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 Posted: Sat Oct 27th, 2007 01:50 pm

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I'm about half way throught 'I'm an American and So Can You' by Stephen Colbert. It's hilarious. As good or better than his TV show. :D



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 Posted: Fri Mar 14th, 2008 07:16 pm

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I'm about half way through 'On The Road' by Jack Kerouac. It's a really interesting 'people' book. Very deep into relationships and life experiences. A really good read.



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After promising myself I would do it for quite some time, I finally picked up a copy of A Confederacy of Dunces.  Many an informed source have told me over the years that this is the funniest book ever written, so I figured it would be right up my alley and cracked it open with rapt anticipation.

...only to discover that it SUCKS!  My Lord, if this is the funniest book ever written, then I weep for the species, because I've gotten more laughs out of a Bazooka Joe comic than the first hundred pages of this tripe.

To be fair, I gave the book the benefit of the doubt...the first half anyway.  That was all I could stand, and so, for the first time in almost five years I walked away from a book (prior to this, the last thing I'd given up on was Finnegans Wake, which shouldn't really count, considering the only person who could even begin to make sense of that brick of lunacy is James Joyce, and he died sixty years ago).  How this book managed to wrangle a Pulitzer Prize is utterly beyond my reckoning.

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 Posted: Wed Apr 9th, 2008 07:32 pm

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*crosses that book off her list* I trust your opinion so if it SUCKS, it SUCKS!



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 Posted: Sun Jul 13th, 2008 04:18 pm

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Speaking of funny books, I just started 'When You Are Engulfed In Flames' by David Sedaris. It doesn't sound like it from the title, but the book is hysterical. David Sedaris is probably one of the funniest authors I read in a long time, and most of his material comes from his own life experiences. Which makes it that much wilder! It's a great read if you are able to appreciate the wierd/funny side of life.



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Sounds funny, let me know how you like them..

I'm currently reading a series of books that Ketana's mother sent me..all by T. Lobsang Rampa, a famous Tibetan monk....VERY interesting stuff.



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 Posted: Mon Jul 14th, 2008 09:29 am

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glad to see you're enjoying them Maya, I know I did when I read them a while ago..very fascinating stuff!



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 Posted: Mon Jul 14th, 2008 01:24 pm

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CheshireKat wrote: Speaking of funny books, I just started 'When You Are Engulfed In Flames' by David Sedaris. It doesn't sound like it from the title, but the book is hysterical. David Sedaris is probably one of the funniest authors I read in a long time, and most of his material comes from his own life experiences. Which makes it that much wilder! It's a great read if you are able to appreciate the wierd/funny side of life.
That sounds like a book I'd be interested in.  I must look it up at amazon and see if they have it.  I'd go to library but the only thing about that is, I take so long to read books, I'd keep on having to re borrow it which is a pain as my library is not that near to me.  It sucks suffering from dyslexia.

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 Posted: Tue Jul 15th, 2008 09:47 pm

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In a blitzkrieg attempt to slake my anticipation for The Dark Knight, I'm reading The Further Adventures of the Joker.  This is a collection of short prose stories that explore various aspects of the Joker's history, personality, etc.  On the whole the writing is pretty good, and the stories themselves range from quirky to intriguing to deeply unsettling...which I'd say pretty much captures the character's essence.

Unfortunately, the book is currently out of print (it was originally published in 1990), but there are numerous copies available on eBay and Amazon.  Trust me when I say that if you're a Batman fan, this book belongs on your shelf.



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I've always held the opinion that they 'cleaned up' the Joker's personality for the big screen. I felt he was a most enigmatic but disturbing character.  Glad to see that Heath Ledger finally let it all hang out. I hear his performance was Oscar-worthy. Jack Nicholson would be proud.

 

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 Posted: Wed Jul 16th, 2008 12:47 am

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Part of that "clean up" job has to do with the ratings...as the franchise seems joined at the hip to the PG-13 rating, they can only push the extreme elements of his character so far before they're forced to make concessions (although from what I've read/heard, The Dark Knight just escaped a R-rating by the skin of its teeth). 

To that end--and not withstanding Heath's performance, which is being described as chilling--we'll probably never see a completely uninhibited portrayal of the depths of the Joker's depravity.  For a look at just how sick and twisted he can be, you might check out the following graphic novels:

The Killing Joke (by venerated comic scribe and world-class prima donna Alan Moore)

Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth (...just...weird)

The Man Who Laughs
(a brutally modernized retelling of the Joker's first crime spree)


And of course, if chance permits, I recommend you get ahold of a copy of the book I'm reading.  What's particularly interesting about it is that most of the stories are not by comic writers, but rather, writers who primarily work in the mystery and/or horror genres...fitting to say the least :shock:



Of course, the nature of a particular portrayal also depends on the particulars of the source material.  For example, on the old live-action show from the 60's, the Joker was a silly, relatively benign prankster, which is pretty much how he appeared in the comics at the time (the blame for which can be laid at the feet of the Comics Code Authority, which effectively caponized the medium from the 1950's through the early 80's).


That said, with all due respect to those who breathed life into the role before and after, my favorite portrayal of the Joker--as of this writing anyway--was the Luke Skywalker-voiced incarnation from the mid-90's animated series (which boasted some badass vocal portrayals all around).


Enough for now.  Why am I not sleeping?



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Pesrsonally I would have loved to see what kind of character dimension Frank Miller or Neil Gaiman would have had on the Joker's personality...oh if only..:FIREdevil:

If you're a fan of the darker-edged sort of comic anti-heroes, don't forget to check out The Preacher and the original Elektra Assassin (NOT the cleaned up campy version starring Jennifer Garner). Both of those characters' original storylines were disturbing and dark, just the way I like it...:xdiablo: Stick to the orignial comix.



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 Posted: Sat Aug 2nd, 2008 02:47 pm

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I just finished 'Bonk - The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex' by Mary Roach. From the title, you would thing this would be a boring technical book. Mary Roach's quirky and sometimes slightly twisted sense of humor keeps this from being anything but a 'dry' read.

Did you know that there are testicular implants for neutered pets? They're called 'Neuticles' http://www.neuticles.com/ They range in size fome feline to bull and are designed to enhance a neutered pets self-esteem. They probably do more for the male pet owner than for the pet however *ahem*

BTW lab rats wearing polyester pants get less sex than lab rats wearing either cotton or wool pants. Scientists think it may have to do with static electricity in the genital region created by the polyester. Maybe it's really just a fashion statement?

Just a couple factiods to add to your Trivial Pursuit knowledge base. :D



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 Posted: Fri Aug 29th, 2008 10:14 am

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I have just run across a most deliciously wickedly funny book! Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich and I have never laughed so hard and so loud in my life!! Her characters are intriging..okay imagine Lula, a former hooker and quite amply endowed wearing spandex that barely fits her working Atlantic City and announcing to all who would be in listening distance that she is an 'almost supermodel' while creating a diversion by dropping her bucket filled with nickels..I swear I never laughed so hard in my life..Ms. Evanovich has fourteen books and I'm on the hunt for each and every one of them!!!



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I saw ketana had posted in the 'you cracked a book 'thud' thread' and I was wondering who she hit over the head.



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