Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant #1) by William Gibson Hardcover, 356 pages Published February 3rd 2003 by Putnam Adult (first published 2003) ISBN 0399149864 (ISBN13: 9780399149863) Edition language: English Series: Blue Ant #1 Characters: Hubertus Bigend Literary Awards: Locus Award Nominee for Best Science Fiction Novel (2004), Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominee (2004), British Science Fiction…Read details
I am on vacation and I promised myself I would get reacquainted with poetry and W.B. Yeats in particular. I’d like to share an explication of his collection of poems entitled “Upon a Dying Lady.” UPON A DYING LADY I HER COURTESY WITH the old kindness, the old distinguished grace She lies,…Read details
Jonathan Franzen, unafraid to post his own unpopular opinions, wants to bring light to Karl Kraus – a “fin de siècle” thinker, who was also wrote challenging, abrasive opinions about culture and was read by many prominent thinkers at the time. Both writers reflect my own growing fear about modern culture, especially the dark side…Read details
This book contains two novellas – one concerning an aging art professor and the other explores a gifted, young swimmer whose wisdom belies his years. Harrison seems to use his characters as proxies of himself lately and these two novellas are no different – lustful outdoors-men who enjoy their whiskey, wine and food. At first…Read details
Although the “Aw shucks, this country is going to hell” theme got on my nerves by the end, McCarthy’s prose is amazing: “The raw rock mountains shadowed in the late sun and to the east the shimmering abscissa of the desert plains under a sky where raincurtains hung dark as soot all along the quadrant.”1…Read details
There must have been SOMETHING for me to finish a 1000+ page book, but this was exposition upon exposition. I cannot think of anything more boring than reading hundreds of pages concerning the economy of a FICTITIOUS MMORPG.
I’m an action nut, so I kept going, but shame on me.
Chapter 3, in its entirety, is a study in beautiful language. I dug the motorcycle parts. I didn’t dig the art parts. I dig her obvious love of language. I didn’t dig her obvious overuse of language. This is another “flawed genius” book. It’s worth the pretense and, let’s be honest, I think it’s impossible…Read details
Richard K. Morgan wrote, possibly, my favorite sci-fi novel, “Altered Carbon.” This is his first fantasy novel. Morgan has ignored many fantasy conventions with “The Steel Remains.” There is a gay protagonist, aliens, and gay sex between the protagonist and the alien. The sex is told with the usual Morgan detail, that is, the sex…Read details
I’m already conflicted by this book, so I’m taking the lazy way out and merely listing my reactions as I posted them on Goodreads: “This seems too clever for its own good. I kind of hate it so far. I’m sticking with it, but find the encapsulation of a subject’s life in a single paragraph…Read details
D.T. Max has written a level-headed biography of DFW. The navel-gazing into the theory and meaning of DFW’s works vis-à-vis his mental state strikes me as pretentious. However, I admit to being something of a simpleton when it comes to literary theory. It’s probably just over my head. Taken as a whole, Max’s writing is…Read details