Fascinating stuff! Tetris was my favorite game when I was a child. It was all my parents could do to peel me away from it. I love that this book mentiFascinating stuff! Tetris was my favorite game when I was a child. It was all my parents could do to peel me away from it. I love that this book mentions the Zeigarnik effect, which is something I experience often, and probably first felt consciously while playing this game as a kid. I hadn't known the phenomenon had a name until I read this!
While the story told in this graphic novel form sort of glosses over the minutiae of the complexities involved, it's still an incredibly interesting and fun read. It gives insight into the creator, the publishers, the gaming industry as a whole during that time, and the strange workings of the Soviet government. I found myself rooting for the creator throughout, hoping that he would finally get the recognition and financial reward for all his work. The fact that his gov't essentially robbed him of his interests (and was the accepted modus operandi of the regime at the time) was infuriating. And my emotional investment in the story is testament to how good the storytelling is.
I read the book from start to finish in just over an hour. If there is a Tetris documentary out there (there really should be, if there isn't), I now want to watch it. ...more
An excellent end to an excellent trilogy! I'll be recommending this series to any parents that have kids over, say, 8 or 9 years old. It's a wildly imAn excellent end to an excellent trilogy! I'll be recommending this series to any parents that have kids over, say, 8 or 9 years old. It's a wildly imaginative adventure story that people of all ages will love. And I'll be wanting the trilogy in their beautiful hardcovers to go next to my His Dark Materials set. Grove has created what will surely be considered a classic in no time....more
I found that I liked this installation of Sandman Slim better than the last two (which I still quite enjoyed), and I think it's because of the deeperI found that I liked this installation of Sandman Slim better than the last two (which I still quite enjoyed), and I think it's because of the deeper inclusion of his friends in the narrative. And I think part of that has to do with the evolution of Stark's character as a whole. The less it's about just him (not just the narrative itself, but Stark's own view of the world), the more interesting things get. It's saying something that eight books in and I still haven't gotten bored with this series:-)...more
This is pretty much what I posted on Amazon, but wanted to recommend this title to my GoodReads people!
This is what a thriller is supposed to be, man.This is pretty much what I posted on Amazon, but wanted to recommend this title to my GoodReads people!
This is what a thriller is supposed to be, man. Surprising and fast paced (those action sequences though, seriously!), with a mystery you can't quite call the shots on. The story is good, but what really makes this novel is the style. The moments of internal clarity that each of the characters experience during all the chaotic violence (and there is a lot of violence, but it's not gratuitous, it's all going somewhere, I promise), they reach out and grab you, thrust you into the minds of these people, and chew you up like a blender set to puree. And when you come out the other side, man, you really effing get what this person is about.
I'd also like to add that there is a character in this book that obtains a level of psychotic that is hard to write. It's a delicate matter to write a psycho that doesn't feel like recycled material. Many have tried. Romano succeeded. But really all of these characters are interesting. They're dark and nasty and damaged, to be sure, but they are more than that too. They see the world in a certain way, as harsh and deliberate and heartbreaking, and they carve out their niche in it (like so many of us do), and then everything gets blown to smithereens. And not everyone makes it that you want to make it. But who wants a story that gets wrapped up in a pretty little feel good bow at the end? I mean, sometimes I do, but not this time.
I highly recommend this book (and his previous one too, Resurrection Express... it's super fun and has a similar break-neck style to the writing), if you have ever liked things like Fight Club, Die Hard, True Romance, 12 Monkeys, or other cinematic experiences like these (so I guess, David Fincher, Tony Scott and Quentin Tarentino fans). In fact that's a pretty good word for the experience of reading this book... cinematic - like it says on the cover.
At the end I was just like, wtf just happened? Because right at the end, things go in a direction I did not see coming and it all happened so fast (like what I said about the writing of the action sequences... just spot on - it really just put me right in the middle of it all and didn't let up - I don't think there was a moment in this novel that I felt like the storytelling was bogged down in anyway - it's a lean mean thriller machine). ...more
No one was more surprised than myself to discover how much I loved this book. Not because I doubted the skill of the author, mind you. I have just nevNo one was more surprised than myself to discover how much I loved this book. Not because I doubted the skill of the author, mind you. I have just never been that interested in the subject matter. But after reading the first chapter (the cover art piqued my curiosity), I was immediately drawn in.
This book is impeccably researched and the characters incredibly vivid, both in their physical appearance as well as their very conflicted inner lives. Melanie Benjamin was able to delve deep into each character and expose their conflicts, motivations, desires and insecurities in a masterful way, all while making me feel like I was there the whole time. I have no idea how she accomplished this, but I will say this is an incredible book. ...more