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Well, I can now move my neck. Day 3 is still mostly good on the headache front.

Besides looking at this and coming up blank:
~ Computing for the Inept got worse, the Computers are more Inept than the Inept can ever be. Crash, Crash, Crash. Bright side, almost persuaded a kid they were powered by really small hamsters
~ I have the first Anita Blake book and I'm enjoying it
~ (Somebody who knows more about HP fandom than I might find this amusing, local charity shop had Cassie Clare's book, I ran at the hopelessly generic blurb)
~ on the off chance anybody in my geographical area reads this thing; I have been buying dmc floss at 10 for £5 at Cross's, which does not open on Saturdays and has a miasma of shop collapse at the edges.
~ watched a documentary dosk taped me about Hawkwind. Some of it was wonderful (and had large helping of Michael Moorcock, which is always good) but the break-up and animosity just hurt. I could have done without that.
~ Tonight, those next door, told us they were having a party. It would be the return of the thumpy thumpy music, except it has been on periodically for the last week. I want to hire some very large speakers and play "Sonic Attack" (Hawkwind, Moorcock says it's one of his) at them. Everyone should hear "Sonic Attack" once in their life. Do not use organic limbs. Use your wheels. Uh, that's one of the saner bits, I wish I could do the orgasm quote off the top of my head.
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    • The coffee wasn't enough reason? (I don't like coffee at all)

      No, I haven't read them.

      But they can't be as funny as your icon.
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        • Oh god. And I thought the apocalypse couldn't be any worse.

          I'm not really a hot beverage person. I enjoy the old fruit tea and will drink tea at a Chinese.
  • ~ I have the first Anita Blake book and I'm enjoying it

    I predict this enjoyment will not continue once you get further into the series.

    I read the first 5 or 6 a few years back (3 at a time as I recall) and by the time I got that far they were already getting repetitive enough to make me lose interest in her admittedly pretty cool idea. I never thought they were particularly well-written even to start with but the idea did carry it initially. From what I hear, the deterioration in quality and the increase in incoherency (plot and characterisation) in later books with the addition of wince-worthy and badly written and near constant sex scenes make the early novels look Shakespearean in quality.

    Run away, run away now.

    Kudos for the small hamster idea, btw. Shame the small child wasn't quite gullible enough.
    • in which buzzy rattles on about supernatural fiction and the glut of said fiction

      I've heard about that, so I'm pretty amazed too. It's good and interesting enough, but I still prefer Richelle Mead's "Succubus Blues" (and I have been trying to hint to the_dosk that I would like the sequel very much for my birthday).

      Part of the reason (with reg. Anita) was that a) it was cheap and b) elementalv has a great Buffy/Anita (and not like that. some mental images I could do without) where Giles and Dawn fall through the portal before Buffy can take Glory out of the equation. It's pretty good (and sneaks in Asher from Blade III in the background).

      We have something of a glut of "girls take on supernatural challenges and date a bit" books at the moment. Anita is far superior to the last one I picked up (dear Lord, much better, if you see something with a vampire is a top army sniper (that isn't mountie slayer, the massive AU thing by karra and Magnes. I like my supernatural fanfiction, okay?) put it down and walk away. I lasted a chapter of badly written AU with a lead who is a mary sue with super special powers yet no inherent skills to put her in the secret service and a extra-special missing twin brother. Whoever wrote the blurb has more talent than the writer. )

      I nearly got one to believe me. He had to ask the other slightly older child if it was true. SOC told me solemnly that the problem with the machines is a lack of ram and a dated os. he could have only been nine-ish! wtf?

      ETA: and now with closed parentheses (I love firefox's spell check, it makes me sound a bit smarter).

      Edited at 2008-08-24 02:57 pm (UTC)
      • Re: in which buzzy rattles on about supernatural fiction and the glut of said fiction

        We have something of a glut of "girls take on supernatural challenges and date a bit" books

        Yeah, apparently. I've heard good things about Bareback by Kit Whitfield but the general impression I get is that most of these are not terribly original or satisfying.

        I read a few Tanya Huff books - they were entertaining (and well written) but not really engaging enough to get me to track them all down.

        a mary sue with super special powers yet no inherent skills to put her in the secret service and a extra-special missing twin brother

        She sounds like an extra special secret snowflake.

        I think with the AB books there is a point at which they tip from being about supernatural crimes and violence to being about Anita shagging every supernatural male in sight. I've read some excerpts, and believe me LKH should have stuck with writing the violence - she is far, far better at that than writing sex. I think I stopped reading them at probably the right point which means you've got quite a few more that should still be fun.

        (Oh, and eventually it seems Anita becomes an uberSue - she has every cool transferable power going and in one of the latest ones, she stops the villain by hugging people. No lie.)

        People also say good things about the Harry Dresden books, though I have to say I tried the first one years ago (before he was famous, ha) and got bored and stopped before the end.

        It also slightly bothers me that the one people seem to rate so highly is the one series with a male protagonist. I don't know whether that is to do with us being conditioned to read about male heroes or more to do with the fact a lot of authors seem to think in order for a female protagonist to be strong, she has to be a complete bitch and headcase.
        • Re: in which buzzy rattles on about supernatural fiction and the glut of said fiction

          Now even longer for your rambling rambling.

          the general impression I get is that most of these are not terribly original or satisfying.

          Yuppers. And incomprehensible or "vampires but different!" which is all a shame because I will read read read anything regardless of how many examples of the genre (hello, 50+ Who tie-in novels, a ton of Asimov, less Trek than I had, and lots of stuff bought by author and never read), so I am the ideal victim for this kind of marketing. Victim, interesting and possibly Freudian.

          (firefox spell checks asimov to Asimov ♥)

          (oh, yeah, exhibit C is my comic collection, yes, quite)

          One of the good things about the Mead book was that it had a relatively ditzy and not hardboiled heroine. Not everyone can have a black belt in taekwondo and be able to name obscure spells and arcane objects at a drop of a hat.

          I think there is a Tanya Huff somewhere in the house, but I don't know where. I am easily influenced by buying most of my books in charity shops and two pounds never seems much (and that's at the steep end around here).

          She sounds like an extra special secret snowflake.

          A very special snowflake who talks like the valley girl from hell. Who would segue into long and convoluted explanations in the middle of gate-crashing a party, spy style.

          Okay, I probably would stop before I get that far. Has anyone considered entering her for the bad sex award? It might be high-vis enough to shout woah. Maybe there are "fans" who send her so much bad Anita porn that it - like a Gaiman novel - means she can only write bad sex.

          (yes, I know about the legal never-read thing, it was just a theory. Maybe the hivemind shapes things in the collective unconscious. Uh, I have more on that, but I can't find the words.) Besides that, local library seems to have only the latest specimens.

          I tried Harry Dresden pre-TV too, and it just set my teeth on edge. Fake hardboiled does that with me. And then I saw the f-list and everything and tried a couple more and it still didn't take.

          It also slightly bothers me that the one people seem to rate so highly is the one series with a male protagonist.

          Don't ask me! Most of my books are written by guys. It might have been a teenage allergic reaction after being made to read Flambards.

          Also on the male protagonist front; Mike Carey's Felix Castor books are good and definitely a bit different. And it seems like the author has tried to think out the issue of "why?" a bit. I'll admit I read the first one because I know the writer from his comics stuff. Felix = exorcist with a crisis of faith and his best friend possessed by a very nasty demon and a cash-flow problem. Also, his only real accessory besides a greatcoat is a penny whistle. And he gets hurt and stays that way. (I still need to track down book 2, but 1 and 3 are pretty awesome)
          • Re: in which buzzy rattles on about supernatural fiction and the glut of said fiction

            firefox spell checks asimov to Asimov

            That is very cool.

            One of the good things about the Mead book was that it had a relatively ditzy and not hardboiled heroine.

            Huh. That sounds slightly more interesting.

            I think that is my real problem - not that there is a good hero in a book in this genre (I like them generally) but that all the heroines are so bloody irritating.
            • Re: in which buzzy rattles on about supernatural fiction and the glut of said fiction

              *apparates briefly into lj*

              I even wrote a review. Admittedly, it probably sounds somewhat peculiar after it has been through the buzzy-brane, but I'ld read it and maybe cast around before I jumped in

              (I am a liar; I pick these books up whenever there is no crashing computers at Computers for the Inept, which just makes things crashingly dull)

              what else are libraries for? ;-) I don't think the heroine in this one is annoying, but one fangirl's ditzy but smart with it is another fangirl's

              help I can't finish this metaphor!
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