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Discussion in 'GMD Social Forum' started by Matt, May 16, 2007.
Tempted to pick up Harry Frankfurt's On Bullshit from the library today.
Half way thru The Cobra by Frederick Forsyth
Started good but now it got too technical.
I don't really care about all the different drone types and what their specialty is. Not at all.
Puts weight and emphasis where it doesn't belong.
Ahhh, so you're saying postmodernism is not limited to a specific time and people have done it before. I agree with that, actually, I mean by definition "postmodernism" is kind of confusing. Just by its definition it would seem that many movements can arguably be considered "postmodernism" as they reinvent the standards and critique the old traditions.
Noted on Pynchon. The Crying of Lot 49 will go on my wanted list on amazon for sure.
Mother Eel: Thanks! Narcissus and Goldmund seems like something I'd be interested in as it sounds like a really cool concept.
Yoda: I normally can't get through a lot of Renaissance writings, unless it's a play. I loved Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, for example. However, haven't read As I Lay Dying but been meaning to.
Yeah, if I'm being honest, lots of traditionally "modernist" authors were already "postmodern." Faulkner, for instance.
I'm looking forward to reading that later this semester.
Just finished going through Alan Moore's Swamp Thing again ... great stuff.
Dickens's Bleak House is killing me. We have weekly quizzes on the reading, but there are so many fucking characters. Victorian novels are seriously gargantuan.
^Literally the first recorded use of the word boredom. Makes sense.
Finally set to bite into China Mièville's Perdido Street Station. It's fucking massive. Any thoughts on this? Is it his best book?
It's one of his best. I actually think that Iron Council, which is the third book in the Bas-Lag trilogy (Perdido Street Station is the first), is better than Perdido Street Station. But they're both fantastic.
Give Perdido Street Station some time. I had a false start on my first effort; but once you breach the 100-page mark or so, the story really begins to take off. Be prepared though; it's a devastating narrative.
If you enjoy his fantasy fiction (of which I count the Bas-Lag trilogy a part), you might look into his other genre fiction: The City & the City is detective fiction, and Embassytown is science fiction. Both are incredible novels.
Thanks for the input. I'm planning on reading The City & The City afterwards. You cannot not like a premise like that.
"Speaker for the Dead" by Orson Scott Card
Probably the next fantasy series I crack into. Depends on if I want to continue with Malazan now or not.
Interesting with Iron Council, people seem to really like it or not enjoy it. I'm in the not enjoy it camp; just couldn't get into it.
I agree you need to persist with Perdido, such a great novel, and I's rate the Scar even better.
His latest, Railsea, is also really good and a bit of a return to form - I thought Kraken and Embassytown were a bit average.
**edit** I also recently read The Martian by Andy Weir, about an astronaut stranded on Mars. Great book, strongly recommended if this sounds like your thing.
I liked Iron Council for its handling of political themes. It's a Marxist book in many ways, but Mièville expresses those ideas without sacrificing his aesthetic integrity and conceptual weirdness.
I actually wasn't a fan of Railsea! I love Embassytown, and I enjoyed Kraken; but I felt that the latter was Mièville just kind of goofing around, to be honest.
I totally agree with you though, it seems as though people are drawn to several different texts by him. He appeals to various audiences via the distinctions between his books.
From Thomas Metzinger's The Ego Tunnel: the Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self.
Picked up the series i left 2 years ago:
Picked this bad boy up a few weeks back and finally cracked it open yesterday. One of the greatest comic book runs of all time ... it will always hold a special place in my heart.
Gorgeous oversized artwork.
Comic fan i reckon?
yesterday i received a nice parcel containing the Deluxe Hardcover collection of the first twelve issues of the Deathblow series. Apparently he served as an example for Marcus Fenix from Gears Of War.