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    The Books I Read: January – February 2018

    The Elven by Bernhard Hennen It took me two months of dedicated reading to complete this. Of course, I took breaks along the way, but still, I feel stories can wear out their welcome. We’re not in the era of television-less-ness anymore. We don’t need War and Peace to keep us occupied. And this is a callback to those kinds of books. It’s a saga rooted in high fantasy and Norse/Germanic myths (like elves and dwarves). We’ve got three main characters. Two are elves who have been rivals for a girl elf’s love for whatever thousands of years elves live. The last is a viking who gets treated like the…

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    The Books I Read: November – December 2013 (Part 1)

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick It’s definitely unlike the movie. I’ve complained before about Blade Runner, and that it’s all style and lacking cohesion. The book feels a little more satirical, a little more biting, and not so concerned about looking and feeling cool. It’s really steeped in allegory and metaphor and THE MESSAGE. It’s interesting how the director saw a movie in this. The portion that made it into the film is quite minimal. He probably could have saved some money by filing off the serial numbers. The book itself? Well, it’s hard to put an opinion on it. It’s a novel to be…

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    They Should Remake Blade Runner

    This may force them to revoke my sci-fi card, but I have to say it. I am not very fond of Blade Runner, and I think it would benefit from a remake. I really can’t watch it. It’s just so boring. It’s a good movie… as an art film. It’s great for the film noir + cyberpunk mood. But as a story with characters and plot, it’s so thin. It’s a better movie to have on the background — all style. Just about everything interesting happens off-screen. It’s a good concept, but concept doesn’t translate to a linear progression of events. Can I admire a movie without liking it? There’s…