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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #390 on: October 04, 2014, 12:40:19 am »
On a similar note, his novella "Herbert West-Reanimator" was originally published in a humor magazine. Every chapter but the last was essentially an extended sick joke leading up to the punchline, "Damn it, it wasn't QUITE fresh enough!"
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #391 on: October 04, 2014, 12:14:07 pm »
Really? I would've never taken Reanimator (the novella, not the movie) to be humorous, even with the punchline. Frankly, it works perfectly well as a standard sci-fi horror story.
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #392 on: October 05, 2014, 08:42:15 pm »
Basically, he was just writing for the paycheck; he'd been having a run of bad luck selling his stories, so he took a commission from a humor magazine.
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #393 on: October 05, 2014, 09:06:48 pm »
It has a certain (very) dark humour depending on how you look at it, but that doesn't necessarily make it any less of a genuine horror story, I think.

(Alternately maybe the joke is that you pick up a humour magazine expecting something lightheartedly funny and get hit with.. that instead)


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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #394 on: October 16, 2014, 07:53:38 pm »
For another humorous Lovecraft story, check out "Sweet Ermengarde":

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #395 on: October 16, 2014, 09:36:33 pm »
Just finished reading Spade & Archer, a prequel to The Maltese Falcon written by Joe Gores in 2009 or so. It's pretty good, it definitely *feels* like a Sam Spade book! The only problem I have with it is it uses "could of" and "should of" and whatnot and that's... wrong. Very wrong. The words your looking for are "could've" and "should've" or, depending on how slangy you want to be, "coulda" and "shoulda".

...anyways, it was a good book. Except for that one thing.


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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #396 on: October 17, 2014, 08:38:45 pm »
I've been re-reading A Confederacy of Dunces, and it's even funnier now that I know about the neoreactionary movement.  If the book were set today, Ignatius would probably be blogging about "the Cathedral".

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #397 on: October 17, 2014, 09:17:34 pm »
Ha. I'd never noticed it before, but you're right. Mencius Moldbug is secretly Ignatius Reilly.
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #398 on: October 21, 2014, 12:03:49 am »
I've considered reading Starship Troopers, mostly for the politics involved. Not, mind you, because I agree with it, but because I'm pretty sure I don't.
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #399 on: October 22, 2014, 06:58:30 pm »
I've considered reading Starship Troopers, mostly for the politics involved. Not, mind you, because I agree with it, but because I'm pretty sure I don't.

I love SST to death, but I do agree Heinlein's free love message is kinda dated. And Heinlein was remarkably ahead for his day, with his societal attitudes. For example, compare Rico to any other sci-fi protagonist in one particularly important factor.

That's right, Heinlein had a non-white main protagonist in the 1950s who actually speaks in his native language (Tagalog) with his family.

Give the book a chance, I say. And if you even dare to bring up the alleged fascism, expect me to laugh in your face.
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #400 on: October 29, 2014, 02:46:36 am »
Isn't the fascism claim because the movie missed the point(I have not experienced SST in either format, so I really don't know)?
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #401 on: October 29, 2014, 03:28:25 am »
Isn't the fascism claim because the movie missed the point(I have not experienced SST in either format, so I really don't know)?
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The fascism claim is because the SST book was quite serious in its pro-military anti-peace, anti democracy preaching (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starship_Troopers#Controversy) while the movie was a tongue-in-cheek parody.

The viewers either missed the joke and got angry because they thought it was serious, or did not miss the joke and got angry because the movie wasn't gung-ho propaganda for a militarized federation where only soldiers are allowed to vote and hold power.
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #402 on: October 29, 2014, 08:45:50 am »
The Monuments Men. Interesting piece of WWII history.

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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #403 on: October 29, 2014, 12:19:54 pm »
The Monuments Men. Interesting piece of WWII history.

The movie, while quite inaccurate from a historical perspective, is quite good as well.
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Re: What Are You Reading?
« Reply #404 on: January 24, 2015, 09:02:35 pm »
Everybody was pestering me to read Confederates in the Attic, so I did. It brings up some very interesting points about the societal effects of that war, especially some individuals's ghost dance-esque obsession with it's symbols.
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