Not understanding more than a couple words of Japanese, I'm not exactly sure what happened in the scene where the bone guy met Zabuza and Haku, but it still looked interesting! I was so sure that he'd end up going off with Zabuza, which would confirm that Zabuza has a thing for pretty little boys who look like girls. (As if we weren't sure of that already!)
And man, did Haku's eyes actually get prettier? Ugh, I need to see so much more of this ever-so-canon pairing! Too bad about that whole "being dead" thing...
I had been reading the last Dark Tower book "at work" (at lunchtime, before work started, that sort of thing), but since it's been so hard (impossible) not to cry as we're getting closer to the ending, I decided to finish reading it at home last night. Good decision, even though nothing was so bad as what I had read at work during the day...
I had known that he'd kill Oy off, and the death just made me feel cold inside, but it wasn't till Roland took care of the body that I lost it. The line about it not taking long to bury him because his body was so much smaller than his heart? Even now, a day later, it crushes me.
All in all, I was satisfied with the ending. All of the ending, there was no way I was going to skip that extra bit no matter what Stephen King said. Roland having to repeat everything worked for me. (I sort of transfered my anger about the deaths off King and onto Roland, so part of me almost felt happy he had to go through it again. Maybe this time he could do it without getting his friends killed!)
Susannah's ending somehow felt more sad than it probably was intended to. When it got to the point of meeting Jake in that world, I just couldn't keep on reading. My mind just balked and I couldn't move my eyes back to the book. That was A Jake, not our Jake, which made me mad and also sad because it reminded me of the pain of losing him.
The only part I wasn't totally satisfied was Patrick's role. It felt almost "cheap", like the character had been created just to do the job of killing off the Crimson King and not like he grew out of the story. I liked the character, but he didn't feel as "natural" as the other characters.
King is an amazing, amazing writer. It boggles me how quickly he can make me care for a character (Stuttering Bill the robot -- a throw-away character, minor and unimportant, yet my heart went out to him when he talked about afterlives).
In the end, I was okay with King inserting himself into the book. It was understandable and (as he said) necessary. And the art in the book? Just amazing. When I saw that one picture of Patrick my very first thought was "Wow, he looks like Jesus" and only later did I wonder if that was intentional.
The book may have only (only, heh) weighed three pounds, but it feels like I'm walking around with a lot less weight than that. I've been following this series for fifteen years or so, and it's so odd to have it finally be over.
King had such a unique "voice" in this book. Usually I'd hate something like this, but I loved how he spoke as the storyteller now and then. I can't remember an exact quote as an example, but things like "And I'll leave this part up to you, for it's too big of an emotion for a humble storyteller like me to describe".
FFXI: Money, money, money, lately it's all about money. I'm trying not to let myself get stressed over it. I went to Jeuno to price things, and all the stuff I'll need in the 50s (most of it at 55, one piece earlier and one piece later) will come to a million gil. That's only three pieces of armor, two earrings, and one weapon.
I'm trying to decide if I should start buying stuff now or not. On the one hand, I don't want to have to store this stuff forever. On the other, prices rise daily, so it might be wise to snatch stuff up now... I'm kind of hoping that prices will have gone down by the time I need these items, but what are the chances of that? Maybe I should start buying tonight...
So in an effort to make more money, I tried mining. I disliked it a whole lot. Endless running back and forth, rude people mining with you (one who kept following me and taking points with me as I found them), and just being stuck inside a dark and ugly cave. However, the money was better than I'd make if I had just farmed so... ugh. I'm not going to do it all the time, but I suppose I should now and then. I made about 80K profit in three hours mining; if I had farmed for three hours, I would have been lucky to hit 40K.
Mining is much, much more "cruel" than digging for bones. I kept boggling at mining points only giving me one item before vanishing, and mining just totally burns through picks! One stack of picks lasts me many hours when digging for bones, but I used five stacks of picks in three hours of mining. (Yeah, wearing all the mining stuff.)
I had made a list of all the items I got and their prices in Bastok as of last night, but I forgot the darned thing at home. Good things gotten: 2 gold ores, 2 darksteel ores, colored rocks (2 black, 1 white, 1 red), and about a kazillion zincs (which were selling for only 500 in Bastok. Bah.).