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: 13939

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

I haven't read this yet, but Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception sounds interesting to me. Frequently these days I let the authors featured on The Daily Show influence my book choice. I didn't learn of this one there (I read a review of it in the paper this weekend), but I hope to see the author interviewed by Jon Stewart in the near future.
I watched that film version of Leroux's novel. It follows it pretty closey, but injects an element of goofiness into the proceedings that isn't there in the book.
I don't read that much prose fiction these days, but a few weeks ago, I read The Road, by Cormac McCarthy.

I wouldn't have picked it myself, as I understood that it was probably 'harrowing' (it is!) but my wife got it based solely on McCarthy's Irish name, and raved about it so much I had to read it. Having read it, I'd have to declare - it's a masterpiece of our times! It's still going around inside my head. I'd strongly recommend it to anyone and everyone.
I'm reading Planet of the Apes Revisited by Joe Russo and Larry Landsman. It's about the making of the five movies and it has some great stories and anecdotes.
"Thinking in Systems: A Primer" by Donella H. Mead. I have always loved the concept of systems theory. Found this book on Amazon and downloaded to my Kindle.
I just finished Zero History, William Gibson's new novel. Enjoyed it very much, as usual. He always pull me right in. I would certainly recommend it to any Gibson fan (surely there must be some among this group?). Tomorrow I'll start Smoker, Rucka's 3rd Atticus Kodiak novel.
Finished Smoker on Monday. I'm a little concerned about the direction Rucka is headed with the introduction of master assassin Drama, but I liked the book. Kudos to him for breaking the pattern of ending the novel with a shocker (although Atticus finally calling Bridgett qualifies as a cliffhanger). I started Cormac McCarthy's The Road, another book I've been meaning to read for awhile. Thanks to Figs for the reminder. I'm still wrapping my head around the bleakness of it: McCarthy paints a convincing picture of a dying world, with no hope. The language is stunning, though, with poetic imagery in the midst of the most mundane scenes.
Stephen King's Pet Semetary. I enjoy King's short stories for the most part, but I'm not big fan of his novels. Half way through this one and my opinion has not changed in that regard.
Finished The Road a few days ago, and I'm still thinking about it. Haven't returned it to the library yet, because I keep picking it up and rereading bits of it. For a complete change of pace, I'm back to Rucka. Shooting At Midnight is the next Atticus Kodiak novel, sort of. It stars his P.I. girlfriend Bridgett Logan, with Atticus only appearing in the background. So far we mainly see his efforts to get back together with her, from her perspective.
Finally read "Secrets in the Shadows," a 2005 bio of my favorite comic book artist: Gene Colan. The parts about Colan's decline (first under Shooter at Marvel, then under Giordano at DC) make for sad reading. It's clear that Colan needed a sympathetic writer-editor like Stan Lee, Marv Wolfman or Steve Gerber, who understood his unique style of art. A lot of people didn't.

The parts about Colan's life with his late wife, Adrienne, are heartbreaking, if you know about the unhappiness Colan has been through over the last year.
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, by Nagaru Tanigawa
George said:
Finally read "Secrets in the Shadows," a 2005 bio of my favorite comic book artist: Gene Colan. The parts about Colan's decline (first under Shooter at Marvel, then under Giordano at DC) make for sad reading. It's clear that Colan needed a sympathetic writer-editor like Stan Lee, Marv Wolfman or Steve Gerber, who understood his unique style of art. A lot of people didn't.

The parts about Colan's life with his late wife, Adrienne, are heartbreaking, if you know about the unhappiness Colan has been through over the last year.

I'm well aware of Gene Colan's difficulties with Jim Shooter, but I did not know of any problems with Dick Giordano at DC. What happened?

Reply to Discussion

RSS

Groups

Latest Activity

Jeff of Earth-J replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
42 seconds ago
JD DeLuzio replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"We're one month away from the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere, and here's…"
1 hour ago
Richard Willis replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Two normal uneventful days for Barry and Iris"
5 hours ago
Lee Houston, Junior replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Another Neal Adams variant and his original work he homaged. (Images courtesy of the Grand Comics…"
10 hours ago
Richard Willis replied to Jeff of Earth-J's discussion E-Man
"I loved the original Charlton E-Man (with Mike Mauser!) also. I've never read any of the later…"
11 hours ago
Jeff of Earth-J posted a discussion

E-Man

My recent re-reading of Martin Pasko's Swamp Thing (plus the comment below) put me in the mood to…See More
12 hours ago
Jeff of Earth-J replied to John Dunbar's discussion Marvel and DC Golden, Silver, and Bronze Age collections
""...the collections and OGNs in the "August" list are actually solicited for…"
13 hours ago
Richard Willis replied to Captain Comics's discussion Disney+ is reviving 'Daredevil'
"I think Disney's recent use of Charlie Cox in Spider-Man No Way Home and Vincent…"
13 hours ago
The Baron replied to Captain Comics's discussion Conan license yanked from Marvel Comics
"Didn't they just put Conan on an Avengers team?  Bet they feel like suckers now."
14 hours ago
Captain Comics replied to John Dunbar's discussion Marvel and DC Golden, Silver, and Bronze Age collections
"I don't doubt you're right, Jeff. There's a LOT of delay these days. I've got a…"
14 hours ago
Captain Comics posted discussions
14 hours ago
Steve W replied to Steve W's discussion A Cover a Day
"Superman's Crime of the Ages, WF #183, March 1969."
15 hours ago

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

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service