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    Finished reading Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus' "Trollhunters" novel. I liked it quite a bit, but the dissonance between the novel's supposed viewpoint of a teenager first-person narrator and the actual writing style was so jarring it often drew me out of the experience. It honestly felt like the novel was written with a standard third-person omniscient narrator and later the appropriate pronouns were hastily changed before publishing.

    It's also a very different beast from the "Trolllhunters" series, so when I started watching the latter, it felt very jarring again.
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    He Was a Good King (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot) - A short exploration of Beowulf's character as a hero and a king.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuclear Consensus View Post
    Ernest Cline's Armada
    Increasingly arcane video game references+boring characters I can't seem to care about (the less said about the MC, the better)+fanfic tier prose=a not very pleasant reading experience.
    I know I'm not the first person to express this opinion, but Ernest Cline's works are absolutely appalling. It's just an unfortunate characteristic of an abysmal lack of talent in modern art and literature. I've known plummers with more creativity. People often ask where all the great physicists of today are. Where did all of the good writers even go?


    The prince says that the world will be saved by beauty! And I maintain that the reason he has such playful ideas is that he is in love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysterious Heroine X View Post
    I know I'm not the first person to express this opinion, but Ernest Cline's works are absolutely appalling. It's just an unfortunate characteristic of an abysmal lack of talent in modern art and literature. I've known plummers with more creativity. People often ask where all the great physicists of today are. Where did all of the good writers even go?
    Yeah, his stuff sounds almost unreadable. Blatant wish fulfillment on a level that'd make even Sword Art Online blush.

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    im reading Fever Series

    apparently laughing and enjoying a book for being so, so bad is possible
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    you don't need to think about it that hard
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    I dont get it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mysterious Heroine X View Post
    I know I'm not the first person to express this opinion, but Ernest Cline's works are absolutely appalling. It's just an unfortunate characteristic of an abysmal lack of talent in modern art and literature. I've known plummers with more creativity. People often ask where all the great physicists of today are. Where did all of the good writers even go?
    Who would win

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    Twilight for Boys

    Just read things that aren’t bad

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4score7years View Post
    Who would win

    All modern literature
    Twilight for Boys

    Just read things that aren’t bad
    Twilight for boys would win by a longshot. I do read some 20th century works, but most of them were by the great science fiction writers like Philip K. Dick. Otherwise, my heads poked into epic poetry or Dostoevsky.


    The prince says that the world will be saved by beauty! And I maintain that the reason he has such playful ideas is that he is in love.

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    Been reading The Burning Maze, third book in Riordan's Trials Of Apollo series lately. Really good stuff. Did anyone read the part where SPOILERMedea puppeteered Helios's corpse and were reminded of F/SN Medea making Shirou into a Mystic Code in the Hazy bad end? Because let's be honest, that totally seems like the kind of thing F/SN Medea would do if she had the chance.

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    Wow is Medea actually good
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    That time they checked out that hot guy they were just admiring his watch, yeah?


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    Quote Originally Posted by SeiKeo View Post
    Wow is Medea actually good
    Not quite sure what you mean, but I've found her pretty cool so far. If you mean morally good then no, since Riordan's take on her is far less sympathetic than Nasu's (presenting her as irrevocably twisted even before Jason came along, for one thing).

    That reminds me. While I really like Riordan as a writer, one of the problems I have with him is that- for how much moral ambiguity there is in the myths he's adapting- all his villains seem to pretty much end up as textbook "bad guys" with few sympathetic motives or redeeming traits. Luke from the original series was a major exception, and there hasn't really been a character like him since. Some of it's probably understandable given he started off writing for young kids, but now that he's tackling more mature themes a bit more moral ambiguity in the villains would be nice.
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    Its Helios' divine essence, excuse you
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    you don't need to think about it that hard
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    I dont get it
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    Quote Originally Posted by castor212 View Post
    Its Helios' divine essence, excuse you
    So I take it you've read the book too then? Nice. And I literally just read the scene where Medea explained her plan this afternoon, so I wasn't entirely clear on whether it was just Helios' divine essence or she literally had his corpse stashed away somewhere. What you said makes more sense though.

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    riordan's getting stale for me tbph, i just read it cuz might as well and its not really hard to follow of a book

    im more excited about the RRP project he got (new writers with indian and chinese and mexican gods sounds like a breath of fresh air), and just got my copy of the Aru Shah book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by castor212 View Post
    riordan's getting stale for me tbph, i just read it cuz might as well and its not really hard to follow of a book

    im more excited about the RRP project he got (new writers with indian and chinese and mexican gods sounds like a breath of fresh air), and just got my copy of the Aru Shah book.
    I can understand finding Riordan stale. I mean, he has written a lot of books on broadly similar subject matter. Personally, I find Apollo's POV livens up the whole thing enough to keep it entertaining.

    The Aru Shah book does sound cool. Given how OP Indian myth is, I'll be hella disappointed if the final battle isn't some Dragon Ball Z-tier epicness with characters slinging around world-destroying Astras left and right.

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    "The Early Cases of Akechi Kogoro" by Edogawa Ranpo (An anthology of his first four short stories involving the eponymous amateur detective).

    Despite having read all of Ranpo's collected works a long time ago, I ended up with a copy of this on my desk and out of nostalgia, I ended up reading it. Man, unlike Ranpo's horror stories, the Akechi series had a much rougher beginning as these four short stories in the anthology are all over the place in terms of narrative style. Without going into spoilers, the first two stories are told in first person perspective from a nameless character who serves as the typical Watson character. The latter two are in third person either from an omniscient narrator or by just jumping from various character perspectives. The first two stories are also more traditional Golden Age detective stories (locked room murder and phantom thieves), whilst the latter have horror/supernatural elements infused which Akechi must debunk using his powers of reasoning.
    Anyways, what interested me more was the translation itself. As I read it, I couldn't help but feel I was reading a Sherlock Holmes novel or something. And by the end I realised why - despite being translated in 2014, for some reason the translator really tried to capture the time period feel of Japan by using a Victorian-esque style of writing. Things like "gay" appears a lot throughout the book in its original meaning as well as other... not anachronisms, but I can't think of the right word. It was really weird, but once you got used to it then it wasn't too bad.
    But whatever, it was a decent time waster for a few hours whilst at work (ssh, don't tell anyone) and while I would recommend other works by Ranpo more, sadly a lot of his work simply isn't available in English. Also Seishi Yokomizo is the best writer of JPN detective fiction and you can fite me on that.


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    reading Blood Red, Sister Rose by Thomas Keneally

    ... blood sacrifice Jeanne best Jeanne, hands down.

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    Finished The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima. It was a fun read. He really has a way with words, I actually found myself wanting to read some paragraphs aloud just because they sounded so good. Probably going to read Spring Snow next.

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    What's this? A book that I've read that isn't from Japan? Say it ain't so!

    "The Good Assassin" by Paul Vidich.

    A pretty solid spy drama - especially for being only the second book written by Vidich. It's a little rough around the edges, the beginning in particular is a slow burner that might turn people off but it was worth sticking through. And though I have seen the same concept done even better by veteran writers, I would still recommend this to anyone looking to get into spy drama literature and I will keep an eye out from now on for any future works by Mr.Vidich.


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