I received this as part of the Humble Bundle collection.
I had never heard of the SMBC before seeing it in the Humble Bundle collection and it must haI received this as part of the Humble Bundle collection.
I had never heard of the SMBC before seeing it in the Humble Bundle collection and it must have been added AFTER I bought the bundle because it wasn't until I was browsing through my library that I discovered its existence.
This is a collection of typically 1 panel comics that really reminded me a lot of The Farside. I think being a big fan of The Farside helped in my enjoyment of this collection.
This particular edition is the first time it had been translated into English, and it seems that with a few of the comics there were some things lost in translation. There were a few panels where I couldn't discern any sort of joke. Perhaps its just me?
The beginning of the collection is the weakest part. There were a few comics that made me smile, but the good stuff is towards the middle. There were a few that were really quite hilarious and clever. However, in contrast, there were some that were just stupid and edgy for the sake of being controversial and I for one don't like being pandered to.
That being said, it was enjoyable and it lifted my spirits. Can you ask for anything more from a comic collection? ...more
Maybe its my own fault I didn't like this uh, story. I got the audiobook through Humble Bundle. I'm thinking its the kind of book that you need to actMaybe its my own fault I didn't like this uh, story. I got the audiobook through Humble Bundle. I'm thinking its the kind of book that you need to actually READ to understand what is happening.
For me, I feel like I just listened to a 6 hour, monotone (again the audiobook's fault), faux-acid flashback told by a girl who has absolutely no idea what she's talking about.
If I hadn't read the synopsis, I don't think I could tell you what this story was actually about. I still don't know what happened. It was like fading in and out of a weird ass dream.
I actually like experimental literature, but this was ALL narration and no plot. Maybe its just me, but it felt like the protagonist was completely passive. I felt like she and I were just holed up in an easy chair and letting the plot drift past us. I wanted to like this, really bad. It just went in one ear and out the other...again, probably the audiobook. I hope.
I think sometime when I have the funds to buy the text itself, I'll go back and revisit it. For now, it's a 1-star for me. ...more
If you like any teensy little bit about the days of the American West, then you should read this book. Even if you don't, you should still consider reIf you like any teensy little bit about the days of the American West, then you should read this book. Even if you don't, you should still consider reading it. It's a just a great story.
It's a quick read (or listen, in my case) as it was first published as a serial in the Saturday Evening post. Despite the length, the story is full and rich and the characters are vivid and real. Mattie Ross, the narrator and protagonist, is one of my favorite characters in any book I've ever read. Though she's only 14, she's strong and stubborn enough to seek out the man who murdered her father. Not only that, but she is willing determined to go out into the Choctaw Nation to do it. Though she's not fearless, she's fierce and unwilling to give up. She's the sort of role model that young women need to read. As an adult, she's a tough spinster who loves two things: her bank and her church. My favorite line of hers comes from the end of the book when saying Goodbye to two men. One of them is courteous and the other refuses to rise and simply stares at her rudely. She simply says, "Keep your seat, Trash." It's perfect. Her portrayal in the John Wayne film was truly tragic.
The more famous character, thanks to John Wayne, is Marshal Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn. He is another great character though personally not as much of a favorite when compared to Mattie. On one hand, he's tough and mean and notorious for killing. On the other, he's a motor-mouth and a drunk and somewhat tragic. Rooster is a testament to Portis' ability to create a living breathing person (though he is rather larger than life).
Finally, Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (and that's La-Beef, not LaBoof). He's cocky, and sometimes downright silly.
Together the three of them are in search of Tom Chaney, the man who murdered Mattie's father and stole two California gold pieces from his corpse. While the premise is simple, its full of rich details from Mattie's recollections. Her little asides are great too and sometimes you forget (especially as an audiobook) that is isn't just Mattie herself telling the story. The ending, both of Mattie's recollection and the book itself, is bittersweet but realistic. That alone, in my opinion, makes the book worthy of considerable praise.
Lastly it should be said: there are three versions of this book made into movies. The version by John Wayne, the made for tv movie and the Jeff Bridges movie. Watch the Jeff Bridges version. Its 100% faithful to the novel (even down to the dialogue in a few parts) and Mattie is portrayed a thousand percent better. ...more
(I'm writing this review at 4 am so please forgive any errors present.)
I was first drawn to I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream after seeing it on steam(I'm writing this review at 4 am so please forgive any errors present.)
I was first drawn to I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream after seeing it on steam. The video game looked completely ridiculous and campy to me (I say this as a huge fan of video games). Upon further study, however, I saw that the game was loosely based off of a book. Though later I learned that it was in fact a short story.
I am apparently one of the few people who like science fiction but had never heard of Harlan Ellison.
The premise sounded interesting to me: five people stuck in an eternal hell, constantly being tortured by a massive, self-aware computer.
I was immediately disturbed, not by the horror or the surroundings but rather by the idea that the only female Ellen "services" the men in turn like some sort of a sex vending machine. I find it rather telling of Mr. Ellison's personality that he has one woman and she is of course "a slut", a "dirty bitch" and "scum filth". Naturally the character with a gigantic penis is her favorite, even though he has been turned into more animal than man. I would sincerely hate to ask Mr. Ellison what his opinion is on Women's rights.
I didn't find the book all that revolutionary, to be honest. I suppose in the year it came out it was quite shocking, but it felt very dated to me; similar to watching Blade Runner or Back to the Future Part Two.
To its merit, I was enthralled in the story. I did want to know what happened next. However, I found myself skipping through long passages of two word sentences and long-winded description. I also found myself wanting more details about the actual characters. At first it seemed as though the author kept them vague as if to say it could really be any person in the world, even the reader. Then not so much. I would have liked to have known more about the characters beyond their "flaws".
It strikes me as the sort of book that becomes required reading amongst science fiction purists and snobs. The same sort of people who would quickly boot you out of the club if you had not read this story.
Overall, however, I would say read it because it is interesting. ...more