All posts tagged: 20XX

Review: The Weirdness, by Jeremy P. Bushnell (2014)

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Billy Ridgeway’s not in the greatest shape at the moment by any stretch of the imagination. An aspiring author, he spends most of his time either making artisanal sandwiches for the better-off-than-he-is who frequent the shop he works at, or trying desperately to get his writing published. On the eve of his first launch party, after finally getting a story in at a small literary magazine, Billy wakes up to find a strange person in […]

Review: Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh (2014)

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In a near-future New York City that has been ravaged by dirty bombs, climate change and massive depopulation, a former garbageman-turned-hired killer named Spademan plies his trade for a modest fee. The philosophically bent Spademan is somewhat understandably leery of learning too much about his clients and their targets as this could lead to complications, and what does it really matter in the end when his boxcutter is up against their throat? Most of the […]

Review: The Fictional Man, by Al Ewing (2013)

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Here’s another fun Hollywood-centred novel to add to my recent reading, alongside Zeroville, Beautiful Ruins and Night Film. In a world just a few steps away from our own, cloning technology has advanced to the point that living, breathing humans can be crafted out of traits culled from a fictional work. Hollywood is eager to jump in on this innovation as it saves them having to think too hard about casting people for roles, and by […]

Review: The Night Gwen Stacy Died, by Sarah Bruni

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A superhero whose adventures are written in the classic Marvel Comics style lives in a world so fraught with tragedy that mere mortals could not bear it. Each month, friends and family are put in deadly peril, allies are mind-controlled, replaced with robot or alien doubles, and countless civilians are hurt by battle debris. At their best, monthly comics are essentially four-colour soap operas, and no hero’s saga exemplifies this best than that of Spider-Man, […]

Review: Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon

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As some of my friends from university who I subjected to drunken attempts at getting them to read The Crying of Lot 49 might attest, trying to condense a Thomas Pynchon story into a short synopsis is a bit like trying to explain math to a cat. Here goes: Maxine Tarnow is a fraud investigator from New York’s Upper West Side circa early 2001, who’s officially lost her license but doesn’t really seem to mind all […]

The Spoiler Show Notes – Episode Twenty-Seven: Hypocalypse Now!

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Hey there! Very special episode for you this week, what with the Apocalypse on the way and all, Marcus and I decided to do a public service announcement concerning all the myriad ways we might snuff it. http://spoilershow.podomatic.com/entry/2012-12-07T08_25_03-08_00 I ranked 10 of my favorite Apocalypses by their likelihood of happening, and Marcus and I reasoned through them. We also let slip which ones we think are the most entertaining (in theory, always in theory). In […]

THE SPOILER SHOW EPISODE FIVE – PROMETHEUS ROUNDTABLE

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What’s that? It’s #spoilerfriday again? Well it must be time for another episode of The Spoiler Show! This week, Marcus and I are joined once again by Jeff “Old Man Time” Turner, as we engage in a spirited roundtable discussion of Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS. It’s a no holds barred look at the overarching themes and imagery of the film, with spoilers aplenty. Does this much-ballyhooed movie live up to all the hype? Listen and find […]

The Resolution Project Book Forty-Seven: Infinite Jest (1996) – Part Three

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This is the third part of my review of Infinite Jest. Here‘s the first part, and here‘s the second part. The Resolution Project: For my New Year’s resolution this year (that being 2011), I decided to try and read all one hundred of the novels picked by Time Magazine as the best since their inception in 1923 to the list’s publication in 2005. I exempted myself from reading ones I’ve already read, leaving some eighty-six or so to read before […]

The Resolution Project Book Forty-Seven: Infinite Jest (1996) – Part Two

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This is the second part of my review of Infinite Jest. Here‘s the first part, and here‘s the third part. “The man tended to look up at him like people with legs look up at buildings and planes. ‘You can of course view entertainments again and again without surcease on TelEntertainment disks of storage and retrieval.’ Orin’s way of looking up as he remembered was nothing like the seated guy’s way of looking up. ‘But not the same. […]