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review 2018-02-20 15:00
The Flanders Road - Claude Simon,Richard Howard

A masterpiece from the greatest of the nouveau roman novelists. You almost experience the book more than merely read it, so adept is Simon at conveying mental and sensual experience.  He looks at only a few episodes from different POVs, each POV giving rise to a slightly different style, like Raymond Queneau's Exercises in Style meets the funeral procession in Joyce's Ulysses. His aim is to put you in the heads of his characters as they experience and remember the events in question, all circling around:  Captain de Reixach is shot dead by a sniper during the German advance into Belgium in 1940. Three witnesses,  a relative, an orderly, and his wife's lover, remember him and help the reader understand the man and what led to his death.

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text 2018-02-10 15:45
Reading progress update: I've read 13 out of 320 pages.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli

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review 2018-02-08 15:58
The Last Black Unicorn
The Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish,Tiffany Haddish,Simon & Schuster Audio


I Picked Up This Book Because: I’ve seen Tiffany give several interviews concerning the book and her stories are just too good not to hear/read.

The Story:

Tiffany might be one of the best souls I’ve ever gotten to know a piece of in my time on this earth. The things she has been through, the abuse, the dark times and she is still willing to open her arms and love people. Love the people who hurt her dearly, even if she don’t mess with them no more she doesn’t seem to have a stitch of hate for them. You can’t tell me that is not a winning spirit.

Tiffany’s story is complex. She’s dealt with more than her share of emotional trauma but she’s made the best of it. She’s channeled her pain into a love of making people laugh. I’m so glad she followed her heart back to the comedy stage. I hope her future is nothing but love, success and joy.


The Random Thoughts:

I hope Roscoe contacts Tiffany.

The Score Card:

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4 Stars

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review 2018-02-07 18:10
Meta story ends
Suicide Squad (2016-) #34 - Simon Spurrier,Adriano Lucas,Blond,Eddy Barrows,Eber Ferreira,Sean Parsons,Fernando Pasarin

And I was absolutely shocked at how certain characters were being used; the setup was so perfect that I bought it, even though this storyline makes perfect sense.  I did have a 'why is he here' sense, but I figured it was a bureaucratic mistake, that his power would end up being incredibly useful at the end, but not that Waller would so cynically use someone who wasn't a sociopath like this.  

 

But, yeah, Waller being that much of an asshole makes way more sense.

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review 2018-02-07 18:05
Very nice takedown of comic book tropes using a meta-insert character
Suicide Squad (2016-) #33 - Simon Spurrier,Adriano Lucas,Tomeu Morey,Tony Daniel,Danny Miki,Eddy Barrows,Oclair Albert,Fernando Pasarin

The writer inserts a character who uses meta devices to take down usual comic book tropes, and to do so lovingly.   It simply teases, without suggesting that this is wrong.   Every genre has its tropes, like the HEA (Happily Ever After) in romances.   I bring this up in particular to illustrated a point: romance readers want the HEA.   Trope, expected, whatever you want to call it.   It's a standard, the standard because people expect it.   Even fans can point this out, even using satire, without actually complaining about it: it's what they wanted, but, well, you can poke a little fun at it! 

 

I come for a lot of the tropes.   And tropes don't mean conformity, not on all fronts.  This comic book points out that comics as a whole use their own form of redshirts, and that action happens around the main characters - who are almost guaranteed to come out alive, or be revived.   I come for that.   I come for all of that!   That doesn't mean that the way the characters interact, or the statements about the real world, all have to be exactly the same.   If they were, I wouldn't keep coming back.  

 

And so I'm not opposed to one comic book fan having a gentle tease about some of the tropes that I come for.   Yeah, yeah, I know they're there.   I know.   And I laughed my ass off when it was pointed out in this way. 

 

 

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