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review 2018-12-30 00:16
Eeeeh.
Batman & Robin Adventures No. 21 Aug 199... Batman & Robin Adventures No. 21 Aug 1997 - Ty Templeton

Yeah, this Batgirl solo story didn't work for me.   At all. 

 

Neither did the art.

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review 2018-12-18 16:55
Mach und Dach: "Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting" by Robert McKee
Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting - Robert McKee



(Original review, 1997-11-30)




Aristotle's observations of drama, is very far from the early dramaturgy as 18th century Lessing for instance. In the twenties when dramaturgy started to become a subject on its own in Central Europe (where it started) there was already in the beginning two different approaches, the Pièce bien fait approach (which mostly is today's melodrama) and an agnostic approach basically used by Brecht (not in the sense of V-effect, but his approach to story - like in "Kleines Organon für das Theater") and many others where the approach follows the what he called "Mach und Dach" - first you do something - then you analyze what you have done and then build from that.

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-12-17 11:04
Bookcrossing: "The Partner" by John Grisham
The Partner - John Grisham

(Original review, 1997-05-30)
 


This morning on the Tube I saw a Grisham lying around, “The Partner”, and I was tempted to take it, but it was not marked as a bookcrossing book - so I wondered if somebody had only forgotten it or lost it out of his backpack when leaving the tram in a haste. So I left it in there. Of course, somebody might have finished it and let it lie there for somebody else to take it. But since there was no affirmation that it was fine to take it I did not want to commit trover and left it.
 
 
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review 2018-09-21 19:38
Techno-Dystopia: "Idoru" by William Gibson
Idoru - William Gibson


I think it's very telling - and promising, that this guy who thinks he can predict an apocalyptic future for Earth where 80% of people are killed has had at least the first part of his dystopian fantasy fall at the first hurdle. Just because you got it right on a few obvious ones - Cyberspace, virtual reality, reality TV, etc., doesn't guarantee that kind of thinking is going to take you much further. The future is a lot less SF than people think. If you want my prediction (you don’t), we can expect a future that is less technology focused and more experience focused.

 

 

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review 2018-09-05 14:38
On Preterition: "Gravity's Rainbow" by Thomas Pynchon
Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon


I think I found it difficult in the sense of its denseness in fact. Well, I find it hard to answer the “difficulty” question with much certainty; I'm equivocating. I don't love it all equally no, that's not the case. There are parts that I prefer immeasurably to others however, simply because I prefer I'm not sure whether that persuades me that it would be 'better' in some sense without them. I don't have the figures for specific chapters with me but I do know that Joyce added a lot to some of the later chapters - from Oxen of the Sun to Ithaca I think - meaning that the manuscript expanded in proof. I think you notice this as you read it, right?

 

 

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