Sunday, 24 February 2013

1up Blog #105: My Favorite Books and Comics: Part One (02/06/2013)

This list of my favorite written material is far from complete. Not only am I still a young reader (and a slow one at that!), I’m in the middle of reading two works good enough to make the list! Regardless, once I get in the mood to write a blog about something I do it. So here it is: My soon-to-change list of favorite books! Also, after writing this one I found it was long enough that I might as well split it into two blogs.
I'd be hard pressed to find a comic deeper than this one in terms of story. Unlike many superhero stories, there’s nothing much happy about Watchmen. In fact, the whole thing is a rather depressingly look at human nature. From what I've heard, the author is now insane and seemingly hates people. Looking at the stuff he wrote in Watchmen, that's not at all surprising.
There is that movie, which was decent (and hey, it was because of the movie trailer that I checked out the comic!). Although they didn’t capture the story of the comic very well, it did at least get some of the visual elements right.

Watchmen had a pretty deep story but as far as the most ambitious and epic story, that award would go to Dune. Due to the book pretty much creating its own language, you have to constantly flip to the back to really understand what’s going on. That’s not a knock on the book because this world really sucks you in. I enjoyed the journey Dune sent me on so much it left me a little depressed when it ended. No wonder George Lucas royally ripped this one off when he made Star Wars!
I’ve yet to read the sequels of this book. Some say they are just as good as the first, others say they go off the rails into badly written sci-fi pulp. Either way, I will have to revisit the first book if I ever decided jump back into the world of Dune again. I will forever avoid the David Lynch movie though; I couldn’t stomach ten minutes of that!

"The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."
That is the first sentence in Neuromancer and probably my favourite sentence in any book. There’s something about these words that does an insanely good job visualizing the world of the book in an interesting way. Afterall, any great book should be able to visualize things better in words than they could be seen in art. As with most cyberpunk, the world of Neuromancer is a dystopia. The main character rarely talks and he has a Trinity-esque female sidekick who does most of the fighting. Guess which book the Matrix heavily borrowed from? This book is among the best in its genre and hey, it has a pretty good story too.
Reading in Progress…

I’m in the middle of reading this one right now. I imagine most people, like me, watched the Ghibli movie before hunting down this manga. The movie is great, one of the best animated movies in my opinion. However, the movie only covers the first two of seven volumes in the manga (which took 12 years till it was finally completed). This version of Nausicaa not only goes a lot deeper but it is also a lot darker. Reading this, I feel like I’m watching the protagonist turn from an innocent girl just trying to do the right thing to someone so damaged by her actions that she becomes something else. Maybe even something evil. I’m really interested in seeing where this story goes, but I’ll be damned if I won’t take my sweet time getting there!

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