Tuesday, April 20, 2010

"I'd Rather Be a Failure at Something I Love than a Success at Something I Hate." - George Burns


Greetings, y'all!

Yep, I'm from the south. Hey, San Diego is in the south, sort of! Like, Southern California, or something... that's why I wear cut-off bib overalls to the beach...

I added a few more new books to my Shelfari widget over on the right... actually, at the moment, it's on the right and scrolled down a bit... got a couple more books, so I dropped them onto my "to be read" shelf. I took A Game of Thrones off the shelf, since I only put it on there because I was running low on books to read. Now I have tons! Tons, I say! After Warriors, I'll have these to choose from...

  • The Books of the South, by Glen Cook
  • The Ten Thousand, by Paul Kearney
  • Shadowmarch, by Tad Williams
  • Devices and Desires, by K.J. Parker
  • Elantris, by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Dragonbone Chair, by Tad Williams
  • Storm Front, by Jim Butcher
  • The Way of Shadows, by Brent Weeks
  • The Folding Knife, by K.J. Parker
  • The Red Wolf Conspiracy, by Robert Redick

Of course, all but Elantris are part of a series, so there's an outside chance I'll get so hooked on one novel that I'll postpone moving through the list while I continue a series. I hope I like Tad Williams - two of his titles are up there, both series starters. He had a short story in the Warriors collection, which was very unique. It was a sci-fi story with heavy religious overtones. A Christian super-assassin is sent from the "good" planet to the planet of the heathens, to execute their leader, who is in league with the Devil himself... as you can imagine, hilarity ensues. I won't spoil it for the one of you that might actually read the story (Logan!), but let's just say the moral of the story was a little questionable to me...

Did you know that even though Elantris is Brandon Sanderson's debut novel, it was actually the 8th novel he'd written? It took him seven complete (and completely different) attempts to produce a book good enough to get published! Dang! Actually, he has a new book coming soon called The Way of Kings, which is Book One in The Stormlight Archive... it's actually a rewrite of one of his previous novels, pre-Elantris.

All that to say, my shelves are replenished with goodies! Expect some reviews soon...


Sorry, Batman. The light saber is Vader's natural weapon, and he has the force. You just have gadgets. You are toast. Vader FTW!

So now that I'm off the 9-11 conspiracy bandwagon, I've been causing trouble on youtube, leaving antagonistic comments on the videos of the conspiracy believers... hey, it's human nature! There's no one harder on a drunk than a reformed alcoholic. A little good-natured ribbing is a good thing, now and then. Especially for some of the more outrageous conspiracy claims... I mean, I had questions and concerns, but nothing that far out there. You've got people out there that are convinced planes never hit the twin towers... that it was a hologram projection over the missiles that the government fired at the towers... how sci-fi can you get!? Seriously? A hologram beamed from space (or a C130 overhead)... insane. "Can a hologram generate loud engine noises?" I wonder into my soup. Can a missile blow a plane-shaped hole into a building?

There's another line of thought that says 9-11 was pulled off by the Israeli Mossad. Why? Well, because they're Jewish, and everyone knows that the Jews are responsible for everything! Good grief... world-class eye-roll material.

Then there's the Global Hawk UAV painted with the American Airlines colors that crashed into the Pentagon, while Flight 77 flew over the building and landed at nearby Ronald Reagan Airport. Wacky! O_O

I guess that's the equivalent of people with concerns over the discrepancies in the JFK assassination story being lumped in with the people who say JFK was abducted by aliens working for the mafia...

All that to say, I need something new to occupy my mind now. Pass the books!

How about some videos instead, eh, Precious?



Warning: Unfortunately, there are 2 mild expletives in that video! If the D word and the B word offend you, don't watch it! But it's funny...

OK, here's a cat that is freaked out by his own tail. The clip is funny, but 2 minutes is too long... you'll get the point right away...



That clip reminded me of the clip where the dog attacks his own foot... hold on, lemme go grab it...

Here we go...



Aw, yeah. Let's hear it for the crazy pets!


Well, plenty of other odds and ends, but I'll save it for another day.

Adios!

7 comments:

whiskey jack said...

The Red Wolf Conspiracy is one of my favorite fantasy books, it is so good! I've been meaning to start The Way of Shadows but haven't gotten around to it. Have to see what your thoughts are on it.

Krista said...

I have all three of Brent Weeks books on my shelf just haven't gotten to them yet, though I've heard they're a lil' more than vulgar. I haven't heard of many of those books before, so when you finish them you should definitely send them my way! ;) lol


P.S. I read your last post too and The Black Prism sounds awesome. Also, pay off the debt, I say.

All the best!

Drydoryssus said...

Truly hilarious videos.

#1. Attention deficit cases, probably.
#2. The way that cat stretches back his ears, I'd say he's bloody annoyed.
#3. Bite that leg hard ! It's possesed !

logankstewart said...

Wowzers, that's a whole slew (or is it slough?) of fantasy goodness you've got lined up. If you get to Jim Butcher 'ere I do, lemme know.

David Wagner said...

Whiskey: Yeah, Red Wolf looked like a terrific book... welcome to the blog, by the way!

Krista: Nothing like a bunch of new books! Yummy yummy. Thanks for the advice on the debt, etc. I think I agree with you (and everyone else that said the same)...

Dry: Glad you liked the vids as well. Those two guys in the first clip have done a bunch of funny ones...

Logan: I think it's "slew" but I could be wrong... I'm kind of hoping I don't like Butcher too much... there's over a dozen books in that series so far!!! Dang! I'd hate to have to read them all! The first book looks like a quick read, though...

Joseph said...

Cut off bib overalls... wow, there's an image :)

Just in the last few pages of Storm Front. It's not bad, mildly entertaining. I enjoy the main character but the overall story didn't really trap me.

Paula Titus said...

Your'e still the best blogger I know. :) Strange dog!