Harlan Ellison on Political Correctness

How can one man be so freaking awesome? “In addition to having a more steadily illiterate audience every  year, that is to say people who don’t read books, people who’ve  forgotten the past to the extent that nostalgia is what they had for  breakfast, we have this thing called political correctness […] We are  not… Continue reading Harlan Ellison on Political Correctness

The Golden Compass Review: Excellent Because of its World

Theology, although a dominant presence, isn’t the best part of The Golden Compass. Instead, it’s the world with its inhabitants – armored polar bears, daemons, and witches – that make the book an excellent read. Although it’s a fantastic world, Pullman doesn’t show things as being alien. Instead, he presented them plainly and part of… Continue reading The Golden Compass Review: Excellent Because of its World

Trivium Reminded Me of How Awesome Type O Negative Was

Trivium posted a  new cover song a couple of weeks ago, and it reminded me of why I fell in love with Type O Negative. I first listened to TON when I was a naïve 18 year old. They stole my heart with “Cinnamon Girl” and “My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend.” The style was strange: whereas most… Continue reading Trivium Reminded Me of How Awesome Type O Negative Was

Ellis’ Crooked Little Vein: The Pervert’s Guide to America

I love Warren Ellis’s style. I absolutely fell in love with Spider Jerusalem in Transmetropolitan and the unreliable narrator from Supergods. He carries over the style to Crooked Little Vein, the first novel I’ve read by him, and it was a rather interesting experience. Unlike his graphic novels, I must say the book was an… Continue reading Ellis’ Crooked Little Vein: The Pervert’s Guide to America

Player Piano: A Glimpse of The Present?

Kurt Vonnegut had a way of telling stories with unbridled optimism tinged with a hint of skepticism. Player Piano, his first published novel, is a great example of a career coming into focus, because not only is this a brilliant take on self-worth, it offers insight into what makes people tick. Vonnegut’s sharp satire cuts… Continue reading Player Piano: A Glimpse of The Present?

Empty Streets of Dhaka

One good thing to come out of this election was the free roads. Took the bike out for a long ride through the streets of Badda, Gulshan, and Banani. Dhaka will never be the same again.

Sci-fi Book Reviews: Snow Crash and Year Zero

I’ve always had a soft spot for sci-fi that goes off in crazy directions. I also love how they speculate the future, especially stories published in the ’80s and ’90s. They imagine our (current) world to be an technological utopia. Truth be told, we take for granted a lot of tech in our daily lives,… Continue reading Sci-fi Book Reviews: Snow Crash and Year Zero