I love this book, I've read it three times now and will probably read it again sometime. ACC is very underrated as a figurative writer; there are someI love this book, I've read it three times now and will probably read it again sometime. ACC is very underrated as a figurative writer; there are some beautiful passages in this....more
I’m fairly glad to have finished this book, it wasn’t an easy read, nor pleasurable for that matter. There were so many great ideas in here but they wI’m fairly glad to have finished this book, it wasn’t an easy read, nor pleasurable for that matter. There were so many great ideas in here but they were tempered with so many bad elements that I have struggled to come up with a ‘score’ for the book overall.
Do I give it a five because West’s dissection of the current economic and political atmosphere in the US has the ring of pure truth about it, or because his descriptions of the problems of Israel/Palestine/Middle East are honest and daringly mature, or because he gave me a true moment of awakening when he described the schisms in American Christianity?
Or do I give it a one because of the rambling, chaotic structure of much of the filler between the above cogent arguments, because of the repetitive nature of the text, because of the lack of any thesis (beyond the title of the book) or indeed any real offer of a solution or proposal of a way forward? Should I give it a one because of the somewhat contradictory nature of West’s analysis of race in relation to democracy, or finally because of the wrong-headedness of his ad nauseam reclamation of virtually every democratic grouping and success ever formed or achieved in America for his own narrow religious tradition? (Several groupings mentioned in the book I know to be non-religious Marxist organizations).
Well the obvious answer is to give it a two and half. West is as close to Noam Chomsky in his writing style, when coherent, as I’ve seen any other writer get. The ego drops away and the facts are presented so plainly and matter-of-factly that they take on the appearance of reported truths. He is able to cut through to the core of the argument and present a crystal clear analysis that is really quite shattering to the reader in search of truths and progressive opinion.
But whereas Chomsky remains coherent and on message in his writings, West diverts many, many times into rants, allusions, personal dedications and opinions (often seemingly unrelated to the subject matter) not to mention, in this book, diverting into a story about Larry Summers that has West performing backflips in order to place it in context within the theme of the rest of the book. All of this requires the reader to struggle hard to stay with the theme whilst waiting for the next few pages of sheer brilliance to arrive.
I think West is a true democrat and a great thinker, but I’m not sure whether the written word is his best forum. After hearing him lecture I can say that the spoken word is so much more natural to him as he has a musicality to his communication that does not come across well in print. Still it’s great to use these great thinkers to test your own notions - I think he confuses ‘race’ issues with purely ‘economic’ ones, I think he is wrong about the democratic nature of religious institutions, however prophetic, and I think he may be less inclusive than he seems to be on the surface (he states clearly in this book that the only group that can save American democracy is the prophetic black church) but he is clearly a great intellect and any exposure to his work is worth the effort....more
Ok, the only three star title of this series so far and it's for one reason - way too much "mwa ha ha-ing" and even "bwah ha ha-ing" for me. Really, tOk, the only three star title of this series so far and it's for one reason - way too much "mwa ha ha-ing" and even "bwah ha ha-ing" for me. Really, the editorial approach to this series has been patchy throughout but up til now it really hasn't affected my enjoyment too much. Hopefully the character with all the cliched laughter will be deader than flares once Retsudo gets his hands on him (in panel one of Vol. 21 with any luck)....more
Very entertaining, I imagine this is how Oscar Wilde's writing would have ended up sounding had he lived another thirty years. A little less refined tVery entertaining, I imagine this is how Oscar Wilde's writing would have ended up sounding had he lived another thirty years. A little less refined than Wilde but a little more contemporary in humor, obviously. ...more
This was trash. Sometimes these movie prequels are ok, Star Trek: Countdown worked for example, but this was clearly a rushed attempt at getting sometThis was trash. Sometimes these movie prequels are ok, Star Trek: Countdown worked for example, but this was clearly a rushed attempt at getting something, anything, out there in order to rake in the cash. The stories were jumbled and frankly I can't see how a linear narrative can be taken from them to form a coherent movie. This book being made by "the creative minds behind the movie" actually makes me question whether I even want to bother with the film version at all. Great job publicists.
I didn’t know much about the Green Lantern back story before this and I guess I learned a little about the origins of the corps itself but the stories were so ordinary and clichéd that any interest I could have roused was ended early (in fact after story number 1). They follow the usual ‘humans are dumb’, ‘earth is a backwater’, ‘aren't we all so heroic (but also slightly fascistic)’ tone of all the worst superhero stories.
Another thing I couldn’t bear was the barely concealed imperialist propaganda that is also ever present in the worst of these types of stories. I'm sorry but the Universal policeman, stomping around in charge and here for ‘truth and justice’ is a little too close to current affairs for my liking. The chapter when the lanterns trainer puts them through their paces, sounding like a jarhead sergeant from Full Metal Jacket, just about did it for me.
Very, very weak. If there were a zero star option I would have given it that. If you like the Green Lantern you’ll probably read it anyway. I’d be interested to hear from a long time GL fan to see if this holds up against the historical characterization. If, like me, you’re looking at this title as a way in, I wouldn’t bother. Go out and get the DC collected volumes and read the real thing before bothering with this trump. ...more
Touching and light hearted. I was surprised at the combination of honesty, humour and optimism in this slim volume. I was hoping for some good naturedTouching and light hearted. I was surprised at the combination of honesty, humour and optimism in this slim volume. I was hoping for some good natured jousting between the main characters coupled with a hopeful overall message, and I got it. So there....more
I've really enjoyed this series over the years and I'm sad that it's finished now. I feel like there's so much more left to the story, maybe that makeI've really enjoyed this series over the years and I'm sad that it's finished now. I feel like there's so much more left to the story, maybe that makes it a good time for the author to say 'No more'.
It would be hard to explain to others just what I like about the series, it's a very personal thing, and I can't remember if I started reading this because I play Go or I started playing Go because I read this. Either way they are both part of my life now and I'm happier for it....more
Very enjoyable and genuinely moving in places. I was caught up in the clever thematic idea at the center of this reboot, once I'd worked out what theVery enjoyable and genuinely moving in places. I was caught up in the clever thematic idea at the center of this reboot, once I'd worked out what the film makers were doing, but I'm glad to have read this now as it provided a little more fleshing out of things I'd missed in the movie. It's a great novelization, in the sense that it's supposed to be the film in book form and not a novel per se, and I think the author did a great job at capturing some of the excitement of the movie. I can't give it five because the writing is a little simplistic at times, but I really enjoyed the book so that didn't really matter....more
As always with this series it's plus several million for the artwork, themes and atmosphere and minus several million for the ridiculous translation.As always with this series it's plus several million for the artwork, themes and atmosphere and minus several million for the ridiculous translation. It's ok if Dana Lewis wants the Samurai to use American slang but if he/she(?) could just pick a city and a time period - one minute there all 'dang tootin' and the next it's 'the boys gotta make money, see?' I didn't know whether to imagine Bogart or Green Acres.
The stars are for Koike and Kojima, I wish I could read Japanese because I'm sure these stories are transcendent in the original language, just as the artwork is here.
EDIT: Two notes. One I was glad to finally pick up this series again. Vol. 12 has been out of print for some time and even my local comic store was no help. Second, thinking about the translation issues again, the character of the older boy who uses Daigoro in the chapter 'A Promise of Potatoes' reads just like an evil version of Shaggy from Scooby Doo - read it in his voice, it's him!...more
Had to add this kid's picture book to my list. It's hilarious and, as predicted, my five year old daughter laughed herself silly over it AND knew exacHad to add this kid's picture book to my list. It's hilarious and, as predicted, my five year old daughter laughed herself silly over it AND knew exactly what had happened at the end. She's a smart cookie that way.
This book offers a great chance for overly dramatic parents (me) to cook up a wonderfully Machiavellian reading voice, mwa-ha-ha!...more