Logged back in to Kinja just to concur with the point about Shawshank! I think I literally saw the movie 30 times on tv before I actually caught it early enough to see how Andy ended up in prison haha.
I love this man.
So I found Black Leopard, Red Wolf a bit disappointing. James makes a lot of the novel (in my opinion) unnecessarily opaque. He doesn’t mind introducing a pronoun a paragraph or so before he lets the reader aware of who this pronoun refers to.
Also, wanted to add, while there are insults about Jonah’s height and general misshapenness in the first few episodes, they’re pretty offhand, while the first real solid burn is this, from episode 1.03:
After watching the series finale (loved it), I went back and re-watched the pilot. It’s a fascinating contrast: everyone’s already commented about how Selina, although already cynical and conniving even from day 1, at least had some sense of decorum and restraint; but other characters have drastically changed, too.
Ted Chiang’s last book of short stories was just stunning. Nothing short of a masterpiece. (And I’ve read a LOT of books in my lifetime and I don’t throw that word around casually.)
I cannot wait for this aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
How long does it take for replies to be approved on this newish system? I posted a comment on this article a couple of days ago and it’s still pending. I have another one from a couple of months ago...
I’d like to see Dr. Rhonda Pine, Molly’s therapist from Insecure added to this list. She can call out Molly’s bullshit while still being respectful and challenges her to see things from a different perspective and almost come to some self-realization - before Molly promptly denies it anyway.
Definitely want to pick this up, but is anyone else kind of weirded out by Magaret Atwood comparing/complimenting it to her own series in her quote? Just... uh, huh.
Your writeup made me wary of excessive 80s-ness, but I wound up giving a listen and deciding that Ex Hex track wasn’t too bad.
Dick: I guess it looks as if you’re reorganizing your records. What is this though? Chronological?
Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin is the last book I read in one sitting and I highly recommend it. The title says it all. It reads like a fever dream, constantly coming in and out of reality but never letting up.
Can I be that guy and say they’re novellas rather than novels?
Oof. That will take something out of you, for sure. It’s a dense read.
I read Mrs. Caliban in college for a fiction writing class and loved it! I remember how hard it was to track down copies because this was before the re-release. I was surprised it didn’t get brought up more after The Shape of Water came out because there are some definite similarities in theme.
Off the top of my head, I can think of four novels that I’ve read more-or-less in a single sitting:
The Old Man and the Sea (Ernest Hemingway, 1951)
Oh, that was great.
“Mrs. Caliban” is fantastic. I can’t recommend it highly enough. I vividly remember reading it during the summer of 1987 when I had just graduated from college. I think it was the first book I ever selected solely based on having read a review. I have never been able to figure out why it did not get a larger audience.…
After seeing James’ appearance on Seth Meyers and him explaining the trilogy, I’m intrigued and I think I’m going to give Black Leopard, Red Wolf a try.
The City in the Middle of the Night sounds like something I’d enjoy. Normally stick to sci-fi/fantasy or thrillers.