Keep your conspiricy theorist friends away from this book..
Or alternately, buy them a copy and sit back and watch the fun happen.
On it's surface thisKeep your conspiricy theorist friends away from this book..
Or alternately, buy them a copy and sit back and watch the fun happen.
On it's surface this book seems to draw from the same stock as Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, but where as that book as a one off pulpy gag this book strives to be something more, first among them is good, but it also strives to say something about Nixon and world he lived in and the world he left behind.
Written in Nixons voice, it some how manages the impossible feat of not only sounding and feeling particularly Nixonian, while at the same time being not only being sympathetic, but relatable. Nixons self deprecating humour goes a long way to selling him as a protagonist. And the way the book weaves together real history and dark supernatural conspiracy, is so well done, Kissinger as an inhuman wizard, Eisenhower being supernaturally epowered by the supernatural compact that is the presidency are so believable and real this book really could pass for a secret history of the United States of America. ...more
I don't even know where to start with this book. It's probably the hardest book I have read in a long time, it's also excellent, but you have to haveI don't even know where to start with this book. It's probably the hardest book I have read in a long time, it's also excellent, but you have to have a good stomach for tragedy. I wish it had gotten more into what caused the Nigerian-Civil war, but I get it, it's a story about what it's like on the ground, and people rarely have that much say in the powers that govern there lives. All the characters feel natural and complete, and it does a nice job at presenting colonialism for what it is with out blaming it for all the problems. A good book to chase after reading Things Fall Apart, since that book deals with the start of colonialism and this book deals with the end. Still... I might read something a little fluffier next. ...more
Maybe it's because Greg Graffin has been such a huge fixture in my life ever since I started listening to his music back in high school, but this bookMaybe it's because Greg Graffin has been such a huge fixture in my life ever since I started listening to his music back in high school, but this book could basically be summed up as "My world view, the book" in it I found many of my assumptions about the nature of... well nature, and humans place in it to be codified and verified with science. I've long had an interest in all things paleontological, but also in the modern geo-political world, this is the first book I have ever read to create the compare and contrast of nature and the modern world I have long sought after. The way human populations come together in competition, and then co-mingle and coexist is a pattern found through out all of history, going back to the dawn of time. By understanding this phenomenon we can codify our place as proper caretakers of the earth and perhaps save ourselves in the coming environmental hardship.
I would recommend this book to every one, though I suspect especially Kathleen Ross, though she never shared my love for Bad Religion, would take the most out it's themes and science.
Right out the gate the ending is painted so clearly I don't consider it spoilers to say he gets off theThis book has no right to be as good as it is.
Right out the gate the ending is painted so clearly I don't consider it spoilers to say he gets off the planet. There's no other way this book could end. This is not a story of philosophy facing isolation and mans solitude in the universe. Right out the gate this is a story of technical equity so adept it verges on pornographic. And yet, Mark Watney is such a likable figure, and the technical research so fascinating, that the book can't help but grab you despite it's obvious and forgone conclusion. Marks a funny guy, and his wit and quips are a big part of what makes this book work. I read most of this book in public (on the subway or buss mostly) and I more then once was embarrassed for laughing out loud or grinning like an idiot. The reason why I give this book 4 stars and not is for it's lack of suspense. At no point did I ever feel Watney was in danger. He is so technically acute I for a second doubted his ability to deal with the problems he is faced with. I never worried for his safety, or long term well being. He seems to have suffered very little psychological problems from his long isolation. Really the fact that despite this I still feel the book is worth a 4 star is a testament to the brilliant writing. ...more
If you want something conventional, you have the wrong book. Even by Mieville standards a lot of these stories are quite strange. Structure and convenIf you want something conventional, you have the wrong book. Even by Mieville standards a lot of these stories are quite strange. Structure and convention go out the window in favor of experimentation and exploring weird and alien concepts. Many of the stories lack endings, some provide very little context for the world surrounding the events... some, some read more like fake essays from future or fantastic worlds, in fact, one is a lecture recited at a university in a fantastic world. While not all the stories defy convention, enough of them do, that it is recommended you check any expectations at the door in order to enjoy this book. Any one looking to just bask in the logic of the alien and the imagery of the surreal will feel quite at home here how ever. Strongly recommended for fans of Mieville, but people unfamiliar with his writing may find themselves a bit baffled. ...more
I read the authors prefer text, I could honestly not tell you what the difference between this and the standard version is. But it's still a fantasticI read the authors prefer text, I could honestly not tell you what the difference between this and the standard version is. But it's still a fantastic book and well worth reading...more
I'm a long time listener to the Welcome to Nightvale podcast and if I am honest, I would admit that I have found it to be waining of late. It's stillI'm a long time listener to the Welcome to Nightvale podcast and if I am honest, I would admit that I have found it to be waining of late. It's still quite good, but it's starting to feel a little stale... but man this book is a real shot in the arm for the series. For the first time we get to step outside of Cesil and explore the grander world of Nightvale (though he and his show still show up in interludes). Nightvale for all it's weirdness has always had a very human side to it, and this book leans on those themes more then the show, and I think it comes out the better for it. This is a book about family, about single mothers and estranged fathers and teenagers searching for there identity and how sometimes it's hard to relate to even the people closest to you. The fact that one of the characters have been 19 years old for several centuries and another one can change into any form at will not withstanding.
If I where to level any criticism at it, it's that it may be a might bit impenetrable to new comers. The book largely focuses on The Man with the Tan Jacket and Deer Skin Suitcase, a plot line that has been cooking in the backdrop of the Podcast since the very first episode. On the plus side, the Podcast is free, so any one interested can catch up at no cost other then the time it takes to get through the show. ...more
This is my first outing with Le Guin, and I have to say I really like a lot of the ideas present in this book, but I found it a little dry. It may beThis is my first outing with Le Guin, and I have to say I really like a lot of the ideas present in this book, but I found it a little dry. It may be that Le Guin just isn't for me, or it may just be that I am spoiled by high action high drama more pulpy sci-fi. ...more