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This is it! After six years, and several thousand (I kid you not) pages of graphic novel, the "Epic of Epic Epicness" concludes. This is one hell of bThis is it! After six years, and several thousand (I kid you not) pages of graphic novel, the "Epic of Epic Epicness" concludes. This is one hell of barn stormer. While the prior volumes focus on the fun, humorous aspects of Scott Pilgrim and his friends' existences in Toronto (a version of Toronto I would LOVE to hang out in), this one is way more driven to clearly provide the heaviness that was only hinted at when Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe left off on that wondrous cliff hanger, where Gideon Gordon Graves (the bad guy with a capital BAD) asks Scott on the phone, "When would it be convenient for you to die?"
This book picks up four months later. Many crazy things happen, and throughout Scott must realize that if he doesn't confront his demons, all the negative bad behavior he's done towards himself and others he literally will be no different than Gideon. It gets so tense that at one point Gideon even encourages Scott to consider joining the League of Evil Exes. I do not want to spoil a single detail of this conclusion IT'S THAT AWESOME.
So, if your curious, you should definitely look for these books in your local library. Or I guess I could always lend them out, after all, that's what us Librarians do, right?
This is a fascinating literary universe created by the wily welshman Fforde. I find the tech he develops in his imagination spefically for Thursday'sThis is a fascinating literary universe created by the wily welshman Fforde. I find the tech he develops in his imagination spefically for Thursday's universe to be most fantastical. The Prose Portal in the first book has many possibilities and Akrid Snell's footnoterphone is the most inventive application of footnotes ever seen. Oftentimes, I find footnotes fairly useless. Pratchett's footnotes are great as funny asides, and Fforde's application of private conversations through foot notes with literary and real world characters is simply dazzlingly ingenious. I have no wish to actually speak of the book or what it's really about save to say it made me look at Miss Havisham (Great Expectations) in a whole new light. Simply remarkable....more
Warm, haunting and very clean prose, this story is one of the very best examples of science fiction, if from a British perspective; then again, they aWarm, haunting and very clean prose, this story is one of the very best examples of science fiction, if from a British perspective; then again, they are the people that introduced us to the concept of a novel. This book is one of the very best examples of what a novel should be.
Back in the day, a novel was written to illustrate a social ill, and by telling a story of it, address it. This was the reasoning behind such towering masterpieces of prose as Ivanhoe, Little Dorrit, and Gulliver's Travels.
With Never Let Me Go, and this will be tricky to do without spoiling the novel, the essence of the ill is the extension of life by any means. We are already living longer than prior generations. But are these long lives really better? Is not life, as Gaiman frequently contends through the perspective of his creation Death, brief? Sure, someone somewhere could live 15,000 years. At the end of the day, that character dies. As do all characters - with exception for a memorable few of course.
So we meet these three wondrous children of Hailsham. There's is a towering, if brief, story. I absolutely loved the interactions between Tommy, Ruth and Kathy. There shared myth (which psychotic orangutans with scalpels could not get me to divulge here), is a wondrous act of wish fulfillment. It's not a greedy act, it's a sincere motion to attempt to really live a life; a meaningful life. While there certainly is meaning to be had in the life of any person, including our three young protagonists, I found this book to be a gentle if heart-rending exercise in exploring our collective fear of dying.
I say collective, because I know we all experience it in different ways. For me, I fear that I shall die before I've done something lasting, something that shall give men dreams beyond my brief sojourn on this rock. Everyone deals with this fear in different ways, and I simply found Kathy's method of dealing with the ultimate loss so very touching.
I acknowledge that this is not a happy novel, however it's very good. I have been waiting for an opportunity to watch the film adaptation. I hear it's almost as good as the book, which in this case, is high praise indeed. ...more