What do you say about a novel that you’ve liked, but didn’t particularly like?
Let me try that again: what can one say when you’ve enjoyed reading a novel, but didn’t especially like it?
Again, I need to try that again. Beginning with a question (you know, the way we often begin reading novels, or, perhaps, anything else) wasn’t the best way to get going.
Reading Ohle’s Motorman was fun, period. (channeling Cock Roberta, there; read the novel—you’ll see). It’s not that I liked the story, such as...more
I couldn’t resist posting it in lieu of ...more
Theres absolutely no telling whats going on in this clusterfuck: and this type of whimsy ei ...more
‘Motorman’ was out of print for decades until a few years ago a small publisher from New York brought it back to life. Or semi-life, should I say, because they still don’t want you to know. The cover is minimalistic; except for a bizarre illustration, it only tells you the name of the book and its author, all in a very small font. The back is absolut ...more
Some novels you read to nostalgica ...more
“He experienced a shortened boyhood, a small degree of youth and carelessness,” – that’s a complete biography of the main hero…
“He knew that vertical activity invited dazzling exposure, and that to seek is to be sucked. He recognized loneliness as the mother of virtues and sat in her lap whenever he could. He practiced linear existence and sidewise mov ...more
C-minus, son. C-minus; the ski lift, brown cigars, pig hearts, sheep hearts, calf hearts, the weather report as opera, government moons. "Is that you, Bunce? Mr. Bunce?"
Eventually from a third to end autopilot gleaned the rest of the analysis, weight applied ...more
In its reflection of certain aspects of current times (e.g., human isolation and emotional numbness; preponderance of the artificial, in part to replace the natural; ignorance of history and loss of collective societal memory; self-centered nature of the power elite to the detriment of the powerless; and so much more), this still resonates as much today as it presumably did in 1972, though could stand a slight revision to include even more jellyheads. An impressive blend of horror, humor, and pr ...more
I'd like to at least argue that Motorman seems like an important book, even if it's one I don't enjoy. As Marcus says, it does seem to cast a shadow over literary science-fiction, one that encapsulat ...more
it's definitely post-modern, right in the height of it in 1971, which means it won't make a lot of sense. I mean, just look at the cover art. Awesome.
Thankfully it's not that really wordy, 1000-page Po-mo nonsense. it does even have a weird (almost) sex scene, so I guess that counts.
Really neat world, set up with just enough to let your mind fill in the blanks and ...more
[I read some of the sequel, though. Not near as good or fun.:]
[And the guy even came to talk to us, and he seemed okay. Maybe somehow different than what I would have imagined, but who knows.:]
But, so, it's pretty spacey and futuristic. But actually not that abstract or ludicrously sci-fi or unintelligible, hard to read. [So the opposite: pretty easy to read, and fun.]
Maybe it's almost a little simplistic. Like, not too much action. Only one o ...more
I bought this one at an army navy surplus store. In it, an adventure is detailed.
The adventure reads: You are wandering high above their surplus, in the beams. They give you a measuring stick and you are able to collect all the numbers you need. Many of the formulas don't work out; most do not. You feel hesitant, but there is a cord you can pull. In time, you reach a final number. It's not great, but ...more