You'd think after the 500th time Monkey was persecuted by the Monk, framed by Piggy, and eventually defeats the demon disguised as who knows what the...moreYou'd think after the 500th time Monkey was persecuted by the Monk, framed by Piggy, and eventually defeats the demon disguised as who knows what the series would get old.
Well, it does to some extent. It's a wonderful book, great narrative and humor, but all the demons/trials/tribulations blend into one huge monkey-mélange. This is at least the book with closure, which is a good thing after 100 chapters, but the obsessive-compulsive person in me must read all the chapters and when the white-lotus demon starts to blend into the black pearl dragon king then we may have hit demonic overload. That's a threshold that one should never reach frankly, seeing as you can generally never have too many demons (legion anyone?).
It has all the elements from the other books, the tension, the battles, the compliant rod, the humor. But for me, reading volume four, after pressing through the first three, was not the most joyous of experiences. Maybe had I staggered them more, or taken a bit of a break between then all would have been well. Dropping one star is more a me issue than a story issue and it is well worth the time and effort to see that cheeky money get the scriptures to their rightful place.
Watching your childhood heroes to grow up, feel ennui, fornicate for the first time, and die isn't much fun. Reading Tintin in the New World was like...moreWatching your childhood heroes to grow up, feel ennui, fornicate for the first time, and die isn't much fun. Reading Tintin in the New World was like finding out Santa was really my mom, the tooth fairy didn't pay out for self-pulled teeth, and life really wasn't fair. Give me Tintin, Captain Haddock, and Snowy sitting in Marlinspike locked forever in their agelessness. For those who want serious haute literature then read this thing. I for one shall regress and take my ageless, untroubled Tintin.(less)
Yes, I read it. Does that put me on a watch list? I also read the other one in the series. A pretty interesting look at low-intensity warfare and the...moreYes, I read it. Does that put me on a watch list? I also read the other one in the series. A pretty interesting look at low-intensity warfare and the tactics that are still likely being used in Afghanistan and other places.(less)
Not nearly as interesting as The Other Side of the Mountain but worth reading. The book suggests that the Soviets took lessons learned from this and a...moreNot nearly as interesting as The Other Side of the Mountain but worth reading. The book suggests that the Soviets took lessons learned from this and applied them to the situation in Afghanistan. Wonder if Chechyna counts as institutional Alzheimers?(less)
I was a huge Richie Rich fan growing up. My brother-in-law had a giant collection of Richie Rich, Uncle Scrooge, and some of the other Disney comics a...moreI was a huge Richie Rich fan growing up. My brother-in-law had a giant collection of Richie Rich, Uncle Scrooge, and some of the other Disney comics and I read them religiously. The collection was likely from the later 70s-early 80s and had some of the spinoff comics that went with it. So I was pretty excited when I finally got my paws on this collection and sadly I was disappointed.
The art is great, though you really cannot go wrong using the original plates, so that's not the issue. Rather I suspect it's the timeframe and the choice of included issues that I dislike. The first half of the book are short strips from when Richie Rich was included in Little Lulu comics. These stories are trite and the moralizing left me feeling irritated. Richie Rich, the boy who wipes his butt with $100 bills doesn't do moralizing well at all.
The second half of the book picks up when Richie got his own comic. The collection picks up at this point, though I do wonder if there were better represenations of the mastery that was Richie Rich to choose from.
Now, maybe I'm getting cynical with old age, but I don't think that's the issue. Rather I think either I'd enjoy a volume that consisted of later issues from Richie Rich, or Richie Rich sucked and this collection demonstrates that. I hope it's the former.
If you want a collection about a rich comic denizen then I'd suggest The Life and Times of Uncle Scrooge and Life and Times of Uncle Scrooge Companion by Don Rosa.(less)
Well, some things age well. Other things don't hold the charm that time seems to imbue them with. The Empyrion Books were among my favorites growing u...moreWell, some things age well. Other things don't hold the charm that time seems to imbue them with. The Empyrion Books were among my favorites growing up. I remember my sister getting me the first, The Search for Fierra, when I visited my father in Portland at age 11 or 12.
The first is an interesting concept and the plot moves quickly to get the characters to their destination. However, the investigations that our protagonist, Orion Treet, go through lacked the seeming immenseness that I attributed to them. When I read it again recently it seemed almost cursory investigations with an interesting, but two-dimensional society.
The Siege of Dome suffers from an in-your-face Christian message that you'd expect from a former editor of Campus Life Magazine, but Lawhead seems to be bludgeoning the reader with it, in sharp contrast to the first book wherein elements were there, but more subtle.
Still, it was worth a nostalgia trip to read them again. (less)
I love the end of the world. No, really. Nothing fascinates me more than the destruction of what we have. In that vein The Stand is an all time favori...moreI love the end of the world. No, really. Nothing fascinates me more than the destruction of what we have. In that vein The Stand is an all time favorite of mine. Other books, including The World Without Us, are interesting and blend a touch of realism to the genre.
So I picked up Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse after a recommendation from a friend. The book is a collection of short stories that run the gamut from Nuclear Apocalypse, to Viral, and on. A veritable litany of it's the end of the world as we know it" scenarios.
For the most part it was good. My rating is a tad reserved, in part because some of the stories didn't quite measure up to my expectations. Maybe because I measure total human annihilation by The Stand and hence most things don't quite stack up.
Stories that stood out for me are; The End of the Whole Mess by Stephen King, Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels by George R. R. Martin, When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth by Cory Doctorow, Judgement Passed by Jerry Oltion, and The Last of the O-Forms by James Van Pelt.
Worth a read for lovers of the end. In addition, the introduction is excellent and includes a quote that I agree sums up the appeal of the apocalypse genre. (less)