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#1741 Freddie Freelance

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 06:33 PM

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Appleseed - John Clute

A classic Space Opera gone Postsingularity -- the maybe creaky plot (nearly like something out of the Lensman series) is propelled more by the words that limn it than it's own devices.

I'm 90 pages in and still trying to get my footing on this things tossing, heaving decks left slick with the juice of ideas crushed in the rush forward to the next paragraph's ideation. The language of this thing can run from Elizabethan to "Yo! MTV Raps" in the length of a sentence fragment, inventing the sociological/tautological/linguistic/gymnastic symbologies wholesale for the rest of the thought. They could never make a movie of this book that could capture a fragment of the meanings within it, nor would 99.44% of the moviegoing audience pay $12 to watch it if they could.

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#1742 BRANDON BOYD FROM INCUBUS

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 07:27 PM

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wow, this brings back memories. powers is the first 'alternative' comic i ever got into, followed closely by transmetropolitan. i wish bendis would've stuck to his own series, instead of immersing himself in all that ultimate crap.

have you read the first issue of final crisis yet? i just dled it off another board, and i'm about to get stoned and read it twice. can't wait.

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 10:15 PM

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wow, this brings back memories. powers is the first 'alternative' comic i ever got into, followed closely by transmetropolitan. i wish bendis would've stuck to his own series, instead of immersing himself in all that ultimate crap.

have you read the first issue of final crisis yet? i just dled it off another board, and i'm about to get stoned and read it twice. can't wait.

I was about to read it tonight, along with the new Superman 11.

Seriously, Morrison is totally owning comics right now. Batman 677 was so frickin' good, and I haven't really followed much of his run, but I feel like i need to go back and go through everything.
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Posted 01 June 2008 - 10:43 PM

Finished Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader. I have read just about every Dylan-related book I can get my hands on, but this annoyed me, though I can't articulate why. Not really big on the inclusion of pieces bashing Dylan and this has a couple of those.

Now reading:Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage. Maugham takes rather a dim view of the clergy. He characterizes the Parson as "Unaccustomed to working" which struck me as somehow hilarious.
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Posted 01 June 2008 - 10:46 PM

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 01:49 PM

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Got into this after reading sister Amy's wacky cooking book (see previous pages), but I'm actually doing the audiobook. Sedaris has just the reedy, squeaky voice you would expect from a gay North Carolinian. :) Posters here have commented that the family stories are better than the other ones, but I will say that "Six To Eight Black Men" (performed before a live audience here) is a classic that should be a Christmas tradition in every household. ;)

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 05:12 PM

I kind of want to read the new Salman Rushdie, but all the reviews have been pretty "meh." It still sounds like a fun summer read, and I love Rushdie's imagination, so I'll probably hit it anyways.
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Posted 04 June 2008 - 05:36 PM

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Got into this after reading sister Amy's wacky cooking book (see previous pages), but I'm actually doing the audiobook. Sedaris has just the reedy, squeaky voice you would expect from a gay North Carolinian. :) Posters here have commented that the family stories are better than the other ones, but I will say that "Six To Eight Black Men" (performed before a live audience here) is a classic that should be a Christmas tradition in every household. ;)

Sedaris is a gifted storyteller and all...and he does make me laugh...but my BS-meter really started blaring with this book. I'm sure he's had a lot of wacky stuff happen, and his family-life was warped. Got that. Yet, some of the stuff is so over the top that it strains credulity.

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 07:57 PM

if your bs-meter goes off while reading sedaris, i don't know what kind of ten-bell alarm goes off when you read a. burroughs.

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 01:03 AM

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After Dark - Haruki Murakami: Took me a lot longer to finish than most Murakami's, and I'm not really sure what the point of it was, not in a Wind-Up Bird Chronicles-Oh-My-God-That-Blew-My-Mind-Even-As-I-Don't-Understand-it way as a "Hmm, okay, that's that." I'd like to re-read it some time in the future and see if I glean a little more out of it. Right now, though, it definitely falls into the camp of lesser Murakami, which is still a good camp in which to find oneself.

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 08:25 AM

yea, after dark wasn't very good at all.

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 09:34 AM

I loved Me Talk Pretty One Day, but things he wrote before and since haven't really hit the same spot.

"Six to Eight Black Men" is very funny, though. What about the weird meta story with the parrot? I wasn't sure what to make of it.


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Posted 05 June 2008 - 11:30 AM

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All Over Coffee - Paul Madonna

Collection of the first two year's worth of Madonna's Coffee comic strip that appears in the SF Chronicle. The writing is terribly hit-and-miss, but I don't really care. I just look at the illustrations, which are india ink and various washes. Absolutely beautiful.

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 09:51 PM

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Got into this after reading sister Amy's wacky cooking book (see previous pages), but I'm actually doing the audiobook. Sedaris has just the reedy, squeaky voice you would expect from a gay North Carolinian. :) Posters here have commented that the family stories are better than the other ones, but I will say that "Six To Eight Black Men" (performed before a live audience here) is a classic that should be a Christmas tradition in every household. ;)

Sedaris is a gifted storyteller and all...and he does make me laugh...but my BS-meter really started blaring with this book. I'm sure he's had a lot of wacky stuff happen, and his family-life was warped. Got that. Yet, some of the stuff is so over the top that it strains credulity.


I find his stuff works much better in a performance medium. Essays that got a chuckle from me in print have had me in hysterics when I hear him read.
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Posted 09 June 2008 - 03:20 PM

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The Best of Roald Dahl
I really didn't know anything about him before picking this up. Apparently he wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. His wicked sense of humor runs throughout the collection of short stories. Just came across the short story that inspired the Tarantino segment in "Four Rooms".

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The Best of Roald Dahl
I really didn't know anything about him before picking this up. Apparently he wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. His wicked sense of humor runs throughout the collection of short stories. Just came across the short story that inspired the Tarantino segment in "Four Rooms".


One of the best short story writers ever. Now criminally overlooked.

In addition, he was a fighter pilot (who survived a serious crash in his single-engine fighter), worked with doctors to create the WDT valve which enabled children suffering from "water on the brain" to relive pressure on their brain tissue, and was married to Oscar winner Patrica Neal (she had a cerebral hemorrage when she was pregnant with their fifth child and was paralyzed. Dahl worked with her daily to get her back to full strength, successfully.)

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 03:38 PM

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This is just a wonderful treat. A great insight into his stand-up comedy, as well as his life.

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 03:39 PM

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The Best of Roald Dahl
I really didn't know anything about him before picking this up. Apparently he wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. His wicked sense of humor runs throughout the collection of short stories. Just came across the short story that inspired the Tarantino segment in "Four Rooms".


One of the best short story writers ever. Now criminally overlooked.

In addition, he was a fighter pilot (who survived a serious crash in his single-engine fighter), worked with doctors to create the WDT valve which enabled children suffering from "water on the brain" to relive pressure on their brain tissue, and was married to Oscar winner Patrica Neal (she had a cerebral hemorrage when she was pregnant with their fifth child and was paralyzed. Dahl worked with her daily to get her back to full strength, successfully.)


Hmmm... pretty interesting life story.
I'll have to look into some bio info about him.

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 03:50 PM

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The Best of Roald Dahl
I really didn't know anything about him before picking this up. Apparently he wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. His wicked sense of humor runs throughout the collection of short stories. Just came across the short story that inspired the Tarantino segment in "Four Rooms".


One of the best short story writers ever. Now criminally overlooked.

In addition, he was a fighter pilot (who survived a serious crash in his single-engine fighter), worked with doctors to create the WDT valve which enabled children suffering from "water on the brain" to relive pressure on their brain tissue, and was married to Oscar winner Patrica Neal (she had a cerebral hemorrage when she was pregnant with their fifth child and was paralyzed. Dahl worked with her daily to get her back to full strength, successfully.)


Hmmm... pretty interesting life story.
I'll have to look into some bio info about him.


I never read anything but the 2 Charlie books. He's long overdue in my To Read list...thanks for cluing me in.

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 03:54 PM

^ great childrens' book author, and yet flunked English four years running. Also wrote James and the Giant Peach and Fantastic Mr. Fox, as well as a sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
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