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Nick



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:53 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

The Great Hunt & The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan--for the umpteenth time. Potter's not fit to polish the bald dome pate of the Daughter of the Nine Moons really.

120 Days Of Sodom by Marquis de Sade--for the umpteenth time as well, like all great works of obscenity once finished I'm overwhelmed by the unstoppable desire to race outside in the middle of the night, dig a hole in the middle of a cornfield and deposit the tome there to be forgotten forever. I can't seem to quite scrub the soil stains off of my palms dear God...

Alanya To Alanya: Book One Of The Marq`ssan Cycle by L. Timmel Duchamp--interesting near future take: Earth male-driven corporate world society meets with all female (seemingly) alien society and are told that their jig is up. Starting to drag a bit in the middle, but I'm going to see at least the first volume through.

1491 : New Revelations Of The Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann--fascinating but jumbled attempt at describing American civilizations in the pre-Colonial days.

Comanche Moon by Jack Jackson--in keeping with the flavor, a very beautiful story of the last days of the Comanches told through and around the lives of Cynthia Ann Parker (a white captured as a child) and her son (by way of Comanche chief) Quanah Parker. Jackson has got to be one of the most underrated underground cartoonists.

Lovesick Blues: The Life Of Hank Williams by Paul Hemphill--a nice slim volume of Hank's life story played out much like we do here, starts with a personal anecdote showcasing the heavy connection between author and subject--evolves into an easy going yet informative narrative.

Darkside Blues by Hideyuki Kikuchi & Yuho Ashibe--a weird piece of manga dealing yet again with future corporations and gangs. A fragment really, but beautifully done.

Lone Wolf and Cub Vol. 1: The Assassin's Road by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima--started this for the second time. Set during Japan's Edo period I like it for the historical details, and like Hank it juxtaposes brutal human conflicts with nature observed in detail.

Heat Of Fusion...by John M. Ford--interested because R. Jordan's praise and I'm not disappointed so far. Great short stories and verse.

Also read some classic Alan Moore/Bissette/Toltebein(sp?) Swamp Thing, Crayon Shinchan and Dr. Slump--which might be the best comic ever drawn.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:15 am    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

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120 Days Of Sodom by Marquis de Sade--for the umpteenth time as well, like all great works of obscenity once finished I'm overwhelmed by the unstoppable desire to race outside in the middle of the night, dig a hole in the middle of a cornfield and deposit the tome there to be forgotten forever. I can't seem to quite scrub the soil stains off of my palms dear God...


This one's on my list of books to buy soon.

Right now I'm reading The Corrections (after getting really fed up with Everything is Illuminated), and finishing Madness and Civilization. And I casually keep going to Alan Moore's Lost Girls.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:25 am    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

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120 Days Of Sodom by Marquis de Sade.

This one's on my list of books to buy soon.


I guess the idea of such debauchery romanced me into reading it, but having done so I doubt I'll ever open the pages again.

Today I began reading Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, having stared at my unread copy on the bookshelf for half a decade now. (I have the problem of buying books at a rate that far surpasses my ability to read them, so it is one of many in that category.)
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Nick



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:47 am    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

120 Days is really great though, seriously. The situation is irresistible--written in his own blood, in prison and thought lost the author never recaptured the moment. Found, years later for our own enjoyment. The literary set up is appealing to one, like me, brought up on longjohn comics: Four superpowered beings have their origin-stories revealed, hand-pick their own team of deviants and unwillingers and go on to create their own fortress of solitude, where, isolated from mankind first have a chorus venerate the "greatest hits" of obscenity and then go on to create their own unspeakable acts. Their own acts fall short, unfinished and skeletal in the actual work, usually where I turn my head and look away.

Chris--how is Focault's book? Another friend of mine thought it was very well done. Same guy also loves G G Marquez.

ANd Lost Girls--did you actually buy the thing? I've got a scan of the first two volumes but would love to own the thing. I started it off and on last month too--Gebbie's artwork is really incredible. I've only gotten to the first hotel shoe fetish guy though...
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:49 am    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Chris D. wrote:
And I casually keep going to Alan Moore's Lost Girls.


I've considered getting this one since I first heard about it -- but what a price, ya know! Are you enjoying it?
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 7:31 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union - and I'm enjoying it!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:52 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

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Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union - and I'm enjoying it!


I'm really looking forward to reading this one. If there was a better book written in the last ten years than Kavalier and Clay, I haven't read it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 9:53 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

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120 Days is really great though, seriously. The situation is irresistible--written in his own blood, in prison and thought lost the author never recaptured the moment. Found, years later for our own enjoyment. The literary set up is appealing to one, like me, brought up on longjohn comics: Four superpowered beings have their origin-stories revealed, hand-pick their own team of deviants and unwillingers and go on to create their own fortress of solitude, where, isolated from mankind first have a chorus venerate the "greatest hits" of obscenity and then go on to create their own unspeakable acts. Their own acts fall short, unfinished and skeletal in the actual work, usually where I turn my head and look away.


That's a beautiful and really enticing description. I think I know the general story from a run of Nightwing, or maybe Alpha Flight. Much degeneracy there.

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Chris--how is Focault's book? Another friend of mine thought it was very well done. Same guy also loves G G Marquez.


Like his other stuff - entertaining and intelligent, but he uses style to push the essence of his beliefs instead of outlining exactly where the ideas are coming from. Easier to read than volume one of his work on sexuality.

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ANd Lost Girls--did you actually buy the thing? I've got a scan of the first two volumes but would love to own the thing. I started it off and on last month too--Gebbie's artwork is really incredible. I've only gotten to the first hotel shoe fetish guy though...


My ex-girlfriend got it for me for my birthday. And yes, Tuxedo, I'm enjoying it a lot. If you like Alan Moore, check it out. Critics have made way too big a deal over this one. I love the artwork too, Nick, and I think it's just really fun. Not my favorite work of his, but not foul or offensive or anything.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 10:15 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

101 Things you need to know... and some you dont ! by Richard Horne and Tracey Turner

For example :

What is the quiestest sound we can hear?
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Why do people kiss (and animals dont)?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 1:02 am    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Rob McCabe wrote:


I was thinking about rereading that too as I can't remember very much of it! Not a bad cover that but i'm used to the UK kids version (they do an adult one too).

Probably haven't got time too now. I'm sure it will come back to me or JK will have written some catch-up stuff at the start.

I'm not reading a book at the moment so I don't overrun!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 1:28 am    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Regarding Lost Girls, I just read up to chapter 10. What have critics complained about exactly? I think it's very good, and when I hit chapter 4 with the poppies and suddenly started realizing who these three ladies are, I became extremely interested. (I should have realized earlier with the Gale references in Lost but I didn't. Funny how these both coincidentally share Carroll and Baum themes.) The art, or more so the color and design is blowing me away. I'd rate it after From Hell and Promethea as his best work for me, unless there's a serious drop off in quality in the near future.
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Jinx by Meg Cabot and my copy is signed so...na na na boo boo and stuff
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 4:14 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Nick wrote:
Regarding Lost Girls, I just read up to chapter 10. What have critics complained about exactly?


Pornography. What else? And some retailers are afraid that children will buy it (or ask their parents to buy it) without knowing what's inside.

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I'd rate it after From Hell and Promethea as his best work for me, unless there's a serious drop off in quality in the near future.


From Hell is also my favorite. And I'm really looking forward to The Black Dossier.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 4:57 pm    Post subject: If a post contains some illegal issues you may abuse on it - just click Abuse and fill the form Reply with quote

Chris D. wrote:
Nick wrote:
Regarding Lost Girls, I just read up to chapter 10. What have critics complained about exactly?


Pornography. What else? And some retailers are afraid that children will buy it (or ask their parents to buy it) without knowing what's inside.

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I'd rate it after From Hell and Promethea as his best work for me, unless there's a serious drop off in quality in the near future.


From Hell is also my favorite. And I'm really looking forward to The Black Dossier.


Ah, pron. I thought maybe it was issues with the re-imagining of the literary classics or something--silly me! It's the usual I guess--let's see, man removing woman's internal organs=OK, and we'll make a movie of it while we're at it. Adolescent desire, pearl necklace=the slammer for you!

I like the subject of the power of adolescence, sexual awakenings and other realities--Dorothy getting her panties all in a twist(er) and all that. Promethea deals with some of the same magic/sex/awareness issues--have you read that? And what's the Black Dossier--a project with Campbell?

I think I'm enjoying Gebbie's art more than Campbell's--and it's not Moore's thumbnails dictating this, it's her color. Superb.
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