would anyone be interested in doing this as a weekly thing? i just realized i've been spending a shitload of my time and money on books and graphic novels lately so I wanna talk about books
so right now I'm reading Dune as the second of three in an ad hoc 20th century scifi tour i'm doing that started with Gibson's Neuromancer and will hopefully end with Banks' Consider Phlebas. Dune is really good! It's not great about the whole "show not tell" thing but that kind of helps because I never feel like I have to read passages over again and the book is 900 pages long. Neuromancer is like 1/3 as long but it took me a whole summer of stopping, reading other things, rereading and rebooting to actually finish. Neuromancer describes a fantastical setting as if you were used to it, but it did so in enough detail that you could kind of figure it out over time. Dune, on the other hand, tells you everyone's motivations and explains the ecology and sociology of its setting as if it's new, as you are, and as are most of the characters.
I've also been reading Love and Rockets: New Stories, Y: The Last Man, Transmetropolitan and The Goon as I find them at the library. These are all comics/graphic novels, and while I love all of these for different reasons I get the most excited about finding the next issue of Love and Rockets; I don't have a history with the characters like a lot of L&R fans seem to but the Jaime's characters seem so real and lived in, while Gilbert's characters seem so surreal, and by turns it's funny and fulfilling and emotional and sexy and horrifying and heartbreaking.