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reaching the end. - don't let the bastards grind you down.
reaching the end.
reading sucks because there's nothing worse than reaching the end of a story. i just finished "the war of the flowers", tad williams' new book, and i'm a little drained. it was very VERY much a fairy tale...way too much deus ex machina, but it's very romantic in its ideas of escape and of being able to reach a land of daydreams and nightmares.

i can think of a lot of stories that do that to me. when i finished "to green angel tower", for instance...even though that had kind of a "slow burn" ending...we get to find out what happens to major characters, etc., it still got me. the chronicles, from dragonlance, ended rather abruptly. the novels of the jaran, from kate elliot...some thing. i mean, every stand alone novel does it to one degree or another, if only because it's the end of a 20-30 hour commitment, but epics....sheesh, i'm depressed for days!

my seratonin levels are at the mercy of the sci-fi/fantasy publishing houses.

also...tomorrow's the big day...two weeks of fun! also, some crazy news about new neighbors. i'll try to get some pics up when i report on that.
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ferricide From: ferricide Date: July 20th, 2003 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)
i can barely stand the thought of reading really long books anymore.

i think this is a small part of why, but more to the point is that i just lose interest in reading something inevitably, so it had better end before that happens. out of all media, reading is the one that requires the hugest amount of patience for me.

on the other hand, games are even longer. but i think the interactivity keeps them engaging, though there are certainly plenty of games i have put down well before reaching the end, even though i put a significant effort into them. and there are many reasons i've put games down, as well.

i no longer feel any sense of commitment to having to finish anything in any media if i lose interest in it.

i like books because they do different things than other media -- i mean, that's what i like about any form of media: when it does what it's good at. media that doesn't excel at its own format i find pointless.

i don't actually seem to really like the act of reading fiction, i think. books have to work to keep me interested. it's hard to explain: i like reading, but there's no joy in books for me, not something intrinsic to them. this is a strange statement coming from a writer, i imagine. maybe this is why i haven't written anything fictional in a few years. well, another reason than others i'd considered.

if i don't like the writing style everything's completely lost. i cannot read a book that i do not like the writing style of, though nonfiction is to some degree exempted if it's presenting information i find compelling.

i'm not sure how 100% true anything of what i've said above is, it's just how i feel right now...
swolfe From: swolfe Date: July 20th, 2003 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)
i had noticed that he had a new book out, but between the two book clubs ad some other stuff i haven't had any extra reading time. good book?
taumeson From: taumeson Date: July 20th, 2003 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
decent. reminded me STRONGLY of gaiman's neverwhere. gaiman did it better, though williams had a LOT of clever ideas about a faeryland that tried to duplicate modern society, but using magic instead of science.

but it just got on my nerves a little bit how tidy everything was. i mean, sure, it was a faery tale, and it's introed and outroed as such, so i understand it. but it's annoying how major characters would come along and bring you up to speed in some omniscent manner about what's going on with the conspiracy.
From: evermorn Date: July 20th, 2003 12:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oo, oo! A Tad Williams fan! Did you read the Otherland series? It is incredible.
taumeson From: taumeson Date: July 20th, 2003 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
not yet. i read memory sorrow and thorn, and i've read this. i even have book 1 of otherland. i just need the other 3, so i can read all of them, and the month of extra time to do so :P

but that's my next endeavor, actually. gonna put in some extra hours work-wise, and then read otherland book 1. i'll prolly be able to talk about the first few books when you get back from ireland :)
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