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secret code May 22, 2009

Posted by eatnorthamerica in onanistic bullshit.
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‘__[jaded videogames artist]_____ (character) desperately tries to achieve __winning the state lottery_____ (their desire) or prevent ___the inevitable decline of modern society as we know it______ (someone else’s desire), even as ___fate____ (their Nemesis) and ___the gods____ (other forces) try to prevent him from achieving that. In the end, he goes from being a ___rebel warrior____ (who he was at the story’s start) to __disillusioned destitute_____ (something different).’

You fill it in, then.

Today I picked up The Scar (China Mi[e]ville) (here’s your obligatory wikipedia link you lazy people).

The clerk looked at it, then announced he had it lying around at home.

‘like it?’ (I say, while signing off my credit)

*beat*

‘I never finished it.’

‘…oh.’ (now contemplating my signature for $11.42)

‘well, you know, it’s well-written, I just have this thing about weird names. The names were weird. I guess I’m kind of weird about fantasy like that.’

‘I swing my sword, teehee’

‘…anyway, you might like it, if you don’t mind weird names.’

Unreasonable consonant strings (R’rhhzthahjzks swing your sword GO!!) make me throw books back on shelves, but The Scar seems acceptable. No swords yet, which either floats your boat or does not. It’s well-written, which is cause enough to celebrate. In a world reduced to lisping mishmashes of three-letter acronyms, I grasp at poetry like water.

Ashley Wood did the cover. I wouldn’t have guessed, although it’s an exercise in understated elegance, thereby avoiding my current and exceedingly superficial code of book cover rejection

UPDATE: IT IS 2012 AND I STILL HAVEN’T FINISHED THE SCAR BECAUSE THE MAIN CHARACTER IS JUST SO GODDAMN UNLIKEABLE. SHOULD’VE LISTENED TO THE GUY.

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10 breasts? [increment variable r by 1]

20 got swords and big oily muscles? [ditto]

30 pirates [ditto ditto]

40 space pirates [etc]

50 is twilight? [increment variable r by ∞]

60 if r > 0, terminate with excessive intolerance

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Cyrillic looks rude.

And since you are all so concerned re: my exclusive consumption of meat animals, here’s my new health slogan:

switching to an ALL-CARB diet in preparation for the coming apocalypse of WORLD FOOD SHORTAGE better STORE FATS NOW

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1. Steve - June 1, 2009

Read “In the Name of the Wind” yet? I’m 12 chapters in and it’s pretty decent:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0756405890/ref=sib_dp_pop_ex?ie=UTF8&p=S00J#reader-link

2. eatnorthamerica - June 8, 2009

okay, tell me when you’re done with it. :)

I just read Perdido Street Station (by Mieville again). Far better than The Scar, which is incredibly hard to like. The clerk’s statement was prophetic.


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