|Posted by octobercountry on February 11, 2009 at 4:05 AM||comments (1)|
You have to be in the right mindset to enjoy this movie however and the over-the-top, bloody action that frequents the screen from time to time might not be in everybody’s taste, but the beautiful and brutal aesthetics and visual, the clichéd but believable characters and the feel of the city are enough reasons for watching this movie.
Here's a link if you want to check it out: Sin City at Amazon.co.uk
|Posted by octobercountry on February 3, 2009 at 8:32 AM||comments (0)|
There are many ways to define a genre and there are even more different approaches when comparing different media like literature, movies and games. Let’s take literature first: Literary devices are one way, but this doesn’t seem to be effectful since any number of devices can be used in totally different contexts, and there are many elements that more immediately separates different works. The content is a good choice – since we as humans categorizes our interest this way, if one is interested in the Vietnam War, cryptology or magic any book dealing with the subject will do (For those who doesn’t care about writing style or author perspective, which I will discuss in a second) The author perspective is a more complex way to define a work as it requires deeper analysis than just being able to describe the plot and categorizing it that way. How does the author feel about what he is describing, what is his attitude towards the characters, the subject, the conflict, be it personal, societal or philosophical.
This is probably because gameplay is the defining characteristic of a game but there can still be so many differences between games in the same genre.
I myself do not like the concept of the genre especially when I am trying to categorize my own writing, something I try to avoid, but it is practically impossible as the first thing anyone wants to know about a novel or short story is what genre is or what it is about. The preceding elements of genre-placing are just a few out a million different that together defines an individual work and choosing just one defining characteristic seems hard to do. That is my problem with the genre – it doesn’t really say anything about a work, doesn’t explain if it is well written or what conflicts it deals with or how the composition of the story. It is like using a number to determine whether a book is worth reading – it tries to tell us something, but ultimately fails because of lack of information. Reading reviews are the only real option short of reading the actual book or playing the game, if you want to know whether it will appeal to you, but in the end you will never know before you pick up the book or game and experience it for yourself.
|Posted by octobercountry on January 3, 2009 at 7:35 AM||comments (0)|
The Raven is a poem that needs no introduction, and should be read whether or not you are interested in poetry simply because of it?s musically and lightly flowing language, rhythm and rhyme. These are classic examples of romanticist writing and also contain elements of the gothic style that was very popular at Poe?s time.
The stories of Dupin ought to be mentioned as well, the master detective, with whom Poe invented the modern detective story. These three stories are a study in the art of logic and rationalisation and figuring out a crime simply by applying a logical mind and being very aware of the clues given.
Some other stories I have enjoyed include "Thou art the man," William Wilson, The Man of the Crowd and The Facts in the case of M. Valdemar. Some are tales of crime and punishment, some of guilt, some are psycological, some are just out right strange and disturbing, but all top quality.
Poe did not write a whole lot of fiction in his short life time (just 40 years) a single novel which I have yet to read, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, about 60-70 short stories and 40 poems, but he was still an incredibly gifted writer and one those great Americans who managed to reinvent and invent a lot of genres and styles.
You can probably find most of his works online, and if you enjoy his style, The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe at Amazon.co.uk are a must!
|Posted by octobercountry on January 2, 2009 at 7:05 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by octobercountry on January 1, 2009 at 8:15 AM||comments (0)|
The Road is quite a peculiar novel since there isn't much of a plot to speak of. A boy and his father walk along a road in a post apocalyptic setting where the snow is grey and living human beings are a rare sight.
It is hard to find any complaints regarding this book because it is very well written, but something that bothered me was the lack of punctuation. Perhaps this was only in the Danish translation, I cannot say, but that did throw me off a few times. Another thing you have to get used to when reading this book, is that there are no inquits at all, no indication of who is talking or when someone is talking, though it doesn't take very long to adjust.
In conclusion The Road is a very touching book and it is definitely a good read but the fact that not much happens in the book might cause some readers to put this book down after a while. It is a simple and immersive novel and paints a depressing but still compelling picture of a broken tomorrow.
Like the review? Then here's the book! The Road at Amazon.co.uk