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Post by halfwise on Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:58 pm

And here's the relevant passages:

Nick was hungry. He did not believe he had ever been hungrier. He opened and emptied a can of pork and beans and a can of spaghetti into the frying pan.
"I've got a right to eat this kind of stuff if I'm willing to carry it," Nick said. His voice sounded strange in the darkening woods. He did not speak again.
He started a fire with some chunks of pine he got with the ax from a stump. Over the fire he stuck a wire grill, pushing the four legs down into the ground with his boot. Nick put the frying pan on the grill over the flames. He was hungry. The beans and spaghetti warmed. Nick stirred them and mixed them together. They began to bubble, making little bubbles that rose with difficulty to the surface. There was a good smell. Nick got out a bottle of tomato catchup and cut four slices of bread. The little bubbles were coming faster now. Nick sat down beside the fire and lifted the frying pan off. He poured about half the contents out into the tin plate. It spread slowly on the plate. Nick knew it was too hot. He poured on some tomato catchup. He knew the beans and spaghetti were still too hot. He looked at the fire, then at the tent, he was not going to spoil it all by burning his tongue. For years he had never enjoyed fried bananas because he had never been able to wait for them to cool. His tongue was very sensitive. He was very hungry. Across the river in the swamp in the almost dark he saw a mist rising. He looked at the tent once more. All right. He took a full spoonful from the plate.
"Christ," Nick said, "Jesus Christ," he said happily.
He ate the whole plateful before he remembered the bread. Nick finished the second plateful with the bread, mopping the plate shiny. He had not eaten since a cup of coffee and a ham sandwich in the station restaurant at St. Ignace. It had been a very fine experience. He had been that hungry before but had not been able to satisfy it. He could have made camp hours before if he had wanted to. There were plenty of good places to camp on the river. But this was good.

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Sun Aug 27, 2017 4:58 pm

Such short, simple sentences. Strong writing though!

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Post by azriel on Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:37 pm

Hows it go then ? "on the 3rd day of Christmas I shot a Baddeeee, He fell out the top window ".... Very Happy
Actually it might be funny if it did go like that ? Smile

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Post by Eldorion on Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:25 pm

Laughing

For some reason my family doesn't want to add Die Hard to our staple of Christmas movies that we watch every year. Surely we could skip just one of those damn Rankin/Bass specials... Mad
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Post by Bluebottle on Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:38 pm

Forest Shepherd wrote:
Bluebottle wrote:I have been rather enjoying the Earthsea-cycle. A bit limited by the YA audience at least the first books were aimed at, but that doesn't limit some nice world building and story telling too much. A more than decent fantasy story and world.

Have also been reading Hemingway's first bestseller, The Sun Also Rises. Rather an emersive read. Has wet my appetite for some more Hemingway reading, although I am not sure we altogether share the same view of the world.

I should imagine not. Laughing

I mainly remember the portion in which the friend goes on about how his face is a good face, "a face mothers should tell their daughters to go West with", and then he finishes by remarking, "God what an awful face."

Lots of that kind of chit-chatter in the book. The characters are usually sarcastic and droll, or at least trying to be. Oh, and they are often unable to "Catch up" (in getting drunk) with others in their party.

Catch up, and they make a whole song and dance about not getting "tight". It all embraces this idea of being pleasurably, and not overly, inebriated, which I must admit I like. That whole book has a lot of atmosphere.

I was getting into For Whom the Bell Tolls while in Spain. It is excellent reading, although brutal stuff. Sadly I don't manage to find as much time for reading back here in Norway. Managed a quite neat feat of reading the book on a hiking trip in the same area it is set. In the mountains between Madrid and Segovia, south of La Granja de San Ildefonso. (Incidentally that is where the Royal Palace of the pre-republic Spanish royal family was. (It is a sort of Versaille in Spanish size, if you will.) The palace actually comes with several sekoias/giant redwood trees, might be able to dig up some pictures.)

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Post by halfwise on Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:18 am

Hey! Like, where's all the pictures and stories about spain? Evil or Very Mad

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Post by Eldorion on Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:16 am

Speaking of recent vacations, I never did mention what I ended up reading while we were camping. I picked up a copy of Outlander since it fit the pattern of being a really long SF novel (though sort of a genre mash-up: time-travel historical romance that is shelved in the general fiction section of bookstores Razz) and because I had enjoyed the first couple episodes of the TV series back when it premiered, although I found it kinda slow. The book was enjoyable enough for the most part though I don't think I was necessarily the target audience ...

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yes Jamie's hunky and passionate but does it really make sense to assume that your spouse will have moved on and found someone else and that returning to the present would just cause trouble for him after a mere nine months? Also, the dates didn't really make sense. Claire and Frank are in Scotland in 1945 some months after WWII ends, but they're there for Beltane, which is in May, which is the same month that the European War ended. And Claire's birthday in 1945 is stated to be her 28th even though she was born in 1918. It's not like those things ruined the book for me but they do kinda bug me. Razz I did think the book's fixation on domestic violence (and eventually other kinds of violence) got kinda weird, and the way in which Claire "cures" Jamie of his apparent PTSD at the end was just ... yeah. But anyway, target audience and all that.

My birthday occurred towards the end of the trip and I was able to open my gift from Baingil since it had arrived before we left, and it was Enchantress from the Stars, which is a YA SF novel. I had never heard of it before but it had rave reviews on the back cover from Lois Lowry and Ursula K. Le Guin among others, which was promising. I'd say I enjoyed it more than Outlander, though the two books aren't very similar (there's a romantic subplot in Enchantress but it's very tame in comparison). The book is set on a planet that's an awful lot like medieval Earth, but the three POV characters come from planets with widely varying levels of technological advancement. The writing style shifted from POV to POV; for example, the medieval kid's chapters were written in a very fairy tale sorta style, while the other chapters were in a more conventional modern style. Anyway, 'twas a good time, though the ending was kinda sad to me. It was clearly meant to be bittersweet but I think it might've gotten to me more than intended. But that probably has something to do with my emotional state on and around my birthday. Razz
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Post by Bluebottle on Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:20 pm

I've always been intrested in Outlander myself, as I did like the show (bar its somewhat over the top "romantic literature" leanings.) I'll jot down a distinct "meh.." in the considerations of myself giving it a go then Razz

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Post by Bluebottle on Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:21 pm

halfwise wrote:Hey!  Like, where's all the pictures and stories about spain? Evil or Very Mad

mmmmmmm, indeeed Shocked

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Post by malickfan on Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:10 pm

Eldorion wrote:Laughing

For some reason my family doesn't want to add Die Hard to our staple of Christmas movies that we watch every year. Surely we could skip just one of those damn Rankin/Bass specials... Mad

You could try Die Hard 2 or Lethal Weapon instead? Razz Laughing

(Die Hard is a great action that happens to be set at Christmas, but it's not really a Christmas movie, Muppets Christmas Carol The Nightmare Before Christmas or Bad Santa ( Wink ) are better examples that get me in the Xmas spirit)

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Post by halfwise on Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:23 am

Die Hard. I shall have to watch that again right after I finish reading through Blue's chronicle of his 6 weeks in Spain, with pictures.

Oh, wait. Mad

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Post by Eldorion on Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:24 am

I actually do really enjoy The Muppet Christmas Carol, even though I didn't see it for the first time until I was 20. That's one of the few non-animated films in my step-mom's Christmas movie rotation. A Christmas Story is pretty good too, though the lack of childhood nostalgia on my part might be part of the reason I don't like it as much as some people I know.

Still never seen Bad Santa. I should try suggesting that this year. Razz
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Post by halfwise on Wed Sep 13, 2017 12:09 pm

Yes, definitely see Bad Santa.

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Post by halfwise on Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:41 pm

Well, not really books per se, but online books picked for being able to be read in about an hour.

New York was advertising these as http://www.subwaylibrary.com but it redirects to https://simplye.net

I've been reading the stolen moon rocks story, each chapter is just a few pages long. Perfect if you just need a little something every now and then.

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Post by Forest Shepherd on Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:18 pm

I recently ordered away for some books. Some for me, some for Christmas presents. Anyway, has anyone read the horror novels The Troop by Nick Cutter or Bird Box by Josh Malerman? For horror I haven't really read anything but Stephen King in so long that I wanted to try a different author out for size, and they were well reviewed.



Anyway, I sent for some Neil Gaiman for my sister (The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances). I've really enjoyed Gaiman's anthologies in the past, well, Smoke and Mirrors anyway.


Max Brooks (author of World War Z) novelized Minecraft apparently, so I got that for my nephew.



In terms of what I've actually been reading lately, I've been working my way through the campaign guide to Horror on the Orient Express, which is a campaign for the Lovecraftian tabletop roleplaying game Call of Cthulhu. It's got some pretty juicy stuff in it: Lovecraftian vampires, an artifact of Prometheus(the movie)-like origins, and of course exotic train travel through Europe in the early 1920s.

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