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Robert Heinlein! I read Starship Troopers and Glory Road ages ago but I’ve never read The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress (or Stranger In A Strange Land either). Even though an award-winning writer, Heinlein nowadays seems regarded as an out-of-fashion author because of his social and political views.
Did you know that his works and papers reside in a collection at the University of California Santa Cruz? Did you know that recently one of his personal firearms, a 1903 Springfield rifle, was recently acquired for the NRA National Firearms Museum?I may just have to revisit this author in the future.
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Hi Yinique -What a coincidence, I too am reading vampiric material right now.
I’ve never read any of Anne Rice’s novels but I’ve seen the movie version of IWTV which kind of bored me. Should I revisit the movie and give it another chance or should I try the book? For me, reading or watching some good horror/supernatural/mystery/suspense entertainment is a regular part of getting ready for Autumn and Halloween.
“In all the darkest pages of the malign supernatural there is no more terrible tradition than that of the Vampire, a pariah even among demons…”
The quote is the introductory sentence of the book:
The Vampire: His Kith and Kin (1928)
This particular work of scholarship by the controversial and occult obsessed “Catholic” priest Montague Summers is almost too much to digest. Not only does this religious (?) person apparently believe in the actual existence of vampires, the author also takes the reader on a journey examining the cultural phenomena and physical evidence for the blood/spirit sucker. Large portions of the text are quoted without English translation from European works originally in Latin, French, German, Italian and a host of other languages. Being as I am not fluent in any of these languages I guess I’m not a sufficiently learned person. Slayers, witch hunters and exorcists need this book on their reference shelf alongside the Malleus Malleficarum to impress their colleagues and friends.
Aug 4 10 9:16 PM
Hey wongsaurus,If you found the movie boring, I might even suggest skipping Interview and trying The Vampire Lestat first. The narrator of IWTV, Louis (Brad Pitt's character in the film), is not the most exciting character. Actually, he's probably the closest to Edward Cullen in terms of the "emo" factor. Louis suffers because he retains too much of his humanity. Lestat, on the other hand, is simply an ominsexual rock star in the world of vampires who does as he likes. Unfortunately, his story becomes increasingly ludicrous as you go on in the series. Also, Anne Rice does have a tendency to go over the top with descriptions. Still, there's a lot of compelling/twisted stuff there.I'm actually revisiting IWTV to cleanse my palate of this Twilight business (my sister is a fan, so I've been subjected to a lot of the Cullen clan through her). Actually, I could almost tolerate the series if only S. Meyer hadn't literally de-fanged them and made them sparkle. Seriously, sparkle?!! Sparkle!!!!
Aug 5 10 12:59 PM
Thanks for your suggestions. I’m re-prioritizing my autumn reading and viewing choices.
I can’t get into the Twilight Saga at all. I previously had enough of a cognitive struggle adapting to Buffy and only got used to it in its final seasons. Seems it’s only now that I am ready to take in Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. The only vampire novel I‘ve ever read was the original Dracula by Stoker.
BTW – Here’s bit of trivia for you. If you recall the opening scene of IWTV movie that takes place in downtown SF, there is a bus that runs from the center left side of the screen to the lower right foreground. A tree on the left side partially blocks the viewing angle of the middle of the street where there is a bus island directly opposite the room where Christian Slater interviews Brad Pitt. Onetime Kozo and Sanjuro visited SF and we were standing right there waiting for a streetcar when I told them about the opening camera shot from IWTV.
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