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ResettePlayer    4,899
52 minutes ago, Raspberry Milk said:

the Silmarillion

Yeah, I read that many years ago, and remember very little. I might appreciate it more now that I'm older and wiser, but I don't plan on rereading it any time soon.

54 minutes ago, Raspberry Milk said:

Sherlock Holmes

I found the original Sherlock Holmeses to be good fun. Not life changing or anything, but entertaining and enjoyable. I get that the old-timey-ness might not be to the taste to many readers, however since they're short stories they're not as long-winded as a lot of older fiction. Have you been liking them or just... meh?

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Raspberry Shake    5,770
1 hour ago, ResettePlayer said:

Yeah, I read that many years ago, and remember very little. I might appreciate it more now that I'm older and wiser, but I don't plan on rereading it any time soon.

Just read Children of Hurin (which is a masterpiece rivalling LOTR), Beren and Luthien, and the Fall of Gondolin, then just read a wiki page about the creation of the earth.

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minespatch    65,422

Almost done with Wizard of Oz. Compared to the MGM film, the book feels like Lord of the Rings. There's beheadings and animal reinforcements that assist the protagonists. Glinda is actually towards the end while the witch at the beginning is a different witch. Kind of makes me wonder why people haven't done a film adaptation based on the book details?

Also, Wicked dioesn't fit how the book writes the Witch of the East. Like Maleficent, the book outright states that the witch loves evil in all forms.

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ResettePlayer    4,899
7 hours ago, minespatch said:

wonder why people haven't done a film adaptation based on the book details

Well, people's expectations of an Oz story revolve around the 1930s film, and is the book easily adaptable? I haven't read it, but not everything translates between mediums easily and if the story still makes sense while subtracting so many details, what's holding the filmmakers back from doing that? After all, if someone wants the book story, they can read the book.

I don't mean to defend unfaithful adaptions (many of them frustrate me), but just proposing some theories.

7 hours ago, minespatch said:

Wicked dioesn't fit how the book writes the Witch of the East.

I'm pretty sure that's the point. Wicked is essentially fanfiction, or the author trying to tell a more compelling story with familiar characters. That book wouldn't have taken off if it was the story of a random witch nobody cared about. Besides, evil is subjective and narrators don't always tell the truth and only the truth.

 

10 hours ago, Raspberry Milk said:

Just read Children of Hurin (which is a masterpiece rivalling LOTR), Beren and Luthien, and the Fall of Gondolin, then just read a wiki page about the creation of the earth.

Ah, a True Tolkien Scholar. Do you have any intent in gaining this information or are you just learning it for it's own sake?

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Raspberry Shake    5,770
14 hours ago, ResettePlayer said:

Ah, a True Tolkien Scholar. Do you have any intent in gaining this information or are you just learning it for it's own sake?

Bit of both. I think I just like Tolkein, and I mean to go back to LOTR and the Hobbit after this so I can act smart and know everything (this leads to very annoyed friends in movie marathons, where every ten seconds I'll be like "I know that thing!" or point out some fact about a characters ancestry.)

On the subject of Tolkien, I forgot about Tales from the Perilous Realm. Leaf by Niggle and Smith of Wootton Major may be my favourite short stories since... well ever. The sense of wonder and longing they have to them is just masterful, and it's a pity that they're so often overlooked.

Farmer Giles is pretty good, and Tom Bombadil makes no sense, as he always does.

22 hours ago, minespatch said:

Kind of makes me wonder why people haven't done a film adaptation based on the book details?

 

22 hours ago, minespatch said:

There's beheadings

That may have something to do with it.

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ResettePlayer    4,899
10 hours ago, Raspberry Milk said:

so I can act smart and know everything

Personally, I appreciate it when someone is really passionate about something, so continue mastering this subject, I won't judge.

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Raspberry Shake    5,770

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OH. MY. *******. GOD.

LOOK AT THIS MONSTROSITY.

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You see that book I'm comparing it too? THAT'S THE CONCISE OXFORD DICTIONARY. I'm starting to see why it took the previous lender 6 weeks to finish the thing, I've woven a terrible fate for myself. 

Spoiler

For those who don't know, Devilman Crybaby, the Netflix original anime this was recently adapted into (and I would highly recommend, is 10 episodes long. I should've looked these up before lending them.

 

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Raspberry Shake    5,770

That was a lot quicker than I'd imagined, and mostly a great ride. The biggest flaws by far would be the GIANT tone change towards the second half of the story (we go from saving Joan of arc from an evil devil trial and pointing at the camera asking the reader if they "feel it" to *censored for spoilers sake*

Spoiler

Watching children being torn apart by mobs and entire nations being wiped off the map

and the only warning is how Akira turns to the camera and starts monologuing Series of Unfortunate Events style about how terrible the following events are (and some rather jarring dark moments in earlier stories, but those are few and far between). The art can also be a bit jarring at times (the place where the "demons" are tortured and killed looks Warhammer 40K levels of cheesy over the top). On a positive note, Miki is the MVP of this entire saga. She may not have aged well, but there's a scene where she squashes head spiders with a suitcase, so it's good in my book. But my god, she's just so damn cute....

Spoiler

And the scene where they fight the anime tentacle porn monster ontop of the car was surprisingly badass and I can't stop thinking about it for some reason.

 

I forgot to mention the arts really good most of the time (example contains possible slight spoilers)

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Devilman by Go Nagai-

Highly recommended.

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Forgot to mention the art
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minespatch    65,422
On 2/8/2019 at 1:32 AM, Raspberry Milk said:

You see that book I'm comparing it too? THAT'S THE CONCISE OXFORD DICTIONARY.

If you think that's long, you might want to check the manga Akira by Otomo.

 

Currentlly reading the North Carolina driver's manual./ Father will be constantly quizzing me to see what I remember. Though one point in the manual, I worry for my father. In the accident, the law is accusing him of making a illegal turn and the fine listed in the book is $500...

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16 minutes ago, minespatch said:

Currentlly reading the North Carolina driver's manual./ Father will be constantly quizzing me to see what I remember. Though one point in the manual, I worry for my father. In the accident, the law is accusing him of making a illegal turn and the fine listed in the book is $500...

Reading is supposed to be fun! Or at least educationalOHNO!

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Raspberry Shake    5,770
19 minutes ago, minespatch said:

manga Akira by Otomo.

That just happens to be the protagonists name

20 minutes ago, minespatch said:

Currentlly reading the North Carolina driver's manual./ Father will be constantly quizzing me to see what I remember. Though one point in the manual, I worry for my father. In the accident, the law is accusing him of making a illegal turn and the fine listed in the book is $500...

Wait, is this a situation listed in the manual or did your father do this?

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minespatch    65,422
1 hour ago, Raspberry Milk said:

Wait, is this a situation listed in the manual or did your father do this?

My father was heading back to work on his break and a fast driver crashed into him due to my father making a accidental turn. My father was in a coma and I was with him in the hospital for four months staying by his side in late 2017[same year of the beginning of the Forge](until my birthday where some church members let me stay with them while my father was rehabilitating).

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GetNerfedOn    3,913

Going to reread Smaller And Smaller Circles soon. It's the first geniunely thrilling whodunit from an author hailing from my country, which sadly is too focused on writing horrible romance stories on Wattpad.

It's a whodunit and a scathing critique on the Catholic Church and the Philippine Government, both organizations I would wish to see much reform in if my country were to prosper. I would recommend this book wholeheartedly.

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ResettePlayer    4,899

cawmekscawmekscawmeks

Got Trillium, Royal City vol. 1 (both Jeff Lemire) and Paper Girls vol. 1 (Brian K Vaughan) from the library. The Lemire books are very Lemire, but still fun to read if you like his stuff (which is FEELINGS but with a supernatural twist). Brian K Vaughan is the guy who wrote Saga and I can see his style in Paper Girls too, even though I'm not as familiar with him as I am Lemire. I like it so far, and would like to continue with this series if I can find more volumes.

Trillium and Paper Girls both involve weird time-travelly stuff, interestingly enough.

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Raspberry Shake    5,770

Cats Cradle! Well, it's certainly good, funny, ironic, dry, depressing, sarcastic. I'm just still not sure what exactly to make of it, mainly because it makes Devilman's tone change look like child's play (even this is just because it's only 3 chapters. THREE CHAPTERS). A lot of the humor is reliant on satire (mainly political), or Douglas Adams-esc out of left field ridiculousness. The final three chapters are entirely reliant on satire, with little to no other forms of humor (if they even contained any humor could be argued). It's good or whatever, but not for everyone. The sex scenes also really anticlimactic. 

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minespatch    65,422

Just finished Cadillacs and Dinosaurs. Plan on now sticking with Lovecraft Junior High: Professor Gargoyle now. Hopefully I won't be interrupted this time while reading.

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Read No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy this past week. Considering that it's depressing (albeit not as depressing as The Road) and just a bad time for everyone all the way through, I enjoyed it quite a bit. McCarthy's writing style takes some getting used to, but the simplicity of it has an interesting effect on the reader. You feel uncomfortable reading about the stuff going on without him really trying to manipulate your emotions. There is very little purple prose or nonsense there.

Chigurh scares the crap out of me in a good way, so I'm glad for that. 

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GetNerfedOn    3,913

Haven't much time to read recreationally as schoolwork got me cooped up in academic texts, but now that finals is over I can finally get started reading The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Any suggesstions for sci-fi?

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1 minute ago, GetNerfedOn said:

Haven't much time to read recreationally as schoolwork got me cooped up in academic texts, but now that finals is over I can finally get started reading The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Any suggesstions for sci-fi?

Same, I've had a book going on since... January or something. Just sitting there, only got through the introduction and the first chapter so far.

I haven't read sci-fi in a while, but I would like to get into Timothy Zahn's Thrawn books soon. The first is Heir to the Empire. They're Star Wars extended universe books that I've heard good things about. I've been meaning to get at them for years, but my library didn't have the first book, so there's been a long delay.

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minespatch    65,422
11 hours ago, GetNerfedOn said:

Any suggesstions for sci-fi?

I'd highly recommend Asimov's Foundation. It's the inspiration for Star Wars and quite a political story.

Hitchhiker's guide is way more lighter in compairson.

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Raspberry Shake    5,770
12 hours ago, GetNerfedOn said:

Any suggesstions for sci-fi?

Feed. Read Feed. Don't let the fact that it's a YA novel put you off, it's about as far away from YA as a genre as you can get.

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CaptainChaotica    4,622
On 1/27/2019 at 10:20 PM, minespatch said:

Almost done with Wizard of Oz. Compared to the MGM film, the book feels like Lord of the Rings. There's beheadings and animal reinforcements that assist the protagonists. Glinda is actually towards the end while the witch at the beginning is a different witch. Kind of makes me wonder why people haven't done a film adaptation based on the book details?

Also, Wicked dioesn't fit how the book writes the Witch of the East. Like Maleficent, the book outright states that the witch loves evil in all forms.

YES!  Ohmygod, yes.  A _proper_ adaptation of the Oz books is one of the book-to-screen things I've wanted the most, ever since I read the originals as a kid.  They're SO much darker and weirder and...more!  You should read some of the others.  There's a kingdom of the vegetable people, a desert that turns you to dust if you even touch one grain of it, a paper city, a transgender queen, an honest-to-Jules-Verne STEAMPUNK ROBOT character, and...Princess Languidere.  Just Princess Languidere.

And that's only the start!  The jigsaw people, the Glass Cat, the walking and talking phonograph, the creepy curse with the knick-knacks, the anthropomorphised versions of different types of light (where Electra was the youngest daughter because HELLO, 1900s!) so...yeah, L. Frank Baum kinda made up "-chans" of his own*, and...

There is SO MUCH MORE to Oz than just the first book (or especially the wimped-down, cutified movie version of it), and even later, revamped movies still don't quite get it.  Ah well.

...Notorious

*They're actually only in one part of one book, but you can see how that'd be memorable.  As it happens, I read that as a kid and THEN heard about stuff like Earth-Chan and Hetalia later, and THEY reminded me of _Oz_ instead of the other way around!  You could also argue that every god or goddess who dresses/accessorizes/has the colouring to match whatever they're the deity OF is is also sort of a "-chan", so it's actually a really _ancient_ trope and just a way human brains appear to think on their own anyway.

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