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The series of David Eddings books I'm reading right now isn't just slow, it's painful. I skipped book three, read every other page of book four, now I'm finally at book five and thinking, in the words of the great Tom Servo, "wild horses couldn't drag this plot out any further." Don't ask why I keep reading, I'm not even sure myself.

I had like three guys come up to me at work today and be like, "So, how are you doing? he he..." and I was just like, "fine." and then they'd go away. I was so not the drunkest person this weekend, they'd better all know that.

One of my cubicle-mates pointed something out that really bugs me now. In a lot of publicized aircraft images, they remove the antennas. Either the artist leaves them out, or it's a photo and they get photoshopped (so to speak) out. Pain! Now I notice it all the time, I saw a painting of an airplane today with no antennas at all, it looked totally naked. Dammit, and airplane needs that stuff, it's my job to add it and I don't want people thinking it's ugly. No airplane is whole without HF communication, and a radio altimeter, and a glidescope installation and lots more things, and they all require external antennas, you know, you see some funny shaped thing sticking out of the top or hanging from the bottom, it's normal.

Seeing artists leaving this stuff out makes me feel bad. Like, "Avionics: We do the ugly and confusing stuff." pleh!


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Nov. 4th, 2002 09:08 pm (UTC)
Which Eddings series are you patiently plowing through? I've gotta admit, I think the Mallorean would have been MUCH better as a trilogy - I guess Eddings' editors/fans/somebody got through to 'em when it came time to put together the Elenium and Tamuli - the trilogies were a much easier read.

But I'm still shamelessly addicted to the Belgariad/Mallorean/prequel biographies, despite their needless length and lousy internal continuity.
Nov. 5th, 2002 03:35 pm (UTC)
Mallorean is it, and I agree, it would have worked great as a trilogy. My friend who lended me the book is like a huge eddings fan and won't admit that the mallorian is almost just like the belgariad but twice as meaningless because you know what's going to happen. uhg.
Nov. 5th, 2002 03:49 pm (UTC)
Even Eddings himself warns, back around Book 4 of the Belgariad, that things aren't done and are going to repeat 'emselves. What amazes me is that his publisher touched it with the proverbial bargepole. Then again, fantasy fans are notoriously patient and are known for tolerating almost anything from an author. I enjoyed the Elenium/Tamuli *much* more than the Mallorean, which is saying something because I *do* like the characters of the Belgariad - even if they got all domestic and wimpy in the Mallorean...

Still, one day, I'm going to run that fantasy RPG campaign I've got set in the Belgariad-verse - politics and intrigue around the Tolnedran sucession... Heh.
Nov. 6th, 2002 10:58 am (UTC)
that's the thing with Eddings
His plots seem to revisit themselves. Mallorean = Belgeriad. Same goes for the Elenium and the Tamlui, or whatever they were called.

Despite that, I still enjoyed them for some reason. Probably because they were still fun books, and I always found his characters to be entertaining. Perhaps the prequels might be kinda cool to read, but alas I've moved onto more serious literature these days. Perhaps when I have the money to buy fun books again, I'll give them a read...
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