Befriending Michelle


As a happily married heterosexual female I don’t want to date you, but can we be friends?

I see in your profile that you like to read horror, science fiction and fantasy. Wanna talk books? I’m a big Stephen King fan (read 'em all) and also like Clive Barker, Thomas Disch, Orson Scott Card, Larry Niven, Anne Rice, Robert McCammon and more.

Who have you read?

Haven’t been that much into fantasy lately; I overdosed on Piers Anthony as a teenager. But I do like Marion Zimmer Bradley. Do you have any recommendations for me in that genre?

Hope to get to know you better!

It is much easier to see ourselves as better than or even worse than, rather than accepting that we simply are. - John “The Penguin” Bingham

Not wanting to steal Michelle’s thunder here, but I wanted to pop in and tell Cant that I almost OD’d on Piers as well. Stopped myself after the puns got to be too much, but luckily I found Terry Pratchett. Much funnier.

And I was recently saddled with Jordan’s The Eye of the World by a friend, so I’m trying to get through that right now.

Mayhaps, Michelle, you’re spending too much time in the company of the bookworms at Barnes & Noble? We’re a shy breed, you know-you need to give us a bit more encouragement.

“Bodie, I noticed you stopped stuttering.”
“I’ve been giving myself shock treatments.”
“Up the voltage.”
-Real Genius

Just a quick word of warning about the WOT series by Jordan. He is turning out about 1 book every two years. I’ve read them all (the first one is the hardest to get through), and love the series, but I’ve been reading the damn thing since 1990. And there’s no end really in sight…(sigh) I hope that it will actually be completed before I die. Great series though…

Have read any Brian Lumby’s Necroscope series?..They’re interesting. Lotsa Vampires/death/scary sections/ and oh yes…sex… :slight_smile:

Hey guys, I’m just glad no one has popped in to give me crap about “How dare you waste our time - this topic is better addressed in a personal e-mail!”

Now just watch, I’ll get a million of 'em.

Anyway, Flyp I’ll have to try Prachett. I could use some funny. I’ve heard good things about Eye of the World too. Hmmm…

Atrael, I can talk as dirty as the next chatbeeyatch and I enjoy sex, but I’m not a big fan of graphic sex scenes in books. If I wanted to read porn I’d renew my subscription to Penthouse forum. Is there a whollotta sex in the Necroscope series?

lol…hey, try not to make me out to be a sex fiend. They have some sexual scenes, but only a few…maybe a little steamier than a Harliquin Romance, but fewer of them.

Hahaha! I’ve met Michelle so neener neener neener. And I’m a happily married woman also… but I’d probably still date Michelle if I had the chance ;D

Teeming Millions:
“Meat flaps, yellow!” - DrainBead, naked co-ed Twister chat
O p a l C a t


Cant-I’d recommend Pyramids for a first time Pratchett read. It’s one of the few standalones. He usually gives enough background that you don’t need to have read any prior books, but the reading of the linked books is much richer if you know the jokes.

Anyone wonder why Michelle’s not here yet? Did we scare her off?

And wow-praise from Opal, high marks indeed for the fair Michelle.

“Bodie, I noticed you stopped stuttering.”
“I’ve been giving myself shock treatments.”
“Up the voltage.”
-Real Genius

Since I am married (almost) and you already shot down that idea maybe we could be friends.
I see you like sleeping, me too! That sounds like a basis for a terrific friendship!

Whatcha think?

Hmmm…I have no luck with guys either. Hey Michelle, can I be your friend too? I’ll buy ya a beer and we can commiserate!

“Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it.” - George Carlin

Where the hell were all you ladies back when I was single?..

No, no…you haven’t scared me away…I just haven’t had a chance (before now) to log on today! :slight_smile:

Let’s see…books…well right now I am reading 2 books at one time. I am about 100 pages into Hearts of Atlantis, by S. King, and 120 pages into Incubus, by Ann Arensburg. So far I am pleasantly surprised by Atlantis, and a little disappointed in Incubus. The premise is a good one, but it is moving a little too slow. Maybe it’ll pick up. Even if it doesn’t, heck, I only paid a buck for the book, so I didn’t lose too much.

As far as fantasy is concerned, I am in the middle of a few series of books. Tad Williams has a series called Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, which is pretty standard, “light” fantasy, but still good. Gayle Greeno has a series called The Ghatti’s tale. I have only read one of those so far. Some of the main characters are cat type creatures, so of course i was attracted tothe books. Then there is the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I’m 3 books into that one. Lastly, I really enjoyed the Coldfire Trilogy by CS Friedman. So…if you haven’t read any of those, they should keep you busy for a while! :slight_smile:

Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.–Coleridge

I also like the Tad Williams series…was actually sorry when it ended…he probably could have written a few more without straining his audience.

As I posted on the last “Books you’re reading thread,” I’ve been rereading a number of vampire horror novels. So for anyone who wants some recommendations, try these:

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman
The Empire of Fear by Brian Stableford
Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
Sunglasses After Dark by Nancy A. Collins
The World on Blood by Jonathon Nasaw

Cant, be warned that the Collins and Nasaw books have some fairly explicit sex scenes.

I’m also a Jordan fan (my AIM addy is Kyla Sedai), but I am getting irritated by the length of the series. The last couple books didn’t do much for me.
I’m currently reading and rereading Eddings’ Belgariad and Mallorean. They’re light and amusing, very good for destressing.
I also recommend (besides the aforementioned Tad Williams - great books!) Katya Reimann’s Tielmaran Chronicles, which I understand will be a trilogy (there are two books out now) and George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones, which is probably more adult than standard fare. It’s got the prerequisite young main characters, but some really nasty stuff happens, and important characters actually die.


“You couldn’t fool your mother on the foolingest day of your life if you had an electrified fooling machine.”

You know, I’ve got to agree with you on The Eye of the World, Atrael. The sheer thickness of the paperback was daunting enough, but the slogging through the first chapters has been murder. They haven’t even left the village yet, after four or so nights of reading, an hour or so each night. And I read fast. Luckily, I don’t like to stop reading a story before it’s ended, no matter how bad it is. I have a feeling I’ll get through it, though.

“Bodie, I noticed you stopped stuttering.”
“I’ve been giving myself shock treatments.”
“Up the voltage.”
-Real Genius

Okay, we got off on the wrong foot.

In the chat room, I made a joke about picking up my cat by his ears.
Michelle countered by picking me up by my pubes. [wincing] She had a good grip, too. :slight_smile:

Seriously, I think that she really doesn’t get nearly enough credit for the work that she does. I know I couldn’t spend every day trying to help out sick and dying animals. I’d crack from the pressure. Michelle, you do a good thing. A very good thing. Keep it up.
Do you by any chance know of any such emergency vet hopsitals down here in Lee County (god forbid we should need one for our cat)? By the way, here’s a pictureof Tigger.

Michelle, can I be your friend too? One thing we have in common is we’re both reading two books at once. I’m reading Naked by David Sedaris (about 140 pages in, I think) and girl with curious hair by David Foster Wallace (about 120 pages in).

I like fantasy and science fiction too, mostly, which neither of these books are, but hey I’m experimenting :slight_smile:

“I’m just too much for human existence – I should be animated.”
–Wayne Knight

I told ya…the first book about killed me…really dis-liked it. It does get better though…try and at least read the first 3 in the series if you can. It should pick up during the 2nd book, and you’ll be hooked by the third. Or you may just hate them all. We all have different tastes.

If anyone likes sci-fi/action, the Matador series by Steve Perry is a good one.

Michelle - Speaking as one of the plain women of this world, please don’t say that you’re average-looking. If that’s average, I just slipped from Plain to Homely. It’s nice to meet a fellow animal lover. I have 3 dogs (plus two temporary strays. Want a border collie and a fuzzy black dog?) a cat and a horse. My oldest dog is 14 years old ( a pointer/dobe cross) and her health is unfortunately failing. But while she can still get up and down, and still eats, I can’t put her down. I can’t give up on her before she gives up on life.