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Re: Book Thread Continued
« Reply #1995 on: June 20, 2018, 06:02:08 AM »
20 or so chapters into Three Musketeers.  I find it amusing that D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers were supposed to be on a secret mission to London,
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yet Porthos, Athos, and Aramis did not keep a low profile, as they were peacocking and getting into fights.  Of all people, it was Scrappy Doo D'Artagnan who showed discretion.  I guess Scrappy Doo is maturing.  Granted, D'Artagnan is still impulsive and it was his hot-headed impulsiveness that put him on this mission in the first place.     


D'Artagnan is now on his way back to France, where he caught a glimpse of
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the mysterious lady whom the guy he marked for revenge in the first chapter was conspiring with.  D'Artagnan learns, in England, that she is one of the top agents for Cardinal Richeliu, who has agents and spies everywhere.  Heck, even normal people could be considered his minions, since he is influencing the masses to look to him as the true leader rather than the idiot king on the throne.
 
  Cardinal Richeliu is a conniving and sinister mastermind, he is. 

Alongside Three Musketeers, I'm also reading Madame Mirage vol. 1- a comic by Paul Dini (who wrote some of my favorite episodes of He-Man when I was a kid.)  I'm digging it.  The art is vibrant and the pulpy storyline has some cool characters.  So far, it's good summer blockbuster stuff. 

UPDATE: 23 chapters in and although D'Artagnan is a slightly matured Scrappy Doo, he's still Scrappy Doo.  Planchet thinks he's walking straight into one of Cardinal Richeliu's traps, but D'Arty is all, "Puppy power!  Lemme at 'em, lemme at 'em, I'll splat 'em!" 

And what is up with so many of these old timey novels having misleading titles where the title characters aren't really there?  When I read Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe himself was only in a couple of chapters in the beginning and a couple of chapters at the end.  In Moby Dick, the titular whale doesn't even show up till maybe 2/3's of the way into the novel.  And now, I'm 1/3 of the way through Three Musketeers and the book isn't really about the titular three musketeers, but someone else entirely. 

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Sometimes I wonder if there was ever a time a last-place Olympic diver decided before their final dive, "I'm in last place, I have nothing to lose, I might as well have some fun with this" then yell "CANNONBALL!" from the diving board before launching into a cannonball.

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Re: Book Thread Continued
« Reply #1996 on: July 04, 2018, 09:38:06 PM »
Lately I've been re-reading some of the Redwall books which I haven't read since I was a kid. Atm I'm reading the title book in the series.

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« Reply #1997 on: July 05, 2018, 10:14:09 AM »
I've been mostly charting my book log in Discord, but I'm about 2/3's of the way through Three Musketeers. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-xO72s5EBY Yeah, I loved this cartoon when I was a kid and it's a surprisingly good adaptation.  Go figure, huh?  And it's not lost on me that one of the lyrics in the theme song is about drinking beer and swearing they're faithful to the king. 

Next on my reading list, after I finish Three Musketeers, will be the Dragon Songs Saga quadrology by JC Kang.  I sampled this series earlier this summer and splurged a whopping 99 cents on the quadrology.  I liked what I sampled quite a bit.  It's interesting to read an epic fantasy with distinctly Asian flavors.  Most fantasy I've read has a medieval Europe foundation, yet this one (by an Asian author) features locales influenced by medieval China.  Okay, and one character (who's from a land reminiscent of India) is really cool and it's not easy to find Indian characters in multimedia who aren't dorknerdgeeky. 
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Sometimes I wonder if there was ever a time a last-place Olympic diver decided before their final dive, "I'm in last place, I have nothing to lose, I might as well have some fun with this" then yell "CANNONBALL!" from the diving board before launching into a cannonball.

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Re: Book Thread Continued
« Reply #1998 on: July 05, 2018, 11:13:47 PM »
Lately I've been re-reading some of the Redwall books which I haven't read since I was a kid. Atm I'm reading the title book in the series.

One thing I didn't care much for in the Redwall books, while I did enjoy them, was the general black-and-white depiction of specific animals, such as mice and squirrels being inherently good and rats and foxes being inherently bad, although there are very rare exceptions.

I finished the latest, but likely not the last, book in Bryce O'Connor's The Wings of War series, and it's a good adult fantasy series that's heavy on violence and profanity and isn't sexualized.

Still reading The Sword of Truth books, and am past The Pillars of Creation, and will soon start the second Wheel of Time book.

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« Reply #1999 on: July 06, 2018, 09:53:28 PM »
Lately I've been re-reading some of the Redwall books which I haven't read since I was a kid. Atm I'm reading the title book in the series.
One thing I didn't care much for in the Redwall books, while I did enjoy them, was the general black-and-white depiction of specific animals, such as mice and squirrels being inherently good and rats and foxes being inherently bad, although there are very rare exceptions.
I didn't pay much attention to this when I was younger but it does bother me a bit now that I'm older. I don't get why weasels, stoats and ferrets are bad yet otters and badgers are good even though those creatures are related. Also the term vermin pops up a lot maybe even too much.

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« Reply #2000 on: July 11, 2018, 12:33:40 PM »
There's definitely a problem with speciesism in the Redwall books, but they're still pretty enjoyable. I never made it further into the series than Pearls of Lutra, but I've been thinking of continuing them since they're pretty fun and not too much of a commitment. I bet they'd be nice to relax with during the semester...

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« Reply #2001 on: July 11, 2018, 10:12:38 PM »
There's definitely a problem with speciesism in the Redwall books, but they're still pretty enjoyable. I never made it further into the series than Pearls of Lutra, but I've been thinking of continuing them since they're pretty fun and not too much of a commitment. I bet they'd be nice to relax with during the semester...
One group I forgot to mention is that birds are all over the place. Some are good while others are antagonists. Plenty are in-between.If you're interested in reading some of the last books in the series, the ones written before Brian Jacques passed away I highly recommend Rakkety Tam. It has a memorable protagonist and the bad guy is a wolverine which is pretty unique.

Atm I'm reading Salamandastron.

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« Reply #2002 on: July 15, 2018, 10:28:25 PM »
I recently read War Against the Weak by Edwin Black, about the eugenics movement during the first half of the twentieth century in America that spread overseas to countries like Germany. Definitely a good look into an overlooked part of U.S. history.