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I like this book more every time I read it. It’s always a bit depressing – it’s a very dark story, but I am again blown away by the genre-defying genius of the book. It takes comic books and comic superheros and turns in on it’s head while staying true to the themes and rules of the medium. It’s a masterpiece. One of the most important novels of the 20th century for sure, and absolutely one of the best graphic novels ever. The others being: Dark Knight Returns, Maus, Persepolis and all of Lynda Barry’s work. 

 

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I used to think that I would move to Israel one day. Read more... )

Books: I just finished The Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber. It was OK. I wouldn't recommend it highly, i think it was a bit overambitious and he ought to have shot a bit lower. It's the story of a Victorian prostitute named Sugar and her life and lover and complexities. It's very well-written, the characters are well-drawn, and it’s very detailed and lush. It's lacking in plot and in motivation, and that makes it fall flat.

Now I am listening to an audiobook, The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks, which is very Matrix-y and so far is pretty good. We'll see!

Had a really nice weekend, let me just post this public.
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Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon
Snow – Orhan Pamuk
The Confessions of Max Tivoli – Andrew Sean Greer

Well…um…I didn’t even like these enough to read 100 pages.

The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick

This was good, but not that great. I have read better renditions of “What if the US lost WWII”.

The Patron Saint of Liars – Ann Patchett

ZZZZZZZ….

Everything Is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer

Hilarious! And very cool too – in particular a very funny scene involving trying to explain to the translator and driver that he is a vegetarian.

Perdito Street Station – China Mieville

Complicated. Almost too complicated to read. Very H.P. Lovecraft. The main characters are a scientist and his lover, a khepri (insect-woman) and they live under military law in New Crobuzon and he is trying to find a way for a garuda (bird-man thing) to fly again whose wings have been removed as punishment. Then the slake-moths arrive.

My Year of Meats – Ruth Ozeki

Now this was fan-freaking-tastic!

I also made the terrible mistake of reading a book by Jodi Picoult that was lying around. That book, My Sister’s Keeper, was a real sucker punch. I don’t mind telling you it was, because I highly recommend that you never ever read it.

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