what you read/what you expected/what you got thread
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Author's description of the front cover:
>The top of this page shows what the front cover of the book looks like. It is actually a scene from the story itself and clearly demonstrates what the story is like. Nearly every aspect of the story is included in this one scene. A cloudless blue sky is present and the ocean is visible 10,000 feet below. The ocean is a bit foggy, with a very high 40-mile visibility. A platform made of bricks with 3 seats, one of which 1/3 the size of the others, hovers above the ocean without falling (a status effect Knuckles added to the platform causes it to levitate). Knuckles is the orchid-colored, small-sized, fur-covered "man" centered in the foreground near the closest edge of the platform. He is viewing a window that shows the stats (strength, speed, HP, etc.) of the blue ball. The blue ball is one of the elemental masters, the one for water. Two of the human characters are sitting in their seats on either side of Knuckles. Ivan is on the left with the orange shirt and longer hair and Tu is on the right. The text is basically an outline type of style with the colors based on the electromagnetic spectrum.
>I actually created this scene using both GIMP and Excel. GIMP was used to draw the scene. Excel was used to do all the calculations (for lighting, fog, vertex plotting, and the shadow casting). This is, perhaps, the greatest single piece of artwork I've ever done, especially at this kind of size (5400x8100 pixels actual - click on the image to view it at 1/4 this size (1350x2025)).
>Knuckles resembles a human, but with differences. Knuckles is neither male nor female, though referred to as a "he." Three-quarter-inch-thick dark-violet-colored (FFA000E0) fur covers his entire body. He is only 25 1/3 inches tall, 4 inches wide, and 2.5 inches deep. Knuckles gets his name from his large hands, 40% bigger than a human his size would have. A reflective, glittery, greenish (FFA0FF00) haze a half millimeter across borders his pupil. Knuckles has no nose and a mouth 2/3 as big. Every other aspect of his is that of what a human would have for his size. For details on the numerical colors (in parenthesis), see Appendix 5.
>Knuckles casts teleport and everything appears 3000 feet above a rural area near the ocean outside Lagos, Nigeria. The ground, upon arriving, cracks apart. Eight seconds later, it caves in revealing an endless area of dense lightning strikes and sparks that cannot be made out individually. They are generally blue-white (FFD0D0FF) with a few yellow-white (FFFFD0D0) or blue (FFA0A0FF). The visibility through them is only two feet. They are so bright, 40,000 lumens, that, when in camera view, everything else darkens (from the camera adjusting).
That FAQ page is fascinating.
Also, pic related is what amazon has to say about it...
>we really SHOULD replace H P Lovecraft with her head!
Honestly, no new insight for me. It was actually more optimistic than I expected since that one chap was so kind to him until his death. I guess if it taught me anything it's that life is better than a misanthrope expects it to be, for ever unbelievably callous person there is someone as inexplicably warm hearted. The horror of things being the absolute indifference the world presents to you when everything is taken into account.
Attempt at OC.
How are you making these btw? I just made a PP slide, screenshot into paint, but I suppose there must be an easier way.
Paint t-b-h i-m-o
I think the mods are trying to make a new weeaboo, or maybe they are just as annoyed as I am with the whole imo desu.
What? No! Nazis are boring. Achieving trans-dimensional enlightenment through some cheap jewelry made by some defeated gaijin, that's something else.
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Fresh OC hot off the press.
Sorry my formatting is kind of dumb on the last frame.
Yes you came to the wrong writer for the Thinker m8
Personally I like him, I also recommend the first Dirk Gently.
But again, it also has a very shit ending. He builds up so much stuff happening and it's like Douglas Adams wrote a huge climax but his publisher forgot to actually put it in and then the readers an idiot if he can't figure out that guy in the red suit was apparently supposed to be the devil and the fridge at the end was supposed to be giving birth to a new god?
I remember when I first read Life The Universe And Everything and the ending was so shit and completely failed to explain or resolve any sort of conflict the plot had built up that I actually pirated several copies of the book online just to make sure that my copy wasn't missing a chapter.
It's still fun though.
You'd be better of with Robert Silverbergs anthology Worlds of Wonder. It collects a bunch of short stories from the 50s and early-60s that influenced him and he includes an essay about each discussing the technique and style the structure
So, is it good? I only read Seawolf by London and liked it a lot, even though that was years ago and I would probably criticize parts of it now (the second half being a bit dull, for example).
Wolf Larsen is one of my favourite characters in all of literature though.
he talks about a language between a worker and manager consisting entirely of the worker giving one of 5 command nouns ex. "beam!", "slab!", etc. for something like three pages. He mentions the slab a lot and i'm sitting on a rock in a field of rye trying to focus on this book and all i can think is that fucker from ccd.
I feel ashamed that I read this book just a few years ago and have already forgotten so much of it. There was just so much damn lounging around... it all ran together into a blob in my memory.
Not him, but if you enjoy Larsen as a character you'll likely enjoy White Fang; the main character and themes are essentially the same and there is a far more satisfying ending. I am biased though as it was the book that taught my ten year old self there is more to literature than just the drivel marketed toward my age group.
>the solar sailor
>That's in the next book
The ships of the Heirodules are discussed in the Book more than in Urth.
>the woman on the colony
>And that's the book after that
What book is after Urth?
I must admit that I'm undecided whether I agree with his ending. It was definitely foreseeable, but to me that just made it all the more infuriating, and I'm still trying to figure out why. Currently I blame it on how London's intense fascination and portrayal of the character seems to contrast the cruelty and protagonist's bland 'ride off into the sunset' at the end. It honestly seemed as though he was so hell bent on proving his point that he adulterated the way everything turned out, went against his natural instinct and judgement. This is, of course, just my subjective interpretation. He is the author and therefore the only source that can claim what is canon and not. I'm not saying I don't accept the ending and I'm not screaming that he ended his story wrong or anything. I guess it just seemed forced.
I must admit that I'm interested in how you will perceive White Fang, since you're reading the two books in the opposite order I read them. Larsen is a stellar character exemplified by the setting and protagonist's viewpoint, though White Fang seems more polished (and less raw) overall.
So fucking true. I really had myself psyched up for so,e cyberpunk romp in the hands of the master, instead it was the usual discursive nonsense plot- wise and overall the worst of his novels