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Re(5): of Burning Barns and Condor Heroes
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[QUOTE] Sublime Spaniard Who Has Read All the Manuals of Wudang [/QUOTE] It is a pleasure to be in company of peerless scholars such as you, gentlemen! This thread must be one of the best things happening on the Internet right now. Generally speaking I agree with [s]Wimsatt and Beardsley[/s] Lord Maou: a published oeuvre is not the author's oeuvre anymore. But the critical point here is the ability to choose. The author is of course free to create as many revisions and spin offs as he/she wants, but the reader should also be free to ignore them at will. I don't mind if Akira Toriyama wants to milk some more money out of his (long dead) Dragon Ball cow; I shall just blissfully ignore anything related to that stupid DB Super revival, and stick to the good ol' Dragon Ball I knew and love. DB Super doesn't invalidate the previous works, not does it rape my childhood or anything like that. I can *choose* to ignore it if I don't like it, and that's all. I know people who, to this day, considers that the Indiana Jones saga is just a trilogy. I think that's the correct way to face the problem. The sensible thing to do is just focusing on the stuff you like, and forgetting about the other nonsense. You are supposed to read books, comics, play games, watch movies, etc. for your amusement, not to get worked over about them! [QUOTE] But this little tidbit: One of my favorite contemporary Spanish novelists says that, once the novel is on the shelves, its not his anymore. You must now tell us about who this novelist is and what you recommend from them! [/QUOTE] Well, the author himself is quite a character, not too politically correct but very witty entertaining on his own way. The name's [b]Arturo Perez Reverte[/b] and, while I don't recommend all his works, the historical novels he writes are very amusing. Not high literature by any means, but he doesn't even aim for that. He's a huge fan of Alexandre Dumas and the big French novelists from the 19th century, and that shows off on his work. [URL=https://www.amazon.com/Arturo-P%C3%A9rez-Reverte/e/B01DLY0UWY]Most of his novels are translated into English[/URL] I think, but I'd recommend his short works first to get a taste of his world and themes (which tend to be the same on most of his novels) and, if you like what you see, go for more. His magnum opus is probably [URL=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Alatriste]the Capitan Alatriste saga[/URL], which is kind of a Spanish version of The Three Musketeers (but not really); it is widely available in English but arguably part of the fun is enjoying the fake-y 17th century Spanish lingo that he introduces in the narration. Well, they're still enjoyable action novels anyway, should you need a quick swashbuckling fix.
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