If We Were Having Coffee | February 14, 2015

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Photo by my fellow travelling geek, Alice! Available on stationary, iPhone skins, and more!

It’s my turn to take you out for coffee this week! Here on The Travelling Geek show, we’re a part of the #weekendcoffeeshare (you can read my first post here for a quick explanation). What we travelling geeks have decided to do is treat it as though we were having coffee with each other as well as you friendly travellers. So some of my post this week will be a response to Alice’s post last week and Maria’s the week before.

  • If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that my childhood heroes were the people who were courageous and heroic without even thinking of how difficult their tasks might be. For me, that meant Luke Skywalker and Westley (farmboy turned Dread Pirate Roberts). And like Maria, I also had crushes on these heroes! I continue to have (fictional) heroes who don’t examine the personal cost –or at least, don’t let it deter them. I suppose this is largely unrealistic in how heroic deeds must be performed in real life, but I think there’s something to be gleaned from these seemingly reckless characters about bravery. Now here’s my question for you: Are your heroes fictional or non-fictional? Currently living or deceased? People you know personally or lofty and far away?
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  • If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I haven’t read anything by China Melville, but after learning more about Embassytown from Maria’s coffee post, I think I will definitely have to check it out! Thus, the reading (and audiobook) queue grows ever longer! I’m not very well-versed in science fiction, but I’m trying to change that. I have to admit, I’m the kind of person who will pick up a book because I’m “supposed” to read it, but if I get a good way in and realize it’s not for me, I have no remorse about discontinuing it and moving on. What about you? Must you stick it out to the end or do you allow yourself to cut off mid-story?
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  • If we were having coffee, I’d say that I love watching TableTop, too! In fact, the video that Alice shared in her post is of Wil Wheaton and the crew playing “Geek Out!” which is a game I have, but have sadly never convinced anyone to play. My favorite games are cooperative games where all of the players are trying to defeat the game itself. One of my go-to games is Castle Panic because the gameplay is different every time (especially if you play with the Wizard Tower expansion, like I do). It’s also very easy to teach newbies; I even played once over webcam!
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  • If we were having coffee, I’d thank you for all of the video game and music suggestions I got from my last #weekendcoffeeshare post! And based on what you’ve all told me, I think we have enough benders of all types to have a pretty epic team to help the Avatar vanquish evil (by the way, I finished Legend of Korra! I loved it all, but there were definitely some tears). I’m still making my way through the Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novels, but I kind of can’t believe I’ve never really delved into graphic novels or manga before. So, knowing that I’m opening myself up for a barrage of suggestions, I really want to know…what are some other great series in this form of media that I should try out?
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12 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee | February 14, 2015

  1. Gene'O says:

    This is a nice way to do the coffee posts! Let’s see . . .

    I have no problem tossing a book aside but I rarely do it. Usually when I do, it’s within the first 30 pages. More often, skim it very quickly to the end when I don’t want to put the time into really reading it.

    Heroes: Mecenaries and rogues who are really good guys. So, Han Solo. Westly is a good example. I also have a soft spot for the ones who are driven by tragedy to either take up a righteous quest or become outlaws. So, Innigo from TPB and Sturm from the Dragonlance series. And Robin Hood, obviously. I love me some Robin Hood.

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    • Lily says:

      You know, I was never a big fan of rogues when I was a kiddo, but they’ve grown on me now. Is it that goodness stops being so black and white as we gain experience?

      And YES! Robin Hood! Always Robin Hood. My absolute favorite character from fiction and I can’t believe I left him out. Thanks, Gene’O!

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      • Gene'O says:

        Yes to the black and white thing. That is a big part. Also, there is usually a moment in the character arc of a rogue where they either have to put something more important ahead of their own interests, or else a redemptive moment where they start to do the wrong thing but change their mind at the last minute. Usually more out of loyalty to friends than concern for some greater good. I think the older we get, the more we appreciate that sort of plot twist. Because it speaks to the everyday difficulties of doing the right thing.

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  2. Corina says:

    I’m stuck with the book tossing situation right now. I started reading a book that is definitely not my taste in genres but it was because I was asked to read it and post a review as the author has no reviews anywhere right now. Well, half way into it I want to just chuck it. I’m thinking any honest review I have to write about it would not help sell any books! So I have to figure out how to say that nicely to this person.

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    • Lily says:

      Ohhhh, that is a tough position to be in. I’ve been asked to do that before, and while I can’t say I *lied* exactly, I definitely played up the aspects I liked. GOOD LUCK!

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  3. gekitsu says:

    curse my scatterbrainedness! late again.

    re heroes: i’d say story heroes and know-them-in-person heroes are two very different things. with story heroes, we tend to go for the big, visible and heroic things. vanquishing the galactic empire. destroying the one ring. nonviolent civil disobedience as a means of rebellion. opposing nuclear weapons.
    for the heroes we know in person, i find it’s easier to notice how heroism can come in small packages, hidden in the everyday, not flashy, not big, and sometimes also not “expensive” as in requiring big sacrifices or taking a big risk, but just quietly doing what’s right by one’s conviction and making the world a better place.
    interestingly enough, these two types of heroes don’t imply whether they are fictional or not. a big number of real-life heroes we only know through stories, just the same as fictional heroes. after all, fiction and reality intersect in myth, which is a quite tolkienish observation, i believe. 🙂

    as for comics and graphic novels:
    “watchmen” and “v for vendetta” are classics by alan moore and well worth reading. super duper worth reading is “sandman” by neil gaiman. caveat: it takes a while to get going, as gaiman did have a bit of a struggle in the beginning, finding out where he wants to take this story about the lord of dreams. the last story of the first volume (story: the sound of her wings, volume: preludes and nocturnes) is where it suddenly clicks together and it’s wonderful, poetic, deep, humanely touching, and heartstrings-pulling! when i lend sandman, i usually lend the first two volumes together for that reason. sandman also has the best personification of death EVER. EVERRRRR!
    wordless and beautiful is “the arrival” by shaun tan, a silent story about a refugee in a new country. new and very awesome is “the wicked and the divine” by kieron gillen and jamie mckelvie. every blah years, gods get incarnated on earth as teenagers, becoming pop stars. (the first trade paperback volume came out just recently and got a second printing)
    crazy gorgeous artwork can be seen in “sharaz-de” by sergio toppi, a retelling of arabian nights stories.
    if you can get in tune with japanese stuff, there is “appleseed” by masamune shirow, a sci-fi tale of trying to make and keep a utopian city state. and there’s also action and mecha and everything. 🙂 “ghost in the shell” by the same author is a bit more well-known and also pretty damn good.

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