Mario Di Giacomo

Mario Di Giacomo

  • Commented on Random excuses
    This seems to be the best place to ask, as it is vaguely on topic: With the shift in US publishers from Ace to Tor, the mass-market paperback for The Nightmare Stacks seems to have fallen through the cracks. DO...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    I must disagree, as Banks managed the apotheosis of ship names in HYDROGEN SONATA: Mistake Not… (My Current State Of Joshing Gentle Peevishness For The Awesome And Terrible Majesty Of The Towering Seas Of Ire That Are Themselves The Mere...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    I can't resist: ROU Hold My Beer...
  • Commented on The light at the end of the tunnel (is not necessarily an oncoming train)
    To paraphrase DJANGO UNCHAINED: You had my curiosity with "zombie space ninja monks", now you have my attention....
  • Commented on Policy change: future US visits
    Wait... you're going to be at Boskone? Damn, now I have to think about day-tripping it. (I don't usually do Boskone, due to it's proximity to Arisia, but for this, I just might. I'm a big fan of your Laundry...
  • Commented on Empire Games
    Pardon me if this is the wrong place for this, but I believe I've spotted something that slipped through editing: In the very first chapter, there is mention of River, Franz's adopted son (and Rita's brother). Throughout the book, he's...
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    Thanks for the expansion/clarification....
  • Commented on Duelling - Essentially a Bloody Stupid Idea
    I know very little about samurai dueling, but enough to know that while similarly testosterone-charged, there were some major differences. First, it was almost always a SAMURAI duel. If you had a sword, you were either a samurai (i.e. a...
  • Commented on Ever Young?
    I'm 95% certain this is applicable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA8XiC3m7vw...
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    Both, technically. Although the flashback narrative in the Iliad is a bit sketchy in comparison....
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    (since I can't edit my post) I think the way Homer used it also works. We see the hero in relative peril (trapped on the island with Calypso), learn his motivation (he wants to go home), but resolving that situation...
  • Commented on Suspense is the key
    Of course, the concept is as old as the Odyssey......
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Oh, it's not gossip. Both Lee & Jackson confirmed it happened in making of footage: http://www.ebaumsworld.com/videos/christopher-lee-apparently-knows-what-a-dying-nazi-sounds-like/82119503/...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    And because it amuses me to do so, I wish to enter into consideration one of the most insanely badass (as well as simply insane) men alive today: Gentlemen, I give you BRIAN! BLESSED!: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Blessed Not mentioned: During an expedition...
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    I believe this may be due to the idea that what would be considered "utterly bonkers" to most people is often considered merely "eccentric" among the aristocracy....
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    Thanks. I'd fix he post if I knew how....
  • Commented on Sometimes I don't know why I bother!
    I have several: Chevalier_d'Éon, who may have been a woman who dressed as a man (like Ms. D'Aubigny), or the exact opposite, but was definitely a master spy. Simo Hayha a.k.a. The White Death, the deadliest sniper in WW2, who...
  • Commented on Writer, Interrupted
    This is absolutely true. I work in the software engineering field, and the most common words out of my mouth after yet another co-worker drops by my cubicle for "a quick question" are: "OK, now. Where was I?" Of course,...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Cool. It's too good a title to lose. :)...
  • Commented on Reality is broken
    Is GHOST ENGINE still a sequel to GLASSHOUSE, or is it it's own thing now?...
  • Commented on A taste of nightmares to come
    So, I'm the only person who thought that the DM *is* Bob, possibly channeling a bit of Angleton?...
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