Best tell-all from a rock band I've yet read. No punches pulled, and although you need to question any bio written by gents with egos this size, it'sBest tell-all from a rock band I've yet read. No punches pulled, and although you need to question any bio written by gents with egos this size, it's still a cracking read. Well worth the time, even if you don't dig on the tunes....more
I'm not the world's biggest Terry Pratchett fan. I've tried getting into Diskworld on no less than 4 occasions, and have always stumbled by about bookI'm not the world's biggest Terry Pratchett fan. I've tried getting into Diskworld on no less than 4 occasions, and have always stumbled by about book 4. BUT, the bride insisted I give NATION a shot because it's a stand alone, and hell, when the bride insists, the wise man listens.
So this was a pretty great book. It feels like it could have done with a *tiny* bit more... I don't know what. 'Polish' is the wrong word. I don't know what the right word is. But I read somewhere that the idea for NATION has been bubbling around in Pratchett's head for years, and he felt compelled to write it now before his Alzheimer's takes away his ability to do so. Which is sad. And it explains that feeling I got while reading it that hey, this is really good, but with a bit more...something, it could have been one of the greatest books I've read in my life.
Pratchett has a knack for saying everyday things in a wonderful way. Mau is just a fantastic character - a boy who has lost his family, his country and his faith, and has to rebuild himself from the ground on up. Daphne the Ghost Girl is excellent too. In parts the book is very funny, and I almost get disappointed when Pratchett stoops to poo-poo and vomit jokes, but hey, he's British and as Ben Elton says, bodily functions are the basis for their entire culture (he said it, not me, get offended at him if you wanna)
NATION is a book about religion and origins. Its a book about universal truths, regardless of class or race or upbringing, about the things that make us all the same. It's deeply insightful and the prose is, as I already said, simply wonderful in parts. So even if you're not a Pratchett fan, pick it up. It's well worth your time....more
Set in the post-apocalyptic city of Neo-Tokyo, Akira is a sprawling epic that centers around two childhood friends: a brash, loud-mouthed antihero namSet in the post-apocalyptic city of Neo-Tokyo, Akira is a sprawling epic that centers around two childhood friends: a brash, loud-mouthed antihero named Kaneda, and his quiet second fiddle Tetsuo, who, through a series of clandestine government experiments, finds himself the wielder of vast and destructive psychic powers.
The book begins as a slick, cyberpunk style tale, and ends as a dystopian survival story in the shell of Neo-Tokyo’s ruins. Along the way, Otomo explores the issues of friendship and loss, betrayal, isolation, discovery of self and the corrupting influence of power. The artwork is simply stunning – the level of detail in Otomo’s cityscapes (pre and post cataclysm) are mind-blowing, and the storyline is simply vast in scope, dragging us from the gleaming freeways and glowing neon of the Neo-Tokyo biker wars into the utter desperation that follows after the “Akira event”. It’s a love story, it’s an awesome adventure, it’s introspective and self-searching. It’s 100% worth your time.
Do not judge this book by the animated film (if you’ve seen it). Unlike the latter, the book actually makes sense. And by the way, if the rumors are true and Zac Effron has been cast in the live action film, unless he’s been cast as “Random Douchebag who gets his head ‘sploded by Tetsuo #1”, motherfuckers will OFFICALLY pay.
A great read with some beautiful prose. The setting was utterly Japanese without actually being set in Japan (it's an imaginary Japanese-insp4.5 stars
A great read with some beautiful prose. The setting was utterly Japanese without actually being set in Japan (it's an imaginary Japanese-inspired country, with constructs from the Edo/Tokugawa period) and the author pulled it off marvelously.
My only real beef (and it's a tiny one) was near the ending of the novel. Since our protag and narrator is (view spoiler)[ essentially taken off board for the crisis-point in the book, we get to find out about Lord Otori's fate essentially after the fact. This made the climax a little less dramatic than it could have been imho (hide spoiler)]. But still, a worthy read for anyone interested in the period/setting.