Fungal Noir, Steampunk, Sci-fi, Fantasy, this novel defies categorization and that's a good thing. If you want to read something unique and amazing yo...moreFungal Noir, Steampunk, Sci-fi, Fantasy, this novel defies categorization and that's a good thing. If you want to read something unique and amazing you wont be disappointed. I can't recommend it enough.(less)
After 6 long months I'm finally done with this book. I started back in January when some of the people who participated on Infinite Summer, started th...moreAfter 6 long months I'm finally done with this book. I started back in January when some of the people who participated on Infinite Summer, started the group read. People like Matt Bucher over at Bolanobolano.net and the Infinite Zombies guys. Like Infinite Jest, the reason I got interested in reading it was because I wanted to sink my teeth into something more literary. But I soon found out that this was just a bit too literary for me and completely out of my league.
The length of course is one the biggest reasons why it's daunting. But its anticlimactic and detached narrative compounds that difficulty. I really couldn't enjoy this book. While there are some passages and interesting stories within, fantastic and surreal stories, they never lead you anywhere. Every character speaks in the same detached tone, making every character sound the same. Even the Archimboldi character, which is the mysterious German author the novel leads up to in the first part, sounds the same.
There's a review I saw on Amazon that says this book is for writers and academics. Those are probably the only ones who can "get" this book and spot the self references and literary allusions. They can say this is a masterpiece, but for me this was just a rambling writerly writer novel.(less)
Dracula is as good as classic horror can get. It’s an essential read if you’re a fan and it’s unquestionably entertaining. Spooky country scene settin...moreDracula is as good as classic horror can get. It’s an essential read if you’re a fan and it’s unquestionably entertaining. Spooky country scene setting. Old castles on top of cliffs. Howling wolves. Female voluptuous vamps forming out of thin air. Psycho sexual erotica. Asylum patients. Bats, rats, and mist. Telepathy. Graves. Blood transfusions. And finally, beheadings and stakes through hearts. This is totally metal.(less)
I'll leave you with an excerpt about a very astute observation Fake Steve Jobs made about Huxley's dystopia and why Brave New World is relevant today...moreI'll leave you with an excerpt about a very astute observation Fake Steve Jobs made about Huxley's dystopia and why Brave New World is relevant today more than ever.
Did you know that now, thanks to iPhone, you can use location services to tell your friends where are you are at any given moment, and if they’re on iPhone and have that same app they can find you, and then you can then ask iPhone to tell you if there are any Tex-Mex restaurants within a five-block radius, and what movies are playing at the nearest cinema? Then you can use Twitter (or, rather, one of the 14,000 Twitter apps) to tell your followers what you’re up to, and automatically feed that into your Facebook page so that your Facebook friends can comment on your movie plans, and advertisers can scour your personal messages and use keyword searches to send target messages to each of you, and deep thinkers like Robert Scoble and Chris Anderson will reassure you that you are not just getting sucked into the maw of the brain-killing machine, and this is not just mindless time-wasting twattle but is in fact extremely profound and revolutionary and important and intellectually challenging. Because in the old days you just read books and that was so passive, but now you’re so engaged and interactive, you’re not just a media consumer but you’re also a media creator – why, in fact, you’re a public intellectual – and if you don’t fully immerse yourself in every last bit of this shit then you will no longer be participating in your culture which means you will lose your job and everyone will laugh at you because you just don’t get it and you might as well be some 90-year-old dude sitting in a pee-stained bathrobe drooling.
I’ve been a fan of Chuck Palahniuk novels since I watched the Fight Club film. The movie blew my mind because I was at a point in my life where I was...moreI’ve been a fan of Chuck Palahniuk novels since I watched the Fight Club film. The movie blew my mind because I was at a point in my life where I was easily seduced by its neo-anarchist propaganda. It has struck a cord with the cubicle farm office worker and the young adult crowd. That’s why it’s still pretty much a cult phenomenon.
I have read every book by Palahniuk except his latest, Snuff and Pygmy. The author has been compared to people like Don Delillo and Bret Easton Ellis. He’s definitely part of that group of sick and twisted writers, but one aspect I like about Palahniuk is his non-fiction style of writing fiction. That’s probably due to the fact that I read more non-fiction than fiction.
Choke is my second favorite out the author’s catalogue. It’s hilarious and I don’t think dark humor does it justice for what I mean by hilarious. It’s funny like in a Patrick Bateman way, the killer in American Psycho, when he does profound reviews of Genesis albums before killing someone. The Victor Mancini character though is not scarily psychotic. He's more a smart-crazy type, which by the way wasn't captured by the movie.(less)
Since this is the only J.G. Ballard novel I have read up till now, I don't have a reference point to compare it to his other works, but perhaps that's...moreSince this is the only J.G. Ballard novel I have read up till now, I don't have a reference point to compare it to his other works, but perhaps that's a good thing because I think it's a superb story. It's a thriller wrapped around speculative fiction about corporate culture. And if your like me and find the idea of "company culture" a little cultish and insane, you'll never look at companies like Google or Microsoft the same way.(less)