Comics and More (was Re: Best of 2001)
argross at bigpond.net.au
Wed Jan 16 06:58:10 EST 2002
> On Tue, 15 Jan 2002 18:32:52 +1100, Gross Family wrote:
> >As synchronicity would have it, I happened to get a copy of a fanzine
> >that mentioned _The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay_ by Michael
> >Chabon, and the person who wrote about it is Australian Bruce Gillespie,
> >I can ask him where he got his copy from. It sounds like something I
> >definitely like.
> I've been raving about it to everyone I meet, but most of my friends
> probably wouldn't like it. I think a few of them might be turned off by
> homosexual theme, which I think is very tastefully done and makes certain
> subplots more poignant.
I'm more likely to be offended by the people who are offended!
> And I thought we had it bad paying $7 for a cheaply printed paperback.
> _League_ is a favorite of mine because (as you might recall from my
> I am passionate about superhero-team stories. I love the idea of people
> with disparate abilities working together, complementing each others'
> strengths. I know it can be cliched (a la Voltron or Power Rangers) but
> it's dear to my heart. _League_ is also packed full of literary
> and subplots, and tackles a number of Victorian era literary
> types--including, I should warn you, Victorian pornography.
I'm very hard to offend, especially when it comes to reading. :-)
I don't know much about superhero teams as such (though I do remember Power
Rangers from when my kids were small), but as I said before, I'm passionate
about the idea of people with special powers, so this sounds delicious.
[stuff snipped about _Red Heart of Memories_]
> I can't figure it out myself. I've read both _Red Heart_ and _Dreaming_,
> and in both cases was left feeling as though I hadn't understood what the
> real story was. I enjoy the prose, but I can't seem to identify the
> point of the narrative. Like, in _Red Heart_, I thought the story was
> to be about the search, and it turned out to be about the gold dust magic
> stuff (that's incoherent, but I haven't read it for a while), and I felt
> though I'd missed something that would have indicated that plot twist. I
> don't know.
Yep. I know what you mean. It lacked a central organizing idea, maybe. And
it certainly didn't seem to have a climax of any kind.
> >I would *love* to belong to a reading group that reads the kind of book I
> >read, but most of them seem to read stuff I'm just not interested in.
> As we were waiting for everyone to show up, two of the ladies told me
> how the book group got started. It turned out that all of them had been
> another, much larger, discussion group many years ago. Theoretically each
> member was supposed to have a chance to choose a book and lead the
> discussion, but in practice it was always the same people and they always
> chose whatever was popular and depressing. One woman was a real
> intellectual, and chose classics, and my friends liked those but the rest
> that group thought they were too hard. So these women all got to talking
> and concluded that they would much rather read science fiction and
> And, as I said in the other post, it's been going for about 16 years now.
> feel very fortunate to have been invited to join. It is hard to find good
> reading groups, but so worth it if you can.
This sounds wonderful! I have individual friends with whom I discuss books
sometimes, but a group discussion of a particular book would be marvellous.
I belong to the Nova Mob, a group that gets together to discuss SF/F, but it
tends to be a paper that someone gives on some aspect of SF, or a book
review given by one person--all of which is nice, but not quite a book
> I sure hope you find some of these comics, Ros. I was surprised to
> not only how many of us read comics, but how much agreement there was on
> what we like!
Now that I know what I'm looking for, I'm sure I will. Thanks again for all
the suggestions. I had no idea that comic books were still around in this
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