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61  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 15, 2014, 06:04:56 PM
The past couple of days, I've been listening to a quite good audiobook version of A Canticle For Liebowitz, which I got for free from Archive.org.

https://archive.org/details/ACanticleForLiebowitz

For anyone unfamiliar with the book:
"A Canticle for Leibowitz is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American writer Walter M. Miller, Jr., first published in 1960. Based on three short stories Miller contributed to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, it is the only novel published by the author during his lifetime. Considered one of the classics of science fiction, it has never been out of print and has seen over 25 reprints and editions. Appealing to mainstream and genre critics and readers alike, it won the 1961 Hugo Award for best science fiction novel.

Set in a Roman Catholic monastery in the desert of the southwestern United States after a devastating nuclear war, the story spans thousands of years as civilization rebuilds itself. The monks of the Albertian Order of Leibowitz take up the mission of preserving the surviving remnants of man's scientific knowledge until the day the outside world is again ready for it.

Inspired by the author's participation in the Allied bombing of the monastery at Monte Cassino during World War II, the novel is considered a masterpiece by literary critics. It has been compared favorably with the works of Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, and Walker Percy, and its themes of religion, recurrence, and church versus state have generated a significant body of scholarly research."
62  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Trek or Wars.. on: May 12, 2014, 10:42:40 PM
I really need to watch Babylon 5 one of these days.  I've never seen so much as one episode.
63  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 5th Anniversary Edition on: May 09, 2014, 11:34:19 AM
Don't work too hard at it - most folks aren't fans.
64  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: May 07, 2014, 12:40:28 PM
Very nice!
65  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 04, 2014, 11:00:49 PM
That's good to hear.  I will have to give the books another shot.  I see them all the time, but my misconceptions have stopped me from giving them a try.  Thanks for the helpful info. :)
66  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 04, 2014, 12:06:05 AM
Ah, I see now - thanks.

It's not that the concept of a faction/caste system seemed silly - it's the specific implementation as I understood it to be in this series.  What I had seen in trailers and read on the books' dust jackets is that there are five factions, all of which are positive, and essentially EVERYONE falls into one of those factions when they're tested.  If you don't, it's so unusual that the system has no way to handle it, so you have to somehow hide your failure or you will be killed, and FYI, you're probably not going to pull it off.  And I couldn't understand how that would work.

I take it that the dust jackets oversimplified a bit TOO much.
67  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 03, 2014, 11:05:23 PM
Huh.  I didn't realize they were making a Maze Runner movie.  I read the books, and that series was pretty OK.

The premise of Divergent seemed really stupid to me - everyone falls into one of a few very specific categories, all positive?  I take it there's more that I'm not aware of?
68  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: April 27, 2014, 11:25:20 PM
Here's the summary of the (very stupid) comic that Superman page comes from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman:_At_Earth's_End
69  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: April 26, 2014, 01:52:01 AM
I tried to play that one back in the day.  Couldn't do it.  The Japanese controls and horrible translation detracted from it so much that I didn't play past the first mission or two.  I later picked up the PSP version and loved it.  The changes make a huge difference.

That said, I also really enjoyed FFT:A. :)
70  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: April 25, 2014, 11:29:56 PM
Did you play original FFT, or the PSP port, Annubis?  Because there's a world of difference in the understandability.  (That is, the PSP version is actually understandable.)
71  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Podcast (Random Encounter) Thread on: April 25, 2014, 10:33:00 PM
It made me think to wonder if Crisis Core should count.  And if so, would anyone pick it?

(Also, hooray for the Patapon guy in your signature!)
72  Site Related & More / RPGFan: The Site / Re: I have a complaint on: April 25, 2014, 10:32:04 PM
I've put Bohemian Rhapsody on the top of my "favorite songs ever" list more than once, and I also enjoy Bohemian Polka... but I'm a pretty die-hard fan of Weird Al, so I recognize that my opinion may not be the norm.

But in terms of good Queen covers, I believe the King's Singers' cover of Seaside Rendezvous is pretty good, too.  (It's the song I use to get other songs out of my head, because it's complex and has a clear ending.)
73  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: April 19, 2014, 01:49:43 PM
I read A Confederacy of Dunces this week, and although I'm not usually big on Pulitzer Prize (or whatever other prize) winners, I really liked this one.  It's almost indescribable, but it's about a very strange, fat man in New Orleans who kind of screws things up for a bunch of people... or does he?  The back of the book talked about it like I'd be laughing my guts out, and although I didn't do that, I did find it amusing several times, and I stayed interested throughout.

Then I read Stephen King's Joyland.  He did a good job with this one, and managed to avoid some of his frequent issues.  It's one of those "true crime" pulp books, but it's still definitely Stephen King.
74  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 19, 2014, 01:43:45 PM
I still need to see that movie.  I thought the book was pretty enjoyable.
75  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: April 14, 2014, 09:33:50 PM
I love the "spacing" on it:

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