Odds and Ends

I wanted to just put an Odds and Ends post to ramble about a few things.

  1. As you can see, I’ve added some graphic novel reviews to the page. I am probably not a good critic at all on graphic novels. My past experiences with comics go back several years, but are very sparse. Many of the canonical works I have not even read. But I still want to start reviewing them anyway. There is a selfish benefit in that I really learn how to read by reviewing works. It forces me to look more critically at the theme, characters, and story while I read and as I look back on the comic (or novel) afterward. Over time, I am hoping (and expecting) for these reviews to become more intelligent and thoughtful.
  2. I updated my header on the webpage — not that this is an interesting fact. I had some spare time where I really needed to listen to something, but I had a computer and time to do some Powerpoint artwork. The previous header, which was a picture of Petra recolored to look like a red-sanded planet, seemed a bit amateurish.
  3. I have been having second thoughts about using a rating scale for book reviews. It seems most book reviewers avoid them, since it is so subjective comparing a serious novel to one that is meant to be either comic or mere adventure. I plan on sticking with the current rating system that I am using. You see, my ratings are not meant to be an objective measure of an author’s work. Instead, they tell more of the impression a particular novel has left on me, the reader. If other readers of this blog share similar tastes, then perhaps they will find that books I am fond of will have a similar impression on them.
  4. Last, but not least — I have been delinquent in publishing book reviews as of late. It’s not because I haven’t been reading — I have. Truth be told, I am going through the e-galley of the Library of America’s Science Fiction collection from the fifties. I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of stories in it. Also, I had a very popular science fiction book (one may say definitive of the genre) that I just quit because I found it utterly boring. I won’t mention the novel in fear that I will be forever characterized as an idiot and banned from making further criticism in the genre. But if you were to guess, the author’s feelings would’t be hurt. After all, the author is no longer living.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading šŸ™‚

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