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We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel (P.S.)
We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel (P.S.)
by Lionel Shriver
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.21
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a horror novel, with no horror, August 10, 2008
this book plays out like a horror novel, with the same slow build and gradual revelation of increasing atrocity - yet at the same time it feels utterly plausible.

the narrator's voice is lucid and engaging, and the book ends on a note of truly moving revelation.

second-person narration is really hard to do right, and this may be the best example of it that i've seen.


World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
by Max Brooks
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.48
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so THAT'S how it went down, August 10, 2008
because this book does such a good job of mimicking a work of oral history, it's easy to forget that this is actually a NOVEL, and as such is one of th most inventive, fun, compelling, and unconventional novels in a while.

as someone who loves the zombies-destroy-civilization genre, i found this a really well-done look at how exactly human civilization crumbles (and, in this case, survives, but i won't hold that against the book). Most zombie movies just show us the tunnel vision of a handful of survivors, with minimal info on what the rest of the world is going through, or how other countries are dealing with the menace, but WWZ shows us exactly how stuff plays out in Cuba, China, North Korea, Russia, Montana, etc.


From Under the Cork Tree
From Under the Cork Tree
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5.0 out of 5 stars i'm not ashamed. ok yes i am., March 18, 2008
I'm not ashamed to say i think this is one of the best major-label rock albums to come along since, well, since Nirvana.

...

well, actually, i am a little bit ashamed. because my punk rock friends mock me so. but i can't help it. i just love this album.


Less Talk More Rock
Less Talk More Rock
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars publicly subsidized privately profitable, March 10, 2008
This review is from: Less Talk More Rock (Audio CD)
this album was so important to me when i was a lonely closeted little punk rock gay boy in the middle of nowhere. awesome brilliant political lyrics coupled with really engaging rhythms and head-bopping melodic lines...


War with the Newts (European Classics)
War with the Newts (European Classics)
by Karel Capek
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars funny scary, March 10, 2008
this book is funny and clever and ultimately really chilling; it's easily one of the best sci-fi novels ever written, and it does an amazing job of skewering the whole idea of using sci-fi as social critique (there are a number of chapters that play with "what do the newts symbolize? the disenfranchised proleteriate? the racially oppressed? nazis? fascists?").


Guide (Cooper, Dennis)
Guide (Cooper, Dennis)
by Dennis Cooper
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.06
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dennis Cooper at his most grounded., March 7, 2008
This review is from: Guide (Cooper, Dennis) (Paperback)
I just generally love Dennis Cooper, but this book feels grounded and concrete in a way his other books sometimes don't - the people are presented as people, in a community, as opposed to the elegant distanced Genet-esque (Genetian? Genetic?) tone he sometimes strikes.


The Office: Season Three
The Office: Season Three
DVD ~ Rainn Wilson
Offered by Outlet Promotions
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5.0 out of 5 stars our epic poetry, March 7, 2008
This review is from: The Office: Season Three (DVD)
If TS Eliot were alive today, he'd be writing the Office. It's as close as we can come, in a cynical and short-attention-spanned age, to epic poetry. And it's perfect.


Vampyr
Vampyr
DVD ~ Julian West
Offered by newbury_comics
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is how nightmares are, March 1, 2008
This review is from: Vampyr (DVD)
*Vampyr* is full of stark and terrifying images, and the atmosphere of eeriness and illogic approximates the feel of a nightmare better than any horror film... That's not knocking other horror films; most horror films are out to tell a story, but *Vampyr* is about images and atmosphere and in the process creates something truly haunting.


Eisenstein: The Sound Years (Ivan the Terrible Parts 1 & 2 / Alexander Nevsky) (The Criterion Collection)
Eisenstein: The Sound Years (Ivan the Terrible Parts 1 & 2 / Alexander Nevsky) (The Criterion Collection)
DVD ~ Nikolai Cherkasov
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars richest film ever, February 29, 2008
Eisenstein's last film is his most visually dense, with every shot and costume and motion and set immaculately composed and every cut creating deeper resonance for the image that came before it. This is the cinematic equivalent of opera, weird and stylized and extravagant and completely un-real... it creates its own set of rules that have very little to do with the conventional rules of film. That's why it's my favorite film, but that's also why a lot of people are bored/disoriented by it.


The Pickup
The Pickup
by Nadine Gordimer
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars distant and bizarrely intimate, February 15, 2008
This review is from: The Pickup (Hardcover)
at first it's weird, the omniscient-but-distant narrator, reporting everything like third-hand information, and i wondered why she chose to tell the story like that - why not jump into the lives of these two attractive and compelling characters, get into their heads and bed more -but then it starts to make a lot of sense, and ultimately it makes the story feel fresh and real and intimate without blundering into polemic or siding with either character or using their story to say something clumsy.


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