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    Quote Originally Posted by Palaralae View Post
    It's too bad the originals are out of print and a bit on the spendy side for a paperback.
    There is always Kindle for the PC... granted that greatly limits where you can read the book.

    Edit: Have you read de Lint's stuff set in Newford?
    I think I mentioned before that I never read de Lint having confused him very early on (like way back in the late 80's) with another author I don't like. And it's only recently (the last time we had this convo - about Stardust if I recall correctly) that I realized de Lint is not the author I can't stand... whose name at the moment escapes me.
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    My Netflix stalking of Brit Marling continues with Babylon. It's called a satire, and I wasn't sure if that's what I call it, but in the end, it might fit.
    I can say that I still sometimes find British accents challenging. I need to watch more British shows, I suppose.
    At least I can understand Brit. (Since she isn't a Brit.) And I think she's great, here, too.

    The story does take unexpected twist and turns and is quite strong. Still have 2 episodes to go and I am not sure it will be a happy ending, or an ending at all, since I haven't checked if it just ran its course or was canceled at some point.

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    I wish Aussie shows like Rake and Utopia would translate well to other cultures but unfortunately they just don't. Both are so good. Very clever, witty and irreverent in their own ways, both good natured pokes at our own cultures. Rake stands above Utopia by a significant margin as the best Aussie made show, probably ever, but Utopia has a unique, subtle flavour and tempo that is still very enjoyable. It's a shame the production of such shows is suffering due to our conservative government's attack on our public broadcaster in favour of their corporate propaganda arm under Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nail bunny View Post
    There is always Kindle for the PC... granted that greatly limits where you can read the book.
    Yeah, I might look into that. $20 per novel is a bit much for just a paperback fiction.

    Quote Originally Posted by nail bunny View Post
    I think I mentioned before that I never read de Lint having confused him very early on (like way back in the late 80's) with another author I don't like. And it's only recently (the last time we had this convo - about Stardust if I recall correctly) that I realized de Lint is not the author I can't stand... whose name at the moment escapes me.
    Yeah, I remember you had him confused with someone else, but wasn't sure if that meant you had actually read some of his stuff and that got lost in the identity-confusion or not. I think you might like it. It's maybe a bit more on the dreamy/lyrical side of things (which I like), for the most part, but there's oftentimes some amusing fey humour in there, too.

    Dark the stars and dark the moon
    Hush the night and the morning loon
    Tell the horses and beat on your drum
    Gone their master, gone their son.

    Dark the oceans, dark the sky
    Hush the whales and the ocean tide
    Tell the salt marsh and beat on your drum
    Gone their master, gone their son.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Palaralae View Post
    It's maybe a bit more on the dreamy/lyrical side of things (which I like), for the most part, but there's oftentimes some amusing fey humour in there, too.
    That tends to not be my cuppa tea, but if he's a decent wordsmith, that's something I appreciate.
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    "Tell Circe it was me."

    bwah ha ha ha ha. The only thing better would have been Emma Peel in a cat suit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nail bunny View Post
    That tends to not be my cuppa tea, but if he's a decent wordsmith, that's something I appreciate.
    Have you read Patricia McKillip's stuff? She's awesome. I would say de Lint is midway between Gaiman and McKillip in style. Sometimes. Depending on the story.

    Dark the stars and dark the moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Palaralae View Post
    Have you read Patricia McKillip's stuff? She's awesome.
    Maybe? The Riddle-Master of Hed and The Forgotten Beasts of Eld sound very familiar to me... but if so I read them a million years* ago when I was a wee lad that devoured entire libraries indiscriminately.


    * 30-35 actual years

    I would say de Lint is midway between Gaiman and McKillip in style. Sometimes. Depending on the story.
    If de Lint is close to Gaiman, then he can't be all bad. As I get older I'm more and more fond of authors that can turn a smart phrase (Gibson, Zelazny, Ellison, etc) and more and more pissed off at ones that can't, but like to pat themselves as hard as possible on the back when they think they do (Neil Stephenson, Kevin J Fucking Anderson).
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    boogie2988, aka francis, goes in for weight loss surgery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guyjin View Post

    boogie2988, aka francis, goes in for weight loss surgery.

    How is this important and why do we care about this dude?
    Failed RPG Writer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leopold View Post
    How is this important and why do we care about this dude?
    4.1 million people watch him on youtube.


    Granted that doesn't make the top 100 list on youtube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leopold View Post
    How is this important and why do we care about this dude?
    Because he's a human being.

    Sorry, forgot who I was talking to.
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    I'm watching "Animal Kingdom." About 5 episodes in and still can't decide whether I like it or not. The actors are all very good, but it's just creepy, in a very California way.
    "When the subway jerks, it's the fixed stars that throw you down."

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiningbrow View Post
    I'm watching "Animal Kingdom." About 5 episodes in and still can't decide whether I like it or not. The actors are all very good, but it's just creepy, in a very California way.
    The Aussie movie that the series was inspired by, is much better.
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    I'm mostly with Spoony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kzach View Post
    The Aussie movie that the series was inspired by, is much better.
    Thanks. I'll have to check it out.
    "When the subway jerks, it's the fixed stars that throw you down."

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