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#1283

That was the fun part of the book.

I’ll be honest. Cryptonomicon was the last Stephenson book I read. I generally have a 300 page rule and he steps well beyond that anymore. It actually took me a couple stops and starts to read Cryptonomicon. I just found the topic(s) so fascinating.


#1284

With Turing’s scenes I rather liked it, as he’s such a solitary figure in mathematical and computer history. It was more with the guys in modern times where it felt like wanking to me.

These were far from the most compelling mysteries in the novel. Enoch Root’s secret society and Shaftoe’s lizard on the other hand…


#1285

Quite literally at times. I was dating a Speech Communications grad student/professor at the time and was constantly around conversations quite similar to the ones had by the colleagues of the main, modern character’s significant other.


#1286

The other thing that really frustrated me was that the descendants of the WWII characters, plus Goto Dengo, never had a satisfying moment of connection that I felt they all deserved.


#1287

I finished Black Tom by Victor LaValle this morning. I’m a huge fan of The Devil In Silver but was less impressed with Big Machine, which was more overtly supernatural, so I was bit concerned doing into this new novella. Turns out I needn’t have been. It was excellent. It was basically an expanded version of Lovecraft’s The Horror In Red Hook but you can easily enjoy this story without any knowledge of that short. LaValle, like Matt Ruff with Lovecraft Country, smartly combines Lovecraft’s existential horror with the more mundane horror of racism in America during the 1940s. I highly recommend checking it out, especially if you’re a fan of Lovecraft’s mythos.


#1288

He apparently wrote it as a riposte to the Narnia books with all of the in built Christian messages.


#1289

I’ve undertaken Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth, primarily to get a real-time feel for what New York City was like 110 years ago. But so far the bulk of the novel has taken place upstate. :angry:


#1290

To be fair, 110 years ago Queens was “upstate.”


#1291

Do people from New York City really only care about what happens within their city? Is that why we’re all subjected to so much media set there? :wink:


#1292

Haven’t you ever heard, “write what you know”?


#1294

It used to really irk me about Marvel Comics. A story was more likely to take place in another galaxy than somewhere other than New York City on Earth. :wink:


#1295

There are place other than New York City on Earth! :astonished:


#1296

Weirdly I quite liked that. I liked the idea that Spider-Man could be foiling a mugger while Thor flew overhead. Everyone was in the same general area. Part of me still believes that New York is a superhero’s natural habitat.
:smile:


#1297

Completely random, but I’ve been going through a little reading jag of old pulp stories and I’ve come to realize that THE THING is secretly a Doc Savage story.

Look at this description of McReady upon his introduction to the story WHO GOES THERE?:

Moving from the smoke-blued background, McReady was a figure from some forgotten myth, a looming, bronze statue that held life, and walked. Six-feet-four inches he stood as he halted beside the table, and, with a characteristic glance upward to assure himself of room under the low ceiling beams, straightened. His rough, clashingly orange windproof jacket he still had on, yet with his huge frame it did not seem misplaced. Even here, four feet beneath the drift-wind that droned across the Antartic waste above the ceiling, the cold of the frozen continent leaked in, and gave meaning to the harshness of the man. And he was bronze- his great red-bronze beard, the heavy hair that matched it. The gnarled, corded hands gripping, relaxing, gripping and relaxing on the table planks were bronze. Even the deep-sunken eyes beneath heavy brows were bronzed.

Campbell definitely wants to make the point that McReady was a “man of bronze.”

This is a Doc Savage movie?


#1298

If so, it’s about a thousand times better than that George Pal / Ron Ely thing.


#1299

Yeah, that was a travesty. They’d tried to give Doc Savage the Adam West BATMAN treatment, and it just did not work. Not that it couldn’t work, but it was worse than SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE (which tried to give Santa the Donner SUPERMAN treatment).

Honestly, a Doc Savage movie should be something like THE THING. Not like today’s superhero movies, but a horror movie or hard boiled thriller with an impossibly tough and smart protagonist.


#1300

“Vida del Divino Augusto”

Life and Death of the emperor Octaviano. By Suetonio.


#1301

I humbly disagree. I watch the Doc Savage movie whenever I’m a bit low (often), and I love it. Pitch perfect for me. Standing on the Cord’s running board in the rain, pointing forward :heart_eyes:

OMG. Ron Ely as McReady in a John Carpenter (early) film :heart_eyes:

Did I mention Ron Ely’s TV Tarzan? :heart_eyes::heart_eyes::heart_eyes:


#1302

THE THING would’ve been quite different if someone like Arnold Schwarzenegger played McReady.

If Doc Savage Man of Bronze had a soundtrack from King Crimson, Brian Eno or Queen, it would’ve reached almost the level of Dino De Laurentiis’ FLASH GORDON. As it is, the soft-porn sci-fi classic Flesh Gordon was far more successful in reaching what it intended than either of the former films.

Regarding non-comics, I’ve been reading the Wold Newton books from Philip Jose Farmer and it is interesting to note that these actually emerged from his soft-porn novel A Feast Unknown with Doc Caliban (Savage) and Lord Grandrith (Greystoke/Tarzan) who are both secretly the sons of Jack the Ripper. They have joined a group of other extraordinary individuals who have taken an elixer of immortality but the side effects of it are that they cannot get sexually aroused except during physical combat and only climax when they kill someone.

It’s an inversion of Rule 34 where in this case the porn led to the mainstream literature.


#1303

As a major Doc fan (used to have pulps, even) what drove me most mad was the damnedable Sousa score. I bet you like it? Doc, to me, was dirty jazz and proto-blues, maybe some nice traditional pre-satellite tunes in Hidalgo. Doc himself would probably like really heady stuff, throw him a time-tunnel copy of Trout Mask Replica and he’s be delighted. Lose the soundtrack, lose the fight subtitles, mess around with the editing a bit and maybe have a movie there.

But, that’s just my opinion.