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The Pub / Re: What is the worst beer you have ever tasted?
« on: August 13, 2010, 03:36:41 PM »
Any shop beer from my local HBS.

They boil the grains, and put the glass fermenters right up against the WEST facing windows.  No temp control, even when they use lager yeasts.

The funny thing is, they donate beer like this to our annual club competition.  You can tell their kegs; they have all these plastic cups full of beer with maybe a sip or two taken out before the cup was put down.

The Pub / Re: Since we're talking books....
« on: August 05, 2010, 03:58:18 AM »
Well....let's see.  First, you have the big, bad villain, the Crimson King.  Apparently, although he's supposed to be superpowerful and evil, he somehow locks himself out of the dark tower on some upstairs balcony.  And when Roland comes along, the King's weapon of choice?  Harry Potter "sneetches." (I kid you not.  Good thing he had a boxful when he locked himself out of the Tower!) Oooooooooooooooooooo.  And what is the best that he can scream at Roland?  "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!", like some girlyman.  Disappointment #1.

#2.  Stephen King HIMSELF tells you, right in the damn book, in the middle of the story, that you won't like the ending, and something to the effect that you might as well stop reading NOW.  Never a good sign.  If only I'd listened.

#3.  Roland's trip up the Tower.  In other King works, the Tower is supposed to be more mystical.  In "Insomnia", King alludes to the Tower as having different levels of existence/reality.  When Roland goes up the, scenes from Roland's past...that we've already seen.  Bo-ring.

#4.  The "Bobby Wakes Up From The (Season Long) Dream" episode of Dallas (the old TV show).  Roland finally reaches the top of the Tower, and the big climax is....he goes right back to the very beginning of the story, in order to live it all over again.

Now, granted, I'm not Stephen King.  And I know writing's hard work.  But come on.  This is the end to the build up of 7 books?  I gave every damn one of them away.

The Pub / Re: Since we're talking books....
« on: August 04, 2010, 07:42:01 PM »
Larry McMurtry did some good work with Lonesome Dove.  

Stephen King has some good work out.  I particularly liked "Duma Key" and "The Stand".  Did not care for his Dark Tower series, and still think that the ending was the worst that I've ever read...especially after slogging through six or seven books to get there.  

The Pub / Re: Since we're talking books....
« on: August 04, 2010, 06:55:34 PM »
Lightweight, for beach or travel, is Clive Cussler.

I saw the Wooster & Jeeves series before picking up the books.  The books were even funnier, thanks to all that "internal dialogue".

The Pub / Re: Since we're talking books....
« on: August 03, 2010, 07:23:04 PM »
Wodehouse's Wooster & Jeeves stories are hilarious.  You can get some of them thru PBS, as the BBC did an adaptation back in the 80's.  Wooster is played by the guy who now stars as Dr. House.

The Pub / Re: Anyone got any good scifi?
« on: August 03, 2010, 07:18:54 PM »
You might also check out Dan Simmons' Hyperion cycle.

The Pub / Re: Anyone got any good scifi?
« on: August 03, 2010, 03:20:59 PM »
Yeah, for some reason, I read all the way to I think the last Frank Herbert written one.  That last one was almost all politics to me.

I'll leave the HP/teenie vamp stuff for you, man.

Don't forget the king of sci fi, Arthur C Clarke.

The Pub / Re: Anyone got any good scifi?
« on: August 03, 2010, 02:51:26 AM »
Dune was indeed boring at spots.  All the politics.  I'm not sure why I read as much of it as I did.

If you like what they call "space opera" (as far as I can tell, it's hard sci fi with a big story arc), check out Peter Hamiltion, Stephen Baxter, and Alistair Reynolds.  You can see some of their stuff on

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