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100-Word Review: Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen

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If you’ve read any of Carl Hiaasen’s other novels, you know what to expect from Skinny Dip:  oddball characters, witty dialogue, ridiculous circumstances, and more than a little of an environmental bent.  (And, if you haven’t read any of his stuff, then now you know what to expect.)  Joey Perrone’s douchebag husband (yes, Joey’s a woman — this book takes place in Florida, not New England) tries to murder her by throwing her off a cruise ship; she spends the next 300 pages surreptitiously getting even (he thinks she’s dead, of course).  And we get some Everglades history as a bonus, too.

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May 16th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

100-Word Review: Spirits in the Wires by Charles de Lint

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Spirits in the Wires was the first Charles de Lint book I’ve read (thanks, Lisa!), but it surely won’t be the last.  de Lint’s particular brand of urban fantasy hit just the right notes with me, especially given the focus on the Internet in this book: a website existing as an actual place in another dimension and sucking people into itself through the ‘net?  Ridiculous, maybe, but exactly my kind of ridiculous.  His characters (many of whom, it seems, were supporting players in his other “Newford” novels) all feel like real people with real lives dealing with extraordinarily unreal circumstances.

Grade: A-

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May 13th, 2009 at 11:00 am

Snape of Deadwood

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Ben: so far, i’m doing a pretty good job of not picturing the actors when i read the books [the Harry Potter books, which Ben has only recently begun reading]

Allen: That’s difficult. It’s commendable you’re holding out. :)

Ben: alan rickman is tough to displace

Ben: though if i try really hard to forget he’s involved, then in my head snape looks an awful lot like doc cochran :-)

Allen: Now THAT would’ve been some casting.

Allen: Damn them and their British bias!

Allen: So does Snape sound like Doc Cochran when you read? “Harry F!%ing Potter, you co%&!@&er, who the f&!k do you think you are?”

Ben: lol

Ben: great, now i have an image of him mixing up anti-crotchrot potions for all the school whores

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July 30th, 2007 at 5:44 pm

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Where’s Neil When You Need Him?

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Okay, I’ve got a question that’s been bugging me for three years, and I think you people reading this site are just the ones to help me.

For the first ten years of my Neil Gaiman Fandom, I pronounced his name in my head so that it rhymed with “Hey, man!” Never once did it occur to me that this pronunciation might not be correct — the word “aim” was right there in the middle of his name, so GAYM-en it was.

But shortly after I started at the job I have now three years ago, one of my coworkers insisted (with some vehemence, I might add) that Gaiman’s name was pronounced so that it rhymed with “Pie, man!” I didn’t feel I had any grounds to be able to argue my opinion with any certainty, as I’d never heard his name spoken by anyone I could think of as an authoritative source on the matter. So I did what I frequently do in arguments: I shut my mouth and let the other person continue in his belief, whether said belief was correct or not.

Since then, I’ve heard the name pronounced both ways. The Wikipedia entry on Neil backs up my long-held supposition, but I don’t consider the Wikipedia infallible with this kind of info. I know that at least a couple of my friends have seen the man speak live, so I’m hoping you folks who have done so can give me something definitive — did he speak his own name? And if so, how did he say it? Is he the HEY-man or the PIE-man?

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May 21st, 2006 at 3:50 pm

More Kilts, Fewer Robes

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OK, maybe everyone else who’s read the Harry Potter books caught on to this fact before me, maybe I should have noticed this or thought about it more or what-have-you — Terry says she knew this somehow, but isn’t sure how or why she knows it. But I hadn’t realized that Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is located in Scotland.

Makes sense, of course, especially when you see the mountainous landscape as represented in the movies; that’s certainly not the gentle rolling hills I have in my head as making up most of England. And that train ride from King’s Cross Station to Hogsmeade sure does take a while. It had just never occured to me and kind of threw me for a bit of a conceptual loop when I saw a reference earlier today to “Hogsmeade, Scotland.”

Sort of like when I first read that Metropolis is supposedly is in Delaware. I mean, c’mon… that’s almost as bizarre as saying that Paragon City, the setting of City of Heroes, is in Rhode Island. That’s just ludicrous, right? Right?

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January 24th, 2006 at 12:11 am