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post #631 of 733
Hmm. Would you recommend reading all three at once? I'm debating powering through or maybe sliding one other book in between each one.
post #632 of 733
Maybe break it up with some of his shorter stuff?

His (I think) very last piece--Stirrings Still--is accessible, beautiful and very short.
post #633 of 733
anything by raymond queneau -- start with "zazie in the metro" or "excercises in style" -- and if you can, read it in french, because that's what's up.
post #634 of 733
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Hmm. Would you recommend reading all three at once? I'm debating powering through or maybe sliding one other book in between each one.

Anything before the trilogy I would not read all at once. frown.gif
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post #636 of 733
some stuff i read recently:

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Cool and trippy. A quick read and some cool ideas that verge on jaeden smith fake deep but they're fun to think about.



depressing as fuck



Really well written and generally terrifying. I liked the feminist take on the dystopian novel a lot and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes scifi.



Interesting, but dense and hyper referential. Like, i'd really like it if i cared more, if that made sense?

Currently re-reading neuromancer for fun. God I love that book, though I forgot how over-written it is.
post #637 of 733
Just started:

post #638 of 733
reading this right now, seems interesting. First Lem encounter.
post #639 of 733
Thread Starter 

Got 1Q84 for my birthday. Brought that and a 100 story collection of Bradbury stories to college. So happy about both! :)

post #640 of 733
^^ Lem is awesome, highly recommend The Cyberiad.
post #641 of 733
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Originally Posted by GraphicNovelty View Post

some stuff i read recently:

9809.jpg

Cool and trippy. A quick read and some cool ideas that verge on jaeden smith fake deep but they're fun to think about.

 

The first city is my favorite.

 

Currently reading these two

 

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01

 

 

 

post #642 of 733
I remember liking that one a lot as a kid, but I was slightly devastated to see what he did with Daredevil; as if everything in the 80s had to feature some kind of ninja storyline, or worse, a full-scale retcon where -- surprise! -- Daredevil and Wolverine are actually ninjas! ffffuuuu.gif

Otherwise, his reading of of Superman seemed pretty spot-on. laugh.gif
post #643 of 733
Frank miller's TKR totally revolutionized Batman the character. He had previously been a relatively goody two-shoesy superhero and Frank miller made him a grim avenger of the night.

This was before that sort of thing was a cliche and it was totlly groundbreaking at the time.
post #644 of 733

Graphic, I initially read your post as "Arthur Miller's TKR revolutionised Batman..." and got wayyyyyyyyyyy more excited than was reasonable given that I know he never did anything remotely like that.

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Frank miller's TKR totally revolutionized Batman the character. He had previously been a relatively goody two-shoesy superhero and Frank miller made him a grim avenger of the night.

This was before that sort of thing was a cliche and it was totlly groundbreaking at the time.

Eh, I mean yes and no. I dunno if you were even alive in the 80s, but the character was totally consistent with the zeitgeist of the time: 'dark' exploitation/revenge narratives that proliferated with the rise of home video, paired with a particular type of Cold War exhaustion where anything remotely nationalistic was a target for lampooning. True, Batman suffered from the comics code, the awful tv show, the blight of the sidekick, etc., but he went through a lot of stages, and Miller's was, in IMO, a return to his dark roots, not a total rehaul or anything.

I think you also have to figure in the hype machine of the time. The industry was looking for figures to lionize in a period where comics, due to the skyrocketing values of the early titles, were increasingly seen (wrongly) as an investment; and I remember this one as severely hyped and spun and sold as 'rare', even as more and more were being printed. A legend on delivery.

Not that it isn't good or anything; it's probably his best. I just think its 'groundbreaking ness' is a little overblown, a product of the generation who grew up on it more than anything.
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