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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 11 July, 2019, 07:58:54 pm »
4321 by Paul Auster I love Auster's New York trilogy, but I've to read something else by him to love. Had high hopes for 4321 with it's premise of 4 different lives of one person, but I don't think it delivered. Especially not the ending. Some magic and here and there among the pages, but overall it just felt overly long.

Oh that's really interesting as I've enjoyed all the Paul Auster I've read. Out of interest which other books have you tried?

Said New York Trilogy (City of glass : Ghosts : The locked room) which is one of my favorite books.

Other than it and 4321 if I remember things correctly: The Book of Illusions, Travels in the Scriptorium. I think one more as well. Been 10 years. Got any recommendations? :)

Off Topic / Your best ways to positivity "trick yourself"?
« on: 07 July, 2019, 03:16:03 pm »
I don't know if I'm alone in thinking this, but sometimes I have to "trick myself" a little in order to get a bit of positivity.

For example, when my grandfather takes a walk through a forest which now has a highway close to it, with lots of cars hissing by, he likes to think it's the sound of a nearby creek where water is flowing. Instead of getting annoyed over the fact that he's listening to a bunch of cars.

As for myself my most used "trick" recently has been telling myself "He/she/they won." when I see something online which annoys me. For example when I see someone on twitter who is very wrong. Then I tell myself "This person won." and doing that I don't get angry one bit any longer. Essentially " winning nothing", since I'm not even bothered by what probably is the deed of some attention seeker.

How about you? Any tricks?

Film & TV / Re: That gum you like is going to come back in style -
« on: 07 July, 2019, 12:39:01 pm »
I watched Eraserhead, Blue velvet, Mullholand Drive, Twin Peaks: Fire walk with me and then Twin Peaks: The return. All of their beauty, ugliness, fun and sorrow felt entwined. Especially with the use of colour blue and lashing sounds of electricity.

I've yet to watch Lost highway and Inland empire. Any good?

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 07 July, 2019, 12:24:24 pm »
4321 by Paul Auster I love Auster's New York trilogy, but I've to read something else by him to love. Had high hopes for 4321 with it's premise of 4 different lives of one person, but I don't think it delivered. Especially not the ending. Some magic and here and there among the pages, but overall it just felt overly long.

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 03 July, 2019, 12:36:50 pm »
A guy at work has a very loud voice, and is proud of it. Likes to show off even... Sounds like a cat who's got stept on...

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 27 June, 2019, 05:56:53 am »
Lee Bermejo's time making Batman Damned


In short. He drew Bruce Wayne naked, and americans aren't having that. Becomes a thing (because everyone had to "laugh it off") and the following happens:
-He's still to this day hearing "funny" jokes about it.
-He get's blamed for the shift in how DC is managed
-People make up stories that the story that they had to redo the whole book (only a couple of pages)

A real shame. And all of this probably because the world we live in... Everyone in America feeling the need to assure everyone that they're "no homo!" by making cheap cock quips.

But outside that. I'm really happy to hear Lee saying that the book turned out essentially as they imagined. Outside smaller changes only a couple of pages got redrawn for issue 2 which he says we'll probably get to see collected someday.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 26 June, 2019, 07:09:01 pm »
Batman Damned #3 by Brian Azzarello Lee Bermejo
I won't say "hot damn" when it comes to this 3 part, but I really enjoyed it. Feels like it'll grow more on to me as I'll let it sink in. At the moment I feel it's a bit too pulpy to reach the same heights as Azz and Bermejo's Luthor and Joker.

Otherwise not what I expected, in a really cool and good way. Lots of celibration of Bat-mythology wrapped up in what feels like a David Lynch-esque take on a Justice League DARK meets Dante's inferno. Has some really interesting moments which really grabbed me, especially the way Batman fights to gain control and ironically because of it loosing it. Especially when it comes to his fear and shame.

Overall. A worthy semi-sequel to Joker. A book I'll soon reread followed by Batman Damned #1-3 :)

Books & Comics / Re: Vertigo no more
« on: 22 June, 2019, 08:18:38 pm »
Sad to hear, but at the same time I've not been that bothered with Vertigo since Bond got sacked (I don't remember it if Scheriff of Babylon came about during her term?) American Carnage has been cool, but it's ending next issue.

Wouldn't surprise me creator owned will be handled differently from now on DC. If for example a movie or television series is made, that they'll want a percentage or two.

Regardless. Berger books is still doing good and so are most of my favorite writers. With that said. Feels like an appropriate for a 100Bullets re read, in honour of it's former house.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 19 June, 2019, 05:37:28 pm »
Superman Year One #1 by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. I must confess, I really hoped for this to be either outrageous like allstar Batman and Robin or methodical like Batman Year One. But it's neither. It's a little superman origin number which plays it quite nice outside a twist or two, and an interesting development towards the end. A nice little comic overall. Didn't mind reading it, but I'd like it if parts two and three played it a bit less safe.

American Carnage #8 by Bryan Hill and Leandro Fernández. Best Vertigo book I've read since sheriff of Babylon. A really tough story. Just a shame it's ending early on issue 9 instead of 12. This issue felt like it sped up some development, but it didn't feel rushed. Quite sure Bryan will do well with the issue he has left. Feels like he's set up all the characters for a nice collision.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 17 June, 2019, 08:46:54 pm »
Finished Chernobyl this weekend. In short, amazing. For me it's up there with The Wire and Generation kill when it comes to HBO.

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 12 June, 2019, 03:58:46 pm »

...because it's a Marxist tool of the Tory establishment

Oh, I had no idea. I always thought BBC offering consisted of shiny nature programs and good dramas.

I think what I dislike most about twitter is how much of it makes it into the news...

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 11 June, 2019, 07:02:25 pm »
Cowboy Bebop. Utterly brilliant. Feels like I got "You're going to carry that weight" tattooed on my soul.

And with that happy pill of a series finished watching, now I'm on to continue watching Chernobyl. Watched the first ep. As amazing as it was terrifying. Which was alot.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 11 June, 2019, 06:17:34 pm »
Great review. Used to love Ellroy but fell away when I baulked at the heft of American Tabloid. You've made me give him another shot, Daddy-O.

Thanks :) --Yeah, throw the demon dog another bone!

Both Perfidia and This storm are big on story, but is much more comprehensive than either of American tabloid, Cold six thousand and Blood's a roover. Much thanks to the prose not being as super zippy like theírs. At times Cold six thousand read like William Burroughs doing performing his cut up technique on Kenneth Anger's Hollywood Babylon.

Also helps that the stories taking place during a couple of days each in the shadow of Pearl harbour instead of meticulously perverting 15 years of history like the underground USA trilogy does (which I love btw).

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 10 June, 2019, 08:22:32 pm »

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 10 June, 2019, 05:59:11 pm »
This Storm by James Ellroy. Second book in his new new LA quartet set during WW2. Big loud and ugly as ever, and especially Dudley Liam Smith. He's not as unhinged as in Perfidia but still he's still amazingly mad. He may be valiantly introduced with the words "Perv shit on women mandates DEATH." but in no time things kick back into gear and he's a diabolical pill popping schemer and master war profiteer (with designs on the japanese interns) again. In Ellroy's own words, a "--piece of shit who should be stopped at any and all costs."

May sound like a regular James Ellroy book, but I feel he's taking his writing into very interesting directions. His usual focus on right wing bad men finding ruin when trying to do good is slowly moving towards good and vulnerable people doing bad things because they're so stuck being victims, and many times it's almost like a watching an animal gnawing of it's own leg in order to get out of a trap. What many of the characters believe is a curve in their moral road turns out to be a slippery chicane they wouldn't believe. It's interesting as it is painful as it is thrilling. Adding to this is another one of the book's quality, being able to describe and pervert politics without becoming political.

I cannot wait to read his next two LA books.

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