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It Rhymes With Lust Paperback – March 27, 2007
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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The writing is very literate, unusual for comics of this time period. It is genre work, but that doesn't mean it is intrinsically inferior. It is a taut, well written piece of fiction, with strong underlying social themes, which include worker's rights, the nature of greed, graft in politics, the power of wealth, and the inherent strength in virtue and honor. Tried and true noir themes, but one of the most interesting thing about the novel is the emphasis on labor, and how political graft effects laborers and society as a whole. The dialogue is good, clipped, hard boiled, like Hammet detective fiction, the plot is well paced, and moves to the conclusion of the story at just the right speed.
All in all, a satisfying read - not spectacular in the way Hammet is, but a good, solid piece of work.
The Amazon discount especially makes this small volume a must-have for those in the know or wanna - ow about a forgotten chapter of comics history.