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7 Random Facts

Ok, I've been tagged by Bruce Cordell and will play along.

1. I'm a fiend for oysters, smoked or raw. Oddly, not many people seem to share this trait. More for me.
2. I'm a humanist. People are amazing when they believe in themselves.
3. Just finished reading Ysabel, by Guy Gavriel Kay. Not bad; the way he connects ancient life and modern times works well enough, but it's not quite the book I thought it was going to be.
4. I still get a kick out of seeing my name in print. You'd think it would get old...
5. I'm going to visit Europe for the first time in... oh 10 years or so this summer. I'll see some cousins I haven't seen in 20 years or more. Can't wait.
6. Reading the National Geographic that arrived yesterday, I realized that my fears about Florida are coming true faster than expected. The seas will drown it by 2100, maybe sooner. Somehow, it's won't quite be the same as Atlantis, but still, I find it odd that people living there now aren't more concerned about future generations of Floridians...
7. I think Polish winged hussars are the coolest equestrians in history. I'd like to ride a horse again sometime soon.

In the interest of not spreading memes, I'm not tagging anyone. Silly internet chain letters, off my lawn. :)

Comments

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(Anonymous)
May. 21st, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
Where in Europe are you coming to?
the_monkey_king
May. 21st, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
Hamburg!
kistha
May. 21st, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
Just finished reading Ysabel, by Guy Gavriel Kay. Not bad; the way he connects ancient life and modern times works well enough, but it's not quite the book I thought it was going to be.

Thank you for reminding me - have just requested copy via library.

I have no expectations, so I'm hoping I will like it lots. I didn't like the viking one as much as the previous novels. We should chat sometime.
the_monkey_king
May. 21st, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, shellyinseattle warned me away from the Viking one as well, even though normally I'm all over the viking stuff.

This one is a modern novel, so I didn't know quite what to expect going in. Still mulling it over.
avidreader514
May. 22nd, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
Last Light of the Sun is still better than Song for Arbonne
The Viking novel is virtuoso performance of plotting. Imagine every element of the novel as one part of a Celtic knot, and you'll see what I mean.

The disappointing part is that it's yet another novel set in the world of Jad, and exploits themes of family and fraternity that's explored much better in The Darkest Road and The Lions of Al-Rassan.

Ysabel is third on my reading list. I promised my wife I'd catch up with the last two Harry Potters before the finale.
godeater_sw
May. 23rd, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Last Light of the Sun is still better than Song for Arbonne
Wait, just read the title of the previous post and could not disagree more. LLotS is not in the same league as SfA.
avidreader514
May. 23rd, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Last Light of the Sun is still better than Song for Arbonne
Well, YMMV, naturally. LLotS rehashed old material, but at least it did so masterfully. SfA just bored me, and remains the only GGK book that I haven't wanted to read more than once.
godeater_sw
May. 23rd, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Last Light of the Sun is still better than Song for Arbonne
To each their own.

I wrote an Honours thesis on The Fionavar Tapestry and SfA; I have an avowed fondness for the latter, especially.

I have high expectations for any Kay novel and LLotS, for me, was a near-miss.
godeater_sw
May. 23rd, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
I liked it lots. I liked that he linked this novel tangentially to his Fionavar Tapestry.
dynastic_queen
May. 22nd, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
Darn it! Just as I was about to (tag you). Ah, well. Such is life. :-) Looking forward to any "man on the street" posts from Europe...
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