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Does anyone else find that there are well-known works of fiction that they just CANNOT read?
I pride myself on reading quite a lot of books and having at least a passing familiarity with most of the major works of English literature. I've even managed to stumble through some of James Joyce and Thomas Pynchon.
However there are a couple of books that I find I just cannot get through: "Gormenghast" by Mervyn Peake and "Moby Dick" by Melville. I've started each book at least four times, but on each occasion I get about a hundred pages in and just grind to a halt; can't face reading another sentence and put the book down. It's not that I think they are badly written, or even that the subject matter is uninteresting. I just seem to hit a wall with these particular titles. And I know it's not the author as I've read both "Mr Pye" and "Billy Budd" with no problems.
Do any of you have "good" books that defeat you, despite repeated attempts to read them?
This is not the normal gaming related stuff shown here, but I thought some of you might be interested (and moreover I really like the books) so here is a different sort of kickstarter for you to look at or ignore
basically the books are written and available as ebooks (and at least initially on publication as paperbacks), but to make them available as hardcovers isn't in the authors budget at present hence the KS
amongst the pledges you can pick up a full set of the Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) as ebooks (10 books) [I recommend these]
or as signed paperbacks (50 sets only)
or as signed hardbacks (25 sets & 25 numbered sets only)
or even, if you're already a fan with deep pockets the original hand written copy of "Whatever for Hire".
In the spirit of the new year, I am trying to pick up old healthy habits that went by the wayside in 2017. One of those is running. Another is reading.
My goal is not a specific number of books (in 2017 I only read 5), but to simply read more and enjoy it. To that end, I'll be keeping a list here. Note: I'm cheating a bit by including books I started in 2017. Asterisk indicates started prior to 2017; Two asterisks indicates it is a re-read.
Completed (in order):
Breakthrough: Why We Can't Leave Saving the Planet To Environmentalists*
The Golden Compass*
Resolving Ecosystem Complexity
The Investor's Manifesto**
Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes and How To Correct Them
It happened in the Florida Keys
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius*
The Subtle Knife
How to Read Water
A Wrinkle in Time
The Wrong Stars
Two's Company, Three is Complexity
Old Man's War
The Ghost Brigades
The Last Colony
The Human Division
Untangling Ecological Complexity
The Amber Spyglass
Saga of the Icelanders
I'll be updating as I progress!
There's an old engineering saying: "Fast, cheap, or good, pick any two. " In this case I needed a bunch of 1920's investigators in normal street clothes, I wanted them ready in two weeks and I didn't want to pay $5-$7 each for them. So I got on Ebay and bought plastic clicky game figures for a dollar a head (shipping included) and did a little putty and paint work on them. Finished everything Saturday morning, and then the game got pushed back to next week. Which only means that I have time to paint more monsters.
Here are the ladies:
The one in the blue dress is from Reaper. They all could use more detail, but I was in a hurry.
The one on the end is from Heresy, I think. They could all use hats but I'm not that good.
I made most of the bases out of putty, using texture stamps.
Before photos and WIP:
Some of you know I help run a convention call MarCon here in Columbus, Ohio Marcon is held Mother's Day weekend in Columbus Ohio in the same hotel that Origins uses. This year we have a few guests, some you might recognize. Still working on media guests, but this is the group we have so far. Marcon.org for more info..
Author Guest of Honor: F. Paul Wilson Young Adult Author Guest of Honor: Cinda Williams Chima Music Guest of Honor: Dandelion Wine Legendary Artist Guest of Honor: Larry Elmore Artist Guest of Honor: David Lee Pancake Cosplay Guest of Honor: Alexa Heart Cosplay Guest of Honor: Mogchelle Cosplay Guest of Honor: Charles Xavier Conley (Ebony Warrior Cosplay) Fan Guest of Honor: Todd Cameron Hamilton Miniatures Guest of Honor: Shoshie Bauer Featured Author: Walter Jon Williams Featured Author: Eric Flint Featured Author: Walter Hunt Featured Artist: Andy Hopp Featured Cosplay Guest: Nerd Girl Cosplay Featured Cosplay Guest: Brit Bliss
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