May 30th, 2005

Dead Dog Cat

due to arm-twisting by archangelus

1. How many books do you own?

Anyone who has been to my home over the last twenty years knows that the answer to that is "thousands". Anything more specific would be a lie.

2. The last book you bought?

The new Steven Saylor novel from the Gordianus the Finder series, A Gladiator Dies Only Once.

3. Last book you read?

An Osprey book. Osprey Fortress #22: Mycenaean Citadels c. 1350 - 1200 BC.

4. Five books that meant a lot to you

1. Robert Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, an SF novel which I still enjoy.

2. John Myers Myers Silverlock, which delighted me, and stimulated me into expanding my knowledge of literature.

3. Dream Park which I think was authored by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes; SF tale of what amounts to Dungeonmaster...they took RPGs and assumed that the popularity wouldn't wane, and added special effects and computer wizardry. Can't wait for the reality to catch up to SF.

4. Alfred, Lord Tennyson's Idylls of the King. I've never been more moved by poetry.

5. Terry Pratchett's The Color of Magic, and, while we're at it, the entire Discworld series since then. He manages to get me to laugh out loud at some point or points with every book, and that doesn't happen very often.

Anybody else want a shot at this?
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Last night, forestcats bought a yearling at a horse auction. I'll let her clue you in on the story in her own journal. Just now, she's at the Dungeonmaster beach party; go and enjoy. I have to stay in the Inland Empire oncall, so I sit here before the screen, when I should be at the hospitals and nursing homes.

Last night, after my beloved went to sleep, I put on that DVD of Howard the Duck. I had low expectations, but this was pretty tacky. The person selling it had apparently hacked it from TV, as it was full screen, and was fuzzy. Sound quality was poor. The story was a pretty standard B movie, with some dwarf wearing a pretty bad costume. The big monster was claymation, and not done all that well, really. Considering the large budget this film had, it was poorly done, and poorly written. At best, it was silly. If you want to watch it, borrow the DVD from me, don't bother hunting it down, especially in view of the shitty quality of this guy's reproduction.

I've read all the way through The Dreaming, and for those of you into Sandman, the new, white Sandman does appear, especially in the later issues. The last book was rushed, I suspect for the reason that they were closing the series. I think the author was expecting an infinite run. I enjoyed the comics, and I'll be looking to read other Vertigo titles in the future.
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