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Nov 04, 2014 10:12AM

46928 Hell. YEAH.
Sep 25, 2014 05:27PM

46928 Jason wrote: "We're talking about doing a Halloween episode."
You mean a Halloween special. I hope you make it happen.
Sep 25, 2014 04:23PM

46928 Matt wrote: "Just started Annihilation today. I'm only 5% into it, but it has a wonderfully creepy atmosphere and sense of cosmic dread."

That looks frikkin' awesome. My Goodreads friend Trudi wrote that Annihilation was for fans of well-written weird fiction and the unreliable narrator. Too bad I don't know anyone who likes that kinda thing.
Added. And I'm first in my library's queue for the same author's short story collection, City of Saints and Madmen.

Jason wrote: "Should we do that instead or stick with Simmons?"
I thought we were reading Monica Seles this month.

No seriously, what's the meaning of this?
Listening to... (118 new)
Aug 02, 2014 07:17PM

46928 <--- high-fives Rob
Jul 23, 2014 02:24PM

46928 Long but amazing quote from Slaughterhouse-Five:

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Whatcha watching? (625 new)
Jul 23, 2014 02:04PM

46928 Jason wrote: "I've never much liked watching baseball..."

Matt wrote: "You almost sold me on this, despite it being about my most disliked of all American sports."

Don't you listen to them, Rob.

I've had other friends of excellent taste recommend "Battered Bastards" to me, so I'll be queueing it up for near-future viewing.

Jason wrote: "...but baseball has, in my opinion, by far the most interesting history and personalities, and best stories."

Jun 22, 2014 05:44PM

46928 Jason wrote: "What's Jeremy Bastian working on these days? I had a brief chat with him a few years ago when he was still in the midst of CPG, and I remember him being very friendly."
Yeah, he was a pleasure to talk with. Such a pleasure that I didn't have to fill a conversational gap with "So whatcha doin next?" So unfortunately, I have no idea.
Jun 22, 2014 03:12PM

46928 Jason wrote: "I finally spent my Amazon gift cards from last Christmas, and got Saga volumes 1-3, and Boxers & Saints by Gene Yang. It's nice to have some new comics for once. I shall report back."

If you don't love 'em, then you don't read good.

I just got back from Heroes Con in Charlotte. Highlights included meeting personal idols Bill Sienkiewicz and Terry Moore. It was great to meet 11 O'clock Comics' Jason and David, as well as EOC board member Cam Smalley, my roommate for the weekend.

I had the most fun chatting with
Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl)
Aaron Conley (Sabertooth Swordsman)
Tom King (A Once Crowded Sky)
Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men)
Jim Rugg (too many great comics to list)
painters Michelle Delecki-Davis and Tom Fleming
fave creators and quick-sketch masters Cliff Chiang and Matt Kindt; the latter got out a Zippo and set my copy of Red-Handed on fire (with purpose)
And finally I spent a while talking with legend Ramona Fradon. What a wonderful lady.

Oh, and I saw Tony Harris, but I couldn't work up the nerve to give him the kick in the balls he so richly deserves. Sorry, Jason.
Book reviews (23 new)
May 16, 2014 01:13PM

46928 Nice writeup of Miramar, Dave. Glad you finished that Mahfouz collection w/Midaq Alley and The Thief and the Dogs. I gotta see if I can find more of his stuff. I know my library doesn't have any of Mahfouz's work... well, except Midaq, which I donated a few years back.

My library does have Habibi, though. I meant to check it out when Jason raved about it ages ago.
Book reviews (23 new)
May 13, 2014 06:29PM

46928 Jason wrote: "I'm honestly not being facetious here...we still have a queue?"

There was an EOC book club before the podcasts. And from Matt's remarks:
So, what happens now?
Again, my friends can speak on their behalf, but for my part, I'll be continuing to co-moderate the book club here on GR.

I expected there'd still be a monthly book discussion hereabouts, but sans audio enhancement. Was I mistaken?
A List! (30 new)
May 12, 2014 04:21PM

46928 Jim wrote: "All right, where's Matt's list?"

Yeah, what he said!
A List! (30 new)
May 12, 2014 04:21PM

46928 One year later:

1. Pale Fire
2. (Catcher in the Rye)
3. Affliction
4. (Blood Meridian)
5. The Grifters
6. Never Let Me Go
7. Ragtime
8. The Long Home
9. (A Confederacy of Dunces)
10. The Crying of Lot 49
11. Last Exit to Brooklyn
12. Black Swan Green
13. (Heart of Darkness)
14. Back in the World
15. The Dwarf
16. Dandelion Wine
17. In the Heart of the Sea
18. Black Boy
19. A Permanent Member of the Family
20. Waiting for the Barbarians
21. Father and Son
22. Falconer
23. Midaq Alley
24. The Stranger
25. At the Mountains of Madness
26. Hotel New Hampshire
27. Spook Country
28. Soldiers Pay
29. Dagon
30. The Great God Pan
31. Wise Blood
32. House Made of Dawn
46928 I'll play against type and keep it positive.

Devin's right: three years of this is a hell of an accomplishment. Well done, guys.

I'll be excited to see what happens when you guys can channel some of this energy into your writing of prose, music, reviews, what have you.

And since the Bookhouse Boys monthly book club will continue, you'll be more readily able to discuss the book as we're reading it, rather than saving your big ammo for the podcast. This change could well make the book discussions here livelier.

Matt, Jason, and Dave, huge congratulations on trying something new, and making it work for years, and building a nice little community of book lovers here, a community that will carry on, podcast or no podcast.
Dave just has to promise to at least drunk-post every once in a while.

Onward and upward!
May 07, 2014 03:57PM

46928 I loved listening to your discussion, guys. My #1 takeaway from the novel is that every person and event is filtered through Farragut's perceptions, and as he becomes a deeper character, so does everyone around him, seen from his viewpoint. This may be my biggest problem with the first two-thirds of Falconer, and the reason I finally connected in the third third.

I didn't love Cheever's prose style, but it kept me going even through parts of the book I didn't care for. So that's a compliment...? I'd probably be happier with Cheever in smaller portions, if this novel is any indication. He is going somewhere, I'd just like to get there more quickly.

When I said I didn't want the book to end, it was because it had finally gotten through to me, not because I wanted to spend any more time with Ezekiel Farragut. Matt (I think) implied that his character arc was quite complete by book's end, and I believe that's so.

Thank you for the kind words. I do agonize over these little posts since they're my only contribution to the discussion. I could expand on this one a bit more, but I need to start on The Sound and the Fury, so I'll leave it there.

And in conclusion,
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Apr 27, 2014 09:05AM

46928 Just read some reviews that brought up two points I found interesting. First that Cheever's prose alternates between high-flown and ugly very easily. It's an apt analysis of Farragut's descriptions of his life before prison versus those of his existence in Falconer.

Second, that the combination of Farragut (inadvertently) kicking drugs and his reaction to the riot at Amana made him less of a lone actor and more of a member of the Falconer "community." And this change leads directly to his ability to free himself, in whatever way you care to define the term.
Apr 27, 2014 08:37AM

46928 The last third of the novel finally connected with me. The first half was rough, the mind droppings of a self-important and un-self-aware protagonist. The 10+ pages of Farragut's letters to Marcia, the governor and the bishop just about did me in. The one character we have any insight into is so shallow and naive. "Why is this book called 'Falconer' and not 'Farragut'?"

I finally figured it out when Cheever fleshed out the other characters; I found Jody, the Cuckold, and Chicken fascinating. How the events at the wall affected both inmates and guards was riveting -- the guards' terror, the administration's successful ploys of keeping prisoners in the dark while distracting them (and allowing them to distract themselves) with meaningless bullshit. The violent quashing of the uprising told in a single paragraph of almost passionless commentary in "the voice of a woman who might sell you a packet of cigarettes anywhere in the world" was pitch-perfect.

And then the last several scenes blew me away: Farragut mistakenly receiving last rites, then washing Chicken's body with care, and now the flashback to Zeke murdering his horrible older brother, who was essentially the worst version of himself. Suicide's a mortal sin, so I guess this was his best solution. And finally Farragut's "death" and rebirth -- now I didn't want the book to end, where after the first 100 pages I had been praying for it to end.

I didn't get a "great American novel" vibe, but I finished the book very impressed with what Cheever had pulled off. I'm going to try to find some of the reviews blurbed on the cover of my 1991 PB edition (NYT: "One of the most important novels of our time... Read it and be ennobled.") and find what more learned readers found that I missed.
Can't wait to hear what y'all have to say.
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Apr 13, 2014 04:12PM

46928 59. They're gonna take my card away, aren't they?
Apr 13, 2014 01:36PM

46928 Whoops, double post. A good opportunity to compliment Dave on his fantastic reviews of late. Can't wait to read Sex Criminals, Satellite Sam, and Nowhere Men especially. It's amazing how much I prefer Matt Fraction's indy work to his superhero stuff. If I meet him at HeroesCon in June, I'll be sure not to mention it.

Oh yeah, I'm going to HeroesCon, first time in four years. On Friday, they added los Bros Hernandez (Dave turns green) and my all-time favorite comics artist Bill Sienkiewicz (Jim turns giddy).
Apr 13, 2014 01:33PM

46928 I read and reviewed the first volume of Hinterkind, received from Goodreads. Bottom line: It mixes hoary fantasy and post-apocalyptic elements in some interesting ways, but it's just way too derivative to be enjoyed by anyone who's ever read the far-superior Fables or Saga, to name a few titles in a similar vein.
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Apr 10, 2014 09:38AM

46928 Matt wrote: "Jim, re: Cap, did you notice that [spoilers removed]"

I not only noticed it, but I laughed out loud. (view spoiler)
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