[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Stephen King

  • From: "k4zq" <k4zq@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 02:34:10 -0400

Cindy,

Steve felt sorry for Cujo, too.

Peace,
Ernie

----- Original Message ----- From: "Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 6:32 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] OT: Stephen King



I read Cujo and Misery, and I think he's a good
writer, at least in those books. I really felt sorry
for Cujo. It wasn't his fault he went mad.

I also read a book of his short stories and thought
they were well-written. Certainly more so than some of
the popular authors, both mystery and other fiction,
that I've read for bookshare.

Cindy
--- Evan Reese <mentat1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

If it put you to sleep, why are you going to read
the book?

As far as King goes, the two I read were Carrie, and
The dead Zone.  Carrie was only okay, and since it
was - I think - his first novel, I cut him some
slack on that one.  But I was especially
disappointed with The Dead Zone.  He didn't really
do anything interesting with the precognition angle
compared to what Frank Herbert or Mike resnick did
with it.  Besides, evil is so banal anyway.

----- Original Message ----- From: k4zq
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 2:30 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: A Submission



The Synopsis put me to sleep. 'Bout as good as Cliff Notes. However, I've read a couple of books before, although, not too many, so I think I can muddle through.

  Be careful what you say to me.  I got that reject
button, you know.

  Sorry about Steve, Evan.  Apt Pupil is just a good
addition for education in the dark side.

Peace,
Ernie
----- Original Message ----- From: Evan Reese
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 11:57 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: A Submission



It was just the left half of the dust jacket! What do you mean long? It fit in the submission form, so maybe you aren't getting enough sleep. I just read through it again in a minute or so. If you're having this much trouble with a synopsis, you may not want to tackle a whole book just yet. <grin>

    I read to of King's works, and I wasn't
impressed with his writing ability.

----- Original Message ----- From: k4zq
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 8:00 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: A Submission



Evan!

      Was that synopsis the entire book?  Thought
I'd never get through it.

      I'll go see if somebody already has it, and if
not, I'll get it, then I can consult with you on it
if I need.

      Btw, If you Ain't familiar with "Apt Pupil,"
it's an excellent contribution to your development
as purely evil.

Peace,
Ernie
----- Original Message ----- From: Evan Reese
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Thursday, August 24, 2006 10:25 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] A Submission



Well, I finally got it up there. The book is called Transcension by Damien Broderick. It is Science Fiction. I hope the validator reads the comments I put in the form. All of the chapter headings, as well as the title and author on the title page, are in lower-case letters. I hope whomever doesn't decide that they are errors and "fix" them.

        Ironically, after all the recent talk about
validators reading through submissions, I hope
whoever does this one does the minimum, unless they
are familiar with the book.  There are a number of
other peculiarities in the book which might be taken
as errors if someone doesn't notice their
consistency.  For example, the chapter headings with
Arabic numbers are followed by a space, a colon,
another space, and then the chapter name, whereas
those chapters starting with roman numerals are
followed by a colon without the space.  I really
enjoyed the book, but it was a lot of work to get
into shape.

        For any who are interested, here is the
synopsis from the dust jacket:

        Damien Broderick has been a leading
Australian SF writer since the seventies, winning
numerous awards. His novel The Dreaming Dragons was
named one of the 100 best SF novels. His recent
nonfiction book, The Spike, is a mind-stretching
look at the wonders of the high-tech future. Now in
Transcension, he brings to life one of the high-tech
futures he imagined in The Spike, a 22nd-century
Utopia pervaded by nanotechnology and ruled by a
benign but coldly objective AI. Transcension may be
Broderick's best book yet.

        Amanda is a brilliant violinist, a
mathematical genius, and a rebel. Impatient for the
adult status her society only grants at age thirty,
but determined to have a real adventure first, she
has repeatedly gotten into trouble and found herself
in the courtroom of Magistrate Mohammed Abdel-Malek,
the sole resurrectee from among those who were
frozen in the early 21st century, the man whose mind
was the seed for Aleph, the AI that rules this
Utopia.

        Mathewmark is a real adolescent, living in
the last place where they still exist, the
reservation known as the Valley of the God of One's
Choice, where those who have chosen faith over
technology are allowed to live out their simpler
lives. When Amanda determines that access to the
valley is the key to the daring stunt she plans, it
is Mathewmark she will have to lead into temptation.

        But just as Amanda, Mathewmark. and
Abdel-Malek are struggling to find themselves and
achieve their potentials, so is Aleph, and the AI's
success will be a challenge to them and all of
humanity.






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