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1  Media / Brush and Quill / Book Thread Continued on: October 22, 2007, 10:20:30 PM
Eusis Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:46 pm    Post subject:  

I got Cryptonomicon for my Birthday, and I picked up the first volume of Scott Pilgrim at Borders today. May not read the former for awhile, but I've read through some of the latter.

This is truly a book of epic proportions, literally and figuratively. If you have any interest in military history combined with exhausting detail of mathematics and operating systems technical info, you'll enjoy this one immensely. The amazing thing is how Stephen ties the characters together, it is something he must have had in mind for decades. It never feels forced either, like he is trying to impress anyone, nor does it ever get boring, since the epic feel keeps you going through even the most intricate of minutea. I actually started it around a decade ago and never finished, but picked it up again from the start last fall and read till the very end.

To get back to the topic, I am currently reading(along with my textbooks on phonology, ergonomics, and Indo-European languages~not as fancy as they sound), a great collection of horror stories called "Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural." I am and always will be a major horror fan, and this has some great stuff. "Graveyard Shift" by Matheson, "The Music of Erich Zann" by Lovecraft, "Carmilla" by Sheridan Lefanu, and one of the most disturbing stories I've read in a long time, "Euminedes in the Fourth Floor Lavatory" by Orson Scott Card(ever hear of him?^-^). Tons of other great stuff, too much to mention.

I have also been recently reading "Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader" about the life of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il. Never in the history of communism has any leader had such control over their population as they have since around 1967(though the parallels between them and Pol Pot are noteworthy, if lesser in extremity).

I really do need to start reading more fantasy novels if the opinions of my rpger's are worth any gil too! Any suggestions where I should start?
2  Site Related & More / RPGFan: Site / Holy Shit.....TEN YEARS!? on: October 20, 2007, 01:04:49 PM
I have only recently joined the boards here, but I have long enjoyed reading the wonderful news, previews, and checking out music reviews. Truly a haven for the rpg-inclined, the board crew seems to be a rather lovable bunch as well. It's not a ten year anniversary-it's a warm up towards a centennial celebration!(Bummer most of us won't be around to see it).
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