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Old 01-20-2016, 11:44 AM
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I fear we're soon to reach the point where we find out if Flawgic has any other relatives to fall back on after his mom burns out...
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Old 01-20-2016, 11:49 AM
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I fear we're soon to reach the point where we find out if Flawgic has any other relatives to fall back on after his mom burns out...
I've gone through about 15 of them so far with her. I just do a couple a night. I've already started buttering my sister up for the task if my Mom bails!
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Old 01-20-2016, 11:51 AM
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I'm somewhat apprehensive on Alloy of Law. I just finished the first Mistborn trilogy last month or so, and it was a slog to get to the end. For those of you who voted for it, is it worth picking up despite these feelings?
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Old 01-20-2016, 12:08 PM
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Yeah, tonally it's completely different as it's something of a murder mystery set in a magical-Old West setting. It's almost entirely standalone.
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Old 01-20-2016, 12:37 PM
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Interesting. I've never heard that take before. For me, the film is preeeeeeeeeeeeeettty close to perfect.
Same. If we did a top 25 movies it would probably make my list.
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Old 01-20-2016, 12:45 PM
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C&tCF needs humor to break up the relentless bleak milieu of the rest of the film, most of which is terrible things having happened and happening to people (a good chunk of whom deserve it, but still). It reinforces the sense of magical whimsy the factory has instead of letting it fade into a factory of confectionery horrors.
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Old 01-20-2016, 12:49 PM
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See also: The Burton film which isn't funny and the factory is a gloomy place with low lighting.
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Old 01-20-2016, 01:41 PM
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Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (2005) - 42 points (Kirin, Johnny Unusual, Gerad, Octopus Prime)

Gaiman's follow up to American Gods and very much in the same vein. Real world myth and legend intersect with the modern world. Here, corporate crime gets mixed up with West African storytelling tradition. I feel like this book doesn't stand out of Gaiman's oeuvre, but that's not to say it is in any way deficient.

“Stories are like spiders, with all they long legs, and stories are like spiderwebs, which man gets himself all tangled up in but which look pretty when you see them under a leaf in the morning dew, and in the elegant way that they connect to one another, each to each.”

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[front cover] What is an Anansi? (I try explain that the Anansi is a African mythological figure that is a storyteller and trickster) So this is like the Percy Jackson books? (I was shocked here. I did not know my mom knew what those books were. I tell her that I do not think so but maybe?) I like those books. They’re like the Harry Potter books.


[back cover] So the Anansi is the Spider? That’s why there’s a web on the cover. I guess this book would be okay if it’s like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.

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Old 01-20-2016, 02:10 PM
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If we're hitting this one I guess more Gaiman is making it that I thought. I mean, pretty much all of his are on my list, because he's literally half the novels I've read since graduating college, but that's me. (Well, maybe not quite literally. But probably actually if you didn't count all of the Potter series separately.)
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Old 01-20-2016, 02:32 PM
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I'm a sucker for a good heroine so I probably need to read Sabriel.
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Old 01-20-2016, 02:40 PM
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I like how FL's mom complains about all these dudes but missed the one girl who is a girl.
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Old 01-20-2016, 02:43 PM
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Why do they need magic? They have trains and everything. Seems silly.
Quote of the year.
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Old 01-20-2016, 02:44 PM
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I'm somewhat apprehensive on Alloy of Law. I just finished the first Mistborn trilogy last month or so, and it was a slog to get to the end. For those of you who voted for it, is it worth picking up despite these feelings?
I also burnt out on the mistborn trilogy but loved Alloy of Law.

I got bored again halfway through the sequel to that one, though.
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Old 01-20-2016, 02:45 PM
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I like how FL's mom complains about all these dudes but missed the one girl who is a girl.
I've never read the book so didn't know to correct her. Don't know if I would have anyway. It's a pretty funny quote.
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Old 01-20-2016, 03:01 PM
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[back cover] So the Anansi is the Spider?
Yup.



I liked this more than American Gods, maybe because of the smaller scope? But I only voted for one book per author and it wasn't this one.
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Old 01-20-2016, 04:24 PM
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Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (2005) - 42 points (Kirin, Johnny Unusual, Gerad, Octopus Prime)
I feel like this book doesn't stand out of Gaiman's oeuvre, but that's not to say it is in any way deficient.
I'd say it's much more of a farce than his other books, certainly for much of the story. The villain (specifically the more fantastical of the villains) is a serious threat but appropriately enough for it being an Anansi story, he gets a humourous punishment.
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Old 01-21-2016, 04:44 AM
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I enjoyed Anansi Boys. Nowhere near as good as American Gods though, which is pretty much a masterpiece
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Old 01-21-2016, 07:23 AM
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Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897) - 42 points (aturtledoesbite, Positronic Brain)

Influenced by Eastern European folklore, Bram Stoker (theater manager and writer of sensationalist novels) invented THE vampire. Then Simon Belmont hit him with a whip. Stoker claimed he got the idea for Dracula after a nightmare caused by eating too much crab meat covered with mayonnaise. I don't believe that for one second, but it's a good story.

Nobody knows why a dracula goes bleah.

“There was a deliberate voluptuousness that was both thrilling and repulsive. And as she arched her neck she actually licked her lips like an animal till I could see in the moonlight the moisture. Then lapped the white, sharp teeth.

Lower and lower went her head. I closed my eyes in a languorous ecstasy and waited. ”


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[front cover]I don’t need to look at a cover to know what Dracula is! That’s the one written by Shelley, right? (I tell my mom that Frankenstein is that one) Oh! I read Frankenstein in school. I never read Dracula though… It isn’t fantasy! It’s not even horror. It’s just an old book with a vampire in it.

[back cover]Everyone knows the story of Dracula! (This quickly degenerated into my mom ranking which vampire movies/shows she liked and which she didn’t. Buffy and Twilight are high on the list.)
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Old 01-21-2016, 07:29 AM
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.... Something tells me that header was intended for another novel.
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Old 01-21-2016, 07:36 AM
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I think this technically means my entire list is represented in this, since everything else was flat-out disqualified
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Old 01-21-2016, 07:45 AM
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.... Something tells me that header was intended for another novel.
Yes, The Time Machine
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Old 01-21-2016, 07:50 AM
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Yes, The Time Machine
Oh, I though it was a reference to the other great work with Dracula, Castlevania - that's where The Creature comes originally from, right?
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Old 01-21-2016, 01:16 PM
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Bone by Jeff Smith (1991) - 43 points (Patrick, JFink)

Are comics allowed? I don't remember if we said comics were allowed. Oh well, better this than Aquaman or something. Bone is a comic series what was drawn, written, and published by one dude. I met him in a stairwell once. It starts off with some fun goofy comedy about three skeleton brothers who fall into a forested valley and ends in a High Fantasy epic what with a legacy and destiny and a kingdom and a dragon. It's all good but I think prefer the fun goofiness of the early issues to the high drama stuff.



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[front cover]Is this a comic? This list of yours doesn’t make anysense! You said it was fantasy but it’s got guns, and Dracula, and Alice in Wonderland and now some silly comic. Why does the girl look real but the thing looks like a cartoon. Is that Bone? Is Bone a person?

[back cover]See right here! Phoney, Fone, Smiley. This is a comic. But I’ve never heard of it! Was it in the papers?
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Old 01-21-2016, 01:21 PM
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Bone was on my list originally, but I decided to cut it because I didn't think comics counted.

It's my fault that Bone isn't listed higher!

I feel ashamed of myself!
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Old 01-21-2016, 01:26 PM
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I didn't even think to list Bone. It turns into a fairly epic fantasy by the end. And it has a map!
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Old 01-21-2016, 02:08 PM
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I can't remember if I included comics in my list or not. =\

Anyway, those two panels are some of the best panels ever printed in comics.
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Old 01-21-2016, 02:09 PM
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I didn't know if comics counted either, but I figured Bone was worth breaking the rules for.
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Old 01-21-2016, 05:15 PM
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I share your shame, Octo. But I also envy the bravery of you mavericks who chose to vote for Bone. It is, after all, a graphic novel.
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Old 01-21-2016, 05:36 PM
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I share your shame, Octo. But I also envy the bravery of you mavericks who chose to vote for Bone. It is, after all, a graphic novel.
And like I told Loki in my vote, it's collected in an omnibus so it's still one book.
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Old 01-21-2016, 05:46 PM
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It's certainly a novel choice.
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