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The Filth by Grant Morrison
The Filth by Grant Morrison
3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a mess with no message, 23 Jun 2009
This book is, to put it bluntly; a mess. While the invisibles was always abit erratic and somewhat weighed down by the sum of its parts, you always felt like Morrison was in control and had some sort of coherent ending in mind.

'The Filth' by comparison feels like a ramshackle collection of all the half-baked, half-thought-out ideas that didnt quite make it into the invisibles. If there is a theme to this graphic novel it entirely passed me by. Some might argue that 'pornography' and 'sexual degradation' are the key themes at work here. Well yes, there are "some" references to pornography (including a lame pastiche of Max Hardcore half way through that goes nowhere) but… Read more
The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradis&hellip by R. D. Laing
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
As a psychiatric-call-arms this book is abit of a dog's dinner. Apart from the very last chapter everything here is taken from direct transcripts of Laing's lectures throughout the early 60s. The style & approach changes quite rapidly then: The first 3 chapters are abit Irving Goffman with possibly a hint of heidegger thrown in, and its probably only until chapter 4 that Laing starts to write in his own voice and becomes profound by way of personal experience; as opposed to whatever he was reading the week before.

And do you know, for all the accusations of self-indulgent anti-conformism, Laing is just about the most lucid, compassionate, rational and pragmatic philosopher of… Read more
Angry Candy by Harlan Ellison
Angry Candy by Harlan Ellison
Im not sure that you could call this collection of short stories 'sci-fi', there's abit of everything here - Hard fantasy, Gumshoe detective, new weird, sci-fi lite, high brow lit.

So which genre is Harlan best at? Im not really sure. Which isnt to say that i think he excels at every literary style he attempts because i dont think he does. What i think he's very proficient at is adopting a distinct and separate voice for each style he takes on. And by 'voice' i mean imitating most of his literary friends/heroes.

Fantasy pieces are full of Tolkeinesque neologisms where youre buggered if you can tell the 'subjects' from the 'objects'. Self-consciously philosophical… Read more

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