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  •  I voted for Larry Niven, mainly because (7+ / 0-)

    I have never read any of the others.  And I would love to reread some of his novels, if I could find them in old boxes in the garage.  Particularly Footfall and Lucifer's Hammer.

    (I just lost a very long post that I wrote her with the error "bad form key", so I'll reproduce as much of it as I can bear.  Fuck DK4 and the horse it rode in on).  

    I just finished the Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson.  Excellent writing, and I would strongly recommend it, but I don't think I could bear to read it again because of the slow parts that a firmer editor would have cracked down on.  Like, for instance, the very drawn out descriptions of London geography and street layouts.   I know one thing though from reading it -- Neal Stephenson is a much brighter man than Dumbo.

    I also just finished Beautiful Creatures by Garcia and Stohl, a good YA novel, and I'll probably pick up the sequel.  It's a typical YA novel, teenagers in love, peer group doesn't like it, the girl and her family is a witch.  But it's better written than Twilight.

    Also finished The Fallen 1 ty Thomas Sniegorski, another YA novel, this one about a teenage angel-human hybrid who discovers his awesome powers and slays bad guys.  Absolutely dreadful.

    Next up is another YA novel, Remember Me by Christopher Pike, a nice 800 pager, my kind of book on weight basis alone.  

    I'm beginning to understand (and kind of enjoy) the YA genre and how it works.  I also might have been unduly harsh in my criticism of Twilight some months back, I think now.  If you take all the vampires and werewolves out of Twilight, the novel stands up pretty well by itself as a wonderful description of a depressed teenage girl with low self-esteem who gets a boyfriend that her peer group doesn't like.  Take out the vampires and werewolves, and the novel would still be 99% intact, which is probably what confused me when I read it.  It takes me a while to wrap my head around all this, and I find it very illuminating, because way back when I was a teenager, I never had a steady girlfriend, nor a peer group whose opinion I gave a shit about nor parents who could ground me for hanging out with the wrong people, even if they had the inclination.  Nor did I have cell phones or text messagers at school, which is another thing that takes a while to absorb.

    Brief Dumbo Spam Thursday Classical Music Blogging will be tomorrow evening, as usual, at 5pm PDT.  This week will be an amazing mishmosh of things with me trying to connect the dots between German Expressionism, Der Neue Saklichkeit, horror films, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, Communists and Jews (and Communist Jews), socialist realism, banned music, Hitler, the burning of the Reichstag, the Holocaust, the Hollywood Blacklist, the House Un-American Activities Committee, and Sputnik.  And since I haven't written a jack shit word of any of that yet, it should be a real tour de force.

    Here goes, pressing preview now...

    •  wow!! That will be quite a diary!! (6+ / 0-)

      so glad this one came through OK.

      I don't think I can do Twilight, but I am interested in what you are saying about it.  I really do like YA books, too.

      I lived in a rural area so I never could really take part in all the school sports activities or dances.  It is probably a good thing.  I had 20 acres and a pond to wander around.  :)

      I am wondering where all the George Martin fans are, tonight.

      They have waited so long for this next book...

      I am glad to see you!!

      Join us at Bookflurries: Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

      by cfk on Wed Mar 30, 2011 at 07:20:25 PM PDT

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