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My bookies

I've liked and love a lot of books. And these are some of them.

Gladiator

Gladiator - Philip Wylie, Janny Wurts This is the precursor to Superman. Hugo Danner is strong, smart, and incredibly arrogant. He's also a self-interested bastard. I really liked this, and though I read it a couple of years ago I still think of it from time to time.

I'm interested in any book that covers superheros and super-powered individuals through prose, and this is one of, if not the first.

The Stars My Destination

The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester One of the best books I've read, and I've read a good deal. Take an unlikable protagonist, an epic quest, mix in the ability to teleport, and you have a great read. Not to mention Alfred Bester's penchant for psychedelic prose (he won the first Hugo award for the Demolished Man), and you have one of trippiest endings in sci-fi.

Highly recommended.

An Adultery

An Adultery - Alexander Theroux I got through 100 pages of this and just had to stop. Party it was because the protagonist stays with a woman who's obviously wrong for him. I just couldn't take his waffling and indecision anymore, even though he obviously loved her.

Is that wrong of me?

The language was beautiful and very intricate. I wanted to read this to get out of my usual type of books (Sci-fi, contemporary lit, noir), but the sheer amount of commas was off-putting.

Call me lazy or impatient, call me Sergeant Shriver (if you do I won't respond), this lovely book wasn't for me.

Transmetropolitan, Vol. 6: Gouge Away

Transmetropolitan, Vol. 6: Gouge Away - Warren Ellis, Rodney Ramos, Darick Robertson The sixth book in the series. I know it's well reviewed and a dystopia but I just couldn't get into it. Seems predictable - Spider rants and abuses himself, finds some great injustice, hunts out the culprit, exposes them, case closed.

Love dystopias, but when they become routine it's time to move on...

Destroyer

Destroyer - Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker Nice spin on a well worn idea.

I love Invincible, and enjoyed this one as well. Would like to read more of this if it's released.

Indecision

Indecision - Benjamin Kunkel Dwight, a twenty something Manhattanite takes an experimental drug to help cure his inability to make up his mind. After an email from an oldtime friend, he travels to Ecuador to meet up with her. Once there things change for him.

Told in first person, the rambling narrative is fun at first, but after a while begins to become slightly irritating. I couldn't see why everyone else liked this guy so much. His self preoccupation wore thin, and though it's the basic idea for the book, his waffling became annoying.

Overall a mildly entertaining read.

House of Leaves

House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski One of the best books I've ever read. I would be so proud to have written this book, but sadly I didn't and Mark Danielewski did.

I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets!

I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! - Fletcher Hanks, Paul Karasik Christ this is strange stuff. Just two years after Superman was published we have Fletcher Hanks turning out gloriously twisted comics. Reading this seemed like looking at someone's outsider art. Like talking to a kid who's been sitting in the back of class all semester long but you've never noticed him there until his head started rotating and turning into a can of Dinty Moore Beef Stew.

One

One - David Karp Back in print, this is an American dystopia worth checking out. It's more mild and slow moving, introspective than 1984 (written four years earlier). Yet because we live outside of the protagonist's head we see the dread circumstances he will witness well before they come to pass.

Absolutely recommended for dystopia fans!

Essential Fantastic Four, Vol. 5

Essential Fantastic Four, Vol. 5 - Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, John Buscema This is really fun stuff, and though I wish it was in color the black and white works fine.

Have to say reading 500 plus pages of Stan Lee's dialogue gets to feel a little sloggy, especially compared to the more modern spare writing style. Then again these issues were written over forty years ago and they're still fun to read!

Recommended.

Pluto: Urasawa X Tezuka volume 1

Pluto: Urasawa X Tezuka volume 1 - Naoki Urasawa Love the intelligent robot drama. This is a different take on Astro Boy, darker and more intense.

Recommended.

The Film Noir Encyclopedia

The Film Noir Encyclopedia - Alain Silver;Elizabeth Ward;James Ursini;Robert Porfirio Christ, reading this book made me crazy. I love lists and encyclopedias that help me pick out good stuff to watch. This is a comprehensive review of film noir, up to and including recent neo noir films.

I read this mostly to add to my Amazon wish list, which I use to manage what films I want to see next.

Because of this book I added a ton of films to see!

Highly recommended.

Batman: Tales of the Demon

Batman: Tales of the Demon - Dennis O'Neil, Neal Adams, Irv Novick, Dick Giordano I read this to get background on Ra's al Ghul. Not a bad read, but unmemorable.

Swamp Thing, Vol. 1: Saga of the Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing, Vol. 1: Saga of the Swamp Thing - John Totleben, Stephen R. Bissette, Alan Moore I got this as a gift from my brother a few years ago, and held off reading it. I figured - it's not super heroey enough for me and who wants to read about an overgrown talking shrub?

But I was wrong - this is good stuff. Dark, morbid and dense it's well worth your time. Horror infused, with really good art.

Highly recommended.

Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception

Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception - Pamela Meyer A comprehensive overview of what it takes to tell if someone is lying. This is not science, and involves a lot of gut feelings.

But, I stopped reading halfway through - even though it seemed like something I wanted to read, doing so would give me ammunition I didn't need to figure out if someone was lying to me or not.

The book is good and well worth it, it's just that it wasn't the right time for me...

Doom Patrol, Vol. 1: Crawling from the Wreckage

Doom Patrol, Vol. 1: Crawling from the Wreckage - John Nyberg, Carlos Garzon, Scott Hanna, Doug Braithwaite, Richard Case, Grant Morrison Really really good stuff. I wish there were more fringe dwelling superheroes like these out there.

Almost thirty years on, this one is a lot of fun, in a twisted and meta kind of way.