I loved ZZ Packer's piece in the New York Times Magazine a few weeks ago, and it prompted me to pick up her book of short stories from the library straightaway. THE LOWDOWN Published: 2003, 288 pp. Obtained via: Library Date started: 6.20.08 Date finished: 6.25.08 What I liked: Each one of these short stories… Continue reading ZZ Packer, “Drinking Coffee Elsewhere”
"Transmetropolitan"'s been described as postcyberpunk, which is a new one on me but seems fitting. It's a story about a journalist in search of truth in a grim future, in the same vein as "DMZ." THE LOWDOWN Published: 1998, 72 pp., and 1999, 208 pp. Obtained via: Pat Date started: 6.12.08 Date finished: 6.15.08 What… Continue reading Warren Ellis and Derick Robertson, “Transmetropolitan, Vols. 1 and 2”
You know I love a good dystopia story, and this one is a cross between "The Giver" and "Brave New World," with a dash of "Lost" thrown in for good measure. The story follows Honor, a young girl who is just trying to fit in the not-so-distant future in the society built by Earth Mother… Continue reading Allegra Goodman, “The Other Side of the Island”
I love this writer, and the movie based on this book was pretty good, too. THE LOWDOWN Published: 1993, 250 pp. Obtained via: Jason Date started: 4.5.08 Date finished: 4.10.08 What I liked: It's another example of first-person plural narration that works really well. It also reminds me of the writearound technique magazine writers use… Continue reading Jeffrey Eugenides, “The Virgin Suicides”
I hate giving up on books. If I make it past the first page, I almost always stick with it until the end. But this week I had to give up on two that were seriously slowing me down. First: "The Hot Zone" by Kevin Sites. This dude's a war correspondent for Yahoo! and this… Continue reading Books I couldn’t finish
All the fake news that was fit to print from October 2003 to November 2004. THE LOWDOWN Published: 2005, 320 pp. Obtained via: Library Date started: 3.4.08 Date finished: 3.15.08 What I liked: All the usual stuff. What I didn't like: No complaints. What I learned: Learning?
Never read this in high school—how did that happen? THE LOWDOWN Published: 1962 edition, 246 pp. Obtained via: Library Date started: 3.2.08 Date finished: 3.8.08 What I liked: Finally being able to honestly nod in agreement when someone makes a reference to this book. But really, I liked the dystopian influences and the pacing of… Continue reading William Golding, “Lord of the Flies”