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2086  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: November 02, 2007, 01:14:41 PM
I decided I needed to read more of the "classics" so I put Thomas on hold and went out and bought Catcher in the Rye. I just finished it last night.
WTF is the big deal about this book? Was it controversial at the time of release due to the language/content?
The stream of consciousness writing is really quite obnoxious. Holden is an odd character, and certainly not very likable. He's really quite an idiot.
I'm really confused as to why this book is held in such high regard.
As for my next classic? Any recommendations? Perhaps A Clockwork Orange?
Back to Thomas for now.
2087  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Holy Shit.....TEN YEARS!? on: October 10, 2007, 04:13:22 PM
I've probably been around for about 7 or 8 of those ten. Most of them under the name LordofShadows.
Wow, I almost forgot about General Mortars. He was awesome.
I miss Galactic, too, although he still posts every now and them.
Is Mike(aka Ogami Itto) still around? I sold him a crapload of Saturn stuff awhile back.
Nicole was full of vitriol, but I think she secretly liked being adored by a bunch of gaming geeks. OMG! A chick who likes RPGS!
I bought a Grandia II shirt from her.
2088  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 17, 2007, 10:13:17 AM
Reminds me of Reign of Fire. God, was that awful. Cool looking dragons, though. Don't you check reviews, man? At least take 30 seconds and ck Rotten Tomatoes.
I've seen:

The Devils Backbone - Guillermo Del Toro movie. Pretty good, although it was certainly not a "scary" movie like some reviews suggested. Just a good story. I'd almost compare it to Pans Labyrinth. Similar setting and tone. I liked a Pans a bit more, though.

The Lives of Others - Coincidentally, this movie won best foreign film of the year last year, over Pans labyrinth. Very good movie.  Kinda scary to think that governments can do what they do in this movie. Made me wonder about what goes on in the US nowadays, in the name of "safety".
2089  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: September 11, 2007, 03:52:42 PM
Quote from: "Tooker"
Quote from: "GrimReality"
Thomas is incredibly annoying(intentionally, I know) and leaves us with no one to root for or sympathize with.

I only managed to make it through the first book in that series.  The fact that he raped the girl who was helping him and there were never any real consequences and he didn't even seem to feel very bad about it turned me away, even though there were some cool elements to the universe.

FWIW, book 2 is much better about tackling the issue and the repercussions of it. It also happens to be less Thomas' story than the other, more interesting, characters.
At this point I can't stand Thomas, but I really want to know what happens to him.
2090  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: September 10, 2007, 03:30:31 PM
Last night I finished book 2 in the original Thomas Covenant trilogy. Pretty good stuff. I'll probably start up book 3 right away. This whole book was really dark and depressing. Not much good going on for the forces of good. I find myself drawn more to the world itself than the characters. Thomas is incredibly annoying(intentionally, I know) and leaves us with no one to root for or sympathize with. I'm hoping book 3 gives me something positive to latch on to, as well as giving us more info on Lord Foul. I hate generic bad guys.
2091  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: September 05, 2007, 01:15:19 PM
Blades of Glory - I did NOT pick this out. Nan wanted to see it. Turned out it WAS as awful as I expected it to be.

Devils Rejects - Another bad movie. What is Rob Zombies deal with trying to get us to sympathize/cheer on the bad guys? I hear the new Halloween is just awful.

On the positive side, I have Lives of Others waiting at home to be watched, and Devils Backbone on its way.
2092  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: August 13, 2007, 12:55:57 PM
I saw 300 over the weekend.
Man, is this movie ever overrated. I loved the visuals, but that was about it. I felt NOTHING for any of the characters or their plight. The whole thing seemed like an excuse for a bloodbath. Very sterile. No emotional impact whatsoever.
I didn't hate the movie. Gerard Butler was quite good as King Leonidas. I couldn't name a single other character, though. Well, besides Xerxes, who was just...disturbing.
2093  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Replaying RPGs? on: March 01, 2007, 01:31:12 PM
I am at the point in my life where I barely have time to play an rpg once, let alone 2 or 3 times. There are far too many good games out there for me to play, than to go back and play something I've already been through. I miss enough good games as it is.
Anyone wanna spot me some cheese?
2094  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: March 01, 2007, 01:02:00 PM
Still reading the first Thomas Covenant book. I am about halfway through, and it HAS improved. It's starting to feel like a genuine fantasy book now. I Still cant stand how whiny Thomas is, though.
2095  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: January 29, 2007, 10:26:29 AM
About 120 pages or so into Lord Fouls Bane(see sig).
This has been..."interesting" so far. Donaldson is going to great lengths to make Covenant the ultimate Anti-hero. This is going to sound harsh, but I'm already tired of reading about Leprosy. I know that's what makes this different than other fantasy books, but I hope it evens out as the book(s) go on.
2096  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: January 22, 2007, 04:18:58 PM
Finished Dragons of the Dwarven depths. It was quite mediocre. Then again, I wasn't expecting a masterpiece. I imagine I'll still pick up the other books in the series, if only for Raistlins presence.

I've started reading Lord Fouls Bane. I've read about 10 pages so far. Leprosy is NOT good. I am wondering how all this is going to work into a fantasy novel.
2097  The Rest / General Discussions / RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: January 02, 2007, 04:19:11 PM
Might as well...

I freakin' LOVE Hippos!
2098  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: January 02, 2007, 09:29:10 AM
I hear ya on your frustration Dade. I've read so much fantasy/sci-fi over the years that I just dont know where to go for something truly GOOD anymore.
I've read two Neil Gaiman books, Good Omens(with Pratchet), and Neverwhere. Both were quirky, throw away fun. Thats all. I honestly didn't get much more than that out of them. I prefer more serious reading.
I've been tempted to start reading the Thomas Covenant books. Anyone with an opinion on these? I've heard a lot of good things.
I'm now reading Dragons of the Dwarven Depths, and it has been tough so far. I used to think these two could write. I'm about 100 pages in , and this is pretty crappy stuff so far. Plus, all the typos are irritating me.
2099  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Ys I & II Eternal (PC): Khonsclard pwns my ass. on: November 14, 2006, 09:42:59 AM
Not sure why I'm chiming in here, but I just wanted to say that it made me happy to see someone playing Y's I & II. Enjoy them, man. It is a tad bit sad, though, that music in games nowadays is nowhere near as good as it was back then.
2100  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: October 04, 2006, 12:41:04 PM
Just about done the third nook in the gap series by Donaldson. Pretty good stuff, but nothing mind-blowing. I will continiue the series, though.
Just read The Totally Geeky Guide to the Princess Bride. For folks who take the movie a bit too seriously. I love the movie, and enjoy the writings of Mary Ann Johanson, so I knew what to expect.
I also recently aquired The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. This should be interesting.
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