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Jan 03, 2016 10:18AM

46928 Matt wrote: "I got another gift card for a belated Christmas present, just enough to get The Private Eye: The Cloudburst Edition. Yay!"
Great choice!

I used my Amazon dough to buy The Bronze Age of DC Comics, and the acclaimed dark fairy tale Beautiful Darkness. A natural pairing, no?

Under my tree were Lumberjanes volume 1 (my daughter gets first dibs on that one), Sandman Overture, and volume 2 of Naoki Urasawa's Master Keaton. And one long-wished-for book: the oversized, slipcased and absolutely gorgeous The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures by the late great Dave Stevens.
May 31, 2015 04:40PM

46928 Giggity.
May 31, 2015 04:16PM

46928 Jason wrote: "We are hopeful for a return in around August..."

Jason wrote: "...for a book that has been much publicized for the last several months..."
It's Fifty Shades of Grey, isn't it? You kinky boys. ;D
I'd put my money on this novel, due in July, as the book Jason is cryptically referring to.
May 31, 2015 03:38PM

46928 Sam's right, Unbearable Lightness would have made for some fascinating discussion. When I read it a million years ago (pre-Internet), I wished I had some folks with whom to chew it over. The only thing I remember about the film adaptation is Lena Olin in a bowler -- but what a memory it is.
The Lovely Bones, I had seriously mixed feelings about. Sebold tried to make a supernatural potboiler lyrical, with uneven results. I suspect the novel would suffer in a second reading.

And man, I have really, really gotta read True Grit one of these days.

Thanks for the post, Sam.
May 08, 2015 08:02PM

46928 Today I finished The End of Everything by Megan Abbott, an author recommended by our pal Devin R. Bruce on his Listmakers podcast. The story is told from the point of view of a thirteen year old girl whose best friend Evie disappears, revealing the cracks in the facade of Evie's perfect family. Dark stuff. It has whetted my appetite for more Abbott.

I've been struggling to finish two collections: Neil Gaiman's latest, Trigger Warning, and Welcome to the Monkey House by Old Reliable, Kurt Vonnegut.
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May 07, 2015 05:23PM

46928 Dateline: Atlanta
The event: The Shaky Knees music festival, featuring such artists as Dr. Dog, Flogging Molly, the Pixies, Social Distortion, the Mountain Goats, and many more.
I may not make regular dispatches during the weekend; just wanted y'all to know what's up.
Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to see The Who in Raleigh, with opening act Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Jett sounded really great; she did all the familiar songs -- I'd forgotten that Springsteen wrote Light of Day.

But The Who.... if you saw their underwhelming performance during the Super Bowl halftime show some years back, you'd safely assume they haven't gotten much better since then.

You would be categorically, undeniably wrong. They were fucking AMAZING, Daltrey and Townshend fronted a band that could replicate the Who's sound with some precision. Pete doesn't jump around anymore -- he turns 70 next week -- but his licks still rock as hard as ever. And Roger's voice has roughened a bit, but he could still tear into Love Reign o'er Me, Baba O'Reilly, and Who Are You like a man half his age.

I caught Robert Cray last week, who looks and sounds just like you remember, and still rocks a blues riff like nobody's business. Next week, Lake Street Dive, with J. Roddy Walston and the Business to follow. Good times.
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Feb 04, 2015 08:08AM

46928 Jeppe wrote: "We made a podcast!"

Excellent! I can't wait to listen.
Jan 17, 2015 03:14PM

46928 As long as the people recognize it as nonsense, that's all I ask.

Sorry, no review pending for The Haunted; the horror, the horror...

...not the good kind.
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Jan 17, 2015 10:16AM

46928 Just bought my ticket to the Shaky Knees festival, in Atlanta, May 8-10. Been checking out the down-lineup acts I'm unfamiliar with. Will be my first Neutral Milk Hotel show; we saw Jeff Mangum here in Wilmington about two years ago.
Eat yer heart out, Matt -- both Dr. Dog and the Mountain Goats are scheduled.
Jan 15, 2015 01:36PM

46928 Well, Matt, I'm glad you asked....

I finished three books this week, all of which I enjoyed for very different reasons.

Today I wrapped up Margaret Atwood's new short story collection Stone Mattress. The stories are mostly about quirky, well-to-do women in their seventies (Atwood is now 75), and begins unpromisingly with a triptych of tales about a minor poet and two of his former lovers. Some fantastic character building, and stiletto-sharp observations on aging, but I just wasn't feeling it.
I was lukewarm on the next three stories, but wow, I really loved the last three. My favorite was probably the title story, in which a black widow unexpectedly gets an opportunity to get even with a man who destroyed her life more than half a century ago. The finisher is "Torching the Dusties," in which a high-end retirement home is threatened by a burgeoning "Our Turn" movement of young people determined to clear the aging chaff so as to preserve scarce resources for themselves. Even the stories I didn't care for displayed just a wicked sense of humor and keen observations on the inevitable. More on Atwood shortly.

I also just finished George Washington, Spymaster, a diverting YA book about, no surprise, espionage in the Revolutionary War. I'm not big on reading war histories because they tend to go into numbing degrees of detail, so this one, written at a middle-school level, was more my speed. Contains a lot of cool bits about primitive spycraft, plus some snippets of code for the reader to decipher. What can I say, I dug it.

And I reread an old favorite, Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold. Happily, it still holds up. The plot has some problems, some uncanny coincidences, but screw it, because I love the characters and especially the stagecraft of old time magic. The novel owes a great deal to our old favorite Ragtime, but it's much lighter. I look forward to checking out Gold's follow-up, the Chaplin novel Sunnyside, and I'm in the mood to read some more magic-centric (?) books too, such as Christopher Priest's The Prestige.

But for now I have two other novels teed up: P.D. James's The Children of Men, and The Handmaid's Tale by the aforementioned Ms. Atwood
...because I'm in the mood for novels in which women can't conceive, for some reason...? Dr. Freud?

So, how you folks doing? Didja miss this rambly nonsense?
Nov 04, 2014 10:12AM

46928 Hell. YEAH.
Sep 25, 2014 05:27PM

46928 Jason wrote: "We're talking about doing a Halloween episode."
You mean a Halloween special. I hope you make it happen.
Sep 25, 2014 04:23PM

46928 Matt wrote: "Just started Annihilation today. I'm only 5% into it, but it has a wonderfully creepy atmosphere and sense of cosmic dread."

That looks frikkin' awesome. My Goodreads friend Trudi wrote that Annihilation was for fans of well-written weird fiction and the unreliable narrator. Too bad I don't know anyone who likes that kinda thing.
Added. And I'm first in my library's queue for the same author's short story collection, City of Saints and Madmen.

Jason wrote: "Should we do that instead or stick with Simmons?"
I thought we were reading Monica Seles this month.

No seriously, what's the meaning of this?
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Aug 02, 2014 07:17PM

46928 <--- high-fives Rob
Jul 23, 2014 02:24PM

46928 Long but amazing quote from Slaughterhouse-Five:

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Jul 23, 2014 02:04PM

46928 Jason wrote: "I've never much liked watching baseball..."

Matt wrote: "You almost sold me on this, despite it being about my most disliked of all American sports."

Don't you listen to them, Rob.

I've had other friends of excellent taste recommend "Battered Bastards" to me, so I'll be queueing it up for near-future viewing.

Jason wrote: "...but baseball has, in my opinion, by far the most interesting history and personalities, and best stories."

Jun 22, 2014 05:44PM

46928 Jason wrote: "What's Jeremy Bastian working on these days? I had a brief chat with him a few years ago when he was still in the midst of CPG, and I remember him being very friendly."
Yeah, he was a pleasure to talk with. Such a pleasure that I didn't have to fill a conversational gap with "So whatcha doin next?" So unfortunately, I have no idea.
Jun 22, 2014 03:12PM

46928 Jason wrote: "I finally spent my Amazon gift cards from last Christmas, and got Saga volumes 1-3, and Boxers & Saints by Gene Yang. It's nice to have some new comics for once. I shall report back."

If you don't love 'em, then you don't read good.

I just got back from Heroes Con in Charlotte. Highlights included meeting personal idols Bill Sienkiewicz and Terry Moore. It was great to meet 11 O'clock Comics' Jason and David, as well as EOC board member Cam Smalley, my roommate for the weekend.

I had the most fun chatting with
Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl)
Aaron Conley (Sabertooth Swordsman)
Tom King (A Once Crowded Sky)
Janet Lee (Return of the Dapper Men)
Jim Rugg (too many great comics to list)
painters Michelle Delecki-Davis and Tom Fleming
fave creators and quick-sketch masters Cliff Chiang and Matt Kindt; the latter got out a Zippo and set my copy of Red-Handed on fire (with purpose)
And finally I spent a while talking with legend Ramona Fradon. What a wonderful lady.

Oh, and I saw Tony Harris, but I couldn't work up the nerve to give him the kick in the balls he so richly deserves. Sorry, Jason.
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May 16, 2014 01:13PM

46928 Nice writeup of Miramar, Dave. Glad you finished that Mahfouz collection w/Midaq Alley and The Thief and the Dogs. I gotta see if I can find more of his stuff. I know my library doesn't have any of Mahfouz's work... well, except Midaq, which I donated a few years back.

My library does have Habibi, though. I meant to check it out when Jason raved about it ages ago.
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May 13, 2014 06:29PM

46928 Jason wrote: "I'm honestly not being facetious here...we still have a queue?"

There was an EOC book club before the podcasts. And from Matt's remarks:
So, what happens now?
Again, my friends can speak on their behalf, but for my part, I'll be continuing to co-moderate the book club here on GR.

I expected there'd still be a monthly book discussion hereabouts, but sans audio enhancement. Was I mistaken?
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