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5.0 out of 5 stars Post-Traumatic Stress Reporter
A vanishingly small percentage of Americans -- on the order of one percent -- have any direct experience of what life is like under our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They're wars behind walls, and only under rare circumstances do Americans get to see an unfiltered, uncensored presentation of what life in those warzones is actually like. Even more rarely do Americans get...
Published on August 19, 2010 by T. Simons
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3.0 out of 5 stars Elegantly presents War Journalism.
I stared to read this, got bored,dejected and thought why in the world did i pick up this book. Soon I realized if reading a book about a Journalist first hand accounts of war can be so thought shifting, what it would feel really to be there in those situations seeing the blood, gore in person. This account illustrates the effects of war on ones thoughts and feelings...
Published on October 24, 2010 by Cool Guy
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Conflict Reporter's Bildungsroman,
This review is from: War is Boring: Bored Stiff, Scared to Death in the World's Worst War Zones (Paperback)David Axe has an impressive ability to hurl himself into the throes of chaos and then find himself scared, exhilarated, and calmed to have arrived at the "intersection of violence and politics". War is Boring is a raw memoir of his attempt to become "smarter, sexier, and happier" by covering numerous international wars as a conflict reporter. This short piece is important in understanding just what it was about war that he believed would make him those things and what it was about the conflicts he witnessed that proved to do the opposite. The succinct and often staccato dialogue is so poignant it is almost painful to see war lose its allure as Axe becomes disillusioned by the entirety of life.
The black and white graphics create a flat world of emotions that underscores Axe's isolation. The artistry and creative inlays serve the story well by emphasizing a certain ambiguity that leads the reader to examine what the differences are between one chapter and the next. When the same injustices, corruption, and gore make their repeated appearances, what has really changed? Here Axe takes center stage and the issues he grapples with come to the surface: the topography and culture of South Carolina may differ greatly from that of East Timor, but it is obvious the creature comforts of home can't always quiet a mind in anguish.
I'm sure the escapades of war for David Axe are far from over, and I hope the details of those adventures, the insights, and lessons learned make their way into print, exemplified in a subsequent graphic novel to capture those awkward, heart wrenching, and comedic moments in a way only this genre can.
5.0 out of 5 stars "War Is Boring" is a seriously awesome read,
This review is from: War is Boring: Bored Stiff, Scared to Death in the World's Worst War Zones (Paperback)Both the author and the artist deserve some pretty huge kudos for creating such a unique and important book. This is the kind of story that helps elevate the medium, not to mention providing a very unique point of view on the whole "war reporting" thing. No embedded newscasters, just feet on the street.
A NYT article, blog post, or novel might be the stuff of a Pulitzer, but making an emotional connection about this subject via a "comic book" gets the messages and images across that much better.
I definitely recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Far from boring,
This review is from: War is Boring: Bored Stiff, Scared to Death in the World's Worst War Zones (Paperback)I've been following David Axe on his blog site "War is Boring" for more than a year. He's the kind of guy who tells it as he sees it, experiences the things he writes about first hand and a rare individual willing to bring the realities of the darker side of humanity to light.
"In choosing war, was I courageously embracing some important painful truth? or was I willfully ignoring the real truth?"
In War is Boring, David Axe reflects on himself and his desire to find his own reasons for living. David Axe travels to war zones across the globe: Chad, East Timor, Lebanon to name a few. Each place he discovers things that are the same. The darkness in his own soul and the even darker image that is ourselves.
War is Boring is an easy read, direct, gritty and gives you a perspective on the world as few in first world countries know about. Perhaps in some twisted way, war might be boring but this graphic novel is not.
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent journey and a true depiction..,
4.0 out of 5 stars The quest for meaning in a war zone,
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read,
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3.0 out of 5 stars War is Boring isn't Boring,
The theme isn't supported by the material...war isn't boring. Ostensibly war is boring because of the long stretches where nothing happens in 'war zones', punctuated by conflict and terror. This story is about much more than war: it is a personal reminisce, even an apologia of sorts. Why is David Axe in Chad? That's the question that is answered between the prologue and the epilogue. So in a way it's a 'coming of age' story. At the beginning, war coverage is more of a fix for excitement from the comfortable confines of U.S. surburbia. By the end, the answer has changed--it is the need to do something other than for himself, "because Chad matters," which supplies the motivation. As a result, David Axe runs the risk of appearing like a moral super hero, and this is his origin story. Such a conclusion is saved by the Afterword, in which Axe reaffirms his cynical credentials.
Why tell this story through the medium of comics? It's ironic that a medium usually associated with easy entertainment is used to relate serious matters, but it's a distancing mechanism we've seen before, perhaps most famously with Art Speigel's Maus. In this case the medium isn't the message. Comics do allow for the depiction of signature or key moments, of which there are many in War is Boring, like the purchase of the beer in Dili, or sitting at the kitchen table in Detroit or at a restaurant in Columbia, SC. Matt Bors' illustrations are spare and straightforward: they look like the truth. If Hemingway did comics, they would look like Matt Bors'.
War is Boring is mixed up, like life, and is a work of mixed results. War makes the mixed up quality a matter of life and death, but ultimately, war, like life, is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. But that doesn't mean we all shouldn't try to treat each other a little better along the way.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Caution for Kindle Readers,
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This review is from: War is Boring: Bored Stiff, Scared to Death in the World's Worst War Zones (Kindle Edition)I found the cartoon-type pages to be unreadable (far too tiny) on the Kindle edition. Enlarging the type font does not enlarge the drawings or the captions. If I can find a way to contact Amazon I will request refund of the Kindle charge and will order the paperback edition.
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War is Boring: Bored Stiff, Scared to Death in the World's Worst War Zones by David Axe (Paperback - August 3, 2010)
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