Got my copy in a bookshop in Jackson CA. I was 15, the cover was worn with orange cover and black text on front. Some new looking block type.
Read sevGot my copy in a bookshop in Jackson CA. I was 15, the cover was worn with orange cover and black text on front. Some new looking block type.
Read several times when i was dating this senior girl who wanted to know what i saw in this movie/book. She wanted to know why it wasent written in english. and i was to wrapped up in the graphic aspect of the story to understand how the language was a way of expressing the importance of trends in youth culture. Or how the use of the made up language forced the reader into the relm of the outsider. No matter how much Alex lets us in, we will forever be outsiders. A theme that is reflected over and over again in the many arks of alex's young experience.
this could be why i was so attracted, and then held, by this story. The graphic violence only serves as a medium for the less tangible parables about the importance of acceptance and keeping up with trends. Never being much of a devote of either of these, maybe i was enthralled by its these observations.
Main character meets a rouge pilot who shows him a new world of fantastic possibilities. Gives him a book that leads him to think hes jesus, or that mMain character meets a rouge pilot who shows him a new world of fantastic possibilities. Gives him a book that leads him to think hes jesus, or that maybe everyone is jesus, or whatever. Basically the self aggrandizing that was Johnathan Livingston Seagull masturbates itself into an ever frothier novel length self copulation.
I dont know why i was fascinated by this genera, im not one to believe there are other world then these. But when bachman starts talking about how we all hold some genuine worth i dident want to brain ever 3rd person i came across with a shovel. ...more
the 120 days in sodom starts off with a defined narrative, its a real story. then by the end its just a list of messed up stuff that went on. i dont kthe 120 days in sodom starts off with a defined narrative, its a real story. then by the end its just a list of messed up stuff that went on. i dont know who the author was pandering to, put by the waning parts its obvious hes just making lists of the most base, cruel and degrading acts he can think if. Like a tacobell menu he revers to combinations of the same scant obscenity in different values trying to create "NEW" and "EXITING" for the readers now jaded sensibility.
I recommend the audiobook for this title. Large volume makes reading one handed difficult....more
I felt bad for giving the book fight club a rating without actualy setting foot inside its pros. So i downloaded the audio book and for the last weekI felt bad for giving the book fight club a rating without actualy setting foot inside its pros. So i downloaded the audio book and for the last week listened on the way to work.
Any time they make a movie about a film i feel let down. With the exception of A Clockwork Orange, that one shines like a beacon of hope, the film always sucks.
This book shares so many of the same features as the film, so many plot elements, characters, scenes etc. that making connections is unavoidable. And with the impact the movie made on my life 8 years ago, honestly, i feel more of a kinship with the film then the novel. BUT, the feeling of the 2 is TOTALY different.
Marla... Marla Singer Marla is clingy, marla is self destructive. Marla burns herself with cigarettes and sells clothes stolen from laundromats. She has her mothers liposuction fat in Jacks freezer. She has horrendous human butt-wipe sex with tyler. But shes not the same Marla from the film, this ones in love with Tyler. Shes a wreck, but a real human being. When she says "I want to have your abortion" its beacuse thats as close to a real human relationship as shes every experienced. In the end the novels really all about her.
The films more about homo erotic posturing. Getting your rocks off with "touch therapy" and the real life promise of pain and violence. This is what connects with most people about the film. The wet packing sounds of fists crushing cartilage. Broken ribs and bloodied noses. Holes in your cheek that never heal.
The thing that got me with the novel was the nihilistic rants about how life is pointless. Everything you ever love is destine to die, everything you build be thrown away. I find the "middle children of history" line a bit of a stretch. But the overall ethos gives me a chubby....more
I believe up till this point every Palahniuk book ive been through has been written from a male perspective. Not to say that this one is some sort ofI believe up till this point every Palahniuk book ive been through has been written from a male perspective. Not to say that this one is some sort of dramatic departure from the norm, the same nihilistic self examination exists here. But the approach seems different, more aloof. And the structure, while still shattered, is more tangential then in previous efforts. Perhaps its just the main characters being female that makes this one seem more unique, but from the very beginning i had the feeling this one was going to be different.
A trip to Wikipedia tells us this book was written in the early/mid 1990's. That puts it Pre-fightclub. Labeling this as one of chucks earlyest novels really pushes my assertions about its uniqueness to the forefront of this article. While reading it i was struck by the way it deals with many of Palahniuks main theams but in a way that seems fresh and new. Perhaps after the release of the fightclub film, with the public clamoring for more, the publishers released this, previously unlikely, book in an effort to catch more eyeballs. Im glad they did.
In the opening pages we find that fashion model Daisy St. Patience got shot in the face while driving, ripping her jaw clean off. Once mind meltingly beautiful, shes now hideously deformed. Before youd have to try not to stare at her, now everyone looks away. Shes invisible, an invisible monster.
In hospital we get introduced to the cast of characters. Her fiance, her best friend and the drag queen thats going to change the way she thinks about everything. The plot twists and character development are slightly less stylized here then in say, Lullaby. Refreshing.
At this point it might be interesting to question the audiences infatuation with any artists early works over the later ones. The feeling of many is that the early works often reflect more the raw energy of the creative process. For lots of people this may be true, Palahniuk seems to be casting a wide net here, catching a lot more of the human condition then he might have to. If the author feels the need to tell a story on his own terms, surely the more experienced one will do it in the most deft and "correct" manor passable. It might be fair to say that the later works are most like the authors true intent. The early ones are more sophomoric trial and error. Anyone care to comment?
I learned (again) that we have to lose everything if we ever want to be truly free....more
Many cite this as the start of the cyber-punk movement in contemporary fiction. Its gibsons greakout work and the first in his series titles. This oneMany cite this as the start of the cyber-punk movement in contemporary fiction. Its gibsons greakout work and the first in his series titles. This one basically sets the pace for the whole mans whole career.
breaks down like this: Silicon Cowboy burns out at the hands of some nefarious characters. In some downward spiral of self destructive behaviors he get picked up by some shady folks to do some serious burn on some of the slickest cats in the military industrial complex. Like a bush league D&D line up, the team consists of the hacker (hero), the bioengineered hired killer chick (ninja), the ROM backup of a top notch hacker (www.izz3rd.com) and some mysterious WWIII vet who always knows whats going on. (rich adventurer? i dont play d&d)
The groups been put together by a mysterious financier who has access to the most choice gear, the sickest rides and the most challenging tasks. after some minor battles, that both show weakness' and strengths in the team dynamic, they make the big push to the final encounter.
if this sounds formulaic, it is. But like all good stories its not some compelling NEW improved design or some crazy plot twist that makes a book woth reading. Its the quality of the pros, the growth of the characters and the dynamics set up by the author. Neuromancer is worth the effort because it a good story, well done. Its a solid piece of Sci-fi that breaks the convention as it is also good fiction.
also: Much has been written about this book since its publishing about its influence on digital media. Gibsons later works also make assumptions about the ways people interact with technology. Many of which come to fruition of their own accord. I have no doubt that some designers, born and breed of the sci-fi lifestyle, reference this notable work of fiction when creating real life human interfaces. But moreover i believe in Gibsons ability to predict how humans might design future incarnations of existing technology to ...more