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Classifieds / Re: TJM86's redundancy sale
« on: 18 July, 2021, 12:01:54 PM »
Okay, so Nelly the Elephant time (bumpety bump ...)

Thanks for the previous support folks.  I've finally got my act together a bit with the MC collection.  Decided to go with a bit of a thematic breakdown.  It's only the first 80 volumes. 


Also found a couple of spare copies of Prog 2061 (2017 x-mas special), Prog 1961 PX special and the 40th Anniversary Aja variant.  Not listed as yet but its reminded me that I do have a stack of doubles circa prog 200 ish. 

I'm also mulling over the complete Warrior collection (with dummy issue 0 facsimile), complete Revolver and complete Crisis with signed copies of 1 and 2 ...  Just need to figure out a value.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 17 July, 2021, 10:23:30 AM »
Just finished Reynolds' Pushing Ice.  Still working through his oeuvre and this is not one of his better pieces.  There are some good ideas in it, shades of Rendezvous With Rama (which some on t'Interweb have noted comparisons with the follow up books), it just feels jumbled.  On the plus side it did flip some of the standard conceits about an encounter with an alien artefact but some of the ideas involved have been done better elsewhere.

... and now for something completely different ... Tad Williams' Dragonbone Chair.  Having read this many, many moons ago and strangely never relinquished the books, now feels like as good a time as any to return to it.  A  lot of the standard fantasy tropes are used (medieval / feudal society - check, orphaned protagonist - check, death of old king - check ...) but one thing it shares with Game of Thrones is a rather subdued approach to 'magic'  It's been decades since I last read it but even now I've found myself sucked into it rather quickly.  To me that's always a good sign.

Jade, personally I've always thought that the Daughter's books were a better read than the some of the Riftwar books.  There's something about them that is far more interesting.  Feist is one of those writers that I tend to find not so much 'recycling' plot ideas as transplanting them wholesale.  After a while it becomes just a little too predictable.  Wurtz seems to have reined in some of those habits a bit. 

Off Topic / Re: Science is Drokking Fantastic Because...
« on: 17 July, 2021, 10:10:19 AM »
hmmm ... looks like the spambots are back at work.  Still, at least it's a bit more coherent than some of the Russian architecture sites we had not long back ...

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 16 July, 2021, 07:01:50 PM »
Bit of an odd piece of work IIRC, spun out of Crisis and one of the Third World War characters.  Full of Mills' favourite axes ... lizard people running the world, masonic sects, pagan warriors, fascist police, corrupt politicians ... Then it goes full on mental ...

Uhhhh good idea!

I'm going out on a limb here but it feels a little like either:
a) you're humouring me
b) you're trying politely to say "eff off, you're having a giraffe"
c) this was something you'd already considered but didn't think anyone would take seriously

my vote is for b personally but feel free to let me down gently.

Okay, so first round of the Tourney is a face-off to decide how we're going to break up the tourney?

Round 1: epic vs short
Round 2: epic vs era
Round 3: epic at 24 pages vs epic at 25 pages
Round 4: published during a full moon vs during a gibbous moon
Round 5: published during a Tory govt vs a Labour govt
Round 6: before the staples in the prog vs after the staples in the prog.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 15 July, 2021, 04:08:32 PM »

Sounds about right .... but don't call me Shirley.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 15 July, 2021, 03:10:41 PM »
If I ever want a quality laugh, I tune into Prime Minister's Questions.  Nothing beats Johnson sat there, slack jawed, as his latest cluster-f*** is torn into. 

Then he gets up, climbs on his high horse, and lets rip with a slew of utter nonsense that may well have sounded clever to someone in the 6th form debating team rejects that appear to be advising him.

Then I remember that he is supposedly 'leading' the country and just think "F***!" :o

Nah, that works too.  By 'relaunch' are you talking about post Death of Wulf (Rage) through to Final Solution?  Or do you mean from Prog 2000-ish until Life and Death? 

The only thing that seems missing to me is Tales from the Doghouse / Strontium Dogs ...

Be interesting to see how this is organised.  I wonder about the rounds, are we talking about 'era's?  I can see some mileage there:
- Starlord era;
- Starlord to  "Portrait of a Mutant"
- ... to Rage;
- ... to Final Solution; [actually quite a long stretch from Rage to FS ... tales like "Bitch", "Royal Affair" and "Rammy" had more of a comedic tinge to them than some of the other tales of this time so perhaps a break there?]
- Revival Era.

Spin off rounds with Strontium Dogs / Tales from the Doghouse / Middenface tales, Judgement Day, ...

Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2021
« on: 14 July, 2021, 07:09:24 AM »
Anyone else still waiting on this?

TBH I make a habit of picking up the specials on the high street.  Our local Smiths is pretty good at stocking them and it might be a futile gesture but showing that there is at least some interest hopefully keeps them on the shelves. 

As for the prog, well our post around here hasn't so much moved to a 5 day service as to a "we'll get to it when we get to it" service so there is literally no rhyme or reason to when it turns up.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 12 July, 2021, 07:32:42 PM »

"Well," he said, "that is something that will become clear as we progress. In these cases, it is customary to begin with a few milligrams of happyclappozine."

See when you dig into the history of pharmaceutical approaches to mental health, this little anecdote strays from 'mildly amusing' to 'terrifyingly accurate'.  The simple truth of the matter is that very few anti-anxiolotics were specifically designed.  They are generally happy accidents as a result of anti-arthritic or other medications.

For most patients, the trial and error approach of even the likes of SSRI's is down to the fact that even the manufacturers are not sure about the efficacy.  The evidence base actually resembles a dart board used by your local blind association darts team.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 12 July, 2021, 07:21:12 PM »
Before volunteering at the Oxfam bookshop I had practically no self confidence and it had helped a lot there even if I was feeling down a lot of the time, but to have that...person....downright reject me coming back has undone a lot of that, although I've decided to try and volunteer elsewhere I no longer feel anywhere near as sure of myself.

TBH Jade, that is something I can relate to on so many levels.  It feels like you have a passion for literature that needs to be realised.  For someone with 'pseudo-management' experience to question that ... that is where I can understand the issue.

Can I offer a counter to that?  This is one dimension of you.  Has she rejected you or is she challenged by your knowledge / experience (consider that for years Oxfam has been ripped off by collectors with more knowledge than they have, yet they have not so much failed to capitalise on that as tried to emulate it and ended up castigated for that ...)

Turn that around though ... how else could you share that knowledge / passion?  What would a blog of the books you found interesting look like?  This branch of Oxfam is not interested in your skills / knowledge?  Well, you've an audience here who would like to know more ...  How about we look at ways of turning it into a viable business blog?  [plus it has the added advantage of giving you distance from folks and the potential anxiety-inducing experience of dealing with customers].

This 'person' may have many reasons for dealing with you the way that they did.  That does not delegitimise the effect on you.  The question now is how can we help you to turn things around.  I think your knowledge and love of books is an asset we need to work with.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 11 July, 2021, 07:11:29 PM »
Aye, I find it baffling considering how much is made of the therapeutic relationship by some writers (Rogers tops the list in that respect).

The only thing I think I can say in her defence though is that she was employed as one of these 'work related' counsellors and I think she went at it that way.  No surprise then that she was out of her depth.

Still, better than my corporal down the Falklands who asked what was wrong with me then freaked out when I actually told him!

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