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review 2016-11-27 17:27
Critical Discourse Studies and Technology: A Multimodal Approach to Analysing Technoculture (Bloomsbury Advances in Critical Discourse Studies) - Ian Roderick,Michal Krzyzanowski,David Machin,John Richardson

I liked this book because it reads technology from a new perspective, the multimodal one. MDA is increasingly being spotlighted because of the new possibilities it offers, that is understanding technology not only as a set of tools made to serve us, but as apparatuses that affect our daily life and our culture. What I did not like is that the analysis is overloaded with examples and quotes. This is not a bad thing usually, but when it seems that the book is patched with too much media examples, and filled with quotes from thinkers like Deleuze and Foucault, it makes me lose interest a bit. Nevertheless, the book is original and attempts to offer new perspectives which I appreciate a lot.

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review 2016-10-31 18:40
Viral Snow by PM Barnes
Viral Snow - PM Barnes

Mia has mostly closed herself off from the world. She works from home, has nearly everything she needs delivered, pays her bills on-line. Her world is small, but safe. However, on this snowy day, things are about to change for everyone.

This was a delightful slow burn of a horror story. Since it’s only 37 pages, I dove into it expecting the horror action to start up within the first few pages. It didn’t, but I found myself wanting to know more about Mia, about why she has closed herself off from most of the world, and wanting to know about the few people in her life.

Fred is her best friend and they have been communicating via computer for a few years now. The author did a good job of capturing how real human connections can be made these days through Skypeing, etc. There was a hint of something deeper to their relationship and I looked forward to seeing where the author took that.

Mia has a large picture window for her loft apartment and it overlooks a park. On a snowy Tuesday morning, there isn’t much going on. However, Mia pays witness to a disturbing scene that she isn’t sure later on if it was her imagination or not. As the reader, I wasn’t sure either because we’re only privy to what Mia experiences.

Eventually, the horror starts to unfold and I really wasn’t sure where the author would take the story. I wanted Mia to live but she’s so isolated I couldn’t count on anyone coming to her assistance. However, since few knew of her existence, that might be the thing that kept her alive. Indeed, I was chewing my nails near the end of the book. The author surprised me with the ending. I did find it fitting.

Honestly, my only complaint with this book is that it should have gone through one more round of editing. There were plenty of typos, incorrect word use, and switching of tenses towards the end that it was distracting from the story. There were few, if any, of these in the first half of the book, but things got progressively sloppier as the story went on. Other than that, I would say this is a solid read.

I won a copy of this book, no strings attached.

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review 2016-08-12 11:49
Ratner's Star - Don DeLillo

I was not able to appreciate this one. It felt as if DeLillo was struggling between describing a teenager discovering sexuality and a genius kid who does nothing other than wandering the Center. Even though DeLillo was praised for his ability to investigate maths and physics, etc, I wasn't able to make sense of much of what was described.

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review 2016-07-04 02:24
Americana - Don DeLillo

Americana is DeLillo's first novel, but i cant say that it seems to be the first he wrote. it's as if he never really advanced in his writing. It's as if he chose a way of writing and stuck to it until now. Americana deals with a man, David Bell, who leaves his job in order to 'live,' but he goes on an advanture from which he never recoveres...

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text 2016-06-29 16:11
Reading progress update: I've read 175 out of 377 pages.
Americana - Don DeLillo

One must become a book before one can know what is inside it

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