If you’re bored and into stories with magic, demons, cyborgs, androids, plasma guns, genetically-modified animals, and emotionally-crippled teenage heroes with dubious morals, click on the ‘Silence’ tab to start reading!
via The Celestial Equation | Magic, Demons, Cyborgs, Criminals..
This sounds as if it was written for me.
ADD: Oh, and it’s free on Smashwords? Downloaded.
Any Goodreads fans out there? Come find me at
Honestly, a person’s reading history probably says more to me than almost anything else.
What other book discussion sites do you like?
Thanks as always for reading.
Amazon.com: C. Olsen “Kumiko Chan”‘s review of This Album Full of Angles.
Great review from a reader who liked the book (I’m happy with a four-star review any day!) but took issue with a point. I’m glad for the very kind and gentle critique, because I know it’s unrealistic to think everyone’s going to love the work across the board (honestly, I’ve heard some pretty serious criticisms).
I’ve known from the beginning that at best people weren’t going to like some of the stranger diversions in this book, and this reviewer homed in on one of the biggest. I don’t want to spoil it in case you read the book, but suffice it to say page 22 (location 4090 in the Kindle version) is another of the book’s “voices,” one which may or may not sound right to your ear. If it doesn’t, I hope you’ll keep going as this reader did–if anything, the book starts out more experimental and becomes more traditional as it goes on. This is an awful thing to say, maybe, but in truth, you might just skip that bit–the fact of its existence is as much the point as what it says (though the fact of it may be what bothers some readers). Let’s call this paragraph informational, since I know explaining writing is like explaining a joke–I had a reason for doing it, but it either works for you or it doesn’t. My goal is really just to say I’m prepared for all kinds of feedback on it.
And so, I really want to say thanks to “Kumiko Chan.” It’s a good friend who’s willing to share an opinion like this. It will help other potential readers as well. Thank you!
And other readers, I hope this review will encourage you to share your thoughts as well. All are welcomed! Thanks for reading.
Producer/writer Zack Snyder has recreated the depth of King Lear, only elevated to the sophisticated level of a YouTube comment thread.
via The 300 sequel is Zack Snyder’s greatest intellectual masterpiece.
Based on the maybe half of the original 300 that I saw, I still maintain the ancient Greeks would have adored the style of these films. Bombastic, jingoistic, supremacist, pornographically violent, polymorphously lusty…I mean, have you ever read any of that stuff? The Odyssey is really an outlier in featuring anything else.
Scoff if you like (and it’s really not my cup of tea), but this is a big part of your Western heritage tradition, friends.
“They would groan and say, ‘For Christ sake, Dunn, no one’s going to publish that, no one’s going to want to read that kind of crap.’ I figured, well, that’s probably true.”
via “Geek Love” Is 25 – The Awl.
One of my top 10 books. Thank the stars that she didn’t listen to the critics.
[I]t being almost calm I could see it five or six Feet under Water, appearing in form like a Pyramid, compleatly round and smooth, in no ways ragged.
via News Letter 275: Strange object west of Donegal – Belfast Newsletter.
The Belfast Newsletter is apparently one of the oldest newspapers in the world, and it’s been running a delightful series of reports from what has to be one of the deepest morgues in newspaperdom. I particularly enjoyed today’s report about a sighting that suggests that Atlantis may have been found.
Now of course I wonder what became of Captain Falconer and what he might have concluded about the object.
The chance meeting of two well-worn objects of middle-class fetishism — trains and writing, writing and trains — accounts for the unexpected seductiveness of the proposed Amtrak Residency. What could warm the cockles of the broken bourgeois-bohemian heart more than the idea of writing a novel or a poem or a literary essay on a train? And if, in order to make this exquisitely anachronistic fantasy a reality, one simply has to write some tweets and blog posts in order to generate online buzz for a multinational corporation, where’s the harm in that?
via n+1: Train in Vain.
Maybe we’d just like a little peace and quiet away from trolls like these. Complaining about something writers like. Hmm…can anybody say “Page Views”?
Seriously, Amtrak as a representative of corporate America is kind of like saying lemonade stands are a part of the food and beverage industry. Amtrak exists because of taxpayers (a fact relegated to a footnote here). Lemonade stands are “for-profit” businesses, too, I’d note.
Personally, I’d like to see Amtrak survive so that anyone still has an idea of How Damn Big the United States of America really is. It’s good for the soul. Sounds like this person needs a good head-clearing train trip (a walk would do, too, but it’s harder to write when you’re walking).
Blah blah blah. As if it’s ever going to happen anyway. The worst thing about this article is that while the writer complains about other writers, everyone knows nothing will change and 99.99% of all writers ever will pay to do what they love and still get painted as grubbing, wannabe do-nothings. Meanwhile, if they’d be serious and just write something good and get published and earn some money (but not too much–don’t be “bourgeois”), then, maybe, we’ll limit our scorn for these silly throwbacks.
I’m still trying to figure out which class of “fetishism” this article represents, though. Any ideas? Hipster class?