[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Stephen King

  • From: "Amy Goldring Tajalli" <agoldringtajalli@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2006 13:42:50 -0400

Dear Lissi,

Thanks for the vote of confidence. I finally have Genji in Openbook and will finish it if it kills me while I still have OpenBook. I still have one problem with it which the powers that be - Evan? Jake ? I don't have a scorecard so that other than JBrownell I don't know who is whom and is there an hierarchy. I find many of the problems I thought I had are gone but also gone are such things as page numers that match the original. Kurzweill made it possible in that I could choose which page I wanted as page one and all the previous pages were "preliminary page #". Having done that, then I kept the blank pages so that the numbers matched the page numbers on the book pages. Now all that is gone and instead of having a book with 1236 pp more or less I have a book with weird numering totalling over 2000 pages and instead of paragraphs being indented they are separate by a blank line which is, I dare assume, the reason for the length. Now that fits with the books I have downloaded from Bookshare and if that is what is preferred I won't try to change it but the length alone may be intimidating even to someone who is not scared off by 1200 pp. Whatever is preferred I will do just let me know. After the next 22 days I will have to use either wordperfect - the 5.1 or one other of the choices or wordpad to validate but I won't quit just because I scan or have to really learn one of those programs which have been scaring the H. out of me. If so, I will happily take advice in my choice as long as the advisor can think simple. My rule of thumb is kis,. It will help if I can find and use some voice. I tried to download Daisy and VRS again but there seems to be a problem but I am not going to fuss with it now. I am going back to Genji and, if there is time, Kipling.

To do this I am going to have to ignore much of my mail. I don't know how any of you get anything done with all the mail on that list. If you really want to get my attention, mail me at agoldringtajalli@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx Much of the bkvol-dcuss mail I can only look at the subject and if it is not specifically for me or on a topic related to what I am doing I will have to delete it unread if I am to take advantage of openbook. As is obvious. I get distracted and in volved and I know I cannot do tha and take advantage of openbook. Wish me luck and tell me about the pp and paragraphs and I will get down to heavy duty work.

Love as always,

Amy


----- Original Message ----- From: "Estelnalissi" <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, August 27, 2006 12:08 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Stephen King



Dear Evan,

Amy could be a great asset if she wants to validate. I'm not sure if she's actually validated anything, yet, and though I don't mean to drag things out for you, I think it might be a good idea for us to encourage her to validate a, "easy book," as a kind of test run. Otherwise, she could have the history volume she's working mired in file confusion, etc, for eons. What do you think?

Katie was game for that Star Wars challenge you bantered about with Ernie and she knows her way around the process. She wouldn't need a trial run and it sounds like she'd enjoy working on Tolkien and working with you. I'm guessing she'd take volume one, and since you scanned it...

We'll have a fellowship yet!

I'll contemplate a chirpier quote while I give Armasted a fair run.

Always with love,

Lissi

"My story is finally out there in the ether, a self-sufficient organism beyond my control, changing shape in every new mind that absorbs it."
From The Night Listener, a novel by
Armistead Maupin


----- Original Message ----- From: "Estelnalissi" <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, August 26, 2006 11:52 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Stephen King



Dear Pratik and Ernie,

If I'd read your messages first, I wouldn't have launched in to my own Steven King Spiel. I agree with both of you and have added, "Hearts of Atlantis," to my to read list and will investigate the sport's novelette. I don't even like sports, but a good author can do that, lure you to break new ground.

Always with Love,

Lissi

"My story is finally out there in the ether, a self-sufficient organism beyond my control, changing shape in every new mind that absorbs it."
From The Night Listener, a novel by
Armistead Maupin


----- Original Message ----- From: "Pratik Patel" <pratikp1@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, August 26, 2006 11:07 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Stephen King



Hello,

Steven King can be an incredible writer when he puts his mind to it. A
part of his Dark Tower series is amazing. He loses it when he stretches
things too much. A book such as "Hearts of Atlantus," which doesn't contain
the strangeness of some of the other books, really brings out King's
strengths. His short stories are wonderful as well.


Pratik

-----Original Message-----
From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of k4zq
Sent: Saturday, August 26, 2006 2:34 AM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: Stephen King

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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