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Old 23-02-2011, 11:06 PM   #21
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Carl jung, modern man in search of a soul

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Old 01-03-2011, 04:03 AM   #22
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The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. So far it's good, but a few of the things she's said have been extreme. I've also noticed (and I've seen this in other writings about civil rights too) that she seems to feel the need to justify as many of her arguments as possible with a Martin Luther King Jr. quote.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:36 AM   #23
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:16 PM   #24
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I just started this book:
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:37 PM   #25
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I'm currently reading this, again.
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Old 03-03-2011, 02:20 AM   #26
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:40 PM   #27
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The Narrator, by Michael Cisco

Cisco's The Narrator expertly captures the absurdity of war, with its often pointless and wanton bloodshed, and the egotistical desires of the powers that be: the men and women under them be damned. It's a harrowing book filled with phantasmagorical imagery, surreal landscapes, and enough haunting moments to overfill dozens of nightmares. Moments that include characters like the vomiters, a group of wild men and women addicted to the pain associated with the dinning noise emitted from a strange ruin; the cannibal queen, and her festival of the dead; and a group of asylum inmates drafted into the war simply because they can walk and carry a gun.

What is the purpose of the war, and the violence? There is none. And that's where the book suffers. It's a little too long to be so utterly lacking in narrative drive. That's not to say that stuff doesn't happen, because a lot of stuff does happen. Tons of stuff. However, none of it really serves a point beyond the individual atmosphere of each moment, or to further illustrate the futility of the characters' lives. The characters wander around, aimlessly, shooting, fighting, and discovering bizarre things, all while chasing an enigmatic enemy.

It is Cisco's longest book, and I feel as though he could have accomplished the same things in about half as many pages. However, that is not to say that I didn't thoroughly enjoy my time spent with it. It is an intensely dense book; I re-read many pages just so that I could adsorb everything on them. And there are moments scattered throughout that I will never forget. It's just that, towards the end, the pointless nature of the book's theme, and the way in which Cisco chose to convey it, started to drag a bit. I kept waiting for something grand to happen, but it never did. And maybe that's the point.


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Old 03-03-2011, 11:40 PM   #28
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Old 03-03-2011, 11:42 PM   #29
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:51 PM   #30
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I just started writing my first comic which is at least sorta based in reality (occasionally) and wanted to do some research on other autobiographical/realistic/indie comics. Finished "Drinking at he movies" which was hilarious and I'd highly recommend and "Ghost World" which I hated :/
anyone have any recommends in this catagory btw?

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Old 05-03-2011, 01:44 AM   #31
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I just started writing my first comic which is at least sorta based in reality (occasionally) and wanted to do some research on other autobiographical/realistic/indie comics. Finished "Drinking at he movies" which was hilarious and I'd highly recommend and "Ghost World" which I hated :/
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Old 05-03-2011, 01:53 AM   #32
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Oh def - that should be required reading in school! Have a couple of versions actually - shamefully havent read his "in the shadow of no towers yet" :<

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Old 05-03-2011, 03:21 AM   #33
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I just started writing my first comic which is at least sorta based in reality (occasionally) and wanted to do some research on other autobiographical/realistic/indie comics. Finished "Drinking at he movies" which was hilarious and I'd highly recommend and "Ghost World" which I hated :/
anyone have any recommends in this catagory btw?
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It's an autobiographical tale of Brown and his struggles with pornography and racism. Absolutely brilliant.

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Old 05-03-2011, 05:53 AM   #34
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Aaaah this topic reminded me of all the time that's passed since the last book I bought or borrowed.
All of the time I re-read the books in my room, and as great as they may be(I give away the books I don't like) they just can't drag me out of reality the way they did when I read them for the first time.

First thing in the morning, after the 20 minutes of putting clothes on(it's freezing here!) I'll go and get some books :]

And to answer the question - at the moment i'm switching between Terry Pratchett - Night Watch, Dan Simmons - Hyperion and Dostoevsky - The Karamazovi Brothers. Which one in the particular moment depends on the mood. :]

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Old 07-03-2011, 01:44 PM   #35
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That is a great Book, read it many times myself - currently I am reading "The Fall of the Roman Empire" - very well written and in depth for anyone who like myself, educate themselves
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:56 PM   #36
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It's an autobiographical tale of Brown and his struggles with pornography and racism. Absolutely brilliant.
Nice - I'll have to hunt that down - I just snagged Ben Templesmith's "Singularity 7" last night - so far the story is pretty stupid but the art is gorgeous!

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Old 08-03-2011, 09:15 AM   #37
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currently I am reading "The Fall of the Roman Empire" - very well written and in depth for anyone who like myself, educate themselves
Hmm sounds like something I might have to check out!

I just started on Music theory for computer musicians! I love the way the author relates the topics to other subjects.

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Man, Version 43 is totally wild. It is not, by any stretch, a great or sophisticated book, but it is immensely entertaining. Palmer takes bits and pieces from The Stainless Steel Rat and The Stars My Destination, and adds in some cyberpunk and noirpunk, and mixes it with a ton of ultra-violence, snappy dialog, sex, cursing, and general crassness to create something that is simultaneously juvenile and thought-provoking. There is some inventive use of creative typography to illustrate the inner-workings of a hive mind, and the book's laid out in a way that helps strengthen the narrative. You see, the main character is a cyborg cop who is constantly dieing and re-downloading his consciousness into a new body. The first section in the book is called The Cop: Version 43. And each subsequent cop section has a new version number. At about 1/2 finished I am a little worried that it will be too long; I am wondering how Palmer can keep up the series of ever-escalating escapades for another 250 pages, but I am enjoying the book a great deal.

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