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(LiveJournal)   The most absurd book review you will read all week. Come for the naked coeds, stay for the blatant plugs for Fox News   (hradzka.livejournal.com ) divider line
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2012-07-14 09:13:38 AM  
Sounds like a book written by an "edgy" 12 year old
 
2012-07-14 09:15:41 AM  
I thought I was reading Time Cubes...
 
2012-07-14 09:26:29 AM  
The Republican fantasy genre is not new.
 
2012-07-14 09:30:39 AM  
I did not find an absurd book review. I did find an absurd book and laughed heartily.
 
2012-07-14 09:42:29 AM  
I think I made it about halfway through. The description of the Ringo novels is hysterical. They seem so awesomely bad I am surprised they have not been optioned by Hollywood, or John Stagliano at least.

I might pick up a couple if I can find some used. OK, maybe not, that could be icky.
 
2012-07-14 09:47:06 AM  
pinkie.ponychan.net

/In first
 
2012-07-14 09:53:10 AM  
I realized, when I tried to read John Ringo and again with Larry Correia, is that I have a much higher tolerance for batshiat liberal authors than I do for bathshiat conservative ones. I think it's decades of acclimation to extreme stupidity (hi, Scottish anarchists!) on one side of the spectrum and very little on the other.
 
2012-07-14 10:27:52 AM  
TL;DR. Waste of a click.
 
2012-07-14 10:29:57 AM  

Road_King: TL;DR. Waste of a click.


No naked co-eds either, as subby promised.
 
2012-07-14 10:36:17 AM  
Read to the end for the truly epic part: Ringo has pointed his own fans to the review and agreed with everything in it.

Oddly, conservative/libertarian SF authors seem to be really quite common, or at least they are outspoken enough to be obvious: Ringo, Niven, Pournelle, Barnes, Card, Crichton and so forth. Then there's the huge libertarian streak within the genre- see Stross as the prime example, but there are very few SF authors out there without some degree of libertarian leaning. Banks is a socialist in real life but the entire Culture has gone so far down the socialist path it's basically libertarian.
 
2012-07-14 10:45:35 AM  
"use his inconsiderable strength to possess and take instead of woo and cajole."
"They purely pissed him off. "
What kind of writing is this?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-07-14 10:55:11 AM  
I read one or two Ringo novels when he was new. Fun diversion, but no more. Baen had some great covers: well-endowed women with too little clothing and too much armament, and the occasional exploding spaceship. http://www.baen.com/author_catalog.asp?author=jringo (scroll down to the early 2000s)

I wonder how the blogger would handle Stephen R. Donaldson's Thomas Covenant novels.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-07-14 11:04:06 AM  
Oh, wait, there's more.

But don't worry! He gets their moms' permission first.

Reminds me of the story of the Blind Faith album cover where the photographer got mom's permission to shoot her little girl topless. http://www.angelfire.com/wi/blindfaith/vvcov69.html (Probably NSFW)

The next part of the review reminded me of Heinlein's Number of the Beast. Or at least the parts I finished. I know I got past "spung!" but I may not have reached the halfway point.
 
2012-07-14 11:39:05 AM  

Glockenspiel Hero: Read to the end for the truly epic part


Read to the end? Why would anyone do such a thing? I got as far as Ringo is the author of a bajillion books, including fantasy and military SF. The novels (oh, yes, there is more than one) we'll be considering are from the PALADIN OF SHADOWS series.

Yeah, the phrase "bajillion books" followed by "series" would lead the reader to believe there is more than one novel. Unnecessary parenthetical statement is necessary.

That writing is awful.
 
2012-07-14 11:57:36 AM  
WTF?
I'm not reading that.
 
2012-07-14 12:04:22 PM  
When I saw there were no naked coeds, I didn't bother reading because all that was left was the reference to FOX news.
 
2012-07-14 12:05:31 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: WTF?
I'm not reading that.


That

Especially not without pictures of naked coeds interspersed among the rant.
 
2012-07-14 12:12:18 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: Read to the end for the truly epic part: Ringo has pointed his own fans to the review and agreed with everything in it.

Oddly, conservative/libertarian SF authors seem to be really quite common, or at least they are outspoken enough to be obvious: Ringo, Niven, Pournelle, Barnes, Card, Crichton and so forth. Then there's the huge libertarian streak within the genre- see Stross as the prime example, but there are very few SF authors out there without some degree of libertarian leaning. Banks is a socialist in real life but the entire Culture has gone so far down the socialist path it's basically libertarian.


One of these things is not like the others...

/Just saying...
 
2012-07-14 12:14:34 PM  

treecologist: Road_King: TL;DR. Waste of a click.

No naked co-eds either, as subby promised.

 
2012-07-14 12:27:00 PM  
50 Shades of "Meh"
 
2012-07-14 12:38:41 PM  
old-news-is-so-exciting.gif
 
2012-07-14 12:39:46 PM  
You know, I felt pretty bad that I've read everything in the Honor Harrington series. I'm feeling less guilty now.
 
2012-07-14 12:43:19 PM  
not to be that guy... but this is almost ten years old.


hell, there's even a 'oh john ringo, no' t-shirt.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-07-14 12:44:21 PM  
Ginnungagap42

Niven wrote that story to explain why he does not consider himself a libertarian, but the "conservative/libertarian" label suits him well.
 
2012-07-14 12:48:57 PM  

buttery_shame_cave: hell, there's even a 'oh john ringo, no' t-shirt.


ic.pics.livejournal.com
 
2012-07-14 12:54:40 PM  
TL;DR, your blog sucks. Subby you're the same ass that posted that stupid cartoon guy's link yesterday too, aren't you? Bad subby, bad.
 
2012-07-14 01:01:01 PM  
a4.ec-images.myspacecdn.com
 
2012-07-14 01:04:16 PM  
What....the....hell? This is the literary equivalent of Jack & Jill.
 
2012-07-14 01:19:37 PM  

Road_King: TL;DR. Waste of a click.


^^^This^^^
 
2012-07-14 01:29:44 PM  
I read half of a John Ringo book, said fark this , tore it in half and dumped it into the newpaper recycling bin.. If I want political crap, I can get all I want free online.
Good story then he started feeding his ego with liberal bashing crap.
/never again
 
2012-07-14 01:46:04 PM  

buttery_shame_cave: not to be that guy... but this is almost ten years old.


hell, there's even a 'oh john ringo, no' t-shirt.


10? The date on that post is March 22, 2008.

Unless it is reposted from an even earlier time.
 
2012-07-14 01:46:26 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com

My, my, that is a lot of words.
 
2012-07-14 01:52:27 PM  
Evidently Mr. Ringo's an educated man. Now I really hate him.
 
2012-07-14 01:58:20 PM  

luidprand: I realized, when I tried to read John Ringo and again with Larry Correia, is that I have a much higher tolerance for batshiat liberal authors than I do for bathshiat conservative ones. I think it's decades of acclimation to extreme stupidity (hi, Scottish anarchists!) on one side of the spectrum and very little on the other.


If you imagine MST3K reviewing any Larry Correia novel as you read it, the novels become a lot more enjoyable.
 
2012-07-14 02:05:51 PM  
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Nooope
 
2012-07-14 02:07:25 PM  
What guy doesn't want his cock sucked in public, right then, right there?
 
2012-07-14 02:46:18 PM  
That was farking hilarious.
 
2012-07-14 02:50:02 PM  
The funny thing is that the blogger, in exposing the dark underbelly of the author's id, also exposes his own in his enthusiastic consumption of this crap.
 
2012-07-14 02:55:58 PM  

Kurmudgeon: I read half of a John Ringo book, said fark this , tore it in half and dumped it into the newpaper recycling bin.. If I want political crap, I can get all I want free online.
Good story then he started feeding his ego with liberal bashing crap.
/never again


you gotta be REALLY selective with what you read. the original aldenata quadrilogy was alright, troy rising is entertaining for how over-the-top the premise gets, but yeah there's a LOT of deep conservative stuff in his work.

'the last centurion' was a fun read tho. bandit's narrative voice is equal parts bill paxton's character in aliens and corbon dallas.
 
2012-07-14 02:56:26 PM  
Why does that writing remind me of this guy?
agent3155.com
 
2012-07-14 02:57:10 PM  

Kurmudgeon: I read half of a John Ringo book, said fark this , tore it in half and dumped it into the newpaper recycling bin.. If I want political crap, I can get all I want free online.
Good story then he started feeding his ego with liberal bashing crap.
/never again


You deserve a medal for making it that far,dude. Seriously.
 
2012-07-14 02:57:56 PM  
funniest for me are people who bash paladin of shadows yet devour anything by richard marcinko.

/it's bullshiat fiction either way, just ringo isn't trying to play it as anything else.
 
2012-07-14 03:15:05 PM  

Ginnungagap42: Pournelle


I just don't get how people can read Pournelle. I could deal with the God-guts-and-glory in The Mote in God's Eye, mostly because it was set in another star system, but Footfall was just craptacular military fellation when it wasn't gawdawful ham-fisted dialogue. I basically thumbed through all of Footfall looking for the Fithp sections, read those, and threw the book away.

After that, I never bothered with solo Pournelle.
 
2012-07-14 03:20:32 PM  
Free version here!

Link
 
2012-07-14 03:40:34 PM  
i1136.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-14 04:15:31 PM  

buttery_shame_cave: Kurmudgeon: I read half of a John Ringo book, said fark this , tore it in half and dumped it into the newpaper recycling bin.. If I want political crap, I can get all I want free online.
Good story then he started feeding his ego with liberal bashing crap.
/never again

you gotta be REALLY selective with what you read. the original aldenata quadrilogy was alright, troy rising is entertaining for how over-the-top the premise gets, but yeah there's a LOT of deep conservative stuff in his work.

'the last centurion' was a fun read tho. bandit's narrative voice is equal parts bill paxton's character in aliens and corbon dallas.


This. I got into the Ringo books, slogged through most of it, glossed over a lot of the politics. I never read the Paladin of Shadows series, so I probably missed the really preachy stuff. Actually, come to think of it, I've only read the Legacy series, so I guess I got the less preachy stuff.

I like his fellow Baen author Weber though, I read his work for the sheer joy of reading it, not analyzing the 'this his how the real world should be' political preaching. And the science. Because science.
 
2012-07-14 04:16:34 PM  
This has been posted a million times in its four years on the internet.

Oh, old John Ringo review, no!
 
2012-07-14 04:21:19 PM  
Geez.... the Kildar series wasn't written to win literary prizes... they are fun send-ups in the same vein as the old Executioner/Destroyer books from the 60s and 70s.

Taking them seriously is rather dumb. The hero delivers Bin Laden's head (literally), fer crissakes.
 
2012-07-14 04:21:57 PM  

TheotherMIguy: buttery_shame_cave: Kurmudgeon: I read half of a John Ringo book, said fark this , tore it in half and dumped it into the newpaper recycling bin.. If I want political crap, I can get all I want free online.
Good story then he started feeding his ego with liberal bashing crap.
/never again

you gotta be REALLY selective with what you read. the original aldenata quadrilogy was alright, troy rising is entertaining for how over-the-top the premise gets, but yeah there's a LOT of deep conservative stuff in his work.

'the last centurion' was a fun read tho. bandit's narrative voice is equal parts bill paxton's character in aliens and corbon dallas.

This. I got into the Ringo books, slogged through most of it, glossed over a lot of the politics. I never read the Paladin of Shadows series, so I probably missed the really preachy stuff. Actually, come to think of it, I've only read the Legacy series, so I guess I got the less preachy stuff.

I like his fellow Baen author Weber though, I read his work for the sheer joy of reading it, not analyzing the 'this his how the real world should be' political preaching. And the science. Because science.


I read Weber for the missiles. Lots of missiles. Thousands of missiles. All full of incredible technology. Thousands of words. On missiles.
 
2012-07-14 04:39:13 PM  
I am disappointed at the lack of naked co-ed links in this thread.
 
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