Warren Ellis and Derick Robertson, “Transmetropolitan, Vols. 1 and 2”

"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”

Jeffrey Eugenides, “The Virgin Suicides”

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”

William Golding, “Lord of the Flies”

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”