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#1524

Just finished John Wyndham’s The Chrysalids (Audible version).

Easily the best book I’ve ‘read’ since The Road about seven years ago. Looks like I’ve got a post-apocalyptic thing going on. Not only is it a great story, it doesn’t feel dated at all, considering it was written in 1955.

The narrator, Graeme Malcolm, was equally good, and would be my recommendation to be the voice of THHGTTG, should anyone continue writing audio versions.

I’m already listening to it again, and I’m not even commuting :+1:


#1525

I think that they finished the audio versions off with Mostly Harmless (albeit with a slightly happier ending). I don’t think anyone has picked up the Eoin Colfer one.


#1526

A friend gave me this as a gift today.

From the very first page, I’m on board.


#1527

So, having left it alone for a couple of years, I finally got around to returning to the Codex Alera, specifically, Book 4: Captain’s Fury.

I think what I enjoy about Butcher’s style is he isn’t afraid to let his heroes be as smart as his villains, which really makes the conflicts interesting, as move gets met by counter-move. Though in this one, there is a stunningly brutal final move from Gaius. Taking out your enemy by siccing a sentient super-volcano on them and the inhabitants of their entire city is certainly a new one and it certainly ripped Kalarus a new one. Was he right? Even Gaius presents it as a lesser evil option to reduce the overall death toll, even he knows it can’t be spun as anything good. Arnos also makes for a quite awfully oiley snake of an adversary and there’s no shortage of Arnos’ in real life.

All in all, this feels like the conclusion of the middle act, with the Canim and Kalarus plotlines mostly concluded, so time to start on the two-book finale.


#1528

Fuhe


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#1530

I googled Fuhe and it seems to be a lot of things but none of them are books :confused:


#1531

You made the common error of assuming that Kalman lives in the same universe as you. Rookie mistake, davidm. :wink:


#1532

The World of Fuhe


#1533

Currently reading Void Star by Zachary Mason, his long-awaited second book. I loved Lost Books of the Odyssey. I still don’t know what to make of Void Star. There’ve been comparisons to William Gibson, but my experience with Gibson is limited to Zero History. I don’t know if Mason was consciously aping Gibson or if he has something original to say. I mean, I loved his first book. So it’s disappointing not to be loving this one.


#1534

Non comics?

I read some Dummies books… lately it has been Coding for Dummies… a book that gives a synopsis of the latest coding languages.

Exciting eh? :smile:


#1535

I’ll start with a digression here. Several months ago, I made inquiry about James Bond character in Alan Moore’s LoeG Black Dossier (called Jimmy there). In a way that I find surprising how Moore interpretated the guy as sleazy douche, which I perceived as very sly parody. And I never read any Bond book before. Until now.

In recent days, I did Casino Royale, yesterday finished Moonraker, and soon plan to start with Live and Let Die. I must say, my feelings are divided. It’s not something I used to (par for movies) and yes, my naive played a big role there. I did not expected the gadgets or some well laid joke, but the Bond character… Fleming portrayed him as far less positive and less than life we’ve seen in movies. Well, in most of. My favorite Bond actor is Moore (RIP btw), and then Connery and Brosnan. Some call him sexist, jackass and others see him, like Vesper, cold and alienated; instead, he appears confused and brooding about his mission. On top of that, in both novels, Bond barely survived the brutal ordeals at the hands of major antagonists. At point, it forces him to reconsider his job at Secret Service. I have to say, for his alleged sexism, that he he showed a compassionate and tender side to Vesper, especially in later chapters of Casino Royale, despite calling her “stupid wretch, she let herself getting caught”. I think he wasn’t pleased with her presence at first, but later when they started the affair. And IMO, Fleming perfectly described male lust.

Sure, Fleming’s prose is absorbing and really sets into the mood (like the beginning of CR), but at times tedious. For e.x, I hate the rocket description in Moonraker and barely understanded anything form that advanced V-2.


#1536

Did Moore’s parody ring true to the book version? I have read very little of the original Fleming Bond, but I took the Black Dossier version to be an exaggeration of all his worst aspects.


#1537

One of the interesting things about the novels, particularly if you come to them after reading the books, is how fallible Bond is and exactly how much of a bastard he is. He suffers horribly in the books and makes mistakes and feels guilt. There is a line in Goldfinger about the killing of a man being like a deathwatch beetle on his soul. That continues through the books (much more so in the last few).

My favourites are From Russia with Love, Thunderball and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

I know that Fleming was a travel writer, and I tend to enjoy when he writes about the food that Bond eats and the places he goes to.

He is horribly racist though at times.

I think that it is the misogyny amped up to the Nth degree. If you read Alan Moore’s comments about James Bond in the introduction to The Dark Knight Returns, you can understand his perspective. I understand the critique, so I wouldn’t take too many issues with it.


#1538

I’d say so. Or better yet, as Mr. Simon Jones perfectly said. In Moore rendition of the character, he is shown as sleazy-douche, sexist pig and traitor. And antagonist to the main folks. The former may apply to the Fleming Bond, but the later I don’t think so. In these book I read, he appears as patriotic man, albeit a bit confused.

Moore called the character “warts and all”; however, I am not intelligent to interpretate his words.

In Moonraker, for e.x, Fleaming described the pleasure he gets is driving a fancy car, eating a fancy food and sleeping with married women. But as I said, he showed a bit of his emotional side when needed to Gala Brand and Vesper.

Spot on!
Sadly, these three books I named are only available in my country.

Books, or movies?

And in the regard about the movies I mentioned above, it may be no surprise that OHMSS is my least favorite of all of Bond films.


#1539

“Warts and all” means showing a character’s flaws as well as his more attractive and positive qualities. I think Moore was commenting on the fact that Bond is often shown (especially in the movies) as a glamorous and desirable character, and his less likeable traits are minimised. He’s been softened to an extent by the successful films.


#1540

Yeah, Ellis makes a great point when he says that the movies won’t ever show him smoking, while it’s a consistent vice of his in the novels and therefore in the Ellis comic too.


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#1542

West Wing explained it years ago. :wink:


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