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Less than zero 3 stars

Less Than Zero is the debut novel of Bret Easton Ellis, published in 1985. It …

Less Than Zero

3 stars

1) "All it comes down to is that I'm a boy coming home for a month and meeting someone whom I haven't seen for four months and people are afraid to merge."

2) "My mother and I are siting in a restaurant on Melrose, and she's drinking white wine and still has her sunglasses on and she keeps touching her hair and I keep looking at my hands, pretty sure that they're shaking. She tries to smile when she asks me what I want for Christmas. I'm surprised at how much effort it takes to raise my head up and look at her. 'Nothing,' I say. There's a pause and then I ask her, 'What do you want?' She says nothing for a long time and I look back at my hands and she sips her wine. 'I don't know. I just want to have a nice Christmas.'"

3) "A …

Wendy, Master of Art (Paperback, 2020, Drawn and Quarterly) 4 stars

Wendy is an aspiring contemporary artist whose adventures have taken her to galleries, art openings, …

Wendy, Master of Art

4 stars

1) "[Welcome to: Hell (Ontario)]"

2) "'Etienne, did you do the reading?' 'YES I DID THE READING. It's a reductive mess of neo-materialist DRIVEL. Just more proof of this institution's FASCIST priority to perpetuate artworks as righteous conduits of HETEROPATRIARCHAL SUPREMACY." 'So Pam, did you do the reading?' 'please — i just came in here to eat my salad.'"


4) "'Did you see Pam's painting today? So boring.' 'Your rants about Derrida last night were way more tedious, to be honest.' '... You have vomit in your hair.' 'Yes, I know.'"

5) "'Kaylee, you're in an ART program. If all you care about is marks, then maybe you shouldn't BE here. We can't keep having conversations about marks. We need to have a conversation about art, FOR ONCE. At THIS LEVEL, …

Shadow of the Colossus (2014, Boss Fight Books) 4 stars

A massive, open world, brimming with mystery. A gauntlet of giants to overcome, living levels …

Shadow of the Colossus

4 stars

1) “[Like] so many wonderful moments in life and art, Shadow of the Colossus is defined by the space between its lines: the gulf between its quieter, contemplative moments and its tremendous spectacle. Strung end to end, its titanic battles would make for an amazing if exhausting barrage of action. But driving your horse across an imposing sunbaked expanse, twisting up through shade-mottled woods, only to find your ageless, unwitting foe at rest in the stillness of a lake gives the encounter exactly the breathing room it needs.”

2) “Valus is Ueda’s favorite colossus, a critically important introduction to the true meat of the game—one that took significant trial-and-error to get just right. It feels unfair until the moment it doesn't, all the accomplishment of fighting a ‘boss’ without the typical buildup. But at the same time I feel a bit conflicted by the violence of my actions and the …

Wendy's Revenge (2016, Koyama Press) 3 stars

Wendy's Revenge

3 stars

1) "'I'm working towards a psychology degree to become a therapist.' 'COOL. SO YOU CAN TELL ME WHY MY LIFE IS SUCH A DISASTER.' 'Haha!' '"LOL"'"

2) "'OMG HAHA - Did you just take a pic of me? 'Oh HAY, I look pretty cute. Can you post that to fb?' 'Ok yeah, I'll post it later or something.' 'POST IT NOW' 'Okay! God.' [later] [Wendy commented on your photo] 'LOL OMG I LOOK SO AWKWARD HAHA!'"

3) "'The internet is an indispensable resource for all of that French philosophy that your smarter friends seem to effortlessly inject into their artistic practice.'"

4) "'I shouldn't have to take her abuse. I should stand up for myself for once. 'So fucking what if I burn bridges. Maybe I'm not meant to be an artist ANYWAY. 'Maybe I'm supposed to be marginal and miserable and broke FOREVER.' 'Isn't the water great?' …

Ghost World (2001, Fantagraphics Books) 4 stars

One of the best-selling and critically-acclaimed graphic novels of all-time telling the story of two …

Ghost World

2 stars

1) "'C'mon! Let's go over to Angel's right now -- maybe he's there! We can wait for the satanists!'"

2) "'I've been going to a business school... I'm gonna be a big-ass corporate fuck! I'm gonna work for ten years, fuck things up from the inside as much as I can, and then retire when I'm thirty-five! That's the way to be subversive... Fuck this alternative pussy punk rock shit! You gotta get in the fuckin' game, man!'"

3) "'God, don't you just love it when you see two really ugly people in love like that?'"

4) "'Name one guy who lives up to your standards... you haven't said anything nice about a boy since you got over your Bruce Lee obsession.' 'I dunno... somebody like David Clowes...' 'Who's that?' 'He's like this famous cartoonist... John Ellis showed me some of his comics...' 'Yick! I hate cartoons!'"

5) "'Look, …

reviewed Wendy by Walter Scott

Wendy (GraphicNovel, 2014, Koyama Press) 4 stars

Wendy is trendy, and has dreams of art stardom—but our young urban protagonist is perpetually …


4 stars

1) "'It was Not My Decision to become a Cultural Bearer. My own innate inquisitive nature has coerced me into this de-centered modality of creation, reflection, and existence, which runs parallel to the norms of post-industrial society. 'It truly is a heavy cross to bear. 'Upon acceptance of this residency, I look forward to bringing forth new possibilities within an alter-modern framework.' RING RING 'Hello?' 'Wazzup slut. Come get wasted by the train tracks, we got a twelve-pack.' 'FUCK YES SEE YOU SOON.'"

2) "[Meanwhile...] 'Mm ohm. You're so fucking hot.' 'YEAH. [A seven will do]. Where's your apartment?' 'NDG' '... NOOOOOO'"

3) "'So – I look forward to reading your scathing review.' 'Actually, I think Wendy and Winona's work is pretty interesting—' 'Not if you want a career, you don't. Listen Byron. Art school was ten years ago for us. It's time to let the fantasy go.'"

4) "From: …

The Quantum Thief (EBook, 2011, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 4 stars

A breathtaking joyride through the solar system several centuries hence, a world of marching cities, …

pseudo-intellectual nonsense.

2 stars

1) ”As always, before the warmind and I shoot each other, I try to make small talk. ‘Prisons are always the same, don't you think?’”

2) “‘This certainly does not seem like a lively neighbourhood.’ I indicate the starry field around us. ‘Where are we?’ ‘The Neptunian Trojan belt. Arse-end of nowhere. I waited here for a long time, when she went to get you. "You have a lot to learn about being a criminal. It's all about the waiting. Boredom punctuated by flashes of sheer terror. Sort of like war.’ ‘Oh, war was much better,’ she says excitedly. ‘We were in the Protocol War. I loved it. You get to think so fast. Some of the things we did - we stole a moon, you know. It was amazing. Metis, just before the Spike: Mieli put a strangelet bomb in to push it out of orbit, like fireworks, …