Sunday Morning Book Thread 01-20-2013: The Upholstery That Dare Not Speak Its Name [OregonMuse]


guy on couch.jpg
I have nothing to be ashamed of.

Good morning morons and moronettes and welcome to this week's promiscuously plump, brazenly cushioned, and provocatively upholstered Sunday Morning Book Thread.

Look, you all know that the couch was just asking for it, right? I mean, c'mon, who hasn't thought about it now and again? He just couldn't help himself.

That said, he probably should have invested in one of these.

Morons What Write Books

This week, I have lots of moron authors' books to pimp tell you all about, so let's get started:

Moron Gregory of Yardale announced in the book thread comments last week that his new novel, Worlds Apart Book 05: Aurora, has just been published as an eBook. You can get it in .pdf, ePub, or Mobi file formats. Note that this is the 5th book in the series. Here are the previous four, which you might want to read first:

Worlds Apart Book 01 - Meridian
Worlds Apart Book 02 - EdenWorld
Worlds Apart Book 03 - Bodicea
Worlds Apart Book 04 - Winter

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Moron commenter E.C. (Cam) Williams' latest novel in his "Westerly Gales" series is Into Uncharted Seas, available as a Kindle e-book on Amazon. The action takes place in the future after mankind undergoes a precipitous decline into pre-industrial technology. The previous books in the series are:

Westerly Gales
The Cruise of the Albatross

Cam pleads with me:

My fellow morons and moronettes are humbly requested to buy this book, to keep me in Val-U-Rite vodka for another week or so.

So, do a fellow moron a solid, will you?

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Moronette Tungsten Monk also has a new book out, Thief of Midnight, which I heard about from an e-mail her father sent me, who comments under the name 'Brown Line'. He says

It is a terrific story, an urban fantasy about ghoul hunters who patrol the mean streets of Chicago

Which makes me wonder, how many other AoSHQ morons are related to each other? Personally, I have yet to encounter anyone in real life who has even heard of AosHQ.

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Long time moron Todd Wiley has written a novel consisting of 4 stories dealing with horror, paranormal, alternative history and a bit of speculative theology, called The Nature of Your Need, available as an eBook from Amazon for only 99 cents.

For those of you who have e-mailed me recommendations and info about your own books that didn't make this week's thread, don't worry, I'll get to you in a subsequent thread.

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So that's all for this week, fellow upholsterers. As always, book thread tips, suggestions, rumors, and insults may be sent to OregonMuse, Proprietor, AoSHQ Book Thread, at aoshqbookthread@gmail.com.

Life is too short to read lousy books. So I hope you all have been reading something good this week.

Posted by: Open Blogger at 11:00 AM



Comments

1 Finished The Carpet Baggers. It wasn’t that good the second time around. I guess being a horny teenager helps. Now working on The Wretched of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler. It showed up on an Amazon Fantasy search and it was cheap so I gave it a try. It is actually pretty good.

http://is.gd/wqIq7V

Posted by: Vic at January 20, 2013 11:02 AM (53z96)

2 Well I was thinking about lunch. Not any more.

Eyes Wide Shut.... blargggg!!!!

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at January 20, 2013 11:04 AM (MoP0k)

3 Don't forget Sabrina Chase and OSP's books. For those who have not bought them yet. Well what ya waiting for!!!

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at January 20, 2013 11:08 AM (MoP0k)

4 I have read Sabrina Chase's books.

Posted by: Vic at January 20, 2013 11:09 AM (53z96)

5 Great to see more Moron authors out there. Will have to pick up some if these titles. I especially wouldn't want to deny a member of the Horde his Valu vodka!

Posted by: Secret squirrels ballz Und sheft at January 20, 2013 11:12 AM (0SmH0)

6 Fool: A Novel by Christopher Moore, audiobook.


I'm no shrinking violet, but this book is pretty fucking raunchy. Set among the characters of King Lear, the protagonist is the King's favorite jester, Fool. Fool viciously mocks the gentry at the risk of being beheaded pretty much every day. Gets away with calling princesses "shriveled jizzmops" and referring to "gouts of git-seed covering the pantry walls". Can't really recommend, but if you're into comic novels it's probably worth a library perusal.

Posted by: Lincolntf at January 20, 2013 11:14 AM (ZshNr)

7 Is the dude on the couch that wine-swilling, bath-polluting GSA guy at his home?

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at January 20, 2013 11:14 AM (eHIJJ)

8 De Mis Ojos by Dale Martinez.

His brother was the main contractor on my mountain cabin a few years back. The story is the tale of a young man in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, woven among the historical ethnic background of the area. I had a particular interest because it gave me some insights into the mindset of the locals in the area where my F-I-L was killed. Not a bad read. I think it is only available on Kindle.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at January 20, 2013 11:14 AM (1OZSU)

9
Personally, I have yet to encounter anyone in real life who has even heard of AosHQ.

Same here. At least, no one will admit to having heard about the Horde.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at January 20, 2013 11:15 AM (yiIja)

10 If you don't mind blood and guts The Assassins Trilogy by Derek Haasisn't bad. I'm almost done and it's kept me entertained for quite awhile. 2.99 for the kindle version.

Posted by: Molly k. at January 20, 2013 11:15 AM (YiUfE)

11 Derek Haas isn't. Not DerekHassisnt....

Posted by: Molly k. at January 20, 2013 11:16 AM (YiUfE)

12 Can any Morons o Ettes recommend some good TEOTWAWKI or dystopian novels? I read The Road, which was good, but quite depressing. One Second After was decent, but I couldn't get past the spelling and grammatical errors. Some site recommended "Patriots" and "Lights Out." I couldn't finish either one, the writing was so bad.

Posted by: Steff McKee at January 20, 2013 11:16 AM (RcG3a)

13 Ah, naked leatherette and a glass of wine, nothing could be finer.

I recently read a slew of MesoAmerican adventure novels from several different authors. They were all OK, but remarkably like one another. So, no recommendations.

And besides, have you OMG seen Michelle's mad hair?

Posted by: Blacksheep at January 20, 2013 11:16 AM (bS6uW)

14 @8- Should add- the title in local dialect I am told is either "Through My Eyes" or "With My Eyes" as in 'what I witnessed, as told by me'. There is some Spanish, but not much, and always with accompanying English translation so you don't need to be Spanish-literate.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at January 20, 2013 11:17 AM (1OZSU)

15 Just like to clarify that I am not the EC who wrote that book, cause everyone knows I don't write, I comment.

Posted by: EC at January 20, 2013 11:18 AM (doBIb)

16 Earnest K. Gann novels. For the good old days when you could bring your choice of booze and firearm aboard an airplane. (and smoke) (and not sit next to some turd in flip flops and shorts).

Posted by: Bill at January 20, 2013 11:18 AM (xFYVW)

17 12 Can any Morons o Ettes recommend some good TEOTWAWKI or dystopian novels? I read The Road, which was good, but quite depressing.
Posted by: Steff McKee at January 20, 2013 11:16 AM (RcG3a)

*******

So let me get this straight. You're looking for an uplifting end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it book?

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at January 20, 2013 11:19 AM (1OZSU)

18 12
One Second After. Your paranoia will never leave after reading it.

Posted by: Secret squirrels ballz Und sheft at January 20, 2013 11:19 AM (0SmH0)

19 The guy on the couch? All I can think of,



http://tinyurl.com/2e76kdg

Posted by: Barney at January 20, 2013 11:20 AM (wR+pz)

20 Steff McKee, probably one of the best more modern end of the world novels is 'Lucifer's Hammer' by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. Published originally in 1977.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucifer%27s_Hammer

Hot Fudge Sundae on Tuesdae. Aka SMOD.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at January 20, 2013 11:21 AM (MoP0k)

21 12 Steff, IIRC Gingrich and another guy wrote one a couple of years ago about post-EMP America. Can't remember the title though. Something like "One Minute After" maybe or not.

Posted by: weirdflunky at January 20, 2013 11:21 AM (tlhtD)

22 Just bought all three of the "Westerly Gales" books. That should give you enough pocket change for a can of sterno.

Posted by: David Marcoe at January 20, 2013 11:22 AM (2BYL1)

23 Anna's recommendation is spot on- Lucifer's Hammer was a completely engrossing read. I had to escape the family for a day to finish it. Earth Abides is a good one as well.

Posted by: Secret squirrels ballz Und sheft at January 20, 2013 11:23 AM (0SmH0)

24 It appears not many morons are up this morning, or is everyone in DC getting ready for the big party?



Yeah, that's it. Or waiting by the TV to hear the MSM tell us at noon that The One has been sworn in?

Posted by: Billy Bob, Pseudo Intellectual at January 20, 2013 11:24 AM (wR+pz)

25 Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at January 20, 2013 11:21 AM (MoP0k)


Yes, that is a good book. Also a good series in that same venue is "Dies The Fire" by S. M. Stirling.

Posted by: Vic at January 20, 2013 11:25 AM (53z96)

26 Did any Morons happen to pick up my Kindle e-book Sir Robert of Cheshire? This was a kids book I penned that Oregon Muse covered a few weeks ago. Would love any feedback either here or on Amazon.

Posted by: Secret squirrels ballz Und sheft at January 20, 2013 11:27 AM (0SmH0)

27 I've been harboring the thought that, actually, there is no AoSHQ Moron horde - but that this is all just Ace.

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including this.


~ twitch ~

Posted by: BumperStickerist at January 20, 2013 11:29 AM (RuUvx)

28 Damn, Google earth is getting a little too personal taking photos of me on the couch.

Posted by: pointsnfigures at January 20, 2013 11:29 AM (EBPRt)

29 I've got a couple of childrens books that are in need of illustration. I'm good with the visual concepts but suck-ass at the technical hand/eye art stuff.

I've been waiting until illustration programs were so simple that I could use them with decent results -

Posted by: BumperStickerist at January 20, 2013 11:31 AM (RuUvx)

30 Finished The Carpet Baggers. It wasn’t that good the second time around. I guess being a horny teenager helps

Sounds about right.

Now working on The Wretched of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler. It showed up on an Amazon Fantasy search and it was cheap so I gave it a try.

Why is it I never see anything good on the "Kindle Deal O' The Day"? Ever since I signed up for the daily Kindle e-mail, the selections have pretty much all been complete lemons.

Posted by: OregonMuse at January 20, 2013 11:31 AM (mHjlJ)

31 As one of those "authors" whose important works were delayed until a subsequent book thread, let me just state for the record that I'm butthurt.

Posted by: xbradtc at January 20, 2013 11:32 AM (O0L6N)

32 It looks like I won't be hitting "refresh" at the HQ for another 5 hours or so until that pic is far enough down-page to keep it out of sight. I don't know about out of mind, however.

Posted by: andycanuck at January 20, 2013 11:32 AM (ORGYc)

33 Which makes me wonder, how many other AoSHQ morons are related to each
other? Personally, I have yet to encounter anyone in real life who has
even heard of AosHQ


You didn't know? we're all related , cousins, 2nd cousins ,mom and dad, you should see our lawn chairs set up on the lawn at night in front of that there bonfire, sadly we don't roast smores but, anyway ...

we've been patiently waiting for new commenters .

cue the banjo tune.

Posted by: ette at January 20, 2013 11:33 AM (nqBYe)

34 As one of those "authors" whose important works were delayed until a subsequent book thread, let me just state for the record that I'm butthurt.

Wait a minute, you sent in a book beg? Give me a hint which one it was, I don't remember seeing you in the email.

Posted by: OregonMuse at January 20, 2013 11:34 AM (mHjlJ)

35 29-
I'm in the same boat and had to find an illustrator. I've been happy with her work and she hasn't cost me very much. You can find some good, young starving artists on Craigslist.

Posted by: Secret squirrels ballz Und sheft at January 20, 2013 11:35 AM (0SmH0)

36 Naval War in the Falklands?

Lemme double check that the email went through.

Posted by: xbradtc at January 20, 2013 11:36 AM (O0L6N)

37 don't be a h8tr.
look at the smooth gentle tuck and rolling of that back.
the gentle swell of the rolling. the lush seat..


a glass of wine

all set.

Posted by: ette at January 20, 2013 11:37 AM (nqBYe)

38 Why is it I never see anything good on the "Kindle
Deal O' The Day"? Ever since I signed up for the daily Kindle e-mail,
the selections have pretty much all been complete lemons.


Posted by: OregonMuse at January 20, 2013 11:31 AM (mHjlJ)

Even with doing 4 Daily Deals they still manage to make all of them "women's books". But that one I linked to above is almost a daily deal and it is a good one.

Posted by: Vic at January 20, 2013 11:38 AM (53z96)

39 ok got it, now i know which one it is, thanks, xbradtc

Posted by: OregonMuse at January 20, 2013 11:38 AM (mHjlJ)

40 To any self-published morons out there, how is it going for you, sales-wise?

Posted by: David Marcoe at January 20, 2013 11:40 AM (2BYL1)

41 Snowpocalypse in Russia:

http://rt.com/news/winter-snow-russia-weather-275/

That right there is a significant amount of snow.

Posted by: Blacksheep at January 20, 2013 11:43 AM (bS6uW)

42 Personally, I have yet to encounter anyone in real life who has even heard of AosHQ.

Like anyone would admit to such.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at January 20, 2013 11:45 AM (p/cQy)

43 "To any self-published morons out there, how is it going for you, sales-wise?"

Eagerly awaiting that $20 royalty check, if that is an indication.

I have had positive feedback from the few who purchased it, but my efforts at self-promotion have stalled simply because I haven't had the time.

Posted by: Paul Zummo at January 20, 2013 11:46 AM (81ahw)

44 Is today the Incarnation of our lord and master? Again? Why, oh, why did I have so much coffee?

I've started "Fragment" which someone here recommended and I'll get back to it as soon as I finish the mystery I'm in the middle of. It's another Lisa Gardner and I think I'm detecting a formula: multiple point of view characters (that's obvious) but one of them doesn't tell the whole truth up front. I'm not sure I'm crazy about this, but someone gave me this book when she was through with it so at least it was free.

Also reading "How to Behave so Your Dog Behaves" and I have "Helping your fearful dog" from the library as poor Sophie is turning into a nervous wreck. I also have a fireworks desensitization disk coming but I fear it won't work if she can idetnify the source. Being unable to find the source for noises seems to be half the problem. One time, someone set off a firecracker (not on a holiday so it was a solo event) and she couldn't locate anything else so she fixated on the moon and sat down and waited for it to explode.

Posted by: Tonestaple at January 20, 2013 11:46 AM (BGruy)

45 Liege Killer is an excellent scifi book.

Posted by: eman at January 20, 2013 11:48 AM (tBnjP)

46 Almost forgot: Pats over Ravens, Niners over Falcons. Something to help me forget the miscarriage going on in DC. today, though you know they will mention it repeatedly during the games. Thank God the Skins are out.

Posted by: Blacksheep at January 20, 2013 11:49 AM (bS6uW)

47 40-
Had a flurry of purchases after OMs review but no feedback. So I don't know whether to keep plugging away or throw in the towel. And I've yet to see any duckets paid by Amazon.

Posted by: Secret squirrels ballz Und sheft at January 20, 2013 11:49 AM (0SmH0)

48 I am currently reading Mark Twain's "Joan of Arc," a book few probably know exists but which Twain called his personal favorite of all the books he ever wrote. And it is nothing like anything else he wrote. It's a very well-researched biography of Joan of Arc told from the point of view of her aid-de-camp (a fictionalized character). It's very good and provides a lot of background on someone I honestly don't know much about.

Posted by: Paul Zummo at January 20, 2013 11:52 AM (81ahw)

49 "To any self-published morons out there, how is it going for you, sales-wise?"

Eagerly awaiting that $20 royalty check, if that is an indication.

I have had positive feedback from the few who purchased it, but my efforts at self-promotion have stalled simply because I haven't had the time.
Posted by: Paul Zummo at January 20, 2013 11:46 AM (81ahw)


I have sold 25 books, although Kindle isn't out yet. Everytime I sell one my wife does her best Seseme Street "The Count" Voice and says, "Twenty Five Muh ha ha.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/ahc8poj at January 20, 2013 11:53 AM (l86i3)

50 Hey, I'm doing research for my next book and I need a good non fiction book on the CIA and the FBI, Any thoughts?

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/ahc8poj at January 20, 2013 11:54 AM (l86i3)

51 Vantage Press shut it's doors in December 2012. Sic transit unlamented one vanity publisher that bent over its authors for money with little to show.
http://tinyurl.com/aqlamm4

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at January 20, 2013 11:55 AM (MoP0k)

52 Just re-read "The Sun Also Rises" after an absence of over 40 years. Like coming back to a comfortable old chair. Lord, the man could write.

Posted by: Libra at January 20, 2013 11:57 AM (cMWZ+)

53 His books are mainly from the early 20th century, but most books by Rafael Sabatini while not "Literature," are great reads. Captain Blood, Scaramouche, the Sea Hawk are recommended.

Posted by: Steff McKee at January 20, 2013 11:57 AM (RcG3a)

54 Vantage Press shut it's doors in December 2012. Sic transit unlamented one vanity publisher that bent over its authors for money with little to show.
http://tinyurl.com/aqlamm4
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at January 20, 2013 11:55 AM (MoP0k)

Hi Anna, Yeah, I went through many publishers before deciding on Create space. I can see how it would be easy for them to get hooks in you. You become emotionally involved. Its like going to a funeral home and buying a Casket. They have you when you are vulnerable.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/ahc8poj at January 20, 2013 11:58 AM (l86i3)

55 "Can any Morons o Ettes recommend some good TEOTWAWKI or dystopian novels?"

Check out the Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howie.

Posted by: Lizzy at January 20, 2013 11:59 AM (amaU1)

56 Are you saying the guy on the couch has a dangling preposition?

Posted by: Waterhouse at January 20, 2013 12:00 PM (KhZSt)

57 I just finished The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe. It was published in 1997. I've had it recommended to me a number of times in recent years, so I decided to check it out.

Basically, it's a theory of history that postulates that there are repeating cycles, or "turnings" that last approximately 20 years or so, and which also correspond to generational archetypes. The turnings are called High, Awakening, Unraveling, and Crisis. The generational archetypes are Prophet, Nomad, Hero, and Artist. The turnings reflect changing moods in society, and the generations will have different outlooks on life depending on where in the cycle they were born and raised.

The first part of the book discusses how many ancient cultures had a cyclical view of history which corresponded roughly to the seasons in nature. The authors also find the generational archetypes in mythology. The idea of history as a linear progression began with Christianity and especially caught on during the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution.

I'd suggest thinking of it as a wheel turning while it rolls forward along a road. That doesn't appear in the book; it's my own analogy.

The book was published in 1997, at roughly the midpoint of the Unraveling. The authors predict a Crisis phase beginning in the mid to late part of the first decade of the 21st Century, which they amusingly call the "Oh-Ohs". The last three Crisis phases in American history were the Revolution, the Civil War, and the Depression/World War II.

I don't think there can be any question that the Crisis is now upon us. It's hard to be sure except in hindsight, but from my reading online it seems that there is something of a consensus that it began in 2008 with the financial crisis and Obama's election.

I think it's a very thought-provoking book, and I recommend it for all ages. No matter what generation you're a part of, it will help you understand what makes other generations tick, and why they think and act as they do.

***

I bought my used first edition hardcover copy online through Amazon. The bookseller graded it "very good". I'd call it "like new". I haven't found a blemish on it. It cost me $8.90 plus shipping. That's cheaper than a new paperback! I've had very good experiences buying used hardcovers online, even out-of-print books through AbeBooks and Alibris.

Posted by: rickl at January 20, 2013 12:00 PM (sdi6R)

58 Are you saying the guy on the couch has a dangling preposition?
Posted by: Waterhouse at January 20, 2013 12:00 PM (KhZSt)


LOL, he looks like he is plucking hairs from his Areola.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/ahc8poj at January 20, 2013 12:01 PM (l86i3)

59 finished oldsailor's "amy Lynn" highly recommend it!!!!

Posted by: phoenixgirl at January 20, 2013 12:01 PM (GVxQo)

60 Reading the five books in the Talented Mr. Ripley series.

Posted by: NCKate at January 20, 2013 12:01 PM (Pf/z7)

61 Who did you use, if anyone, for the paperback , Oldsailors? I went completely solo on the Kindle upload, which might explain the crappy sales and the less than inspiring cover art.

Posted by: Paul Zummo at January 20, 2013 12:01 PM (81ahw)

62 Sooooo, up until today I had vaguely heard reference to the "Obamaphone". I heard it during the campaign, and thought it was some sort of voucher program that a few people qualify for.

I decided to get curious today.

What I found was very Twilight Zoneish, where there's a website where people under a certain income ACTUALLY GET A FUCKING FREE PHONE!? WTF!? Seriously, and 250 free minutes every month? WTF is this? What kind of country to I live in? How can a President even offer something like that? How did this even come about and why did I not know this level of details before this?

When Mitt Romney blamed his loss, post election, on Obama giving "free stuff", I thought it was just sour grapes.........................

Posted by: Steve Mills at January 20, 2013 12:03 PM (1fV18)

63 Finished oldsailor's "amy Lynn" highly recommend it!!!!
Posted by: phoenixgirl at January 20, 2013 12:01 PM (GVxQo)


Thanks, who was your favorite Character?

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/ahc8poj at January 20, 2013 12:03 PM (l86i3)

64 @53 McKee. I always thought that Scaramouche had the best opening line I've ever read: "He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." Good stuff.

Posted by: Libra at January 20, 2013 12:03 PM (cMWZ+)

65 Who did you use, if anyone, for the paperback , Oldsailors? I went completely solo on the Kindle upload, which might explain the crappy sales and the less than inspiring cover art.
Posted by: Paul Zummo at January 20, 2013 12:01 PM (81ahw)


I used Create space. I commisioned an artist for the cover. He made a painting, I had it digitized and sent to them. They did the rest.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/ahc8poj at January 20, 2013 12:04 PM (l86i3)

66 Free crime fiction ebook for Kindle...today only, I think.
Short stories. I've only read one book by this author before..Excavation...one of his older works and it was pretty good. This one's free so you lose anything if it doesn't fit your style.

http://www.amazon.com/Ugly-Behavior-ebook/dp/B008WOLJME/ref=zg_bs_157060011_f_42

Posted by: JMKN1 at January 20, 2013 12:04 PM (JMKN1)

67
Nipple Pinch Couch Wine sounds like a good book title. Or wine label.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at January 20, 2013 12:05 PM (p/cQy)

68 oldsailor

uncle jack

Posted by: phoenixgirl at January 20, 2013 12:05 PM (GVxQo)

69 I recognize the couch, but what Senator is that?

Posted by: eman at January 20, 2013 12:05 PM (tBnjP)

70 Bought the first three Wheel of Time books for my son. He's enjoying them.

Posted by: NCKate at January 20, 2013 12:05 PM (Pf/z7)

71 Guy Mohawk, going to write a sequel to Fifty Shades using that title?

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at January 20, 2013 12:05 PM (MoP0k)

72 Nipple Pinch Couch Wine sounds like a good book title. Or wine label.
Posted by: Guy Mohawk at January 20, 2013 12:05 PM (p/cQy)

Maybe Nipple Twist, "Enjoy a Twister Today"

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/ahc8poj at January 20, 2013 12:06 PM (l86i3)

73 57
Addendum: I forgot to mention that there are quite a lot of yin/yang relationships between the turnings and the generations. That's important, and makes their theory all the more compelling, in my opinion.

Posted by: rickl at January 20, 2013 12:06 PM (sdi6R)

74 How can a President even offer something like that?
How did this even come about and why did I not know this level of
details before this?

When Mitt Romney blamed his loss, post
election, on Obama giving "free stuff", I thought it was just sour
grapes.........................


Posted by: Steve Mills at January 20, 2013 12:03 PM (1fV1

The Free Phone program has actually been around for a long time. Obama simply expanded the shit out of it.

Posted by: Vic at January 20, 2013 12:06 PM (53z96)

75 oldsailor

uncle jack
Posted by: phoenixgirl at January 20, 2013 12:05 PM (GVxQo)


Yep, that's what everyone says. He is a compilation of my Dad and my Uncle James.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/ahc8poj at January 20, 2013 12:07 PM (l86i3)

76 What if dreams are a manifestation of the 9th dimension?

Morning all. Pancake time.

Posted by: CAC at January 20, 2013 12:07 PM (xeaEv)

77 41 Snowpocalypse in Russia:

-------

Al Gore must be touring Siberia.

Posted by: Citizen Anachronda at January 20, 2013 12:07 PM (1c58W)

78 CAC please stop channeling your inner St. Pancake...

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at January 20, 2013 12:08 PM (MoP0k)

79 #78
Pancakes are a delicious manifestation of reality.
I need more manifestations of reality after the last few nights.

Posted by: CAC at January 20, 2013 12:08 PM (xeaEv)

80
Westerly Gales: A
Cruise of the Albatros: B
Into Uncharted Seas: D

Chief Sins:
A. Jumping from sail to supercarrier in a few chapters.
B. Hero nailing the right chick, marrying the other one.
C. Did I mention ceasing to nail the right chick?
E: And speaking of interrupted screws: claiming you could have a breech that uses one and closes with a half-turn.

Posted by: sherlock at January 20, 2013 12:09 PM (mnKhG)

81 oldsailor

to me, he seems more like a father figure than her father in the story...which makes complete sense as her dad had to deal with so much he's a bit detached ...it was a great story, you done good and should be proud...

Posted by: phoenixgirl at January 20, 2013 12:10 PM (GVxQo)

82 "Can any Morons o Ettes recommend some good TEOTWAWKI or dystopian novels?"

Check out the Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howie.

Posted by: Lizzy at January 20, 2013 11:59 AM (amaU1)

The Postman by David Brin.

A Canticle for Leibowitz.

Empire of the East.




Posted by: eman at January 20, 2013 12:10 PM (tBnjP)

83 OS,Ron Kessler, has pretty much the FBI covered, without the OMG, Hoover was poor evil angle, if your looking for a more historical angle, Mark Felt had some more operational perspectives, leaving out the Deep Throat oversight,
and if you like hysterics, Weiner's Enemies, feeds that need.

Posted by: cardinal fang at January 20, 2013 12:10 PM (Jsiw/)

84 How does Pixie drop whole words out of a post?? Inquiring minds. Should have been ..you DON'T lose anything. Sorry for the long link, forgot about tinyurl so here's the short preview version

http://preview.tinyurl.com/azuo7ga

Posted by: JMKN1 at January 20, 2013 12:10 PM (JMKN1)

85 I probably should ponder a nom de plume so I can peddle in Moron space and in the realms where the meat popsicles reside who know me.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at January 20, 2013 12:11 PM (MoP0k)

86
It was a cool breezy yet invigorating night as a poured a glass of cabernet and thought of her clean lines and soft curves. I slowly sauntered over swaying my bulbous belly and lightly sat upon her being careful not to wrinkle the tighty blueys. I slowly pinched and lovingly twisted my aerola in anticipation of sweet release I knew was not far off, but I could not help but think I should have bought curtains.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at January 20, 2013 12:11 PM (p/cQy)

87 What I found was very Twilight Zoneish, where there's a website where
people under a certain income ACTUALLY GET A FUCKING FREE PHONE!? WTF!?
_______

I actually believe this is how they will organize the FSA to attack the producers.
Flash mobs organized by OFA.

Posted by: Derak at January 20, 2013 12:12 PM (lkjWK)

88 OS,Ron Kessler, has pretty much the FBI covered, without the OMG, Hoover was poor evil angle, if your looking for a more historical angle, Mark Felt had some more operational perspectives, leaving out the Deep Throat oversight,
and if you like hysterics, Weiner's Enemies, feeds that need.
Posted by: cardinal fang at January 20, 2013 12:10 PM (Jsiw/)


Thanks, what I was looking for was chian of command, ROE, little things. Even though I write fiction I don't want someone familiar with the services to scream, BULLSHIT" While they are reading it.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/ahc8poj at January 20, 2013 12:13 PM (l86i3)

89 Pancakes: phenomenal or noumenal?

Posted by: Immanuel Kant at January 20, 2013 12:13 PM (Lxw+T)

90 67 Nipple Pinch Couch Wine sounds like a good book title. Or wine label. World of Warcraft guild name

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fixt

Posted by: Citizen Anachronda at January 20, 2013 12:13 PM (1c58W)

91 nom nom nomenal

Posted by: phoenixgirl at January 20, 2013 12:14 PM (GVxQo)

92 I have a copyright question for you all. I'm working on a short story. It's a vampire spoof called "Dracula and Eddy," with Eddy being the vampire from Twilight. I never outright refer to him as "Edward Cullen," though it's clearly referring to him. My plan is to eventually put this up on Kindle for free, but would I be violating any terms of service to do so. This assumes that Dracula is so far out of copyright that that part is not a concern.

Posted by: Paul Zummo at January 20, 2013 12:14 PM (81ahw)

93 Posted by: Guy Mohawk at January 20, 2013 12:11 PM (p/cQy)


LOL.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/ahc8poj at January 20, 2013 12:14 PM (l86i3)

94 I recognize the couch, but what Senator is that?

Thread winner. Please step up to the pay window to collect your winnings.

Posted by: OregonMuse at January 20, 2013 12:15 PM (mHjlJ)

95 Zummo. Make Eddy into a goth emo vampire chick named Edie. Problem solved.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at January 20, 2013 12:16 PM (MoP0k)

96 Dang, I spoke too soon about the thread winner. #86 made me laff even more.

Posted by: OregonMuse at January 20, 2013 12:17 PM (mHjlJ)

97 Posted by: Paul Zummo at January 20, 2013 12:14 PM (81ahw)

I don't know but I would tread lightly. Publishers keep a fleet of Lawyers to deal with things just like that. I like Anna's idea.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/ahc8poj at January 20, 2013 12:17 PM (l86i3)

98 Kessler's probably your best bet, if it's set any time in the last 30 years, Inside the FBI was his first in the series, I believe.

Posted by: cardinal fang at January 20, 2013 12:17 PM (Jsiw/)

99
I always thought clear spoofs were not copyright infringements if not for profit. But I really don't know for sure.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at January 20, 2013 12:18 PM (p/cQy)

100 Kessler's probably your best bet, if it's set any time in the last 30 years, Inside the FBI was his first in the series, I believe.
Posted by: cardinal fang at January 20, 2013 12:17 PM (Jsiw/)

I'll check it out, thank you.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/ahc8poj at January 20, 2013 12:18 PM (l86i3)

101 "Uncivilzation" by Copley.
Looks at the coming demographic turning point where human population begins to decline circa 2050 and offers advice on the strategic changes underway.
A bit padded but has some worthwhile thoughts.

Posted by: Whitehall at January 20, 2013 12:19 PM (FmPSC)

102 Thanks for the tips. How did "50 Shades of Grey" get away with it? Did she use such an obscure character that it didn't matter?

Posted by: Paul Zummo at January 20, 2013 12:20 PM (81ahw)

103 Guy Mohawk Fifty Shades of Gray started out as fan fiction of Twilight. It was online for free. But some agent told the writer to change a few things and you could sell this. So changes were made and it was published, 900k copies later who is laughing to the bank without a lawyer circling?

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at January 20, 2013 12:20 PM (MoP0k)

104
80 Chief Sins:
A. Jumping from sail to supercarrier in a few chapters.


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It was silly when John Ringo did it, too.

Posted by: Citizen Anachronda at January 20, 2013 12:22 PM (1c58W)

105 She basically got rid of the whole vampire/werewolf theme. Turned it into a girl losing herself in service to a very cold but attractive man. Wuthering Heights without the good prose.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at January 20, 2013 12:22 PM (MoP0k)

106 I'm writing one called 50 Shades of Gay. Think it'll sell?

Posted by: USS Diversity at January 20, 2013 12:22 PM (MPjT8)

107 Well, that does it. Next time I'm wearing little Italian loafers and it's gonna be on the BarcaLounger.

Posted by: George Orwell what knows where thou concealest thy ūr0n at January 20, 2013 12:22 PM (Lxw+T)

108 She basically got rid of the whole vampire/werewolf theme. Turned it into a girl losing herself in service to a very cold but attractive man. Wuthering Heights without the good prose.
Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at January 20, 2013 12:22 PM (MoP0k)


I have never read it but it sounds like a rip off of 91/2 weeks. Just not as well written.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/ahc8poj at January 20, 2013 12:23 PM (l86i3)

109 Just finished "Life at the bottom" by Theodore Dalrymple.... which was recommended by someone here a while ago.... got it used on amazon for six bucks in hardcover ( which is the best way to read a book).... very good read. They should make a movie, that way low info voter people would know about the failures of the welfare state.... nobody reads anymore. Oh, hey! How are all the AceofSpadesHQ authors doing today? Hope all are well.

Posted by: Some Guy in Wisconsin at January 20, 2013 12:26 PM (4DD4V)

110 Thanks again.

I read about two pages of the book. That was two pages more than I would have liked to.

Posted by: Paul Zummo at January 20, 2013 12:27 PM (81ahw)

111 I'm writing one called 50 Shades of Gay. Think it'll sell?
Posted by: USS Diversity at January 20, 2013 12:22 PM (MPjT


Get busy, they may not read it but the libs will buy it just to put in in their book case and impress their tolerant friends.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/ahc8poj at January 20, 2013 12:28 PM (l86i3)

112 Thanks to all who have bought or mention my books! It's the steady word-of-mouth advertising that really works, in my opinion--aside from telling the Blogfather about my SF series, I have not done any promotion. I'd caution the new indie authors about diving into that rabbit hole. Ignore the people who tell you to promote on Facebook, Twitter, etc. The best promotion you can do is write another book.

There are certain base standards that help--a professional *looking* cover, basic editing standards for the contents, formatting so the ebook doesn't look like crap. Beyond that, it's a waste of time to obsess. The beauty of ebooks is you can always revise and upload a new version ;-) (As I had to do when a certain Moron *cough*Anachronda*cough* pointed out some bloomers).

The "put a new book out" really works, at least for me. My sales are not spectacular at the moment, but I haven't put anything new out for several months. And looking at my data, I didn't start selling more than dribs and drabs until I had three full works up for sale. So, writing Morons, take heart and just keep plugging!

Posted by: Sabrina Chase at January 20, 2013 12:28 PM (wfSF5)

113 Just rewrite the Kama Sutra with modern pleasure instruments?

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at January 20, 2013 12:28 PM (MoP0k)

114 Posted by: Sabrina Chase at January 20, 2013 12:28 PM (wfSF5)

Thanks SC, those are wise heartening comments.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/ahc8poj at January 20, 2013 12:30 PM (l86i3)

115 92 I have a copyright question for you all. I'm working on a short story. It's a vampire spoof called "Dracula and Eddy," with Eddy being the vampire from Twilight. I never outright refer to him as "Edward Cullen," though it's clearly referring to him. My plan is to eventually put this up on Kindle for free, but would I be violating any terms of service to do so. This assumes that Dracula is so far out of copyright that that part is not a concern.
Posted by: Paul Zummo at January 20, 2013 12:14 PM (81ahw)

*******

Wasn't the kid on The Munsters with the Dracula hair-do named Eddie? The one that looks like Paul Ryan.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at January 20, 2013 12:30 PM (1OZSU)

116 The beauty of ebooks is you can always revise and upload a new version ;-)

So if I have an earlier file with a mistake, is that worth more, like those upside-down plane stamps?

Posted by: Waterhouse at January 20, 2013 12:31 PM (KhZSt)

117 Just like to clarify that I am not the EC who wrote that book, cause everyone knows I don't write, I comment.


Well, spit! I was just about to say how much I enjoyed the first chapter of Westerly Gales


Is the author among us?

Posted by: fluffy at January 20, 2013 12:32 PM (z9HTb)

118 112
The best promotion you can do is write another book.

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Indeed.

Posted by: Citizen Anachronda, impatiently twiddling his thumbs at January 20, 2013 12:33 PM (1c58W)

119 Good advice Sabrina. That's part of the reason I'm putting up some short stories. I really need to go in and try to create some kind of cover for the book, as well.

Posted by: Paul Zummo at January 20, 2013 12:34 PM (81ahw)

120
O/T - Leonardo DiCaprio taking some time off.

"I would like to improve the world a bit. I will fly around the world doing good for the environment.

http://tinyurl.com/a4wqlrr (link to deadline dot com)

The tard is strong in that one.

Posted by: Lurking Canuck at January 20, 2013 12:35 PM (0WLla)

121
Rereading Clancy's "Red Storm Rising" for probably the 10th time. I just love the detail of the book, characters and realism. Accurately uses smart military (blog) tactics and equipment.

Yeah, I know Larry Bond helped with it, war gaming genius that he is. Bond is a great writer all by his lonesome. Just read "Red Phoenix" about the Second Korean War.

Posted by: Pecan Scandi at January 20, 2013 12:36 PM (QEqvj)

122 Posted by: Lurking Canuck at January 20, 2013 12:35 PM (0WLla)

LOL!

you owe me a new keyboard btw...

Posted by: HH at January 20, 2013 12:38 PM (XXwdv)

123 Mark Twain also wrote a short story named "1601". Funny and risque.


Posted by: Al at January 20, 2013 12:38 PM (V70Uh)

124 I read the first 3 Game of Thrones books. I was going to continue on, but apparently the next two don't really continue the story much, and are pretty laborious. Can any morons confirm or deny this?

Posted by: Lauren at January 20, 2013 12:39 PM (wsGWu)

125 Posted by: Pecan Scandi at January 20, 2013 12:36 PM (QEqvj)

Also one of my favorites.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/ahc8poj at January 20, 2013 12:41 PM (l86i3)

126 Well I am out of here. Got a GT500 to wash after all the rain, mud, and snow.

And get back to writing. Finish up the mystery adventure. Then dive back into the murder mystery. And corral a cover artist while at it. And about fifty things I have forgotten to think about.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at January 20, 2013 12:41 PM (MoP0k)

127 Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at January 20, 2013 12:41 PM (MoP0k)


Go get em kid. Send me stuff to read.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/ahc8poj at January 20, 2013 12:42 PM (l86i3)

128
Recent reads also include "Child 44" by Tom Rob Smith..... pretty good detective novel that takes place in Soviet Union and describes the police state...no sugar coating it...
...and a couple of Bernie Gunther novels by Phillip Kerr- about a german police detective living under the Nazis....
.... Highly recommend Phillip Kerr's Bernie Gunther novels...starting with "March Violets", "The Pale Criminal" and "A German Requiem".... thenread the rest.... seems like there are a dozen more or so now..... I just finished "If the Dead Rise Not" and "A Quiet Flame" which werepublished in 2009... I think I've enjoyed the latest books in the series just as much as the first few- good writer.

Posted by: Some Guy in Wisconsin at January 20, 2013 12:44 PM (4DD4V)

129
Well I am out of here. Got a GT500 to wash after all the rain, mud, and snow.

Wow, those are almost as nice as the new C7 'Vettes.

Posted by: Pecan Scandi at January 20, 2013 12:44 PM (Uamfo)

130
119-
I know that Amazon makes a big deal of how the cover should look etc etc. but I think that word of mouth is the best advertising. If it is a great story, the book cover can be solid black with a white letter title and it'll sell.

Posted by: Secret Squirrel's Balls Und Sheft at January 20, 2013 12:44 PM (0SmH0)

131 124- I'd say keep reading Game of Thrones. The end of the series is a cliff hanger, of course, and there is much speculation on the comments and reviews on Amazon as to whether Martin has what it takes to finish the series, since it took him so long to complete the last two books.

Posted by: Secret Squirrel's Balls Und Sheft at January 20, 2013 12:46 PM (0SmH0)

132 Oh shit - sorry about the spoilers. I was so excited about the "interrupted-screw" double entendre...

Posted by: sherlock at January 20, 2013 12:47 PM (mnKhG)

133 I just finished "The Story Of Edgar Sawtelle", a book about a mute kid who grows up in northern Wisconsin whose family raises and trains doggehs. I was impressed, as it was the author's first book (can't remember his name now, I already gave the book to someone else to read), even though the ending is quite sad.

Posted by: model_1066 at January 20, 2013 12:47 PM (7xPCu)

134 O/T

Damn this is a shock! A democrat woman Supreme Court justice in MI steals $600,000.

Democrats, laws are for the little people.



http://tinyurl.com/a4m7332

Posted by: Billy Bob, Pseudo Intellectual at January 20, 2013 12:54 PM (wR+pz)

135 I am atypical in many things, so buying books may be one as well. I quit reading for a while with some tendonitis issues; got back into reading with my kindle but I still don't read in great volume like Vic and others here but here goes for what usually drives whether I click that buy it icon.

1. price. especially for unknown authors. If you have multiple works and offer the first one cheap or free if its good I'll probably buy the follow ons. I only bother to review on Amazon if I really liked the book and then temper that -- if they have over 500 reviews I'm not going to bother chiming in. I'm not wild about short stories or teaser intros to the full book that has to purchased at full price but I see this a lot from authors and its probably good marketing.

2. moron horde input. If a book/author gets good feedback here I'm more inclined to seek out on Amazon and be willing to pay more (I really hate to pay more than $8 for an ebook though)

3. Book synopsis/description. If the story sounds boring, depressing whatever I am inclined to skip it even if the other factors were there.

4. Being a kindle reader, cover art has almost zero bearing on my purchase decision.

I've found Sabrina Chase's books to be very entertaining. She has 5 full length novels out so you can savor her writing for a while before hitting the impatiently waiting for her next release phase.

Posted by: Palerider at January 20, 2013 12:54 PM (cQZV0)

136 Pretty sure the guy on the couch is Ponceman Perry, who is internet famous for playing The Retarded Policeman.

http://tinyurl.com/b48q3bk

http://youtu.be/e8oMXTEkar4

Posted by: Phelps at January 20, 2013 12:55 PM (zJH/w)

137 "If it is a great story, the book cover can be solid black with a white letter title and it'll sell."

Not sure I agree. I personally think Frank Frazetta's cover art sold more Conan books than the stories themselves. Of course that could be the exception.

But one thing I've noticed lately that bugs the hell out of me. Book covers that are blurred photo's, or covers that have people (usually women or kids), with their backs to the camera. You see both on book after book. It's getting real old real quick, imo...

Posted by: HH at January 20, 2013 12:55 PM (XXwdv)

138 Ironic that Reagan's inauguration in 1981 coincided with the return of the hostages from Iran, while Obama's inauguration coincides with the deaths of hostages in Algeria.

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at January 20, 2013 12:57 PM (3XIro)

139
135- Palerider,
thanks for sharing your thoughts. All great points.

Posted by: Secret Squirrel's Balls Und Sheft at January 20, 2013 12:58 PM (0SmH0)

140 131

Cliffhanger? Ending? Ending especially does not belong in a sentence with Game of Thrones.

Yes it is incredibly well written. But it peaked with Storm of Swords. I thought, " Now we are getting somewhere".

But it didn't.

The series plods on and on with barely any likeable characters. Jaimie is growing on me.

Posted by: Bob Dole at January 20, 2013 12:59 PM (G6kli)

141 Scarborough, the favored NBC conservative spokesman, suggested that R's view Reagan as a RINO today. Who, exactly, is it out there that views Reagan as a RINO? What group?

Posted by: ejo at January 20, 2013 12:59 PM (C/Spx)

142 If a book/author gets good feedback here I'm more inclined to seek
out on Amazon and be willing to pay more (I really hate to pay more than
$8 for an ebook though)




I refuse to pay more than $8 for one. BTW, that book I linked to above is good if you are into SF/Fantasy and it is only $2.99.

Posted by: Vic at January 20, 2013 01:00 PM (53z96)

143 RE: Game of Thrones should be retitled Bucket of Puke. I couldn't get past two chapters in the first book. Tried twice since my wife bought me book 1 and 2 in hardback. I never even opened book 2. Wound up donating both to the library.

Posted by: Vic at January 20, 2013 01:02 PM (53z96)

144 124

Dude, take a break. Pick up John dies at the end, and This book is full of spiders. Read them.

Watch the John dies at the end movie first. That way both book and film can be enjoyed. The other way not so much.

Then maybe read every Dresden files book.

Now finish the last couple of Games of Thrones.

Posted by: Bob Dole at January 20, 2013 01:02 PM (G6kli)

145
140
Bob Dole-
sorry for the confusion. i went back an read my post. You are correct, sir, there is no ending. perhaps cliffhanger is the wrong term. how about plot delay? agreed, the books could be edited by half and still tell a gripping story. Jaime is also growing on me as well. But I agree with the Amazon reviewers- I question whether Martin can finish the series.

Posted by: Secret Squirrel's Balls Und Sheft at January 20, 2013 01:04 PM (0SmH0)

146 That photo is.... disturbing.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at January 20, 2013 01:09 PM (piMMO)

147 Yes it is incredibly well written. But it peaked with Storm of Swords. I thought, " Now we are getting somewhere". But it didn't. The series plods on and on with barely any likeable characters. Jaimie is growing on me. 




See, that's my worry. I've got 4 kiddos so reading anything takes a while, and I don't want to get tied up in 4 thousand pages of nothing happening.

Posted by: Lauren at January 20, 2013 01:09 PM (wsGWu)

148 It's officially humpday!

Only four more years left now.

God help us.

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at January 20, 2013 01:12 PM (piMMO)

149 140
Jaimie is my favorite too. Hope Martin gives him some type of future maybe with Brienne. I do believe he's the one thawil kill his sister per the prophesy .

Posted by: Tuna at January 20, 2013 01:12 PM (M/TDA)

150 Damn. Thief of Midnight has no a kindle version. It looks interesting.

Posted by: Tuna at January 20, 2013 01:13 PM (M/TDA)

151 I've enjoyed "Game of Thrones" on HBO but haven't quite convinced myself to try the books because-

I get the sense that the story is simply "A game" in the author's mind, an endless round and around the mulberry bush with first one then another in the seat of power - with those who are good and stand on honor getting murdered and those who are evil simply waiting till they are in power to reveal that evil - but all are complicit and equal in the Game unless it all ends with a handfull of dust.


The nothingness of the Throne has been already forshadowed in the series with shots of a wrecked castle, and an empty throne sitting under falling snow in the dark.


Am I right, readers of GOT?

Posted by: naturalfake at January 20, 2013 01:29 PM (G9qZk)

152 Wifey and I are reading 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' for our Sunday evening small group.

It is very short and each week we are reading a chapter or two. So far I can tell you that it explores man's evil side.

Posted by: sTevo at January 20, 2013 01:30 PM (VMcEw)

153 ...until it all ends...


Damn spellcheck.

Posted by: naturalfake at January 20, 2013 01:31 PM (G9qZk)

154 Can any Morons o Ettes recommend some good TEOTWAWKI or dystopian novels?

"Life After War" series by Angela White is pretty good IMO.

Posted by: Linfell at January 20, 2013 01:34 PM (PGO8C)

155 Badly needed book right now!
A Flowershop in Baghdad.
Hilarious and tearful; true story of American exceptionalism and how it impacted the IqAF while building a new Iraqi Air Force. Talks about the dangers that the Iraqis went through, how they thought of the Americans, and their unique outlook on the war. Subtext is that the media is filtering what you see and hear; a lot of good things happened in that conflict.
While in Iraq for a year, the author describes how he was surrounded by Iraqis that had been attacked by the US in various forms for the past ten years. You know what they called us?

The friendly "side".
Its a tad expensive, but well worth it. This one will stay by your bedside....

Oh, I wrote it; should I have mentioned that up front?
I'm awful proud of it; and us. (well, 49% of us anyway)

Posted by: MikeB at January 20, 2013 01:49 PM (R6G9k)

156 Posted by: MikeB at January 20, 2013 01:49 PM (R6G9k)


Hey, I saw you TV, yes, that book is on my list.

Posted by: Oldsailors Poet, Author of Amy Lynn available on Amazon. http://tinyurl.com/ahc8poj at January 20, 2013 01:51 PM (l86i3)

157 My dog-trainer is a reader of AOSHQ. We talk politics all the time. He is more libertarian than I am, but is definitely in the moron horde.

Hi, Greg!!

Posted by: Miss Marple at January 20, 2013 01:51 PM (GoIUi)

158 I finally got around to it yesterday, and am sad to say Vince Flynn's newest is a dud, like the last one. I've greatly enjoyed the series, but Mitch Rapp and I are done.

I'm also retreading Shirer's massive history of Nazi Germany, which is enjoyable. Despite its flaws, Shirer's observations are wide-ranging and astute. His distillation of the 19th century German philosophical underpinning of the reich, the part I read last night, is impressive and illuminating.

Posted by: Jordan at January 20, 2013 01:54 PM (Hz1zc)

159 Game of Thrones:

I thought the series of books started well, but is now bogged down by too many point of view characters. I've read them all, but probably will not continue. The HBO series isn't my cup of tea.

Posted by: Jordan at January 20, 2013 01:59 PM (Hz1zc)

160 138 Ironic that Reagan's inauguration in 1981 coincided with the return of the hostages from Iran, while Obama's inauguration coincides with the deaths of hostages in Algeria."

Arming Iran in exchange for hostages was a colossal blunder. I don't expect Obama, or any future president will make that despicable bargain again.

Posted by: Jordan at January 20, 2013 02:09 PM (Hz1zc)

161 OSP,
Really? That young lady was awful nice. The other one; not so much, she thinks she is far more beautiful than she is.

It was funny, the whole media filtering thing was brought into sharp relief again.
The Springboro Sun wanted to do a story on it.. You know, little paper in a little town writing about a local guy who did something.
So, "Doug" writes that he wants to do a story on it, sends me a couple of questions to fill out (how long, etc). I sent those back, and he was eager to get in the paper "this Friday".
Sends me a couple more questions, about why is the book important, etc.
This time, I amplify a little more on the why the filtering occurs, benefiting Dems, hurting/ignoring Conservatives.
Friday comes and goes, nothing.
I wait a couple of weeks, nothing. I wrote him back, saying that it was his paper, he can publish whatever he wants. But, everyone's Mom wants newspaper clippings, right? So, IF you published it, could you tell me when it was?

Nothing. Won't even reply to my emails.
But, I think I'm going to be on "shooting from the hip" on WHIO in the near future. And you're darned straight that story will be told. And I'll be telling that story to whomever interviews me...People need to know these stories. Everyone who has lost someone in the military, and everyone who has served needs this book.. So damn straight Im going to be ratting out everyone who decides people don't need to know about it because of how I poke libs in the eye.

The guys that do the radio show are the guys that own SimTrainer. They're awesome guys, so I'm pretty sure the subject will come up.
As a matter of fact, I'm heading out to the range now.
I've decided that I'm going to just stick a bayonet on my pistol, as that seems to be the only way I'm going to inflict injury on anyone with it.


Posted by: MikeB at January 20, 2013 02:10 PM (R6G9k)

162 Posted by: Secret squirrels ballz Und sheft at January 20, 2013 11:49 AM (0SmH0)

It was good enough to try again I think. You had so much background for the main character that I was confused as to whether it was fiction or non-fiction for a bit. The action and dialogue were interesting and fairly smooth and the illustrations had that slightly "off" look off computer generated drawing but still were a positive addition. As long as the price stays low I'd buy more, that's because I'm cheap though and don't pay all that much for *any* book.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, still a Hobbit at January 20, 2013 02:15 PM (wbeNt)

163 reading "Five Lieutenants: The Heartbreaking Story of Five Harvard Men who led America to Victory in WWI"-- by James Carl Nelson-- very good book... told mostly in letters home from the lieutenants-- worth a look ps. i only did the first 3 "Thrones" books too because i heard they tapered off badly after that...

Posted by: tomc at January 20, 2013 02:17 PM (avEuh)

164 I thought the last Flynn book was fine.


Anyway just made a wasted trip to the library to get the last Robert Jordon WOT book. Damn library is on a three day holiday.

Posted by: Vic at January 20, 2013 02:20 PM (53z96)

165 138 Ironic that Reagan's inauguration in 1981 coincided with the return of the hostages from Iran, while Obama's inauguration coincides with the deaths of hostages in Algeria."

Arming Iran in exchange for hostages was a colossal blunder. I don't expect Obama, or any future president will make that despicable bargain again.
Posted by: Jordan at January 20, 2013 02:09 PM (Hz1zc)


Heh.

Posted by: eman at January 20, 2013 02:39 PM (tBnjP)

166 138

What was that "cycle of history" concept again?

Posted by: Hrothgar - LIB (for the Children of course) at January 20, 2013 02:44 PM (Cnqmv)

167 162-
Polliwog-
thanks for the feedback! The first book does sort of set the stage for who Sir Robert is, and when researching this book and the subsequent ones i have written, I base many of the plot features off actual history (actual places, times, events etc). I figure the kids can get an entertaining story while also getting some historical facts thrown in. I appreciate the illustration comment as well. She actually hand draws the illustrations, scans them into her computer and then tweaks them with colors or modifications. My wife can't stand the illustrations, but my kids love them. I keep telling Mrs. Squirrel that she isn't the target audience, it's the kids, but she counters with "well I buy the books and wouldn't buy it if I glanced at that cover." Fair point, but since I'm just starting out into this world of online publishing, I have to go with what appears to be working.

Posted by: Secret Squirrel's Ballz Und Sheft at January 20, 2013 03:04 PM (0SmH0)

168 Arming Iran in exchange for hostages was a colossal blunder. I don't
expect Obama, or any future president will make that despicable bargain
again.

Posted by: Jordan at January 20, 2013 02:09 PM (Hz1zc)



Try reading the news once in a while. The regular crowd here is big on current events.

Posted by: fluffy at January 20, 2013 03:05 PM (z9HTb)

169 Finished Nomi Prins' 'It Takes A Pillage' about the Crash. It could have been a lot better if the author wasn't so heavily aligned with the far left. She even links to firedoglake in one chapter. His conclusions are deeply flawed by her belief in outright falsehoods about conservative principles and her accompanying belief that everything done by FDR was exactly correct.

I've moved on to something lighter with 'Is It Just Me?' by Miranda Hart. Hart is a British comic actress probably best known to Americans for her supporting role as the world's worst housekeeper in 'Not Going Out' and currently in 'Call the Midwife.' You'll know immediately if you've ever seen her in anything because she is nearly a giantess, standing 6'1" and, to put it kindly, strapping. (Her own choice of phrase in the book.

In this volume she sets out to give advice on modern living on a range of subjects where she herself is forced to admit utter helplessness. Making frequent appearances is her 18 year old self from 1991, who is constantly appalled at her elder self.

An amusing bit of fluff but a bit hard to appreciate if the you wouldn't recognize the author on sight.

Posted by: epobirs at January 20, 2013 03:13 PM (kcfmt)

170 Posted by: Secret Squirrel's Ballz Und Sheft at January 20, 2013 03:04 PM (0SmH0)

Have to admit that I found the cover to be a problem as well (although no where near as bad asTOR's famously horrible cover art). If I hadn't been buying to help out a Horde member I probably would have passed. I'm glad I didn't, but if you're looking for the home-school market the mom is probably going to be the one choosing most of the books (especially in e-format).

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, still a Hobbit at January 20, 2013 03:19 PM (wbeNt)

171 Polliwog
Any suggestions for the cover? Great thing about e books is they can be changed in a blink of an eye!

Posted by: Secret squirrels ballz Und sheft at January 20, 2013 04:21 PM (0SmH0)

172
Wow --- Pixy says I can't add an Amazon link --- it's banned? Hmmmmm.
Anyhow, I added 'Earth Abides' to my wish list at Amazon and below it, there is a free EOTWAWKI e-book with good reviews. Title is:
The Survivors: Book One (Life After War)

Posted by: CalyxtheCommoner at January 20, 2013 04:28 PM (MiERg)

173 Earth Abides

http://is.gd/JfH8OU


You must use a URL shortener at AOS

Posted by: Vic at January 20, 2013 04:33 PM (53z96)

174 Thanks for the idea of reading Sabatini's works. Go to Amazon, 'Captain Blood', 'Sea-Hawk' and others are FREE E-Books! Now that's my kinda deal.

Posted by: CalyxtheCommoner at January 20, 2013 04:56 PM (MiERg)

175 It's mostly that the main character's stance looks really awkward and uncomfortable. Sadly, my graphic arts skills are very third-rate so I can't describe it much better than "off" somehow. I wish I could come up with some suggestions. The inside illustrations look like your artist probably has talent and just needs the experience to refine it. Like I said, the cover is *much* less awkward than those from TOR and they sell many books every year.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette, still a Hobbit at January 20, 2013 04:58 PM (wbeNt)

176
Polliwog
I appreciate the feedback! My artist is a young lady; I concur that with time she'll get better.
Someone up above metioned Earth Abides as well. A great book, and it's interesting to sort of watch the last vestiges of humanity tailspin into a freefall of dark ages.

Posted by: Secret Squirrel's BUS at January 20, 2013 05:18 PM (0SmH0)

177
12 "Can any Morons o Ettes recommend some good TEOTWAWKI or dystopian novels?"
"Warday" by Whitley Strieber.

Posted by: norrin radd at January 20, 2013 08:29 PM (zGttg)

178 It's been mentioned but I'd through my support behind Lucifer's Hammer, often very bleak but thrilling to read, great view on science and technology.
The Forge of God was good for its contributions to the end of the world feelings, but it is perhaps a less certain recommendation.

Posted by: .87c at January 20, 2013 09:33 PM (1d9fe)

179 #12 Sorry I'm late to the show but if you get this far in the comments try "Dies The Fire" by S.M. Stirling. It's the first book in a great series.

Posted by: TheOtherJay at January 21, 2013 01:26 AM (g44VO)






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