Saturday, December 10, 2016

Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize in Literature Speech

Read Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize in Literature Banquet Speech 

Why do Dwarves Sound Scottish and Elves Sound Like Royalty?

Atlas Obscura: Blame Tolkien and time.

Song of the Day

All seven are gone now.
Kingston Trio-These Seven Men - YouTube:

15 Hardboiled Facts About 'Cool Hand Luke'

15 Hardboiled Facts About 'Cool Hand Luke'

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Voynich Manuscript Update

New Voynich Manuscript reproduction uses new photos, looks great

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Erle Stanley Gardner, The Case of the Half-Wakened Wife, Cardinal, 1957

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

Willa Paskin’s top 10 TV shows of 2016.

Will the Persecution Never End?

Daily Mail Online: Paris Hilton may be double Sofia Richie's age. But that didn't stop the two from partying it up together.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

The Weird Week in Review

The Weird Week in Review

What is the Origin of the Christmas Tree?

What is the Origin of the Christmas Tree?

Friday, December 09, 2016

Joseph Mascolo, R. I. P.

toofab.com: Joseph Mascolo, the actor who portrayed villain Stefano DiMera on "Days of our Lives," passed away on Thursday, Decemeber 8 after a battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 87.

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This list of iconic movie quotes goes up to 11

This list of iconic movie quotes goes up to 11

Song of the Day

The Pretenders - 2000 miles - YouTube:

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The Year in TV: The 10 Best Episodes of 2016: A very biased list.

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The Year in TV: The 15 Best Performances of 2016

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David Dodge, Death and Taxes, Popular Library, 1948

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The Top 10 movies of 2016

I'm Sure You'll All Agree

The Top 10 Saturday Night Live Christmas Skits

FFB: Dragon Weather -- Lawrence Watt-Evans

At some time or other I read an enthusiastic review of Dragon Weather and bought a copy.  That was years ago, but the other day I was in the mood for a Big Fat Fantasy novel, so I read it.

As a lad, Arlian is the only survivor of a dragon attack on his village.  Looters sell him into slavery in a mine, and he vows revenge on them and the dragons.  After seven years he escapes from the mine and finds refuge in a whorehouse where all the working women have had their feet cut off to prevent any escape attempts.  After quite a while there, he's discovered.  The owners of the house, represented by the very man who looted his village, kill four of the whores, carry off the rest, and burn the house.  Arlian vows revenge on them, too, and he vows to rescue the whores, who have been carried off by the owners.

When he was lying in hiding in his village, Arlian swallowed a mixture of dragon's venom and human blood.  This mixture has given him "the dragon's heart," not exactly superpower, but something that sets him apart from other men.  For one thing, he'll live about 1000 years unless he's killed.  He's not immune to that kind of death.

In going about his revenge, he joins a secret society of others like himself, including all the owners of the whorehouse.   He becomes incredibly rich thanks to a trading expedition, and his revenge begins.  (Count of Monte Cristo, anyone?)

As it turns out, revenge isn't as sweet as he'd thought it would be, and in the end he discovers about having "the dragon's heart."  I enjoyed Dragon Weather so much that I ordered the Big Fat Sequels.  Not promising I'll read them, though.