Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Book Review: The Overton Window

The Overton WindowThe Overton Window by Glenn Beck

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great read. A lot of it is historically accurate (events surrounding the current state of the US) and some of it is fictional, maybe even conspiratorial, but I found it very enlightening.

Beck does a good job with the relationship between Molly and Noah, very believable. I was blown away by the power Beck puts behind the PR industry, I had no clue organizations like that existed.

I listened to about 3/4 of the book on CD, and read the remainder. The audio book was narrated very well.

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As a side note, I'm not a Glenn Beck fanatic, but I do find myself agreeing with a lot of what he has to say. His Common Sense is very thought provoking, I'm in the process of finishing that now.  I'm finding it interesting how a lot of Libertarians (Ron Paul supporters) don't care fore Glenn Beck, though Beck tends to be leaning more their direction than that of a traditional conservative...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Book Review: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I thought this book was rather dumb. Maybe I missed something, or maybe I need to read all the other volumes to like this one better, but that's not going to happen. The only person I was remotely familiar with was Henry Jekyll, all the other characters I had to look up to see who they really were. At least the movie had Dorian Gray and Tom Sawyer in it, two more people I'm familiar with, but I don't remember it being that great either.

Skip this one if you're looking for a good graphic novel to read.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Book Review: V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Much better than League of Extraordinary Gentleman, but not quite as good as Watchmen. I had a hard time following the leaders of the different organizations (Finger, Eyes, Nose, Mouth, and Head), the Scotsman was easy to follow because of his accent, but everyone else kept getting me confused. Being set in England also made it a little hard to relate with, but I think I got the gist of it and understood what V was trying to do.

I read it rather quickly, so that probably added to my confusion, but despite it all, I liked the storyline. I'm really interested in watching the Wachowski brother's adaptation with Natalie Portman, and see what kind of American twist they put on it that Alan Moore didn't care for, but David Lloyd loved.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Term Limits?

I've been listening to Glenn Beck's Common Sense and he seems to be very adamant about limiting terms for everyone in government from Representatives and Senators to Judges.  He realizes that by doing this it would be a bit of a sacrifice to force good people out of office after a defined time period, but that would be nothing compared to the sacrifice of keeping imbeciles in office for long term.  Being a politician (i.e., Public Servant) shouldn't be a career.

So, having said this, does it make sense to vote anyone out of office that's been in for longer than two terms (regardless of how good or bad they've been doing)?  I tend to think so, to get try to get the hint out that we don't want people making a career out of a government office (I also realize that I can't do this on my own, but that it would take convincing a heck of a lot of people considering that with a 15% approval rate Congress still manages to get 95% of it's reps re-elected).  I'm also beginning to see that there isn't a whole lot of difference between democrats and republicans in Washington, they all want to spend money we don't have.  Anyways, I would just like to hear some of your opinions.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Book Review: The Killing Joke

Batman: The Killing Joke Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I may like this more down the road after thinking about it some more. If I were to have rated it right after I read it, it might have only received one star...but reading more opinions on it and understanding a little better the history surrounding it made me like it a little better.

It's cool to see some of the aspects Christopher Nolan and Heath Ledger used to create the Joker in The Dark Knight (including the Joker's mystery past, his desire to prove good people can go insane after a single bad day - like himself).

The ending joke had me a bit perplexed. This was definitely a story about the Joker, but Batman should have had a bit of a stronger character. Maybe it's the fact that Moore made us see how close the Batman really is to the Joker that made me uncomfortable, but then again most enemies are pretty similar (love/hate, freedom/equality).

The Joker's crippling and desecration of Barbara Gordon was rather disturbing and my main reason for initially not liking the book. But it was pointed out that the only reason he did it was to try to drive Commissioner Gordon insane. Not that that's a good reason to do what he did, but at least there's no reason to believe he raped her - which would have gone over the top for me.

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Friday, July 09, 2010

Book Review: Superman For All Seasons

Superman for All Seasons Superman for All Seasons by Jeph Loeb

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of the best graphic novels I've read yet. It's much more uplifting than the Miller and Moore novels I've read. Granted Batman is meant to be more dark and gritty. This story deals with how Clark Kent came to terms with who he was and how he realized, that even as Superman he wasn't perfect, he couldn't do anything.

If you have the desire to pick up a graphic novel to see what they have to offer, start here. I'll have to find out if this has a sequel.

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Book Review: The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes

The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes (Volume 1) The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really had no idea what to expect going into this graphic novel. My only experience with Neil Gaiman was watching Stardust (which I loved) and Coraline (which I hated).

The beginning and end of the book were pretty cool. The story was intriguing, and I felt that it resolved well. Gaiman presented a pretty good message on power and the importance of understanding and being able to control that power, along with the destruction that occurs when power is misused.

I think is depiction of Dee (Dr. Destiny) inciting all kinds of corruption was a bit too graphic and disturbing for me. I'm not familiar with his character in other comics, but I would have given this book a one of five if it hadn't resolved so well. Dee, one of the antagonists, is portrayed as extremely evil, but then all of a sudden he becomes so naive and harmless once he destroys the Dream's amulet. Is it possible that the naive can be so evil?

I probably won't be reading the next 9 volumes any time soon, if ever.

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