December 13th, 2004

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Appendices in novels

I'm curious what people's opinions of appendices in novels are. I absolutely *love* them but apparently (judging from discussion on some lists I'm on) some folks really hate them and insist that "No, a writer should put all their information in the BOOK!" I strongly disagree. To me, if we're talking about a fantasy or SF book where somebody has invented a world, appendices are a reference to it. That's certainly what the appendices in my book are about. *shrugs* I'm just feeling a bit frustrated by the idea that anybody would think appendices are universally "gratuitous," "pretentious," etc. I mean, it's it MORE pretentious to throw huge chunks of exposition at somebody?!
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Classic Movies

For a while now, I've been meaning to do a post where I recommend some of my all-time favorite classic movies, silent era through the 1950s. The reason I have this hankering is that while I seem to constantly encounter a lot of "You haven't seen [insert some supposedly 'big' movie from the past 20 years]?!" and people think I don't like movies or don't know movies, that's far from the truth. Plus I have a counter-question: Have you seen these movies?

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Just when I think I'm safe...

Aargh!

Don't know how or what did it, but something just bit my pinky. What kind of insect is hiding out in here in December? My finger is swelling up and yay, I've got a nice histamine reaction going on.

Eeeee! I hope I could spend all of watching Legend of Earthsea scratching myself!

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In other "news" from the past few days...

Used Zifty.com again and had Blade Runner and Starship Troopers delivered Sat. night. Caleb and I watched Harrison and Rutger duke it out and had an excellent night after that; all I'm saying is, costumes were involved.

Sunday I went to Outworlders' book group and we all agreed Bending the Landscape: Horror was a disappointment and a bum pick. Basically, none of the stories were realy horror, and some of them were horrible. Blah... Afterward I went and visited Caleb at his work, then I went to Outwrite (where I got our Feb. book, Lost Souls). Sunday night I made a Southern din-din of collard greens, corn bread and spicy sweet potatoes. Caleb and Daniel came over and watched Indiana Jones movies, so more Harrison Ford action.

Today was low key and not memorable. I managed to pick up my house, go shopping at CVS, mail a package, and tie up some loose ends with clients. I will do more serious work on Wednesday.
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Earthsea + 3 Things Meme

Just watched Part I of the Earthsea mini-series. Even though I have yet to actually read the books the based on, I can already tell this thing would be a big disappointment to readers. It's obvious that a lot of detail and subtlety (Le Guin's strongpoint) has been left out. Instead, the makers of this series seem to have been using Earthsea as a means to present a king of Lord of the Rings-Harry Potter hybrid. The series has a bad problem with "telegraphing," where future plot points, future evil doers, etc., are pointed out quite obviously -- may as well have subtitles saying things like "And now she will reveal that she is a Very Bad Woman" or "And now we have the gushy 'words of wisdom' scene he will later remember in flashback." He he. Still, I will watch it tomorrow night.

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And for the daily meme-age:

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