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(io9)   An incredibly thorough analysis of how frequently words and characters appear in J.R.R. Tolkien's books   (io9.com) divider line 30
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2013-02-17 09:43:50 PM  
Keyword frequency thing was kinda cool.

So now I know definitively that "potato" only appears 3 times in all the books and only in FotR.

Well, it's nice to know I haven't totally wasted my time today.
 
2013-02-17 10:07:47 PM  
quatchi: So now I know definitively that "potato" only appears 3 times in all the books and only in FotR.

holy hell, someone really did count to potato.
 
2013-02-17 10:58:58 PM  
just stock on .22LR and .45ACP.  9 is alright, but I prefer .45.

/Also cleaning supplies, a gun and ammo are worthless if you can't fire when you need to.

/Propain OUT!
 
2013-02-17 11:01:43 PM  

Propain_az: just stock on .22LR and .45ACP.  9 is alright, but I prefer .45.

/Also cleaning supplies, a gun and ammo are worthless if you can't fire when you need to.

/Propain OUT!


Was the meeting of the Non Sequitar club tonight?

For some reason I thought that was Tuesday.
 
2013-02-17 11:09:27 PM  
I'm on my third attempt at reading all the Wheel of Time series, and at one point I wondered just how many times Nynaeve was going to angrily tug on her braid. I lost count half a page later.
 
2013-02-17 11:10:26 PM  
I don't see why this needed to go through i09.
 
2013-02-17 11:16:50 PM  
Since this seems interesting, and I refuse to go to Gawker sites, can someone please like the article they ripped off?
 
2013-02-17 11:18:47 PM  

rustypouch: Since this seems interesting, and I refuse to go to Gawker sites, can someone please like the article they ripped off?


Yo.
 
2013-02-17 11:19:21 PM  

Crudbucket: rustypouch: Since this seems interesting, and I refuse to go to Gawker sites, can someone please like the article they ripped off?

Yo.


Awesome.
 
2013-02-17 11:20:34 PM  

rustypouch: Since this seems interesting, and I refuse to go to Gawker sites, can someone please like the article they ripped off?


Here ya go...

http://lotrproject.com/statistics/books/

/Also not a fan of the Gawkward crowd.
 
2013-02-17 11:21:02 PM  

spamdog: I don't see why this needed to go through i09.


Because the checks keep clearing.
 
2013-02-17 11:26:15 PM  

Crudbucket: I'm on my third attempt at reading all the Wheel of Time series, and at one point I wondered just how many times Nynaeve was going to angrily tug on her braid. I lost count half a page later.


Nyn's an angry gal but I really dig the love story with her and Lan.

Second only to Perrin/Faile and better than Matt/Daughter of the 9 Moons.

/Rand and his harem are too overqualified and belong in their own category.

Still haven't read A Memory of Light yet.
 
2013-02-18 12:06:45 AM  
The sentiment graph is the most interesting. It shows the LOTR trilogy as plodding and drawn out without any serious change in tone throughout the entire 3-book set.

Compare that to the Hobbit which has much more extreme highs and lows and by all accounts is a much better story.

It would be interesting to compare these graphs to some of, say, David Foster Wallace's work or Salman Rushdie's work. Although I imagine it's a bit unfair to compare the works of actual authors to the ramblings of an English professor.
 
2013-02-18 05:01:05 AM  
Wouldn't that be: Every time.
?
 
2013-02-18 06:23:07 AM  
Queer.
 
2013-02-18 06:56:11 AM  
Great, now do it for Dune..
 
2013-02-18 07:03:07 AM  

Dubwise: Great, now do it for Dune..


Man, they don't mention Frodo or Gandalf at all in Dune.
 
2013-02-18 07:34:49 AM  

Crudbucket: Dubwise: Great, now do it for Dune..

Man, they don't mention Frodo or Gandalf at all in Dune.


But LotR has Magneto and Dune has Professor X.
 
2013-02-18 07:39:50 AM  

quatchi: Crudbucket: I'm on my third attempt at reading all the Wheel of Time series, and at one point I wondered just how many times Nynaeve was going to angrily tug on her braid. I lost count half a page later.

Nyn's an angry gal but I really dig the love story with her and Lan.

Second only to Perrin/Faile and better than Matt/Daughter of the 9 Moons.

/Rand and his harem are too overqualified and belong in their own category.

Still haven't read A Memory of Light yet.


Those books started strong and devolved into braid-tugging 20 page descriptions of what people were wearing, while the plot split into so many threads it slowed to a crawl.  I wish I could have finished, but it's been too long to remember all of the characters, and there's no way in hell I can handle the catty biatchy crap for another read.
 
2013-02-18 08:49:49 AM  

Erix: Those books started strong and devolved into braid-tugging 20 page descriptions of what people were wearing, while the plot split into so many threads it slowed to a crawl.  I wish I could have finished, but it's been too long to remember all of the characters, and there's no way in hell I can handle the catty biatchy crap for another read.


I'm in the same boat. I struggled through 6-8 and book 9 got my hopes up by being awesome. I quit when book ten was not only the worst book in the series, but possibly one of the worst books I ever read. I wouldn't mind finishing it up with what I've been hearing, but it's been far too long.

Does anyone know of a good, thorough summary that would eliminate the need to reread the series?
 
2013-02-18 08:58:04 AM  

Erix: quatchi: Crudbucket: I'm on my third attempt at reading all the Wheel of Time series, and at one point I wondered just how many times Nynaeve was going to angrily tug on her braid. I lost count half a page later.

Nyn's an angry gal but I really dig the love story with her and Lan.

Second only to Perrin/Faile and better than Matt/Daughter of the 9 Moons.

/Rand and his harem are too overqualified and belong in their own category.

Still haven't read A Memory of Light yet.

Those books started strong and devolved into braid-tugging 20 page descriptions of what people were wearing, while the plot split into so many threads it slowed to a crawl.  I wish I could have finished, but it's been too long to remember all of the characters, and there's no way in hell I can handle the catty biatchy crap for another read.


It felt like every time a female character left the scene and re-entered we were treated to a description of what they were wearing. Utterly painful. Apparently the dude that took over does better, but I have yet to attempt to retry that hellscape of fashion.
 
2013-02-18 09:33:30 AM  

Crudbucket: rustypouch: Since this seems interesting, and I refuse to go to Gawker sites, can someone please like the article they ripped off?

Yo.


Danke.
 
2013-02-18 09:54:31 AM  
24.media.tumblr.com

#1 most used word?

WALKING
 
2013-02-18 11:45:42 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: The sentiment graph is the most interesting. It shows the LOTR trilogy as plodding and drawn out without any serious change in tone throughout the entire 3-book set.

Compare that to the Hobbit which has much more extreme highs and lows and by all accounts is a much better story.

It would be interesting to compare these graphs to some of, say, David Foster Wallace's work or Salman Rushdie's work. Although I imagine it's a bit unfair to compare the works of actual authors to the ramblings of an English professor.


I think you just identified the key reason I prefer The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings. I could never articulate what it was until now.
 
2013-02-18 01:17:32 PM  

quatchi: Crudbucket: I'm on my third attempt at reading all the Wheel of Time series, and at one point I wondered just how many times Nynaeve was going to angrily tug on her braid. I lost count half a page later.

Nyn's an angry gal but I really dig the love story with her and Lan.

Second only to Perrin/Faile and better than Matt/Daughter of the 9 Moons.

/Rand and his harem are too overqualified and belong in their own category.

Still haven't read A Memory of Light yet.


Pfft.  David Weber does "palm uppermost" and "force of nature" approx 47.8 times in each Honor Harrington novel now.
 
2013-02-18 04:44:11 PM  

Lord Binky: AverageAmericanGuy: The sentiment graph is the most interesting. It shows the LOTR trilogy as plodding and drawn out without any serious change in tone throughout the entire 3-book set.

Compare that to the Hobbit which has much more extreme highs and lows and by all accounts is a much better story.

It would be interesting to compare these graphs to some of, say, David Foster Wallace's work or Salman Rushdie's work. Although I imagine it's a bit unfair to compare the works of actual authors to the ramblings of an English professor.

I think you just identified the key reason I prefer The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings. I could never articulate what it was until now.


To be fair, I didn't identify it. The graphs in the linked article did.
 
2013-02-18 05:15:33 PM  
Pronoun: ...It felt like every time a female character left the scene and re-entered we were treated to a description of what they were wearing. Utterly painful. Apparently the dude that took over does better, but I have yet to attempt to retry that hellscape of fashion.

Haven't gotten around to a Memory of Light, but so far Sanderson removed most of the unnecessary fashion descriptions. (stupid hats!). However, nothing can overcome the fact that Jordan failed to prepare the characters for the end in bootks 6 through 12. Again, very little plot development happens for six entire books. Once Rand is put in the box it is like he never emerges. Rand doesn't pick between the three women, Perrin never really leaves Edmond's Field and Matt spends most of his time and talent pining away for the Daughter of the Nine Moons.

Complain about LOTR as much as you'd like, but there are thousands of unnecessary pages in WOT. Same goes for Martin, last three books have been stuck in neutral.

Then again, nothing quite beats the abysmal failure of Mission Earth, holy hell that was garbage.
 
2013-02-18 09:14:05 PM  

NathanAllen: Then again, nothing quite beats the abysmal failure of Mission Earth, holy hell that was garbage.


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You're now on my list!
 
2013-02-18 10:40:47 PM  
imgs.xkcd.com

/oblig
 
2013-02-19 12:49:32 AM  
Aspie much?
 
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