Dragons of Autumn Twilight: The Mockening! (Prologue-Chapter 1)

Damn, I read this book when I was about thirteen. At the time, I thought it was a fairly standard but inoffensive fantasy. I've been assured it gets much better, so I've come back for another stab at Dragonlance. Well, folks, I damn well hope it gets better, because four chapters in, this is some of the silliest stuff I've ever seen.

Don't worry, I don't remember much of it - I remember really liking Sturm, thinking Raistlin would be really cool if he weren't so whiny, some gorgeous, bland Staff Chick, and something about discs. That's about it - I'm essentially coming to this fresh.

This series of posts will stop at the point where the series actually gets good. But I'm not your typical jaded sporkmeister, and as I've read Weis and Hickman's Forging of the Darksword and really, really liked it, I'm actually pretty sure that point will arrive.

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Writer's Block: Funniest Thing Ever.

Out of all the funny things that have ever happened to you, which experience still cracks you up?

Being recommended the tamales at a Mexican restaurant, and refusing, because "those corn husks are awfully hard to chew." The waitress excused herself hastily and we heard the sound of breaking china from the kitchen. I did wonder why everyone at the cafeteria table was looking at me like that.

The Deathly Hallows movie split

Fantastic freaking news, this - there's no way they could do the entire book justice in a two-and-a-half-hour time span. I say the split should come just after Malfoy Manor and the burial, and ending where they discuss the significance of the interrogation so the audience has a clear idea where the second movie is going to start. Shell Cottage also strikes me as a nice, easy way to open a movie. Now, obviously, that's twenty-three chapters for the first movie and thirteen for the second, but a) those twenty-three chapters involve the stake-out in the forest, a lot of which can be covered, as it could not in the book, by brief Montages of Futility; and b) a whole hell of a lot is happening in those thirteen chapters, and they could leaven it with time to take in what's just happened, take a panoramic view of things - maybe even give Those Two Characters a proper send-off.

Of course, all this will come to naught if they can't ditch Steve Kloves.
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    That Dies Irae that plays during that timeskip montage. Yes, it's a Dies Irae.


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Just discovered a new fandom

Twirling your hair and stacking stuff is the Falcon of nervous tics.

Brought to you by the Department of Cryptic Bi-Fandom References. Also might be completely wrong, as I have nine episodes to go, but at least I'm past the "what are we going to do for the next eleven episodes?!?!" stage.

I could really use a doughnut binge, though.

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Shiny sevens! Must be prediction time!

First off, yes, this date was a missed opportunity of massive numerology and nose-thumbing for all. That nose-thumbing bit is an upside, may I add, not a downside. If the Brits are going to start postponing things on account of propriety, they'd have to start with Christmas. (Luckily, I'm fairly sure they're cooler than that and it really was publishing time constraints. Those two weeks look a lot longer from this vantage point.)

With that out of the way...

Cut for massive Trelawney spam. And I mean MASSIVE.Collapse )
Gah, I think I'm forgetting something, but this'll have to do.
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    excited Ever nearer to July 21...