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It does not get more random than this

1. Among the few things that inspire me with a visceral hatred: animated smiley-faces that bounce and leer and roll their eyes and generally act starved for attention.

2. You don't need as many Grape-Nuts as you think you do. They are denser than any other cereal; denser, even, than many a rock.

3. You might think from point #2 that I dislike Grape-Nuts. Actually I like them.

4. Am reading George R. R. Martin's A Game of Thrones. So far, so good. Very similar to Robert Jordan in subject matter and structure, but thankfully much cleaner writing. Also, unlike Jordan's, Martin's teenage characters do not act like they just stepped off the WB.

5. Speaking of which, is it me, or does every preview for a new episode of 'The O.C.' involve one teenage boy punching another?

6. No, I don't watch 'The O.C.' No, I don't want to, either.

7. My eldest sister, a certified nurse-midwife in the Portland area, has the best stories. There was the one about the girl who ran away with a circus and then got pregnant, and wanted to know if there was a test to see if your baby has webbed feet. (Answer: there is; and your baby does. Congratulations, Freakshow Frog Man, you're a father.) This weekend my sister told me about another couple: the father was wearing a "Whoop Ass" T-shirt in the delivery room, and snacking on pepperoni sticks and sour-cream-and-onion potato chips, and saying he liked the name "Savage Hunter" in case it was a boy. Why? Because he's a hunter, and Savage is his favorite kind of gun. My sister, remarkably good at the straight face, suggested "Colt" or "Remington" as alternatives. He liked those as well. Fortunately they had a girl, and named her something normal. I tell you this just in case you thought Oregon was nothing but hippies. In truth we have the other extreme too, and everything in between.

8. I say "we" even though I live in Washington now. Oregon is where I was born, but besides that, Oregon and Washington are pretty much the same big state (Pacificnorthwestia) in the minds of their residents.

9. I expect to get howls of protest from Oregonians and Washingtonians alike for saying that.

10. I don't care. The internet doesn't matter.

11. So, any sneak-preview reviews out for 'Goblet of Fire' yet? The internet's good for distributing those, at least.

Comments

madbard
Nov. 14th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC)
George RR Martin's book maintain a consistent high quality throughout (if anything, the series gains a frantic momentum as it continues), and the plots are tight and well-constructed. Jordan's series took a nosedive in book 5 and has never recovered. At this point, Martin's output is worlds better.

blagden
Nov. 14th, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
Gearge R.R.'s stuff is very well written, however I think it is a disservice to both he and RJ if you compare them to each other. Yes, they are both in the 'Fantasy' genre, but the worlds they have created are too entirely different to invite serious critical comparisons in style. A particular type of world would predicate a different type of style of writting. A Song of Fire and Ice, I feel is set up as having a much more realism aspect than the Wheel of Time series. When characters exist in a more fantastical world, they will naturally have more fantastical elements to their personalities. So, it seemingly would come down to a matter of personal taste as tot he style of story a person likes. Personally, I thought the ending RJ's Book 6 was great. After that, they certainly could be said to have gone downhill in a few respects, 7 and 8 in particular really seemed to drag for me. But the ending of book 9 picked it back up. Having not read the recently released book 11, I cannot comment on it. I am looking forward to the release of the 4th book of George R.R.'s which is, supposedly, the last in that series. I am going to hold off on an ultimate rating of both series' until they are completed. As far as HP goes, I am looking forward to it. This Friday, when it is being released in my area (maybe others too I don't know) also happens to be my 28th birthday, so I will have at least have one present that day. Yay!
mollyringle
Nov. 14th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)
Happy (early) birthday! I never get good movie releases around mine (in August)...
blagden
Nov. 14th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks!!
mollyringle
Nov. 14th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC)
Good to know. I gave up on Jordan somewhere around book 8, years back. Seemed like it was becoming mostly scenery descriptions and interior monologues. And I needed the glossary thing at the back to keep track of all the new characters he kept adding, so...yeah. A more concise series is a welcome thing.
elfinity
Nov. 16th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
yes, 8th book was the one that killed me dead. And I used to like WoT to the point of drawing the major characters and doing a series of WoT fashions (since he's really precise at describing those) I think my drawings are still somewhere on the net.
mollyringle
Nov. 16th, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC)
Hehe, cool. I bet they were better than the cover art. One of the funnier pages I've seen, regarding the WoT series, was one that critiqued the covers. ("In this picture, it appears Rand is being attacked by a large wren...") Wonder if it's still out there. :)
mollyringle
Nov. 16th, 2005 10:46 pm (UTC)
P.S. The page is still out there! http://linuxmafia.com/~pam/cover_art.html
Hehe.
elfinity
Nov. 17th, 2005 02:23 am (UTC)
OMG! That is hillarious! I seem to vaguely remember bits of that posted, but it's good to have it in one place.
I never particularly liked Sweet's art, as he usually seems to use the gadgets and sci-fi fluff to get away with not drawing the people well. Then of course, my stuff was way too fashiony, so it went to the other extreme.

Ok, I found some:
Saldea fashions
Domani fashions
Mat
young Lan

I won't be so vain as to say mine are better, but at least they are more accurate to the books!
mollyringle
Nov. 20th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)
Nice! I definitely like yours better. You do have the fashion-plate style down pat, which I think looks quite cool. I guess they probably wouldn't use it on fantasy covers much, though... oh well, their loss. :)