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vicariously re-living others' past glories

Peter David is an author I've got tons of respect for, sometimes.

His comic books, I've learned, always read well one issue at a time, but seldom hold up as a greater whole. You can watch him carefully put all the pieces in place, and then veer off in another direction, never to deal with whatever he'd been planning.

This frustrates me.

Perhaps it's pressure from the editors that make him alter course midstream - incremental feedback from the readers on an ongoing work is not necessarily a good thing. Or, maybe he didn't really have an ending in mind when he planted those seeds. Either way, I had to stop reading his comics.

But, his novels have never had those problems.

They're great.

And my favorites were always his first two: Knight Life, and Howling Mad.

I first read those... I'm guessing 14 years ago? It's been a while.

In that time, he apparently re-wrote Knight Life and published it as a significantly longer novel. And, more recently, he put out a sequel.

This is old news, of course, but nobody tells me anything.

I'm looking forward to reading those.

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the Hooters are a band I've listened to since I think sixth grade.

If you've heard of them at all, it would be from two singles off their first big release, "Nervous Night". Those would be "And We Danced," and "Day By Day."

Few people even know there were more albums after that, but I bought 'em all. And, each new release would reinvent their sound, guaranteeing they not even get airplay for nostalgia's sake. Also, their lyrics were often so bad, you'd have to pretend you didn't understand english to appreciate the songs. But, the music was far better than anything else I'd heard to that point, so I bought everything they released, and went to every concert in my area.

That was also a while ago. Their last album as a group came out in 1993.

But, they're not as broken up as they once were.

They've re-released their self-published first album, "Amore", for the first time on CD. Which is great for me, since I was never able to find a copy on LP in the 17 years or so I've been looking.

Most of the songs on there were reworked into later albums, so this should be like hearing the most famous version of the band doing covers of their later incarnations' material. Which is a little strange, but I'm looking forward to it.

Anyway, they held a concert to celebrate that release, 20 years after the original. And realizing how much fun they have together, they booked a whole bunch of shows across Germany. I'm hoping a US tour will come of that, and maybe a new CD.

This, too, is old news. But, it's part of the "anything" that nobody tells me.

So, there you have it.

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It's crazy to think these things were so long ago. I remember them better than more recent things in my life. Which should probably tell me, it's time to do something memorable...

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speedball
Sep. 23rd, 2003 03:41 am (UTC)
PAD
He also has a new series of books out: Sir Apropos of Nothing. The third book, Tong Lashing, just came out in hardcover not that long ago.

You should check out his website/blog: http://www.peterdavid.net

That'll keep you up to date...
self
Sep. 23rd, 2003 12:09 pm (UTC)
visiting peterdavid.net
I probably shouldn't. I've got too many sites to check ritually as it is. What I need is for this to work, really.

Sir Apropos of Nothing:
I did see those, but I'm put off by "the Continuing Adventures of..." - If it's meant to extend beyond this trilogy, I'll need some assurance that these volumes are at least self-contained. Call it a trust issue. I've had too many authors lose interest or die mid-series...
speedball
Sep. 23rd, 2003 12:39 pm (UTC)
Re: visiting peterdavid.net
As opposed to this?

Kurt
self
Sep. 23rd, 2003 04:19 pm (UTC)
that's good too!
Sure, I'll take it.

The feed does remove linebreaks for some reason.
(compare this most recent entry with the link to it's equivilant provided there)

But, it's still a vast improvement.

Another odd comparison:
1 / 2

RSS feeds are trippy.

In related news, Hey, look! it's Neil Gaiman.
self
Sep. 23rd, 2003 12:16 pm (UTC)
also of interest:
They charge more for the paperless versions of Tong Lashing at Amazon than they do for the hardcover.
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self
Sep. 23rd, 2003 12:12 pm (UTC)
Somethin' like that, yeah.

Screening your comment in case anyone here hasn't read the book yet...
akatalin
Sep. 24th, 2003 03:00 am (UTC)
ok keen , that was a amusing book.
good to know
technomonkey
Sep. 23rd, 2003 06:13 pm (UTC)
One more single people might recognize
Wasn't "All You Zombies" also by the Hooters?

Do you still have all their CDs? I'd love to hear them sometime.... :-)
self
Sep. 24th, 2003 01:11 am (UTC)
sad, but true.
It was indeed. But, that was before "And We Danced," so it didn't get much airplay. Plus, it was downbeat, and critical of the audience, so I really don't know what posessed them to release that as a single in the first place.

The second album had "Satellite" and "Jonny B" for singles.

"500 Miles" on the third album, with special guest stars Peter, Paul and Mary on backup vocals.

I don't think the fourth album had a single.

But, more than these, I think people would recognize the work they did on Cindy Lauper's first album. Or Joan Osborne's.

There is also, by the way, a DVD of music videos. More videos than I ever knew about. But, it's in PAL, and only available from German speaking websites, so I have no idea what shipping would cost, let alone the DVD itself.

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I do still have all the CDs. Minus one, which I loaned to a student director 'cause it had the perfect song to introduce their play, but they promptly lost the CD and never replaced it. I'll have to buy a new copy. The others, I'm sure are quite buried. But, I have to dig 'em up anyway before Amore gets here.

You are, of course, welcome to check those out once I find 'em.
tomthedog
Oct. 16th, 2003 11:27 am (UTC)
"All You Zombies" -- that was the Hooters song I liked. I forgot about that. I have to go download it now.

I'm a big fan of Peter David's comics (well, less so these days than ten years ago or so, when he was doing Hulk, Dreadstar, and Star Trek all at once), but I have noticed what you mention. I think the most irritating for me was one Hulk issue featuring the Leader spying on someone. A flunky asks if that person suspects he's being watched, and the Leader says something like, "The fool has no idea." Cut to: two mysterious alien-looking figures cloaked in darkness, watching the Leader on a screen. One asks if the Leader suspects he's being watched, and the other says, "The fool has no idea."

AND THEN NOTHING HAPPENS!! EVER!! Who the hell were those figures? Why were they spying? What... why... who... sputter! I have no idea if that was meant as some kind of throw-away joke, or if there really was something Peter was going to come back to, but then forgot about... It's been irritating me for about 15 years (this was VERY early in his Hulk run). Just thought I'd share.
self
Oct. 17th, 2003 04:16 am (UTC)
Sounds like there could have been a really good running joke in that, had he run with it.
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