A fun, fluffy military action novel which mashes Avatar (the blue cat people movie, not the Nickelodeon elemental kung fu cartoon) into Starship TroopA fun, fluffy military action novel which mashes Avatar (the blue cat people movie, not the Nickelodeon elemental kung fu cartoon) into Starship Troopers to create a hot violent mess of a read. In the near future, humanity is allowed at age 75 to sign up for the Colonial Defense Force, trading in their miserable golden years for a second chance at youth and vibrancy. In exchange, all they have to do is help defend humanity from the terrors what haunt the galaxy. This blossoms out into a pleasant but oddly-subdued guts-and-glory tale of heroism and freaky space monsters. It's not about to significantly change your worldview, it fails to introduce any particularly novel sci-fi gimmicks or conceits, and it honestly seems to forget that its cast is made up of mature human beings very quickly, but it's still a fun read all the same....more
A short story with a name so bizarre I couldn't pass it up, Hellhounds of the Cosmos is a fun little unpolished mish-mash of Lovecraftian weirdness anA short story with a name so bizarre I couldn't pass it up, Hellhounds of the Cosmos is a fun little unpolished mish-mash of Lovecraftian weirdness and kaiju monster beat-'em-up. It's unlikely I'll remember it a year from now, but as something to fill a bored afternoon with, it did quite nicely....more
Tom Robbins was born with a congenital disorder that renders him physically unable to write at any pace short of "break-neck." To date, neither he norTom Robbins was born with a congenital disorder that renders him physically unable to write at any pace short of "break-neck." To date, neither he nor his fans have yet complained. Jitterbug Perfume is a tight, tight, beautifully-worded story of love, lust, ambition, lack-of-ambition, pagan practicalities, and the ability to take life in stride, all run through with a carnage-red streak of beet-ink. It is a very dynamic and exciting story in which not very much happens over the course of many centuries, even if a whole lot of people have sex with varying degrees of satisfaction and a man gets his head chopped open like a honeydew. All told, it packs a fine cast of characters (both likable and pleasantly dislikable), a bombastic set of settings (it's hard to go wrong with Paris, New Orleans, and a dozen European countrysides), and a properly GoodUgly sense of humor into a chewily dense pile of delicious, staggering wordplay....more
In the land of cunts, the effeminate two-dicked hermaphroditic fuck toy is... well, still just a fuck toy.
Razor Wire Pubic Hair is a book about sex, tIn the land of cunts, the effeminate two-dicked hermaphroditic fuck toy is... well, still just a fuck toy.
Razor Wire Pubic Hair is a book about sex, the 4chan's /d/ variety in particular, not so much as a product of love or passion or even a way of life, but just as a function of life, on par with eating, breathing, living or dying. Set in an absolutely unnatural post-apocalyptic sexual utopia, the story centers on a manufactured sexslave and the women who take him/her into their Mad Max-ian (Mad Maxine?) Amazonian Manson family. The story is told through short snippets of time, little moments in which the author drapes every inch of the world with machinery and meat and filthy dripping greases and then has his characters go at it in lesbian cannibal orgies. The fun bit is that he does so with surprising discretion and care, even if he spends the book tearing down everything he can find that is held sacred.
Why read such a nihilistic pile? The appeal lies somewhere between the grinning gallows-humor depiction of this bug-infested world (Some of the one-liners thrown out there take shock comedy to a new level) and the surprisingly sensible conclusions the characters come to. It's still a gruesome, filthy downer for the most part, but let's be honest, you probably wouldn't have given this review a looksee if that sort of thing wasn't right up your alley. Give 'er a shot, help out an author who is by default never making the big time, and enjoy a greasy, hairy, smelly orifice of a read....more
Without providing too much by way of spoilers, Jeff Hawkins provides a surprisingly well-developed theory on what actually goes on as we think, imaginWithout providing too much by way of spoilers, Jeff Hawkins provides a surprisingly well-developed theory on what actually goes on as we think, imagine, and generally behave in a civilized manner. He does away with the generally accepted belief that brains are just overgrown, overly-complicated computers and gives his reasons as to why he believes "Intelligent" machines will be popping up in the next century.
While his theory kept me intrigued for the first half of the book, he eventually sinks into a less peppy pace for the second half and ends with a brief FAQ that, by that point in the book, I could have worked out myself. Even with a sagging finale, On Intelligence is an exceptionally interesting read right up to the point where it stops being one. Well worth an attempt, especially if you can borrow it from someone else and aren't the sort who HAS to finish a book that clearly isn't going anywhere....more