Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Why Listening and Reading Are Not the Same Thing, By Bryant Burnette

There's a good interview at Talk Stephen King between David Squyres and Matt Jacobs (of the Stephen King Fan Cast).  Check it out.

David and Matt are both audiobook fanatics.  That's cool.  I love audiobooks, too.  However, they (charmingly) persist in thinking that listening to an audiobook is the same thing as reading a book, and I (dickishly) persist in trying to educate them to the contrary.

Amongst the other topics in their interview, they took a moment to gang up on me on the subject, and you know me: I ain't gonna let that slide.

Class in now in session!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Thing I Don't Want to Look At: A Review of "Under the Weather"

Guess what I've got for you today?

So proceed with caution if you have not read "Under the Weather," or if you have never seen The Sixth Sense, Fight Club, The Usual Suspects, The Wizard of Oz, Unbreakable, Planet of the Apes, or Psycho. Cause I'm gonna ruin 'em all.

And frankly, if you haven't seen those movies, you've got WAY better things to be doing than reading this blog.  So get to it!

Everyone else, allons-y!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Soon the Days Will Turn Cold: A Review of "Herman Wouk Is Still Alive"

"Herman Wouk Is Still Alive" is not a happy story.

If you've read it then you already know that.  (If you haven't read it, by the way, then you are advised to do so before you continue reading this review of it, because I will be discussing it in full detail.  As of the time I wrote this review, the story was still available online here.)  However, I thought it was worth mentioning that things might get a little grim in this review.

To counterbalance that somewhat, allow me to offer this cheerful image:

If you're asking yourself what's so cheerful about that image, I don't know that I can help you.  Honestly, what isn't cheerful about the idea of a lightsaber-wielding Batman moments away from slaying a Great White?