Saturday, 31 January 2009

Webcomics @_@...

... are distracting me from books.
Not that I'm drowning in new books, mind. Or that I'm bothered. But still. xD

Quick skimming:

1. Sequential Art (-Philip Jackson) : I'm sorry, have to mention this first of all. Don't click it yet if you're planning to read through all the comics I'm going to post. It's the best there is. Really. Like. Fantabulous. -addicted-
Witty, full of well-thought out plot even if you don't catch on quickly :P
I read through 510 episodes in two days. Which is why now I'm having withdrawal symptoms *twitch twitch* for just reading one episode every two-three days.

2. Menage a trois (By Giz & Dave): It's funny. Title says it all, really. (It's not pg-13 either, for that matter xD)
Spent one evening/night going through its archives. One thing though: All the characters react like I /never/ would. Really.

3. DMFA (Dan & Mab's Furry Adventures) By Amber: Ah'kay. I wasn't impressed in the beginning (specifically after having just finished S.Art), but Amber has REALLY improved a lot since she started. And it shows, quite quickly. I took a break from reading that for personal reasons, all in all I finished the 966 episodes in 5 days. That lil' fantasy world really has grown on me.

4. DAR: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary (By Erika Moen): I don't have much to say about this, other than that it amazes me there is "Secret" in the title. Hmm.
The girl has humor. ^^ It was nice spitting through her archive.

5. Least I could do (Note to self: Have to look up the author.): Spitted through archives dating from 2003. *cough* Have just one thing to say here: *rolls eyes* Men.

**- Jack (David Hopkins). Don't want to link you there because my conscience will never forgive me. People will probably have a hard time stomaching that. I haven't even spitted through all the archives yet. Won't, even. Untill I read more-fun comics first.

See? So I haven't been as unproductive as I thought I was.
True. Still got a loooooong list to go through, not to mention actual books I want to read.
But still. =)

The Gypsy.

Friday, 30 January 2009

"The Transmigration of Timothy Archer," Philip K. Dick

This is the conclusion to the trilogy. Well, that's what the publishers would have you believe anyway. If I have to read one more page of erudition on theology, I'm going melt and continue melting until I devolve into billions of semi-sentient amoebas.

I'll tell you what this book really was and why it was really significant: it was the last book ever written by Philip K. Dick, one of the greatest authors of our generation. His writings inspired cyberpunk, a novels of his were the basis for "Blade Runner," "The Minority Report," "A Scanner Darkly," and that's just the ones off the top of my head. He was a brilliant writer, to be sure, so it wouldn't be prudent his writing based on the books explaining his escalating fear of death. Read it if you want, but, like I said, he's done better.

- Johnny "Echoes. With the sound. Of salesmen. Of salesmen. Oooooof SALESMEN!"

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

"The Divine Invasion," Philip K. Dick

Now, I probably should've clarified this matter before, but since I didn't I'll do it now: "VALIS" was the beginning of a trilogy that comprises the last three books ever written by Philip K. Dick before his death. "The Divine Invasion," then, is the middle child of the series.

The erudition in this book isn't half as convoluted as its predecessor. I keep trying to come up with a metaphor comparing the former book and the latter to the difference between Plato and Plotinus, but the words aren't stringing together like I thought they would. Garble garble garble.

If you like Philip K. Dick, read this book. If you don't, read it anyway. "Ubik" made less sense and "VALIS" less still. The one's at the other end of the spectrum. If you've read anything by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., you should read at least this part of the VALIS trilogy. (It's like he's channeling him!)

P.S. I prefer referring to authors by their last name only. For obvious reasons, I cannot feel comfortable doing that until I'm done reading this author. It's quite the inconvenience.

- Johnny "Does this dress make me look fat?"

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

"VALIS," Philip K. Dick

Do you like big words? Do you like long-winded conversations on metaphysical matters? If you answer either of these questions with 'no,' then VALIS is not for you.

"Not for me?!" you say. "I'll show you!"

Well, fine. Be that way. But don't say I didn't warn you.

VALIS is an acronym for Vast Active Living Intelligence System. I had to go look that up just now, and for anyone else that should be the blinking red light screaming, "Get out while you have the chance!" Not me, though. I do not presume to be smart, but I am dedicated to whatever I'm doing to a fault. The operative word in that sentence is 'FAULT.'

The book itself is indeed about whatever I just typed up there (I'm not doing it again, not gonna even look at it, no sir). It deals with depression, suicide, empathy, God, hippies, suffering, and some other stuff, most of it esoteric. If you like a good story I wouldn't steer you away from this book, but you have to be willing to pay attention to the details. And maybe have a rudimentary understanding of Greek and Latin and their mythologies and the religions of pretty much every culture on the planet.

But, then again, I did warn you earlier, didn't I?

- Johnny

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Jazz and the British.

So, I'm Jazz. Turning 21 on Feb 8th, according to Egypt I can start drinking and practicing my legal rights but being Lebanese (we can drink and are given legal rights at the age of 18), I'm not so very excited about turning 21. Don't get me wrong, I treasure my birthdays and people who don't wish me happy birthday and get me gifts get cursed. But on the other hand, getting older isn't a woman's favourite thing.

I'm married, have a boy, and I dropped out of university in the very first year. However, I do read and I do believe I can write a review! So, here I am co-blogging in this wonderful blog with wonderful people.

Now, I love the Brits. I love the way they speak, the wierd stuff they eat, the brilliant movies they make, and the best books and novels they write. So, I will probably be reviewing British books most often. However, Americans do tend to write good self-help crap and I like those too ;)

That's my introduction. I'm not much into webcomics or any comics at all. I hate manga stuff and I am not at all interested in fantasy unless it cracks me the hell up.


Go, Johnny, Go Go Go!

Johnny be good tonight. <3 I, too, am a fan of Philip "Jolly Jack" Jackson. I theorize that the characters are supposed to be British, but my feeble male mind can't process this revelation. But if it could, it'd probably make a loud "SQUEE!" and then esplode. In that order.

Jessie has invited me to blog about books with her, and as I am interested in reading a lot this year, I accept her invitation. And also 'cause it's Jessie! <3 So here's to reading stuff this year. Webcomics an' books an'... stuff. *shrug*


- Johnny


'Cause I luff Scarlet.

Anyways. Here's a blog for the books I (re)read. What I think of them. If I even do think anything of them.

Also, any webcomics I like. Anything I read and find hilarious, or highly interesting.

I am a bookworm. Have always been one, hopefully will always be one. So here's to a good book-full 2009 & future years. ;D

The Gypsy.