June 30th, 2014, 02:51 PM #1591
Watched the movie, then grabbed the book. My recommendation is to just watch the movie unless you're really into this stuff.
July 2nd, 2014, 10:09 AM #1592
Fatima: The Blood Spinners - I've tried in the past to get into the works of the Hernandez Bros with little success, but every couple of years or so I want to try again because it seems like so many people whose work I admire are such big fans. Well, I bought this in a comic shop a couple weeks ago thinking that the subject of the book (zombies being shot in the head by a female ass-kicker) made it as close to perfect for my tastes as possible. One last shot for me and the Hernandez Bros. And it went about as well as the last few. I really like the artwork, still, but the story completely does nothing for me. It's not bad, but there isn't a single point in which I actually care about what's going on. So I guess it's just not meant to be.
Avengers: Ultron Unlimited - Got this on eBay in a lot with a bunch of other stuff. Figured I'd read it to familiarize myself a little more with the villain of the next Avengers movie. I remember when this was coming out that Wizard magazine was raving about it, so I went in with pretty high expectations. Sadly, they were not met.
There's such a huge, distinct difference in the way that most comics are written today when compared to how they were written just 12 years ago (when this came out) that it's kind of mind-boggling. There's so much exposition and extraneous (in my opinion) dialogue that it really makes portions of the book almost a chore to get through. I have this problem with a lot of older comics, even ones I love. Maybe if I'd had read this as it came out I'd like it better today. As it is, though, I have a lot of trouble buying Ultron as a villain who twirls his metaphorical mustache as he, literally, cackles to himself about his evil genius plan.
Sex Criminals Vol. 1 - One Weird Trick - One of the best, if not THE best, comics on the stands today in my opinion. On the surface, it's about a couple who stop time when they orgasm and decide to rob a bank while time is stopped to help save their local library. Beyond that, it's probably the single most frank and unassuming book about sex, for both men and women, that I've come across outside of my Pyschology Of Human Sexuality college class. It's also funny as hell. Sadly, the trade collection does not reprint the letter columns from the single issues, which are just as amazing. I still recommend it highly, though. You can buy Volume 1 for less than $8 on Amazon, too.
July 7th, 2014, 12:51 PM #1593
Originally Posted by jerseydevil
Just finished it, I enjoyed it, not the typical SK, especially the ending. Gave it to my wife, she sat down and read it in 24 hours. Couldn't put it down.
July 13th, 2014, 08:40 AM #1594
Finished this a month ago, but it took me this long to write as I have mixed feelings about it overall. Granted, I think it would be difficult to try to describe the initial invasion in any kind of detail in only 320 pages, but Hastings attempts to include all the action up to and around Falaise (Jul.6 to roughly Aug.21), so a lot gets glossed over. A highlight is the personal recollections from veterans that he collected thru interviews and correspondence (book was published in 1984). His previous book was Das Reich, and it seems Hastings continues with a reverence for the martial prowess of any ss division and the german army in general; often to the detriment of the allied infantry. Just my opinion, and I am no jingoist, but Hastings seems almost infatuated with them, while the allies are the gang that couldn't shoot straight. Anyway, there it is.
July 15th, 2014, 04:51 PM #1595
I just finished Little Fuzzies by H. Beam Piper. Great book. I read it because I read Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi. Which I enjoyed and he said it was an homage (spell) to the H. Beam Piper book. I need to find more by Piper.
July 15th, 2014, 05:13 PM #1596
Trying to fill gaps in my electronics knowledge so I can build some more sophisticated circuits. I'm just reading through the first few experiments since I learned all those basics a long time ago, and I still need to pick up supplies for the later chapters. Looks pretty good so far. Can't wait to get to the stuff on IC's.
Reading this book also prompted me to finally replace my 20+ year old malfunctioning Radio Shack meter with a Fluke 87. I've been salivating over those for a long time. Found a great deal on ebay for a used v3.
July 28th, 2014, 07:31 AM #1597
This is the first book I've read by Clegg and only stumbled upon him by accident. Very Stephen King"isn". The story was pretty good but I did see a lot of similarities to "It". Almost the same story. A writer going back to a small town where as kids, he and his friends were terrorized by something that lived underground and he was returning as an adult to finish it off, although he was going back on his own free will, the "evil' starts up when he returns as an adult. In fact at a few points they even call what they are chasing "it". I would imagine a tip of the hat to King. I do like his style and will definetly give one of his other books a try
September 3rd, 2014, 09:49 AM #1598
Shockwave by Andrew Vachss - The second book in a relatively new series. It's taken me a while to kind of adjust to Vachss books that are not from his Burke series, which ran for 18 books over 23 years. His writing style hasn't changed that much in what he's done since the Burke books ended, but just dealing with new characters and getting used to the fact that they're different has been strange. I feel like I've made it, though, because I've really enjoyed both of the Aftershock novels and this one more than the last. Vachss' novels always have a message behind them, and that's never been hard for me to pick up on, but I really like the characters here. Liked this book a lot.
Bravo by Greg Rucka - The second in his new series, about a military unit dealing with terrorist issues at home. The first book was tense as **** and this one, which picks up about 72 hours after the last one ended was, as well. At this point, I think Rucka may be my favorite writer in any medium, period. His procedural stuff is top notch, you can tell he does his research, and his depiction of action is as good as any I've read. ****ing great book.
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami - Loved the **** out of this book. Among my favorites of his, and I like ALL of his books a lot.
Confessions by Kanae Minato - ****ing FINALLY they do an english translation of the book that one of my favorite movies of the last few years was based on. The movie was a ****ed up gut punch and I'm happy to say the book was, too. This is one of those rare cases, maybe, where the movie was better than the book, but the book was still fantastic. I just finished this a couple nights ago and am eager to watch the movie again. So ****ing good.