Discussion in 'The Meadow' started by Chris, Jul 31, 2017.
No one is perfect, though I'm quite certain you come close!
Everyone has their own preferences.
Some people over here do that. We call them bicycle robbers.
First SciFi/Fantasy stories that I can remember (7? or 8?) were Ghost V (Shackley) and Leaf by Niggle (Tolkien), than Bester (still the best SciFi stories for me), Asimov, short stories of Zelazny (don't like Amber), LOTR and Silmarillion, and so on and so on...
My first SF book? When I was 9 mu dad gave me Star Trek 6. I'd been watching the show and immediately recognized the stories in that compendium and started looking for the others. i don't remember what the first Fantasy novel was. One of the first I purchased myself was A Spell for Chameleon when it first came out in paperback. I still consider it the best Xanth book.
ETA: I just remembered my first fantasy: The full boxed set of Narnia.
I think one of the reasons I dislike it the fact that is removes the possibility of people wondering why there is a statue built or a building named after them and individuals then researching why. I know this is not likely to happen very often but anything that makes it more difficult to forget is a plus in my book.
I find your opinion very interesting as it is often people with a background like yours that the lobbyists say they are trying to protect stating that you may be offended by such statues. I remember some years ago taking a tour of the rocks area of Sydney in Australia part of the tour included the history of the docks and the guide described the practice of the British in delivering criminals banished from our shores. Many never made it as the owners of the ships were paid for the number of people transported and from that they had to be fed. There was nothing in the contract that took account on the number of souls still alive at the destination and so many starved saving the cost of food. Strange thing was the guide later apologised for his views thinking I would be upset. I assured him I was not upset, shamed maybe but I shared his anger in such acts. After the toru we had a very adult and frank discussion and we learnt so much about each others views. It just shows we should not assume what others feel about matters, far better to talk to them and understand how they feel before jumping to their defense, to not do so risks only adding more hurt on the victims. Sadly I fell that often in the politically correct world some shout a lot and talk very little.
Well that certainly lists my viewing for the later part of my teen years and beyond. There was Dr Who and Blake's Seven in there somewhere as well.
Thanks for the bit of history, Hornet.
As a student here in the US in the late '60s and '70s all I was told was that many criminals were sent to Australia, often for minor crimes. The conditions on some of the ships was never mentioned.
Fantasy on tv... Fantasy Island, Mr. Merlin, a movie called Fugitive from the Empire (which I later learned was supposed to have been the pilot for a series). I know there were one or two others that I didn't catch because I was more into tracking down anything that was SF. I still missed a lot as I read more than watched tv.
Come to think of it my reading prior to being introduce to Stat Trek and Lost in Space when I was 9 was animal stories, history, ecology, and science. LOTS of science of any kind, hard or soft. Those 2 to shows introduced me to SF and Fantasy.
And I don't mean young children's science either. When I was 7 & 8 my parents introduced me to the Life Nature Library series by buying several for me. The Universe, Early Man, The Mammals, The Birds, Evolution.
The irony is that many that survived the journey it was the making of them as they were able to build far better lives than they ever could back in their home land.
Doctor Who arrived in my life in late 1980. The only channel that broadcast it in my area (TVOntario) was still showing Tom Baker episodes from a couple of years before, but what a great introduction to the Doctor!
TVO was a wonderful channel back then, importing British sci-fi TV shows we wouldn't otherwise get on any other 'mainstream' station, including The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Day of the Triffids, etc. I'm grateful that those last two programs introduced me to Douglas Adams and John Wyndham.
When I was six our school had a book fair. What grabbed my attention were those beautiful book covers of the Narnia series by Roger Hane. I saved up my pennies and bought the boxed edition of that for a whopping $7 based on those covers and still have it to this day. LOVE the Narnia books and they've been reread a zillion times over the years Another series that had a big influence on me as a kid and that I still absolutely adore, was the fabulous Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula LeGuin. I've read some of her more sci-fi and enjoyed those too though not as much. The later Earthsea books are wonderful too.
Def dug the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series- too fun! Read a bit of a lot of the other authors mentioned here back in high school. Did finally get through LOTR too in high school after a couple of "false starts" Watched my fair share of Star Trek as a kid on our old b&w TV too
Later on I really had fun reading the Dresden Files books. These days I devour anything by Carlos Ruis Zafon
Indeed; I do wonder what her poor father thought when he didn't hear anything from her for years and suddenly he was presented with the absolutely incredible tale of her adventures up to that point. And the sword, which he did put in a place of honor despite her rather unorthodox departure from home.
Oh my goodness, I totally forgot about Harry Dresden. I absolutely loved those books, and was very disappointed when they tried to make a TV series out of them, but it didn't work, though I think they filmed them and have them available on Netflix, but I'm not sure.
If you really like Jim Butcher's writing, you should also check out his Codex Alera series. I was so disappointed when it ended.
I don't remember which came first for me ... Harry Dresden series on audible.com or stumbling across the series on Netflix. Either way ... I loved them both. Even if the tv series wasn't all that true to the books. I was disappointed when James Marsters was not available to narrate Ghost Story ... as were many others. Consequently, a later version was released with James Marsters narrating.
I've never tried audible books, as I have to concentrate or I'd lose the story, and to just sit and listen to a book . . . well I'd rather sit and read.
You are correct though, the best narrator available will always make it that much better. I think one of the best parts of the original Lion King movie was James Earl Jones voicing Mufasa, and who else could've voiced Darth Vadar better. I can listen to that man talk about anything, and he'll hold my interest.
Audible books are fabulous for commuting. Especially, since I can't stand commercials or morning shows. I also hate listening to Christmas music, and most stations switch over to all Christmas songs far too early. Like Halloween!
Best thing I ever did was to subscribe to Audible.com. I just have to make sure that I have the next book lined up when I near the end of the current one. I've been caught a few times with the current book ending 5 minutes into my commute home. Oopsie. In that case, it's a silent drive home. I made the mistake one time of downloading a book on the drive home. Not a good idea when you're not on wifi!
I collected the Dresden Files and loved every one of them. It was suggested by Jim Butcher that the series would continue with Molly Carpenter in the lead role after Dresden's exit but as far as I am aware there's no further news on that front. I picked up the Codex Alera series because of the Dresden Files and found it disappointing. The first books were excellent but I think it went downhill from there with the final book reading more like a graphic novel script than a novel.
I'm currently reading the Piratica trilogy by Tanith Lee, usually better known for her prolific sci-fi and horror novels. It follows the adventures of Miss Artemesia Fitz-Willoughby Weatherhouse on the high seas. Set in an alternative world only slightly removed from our own it's a mix of high adventure, steampunk and swashbuckling in the finest traditions of Terry Pratchett, often with hilarious results!
Also recently read the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson which started with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. If you like convoluted crime novels with a (very) strong female hero you'll love this series. The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest complete the trilogy. I should also note that the series has been continued by David Lagercrantz, presumably derived from notes left by Larsson after his death (or possibly not) which I haven't read and don't intend to, for the simple reason that I think there's something slightly unsavoury about taking someone else's work and using it for your own profit!
Bummer, Piratica isn't available for the Kindle. Nor is it an audible book
Is that Kindle in the US Satira because they are available on Kindle in the UK. That's a problem I've come across with Amazon before. I have two outstanding albums from the Incredible String Band I need to complete my collection which are only available in the US. They won't release them in the UK for some reason or other and when I tried to buy them they refused with the excuse that they only accept credit cards drawn on a US bank. I did ask for an explanation but never recieved a reply. Strange behaviour from what is, after all, the same company!
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