June 14, 2006

Incarnations [Open Thread]

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at June 14, 2006 2:01 PM

First: Today's Dinosaur Comics strip is excellent.

I have several books to review but I'll do one per week to spread them out a bit.

John Burdett: Bangkok 8: I don't read a lot of mystery novels, so I'm trying to remember what led me to pick this one up. I think it was an Amazon recommendation. The novel is set in Bangkok's 8th precinct and revolves around a U.S. Marine who is killed by snakes that were planted in his car. (Snakes In A Car!) Ultimately I found the mystery aspect less compelling than the novel as a cultural study; the city of Bangkok is a rich and interesting setting, and the protagonist, a devout Buddhist working in a thoroughly corrupt police force, was a nice twist on the usual detective hero. This was a detective who saw everything in terms of Buddhist mysticism, detecting the past incarnations of the souls he encountered, and for much of the novel it's an open question whether he really has some supernatural insight or if this is just the way he sees the world. In the end this question is settled somewhat more definitively than some of the central plot points. Rating: 3.5/5

Ellen Allien & Apparat: Orchestra of Bubbles: This is some very good German techno, taut and ominous, evocative of alien landscapes or city lights viewed from far off. It's a fairly coherent album, good for playing all the way through late at night. "Metric" is one of the standout tracks. Rating: 4/5

Tags: Books, Comics, Music, Open Thread
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A few of you surely see this coming... "I get my kicks above the waistline, Sunshine!"

Posted by: Mason | June 14, 2006 2:18 PM

You know, as far as recent-and-quite-awesome Dinosaur Comics, I'm fond of weaponized kissing.

Posted by: Lemming | June 14, 2006 5:12 PM

Lemming: Oh yeah, that was a great one too.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | June 15, 2006 11:38 AM

Very good site. Thank you:-)
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