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  1. Jesus, that's rough. I hope this gets a little sunnier.
  2. I have to say, there are no doubt even English professors who would not be so bold as to ask, "From which door should I leave?" Too snooty, though it's correct.
  3. Yes, I would say that's kind of like a double negative: just clumsy writing. There's almost always a simpler and more direct way of saying the same thing. I don't dispute that ending a sentence with a preposition is grammatically wrong, yet is often used in everyday conversation. Anybody remember that old joke? "Excuse me, which door should I leave from?" "Ah, you should never end a sentence with a preposition!" "Sorry. Which door should I leave from, asshole?"
  4. Oh, that's a buncha bullcrap. Everything is absolutely fine here i... AZ<AP(!UMA:S_`@$()!&_A+ +A*():>>>>>XZAAX
  5. How is this any different from the Lord of the Rings books or the Harry Potter fantasies? Those don't work well out of order, either. Even the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat books really have to be read in a specific order, lest you get very confused about an unfamiliar character wandering through. I think that's the nature of a multi-part story: you can't read them in random order. If you're at an airport, then my advice would be a) use a Kindle or iPad so you can download the books in the correct order, or b) buy a self-contained novel that has no sequels. On the other hand: each of the Sherlock
  6. Oh, yeah, those side-conversations that are all exposition can be killer dull. I hate when that happens, and I catch them doing it all the time about the halfway point in a dramatic show, where somebody says, "the criminal we've been looking for has done X, Y, and Z, and we've exhausted all the leads in areas 1, 2, and 3," and essentially restate the entire plot for anybody who just tuned in. I've even caught shows where a character says, "who is this guy again?" and they have to explain who another character we haven't seen in three episodes is.
  7. I just had to deal with this for the first time, having reached a logical conclusion in Pieces of Destiny but wanting to continue the story with the same characters in a different place with Shattering Fate. What I finally opted to do is to provide one long paragraph at the beginning of the second book to recap the adventures of the previous 123,000 words: "Our story thus far." Ideally, one hopes our readers will go back and make sure they've read the first book, but I dropped in a few hints here and there (maybe too many) reminding them why and who the characters are, and why they're in the
  8. I liked it, too. My only criticism (and it's a small one) is that I think the scene between the narrator and his friend Settle would've been better if done through dialogue. Too much "tell" and not enough "show" for me. But I agree, it's a powerful story with the ring of truth.
  9. If I can offer one comment to Addym: I felt like there's an entire paragraph missing in the grocery store/fight scene, and I was dizzy trying to figure out what the hell happened. My suggestion (only a suggestion) is that if you have the lead character wind up in a hospital with some major injuries, you need greater explanation as to what happened -- even if it's fast-paced and violent, or even if the guy says, "the next thing I knew, my hand hurt like hell and the other guy was lying on the ground." I think the story is idealized and very sentimental, but I don't deny it has a positive messa
  10. Doh! I hadn't thought of that. I can tell you that many years before that, people saw 101 Dalmations and would run out and buy a Dalmation for their kid, then eventually wind up giving the dog away once they figured out how much trouble it is to take care of a dog. You have to make a real commitment when a pet comes into your life -- not just for food and shelter, but also spending time with it, playing around, and all that stuff. Absolutely. For the first 40 years of my life, all I ever had as pets were Siamese cats, usually chocolate point. Beautiful cats -- but also very finicky, very ne
  11. Radio "shock jock" Howard Stern, who can be extremely obnoxious at times, has a very soft spot for animals and has donated often and promoted the cause of animal rescue. He's railed against people who have a pet for a few years, then when they have to move, just arbitrarily dump the poor pet off at the city humane society. I agree with Stern: how could anybody abandon a member of their family that they've known for years and years? I don't have a problem with somebody who has to move out of the country and can't take their pets with them, so they go off and find new homes for them. That happ
  12. I love this line: Sometimes it wasn't about the errors that were made; it was about the way an actor recovered from the worst of mistakes. Ain't that the truth!
  13. I agree, good story. Chris threw me a little bit with the opening structure, but once it gets going, it's a solid story. I look forward to reading the rest of it.
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