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I just finished Solaris by Stanislaw Lem and absolutely loved it. I can't believe I waited this long to read it.
It's always been fascinating to me how drastically different those two are, despite being written by the same guy within the same year ('80s were crazy, huh?). Dark Knight Returns is about as big and flashy as a modern-day Marvel movie, whereas Year One is very low-key, almost like a procedural drama by comparison. Too bad Miller eventually fell off the deep end.Batman: Year One was better than I thought it would be, and my expectations were high as a fan of Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. I loved how down-to-earth and realistic it was. One of my favorite Batman stories, and one which I’ll continue to revisit.
I finished rereading Ghost in the Shell, as well as Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface and Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor. Whew. Masamune Shirow is a brilliant guy, but at the end of the day, he isn't the best story-teller. His art is great, and his ideas and predictions about the future are excellent (and often correct), but he tells some of the most convoluted stories imaginable. I much prefer Mamoru Oshii and Kenji Kamiyama's storytelling. I think their takes on Ghost in the Shell have elevated it to its highest level so far (minus SAC_2045, from what I've heard, and Innocence).
I finished rereading Ghost in the Shell, as well as Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface and Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor. Whew. Masamune Shirow is a brilliant guy, but at the end of the day, he isn't the best story-teller.
You could already tell at the time Shirow's interests had moved on (to doing porn artbooks, which still baffles me to this day).
I read it about 25 years ago. What I distinctly remember is a LOT of braid tugging. I did like the first book quite a bit, but it starts to turn downward after book 3 or so, from my recollection.I bought all of the wheel of time because I heard a lot of people say it was one of the best fantasy series ever written, I'm only on the eye of the world right now but I'm already really enjoying it.
Anyone here read these novels?
I just started Suttree yesterday night. So far so good..? I understand that it's told through several stories and is generally lighter in tone, so I'm looking forward to that.I found Suttree to be a harder read than Blood Meridian. What did you think it?
That's ok, I'm sure it's not for everyone. I loved the movie No Country For Old Men, but who didn't right?I read it about 25 years ago. What I distinctly remember is a LOT of braid tugging. I did like the first book quite a bit, but it starts to turn downward after book 3 or so, from my recollection.
I've been reading a lot of Cormac McCarthy recently: No Country for Old Men, Suttree, All the Pretty Horses, The Crossing
It's been a while since I read it. From what I remember it switches from deeply depressing to just lighthearted comedy.I just started Suttree yesterday night. So far so good..? I understand that it's told through several stories and is generally lighter in tone, so I'm looking forward to that.
Glad to hear that! Check out Child of God when you get a chance. The first Cormac book I read was The Road followed by Blood Meridian (because an earlier recommendation from you actually), Child of God, and then Suttree. Child of God is my favorite of his books that I try to read every October (seems properly spooky).Blood Meridian I still look back on with anguish. It was my first book of his, and I think that was a mistake. Because as great as it is, every page is such a slog, like you're stuck in mud. All the Pretty Horses felt like the distilled, EZ-Reader version of BM, touching on all the western adventure notes but isn't so weighed down with Old Testament bravado. I probably stayed away from his books for years as a result of my slow experience with BM, but now that I'm reading everything else, he's become one of my favorite writers.
The Road is on my reading list for this year. I saw the movie when it first came out and it was something. Anyways, I need to read the book again.The Road remains my favorite, though. I feel like it bundles all his tricks together in a setting and with characters that are far removed from his standard faire. I appreciate that self-inflicted wrinkle of challenge after a lifetime of writing westerns.
A pleasant coincidence is while reading this I was also rewatching the original anime and revisited the interview with Kentaro Miura on the dvd. He mentioned the Cottingley Fairies and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which was alluded to and essentially included in the narrative of the story.
Anyway there is a quote from the character of Doyle's daughter that made me think about discussions on this forum in terms of the importance of elves and how they impact humans in the Berserk universe.
"The world is changing... A new worldview is opening up thanks to psychic research. Fairies play an important role in that world. We suspect they represent a parallel line of evolution. They may be a kind of intermediate being, straddling the natural and supernatural worlds..."
Agreed, my apologies if my post sounded as if I was trying to make that correlation. I was not familiar with the hoax, nor was I aware that Doyle was an avid spiritualist who believed in fairies and attempted to apply a scholarly or academic approach to their existence. Just found it to be interesting that I came across a reference to the story from two very different works of fiction.It was not the basis for elves in Berserk.