Jeez, I can't STAND that Stover guy . . . !

Discussion in 'Fantasy / Horror' started by MWStover, Jan 16, 2005.

  1. MWStover

    MWStover Registered User

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    Now that I have your attention . . .

    I just wanted to make the point right from the start that people who think I suck are welcome around here, too.

    Come and complain. I love hearing from people who love my work -- but I also love hearing from people who get just bloody sick every time they hear my name.

    I'm very grateful to the folks here at SFFWorld for setting up this little nook in a corner of their site for me, and I will be dropping by as often as I can to at least check in with snide comments or glib evasions.

    Say what you like. I'm not fragile.

    I'm also happy to chat about the biz, about the process of writing, and about Who I Think You Really Ought To Be Reading, because in addition to not being fragile, I'm not shy.

    However, fair warning to one and all -- As a friend of mine at [dead cities] likes to put it, "Say what you like, but mean what you say."

    In other words:

    If you're gonna play Poke the Bear, you better keep in mind that the bear doesn't give a s*** that it's just a game.




    I'm the bear. Any questions?
     
  2. Jacquin

    Jacquin Shovelly Joe

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    Do we get long pointy sticks to poke you with? ;)
     
  3. Rocket Sheep

    Rocket Sheep I AM too a mod! Staff Member

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    I think that phrase - "Poke the Bear" - has been completely overused by angry immature american men on messageboards across the internet and has now has such yuckky, hot headed, argumentative connotations that it immediately ruins any hope for fun.

    Sorry to break it to you like this. But there are times when some phrases should just lay down and die. And "Poke the Bear" has reached its time.

    Perhaps we could hold a ritual burial or something. There are a few other murdered phrases that need burying too.
     
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  4. MWStover

    MWStover Registered User

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    Huh. That's funny -- because I wrote that line. So they can, er . . . [searches for an appropriately PG-13 phrase] . . . screw off.
     
  5. juzzza

    juzzza Loveable Rogue

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    Yaddah yaddah, but did you coin the phrase, 'Charge in the short pants!!!' LOL :D
     
  6. MWStover

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    Yup. That too.

    I'm a killer with the quotables.
     
  7. Jacquin

    Jacquin Shovelly Joe

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    I think I've heard that somewhere before...
     
  8. Monty Mike

    Monty Mike Journalist

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    I'm just here for the atmosphere..... whheeeeee!!
     
  9. Rocket Sheep

    Rocket Sheep I AM too a mod! Staff Member

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    You invented Poke the Bear?

    Well I don't go to Dead Cities and I've heard it on other messageboards... Dead Cities posters must get around.

    Shame you can't sue for abuse of phrase.
     
  10. Mervius

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    You suck!

    Stover, your books suck!

    And one of these days, I'm gonna stop reading 'em!

    Maybe "Revenge of the Sith" will be the last straw.
     
  11. saintjon

    saintjon Illustrious Gambler

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    if he sucks enough you'd bother to post that why are you still reading?
     
  12. juzzza

    juzzza Loveable Rogue

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    Classic...

    It's like a beautiful woman telling you that one of these days she is gonna stop sleeping with you... WHO CARES, as long as she is right now. :D

    If people spend money and time to hate you, they're still spending money and time.
     
  13. Rocket Sheep

    Rocket Sheep I AM too a mod! Staff Member

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    Mervius is just getting into the spirit of the thread. Normally we don't let people abuse authors, but Stover started it!
     
  14. Kleronomas

    Kleronomas Regulated User

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    Mervius obviously had a tongue firmly planted in one cheek, whilst giving a nice plug for MWS's next release. :cool:

    I've recently finished Heroes Die and get the impression that Blade of Tyshelle is generally thought of as a better book. What's the consensus?
     
  15. juzzza

    juzzza Loveable Rogue

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    I think BOT is grittier and excellent, but prefer Heroes Die.

    The writing in BOT is better and the fact that Caine is crippled adds real tension and depth to the character. I guess I prefer HD because Caine is in full action and of course, we are introduced to the world and the characters for the first time so they had real impact.

    One thing that is present in both, is insurmountable odds and epic plots and great writing. Either book is ahead of most in the genre but between the two, HD is my preference.

    Sequels benefit from familiarity of characters and you can weave in-jokes and old alliances/frictions really well, Stover does this extremely well.
     
  16. kater

    kater Filthy Assistants!

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    I swing the other way :D I like Blade of Tyshalle better, its to me a much deeper analysis of who Caine is. Saying more would spoil it :)
     
  17. Mervius

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    I was kidding, sheesh

    I was kidding and knew that at least Mr. Stover would realize that (since I've reviewed favorably every book of his that I've read).
     
  18. juzzza

    juzzza Loveable Rogue

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    We know you were kidding Mervius, I just thought it was funny is all...
     
  19. MWStover

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    I knew Merv was kidding indeed -- and I am VERY happy to see you here, buddy!

    And thanks for the plug, too!

    Haven't seen you around [dead cities] much lately. Hope all's well . . .
     
  20. Rob B

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    BoT v. HD

    Thats a tough one. They say you never forget your first and HD was my first exposure to MWS.

    Though I have to say, I have never read a book that left me with such an incredibly large Sh!+ eating grin on my face as BoT.