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Literature Meets Comics

Lene sent me this joke and it gave me a cross-genre nerdgasm.

Who is Jay Gatsby’s favorite superhero?
Green Lantern.

Who is Jay Gatsby’s least favorite superhero?


Books Are Sexy

“We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them.”
-John Waters


The Lord of the Atlas

This quote made me happy:

“There are two novels that can transform a bookish 14-year-kld’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish daydream that can lead to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood in which large chunks of the day are spent inventing ways to make real life more like a fantasy novel. The other is a book about orcs.” – John Rogers

Thanks, Lene!


I stopped in at Books, Inc. last week and grabbed Twitterature. It describes itself as an “amalgamation of “twitter” and “literature”; humorous reworkings of literary classics for the twenty-first century intellect, in digestible portions of 20 tweets of fewer.”

So far I’ve been enjoying them a lot. The Hobbit in tweetspeak is amazing. A few of The Hobbit tweets:

Waaaallllllkkkiiiiiiinnn! Oh, wait. Stopped to eat.

Eating a sandwich – really good.

Taking a shit – really good.

Goddamn it. We’re walking again. Deep forests. Endless mountains. Bad reception.

Walking still.

Eating again.


But here’s my absolute favorite so far:

On the Road
by Jack Kerouac

For TWITERATURE of On the Road by Jack Kerouac, please see On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

So. Fucking. Unbelievably. True.

It’s funny because I never made it through On the Road when I tried reading it in college. Maybe now that I read, speak, write, and think in tweetspeak I’d have a better chance of engaging with it.

Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury

I love when she slaps the girl wearing the “I Heart Kurt Vonnegut” t-shirt. LOL

via I Can Has Internets

Fucking Brilliant

This had me LOLing.

Not a Trashy Vampire Romance Novel: Book Sleeve

Oh dude, if I decide to read the remaining Twilight books, someone will need to kindly buy me this book sleeve:

Also, I like this one too, titled Believe with the description Princesses, dragons, and unicorns, oh my!:

I Love My Nook

My company got me a nook for my 5 year work anniversary. What’s funny is they totally got me to weigh in on which device I would pick, without me knowing. Lene asked me over IM one day in January which device her friend should get, an iPad, Kindle, or nook. I ranted about the iPad and how I would never get one because of Apple’s fascist control of content in their iPhone OS devices. I then went on to say how buying a nook was a smart choice because, as a challenger brand, nook would help force Kindle, the industry leader, to evolve.

A few weeks later, I opened my anniversary present and it was a nook! My bosses said they wish they’d had a camera to capture my expression. I was utterly surprised and stoked!

First impression: nook gives Apple a run for its money with regard to pretty packaging design. Before I even touched the device, I was impressed with the simple, elegant lines of the packaging. Of course, the lucite box was a bit difficult to open, and nook even includes instructions on how to break into the plastic vault.

After finally freeing my nook from its beautifully translucent cage, I held it in my hands and was impressed again. The ergonomics of the nook are better than that of the Kindle, imho. It has keenly beveled edges and just looks a little less brick-like than the Kindle.

As I started using the nook, I began falling deeply in love with it. The ability to customize the screensavers and background images provided me with hours of fun. Nook-Look.com has a great selection of user generated backgrounds and screensavers. Currently I’m using this background called BowChickenBowCow. (Say that out loud, a la Seinfeld.) Love it!

Buying books on nook is just as easy as on the Kindle. I’ve set my nook up to use my home Wifi, and when I’m out and about it uses a 3G connection easily and quickly. I’ve bought about a dozen books so far and read about half of them. I like paying less for books and saving trees while I’m at it. I do miss the actual bound paper in my hands, but that nostalgia is wearing off pretty quickly.

Since the launch of the iPad I’ve read a lot of comments about how the Kindle and nook pale in comparison to the magical wonders of the iPad. (iPad, disappear me!) But, you know what? Not every technology device has to be all things to all people. Sometimes specificity is a good thing. I like my nook because it does one thing and does it quite well. In fact, I’m glad I can’t read email, tweet, and surf the internet on my nook. If I could do all of those things, I’d probably get very little reading done!

I do, however, have a few bones to pick with nook. But they’re minor bones… They’re more like pinky finger bones to pick. First, the page turning is too slow for my liking. The device should have two or three pages loaded in RAM for quick access both forward and backward. I don’t like waiting 3+ seconds for the next page to appear. Second, I’m a little annoyed that you can’t search a book by highlights you’ve made. You can add highlights pretty easily, and even make notes about your highlight. But, you can only search a book by bookmarks. Thus, you would have to bookmark the same page a highlight is on to be able to search for the highlights you’ve made. That seems like an easy software glitch to correct. Hey Barnes & Noble: Please add “Search by highlight” to your next OS iteration. Kthxbye.

Much like Kindle, there is absolutely no eye strain with the e Ink technology in the nook. That’s because there’s no backlit LCD blaring light into your retinas and tiring them out. (Note: iPad and other tablets all use backlit LCDs, which equal eye strain.) e Ink somewhat resembles the displays of the solar powered calculators we all had as kids. It’s more advanced, but it looks pretty similar. I read my nook for 4 hours on the train and my eyes never tired. Of course, no backlight also means you can’t read in the dark. But, that’s a small hurdle to overcome.

The nook’s other cool feature, that I have yet to use, is book sharing. You can digitally share certain books with other nook owners for up to two weeks. When you share a book, your friend gets the digital file on their device for up to two weeks. At that point, if the other person hasn’t finished the book, they have to buy it. But, I like the idea of a two-week sharing period, and I look forward to using it with someone soon.

Bottom line: I LOVE my nook. In the six weeks since I’ve had it, I’ve read four books on my nook (and another book that I read in paperback). That’s well above my average one book per 4-6 weeks. So, I’d say the nook has rekindled my voracious appetite for or books.

Note: The books I’ve read on my nook are:

Also, check out this detailed technological comparison of nook and Kindle. And, another one comparing Kindle, iPad, and nook.

Geek Love: Book Review

I joined a gay book club recently. (No, the books aren’t gay books, the guys are gay and we read all different kinds of books.) I had my first meeting earlier this week and we discussed last month’s book Geek Love. I’ll pat myself on the back and say I was the only one in the group who finished the book. I’ll pat myself further and say I was responsible for convincing several guys to finish the book, despite their misgivings about its darkness and depravity.

(Spoilers ahead)

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn is one of the most bizarre and disturbing books I’ve ever read. Because of its uniqueness, I really enjoyed it. The story centers around a family of mutant circus children. Two parents decide they want to start their own circus and they imbibe various radioisotopes and poisons during childbirth to produce freak children. They sire Arturo (Arty) the flipper boy, Electra (Elly) and Iphigenia (Iphy) the siamese twins, Olympia (Oly) the hunchback albino dwarf (and narrator), and finally Fortunato (Chick) the telekinetic.
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5 Book Reviews in 10 Minutes

I decided to have some fun and video record myself doing book reviews instead of typing them out. Forgive the choppiness of the video… I had to edit out a whole minute to get under the 10 minute YouTube maximum, and I haven’t quite yet mastered editing video files.

In 10 quick minutes I review the following five books:

A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Almost Like Being in Love by Steve Kluger
Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card

Hilarious Amazon Review of The Secret

Okay, I have no idea if this is a real review. I did not check it on Amazon to see if it’s really there. Who cares, this shit is funnnnnny. (click the image to enlarge)

Showtime and Stan Lee Sign on to HERO

As you may recall, I loved the book Hero. And, I was pretty stoked when rumors started circulating about a movie. The news du jour is that Showtime has picked up the Hero story and Stan Lee has signed on too. Woo, now I’m uber-stoked!

Hot Book of Outback Cowboys

Um, is it too late to ask for a belated birthday present? I want this book in real bad way. It takes me back to my days as a kid growing up on the cattle ranch. Dayum, cowboys are just so freakin hot. Check out a few steamy examples of what’s inside this book:

Book Reviews

The Corrections
by Jonathan Franzen

This was recommended by my coworker, who has excellent taste in literature. When I first picked up The Corrections, I had a hard time getting into it. It was slow and I didn’t find myself liking Chip, the first character. I stalled in my progress, and moved onto something else. When I told my coworker this, she urged me to just keep with it — that it would get much much better. And wow, was she ever right?!

The Corrections follows one family through an anxiety-ridden attempt at a final Christmas reunion. The father, Alfred, is riddled with Parkinson’s and it’s driving his wife Enid crazy. Their son Chip loses his professorship and embarks on a wild journey through Lithuanian politics. Their other son Gary struggles to save his marriage while avoiding the fact that he’s severely depressed. And finally, Denise explores her bisexuality, gains everything she could ever want in her career, only to lost it because of her affair with a husband and wife.

After I made my way past the first 80 pages, I couldn’t put this book down. It’s fantastic. A roller coaster of an anxiety attack, that keeps your attention in the most perverse way.

Anansi Boys
by Neil Gaiman

Gaiman’s American Gods blew my mind. Anansi Boys is a well-written and engaging prequel. I actually think Anansi Boys is stylistically better than American Gods. Unfortunately, Anansi Boys revolves around only one character: Spider. Again, Gaiman proves he’s a master of his own universes. I was riveted by Anansi Boys, losing hours of sleep the night I finally finished it off. I wish Gaiman would write more stories about this universe. Next up, I plan on reading the short story about Shadow.

Soon I Will Be Invincible
by Austin Grossman

You all know that I love anything and everything about superheroes. But this book sucked me in more than the average spandex-wearing, secret identity story typically does. It follows the story of two characters: Dr. Invincible, the eternally thwarted super villain; and Fatale, a new cyborg super heroine. Their stories intertwine as Dr. Invincible plans his ultimate doomsday scenario. While Grossman draws off traditional hero characters (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, etc.), his characters and their world is uniquely Grossman’s. Although it had a few plot holes and narrative gaps, I was completely willing to forgive them because of the novelty of what Grossman had created. I won’t say too much more now, because Lene and I are planning to podcast our review of the book once she’s finished with it. Until then, check out Soon I Will Be Invincible and let me know what you think.

Also, I can’t wait to read the graphic novel. The web site is pretty cool too!

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