Walking with the Dream King

August 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm (Articles / Interviews) (, , , )

So there’s going to be a new Sandman story. When I found out, back during the height of SDCC 2012, I went into my head and did a little happy dance because it meant I’d get to see Morpheus again.

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Morpheus isn’t like Batman, or Harry Potter, wherein you expect to run into them on a regular basis, or they’ve so saturated culture that you know they’ll never be too far away. He’s more like Number Ten Ox and Li Kao, or Totoro – he has a canon with a distinct beginning and end, and is rarely seen outside of it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Random book things: Unemployment reading (Part 2 of 2)

July 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm (Articles / Interviews) (, , , , , )

I’ve been unemployed for about a month, and I’ve been using it for reading. The list started here (with Jose Saramago’s ‘Blindness’, Myke Cole’s ‘Shadow Ops: Control Point’ and Viktor Frankl’s ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’) and continues here. Warning, mild spoilers for everything.

Feed (Mira Grant)

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This one’s a zombie novel that’s really more about the paranoia of human beings and the freedom of media (but there are also zombies). It takes place a few years after the zombie apocalypse foretold in pop culture, so the surviving population is remarkably genre-savvy (ie. Nobody leaves home without a gun, people don’t congregate in big crowds, and anyone found to be infected is killed without question). Read the rest of this entry »

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Random book things: Unemployment reading (Part 1 of 2)

June 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm (Articles / Interviews) (, , )

I recently rejoined the world of the unemployed. On one hand this means constant, visceral anxiety over having no job, and constant, visceral anxiety over the idea of getting a job in the near future (to illustrate the feeling, here’s a Subnormality comic). On the other hand, it means plenty of time for reading.

When you have a dayjob, you just generally assign yourself a little window of reading time before sleeping if you want to get any reading done at all. Unemployment reading is the kind of reading where you eat the book without fear of being too sapped to meet deadlines the next day. You watch the pages fly by, tell yourself to take a break so you can eat and sleep and bathe, realize you don’t have to have such a high standard of bodily maintenance because you have no pressing need to leave the house anyway, and go back to reading.

Here’s what’s been giving me joy over the last month (warning, mild spoilers for everything):

Blindness (Jose Saramago)

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Everyone in a (city? Country? The world?) goes blind, except for one woman who has both the advantage and burden of witnessing the ugly of the human race. Read the rest of this entry »

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