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As an engineering student, I much prefer having materials in digital form, but I'm also an avid reader and enjoy accumulating books. I would like it if purchasing a book from Amazon included a complimentary ebook download. That way I could read the physical book, keep it on my shelf, and then reference the ebook on my computer for convenience. I'd also be willing to read on something like the Kindle when traveling, just not at the expense of owning the book...
Quote: Originally Posted by landho I have that, too. I can probably sneak it into my current queue as a sort of change-of-pace book. I started The Book of the Long Sun kind of arbitrarily--that was the only Wolfe book the used-book store had when I decided to begin reading his stuff. The first two books were great, but the third one seemed kind of...meh. I'll begin Cerberus soon enough to reacquaint myself with his stuff. Really, this will probably be...
Quote: Originally Posted by landho I really wanted to read Gene Wolfe. I read the first two and a half books of The Book of the Long Sun and got bogged down in the part when Auk and Chenille were wandering around, adventuring and bantering. I bought a few of Gene Wolfe's other books--I found them used and in good condition. The Book of the New Sun is on my list of works to read by the end of the year, and in fact I bought a second copy to give to...
HBO's got some balls for airing 8+ hours of this. The wordiness and pace make The Wire look like 24. I think it's a pretty dull viewing experience, but I'm glad I'm watching it for the historical value. Also, the camerawork in the second episode was thankfully not quite as obnoxious as in the first. Hopefully I'll get caught up on it tonight.
Quote: Originally Posted by landho Neuromancer is incredible--one of the best novels written in the twentieth century without any qualifiers of its being science fiction necessary. It's pretty difficult to read if you're not reading it closely; Neuromancer is written very densely, almost Hemingwaylike, and there is a lot of information about the world the novel inhabits to be gleaned implicitly, from seemingly throwaway statements or bits of...
Quote: Originally Posted by denimdestroyedmylife ^ That book was really good, a good place to start for those curious about the Gibson universe. The one after it, not so good. He peaked (early) with Neuromancer and he seems to be just diluting his work ever since. Funny, I think Cayce would have an allergic reaction to the Buzz Rickson William Gibson collection MA-1. I've read Neuromancer too, and while I definitely appreciated its...
Quote: Originally Posted by denimdestroyedmylife I hear Woody Allen's voice... Deconstructing Harry? At the risk of derailing, I saw Interiors for the first time recently. Very Bergman, but easily his best serious picture. Amazed it took me so long to get around to it. Yeah, it doesn't get enough praise because people dismiss it as simply a good Bergman tribute, but it's a stunning film in its own right.
Quote: Originally Posted by topbroker Alan Moore/Eddie Campbell, From Hell -- I like to have a graphic novel in progress, and Ripperologist that I am, I've been meaning to get to this one for years. I read this a few months ago. It's fantastic. Pretty incredible that one of the most dense, erudite things I've read in the last year was a graphic novel.
Add me to the list of people who failed miserably at Gravity's Rainbow. I made it 70 pages in. The thing is that I was really enjoying it because his prose is so masterful but it was SO DENSE. I'm going to try it again this summer. V. is easily one of my top five favorite books. I tried and failed to read it about three times before I actually made it past the first 50 pages, but after that I absolutely loved it. "Mondaugan's Story" is one of the most amazing things I've...
I've only watched the first part so far. I like the acting and writing a lot, but the camerawork is TERRIBLE. I'm so sick of the handheld quasi-cinema verite look becoming the default for everything on TV. It works in many cases, but not in a historical epic. It doesn't make it edgy, it's just distracting. Give me composed, cinematic camerawork a la The Wire.
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