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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Harry Dresden

A friend recently introduced me to Harry Dresden. As in The Dresden Files By Jim Butcher. I blazed through the first one in a couple days and liked it... and I have gotten very picky about my fantasy novels in my old age. Louis Lamour, and real life, ruined me for poorly schlopped together fantasy writing. Fantasy, although still probably my favorite genre, is where lousy writers are drawn like flies, because (in my unhumble opinion) its one genre where you don't have to actually know anything to write in it. Because you are making it all up. Hence: losers write fantasy (and she's ugly). As do some geniui .

Anyhow, Butcher does well, so far. I just picked up another of these books and I have so far only read two paragraphs of it and I have to credit him, for those two paragraphs with the best opening I have read in along time. (For the record, the my very favorite closing line ever is Robert Heinlien's Have Spacesuit Will Travel.)

From Dead Beat:

"On the whole we're a murderous race.

According to Genesis, it took as few as four people to make the planet too crowded to stand, and the first murder was a fratricide. Genesis says that in a fit of jealous rage, the very first child born to mortal parents, Cain, snapped and popped the first metaphorical cap in another human being. The attack was a bloody, brutal, violent, reprehensible killing. Cain's brother Abel probably never saw it coming.

As I opened the door to my apartment, I was filled with a sense of empathetic sympathy and intuitive understanding.

For freaking Cain."

On a side note, Liz and I were at Borders today, and I saw a book called Pride and Predjudice and Zombies. I slipped it into the New Moon display at the front of the store. He He He.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Robin Williams...

...is talented.

Monday, August 24, 2009

People say "I slept like a baby" and they also say "I slept like the dead", so why does no one ever say "I slept like a dead baby"?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Liz is still alive

Liz spent most of the day monday in the ER.

At 10:30am she collapsed, experincing unusual dizziness and nausea. She called me at work just before this happened, and I rushed home. I found her on the floor, breathing shallowly and semi-coherent. I called 911, paramedics arrived and we spent the remainder of the day at St. Clare's Hospital in Fenton. A series of tests were run, including a CAT scan. They found her blood pressure and fluids to be low, but nothing in the way of a blood clot or other concrete explanation for her symptoms.

At about 6 pm the RN asked her to try to stand up. After about 60 seconds, she became faint and breifly lost conciousness. They rested her and ran IV fluids to her for until about 9:30pm, at which time she was able to stand long enough to be discharged. Her instructions are to rest for a few days and see what happens.

Oh. Also she has a somewhat broken leg. That happened about a week and a half ago. I beat her up. Okay actually no, that's not what happened, what really happened was she stepped off the back porch and somehow broken her leg doing it. It's only about a 6 in drop, so... me beating her up sounds more likely I guess... Anyhow Not sure if there is a connection between the leg and the dizziness, and neither are the doctors at the ER, so Liz's real doctor is working on it. That's all I know.

This is basic Liz for you, BTW. Her MO is dramatic injury. Rheumatic fever for all of 2008. Two crazy bad pregnacies. Kidney stones. And did I mention that she once spent most of a year disabled with a broken toe? She just kept breaking the same one over and over and over. Its as if a sorcerer has stolen her karmic identity and has taken it on a crime spree... he commits a bunch of heinous crimes, Liz gets all the astral backlash. So Liz is not really up to doing anything that involves sitting up or standing or walking, and I am kind of tied down right now as her babysitter.

(this post was peiced together from various emails, since I don't have the energy to write it all up AGAIN)

So, more tests this week. I'll letcha know.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Finished Brisingr.

Spoilers below, you have been warned:

It was way good, much better than I had expected! A touch derivitive mebbe, a hair predictable, but still great. Fighting, Fencing, Enchantments, Monsters, True Love, hidden identities... And Galbatorix finally had a line of dialogue!

I'm actually jazzed to get the next and final book. Will Roran wind up as the third Dragon Rider? I kept expecting that, but it didn't happen (sorry if I am spoiling anything, here for anyone who hasn't read the book). If not Roran, who? Arya? What about Shurikan? Is he evil or just a slave? What if it turns out that Shurikan is the evil mastermind and Galbatorix is his slave? I don't think it will play out that way, but it would be a clever twist. Third egg: is it a boy or a girl? Assuming Thorn survives and Shurikan dies, and the third egg hatches into a dragon, doesn't that make for an awkward love triangle amongst the three remaining dragons?

Anyhow. The 4th book probably won't come out for a century anyway.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hey, I'm reading Brisingr. The third sequal to Eragon. Yes, the series has most of the weaknesses you would expect from a teenage author. But the author is now grown upish and I think Brisingr reflects that some. It still reminds me of something I would have written at age 15, but I'm liking it anyway. Simple hero/adventure story, good vs evil, refreshingly ungritty.

I also blazed through a couple things on tape in the meanwhile, notably an Agatha Christie. I'm new to her, but I am impressed.