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  1. I was never curious enough to find out. I just assumed that he was at some point affiliated with the contest by name or funding, and it just, as you say, continues. I have no doubt that it helps the marketing. His name is in type larger that the title's. I have always considered him something of an oddity, because of the scientology thing, and left to myself, I'd never have read it. But it was given to me, gratis, so I read it. I was impressed by this story.
  2. This is the Writers of the Future anthology, an "L. Ron Hubbard presents" from Galaxy Press, vol 23 2007, containing the winners from the contest. Kim Zimring wrote the story.
  3. If you are looking at how authors choose to structure their fictional societies, the Pern books of McCaffrey and the Darkover books of Bradley are interesting if somewhat simplistic. The former uses a kind of 'alpha male/alpha female' approach to the Dragonriders' wyer society. The Darkover books contain several different societies, depending on planet location. All of those should be available in any library. The first book of the In Her Name trilogy deals with an alien society structure and is quite good. Unfortunately, it kinda goes downhill from there. I found it at Kindle books for $.99. Asimov wrote several books dealing with what a robot-dependent human society would be like. But then you probably knew about that. He also wrote this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strikebreaker_(short_story) - really good I thought. "Ripping Caravella" was a very good SS in the New Authors anthology L.Ron Hubbard put out about 4-5 years ago. In that society, people could be stripped of their unique talents by rich people who envied them...
  4. Yea for the lolcat bible! I just finished The Parasol Protectorate: Soulless, Blameless, Changeless, and Heartless and enjoyed them very much. Very light, well written farce, set in an alternate Victorian England where werewolves and vampires have helped make the Empire Great *lol*. It's not everyone's cup of tea, (pun intended) but very good beach reading.
  5. I read his Anathem, and was like "Hhmm...ok...so?" Usually when that happens, I put it away and read it again in a couple of years. Sometimes it improves with age.
  6. I admire his courage. I sincerely hope that all Norway will follow his example and remain firm in this resolve. The way our political leaders immediately jumped to use the post9-11 shock and turmoil to seize more power for themselves was appalling, frightening, and shameful. I will keep Norway in my prayers.
  7. *lolez* News flash for anyone who owns a Kindle and is interested in trying Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Amazon is selling it for 99 cents (or 71 pence).
  8. Cindy, I think you are right about that, and as soon as I started to read that last bit about how the readers had to read the story in pieces spread out over 19 months I immediately thought about WoT too! Except we have had to wait 19+ years...
  9. Me too, and though I don't miss the extremely long, convoluted sentences, I think they did play a part in training my working memory and concentration. And you are right; they were eloquent in a way that few modern writers are.
  10. No Kivam, I don't think rewriting his own stories counts. Thank you Artara! No, they aren't modern retellings of the same old stories, which is what we started off talking about. But it is interesting how many ways authors use characters and creatures from myths, legends, and religions in their new stories, which is kinda what this thread has become. And that is just as interesting if not more so.
  11. I had to Google that! I had never heard of Taliesin before! I luv finding out new stuff!
  12. Ahmoondah, I didn't know that about the Mississippi! Red, it's between Baton Rouge and Lafayette. The actual Wilderness Preserve is just a small part of it. From the highway you just see lots of trees, water, and other vegetation, but that's as close as I want to get. The TV show "Swamp Hunters" plays in the States on the History Channel. Not a job I would ever want.
  13. Red, the Atchafalaya area I spoke of is in Louisiana. As Ahmoondah says, I-10 Interstate goes through it, certainly a tribute to highway engineering. It spans miles of alligator and snake infested swamp *shudders*, but it is beautiful in its wildness. It is home to the Cajun alligator hunters that I have seen on TV, too. Wow! Arc, I have never seen that picture. I know only a bit about the Anasazi/Pueblo Indians, but that particular example really does look like it could be Cold Rocks Hold. Awesome!
  14. *lol* That was my favorite song when it first came out... played it so much I made everyone in my family sick of it. "Where women glow and men plunder" *giggles* Alabama the Beautiful! Well, it is if you like fishing or golf. And pine trees. And tree frogs. And kudzu. Sadly, since the tornadoes, it's a little less beautiful than it was.
  15. I see the Blight as a grossly polluted and discolored Atchafalaya type area, with seriously dangerous critters ready to attack you on all sides. *shivers* atchafalaya
  16. Nightangel, I enjoyed The Mists of Avalon very much. So, I am thinking I will like the Pendragon series too, though, as you said, it is disconcerting when an author takes characters we are accustomed to and makes them do things that don't correspond to our expectations. It sort of 'breaks the spell' the story weaves. Ahmoondah, it does sound interesting!
  17. I never got around to visiting Death Valley when I was living in California. I like that picture *nods* with the 'Spine' in the background. Anyone have any ideas about the Blight?
  18. Red, they better not even think of putting zombies and vampires in Of Mice and Men or The Outsiders! Tom on the other hand, well I think that would be hilarious. Pity the poor zombies... *lol* Ar'tara, I luv your Mom. And I agree that the important thing is what the work is trying to accomplish. The worst kind of 'update' is one that totally misses the point of the original tale. For example, the kinder, gentler versions of "The Three Little Pigs" and "Little Red Riding Hood". I mean, really! These stories are SUPPOSED to be scary; that's the whole point! You don't like it? Then don't read it! Argh. We have a whole bunch of people now who do not truly understand the wealth of meaning behind the words "having the Wolf at the door". No offense to our friends the Wolfkin, of course I did not know that about Ulysses and The Odyssey! *bows* Since you're a scholar in this field, (and we Ogier revere scholars you know!), would you point out some other pairs for us? *recites an old Ogier saying* We live to learn.
  19. OMG! I just finished the second book in Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicles The Wise Man's Fearand it is without doubt the best thing I have read since LotR and WoT! The first book, The Name of the WInd was very good, but this one is even better!
  20. Well said, Nightangel. And I am planning to add excerpts of the zombie version to my class for that very reason. I especially liked the part where Elizabeth imagines punching her silly, empty-headed younger sister Lydia. The Lydias of this world need punching. "overwhelming Christian overtones"? Ok, now it is definitely moving up the reading list. I am intrigued. Celtic, Christian, Atlantian, Arthurian...that is some mix.
  21. Yes, jemron, I see something very like that for the Holds. And Rword's picture could be one of the towns of the Three-Fold Land, where the Trading Caravans stop for trade and supplies. *nods*
  22. The Pendragon series is now on my to read list. I'd been avoiding it, because, well I just didn't know if I really wanted to read yet another rehash of King Arthur. But if it is that good... Is the Godspeaker a retelling of an older story or related to one? Cindy, I agree about the culture, which is one reason why some 'retellings' concern me. I don't really care about the 'zombie' novels, because they are not meant to be taken seriously and are themselves a sort of satirical commentary on our culture's weirdly increasing interest in such things. But some retellings seem to make things we should abhor (for lack of a better word) at least acceptable if not down right desirable. Take for instance these two series everyone is talking about (probably because of the media hype surrounding the movies coming out soon), Harry Potter and Twilight. Magic is everywhere in the King Arthur stories, but it is always a problem, even for Merlin, and always exacts a high price for its use. This characteristic is softened considerably in the HP books. I am not talking about the bad things bad people use the magic for, I am talking about the personal price paid for the use of the magic itself. That is my only criticism of the HP books; even the good guys should have to deal with personal consequences of all the magic they use, not just the bad spells. I have never been a fan of the frivolous use of magic. That is one reason why I like the Dresden Files so much; the wizard's magic takes a toll on him. Still, I love the HP books, and encourage my children to read them for the very good lessons they teach about how not to abuse power. In the Twilight series, Meyer tries to make the negative side of vampirism clear without resorting to a lot of R-rated explicit language and scenes, since it is aimed at a young audience. I appreciate that very much. But does it work? Sometimes I think the fans get so caught up in the attraction of the Cullen family that they pay little attention to the horror caused by the other 99.9% of the vampires. Bree's life should have been a part of the Trilogy, to balance some of the 'sparkle' of the Cullens. The price paid for all that perfection is steep, and should be so, yet Bella gets the best of both worlds, so to speak. Where is her price? She even gets to keep her relationship with her father. That is just... not right. Sookie on the other hand pays for her association with vampires over and over again. It is creepy, just as it should be. But, again, I encourage my kids to read Twilight for the lesson it teaches about choosing to do what is right over what is expedient. And we discuss the dark side of perfection. I know that these series are aimed at different audiences. But I do think they could and should have represented the negative aspects better. Why would we allow someone to soft-pedal these concepts to the next generation?
  23. Lolz! I didn't know that was someone's head; I just thought it was something hanging on the wall! But now that you've pointed it out, I can see that it is. But it is still a nice picture, and a lovely memory too I bet. O Yes! The redwoods! I've been to them, and they are one reason for the word 'awesome'. When the books mention the Stedding or sung wood, I always think of redwood, or large cedars because of their fragrance, the cedars of Lebanon for example, but larger.
  24. Oooo, yes, that does look like a WoT Library, Ahmoondah! Ah, Red, I love that picture! It does look like it could be Dragonmount. I have never visualized the whole mountain before. When I read about it, it appears to me as isolated places on the mountain, some mostly barren, some even glassy in places, like the volcanic craters of Hawaii. Pahoehoe
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