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February 12th, 2005
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Minor random updates and statistics:
Paid off the TiVo. Should've done it earlier, at $13 a month versus $299, but.. wasn;t sure it was going to be entirely worth it.

Car: 79.845% dead.
Debt: $760 familial, $2800 credit cards, $1500 collegiate
Steps from the U-Haul up to Meaghan's new apartment's door, over which many pieces of furniture were lifted by several gentlemen including myself: 32

You know, John Varley's Titan, while having some of the essence of bad late-70's sci-fi, is a fairly good read. Hermaphroditic centaurs are.. well.. not used for too much sex, and the characters are interesting. However, I can't get past the first few chapters of Wizard. Just.. horrible. And after flipping to the last page.. I get a deep feeling of Matrix-Trilogy-Suck-Pattern.

Oh, and koogrr: I made it last year on just the 12 donuts. This year.. not keeping track.

--Chiaroscuro

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From:warphammer
Date:February 12th, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC)
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ah, Varley. Steel Beach was... Interesting, though I didn't read that series.
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From:drakegrey
Date:February 13th, 2005 02:44 am (UTC)

Third One's the (Unlucky) Charm

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Demon, the third part of the trilogy, was written after a spectacularly bad experience for Varley in getting his novel Millenium on the screen. Between chapters which are basically slams at movie makers and the idea of a 50' starlet as the villian, it's almost painful in its overall suck-ness. Lesson: never wrap up a trilogy with a chip on your shoulder.

His take on 'Bob Heinlein kwazy countries of the future' doesn't help, either. And he stole the 'we don't know what to call this war/is it WWIV or WWV' idea from Heinlein, too.

--Drake
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From:chefmongoose
Date:February 13th, 2005 06:16 am (UTC)

Re: Third One's the (Unlucky) Charm

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That almost makes a good bit of beat poetry there, Drake.. you just need a rephrase.

"We don't know what to call this war
is it World War Five or World War Four"

Thanks for letting me know I'm doing well by not even pondering Demon. I really wasn't looking to get Wizard, mind, but found it in the basement here cleaning up. Dad had his share of some interesting Sci-Fi..

--Chiarosscuro

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From:austin_dern
Date:February 13th, 2005 05:08 am (UTC)
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As it happens I'd picked up John Varley's Titan in the used book store, I think because of vaguely remembered positive comments in a james_nicoll thread on rec.arts.sf.written. It's in my queue somewhere.

I suppose reading it next would be fair memorial to Jack Chalker, who if he didn't write about hermaphrodite centaurs, was getting to them.

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From:chefmongoose
Date:February 13th, 2005 06:12 am (UTC)
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There's some commonality between Chalker and Varley, indeed.. not just in the Furry-Fan appeal of some fomr of anthropomorphic creatures that eventually have sex, but the concept of a 'built-planet'. Mind you, I think they're all chasing Niven, the Ringworld and the Kzinti..

--Chiaroscuro
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