- NY, USA
- member since August 16, 2009
Thomas’s last login was Monday, October 8, 2012.
Thomas, "Tales of the Dying Earth" by Jack Vance is perhaps the quintessential collection of sci/fi fantasy/adventure stories ever written by one of the most revered and awarded authors to write in this genre. The words that come to mind when trying to describe his incredible achievement are: wondrous, magnificent, epic, spellbinding, dazzling, exquisite, inventive, wordsmithery, magical, elegant, enthralling, engrossing, imaginative, original, mellifluous pacing, atmospheric backdrops, transformational, fantastical storylines! I read the first story in this collection when i was 11 years old and the others in the ensuing years. Over the years I have read the collection over 20 times, each time reflecting on the joy it brings me and its life changing impact on my reading addiction. Just imagine being able to transform written words from your minds eye into life-like visions and you will then understand the sensual impact of Jack Vance's brilliance! Ironically, because of its unique qualities I have always been protective and therefore reluctant to expose this truly fabulous literary experience to others for fear of diminishing its value to me...a misguided supposition I know, but true never-the-less. So, if you want to share my journey into the unknown and wander through the beautiful worlds as penned by a master scribe then you will read this incredible collection of stories and revel in their beatific perfection. Storytelling at its best; a masterpiece...
Thomas hi and Merry Christmas to you and yours. I have come across an incredible new fantasy/adventure series that I think you will really enjoy, I sure am! It's titled "The Riyria Revelations" by William J. Sullivan and it is one of the best storylines I've read in many years. The first book is "The Crown Conspiracy." Enjoy and READ ON...
hey I never thanked you for sending me a friend request. Well, Thank You. I was checkingout your shelf. you wrote in your introduction that you like reading Science Fiction and Fantasy. I'm a die hard 'Fantasyholic'(yep that's what I call myself). So, anytime you need my suggestion...I would be glad to voice out my biased opinion.
By the way you have got a cool pic here! What's that in the back? Let me guess! An old Train Station ?
That sounds really cool. i am also in love with the creative proces :D haha.
I love all kinds of music, and it also gives me inspiration when i'm writing. somehow i can find words in the melodies. i like all kinds of rock as well, i like some "folk"ish stuff, classical is good (esp. mozart and tchaikovsky although he's more romantic), i like some pop music, and i'm open to just about everything. music is a big part of my life; it helps me simplify my problems. sometimes when i'm just really low i put on some loud music, just blast it through my headphones, and it feels so much better.
Hi Thomas, glad you liked my collection, you have a pretty impressive list yourself. I am still in the process of setting up my corner on Shelfari but I love it already! I totally agree with your thoughts on SF. ...don't think any other genre is so liberating and yet so demanding. All the best for your writing aspirations...and thanks for tagging me!
Thomas, the holidays were great and we enjoyed our family and friends but ate to much and drank to much :). Thanks for asking, I hope you had a wonderful holiday period also and have a great year in 2010. Of all the books I've read in recent years none has moved me as much as Nathan's Run. I was out-of-breath at the end and I believe I will be forever affected by the haunting and realistic injustice's portrayed in this story, so much so that I've decided to take whatever action I can to affect a more positive outcome for the salvageable kids in the justice system. READ ON...
Thanks for the note with your friend request. to answer your question, i write alot of short stories, some prose, and a few ongoing things that may end up being around novel length. writing is what i do; i'm planning on becoming either an english or creative writing major in college in two years.
As far as what my stories about, it's hard to categorize. i do some weird random stuff, i really enjoy writing about vampires, and i also love to write stories with historical ties (like the 1950s, or 1980s)
So. how bout you?
Thomas hi, I've come across a story that is so exeptional I had to write you about it. It's titled "Nathan's Run" by John Gilstrap and I think you will find it as moving and inspiring as I did. While a fictional account it is an emotional coming-of-age journey that will pull at your heartstrings and give you pause to think about the power of the human spirit. Enjoy and READ ON...
Thomas- good shelf. I also liked The Road. it looks like you have but have not read World War Z. I suggest it highly. You said you like sci-fi so i also want to suggest The Sparrow and Children of God by Maria Doria Russell. It is a 2 book series. also The Descent by Long and Cell by Stephen King- it is very recent and one of his very best. thank you for listening. -Julie
Thomas, I agree with your rating of Dune, I read it a number of years ago and loved it. The movie didn't measure up to the book but wasn't terrible. My daughter is a DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) so I think it's great that you are persuing a degree in Optometry. When are you graduating? Hopefully, your student loans will be less than hers were. Anyway, I'm adding books everyday to Shelfari, I've read so many I'm not sure I can remember them all. Take care and read on......
I'm afraid I can relate a little too much there, hehe. Some would say that means commitment issues, but I prefer to pretend it's just dilettantism. ^_^
Kidding aside, the fact that you actually managed to put your ideas down on paper is admirable, whether poetry or anything else.
The Yellow Baron thanks thee kindly, and wishes me to inform you that to most people he is "your Grace", but since you have given him such a worthy cognomen, then you may call him "Mr. Quackenweiss". ;p
Yes, yes, I shall buy it, never fear. You are leading me to suspect that you get royalties or something off that book, shilling it the way you are, hehe.
"A writing profession on the side", ey? With your tastes in reading material, that doesn't sound ominous at all; in fact, it sounds fun! If you ever feel up to sharing any of your work, you have one potential reader here. :)
Thanks for reassuring me re: the Dune series. I only ever read the first one. Oh, and also for the "Bears Discover Fire" recommendation; I shall try to find a copy. I wish life didn't get in the way of reading! Too many good books, too little time.
Erm...I hadn't thought of naming the Little Yellow Fuzzy at all, but now that you mention it, he looks rather like a Wilhelm to me. How does he strike you? And are we seriously discussing naming a toy duck? ;P