Thread: horrible MA in books
2/26/2004 1:03am, #1
horrible MA in books
i just finished a copy of "Digital Fortress" by Dan Brown (the De Vinci code dude) at an airport (it was either that or Neil xstephenson and that's not wath i want to read on the way to Mardi Gras), and was reading it in an airplane, when i read the following:
"Greg Hale had been rescued from a childhool petty crime by the US Marine Corpse. It was there he'd learned about computers. He was one of the best programers the marines had ever seen, well on his way to a distinguished military career. But two days before his completion of his tour of duty, his future suddenly changed. Hale accidently killed a fellow Marine in a drunken brawl. The Korean art of self-defense, Taekwando, proved more deadly than defensive. He was promtly relieved of his duty."
Needless to say, i laughed and everyone stared. What bothers me worse than the horrible phrasing of that line is that it could have been completely left out.
2/26/2004 1:07am, #2
I'll take 3 copies.The Wastrel - So attractive he HAS to be a woman.
2/26/2004 1:08am, #3
Yeah, that is pretty damn funny.
As for good reading, try Niel Geyman's (or however his name is spelled) "American Gods". That was a pretty damn good book. Totally got me into stupid coin tricks. Also, there be some good prison-fu fights, can't recall any outstanding bullshido in that particular tale.
Now if only I could buckle down and write my own damn book, I swear there'd be lots of violence and MA with only a touch of bullshit. I just totally lack the commitment and depth of attention necessary to write anything longer than- hey look, a birdy!
2/26/2004 1:48am, #4
TaeKwonDo? Killing somebody? Yeah, and I am a Japanese porn star!
Originally Posted by ggboxer
2/26/2004 10:17am, #5
The book "Helm" by Steven Gould features a great deal of Aikido. My guess is that Gould must be an Aikido man based on the way he writes about it. It's a pretty good Sci Fi read (Depending on how you feel about the effectiveness of Aikido in combat it might seem like deep sci fi).
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...?v=glance&st=*Student of Wan Yi Chuan Kung Fu,
Kali, & what ever works
Renaissance Martial Arts
2/26/2004 11:16am, #6
uh... balt, paraphrase that sig a bit would ya...
Also, good series for wonderous violence both martial artsy and scifiy: Battletech. Don't read the damn mechwarrior books (a dumb downed offshoot series derived from the games which were themselves a gross over simplification of the BT universe, though still fun).
I've got nearly 50 of 'em, great stuff.
2/26/2004 11:33am, #7Originally posted by baltasargracian
check out stephen hayes book "tulku", its chock-a-block with fantastical references .
2/26/2004 1:41pm, #8
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2/26/2004 4:02pm, #9
"As for good reading, try Niel Geyman's (or however his name is spelled) "American Gods". That was a pretty damn good book. Totally got me into stupid coin tricks. Also, there be some good prison-fu fights, can't recall any outstanding bullshido in that particular tale."
meh, read it a while ago, he jsut completely ripped the basic idea and the way he handles it off terry pratchett (prob when he worked with him in Good Omens) who ripped it off Douglas Adams in his second dirk gently book.
2/26/2004 4:33pm, #10
OMG! You just dropped The Holistic Detective into the mix!Secret moves such as hitting a thing with your hand and hitting a thing with your leg have been stolen and degenerated by arts like karate, boxing, muay-thai, Kung-fu, and basketball. -Epicurious
I for one welcome our new Ninja overlords.
I figure fighting a group of chunners would be like water torture, its not the force as such, just the constant trickle of chain punches wearing down your sanity. -The Juggernoob