Volumes 8 and 9 really cemented my love for Spider Jerusalem as a character. While cynical and crude, there's a sort of boyish innocence to him that I...moreVolumes 8 and 9 really cemented my love for Spider Jerusalem as a character. While cynical and crude, there's a sort of boyish innocence to him that I really love. His passion is his passion and there was a certain page in volume 9 that, as an aspiring writer, actually got me a little choked up.
The comic is soon coming to a close and I'm going to be sad to see it end. But that just means I'll have to move on to more of Ellis' work. i.e. The Authority.(less)
I've actually had this book since Elementary school. I got it through the Scholastic book order things Elementary Schools offer. I was a geek, sue me....moreI've actually had this book since Elementary school. I got it through the Scholastic book order things Elementary Schools offer. I was a geek, sue me.
As a kid I would read the entries and re-read my favourites. I must have read Athena's entry a hundred times, and then yell at the Hercules and Xena TV shows because they were wrong, wrong, wrong!.
While writing my own mythology epic I actually found myself running to this book, dog-eared and yellowed-paged as it is, for refresher courses on certain mythological figures or double checking things. It's a true encyclopedia that is packed with knowledge and straight-forward facts.
It's a great introduction to Greek Mythology and while it's not heavy or overwhelming, it's certainly not dumbed down for kids, making it a great read for everybody. (less)
Let's start again. I'm a fairly avid reader of Cracked.com, it's my favourite comedy website. But the funny thing i...moreI think I have a new favourite book.
Let's start again. I'm a fairly avid reader of Cracked.com, it's my favourite comedy website. But the funny thing is I never check to see who wrote what articles. I prefer to think of Cracked as a faceless pool of hilarity. I don't want to get to know the columnists, though Seanbaby makes it impossible to avoid the fact that he is Seanbaby.
So the fact that JDatE was written by a Cracked columnist bore no weight with my desire to read it. In fact, I can't remember what compelled me to read it other than my friend saying it was amazing but by then I had already wanted to read it.
Over the weekend I powered through the last 60 pages while out and about in the real world. I even read in a moving vehicle which usually makes me sick. I wanted to finish it just to see where it all went.
Finally, yesterday at around 4:30pm I read the last page, closed the book, and rested it on my lap.
And then I was confronted with a massive sensation of what now?
I realized that there was suddenly this void in my life where JDatE had been and was there no longer. My life is a little less interesting now that I've finished this book (and seen the movie). Oh sure, I could talk to people about it, but that's just rehashing the past, retreading over old memories. Expected. I want something new, something unexpected, something like when someone uses a bratwurst like a cellphone, or someone explodes into snakes, or uses a dog as a poop-gun. And you'll never know when these things will happen or if they're even happening at all.
Thankfully there's another book and soon my life will once again be filled with excitement.
This book is amazing, easily one of my favourites, so much so that on the surreal and terror scale it blew House of leaves out of the water.
Just read the book first, then watch the movie. Or don't. Just read the book.(less)
It took me 13 months to read this book and for the longest time Goodreads shamefully displayed that I was 94% finished with it. I didn't want to finis...more
It took me 13 months to read this book and for the longest time Goodreads shamefully displayed that I was 94% finished with it. I didn't want to finish it because I know myself and I knew as soon as I finished this book I'd want to devour the second and third book. Well, they're both out now and I got my hands on the second book last week.
Never before have I ever wanted so badly for a book to be turned into a movie.
I really enjoyed The Strain. It was creepy and atmospheric and debuted just at the right time. Vampire lore has been reduced to sparkling tween pro-marriage rhetoric or celluloid comedy. Don't get me wrong, I love me some vampire comedy. SUCK (That's "SUCK" not "Vampires Suck") is one of my favourite movies, and it would be even if Alice Cooper wasn't in it (Case in point, I'm not looking forward to Dark Shadows, despite the fact that Alice Cooper is in it...). The only recent thing we had to shelter us from Twilight was Let The Right One In. Or this.
This isn't a subversion of vampire lore, it's merely another type of vampire and vampire story, and it's great. Del Toro's vampires are gruesome, inhuman monsters and takes away anything from their once human hosts that makes them relate-able. He strips them of their cleanliness, their voice, and even makes a blatant point to take away any and all romanticism or sex appeal by reducing any sex organs to doll anatomy.
Some reviews criticize this book for having too much of a "Hollywood ending", but I feel that's alright. It's completely a "popcorn movie" type of book, a horror action/adventure, and that's fine. It is what it is. It might not be high-brow but it's not stupid or pandering, and it's very engaging.
My one issue is that, while he's a visionary, I think it's unfortunate that Del Toro's name is all over this thing. It had two writers, the other being Chuck Hogan. He wrote the book "Prince of Thieves" the books that the Afflek movie "The Town" was based upon. He's no slouch so let's just give him a nod.
All in all this was a great book and a solid start to what I hope will be a great, horrifying trilogy.(less)