i think it really dries out your skin. once i stopped shaving my legs i found i didn't need to slather them in lotion anymore.
Most people will get it for um.. smaller parts.
Okay, sip a few beers before you read this:
That, and not everyone can will 100% of the superbowls they were in, like the JETS.
Tonight, I have no time for fine literature...
But I do have time for SquidBillies and a couple of beers.
Subject: The core?
Literature and Beer? That just must be Tom Robbins'"Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates" and a cold Dithmarschener Pilser.
And Amy Whitehouse reading it for you.
Apparently Robert Lynn Asprin, author of the Myth Adventures series and many other genre novels, has died.
I hadn't kept up with his more recent work, wasn't really doing it for me anymore, but the dude had a heck of a sense of humor and a fun writing style.
The news of his death surprised me.
Kind of makes me want to go on a spending spree, pick up all of the Myth series that I can (the handle 'fleeb' is also influenced by his work), and go on a reading binge. I haven't done that in decades.
In slightly lighter news, Cook has a new Garrett novel out, Cruel Zinc Melodies.
I've only just started, but it's great fun so far.
This may sound weird, but I got into such a habit of reading technical manuals that I haven't read any frivolous fiction in many, many years. I think the last thing I read was something by Samuel Delaney. Cool stuff, but it wasn't the sort of stuff I used to read when I was a kid. Hell, my parents probably would have freaked had I read Delaney at that age, considering some of the content he writes.
So when you guys reminded me of Asprin's death (I had put it out of my mind after I read about it), and I got to thinking about how much he probably influenced me without realizing it, I decided I should reaquaint myself with his writing.
I went to Borders a few days ago, and bought all the Myth-series books I could find. I think I probably got everything except the third and fourth story in the series. Pity that, as I'm intending to read this entire series from the first book, in order. Since I don't have those two readily available, I'm skipping them for now (I've already read them, when I was in my teens, unlike some of the later books.. so I guess it won't be too bad).
As it stands, I've devoured five of the books, and am working on a sixth: "Myth-nomers and Im-pervections".
I took the time to read his 1986 introduction to the M.Y.T.H Inc. Link book. That was fascinating to read, and explains a lot of the things I really liked about reading these books; that it kind of chronicled the growth of Skeeve, even as it probably suggested something about the Asprin's own growth. Since I probably only read one or two books after that, before I stopped reading this series (just couldn't find it anymore for some reason), I don't know how much of the format change really improved or killed his writing (I am guessing it improved it, as he cranked out quite a few more books after that change).
I thought it was particularly impressive that he wrote the first book in only five weeks. Damn. I mean, I understand he had been fleshing out the characters for a long time prior to it, and that he was pressed for time (so he swiped an old, cheesy plotline and made a parody of it), but damn.. that's some fast writing.
Interestingly, I bet someone could make a movie out of one of these books (likely as an animation). They are not so full of depth that any one of these books would require a six hour extravaganza, but they aren't so fast that the movie would be a short. I suspect they're just about the right size.