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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
Theres absolutely no telling whats going on in this clusterfuck: and this type of whimsy ei ...more
I couldn’t resist posting it in lieu of ...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
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
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
[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