J.G. Keely
1234 ratings (3.08 avg)
545 reviews
Goodreads librarian
more photos (3)

#78 best reviewers

J.G. Keely

Sign in to Goodreads to learn more about J.G. Keely.


Add as a Friend Follow Reviews   Send Message | Compare Books

The Adventures of...
Rate this book
Clear rating

Simulacra and Sim...
Rate this book
Clear rating

J.G. Keely is currently reading
bookshelves: currently-reading
Rate this book
Clear rating


J.G. Keely’s Recent Updates

J.G. Keely is now friends with Ridhika Khanna
J.G. Keely made a comment on his review of Rocannon's World
Rocannon's World by Ursula K. Le Guin
" Dr M said: "one thing I would add to this review: Le Guin shows how much can be achieved with simplicity"

Agreed. In her essays in The Language of Nigh
...more "
J.G. Keely made a comment on his review of The Road
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
" Asghar said: "I wonder if you have Larry Brown books. I think he is one writer you would enjoy."

I'm not familiar with him, no. I'll have to check him
...more "
Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis
" Neal said: "That idea of obtaining awesome power ... Its surprising how many adults subconsciously identify with the style ... Do you ever really brea ...more "
J.G. Keely made a comment on his review of The Broken Sword
The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson
" Emmet said: "Could you please elaborate on this? I emphatically disagree, but I'd rather get a proper sense of why you believe this before offering an ...more "
Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
" Andrea said: "Some of the things you say in this review fit so well so much genre fiction I'm saving this for future reference"

Yes, it seems the more
...more "
J.G. Keely is currently reading
The Adventures of Alyx by Joanna Russ
Rate this book
Clear rating
J.G. Keely wants to read
A Land Called Tarot by Gael Bertrand
Rate this book
Clear rating
J.G. Keely wants to read
The Dyskolos by Menander
Rate this book
Clear rating
J.G. Keely wants to read
Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry
Rate this book
Clear rating
More of J.G. Keely's books…
Bernard Knox
“If through no fault of his own the hero is crushed by a bulldozer in Act II, we are not impressed. Even though life is often like this—the absconding cashier on his way to Nicaragua is killed in a collision at the airport, the prominent statesman dies of a stroke in the midst of the negotiations he has spent years to bring about, the young lovers are drowned in a boating accident the day before their marriage—such events, the warp and woof of everyday life, seem irrelevant, meaningless. They are crude, undigested, unpurged bits of reality—to draw a metaphor from the late J. Edgar Hoover, they are “raw files.” But it is the function of great art to purge and give meaning to human suffering, and so we expect that if the hero is indeed crushed by a bulldozer in Act II there will be some reason for it, and not just some reason but a good one, one which makes sense in terms of the hero’s personality and action. In fact, we expect to be shown that he is in some way responsible for what happens to him.”
Bernard Knox, The Oedipus Cycle: Oedipus Rex/Oedipus at Colonus/Antigone

Michael Moorcock
“I think of myself as a bad writer with big ideas, but I'd rather be that than a big writer with bad ideas.”
Michael Moorcock, Elric: The Stealer of Souls

Herman Melville
“In life, the visible surface of the Sperm Whale is not the least among the many marvels he presents. Almost invariably it is all over obliquely crossed and re-crossed with numberless straight marks in thick array, something like those in the finest Italian line engravings. But these marks do not seem to be impressed upon the isinglass substance above mentioned, but seem to be seen through it, as if they were engraved upon the body itself. Nor is this all. In some instances, to the quick, observant eye, those linear marks, as in a veritable engraving, but afford the ground for far other delineations. These are hieroglyphical; that is, if you call those mysterious cyphers on the walls of pyramids hieroglyphics, then that is the proper word to use in the present connexion. By my retentive memory of the hieroglyphics upon one Sperm Whale in particular, I was much struck with a plate representing the old Indian characters chiselled on the famous hieroglyphic palisades on the banks of the Upper Mississippi. Like those mystic rocks, too, the mystic-marked whale remains undecipherable.”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Of all evil I deem you capable: Therefore I want good from you. Verily, I have often laughed at the weaklings who thought themselves good because they had no claws.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Herman Melville
“Give not thyself up, then, to fire, lest it invert thee, deaden thee, as for the time it did me. There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness.”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Ada's Story (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
14 chapters   —   updated May 10, 2016 08:34AM
Description: An excerpt of my upcoming Late Victorian steampunk horror novel, wherein my admiration for the dark sea stories of Conrad and Melville meet upon a phantasmagorical theme after Bierce, Chambers, and M.R. James.
The Little Ship (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Sep 16, 2014 11:49AM
Description: A short poem in the classical vein with rhyme, meter, conceit, and logic turns.
Sister, Mother, Sea (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
9 chapters   —   updated Jul 26, 2013 08:05PM
Description: A piece of Speculative Fiction influenced by JG Ballard's visceral, enclosing worlds. So far, this is the piece of fiction of which I feel the most proud.
The Alley (Horror)
7 chapters   —   updated Feb 23, 2013 12:55PM
Description: A short horror story after the style of Kipling.
François (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Feb 23, 2013 12:50PM
Description: A short, silly piece.
More of J.G. Keely’s writing…
40475 The Extra Cool Group! (of people Michael is experimenting on) — 159 members — last activity Aug 27, 2013 12:21PM
*Note: This group, although it lives on in a sense, like a photograph, capturing a moment so people can look back later and go, "Oh, wow, you looked s ...more
143 The Guttering Flame — 73 members — last activity Nov 28, 2011 08:35PM
This is a little society, a cadre, a coterie of the unlike-minded. Here we discuss Comic Books (or Graphic Novels, if you prefer) as art, aesthetic, l ...more
101455 The Great Gormenghast Read — 82 members — last activity Oct 13, 2016 07:31AM
This group is for those who wish to participate in a planned read of the original Gormenghast novels as penned by Mervyn Peake before his death. The s ...more
25x33 Literature Defined: Is Eric full of crap? — 47 members — last activity Nov 13, 2012 07:54PM
I have been fascinated by many of my friend's comments on why they like or dislike a book. I'm going to throw out a thesis for discussion: That modern ...more
1 Goodreads Feedback — 22131 members — last activity 2 hours, 10 min ago
This is a place to give feedback about Goodreads. Feature ideas, bugs, or any other suggestion for improvement. The Goodreads staff monitors this grou ...more
More of J.G. Keely’s groups…
1,417 books | 676 friends

4,163 books | 98 friends

1,704 books | 386 friends

3,762 books | 846 friends

203 books | 149 friends

David G...
210 books | 224 friends

Jason D...
988 books | 67 friends

539 books | 227 friends

More friends…
The Odyssey by HomerMetamorphoses by OvidParadise Lost by John MiltonThe Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous
Best Books Ever
46,768 books — 171,445 voters
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. MartinThe Road by Cormac McCarthyThe Giver by Lois LowryThe Eye of the World by Robert JordanThe Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Books You Are Tired Of Hearing About
455 books — 979 voters


Quizzes and Trivia

questions answered:
1383 (0.5%)

1148 (83.0%)

869 (38.6%)

11431 out of 1319166


best streak:

questions added:

Polls voted on by J.G. Keely

Lists liked by J.G. Keely