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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

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!!