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Ben's comments from the SciFi and Fantasy Book Club group.

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Feb 04, 2009 05:07AM

1865 I think it has more in common with Lucifer's Hammer. The Road could almost be a first person account within that book, but probably a lot later on since everything has already died off.
Feb 02, 2009 06:31PM

1865 Cool, just got my other four. Thanks Nick.
Feb 02, 2009 06:20PM

1865 I only got 3.
1865 Robin wrote: "I think it is 100% true that the boy could not find a new beginning while he was with his father - mainly because he (the father) distrusted everyone to the point of completly isolating himself and his son. Once this pediment was removed - the boy found that there are still "good guys" in this world."

I didn't think of this as I was reading, but it makes sense. It also makes the ending much better for me, as I was thinking it was a little too convenient.
Feb 02, 2009 10:17AM

1865 Sandi wrote: "The writing style bugged me too. McCarthy made Hemingway look verbose. As much as I dislike Hemingway, at least he knew how to punctuate."

The style is what I enjoyed the most about this. It was a breeze to read and everything flowed. I like the Hemingway comparison. I've enjoyed several of his works and The Road did remind me of him. I'm sure if Hemingway would have written science fiction, it would be very similar to The Road, except it would probably have a bit more death and despair.
Feb 02, 2009 10:11AM

1865 My first time reading it and I loved it. I've never been a comic book guy, and have very little exposure to graphic novels so it was a different experience for me. Alan Moore is obviously a genius. I mean, you just have to look at the back of the book to see he's either a genius or a crazy nutjob.

Really excited about the movie, too.
1865 Wouldn't Nite Owl be the Batman in the story? He has the name, the money, and the gadgets.
Feb 02, 2009 07:56AM

1865 Dr. Manhattan seemed to completely detach himself from humanity. His powers seemed to know no bounds, yet we didn't see him do a lot with them. He could have stopped the Comedian from murdering that woman. Could he have changed the overall outcome of the book, without the loss of life, if he had cared enough? Was he the real, unintentional villain of the book?
Feb 02, 2009 07:52AM

1865 Obviously The Comedian wasn't a very good guy. Murder, rape, he seemed to do it all. Why do you think that not only was he allowed to continue behaving this way by his colleagues, they even seemed have some kind of deep respect for him?

This confused me somewhat, and I don't think I have a good answer yet. Do we know if Rorschach knew about any of this? It doesn't seem like he would have let it slide.
1865 I think Moore did an excellent job creating real, complex characters. Like in the real world, the good guys aren't always good. Everyone has flaws. So who was your favorite? Who did you hate?
Feb 02, 2009 07:30AM

1865 While we wait for our discussion leader, I'll start off with a couple of obvious question threads.
1865 Nick wrote: "I have read or started reading 4 of the 5. Am surprised The Last Colony made the list: it is a s..."

Nick, though I have not read The Last Colony, I know what you are saying. Scalzi is fun to read but his Old Man's War series just seems like an amalgam of several SF classics. He also seems to let his "cool ideas" take precedence over a coherent universe.
Feb 01, 2009 10:06PM

1865 Wasn't part of it the fact that the father knew he was dying, and didn't have a lot of time to get to safety? Stranding the child there would ultimately kill him.
1865 Dan wrote: "Nietzsche's phrase "beyond good and evil" occurred to me in reading some of the passages where the two interacted with others. Does morality still apply in such conditions? What are the rules?"

That's a good question. The conditions in this book are incomprehensible to us. To be a moral man is to be a dead man in this case. While some would choose death over immorality, the father had more than himself to think about. His death would be the child's death, and that is a potent motivator to stay alive.

How far would we go to save our children? Would we eat human flesh? Would we be able to rationalize killing someone for food to save our children? I think history shows that humans can rationalize almost anything. While it is unthinkable to me to kill someone and feed their flesh to my children, seeing them starving to death would be pretty powerful. Maybe you start seeing others as less deserving of life, because they are murderers and rapists, or even just plain old. Somehow, I'm sure, most people would work it out in their head so that, to them, the "immoral" acts they are committing are justified and are, in fact, the "right thing" to do.

So was the father a "good guy"? He was probably the best he could be and still stay alive. He could have not shot the guy, but that would be a big risk. He could have tried to save the slaves in the house, but that, too, would likely have led to his death, and thus his son's death.
Feb 01, 2009 09:24PM

1865 Also my first McCarthy book and I loved it. I have a few more of his books now that I'll get around to eventually.
Feb 01, 2009 09:20PM

1865 I'm pretty sure I read that McCarthy implied in an interview that it was an impact event. I'll see if I can find the reference.

edit: Here's a reference to it but not an actual quote.
Jan 27, 2009 08:06AM

1865 I got it from the library, too. Hope to start on it today.
Jan 21, 2009 06:17PM

1865 This is a bit long but well worth the read.

It's got me really wanting to read The Last Theorem.
Jan 21, 2009 05:55AM

1865 Having nominated Watchmen, I will volunteer for it. However, I've never read it before and I won't be starting it until next week so I would gladly relinquish my duty to someone else. Michael, or anyone else, let me know.
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Jan 18, 2009 07:45AM

1865 Somewhat interesting announcement from John Scalzi. He's joining Stargate Universe as a creative consultant.

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