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April 6th, 2005

a gamerdork note @ 09:25 pm

Current Mood: amused bitey
Current Music: Dirty Vegas- Walk Into the Sun (King Unique Sunstroke mix)

From White Wolf's 'new' vampire game, Vampire: The Requiem:
The more human a vampire feels, the more human he can act. Every second, mortals send and receive tiny cues that they pay attention to each other, that they care and respond - that they're alive. They look at each other's faces, mimic each other's flickers of expression, shift their weight when another person does so, nod slightly as another person talks. The Man does all that, the Beast doesn't. A Kindred with low Humanity can put great effort into acting like a living person. He can force himself to breathe and remind himself to blink now and then - but he can't fake that subtle, unconscious dance of nonverbal interaction. Mortals soon pick up on this. They cannot consciously spot the problem, but their instincts tell them that something is very wrong and they should get away. They sense the predator behind the human mask.
Well, fuck, that's my problem. I don't have Asperger's - I'm a low-humanity vampire.

In other news: Just finished Iain M. Banks' The Wasp Factory. My review: eh. I found the twist at the end to stretch my credulity beyond the breaking point.

 
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From:icis_machine
Date:April 7th, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)
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you still going to vegas this weekend?
i need to drop off a gift for kat.
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From:moof
Date:April 7th, 2005 07:54 am (UTC)
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pretty unlikely. sigh. don't think I'll get to meet Dr. Quinn this time around.
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From:icis_machine
Date:April 7th, 2005 10:33 am (UTC)
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*sad facie*

hmm... unsure of how to get gift to her. unfortunately i thought i had more time to donate prior to the wedding. i.e. they got that tv so quickly.

not to mention the power of a USD these days.
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From:drama_queenie
Date:April 7th, 2005 04:48 am (UTC)
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A quick hello...you have been Friended.

OK Cupid says we should be friends, and your LJ is on your OK Cupid account, so here I am.

Hi! :)
From:node
Date:April 7th, 2005 07:14 am (UTC)

banks

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I recently bought a bunch of Ian (M) Banks: The Player of Games, Inversions, Use of Weapons, Against a Dark Background, Complicity, Walking on Glass, Look to Windward, and Excession. I ordered Consider Phlebius, but the Amazon seller I ordered from flaked.

The only Ian Banks I've read so far is Dead Air, and I enjoyed the story. I wonder if his sci-fi will be as engrossing.
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From:moof
Date:April 7th, 2005 07:21 am (UTC)

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I've enjoyed most of his other fiction; I'm particularly fond of Player of Games and Excession, but most of his books are usually pretty good. Consider Phlebas, IIRC, was his second novel. That could explain why I didn't like it much.
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From:unixronin
Date:April 7th, 2005 09:25 am (UTC)
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I've found I greatly enjoy most of his SF works, written as Iain M. Banks, particularly the Culture novels. (I consider State of the Art probably the weakest of those.)
His non-SF works, written as Iain Banks without the M, are another story. I'm not sure which I disliked the worst of The Wasp Factory or Song of Stone. Probably Song of Stone because it was so damned depressing. The only non-SF book of his that I enjoyed was The Bridge, and frankly at that, I found the end disappointingly mundane.
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From:jholloway
Date:April 7th, 2005 09:54 am (UTC)
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The twist at the end of the Wasp Factory is dumb dumb dumb, and the whole "eating brains! The horror!" thing is a little meh. I did think that The Crow Road was superb, and that Whit, while not very substantial, was funny.

I don't think Consider Phlebas was his second book, though -- I think both The Crow Road and The Wasp Factory predate it.
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From:echristo
Date:April 7th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC)

Banks...

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From the sci-fi end I find that I like Use of Weapons and Against a Dark Background seem to be my favorite. For the more traditional works I've liked both The Business and Complicity quite a bit. Though I've not found anything that I absolutely disliked some are less striking than others.
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From:britgeekgrrl
Date:April 7th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
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When I first read "The Wasp Factory" I felt much the same, like it came out of left field and was too implausible.

A couple of years later, I re-read the book and noticed all these little hints and cues that maybe I missed the first time - or maybe I'm just trying to feel better about the story. :)

Have you read "The Crow Road"? It's great.

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