Just bringing this discussion over to ning...

What books are you reading right now that don't have a narrative driven by images as well as words?

Views: 14366

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Just finished La Brava (Elmore Leonard) by way of refresher for Road Dogs
Heimskringla, or, The Lives of the Norse Kings, by Snorre Sturlason.

This ought to hold me for awhile.
Mickey McLaurin said:
Working on Moby Dick. I know it's a classic, probably the greatest novel in American literature. But it's not an easy read, lemme tell ya.

That's on my "classics I've never read" list, too. I hope you persist!
Mark Sullivan said:
Mickey McLaurin said:
Working on Moby Dick. I know it's a classic, probably the greatest novel in American literature. But it's not an easy read, lemme tell ya.

That's on my "classics I've never read" list, too. I hope you persist!

It's well worth it.

That last page will blow you away.
I've recently read "The Haunted and the Haunters: Or the House and the Brain" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, and The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill.

The former is a well-known haunted house story. I didn't find it at all creepy, but there are some good details in the ghostly manifestations sequence, very much like special effects you might see in a movie. I'm not familiar enough with Victorian ghost stories to know how original these are. The tale is often reprinted without its original ending, in which the narrator talks with the magician responsible for the haunting. For me this ending didn't add to the story's effectiveness at all.

The latter is an early locked room mystery novel. I've seen Zangwill's basic solution used well elsewhere, but I thought he cheated deploying it. Otherwise the story is one of the better mysteries I've read from the era, with good characterisation, a background of radical politics in its period, and an element of humour.
Inspired by Masterpiece Comics, I took a break ffrom the Heimskringla to read Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett.
I've just finished The Haunted House at Latchford, a.k.a. Fairy Water, by Mrs. J.H. Riddell. This is a ghost story, but the ghost element is very understated. It's really a subplot used to resolve a story about a couple who are impeded from marrying.
Well, it's October, so it's time to pick out my spooky reading for this month. I toyed with some minor Lovecraft, but I think I'm in the mood for that old standby, Dracula. I think it's been a couple of years since I last read that one.
I am currently reading The Seven Days:The Emergence Of Lee. I am a big Civil War buff.
Doctor Hmmm? said:
Well, it's October, so it's time to pick out my spooky reading for this month. I toyed with some minor Lovecraft, but I think I'm in the mood for that old standby, Dracula. I think it's been a couple of years since I last read that one.

The big annotated edition with the intro by Neil Gaiman is fantastic...
New Michael Chabon non-fiction today!
Just finished "Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book" which offers a very even handed analysis of Stan's career in comics. Have to admit feeling a bit sorry for Stan though, he never seemed satisfied with his success in comics and has spent the past thirty years trying to make a career in Hollywood, where he is well liked for his comic work but never taken seriously as a writer/producer.

Reply to Discussion

RSS

Groups

Latest Activity

Tracy of Moon-T replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Dark Shadows
"He's a pompous a*s. He is mean and yells at her, basically grabs her and tosses her around,…"
22 minutes ago
Travis Herrick (Modular Mod) replied to ClarkKent_DC's discussion R.I.P. Tom Palmer
"Aw, man, that's too bad. He was one of the first inkers, I recognized. It was always a…"
1 hour ago
Lee Houston, Junior replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Time for more excitement in the "fun" house. (Image courtesy of the Grand Comics…"
1 hour ago
Steve W replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
2 hours ago
Captain Comics posted discussions
2 hours ago
Captain Comics replied to ClarkKent_DC's discussion R.I.P. Tom Palmer
"From the Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision newsletter: SAD NEWS ARRIVED AS WE FINISHED THE NEWSLETTER:…"
2 hours ago
Jeff of Earth-J replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Sandman (TV)
""They make changes for all kinds of reasons..." The combination of issues #9 and #13 into…"
2 hours ago
Jeff of Earth-J replied to ClarkKent_DC's discussion R.I.P. Tom Palmer
"Well shit. First Neal Adams and now Tom Palmer. There is no one whose pencils Tom Palmer could not…"
3 hours ago
ClarkKent_DC posted a discussion

R.I.P. Tom Palmer

A sad announcement on legendary comics inker…See More
3 hours ago
Richard Willis replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion Sandman (TV)
"Jeff of Earth-J said: ...... some photos of the guy playing Dream but he didn't look…"
3 hours ago
Randy Jackson replied to Randy Jackson's discussion The List of Superhuman Characters who Can Split into multiple versions of themselves or multiple physical people
"Eclipso,  The Spectre and Composite Superman are good  Captain Marvel(Xam) doesn't…"
5 hours ago
Randy Jackson replied to Randy Jackson's discussion The List of Superhuman Characters who Merge Together
"Sounds like Robby Reed belongs on the list of characters who split. The others are good and will be…"
5 hours ago

© 2022   Captain Comics, board content ©2013 Andrew Smith   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service