Silver River drives the Skull Bearers off, he uses a flashlight
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Originally written by Terry Brooks:

The strange light in his hand appeared fiercely bright at this close distance, and there was no hint of a flame in its center. Suddenly, it disappeared, and in its place was a cylindrical object gripped in the old man's gnarled hand...
"The light," Shea spoke finally, "how...?"
"A toy of a people long dead and gone."



[ Tuesday, October 03, 2006 19:27: Message edited by: Tyranicus. ]

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Just finishing up "Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. They meshed quite well.

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Originally written by Macrsp:

Not sure what that was supposed to link too, whatever that page is, it is unfortunately not in any of the languages I know. It looks like Dutch or German?
How do you manage to load a site from the URL "both"? This I have to try.

Edit: Firefox redirects it to a Google search...

[ Wednesday, October 04, 2006 01:37: Message edited by: Robert Daniel Oliver ]

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I've been reading law books lately, as well as wonkette.com. Supremely entertaining! US politics are indeed in the toilet.
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Originally written by Drew:

US politics are indeed in the toilet.
You needed to read something to confirm this? :D

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Speaking of toilets, who here reads Uncle John's Bathroom Readers?

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Okay, that sounded really weird.
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I just finished Big Fish.

It was pretty good.

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