Saturday, July 15, 2006

Shazbat

Now, Oberon wants the
"little changeling boy To be my henchman."
Titania tells him no way,
"The Fairyland buys not the child of me."
because
"His mother was a vot'ress of my order,"
although it seems his mother was also a lover of Titania, I read between the lines here. His mother died in childbirth and Titania says
"And for her sake i will not part with him."
Oberon seems pretty set on this however, Oberon will seduce and sleep with anything with legs, and Titania has been interrupting his trysts and hanging around in the way. So Oberon will even agree to be with Titania
"Give me that boy, and I will go with thee."
Titania willingly dis-agrees,
"Not for thy fairy kingdom."
So now Oberon has no choice but to cast a love spell on Titania so
"The next thing when she, waking, looks upon (Be it on a lion, bear, or wolf, or bull, on meddling monkey ((my favorite)), or on busy ape) She shall pursue it with the soul of love."
Wow, just for a "henchman"? I think there is more than meets the eye.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Dies The Fire

Damn you! Damn you to hell!! Ok, I got that off my chest. S.M. (Steve) Stirling wrote the book that I was thinking of writing. OK, I have to write something, anything first, but, this is the one that interested me. I always envisioned a world where a catastrophe made the guns and bombs inert. I sort of thought an alien invasion might be on the horizon, but I did think of this very same scenario. Kudos to Stirling for actually writing it down. In Dies The Fire, some freaky (as yet in the first volume of this series) unexplained electronic storm causes the worlds electronics, explosive, heck most if not all physics, to become pretty much inert. Hello stone age. Actually I think it ends up being a renaissance era. Complete with swords, bows, and the blood thirsty barbarian types we (whomever we are) all love. He added the wonderful plus of a good healthy pagan comeback and kept the characters consistent and believable throughout. The female characters are fairly strong and intelligent, and don't rely (too much) on the strong males to bail them out of more than a few hairy situations. Definitely a man's man type of novel, but I would recommend to whomever likes a fast paced, alternate present science fiction yarn.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Dead or Alive?

Head for the hills! No, wait, don't head for the hills, they are there too. That's right the Zombies are everywhere. And it's not just the humans. Zombie birds, whole flocks of them, rats, even rabbits. If it was alive, it can be a zombie. Brian Keene, in his two ( maybe a third will be out someday? ) zombie fiction books, The Rising and City Of The Dead has proven that he has an exceptionally fertile, or putrescent imagination. Lines like
Minutes later, Forrest's severed head opened its eyes inside the alligator's stomach.

or just the thought of a pregnant zombie with the fetus a zombie as well, and hungry too. I am loathing to say it, but, Keene has jumped a notch or two closer to Master Stephen King in my books. Grab your copy of The Zombie Survival Guide, aim for the head, if your guns work at all, and save one bullet for yourself.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Cometh the Bookman

I have no explanations. I do seem to be reading a fair share of apocalyptic novels however, There Will Be Dragons and Dies The Fire are only two of the type. Maybe the nanites have gotten out of control and are rewiring my brain again.
Either way, I'm sure to write about and make suggestions for many good books in the days to come. Stay tuned.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

The Big Sleep

You'd think I took The Big Sleep if you noticed that I haven't posted in 9 months. ---pregnant pause--- OK, I actually am just as lazy as you would assume. I did just finish the aforementioned novel and found it to be a gem. Raymond Chandler used metaphors and general descriptions in a smart and at times acerbic way. He was funny and direct, through his main character, and some might say alter-ego, Philip Marlowe. Most of you probably have seen the film with the same name but I suggest you give this page turner a few moments, it only took a few nights to read, you'll be surprised at how well a 75 year old novel holds up.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

The thing is, I really don't have the best memory

I am just going to have to learn to save my work. The thing is, I really don't have the best memory.

I was intrigued to see one of the cover articles on Entertainment magazine titled The Best Book You Can't Read. Stephen King has been a writer for the magazine for a little while and I was interested enough to open the magazine and find the article. I am not normally an Entertainment magazine type of guy. No offense intended. Click here for an article from Los Angeles magazine that tells the whole story. I expected to read about some long lost classic that Mr. King had rediscovered. No. It turns out that the simple reason you have never read this book is because it has never been printed. This book is The Memory Of Running by Ron McLarty.
A little background is in order. Ron McLarty has appeared on stages and in films. He has been on Spencer For Hire, Cop Rock, and Trinity. He is a novelist, playwright, director, and accomplished musician. OK, Ron McLarty is a performer for Recorded Books. He wrote The Memory Of Running
in 1995 and in 2000 Recorded Books published it, as an audiobook. So, no printed book exists, yet.
I was lucky enough to pull some strings and get a copy for myself, on Mr. Kings recommendation.
I listened to the book at home, while I was doing a rare chore or two, and agreed that it is the best book I never read. As a matter of fact, it is one of the best books that I have read as well. I feel that listening to an audiobook is akin to reading it. In fact, my good friend, Stephen King, agrees with me wholeheartedly. In the afterword to his novel Dark Tower V, Wolves Of The Calla, performed by George Guidall, he states that listening to a book allows for no cheating. You can't skip words or scan the page looking for your favorite sex scenes. More on this later. At last word, Ron McLarty's great book not only is scheduled to become a real book, but is also going to be brought to the big screen, by no less than Peter Jackson. OK, that is just a rumor that I am starting as a joke. My good friend Peter will understand. Keep an eye out for The Memory Of Running, it is a great read.

Friday, April 02, 2004

Pulling A Lawrence

I frequently find myself using that expression when someone, most notably my lifemate, after they (she) loses something that they (she) have (has) written only to have to rewrite it again. T.E. Lawrence actually lost the manuscript to the Seven Pillars Of Wisdom and had to rewrite the whole thing. OK, I haven't read it yet but I plan to, soon. Lawrence was a fascinating individual, he actually donated all of the profits from his book to the victims of the French army in Syria. He said he couldn't in good conscience profit from the story.
The point here is that I once wrote a poem that I really felt was good. And I lost it. I have tried and tried to rewrite it, but it is missing something. You go, Lawrence.