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The Tropic of Serpents (A Memoir by Lady Trent #2)

The Tropic of Serpents  - Marie Brennan

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Title: The Tropic of Serpents

Series: A Memoir by Lady Trent #2

Author: Marie Brennan

Rating: 1 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 332

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

Thus proclaimed Bookstooge, the Sage of the Diet of Sohdah and Utterer of Deep Mysteries, whilst traveling upon the highways and byways.

 

 

3 Dooms I pronounce against thee! Let all hear and tremble at my words.

 

 

DooM

 

21st Century Cant spewed, out of Time and Place

My soul loathes such an abomination

 

DoOoM

 

Where 10 words would do, yay 5 would suffice, 30 were squandered

Garner not my attention with vain repetitions and overly long descriptive paragraphs, for such things the Indies do, thinking to make their books be read on high

In the end, I cast them down into the pit, into the mire, to languish and such shall be done to thee

 

DoOoOoM

 

Bore. Me. Not.

Am I a god? Am I not mortal, like thee, with a mortal's lifespan?

Waste not my time, thou wretch, lest thou be consigned to the Dust Heaps of History

 

 

Here ends the 3 Dooms of Bookstooge

 

 

 




SPOILER ALERT!

The Hermetic Millennia (Count to the Eschaton Sequence #2)

The Hermetic Millennia - John C. Wright

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Title: The Hermetic Millennia

Series: Count to the Eschaton Sequence #2

Author: John Wright

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 400

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

The smartest man in the world goes to sleep so he can survive until his wife comes back. However, his enemies, the Hermeticists, wake him up every couple of hundred years by running amok.

In the main story, Montrose is taken captive and used as a translator as his captors search for the Judge of the Ages, ie, Montrose. Montrose learns everything he can so he can wreak his awful and terrible vengeance upon these interlopers, only to realize in the very end that as smart as he is, he can still be outsmarted.

Ends on a cliffhanger.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

I did not enjoy this as much as Count to a Trillion. Part of that was the dreamlike aspect of the sequence of time. It reminded me a lot of Wolfe's The Wizard Knight with it's asperger syndrome main character.  It was disconcerting to have chunks of time and events passed over and simply ignored, for no apparent reason.

 

The overview of humanity over 7000'ish years was really interesting. Each Hermeticist got their chance to create a humanity they thought were best. Each time Montrose was awakened and set forth events to combat their ideas, which led to the downfall of said race and the arising of a new. Finding out that he was being tricked each time to reveal a strand of super-duper-puper math was something else. While Montrose is the main character and you are kind of rooting for him, he's still an arrogant jerk so the schadenfreude was strong in me.

 

Make no mistake about this though, this was humanistic to its core. As such it reflects the base values of such a system. There were also times where it just felt like the author was indulging himself a little too much in his own fancy.

 

The cliffhanger ending was not appreciated. That was the main reason I bumped this down 1/2 star. Anyone who had read both the books so far is definitely going to continue the series. To end it like that smacked of one book being artificially broken up.

 




Open Season (Eyeshield 21 #11) (Manga Monday)

Eyeshield 21, Vol. 11: Open Season - Riichiro Inagaki, Yusuke Murata

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Title: Open Season

Series: Eyeshield 21 #11

Author: Riichiro Inagaki

Artist: Yusuke Murata

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: Manga

Pages: 208

Format: Digital Scan  

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

The Devil Bats make it back to Japan in time to start the Autumn Football season, which will end with the Christmas Bowl, the aim of so many of the players. A lot of character growth goes on and we see the ups and downs as players realize their limits and what they can and can't do.

 

The Devil Bats first game is against the Amino Cyborgs and their super science football players. Sena is late and it is up to the rest of the team to hold the line until their star runner can make it to the stadium.

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

This one was not all happy skippy. Some of the devil bats who made it through the Death march weren't picked for the team, as they just weren't good enough. Other members of other teams were having teenage crisis's of their own as they came up against the barriers of their own bodies. It was all very drama'y but in a very shounen way.

 

Mamori takes one step further toward's becoming Hiruma's love interest, as odd as it is to think of him having a love interest. So much is made of Mamori being like an older sister to Sena that at this point I'm resigned to her and Sena never getting beyond that "sibling" level.

 

We also see quite a bit of family interaction, at least compared to earlier volumes. Sena's homelife is exactly what you'd expect from someone like Sena in volume one. His mother's a harridan and his father's a weak "yes dear" kind of husband. It is good to see Sena growing beyond the barriers put up by his upbringing.

 

The game with the Cyborgs starts out very interesting. The Cyborgs just muscle their way through until the Devil Bat's coach reminds them about how they pushed the truck and suddenly, their training comes into play and they just tear apart the Cyborgs. But even with that, the Devil Bats can't score consistently on only a passing game.

 

And finally, that is where Sena makes his entrance. He gets on the wrong bus, and has to be driven to the stadium by one of the rival teams who want to beat Hiruma. Sena gets catapaulted into the stadium and makes a 3 point landing [foot, knee and hand] and looks wicked cool. It made me smile. Now the game, in the next book, can really begin!

 




Don Quixote: Chapters 10-12

Don Quixote de la Mancha (Oxford World's Classics) - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Charles Jarvis, E.C. Riley

Up to page 107. Slowing down, but that is more because of Holiday stuff and Life intruding.

Italics are what I penciled in the margins

The block quotes [not easily seen on Booklikes] are quotes from the book.

Everything else are just my thoughts as I'm typing along here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 10

 

Sancho is the voice of reason and yet is still as much a fool as Don Quixote

 

...but, if Sancho was grieved that they could not reach some habitation, his master was so much rejoiced to lie in the open air, making account that every time this befell him, he was doing an act possessive, or such an act as gave fresh evidence of his title to chivalry.

Acting like those city folk who go "camping" in their fully loaded RV's & think that makes them Joe Wilderness. Ha.

 

 

 

 

Chapter 11

 

 

Sancho shows his good sense, but sadly, it only when, and because, it is self-serving

 

A bucolic interlude of no import, much like Quixote himself

 

 

 

Chapter 12

 

This and the previous chapter, seem to be a side story about some shepherdess and the brainless idiot who died because he couldn't have her. I'm just waiting for Quixote to make a complete hash of things after the funeral.

 

Another interlude to pad the story. I suspect this book will be full of them

 

 

 

 

It is hard to accept that Quixote can just jet around the country side without any interference from his niece or friends. It is almost like they don't exist in the story except for when Quixote comes back to his village. That non-existence seems to apply to a lot of things in this book. It is almost like Cervantes is trying to get us to be in the same frame of mind as Quixote, which is ignoring reality except where it intersects with his own delusions.

 

On a side note, I am NOT liking the Oxford World Classic notes. They are useless to me. For example, Quixote, in story, will quote somebody or other named Gollios and the contributor, in this case E.C. Riley, will write something like "Quixote probably meant Galapagoes, who was the author of 'Sir Gillaim'" instead of giving me a brief contextual background. The notes seem to be written for those who are already well versed in ancient ballads and history. It does someone like me absolutely no good. 

 

I am seriously thinking of buying the penguin classic just to see if the notes are any better. They certainly can't be worse. In fact, at this point, NO notes would be better, because it would mean I don't interrupt my reading to turn to the back of the book to read something that just frustrates me instead of helping my understanding.

 

 

 




Under Fallen Stars (Threat from the Sea #2) (Forgotten Realms)

Under Fallen Stars - Mel Odom

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Title: Under Fallen Stars

Series: Threat from the Sea #2

Author: Mel Odom

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 356

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Jherek continues to mope and feel bad, just about things. He does travel all over and have adventures, so at least he's preparing to fight against the Taker. The Taker continues his rise to power and using of the Sahugin. The priestess buries her doubts about the Taker doing Sekola's will. The old song guy gets more of the song in his head and hooks up with a peg leg dwarf [no, I am NOT kidding] and some old mystical elf. The various strands are starting to come together as each part moves closer to its final end. 

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

This wasn't a bad read but my goodness, Jherek and his whiny'ness got to be a bit much. It was just too true to life. Man, I'm glad I'm not a teenage boy anymore. Makes me wonder how my parents stood it.

 

Adventure-wise, this was a cracking good one. Sahugin and pirates invade a city, a ship battle between pirates, an attempt to capture someone in a crowded tavern. Brawls, fights and maneuvers abounded!

 

There were a couple of references to the downfall of the Elven empire millennia ago and it made me want to search out to see if any books dealt with that. I do know that some of the Elminster books take place during that time, but I can't stand Ed Greenwood so I won't be reading any by him and I don't know if anything else was ever written. Forgotten Realms books are written about the era currently happening.

 




The Parasite

The Parasite - Neal Asher

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Title: The Parasite

Series: -----

Author: Neal Asher

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 134

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Jack is a space miner and in the process of getting some space ice, gets infected with something. Something that heals him, makes him stronger, makes him smarter but also something that will control his reactions in dangerous situations. Problem is, the parasite thinks that any fear from Jack is a dangerous situation.

Jack was supposed to go into quarantine, but the head honcho didn't want the space ice to go into quarantine as well, so Jack walked free. Now the World Health is after him, as well as the Head Honcho trying to cover up his tracks. Because Jack is contagious, contagious beyond belief and people are dying by the bucketload.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

This novella exemplifies everything I like and don't like about Asher, all boiled down into one little story. On the hand, we have action and violence literally exploding everywhere. Asher does Ultra-Violence with a deft hand that while occasionally making me cringe never feels overboard to me, unlike say the Jack Reacher books. On the other hand, you get the interminable whining about Free Will from at least one, if not more, character.

 

For me, just because I am not choosing to make my heart beat but it does it on its own, doesn't mean I don't have free will. Non-Total Autonomy doesn't negate Free Will for me. I suspect the differences we hold on Free Will boil down to our views and thoughts on God. Surprise :-D

 

On the story itself. If you've ever wondered about trying Asher but were intimidated by the 14'ish books divided up into sub series and so threw up your hands and never tried, THIS is the story to try to see if you'll like him or not. It is self-contained but show cases his writing style and his ideas in one easy to digest sitting.

 

Glad I got around to reading this because I have to wait until March of '17 for his next Polity book to come out.

 




November '16 Roundup & Ramblings

 

 

This month was pretty good, in the scheme of things. Made my way through 20 books, 4 of which were manga and 1 graphic novel.

 

I did have 3 DNF's, which is higher than usual, but each was for a different reason, so that helped soften the blow of wasting my time on something I didn't/couldn't finish. To balance that out, I did have One 5Star read and Five(!!) 4Star reads. Getting even a single 5star is a good accomplishment and to have so many 4's is wonderful.

 

After 6 months I finally got Superman: Doomed scratched off my list. That was a real weight off my shoulders. I'd left it on the couch arm where I sit to remind myself to keep on trying to read it, even a page here or there. That just never happened, so I had to dive in, seize the beast by the throat and just choke it into submission.

 

In general terms, I solidified the next years reading plans, started the move from Booklikes to Wordpress and continued my reading of Don Quixote. All of which made for a busy but satisfying month.

 

In finishing, here are my two picks of the month for cover love:

 

 

I LOVE hooded figures on covers. They are just cool.

 

 

 

 

 

I have always been, and most likely always will be, a Superman fan. Even though I was disappointed by the storyline, the Idea of Superman and Doomsday as one is wicked cool.

 

 

 

 




The Expanse on Amazon Prime December 14th

 At least according to this article:

 

The Seattle Times

 

I guess my plan of waiting until I'd read another book to watch the show is going kaput. Never can tell how long things will stay on Prime. The Matrix was only available for less than a month. Of course, Grimm is still available after being there almost 2 years.

 

 

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Alien Morning DNF@20%

Alien Morning - Rick Wilber
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Title: Alien Morning
Series: -----
Author: Rick Wilber
Rating: 1 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: DNF
Format: Hardcover edition






My Thoughts:

 

Due to some of the subject matter, I did not finish this book nor will I be reading any more by this author.

 

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The Warrior's Path (Sacketts #3)

The Warrior's Path - Louis L'Amour

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Title: The Warrior's Path

Series: Sacketts #3

Author: Louis L'amour

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Western

Pages: 240

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Kin Sacket and his brother rescue a girl and young woman who were taken by indians. However, it turns out they were taken by white slave traders and that the head of said traders is a prominent man in the local community.

It is up to Kin, and Diana, to track down another kidnapped woman and get her sworn statement to bring the slaver to justice legally. But he isn't going down without a fight and it may be God's justice that he faces and not man's.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

I gave this the "western" tag, as the Sackett boys are considering moving West by the end of the book, but it is more of a bridge between the historical fiction chronicled in Barnabas's story [their father] and the truly Cowboy Westerns later on.

 

This was fun. Kin ends up going to the Jamaican Islands and having adventures with pirates and then fighting off rogue slavers back at the Sackett settlement.  A good adventure story.

 

There is the trademark L'amour monologuing which I think I have accustomed myself to, but I still feel like rolling my eyes at it. I can only take so much of it. Zoom through it and everything is ok though.

 

 




Is There A Loser in the House? (Eyeshield 21 #10) (Manga Monday)

Eyeshield 21, Vol. 10: Is There a Loser in the House? - Riichiro Inagaki, Yusuke Murata

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Title: Is There A Loser in the House?

Series: Eyeshield 21 #10

Author: Riichiro Inagaki

Artist: Yusuke Murata

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: Manga

Pages: 208

Format: Digital Scan

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

The Devil Bats begin their 1200mile training course from Texas to the city of Las Vegas. Along the way Sena meets a cute roller blade girl and her brother, who are wrapped into the storyline. Sena accidentally tries out for the NFL. The team as a whole gets a lot stronger [duh, pushing an 18 wheeler 1200 miles tends to do that].

 

Meanwhile, back in Japan, Shin begins extra training at Mt. Fuji. Panther shows up to test himself against Shin and realizes that he is an ant compared to Shin. Shin continues his non-ability to interact with electronics.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

Another solid read. I found this volume to be very balanced between "Inspiration!" and humor.  Shin training himself and rating Panther's ability in an eyeblink was the former. The 3 clowns from the Devil Bats pawning ALL the clothes so they could gamble [and being escorted from the casino by burly guards whilst unclothed] was very much the latter.

 

At Las Vegas we see Mamori in a cocktail gown and while it was just one little frame, it made it very obvious that Mamori is a young woman, not a girl. Not fan service'y at all but more that she could carry it off. Part of her emerging maturity is the fact that she is seeing how hard Hiruma is pushing the team, and himself. She is seeing beyond the "psycho gun toting madman" facade to the hardcore dedicated player and can appreciate it without making a big deal of it. It is also shown up with the emergence of Suzuna, the roller blade girl. She's Sena's age and is presented as such. I hope that the 2 of them have larger roles in the future.

 

The book ends with them winning all the money they need at the casino and getting ready to head back to Japan. The volumes about America have made me laugh because it is a view that is distorted yet just recognizable enough that I know where the distortion is coming from. Like looking in a fun house mirror.

 




Riotous Assembly (Piemburg #1)

Riotous Assembly - Tom Sharpe

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Title: Riotous Assembly

Series: Piemburg #1

Author: Tom Sharpe

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: Historical, Humor

Pages: 258

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

The misadventures of the Afrikaaner Van Heerden, head of the police force in Piemburg, South Africa, as he investigates the killing of a Zulu cook by the local (socially) ruling British matron.

Along the way there are police ambushes, latex fetishists, hand to paw combat with a doberman, hangings and a play by the local madhouse which ends with the shooting of some artillery that blows up.

 

Madcap

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

A bit of context was necessary before I got very far into this. Sharpe was in South Africa during apartheid and was a very vocal opponent of it. Eventually he was deported for his writings against it. Once you have that in mind you realize that what you are reading is not a raging rascist going for the humor angle, but a satirist at his most biting.

 

This was hilarious. I was wheezing in several places and my wife had to ask me if I was ok. I was more than ok in fact.

 

Every character was incompetent, looking out for themselves and bumbling. It made for some serious misadventures. One such was when one police underling is told to guard the gate and he takes an elephant gun with him. He hides in a bunker, it is dusk and some other plainclothes policemen are coming onsite. He starts shooting, they start shooting, armoured cars get involved and in the end 21 policeman are dead and the underling is desperately trying to figure out how he can spin it so it isn't his fault. That sums up this book.

 

There was a lot of crassness involved [anything to do with latex fetishists seems to go that way] and some unnecessary sexual details. Other than that, this was an uproariously fun read.

 

 

 




Plans for 2017

 

 

The End of the Year is almost here and since I've got a 4 day weekend [with only 1 1/2 days left!] I figured I should write up some of what I am planning for 2017. That way, nobody will be surprised, including me,

 

1) First thing will be the potential biggest thing.

 

A) I've stated this around Booklikes but not sure I've ever actually said it on my own place. I need a staff member present at Booklikes for me to continue here. For Booklikes to survive, an active, present Staff needs to be here just like how things were back in '13 or so. If no Staff is present by the beginning of '17, then I'll be making my move to Wordpress a complete thing. I will be here at Booklikes, but not in a meaningful way.

 

B) I have already started to follow some really great people on Wordpress and I am looking forward to finding more. So no matter what happens, I am now on Wordpress. You can follow me at:

Bookstooge at Wordpress

 

 

2) Reading plan for the year.

 

A) I have about 100 books currently on my kindle and another 100 in my Calibre library with the TBR tag. So I have enough books for next year already. I am going to be curtailing adding new books until I get that 200 a lot closer to 100.

 

B) I plan on doing a lot of Re-Reading in 2017. I have wanted to do this for quite some time and my little Project Reread this year was an early attempt. Of course, I cherry picked books I knew I already loved, so that helped.This time around, I've got several series that took years to read and I want to see how they do over the course of 1 year.

 

I) Malazan books of the Fallen by Steven Erikson

II) Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert

III) Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede

IV) Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks

V) Patricia McKillip's books

VI) Space trilogy by C.S. Lewis

VII) Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky

VIII) The Malaz Empire novels by Iain Esslemont

IX) Swan's War trilogy by Sean Russell

X) ??? Something will take this spot by years end, I just don't know what yet.

 

So, very few NEW books added to the TBR. I HAVE to be more picky.

 

C) Keep up to date on Manga Monday and blow through Eyeshield 21. I have my next series already picked out, Oh My Goddess. Since it is 48 volumes long and I'll be reading them in paper [I own up through 37 and will be acquiring the rest over the course of the next year], I have enough to take me well into '18.

 

D) Read at least one old graphic novel a month. After Superman: Doomed, I need to read some old school comics to keep the dream alive :-) I've got a bunch of Elseworld stories I will be working my way through.

 

E) Read War and Peace how I am currently reading Don Quixote. IE, buy a paper copy and mark the daylights out of it.

 

 

3) Social Plan

Hahahahahahahahaa.

 

 

Finally, I won't get too attached to my Plans, because "Reasons"

 

 

 

 




Demelza (Poldark Saga #2) DNF@6%

Demelza: A Novel of Cornwall, 1788-1790 - Winston Graham

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Title: Demelza

Series: Poldark Saga

Author: Winston Graham

Rating: Unrated

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: DNF

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

This DNF was definitely a "me" thing and not because there was something truly wrong or outrageous with this book.

 

I tried at least 4 times to get into it and each time I found myself simply not caring one whit about any of the characters or the situation they were in. Not a dislike but a complete apathy that you could drown in. So I gave up. Forcing myself to read something is just going to waste my time and I'll end up writing a completely scathing review and wasting emotional strength that I need to save for something real.

 

 




Superman: Doomed (Superman)

Superman: Doomed - Aaron Kuder, Charles Soule, Greg Pak
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Title: Superman: Doomed
Series: Superman
Author/Artist: Greg Pak, et al
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Genre: Comics
Pages: 544
Format: Paper graphic novel






Synopsis:
Taking place in the New52 timeline. Doomsday has been kept in the Phantom Zone and somehow is allowed out by somebody. He is literal poison to the world and his very presence kills. Superman tears him in half, gets infected and begins a battle with Doomsday over who will control his body.
And it all turns out to be a masterplan by Brainiac to get control of everyone's minds so he can "change the perception of the universe" and hence, change the universe. Because he misses his dead wife and son. Who he killed.
 
Yeah...

 

My Thoughts:

This was first foray into the New52 reboot universe and I didn't like it. It also relied on the reader knowing the storyline from Reign of Doomsday. At least to explain why Doomsday is still around. Goodness, I hate these reboots.
 
This was a very messy read for me. The characters I knew were suddenly completely different. Superman and Wonderwoman? Superman and Lois Lane are just friends, not married? I felt like I was reading one huge Elseworlds storyline. Sadly, I wasn't and this is where things are.
 
This is a big, glossy book with some gorgeous art. Unfortunately, I had a hard time reading the text and trying to follow the action. There were so few panels used that I had to guess where I was supposed to look next to follow what was happening on ONE SINGLE PAGE. And half the time I couldn't tell if I was looking at a 2 page spread meant as one, or if I was actually supposed to read it as 2 pages.
 
The storyline itself just went all over the place and made me wonder WHO was in control at the helm of this idea. Superman and Doomsday argue with each other, Clarke gets angsty, Supes and Wonderwoman are all lovey dovey while making promises of mutual destruction, Brainiac is putting the whole world in a coma while whining about his dead family and there is so much more. It wasn't a clear, concise storyline. It was a soup with about 67 different cooks all trying to make it "their way".
 
It took me 6 months to finally finish this. I just didn't want to read about it. If this had been from the library I probably would have abandoned it very near the beginning. However, I bought this in February so I was going to get my money's worth, even if I had to suffer for every page of it. Yankee thrift and all that.
 
I could probably write a bunch more but it would just be more complaints. To end, I didn't like this, I didn't like my foray into the New52 and it will be quite some time before I try out new comics again.
 
 
 



Don Quixote: Chapters 5-9

Don Quixote de la Mancha (Oxford World's Classics) - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Charles Jarvis, E.C. Riley

Up to page 90 and this is going very well. So here is my update.

 

Chapter 5

...and for all that no truer than the miracles of Mahomet.

Ha, Cervantes was good Catholic

 

After his beating, Quixote is taken care of by his friends and family. Too bad he just won't listen to them. Much like most of humanity, use and discard.

 

 

Chapter 6

 

Mainly a list of books that were thrown out.

 

What a boring chapter.

 

 

Chapter 7

 

...and that they should pretend that an enchanter had carried them away, room and all.

Why would they play along with his delusions if they want him to get better?

 

...how little do you know of the matter: before they shall shear me I will pluck and tear off the beards of all those who dare think of touching the tip of  single hair of mine.

Forgets his previous beating PRETTY quickly

 

In which Sancho Panza is introduced to the reader.

"I'm with Stooopid ->" applies very aptly to both master and squire

 

 

 

Chapter 8

 

Well, though you should have more arms than the giant Briareus, you shall pay for it.

Briareus is the name of the cyborg boyfriend in the anime Appleseed. He and Deunan end up attacking Olympus to get the data they need.

Much like the original Briareus attacked Olympus with the rest of the titans.Or defended it, depending on which myth you go with. Either interpretation works in Appleseed, as Briareus IS attacking Olympus but with the goal of ultimately saving it.

Goodness, the japanese are clever. I need to rewatch Appleseed.

 

...I do not complain of pain, it is because knights-errant are not allowed to complain of any wound whatever, though their entrails came out at it.

Now THERE'S an image for you.

 

...he made but one sleep of it.

Reference to the 2 sleep cycle that most pre-industrials had. A very interesting subject.

 

"I say I will do so," answered Sancho; "and I will observe this precept as religiously as the Lord's day."

Can a "good" Adventist read this book in good conscience? Hahahahahaha.

 

...the Biscainer swore in his gibberish...he would kill his mistress, and everybody that offered to hinder him.

This guy's just as mad as Quixote.

 

This was the chapter with the windmills and it was only 1 page. 1 page out of 1000 and that is what Don Quixote is KNOWN for.  I'm not sure if that hilarious or sad.

 

 

Chapter 9

 

This chapter was Cervantes breaking the 4th wall and informing the readers of his continued "research" into Quixote, which consisted of him finding them in a bunch of rag paper and shanghaiing a jewish priest to translate them for him. What a researcher.

 

It also concludes the battle between the Biscainer and Quixote, which was fought with pillows as well as swords. I was laughing rather hard.

 

What a joke of a battle

 

 

 

 

Quixote and Sancho in sketch

 




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