Ever since I read Valis years ago I've wanted to read more of PKDs Exegesis. Downside to not working in a bookstore anymore: Don't know when fucking sEver since I read Valis years ago I've wanted to read more of PKDs Exegesis. Downside to not working in a bookstore anymore: Don't know when fucking shit like this comes out! My walk through the Kindle Store somehow led me to this and for $0.99, how could I fucking pass up 900 pages (a mere fraction of the Exegesis, but 900 more pages than I had before) of Mr. Dick's infamous/famous/whatever Exegesis? Answer: I couldn't.
Only read the introduction so far, which was rather a good read. It's good to know that one of the intentions of this publication is to "spearhead" an effort to one day get all of the Exegesis available. ...more
This is the third Vonnegut book I've read. The other two being Slaughterhouse-5 and Breakfast of Champions, both of which I liked, neither of which IThis is the third Vonnegut book I've read. The other two being Slaughterhouse-5 and Breakfast of Champions, both of which I liked, neither of which I loved - they sit on a very fine line between like and love that maybe when I revisit them someday they'll settle on one side firmly. Slapstick, I loved. Maybe because of the prologue that gives it such a personal tone. Maybe because of the themes it covers. Maybe for a variety of differing reasons adding up to "love" - or simply put, maybe because I thought it was a well written novel that kept my interest, etc.
It is worth noting that this is one of the first fiction novels I've finished in years. Perhaps all that means is the end of my fiction famine coincided with reading this novel. Whatever the case may be, I rather hope the trend does not end. I do have quite the number of novels that need to be read. Hi ho....more
So, like, I was just given a Kindle by my friend and it's like this little portable book store with lots of cheap shit (shit not as in, bad, but as inSo, like, I was just given a Kindle by my friend and it's like this little portable book store with lots of cheap shit (shit not as in, bad, but as in, I'm a lazy writer) and so now I have this portable bookstore and that's not always good because as someone who is ADHD and already bouncing around like crazy from interest to interest and shit (lazy), I'm the worst with books.
So, I'm browsing around and I come across a Kindle Single written by Joe Hill and Stephen King and, never having read Joe Hill (even though I should have read Locke & Key by now...), the whole father/son writing thing made me curious so I clicked the description and it was like "Richard Mattheson's Duel" and I was like "$0.99? *buy*" because, although I've never read Duel (YET), I'm possibly one of the few people who think Duel is, if not Spielberg's best film, one of his best films.
So, father and son unite to write a short story inspired by Duel. I can't really compare it to original story YET, but since I'm a fan of the film and think it is a really good psychological thriller and all that jazz (like shit), I don't feel like I'm doing a disservice comparing it to the film (right now). Especially since it's stated that that is what I'm going off of.
Have you ever listened to a cover song and thought "What was the point of this?" because the band didn't bring anything to the song they're covering? Like, not even themselves? Just tried to BE the band they were covering? It's kind of this real hard line to walk, I'll admit. Go too far and I might be like "WHY DID YOU DO THIS! JUST WRITE YOUR OWN SONG!" (much less likely than me being bored by trying to be the other band. Since I have the other band's song and if I want to listen to it, well I will.) Well, Throttle is a cover "song" that does it right.
It follows a biker gang known as the Tribe, or more specifically, it follows the leader of the gang and the relationship he has with his son, Race, recently returned to the Tribe.
It begins with the Tribe riding away from something, something that wasn't supposed to happen the way it did. The only thing Duel-ish about it being the road beneath their wheels. Until they pull over at a truck stop/diner/convenience store/all of the above (it's a detail I don't recall exactly. It's a place for more than truckers, but is also for truckers...You want to know exactly what this place is, read the fucking short story.) A truck catches the attention of Vince, the leader of the Tribe, during a conversation he is having with his son. The driver is in the truck and probably heard the conversation. It sticks in Vince's head but the guy drives off, and Vince just puts it away (in mental storage?) and .. it was a diner! goes into the diner.
Soon after, Joe Hill and Stephen King hit throttle (REFERENCE TO THE TITLE) and go full speed into Duel-land. You know, obviously, there will be a confrontation with the truck. It's explicitly a Duel-inspired story. What you don't know, is what form the confrontation will take. I had my ideas. But, it's a good cover song and I can't really explain to you more since you just have to listen to the song to hear for yourself what it sounds like when a band stays true to themselves while paying homage to another band/song they love.
If you like Duel (the film, at least. I'll edit this review if I remember to when I get a chance to read the story) and are interested in a retelling that is different and familiar, or like Duel and King or Hill, or just like one or the other. Or if you like reading.... I LIKED IT....more
FINALLY! I've been waiting for this novel since the day I heard about it and today I got it in the mail. So I'm typing this with it in my lap.
What I cFINALLY! I've been waiting for this novel since the day I heard about it and today I got it in the mail. So I'm typing this with it in my lap.
What I can tell you so far: 1. Production quality is great! I was just complaining to a friend the other day when I saw the paperback version of Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice that was published by Penguin and how awful the production quality was. Topside Press took no shortcuts with the production of this paperback edition. Quality all around! 2. The cover art is beautiful, as you can probably tell by the image on goodreads. Julie Blair, the artist, is amazing. I've always had mixed feelings about the phrase "Don't judge a book by it's cover." because, to me, the cover is part of the novel. It's really the introduction. Or, in a way, the first sentence. In school, I remember being taught that the first sentence needs to catch the attention of the reader. I've always thought that a cover has a similar responsibility and Julie Blair's cover does not fail there.
So as of 5:42 PM CST 3/5/2013, that is all I can tell you. As a person who spent most of her working life (so far) working with books, it's a book that feels good to hold. That might not make sense to some people, but I'm betting someone out there knows what I mean. Topside Press cares about quality....more
Almost finished with this (finally, after reading the first two books years and years ago). I fucking love it. It won't be getting less than a 4, butAlmost finished with this (finally, after reading the first two books years and years ago). I fucking love it. It won't be getting less than a 4, but I'm waiting till I finish it because it could easily be a 5 star. It's epic fantasy done really well. The first two books years ago made me think it was a cute, fun, fantasy graphic novel. I had no idea I had started reading LotR (and this comparison is borrowed from my friend) with the occasional Looney Tunes humour.
-------- Finished it a few days after writing that up there. I stays really good. And I would give it 5 stars, but I'm not 100% happy with the ending....more
333 pages in and already I would recommend it as one of the best biographies on Andy Warhol. It's always going to be hard to say a certain biography/p333 pages in and already I would recommend it as one of the best biographies on Andy Warhol. It's always going to be hard to say a certain biography/portrayal of Warhol was objective, or rather more objective, than another. Such is the nature of Andy Warhol. The idea of a mirror constantly comes up when reading about Warhol - that he was a mirror, when you tried to look inside Warhol, to discover him, you would end up seeing, not Warhol, but rather a reflection of yourself. From my readings, I would say this is a good analogy/description. However, I don't think what you got back was a clear reflection of yourself, but rather a reflection of yourself that was altered - for better or worse - by trying to 'discover' the "Real" Warhol. In other words, when you dive into a persons soul (to borrow a term I don't necessarily use literally), you won't leave without taking with you part of that persons soul, just like you can't dive into a pool (with water..) and get out of it not wet. BUT I DIGRESS! As much as I can say this is one of the most objective books on Andy Warhol, I shall say it. I don't know if the amount of subconscious subjectivity involved in writing about Warhol and what "really" happened and how he was "really" like, is going to be so strong that - even if this were the Most Objective Book on Andy Warhol - it would be a meaningless 'praise.' So, let's go back to Mirrors. Now imagine Andy Warhol as a mirror. Imagine Warhol in the hospital in 1987 as he takes his final breath - as he exhales for the last time, imagine the force of that exhale shattering the mirror, leaving the world with hundreds or thousands of fragments of the Mirror that was Andy Warhol. This book is one of those fragments - perhaps a big one. But the only way I can see getting close to grasping a more full knowledge of Warhol and the way he thought and all that jazz, is by finding as many pieces of the mirror you can and slowly re-build the mirror for yourself. This is a process that is probably unending. And remember, you're putting back together a mirror. Don't be surprised when you start seeing yourself reflected back at you. I hope the reflection you see changes you in a positive way, as it did me, and not in a negative way - as it has done throughout the years to many people.
REVIEW OF THE BOOK YOU SAY?! NAH! ESSAY ABOUT ANDY WARHOL? SURE....more
<3<3<3 If you love comics, read The Unwritten series. If you love literature, read the Unwritten series. If you love, read the Unwritten seri<3<3<3 If you love comics, read The Unwritten series. If you love literature, read the Unwritten series. If you love, read the Unwritten series. ...more
I was sad when I finished the last page of this volume (the last Grant Morrison Animal Man volume). In three volumes, Grant Morrison crafted a story aI was sad when I finished the last page of this volume (the last Grant Morrison Animal Man volume). In three volumes, Grant Morrison crafted a story about an obscure DCU superhero I had never heard of and reinvented the character, giving him, the characters surrounding him, the universe he exists in such wonderful depth that once you fall in (to the deep hole....depth?), you won't be able to get out but you won't mind, who would want to leave? I'm not a fan of Watchmen and I'm very open about it. It's just not my thing. But, at the same time I love it for its EFFECTS. Firstly, probably the most important thing it did was cause DC to go looking for more "edgy" British writers. Cause, you know. Alan Moore is from there and so that's where you'll find other good writers...I MOCK BUT THEY DID. So, Alan Moore's Watchman opened the corporate doors to seeking out more experimental, mature, and "edgy" writers which led them to Grant Morrison (and Neil Gaiman <3, who reinvented Sandman around the same time Morrison was reinventing Animal Man). The second reason why it's important is because, although I don't care for Moore, MY gods were heavily influenced by him and will always say something like "If it wasn't for Alan Moore, I probably wouldn't be doing this." So cheers for that! But Animal Man is sort of the antithesis of Watchmen. Kind of. It's dark and there are some mature, fucked up themes that are very real - similar to Watchmen in that respect, I guess. But the end-goal and style are quite quite different. By the end of Animal Man, what the reader has experienced his one of the greatest pieces of literary deconstruction AND ITS A COMIC TOO (PICTURES). But really, "literary deconstruction" is just the beginning, cause it's much more. Deconstruction of actual human perception, perhaps existence. Examination at controversial ethical topics. Examination of the culture of violence. And fucking hope. Brilliantly written and executed, a story about so many things really is about one thing, to me: hope. But hope that isn't easy won and handed to us and the character in a nice box with nice wrapping. That hope would break easily. No, this is...well, you'll just have to read it to see. The only thing that prevents me from recommending this to everyone is that toward the last half of the three volumes, Morrison starts pulling from quite a lot of DCU concepts and history in order to tell part of his story - it's not actually ABOUT the characters. You could probably replace them with any number of other fictional characters. But, he was writing in the DCU and writing not too long after the Crisis on Infinite Earths (a major DC crossover event that redefined the DC universe), so he made appropriate choices and I'm just lucky to have been pretty informed about DCU history at the time I got around to reading this (takes a lot of work...). But, I'd say if Gaiman's The Sandman is number 1, then Animal Man is number 2..or 1.5..But, I haven't finished Morrison's Invisibles yet and it's a tight race!...more
With each Grant Morrison comic series/graphic novel I read, the more I love him. Animal Man was part of the late 80s DC "Hey, that Watchmen was popularWith each Grant Morrison comic series/graphic novel I read, the more I love him. Animal Man was part of the late 80s DC "Hey, that Watchmen was popular. Let's go to Britain and hire people there to reinvent characters and make us awesome" period. Grant Morrison was one of the people given a job and his first choice for what character/series to reinvent was Animal Man - an obscure character who could temporarily absorb the abilities of animals around him. Well, Grant Morrison took this d-list superhero and proceeded to write an amazing, unique, fun to read, pro-animal rights superhero comic. Honestly, I'm surprised it's one of Morrison's most well known and loved series because when I talk about the stuff he writes about in Animal Man a lot of people have no interest in listening and some people are offended (How dare people make them consider other things! Especially when they love the way meat taste! BAH! Animal rights activist and their liberal agenda! Probably gay too!) .. Anyway, Animal Man is brilliant. It's a well-written animal rights book AND while Alan Moore may have revolutionized the way superheroes were portrayed, Grant Morrison revolutionized the way comic stories could be told. But no spoilers from me! Go read this!...more