My Copy: 9781935429081 (image from bn.com) We've come to the final volume of Akira, and oh, what battles have been fought for the world and Tokyo by the last page. This was worth the wait. Akira (volume 6) is all about the battles taking place in Neo-Tokyo, from the iconic Olympic stadium where the demonstration … Continue reading Akira (volume 6), by Katsuhiro Otomo
My Copy: 9781935429005 (Image from bn.com) It's rather tricky coming to a graphic novel after you've already seen the film version dozens of times, but I'm intrigued by this series and FINALLY have the whole thing. The books are hefty and pricey (hell, there's 2,000+ pages over 6 volumes), but after saving and using my … Continue reading Akira (volume 1), by Katsuhiro Otomo
My Copy: 9780760346198 (image from Goodreads.com) I thought it was a joke at first, with the Haynes cover and all. I thought of Haynes as the fix-your-own-car guide, the source of all wisdom for all wannabe do-it-yourselfers (Boy, I miss those days). I thought it was a funny idea, silly to have a book like … Continue reading Apollo 13 Owner’s Workshop Manual: An Engineering Insight Into How NASA Saved the Crew of the Failed Moon Mission, by Dr. David Baker
I have to say, maybe the story's so well known that it makes this play easier to understand than I thought it would be. Now I'm wondering why we never read the complete play when I was in school, though every 10th grader had to deal with it. Guess the teachers thought the parts after … Continue reading “Julius Caesar,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare
I was looking for good film score music to put on my playlist (I downloaded Pollock and Frida) when I bumped into the soundtrack to Loving Vincent by Clint Mansell. I hadn't heard of this film (and it hadn't come out on DVD yet), but I saw the trailer for the film and couldn't believe … Continue reading “Loving Vincent” has to be one of the most beautiful films in years.
I love this film. But I love it so much that I have to have a specific time and environment to watch it in for Christmas. Just hearing the music and knowing what I'm going to see puts a lump in my throat every time. This year, it will happen when dad finally goes to … Continue reading Joyeux Noel, the film that shows humanity and Peace on Earth in the most inhumane, not-peaceful situation.
My Copy: 9780380729401 (image from amazon.com) Oh heavens, I can see now why this is called the "imcomparable masterwork of the dark fantastic." It truly is an amazing, scary, suspenseful work by the awesome Ray Bradbury. I wanted this review up for Halloween night proper, but after reading I suppose it works just as well … Continue reading Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
My Copy: 9780679722649 (Image from bookcoverarchive.com) Okay, if you've seen the classic film with Humphrey Bogart, then you've basically got the story down. I love this book. I've read it twice now and will be keeping this one on the shelves in my writer's hall-of-fame. I can't help it. Much like the film itself, the … Continue reading The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett
Wow--the end of the "Karla Trilogy" at last...and a damned-good ending! I was glad to read this book, though I wish I didn't have so many priorities take me away from it so often. I was afraid I might've missed some crucial info, but once I got the chance to really stick with it and read it the past two days, it got really good. So good that last night I had 6 chapters left and kept getting up to read more. I finished around 3:30 a.m., probably feeling about the same way Smiley did by the end of the book (hee hee).
My Copy: 9780143120933 This is the 2nd time I read this book--the first time, the movie was just coming out and I really wanted to finish the book before seeing it (didn't happen, I admit). As I read this time, I had more hours to dedicate and was able to take my time absorbing it. … Continue reading Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, by John le Carre