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29th-Jul-2007 09:58 pm
Ok, finished The Mallorean (David Eddings) and Michael Tolliver Lives! (Armistead Maupin) today.

The latter made me cry a lot. And I almost forgave Mary Ann for being such a bitch in the last book. It was a lot like getting a postcard from old friends, catching up on how times have changed. I still am not happy about his tendancy to kill off characters between books, since it really doesn't give a chance for the reader to mourn the death. This was one one the reasons Signifigant Others bothered me so much. I would have felt better had John died during the book rather than a few years prior to the start.

Still, it was good to see Mouse and Anna Madrigal again.


Ugh, just realized Michael Tolliver Lives! was the last book I had out of the library. I have 2 on the hold shelf, but the library doesn't open before I have to be at work.

Which means I can read one of my Shadowrun novels or try to get into Christopher Rice's A Density of Souls. Most of the rest of my library is too fresh in my memory to read atm.
29th-Jul-2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
I have forgiven him for many things. I have managed to accept a lot that I would not if was a lesser writer.

But Mona...no way. It never happened. In my selective psychosis, Mona is alive and well.
29th-Jul-2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. I'd much rather believe she's still screwing around in England. And I felt more sympathy for Mouse's mom this time around. I'm also happy how Mrs. Madrigal wound up. I think I would have killed. had it been different.
29th-Jul-2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
I've been saving Michael Tolliver Lives for my vacation. It's been so hard not to read it, but I'm glad it was good enough to evoke tears.
29th-Jul-2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
It's very good. I'm just kind of bummed about some of the decisions he made for the core characters. Which you'll realize soon enough.
29th-Jul-2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
I have to agree. The parts about Mona had me going here too...It was great getting to catch up with all of the characters here. I can't wait for another one.
29th-Jul-2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
Hopefully, he won't wait 17 or so years this time.
29th-Jul-2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
I remember reading an interview with him a few months ago about why that happened, and how he has been inspired to write more "Tales" material. Hopefully he still feels the same way
29th-Jul-2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
Particularly since he never really told us much about what happened with DeDe and D'or...

Plus I'd love to know more about how Wilhelm over in England is doing.
29th-Jul-2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
I agree. I would also like to find out about Dee Dee and D'or's kids too. The girl popped up briefly in "The Night Whisperer"
29th-Jul-2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
You know, I never did read that. Was it any good?
29th-Jul-2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
Actually yes it was. The central mystery has an ambiguous ending, in my opinion. It really was more a a "roman a clef" concerning his relationship with Terry Anderson.
30th-Jul-2007 12:00 am (UTC)
Ah ok, I did notice that his lover's name had changed in the author bio.
30th-Jul-2007 12:04 am (UTC)
He has a new husband, a younger man, who has inspired him to revisit Barbary Lane. He has talked before about why he didn't write a new "Tales" book for so long. Basically it was because when the last one ended, Michael was HIV+, and at the time he thought that Michael would have to die as a character.

Of course we know that Michael was Maupin's fictional representation in the series, and that HIV treatment has vastly improved since then.
30th-Jul-2007 12:59 am (UTC)
And now Mouse is facing Old Age. which is just as bad;)
30th-Jul-2007 08:37 am (UTC)
LOL. Uhuh.

I like the fact the he introduced us to Jake, a FTM preop transsexual. Interesting choice.
30th-Jul-2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
It seems to be becoming a more visible situation. I knew one in Cbus, and there's one down here in Springpatch. I have noticed that both of them still have pussies.

More power to Mouse for being able to work around that.
30th-Jul-2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
LOL. Cool. I have known about Buck Angel for awhile. My former employer showed me pics. I do have to say that I find the idea of FTM transexuality to be interesting. Whenever mainstream media even discusses the subject of transexuality, it is usually the MTF kind. I did see a very interesting documentary on IFC or Showtime a few months ago, about a FTM transexual and the process that he had to go through. It was actually quite interesting. The psychological process was fascinating. The surgery itself was interesting too. Basically what they do is remove the reproductive organs, use the vaginal wall to create a scrotum, then use testosterone to create a small penis from the clitoris...Or is this TMI?
2nd-Aug-2007 12:22 pm (UTC)
Not TMI...and at least no mention was made of the inflatable penis.
2nd-Aug-2007 12:50 pm (UTC)
LOL. I think that was Sly Stallone's problem awhile ago...
2nd-Aug-2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
Ugh, was that the twist to the last Rocky movie? Because it would fit better with the boxing movie featuring Hilary Swank...
2nd-Aug-2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
LOL. Could be. Actually that was the gossip going around after he married his current wife. Hydraulics and all...
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