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14th September, 2006. 6:53 am. I waited a year..(tempusfugit78)

And though it might not be the usual fare for many in this community, I present to you, Tristan Egolf. An odd little man who decided that small town life wasn't his cup of tea, he wrote a trio of books that managed to be funny, but also poke the sides of middle America in such a way that would make sense to few, but enrapture those who braved to plow into his novels.

Lord Of The Barnyard is the first one that was published, describing the life of a ner-do-well who gets raised in the Bible Belt and eventually breaks down and begins to despise the hypocrisy that surrounds him concerning religion, the lower class and anyone else who can't see their hand in front of their face. It's about intelligence thriving in stupidity, a theme he would keep up for the rest of his short-lived life.

"Skirt And The Fiddle" is about a classical musician who decides to throw away it all and live in skid row with a bunch of men who exterminate rats for a living. The reasons for his premature retirement are hilarious, if not obviously sad to anyone who even knows the rate at which music is disintegrating these days. It's like a Tom Waits song expanded to novel form, with all sorts of down and outs huddling together to make a quick buck but it ultimately explores the passions one must weigh when deciding the rest of their life.

Last, but not least, Kornwolf is about an Amish lad who quickly learns that he is a lycanthrope. Not the ordinary kind who will turn into a wolf and then recede upon sunlight. No, he is the summation of every amish boy's fears and repressed emotions, so he has quite a burden to carry. Oddly enough, his transmogrification is via Slayer during the opening chapters of the book, as the music drives him to a bloodlust few see in the average wolfman. Granted, he has the average backwoods brethren to tear through, but he makes short work of their flesh on learning the nature of his being. A darkly funny novel, I recommend it to anyone who has been privy to the oodles of disappointment that decorates life.

That is all.

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14th April, 2006. 12:52 am. Short and Sweet...(misanthropic13)

Anyway, Game of Thrones kicks ass and Clash of Kings rocks as well. Read them. The end.

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15th December, 2005. 12:46 am. The great return of the not so great... or is it the other way around?(misanthropic13)

Alas, I find myself back here after months of... well... doing absolutley nothing. Luckily, during this extended period of boredom I've managed to scrape through literally a pile of books without distraction. Nearly everyone of these novels was a SCiFi, so if that doesn't interest you, I apologize.

Mona Lisa OverDriveCollapse )

Starship TroopersCollapse )

The Diamond AgeCollapse )

The GunslingerCollapse )

Jennifer GovernmentCollapse )

Anansi BoysCollapse )

Ender's Shadow SeriesCollapse )

Now I know this site has been dead for about 2 months, but I'm still looking for interesting new novel's to read that I perhaps have never heard of. If the dice roller wishes, assuming the mutual interest, I vote for another book pick for the group



Current mood: Dogshit Taco.

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12th October, 2005. 12:43 am. A shameless plug(caboose19)

Well here I go I am just going to jump head first into this. So I am just going to type my top 5 list and then move on from there later on down the road I suppose


1. Haunted By: Chuck Palahniuk
It was just amazing and is just the best book I have ever read, just the raw human emotion and nature in it was just astounding and found me laughing at time when normal people wouldn't have laughed at.


2. A Game of Thrones By: George R. R. Martin
Great starter book with the A Song of Ice and Fire, you begin to love the characters within the first few pages and Martin is a great writer.

3. Eye of the World By: Robert Jordon
This was when the Wheel of Time series was good.

4. Invisible Monster By: Chuck Palahniuk
Once again the just raw human nature in this book was amazing.

5. Golden Compass By: Philip Pullman
Lyra is one of my favorite characters, and favorite heroins I recommend this book and series


honorable mention

Ender's Game
Catch-22

I also warn you that I have a ton of books that I am meaning to read so some of those might change but more then likely they will not, thank you

Current mood: groggy.

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24th September, 2005. 11:32 pm. My Love Affair With Sano Ichiro(frontdoorangel)

1. Shinju (1994)
2. Bundori (1996)
3. The Way of the Traitor (1997)
4. The Concubine's Tattoo (1998)
5. The Samurai's Wife (2000)
6. Black Lotus (2001)
7. The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria (2002)
8. The Dragon King's Palace (2003)
9. The Perfumed Sleeve (2004)
 
 
For those of you who are in the know, i.e. Slaversbane, I am currently reading the seventh book in Laura Joh Rowland's Sano Ichiro mysteries. 
 
 Anywho... I have told Curunir78 about these books but, I figured I would put a little info on here about The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria:
 
From the Back Cover
 
"In feudal Japan, passion and secrets lead to murder. . .
 
From A Remote, Exotic World. . .
Sano Ichiro, Most Honorable Investigator of Events, Situations, and People, awakens from a turbulent dream into a real-life nightmare. Lord Matsudaira Mitsuyoshi, the shogun's cousin and heir, has been murdered after a night of debauchery in the city's pleasure quarter...
 
Comes A Danger All Too Close To Home. . .
The matter requires Sano's personal attention-more personal than Sano at first imagines. For he soon discovers that Mitsuyoshi's companion for the evening was none other than the alluring Lady Wisteria, a woman whom Sano himself once knew intimately before he was married to his beloved wife, Reiko. But the memory of Wisteria still stirs him, and it is with both dismay and relief that he learns she has vanished along with her pillow book, a diary that may contain valuable clues. The circumstances trouble him, as does the possibility that he and Wisteria might meet again with dangerous consequences. . ."

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19th September, 2005. 5:24 pm.(misanthropic13)

This may sound obvious and elementary to most of you as you have all been reading regularly a great deal longer than I have. I also spent quite a bit of time trying to decide whether this post belonged here or in the "pages" community.

I just finished reading "Speaker of the Dead" and immeadiately started on it's sequel "Xenocide". I put a decent size dent into it before I decided to pack up my wares and head home. But my process of thought was dwelling on the fact that, while at work, I am devoid of almost all social interaction outside of my pale excuse of servitude that I hold to the infrequent customer. But it dawned on me that I am infact getting to know people. I'm not refering to the fictional characters inside the novels I read, but instead the authors that write them. On one level this is so completely simple that it seems childish to even mention. I mean, writing IS an art form, which is in turn an expression of the artist. So it's no wonder that that I would feel that I'm getting inside someone else's head. But at the same time, this feeling is almost clouded by the fact that there is a narrative being told over top of this concept. It took me a while to get to it because it was so simple to look over.

The first two OSC books in the Ender series, kept me guessing at the characters and their motives, but near the end of "Speaker..." or the beginning of "Xeno...", I began questioning the author and his motives. I found myself asking him outloud "Where are you taking this? To what point? What are you trying to say?". At the time, these were completely reactionary responses that I was not consciously aware of until my "epiphany". In fact, I then realized that I was doing this to any novel by an author that I have enjoyed. I've silently been treating them as my good friends, as I read their books; I was getting inside their heads.

This concept suddenly apperaed to be quite bizarre to me. I had never met these people, never had a conversation with them, and in some cases, don't even know what they look like. I've never felt akin to a painter the way I do to say Gibson or Card. And even in film and music, the connection I feel to the author is stronger than the one I feel toward the director or musician. I can only imagine that there is much more power and meaning in language than I had originally thought. It's not their stories necessarily, it's their morales, their visions, their values. What they find to be most important, and how they want that to come out to the audience. Even now as I write, I'm trying to remember if these are theories that my teachers have been trying to explain to me as far back as 6th grade, but I don't know, largely due to the fact I understood little coming out of my English classes.

The reason I thought this would apply to the "pages" community should be obvious, but I wanted to make connetion anyway. All, or most, of us being writer's in our own sort, this adolescent enlightenment has pulled into question my own work, and perhaps the work of people that I already know personally. I hope with this new budding personal developement I will be able to get to know you and myself better, while being able critique my own work for improvement. I apoligize for the length, or if all of this appears juvenile to you. I am still growing into this medium and I found it important enough to share.

TTFN

Current mood: empty pack of cigarettes.

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18th September, 2005. 3:48 am. In Da Pond, yo(tempusfugit78)

I figured I should finally post and say I read In The Pond several weeks ago. Thoroughly enjoyable and any novel that involves a man getting bit in the ass is worth the money, in my book. Good suggestion, Yar!

It's 4am and I don't have much else in my brain. Just want to keep this ball rolling. I'm doing my homework, I swear!

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