My interest in Through the Language Glass came from a conversation with a friend about how the color blue was relatively recent 'invention.' This wasMy interest in Through the Language Glass came from a conversation with a friend about how the color blue was relatively recent 'invention.' This was not that the color blue didn't exist in antiquity, but rather that it didn't go by that name. How then, did the ancients view blue? How did they view colors? Like most things, there's a book for that.
Through the Language Glass not only delves into the complicated world of how language and culture affects how we organize colors, and perhaps even how we see them, but also how the science of how we perceive color and name it developed over time. The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis is also delved into, as are the multitude of problems with it and where they just may have gotten things right. This book is dense with information, riveting in what new discoveries and alternative hypotheses it discusses, and rife with good humor.
While this book was a dry read at times, it was one I could not put down for the sheer interesting nature of all it discusses. It's a shame that so much of these topics have yet to be thoroughly discussed, but this book seems to be bringing glad tidings of a shift in focus that is more welcoming towards how culture affects language and perception....more
This is the final collection in the Cthulhu Tales series, and overall it's fine. The artwork varies from fantastic to decent, as it did in previous inThis is the final collection in the Cthulhu Tales series, and overall it's fine. The artwork varies from fantastic to decent, as it did in previous installments. Likewise, the stories themselves are quite variable. The attempts at humor were nowhere near as good as the previous installments, but some of the 'creepier' stories were decent. In particular, the final story was fairly gripping. I appreciated more attention being paid to Nyarlathotep as well, although I found the second half of "Where Am I?" to be lacking.
The reanimation story ( "Lovecraft SVU" ) was fairly good, however, if only for the general creativity of the idea. I'd recommend this book to read, but not to buy. It's a fun creative exercise and bound to inspire anyone wanting to write Cthulhu Mythos stories on their own. It's a good testament to just how varied the stories can be....more
So far, this is the first Discworld book that really didn't do much for me. Even The Colour of Magic held my attention a bit better than this one didSo far, this is the first Discworld book that really didn't do much for me. Even The Colour of Magic held my attention a bit better than this one did, which is saying rather a lot considering how often people recommend that book just be skipped. This book read a bit too much like The Light Fantastic to be interesting, and by the time the end of the world was broached upon I found myself rolling my eyes. If you want a good take on the apocalypse I highly recommend Good Omens. This book... well... It was all a bit puerile.
This book finds Rincewind once more on a quest to prevent the Apocalypse. A sourcerer has been born - a being of raw magic who can make anything so just by thinking it - and he is set to rid the world of wizards by allowing them to rule it. Reality, however, can't handle it - the Mage Wars left it all a bit thin. So Rincewind, Conina (daughter of Cohen the Barbarian), and the Luggage need to find a way to somehow prevent all of this. Wrapped up in this is another trip to the Counterweight Continent and a brief sighting of Death and his fellow horsemen.
This book just wasn't all that interesting. I never found myself laughing out loud, although I did roll my eyes a few times. The Rincewind books don't tend to be my favorite as a matter of course, however, so I don't really hold this against the series as a whole. Besides, I know there will be good things to come. I've read ahead before. ...more
I received a copy of this book for free through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I'd been hearing buzz about this book for some time. SmallI received a copy of this book for free through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I'd been hearing buzz about this book for some time. Small pictures here an there showed it to be a maturely drawn, titillating sociopolitical study of sorts. Around the time people started sharing pictures of the Neanderthals and the marriage retreat protests I knew I had to get my hands on this. This TPB collects issues one through six and shows The Flintstones truly deserves not only the buzz, but the title of one of the best comics of 2016. This easily could have been a kid's comic with all of the Odd Couple hilarity the show originally had - instead it's a truly beautiful commentary on life itself.
The Flintstones uses the past to hold a mirror up to the future. From the hilarity of the Mall and television telling everyone that now that they're a civilization they need to be buying the hot new product: Crap, to the commentary about why domestication originally happened and that marriage is another form of it - this comic is brilliant. Having aliens set down and Gazoo be the one to stop the aliens on spring break from partying there was a hilarious move, and Professor Sargon being a poorly disguised Sagan proclaiming that atoms come together because they're lonely was sheer brilliance. This comic produced laughs, but also reflection which still shock me now.
Fred and Barney are veterans with PTSD, but they're also devoted husbands and members of the community. Wilma wants to be an artist, and Betty wants nothing but to be a mom. Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm are teens with their own troubles in school, and close and loving friends. The comic is cutting in its commentary, but it never loses its sweet, wholesome heart. This is still the Flintstones, just for an older audience - and man, I love it just as much as I loved the cartoon growing up....more
Man, it's been a crazy ride. From the very first book Chew grabbed me, and it didn't let go until I read every last issue. I fell in love with the cha
Man, it's been a crazy ride. From the very first book Chew grabbed me, and it didn't let go until I read every last issue. I fell in love with the characters, the art, and Poyo. I grew ridiculously invested to the point I often wondered about it while doing other things. The characters became my family, and their drama my own. The fire writing in the sky, the bon vivants... all of it consumed me in some small way. Now that it's over, predictably, I feel just a bit more empty.
That is all right, though. Chew was worth the sadness the end brought. It was worth everything.
This series is at once ridiculous and moving, endearing and absurd. It's clever to an almost painful extent and the beginning predicts the end beautifully. There are so many places where just the smallest choice would have put things on a dramatically different course. Like Fables I predict I'll be rereading Chew for a long time to come.
Can't wait to see what this team does next. Keep me appraised if you can, Karen. x...more