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Shivering Sands: Seven Years of Stories, Drinking and the World

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  155 ratings  ·  15 reviews
SHIVERING SANDS is a bit of an experiment: part Greatest Hits collection, part late-night ramblings, all crackling text transmissions sent down the wire from anywhere Warren Ellis had access to a computer and something to say. These essays, stories, music reviews, the occasional chemically-induced rant, and a couple of recipes— because, for whatever reason, everyone seems ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published November 27th 2009 by International Electrophonic Unit (first published 2009)

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Niklas Pivic
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a short and very appealing read. To me, Ellis is noteworthy because of three things:

1. His world-building with words
2. His ability to build a story
3. His intelligence

Of course, the three above points mean very little when he is publishing notes from when he's been drunk or just rants like an old man with a huge love for technological gadgets, which doesn't happen rarely. Instead, it's a mix of the above with his heart that does it. To quote him from the beginning:

This Is What It Means To
Jun 08, 2018 rated it liked it
A collection of Warren Ellis' internet ephemera ala "From The Desk Of", "Bad Signal" and
"Come Alone".

If Warren Ellis is the Internet Jesus, this is like his letters (or at least Paul's--the analogy only goes so far).

Far from essential, and not his "canon" but essentially 93 pages of thoughts from the pub, twitter, etc.
Joshua Pruett
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
From my favorite writer, in comics or any media upon which he sees fit to inflict his pen and his dark purpose. Full of hilarious observations, brief, pop-fiction-singlets and a few moments of unabashed romanticism and uplifting advice for living and writing. He's angry and talented - in other words, he's well worth your time and your dime. He almost makes me want to live in the world, and for that, I'll never forgive him. (Don't mention that 'romantic' bit to him - just go pick up ORBITER with ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Collective random musings on comics, music, science and culture from the twisted, glorious brain of the man who created Spider Jerusalem. If you've ever read any of his comics, you'll probably enjoy it. Clever, funny and brutal.
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
i love Ellis' e-newsletter, so this was all familiar territory. Wish there was more, and with some lengthier pieces, though. He'd do a fantastic essay collection.
Artur Coelho
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Mais conhecido pelo seu trabalho como argumentista de banda desenhada, Warren Ellis é um escritor e personalidade da internet com um dedo firmemente assente no pulso da sociedade contemporânea. Shivering Sands é uma obra atípica. Durante anos, Ellis escreveu ruminâncias que espalhou em diferentes locais na internet. Este livro é uma colectânea de alguns dos seus apontamentos, colagem díspare de ideias, resmungos, visões sobre a cultura popular, impactos mediáticos, futurismo agressivo e puros vo ...more
Thomas Rohde
Jun 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I've followed Warren Ellis's blog for years, so I've read perhaps a third of the essays collected in here previously, but nothing was lost in rereading them in this collection. I did my best to read this book in little sips because I didn't want it to end, which was very difficult-this book begs to be gulped. A new collection couldn't come soon enough (though it'll probably be a while since he's busy writing a novel that I'll devour immediately upon publication).
Nov 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, essays
This is a good collection of essays, twitter postings, blog entries and emails from Warren Ellis. If you are a reader of Ellis's work, you will enjoy the reading the various essays, noting their dates and seeing how the ideas he was experimenting with in these writings made their way into his other work.
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's Warren Ellis...I read things that are written by Warren Ellis, nothing else to really say about it. If you enjoy the man's writing, you will enjoy this book. If you don't know who the man is, you need to get with the program and pull your head out of your arse and read his goddamn words.
Adam  McPhee
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: essays
He's all for immediate, maximum terraformation of Mars, but thinks Robert Zubrin's an idiot. That's a pretty sensible Mars position.

The book is a collection of his internet ephemera, and it's far from essential. Still, a lot of great ideas about the future.
Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
As much as I love Warren Ellis as the king of crazed genre ideas, I like his stream of thought essays more. Engaging and thoughtful his essays pull me in even more than his best fiction.
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-or-die
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Nathan Friedl
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
Fantastic articles/blog posts/snippets from Warren. DO NOT buy it from iBooks though.
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You'll all be shocked to see another Warren Ellis fangirl find his strange blogs, rants and tweets wrapped up into book form, pretty much the best thing since sliced bread.
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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE and the “underground classic” novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His graphic novel GLOBAL FREQUENCY is in development at Jerry ...more