Monday, April 29, 2013

The 67 Books That I MUST Read Before I die, According to my Buddies on Facebook

I read a lot, but that doesn't mean that I'm an exeptionally well-read person. I tend to stick to the bizarro, horror, and sci-fi/fantasy genres and I'd like to broaden my pitifully narrow horizon when it comes to literature. Almost everyone has heard of the "1001 Books You Should Read Before You Die" list and yesterday I decided to check it out. You can peruse it here:

The site doesn't just host the book list, but also 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, Songs You Must Hear, etc. I browsed through the list and the rest of the site. Seemed decent enough until I realized that I couldn't figure out just WHO made these lists. That didn't sit well with me. While I'm sure that the books on the 1001 are worth a gander, as I think that most books are, I decided to go a different route to increase the breadth of my literary knowledge: I asked my friends on Facebook with this status update:

"Name a book that I MUST read before I Die"

Comments and suggestions poured in immediately. Of all of my friends' suggestions, I'd only read about four of them. I wrote them all down on slips of paper and put them in a coffee can so I can select one blindly, read the book, and then pull another title out of the hat. Rinse and repeat.

The List:

The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow: the Rediscovered Diaries of Opal Whitely
Simon Logan's I-O series
Swan Song – Robert McCammon
Story of B – Daniel Quinn
Papillon – Henri Charriere
Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
Wretched of the Earth – Frantz Fannon
Sexual Politics of Meat – Carol Adams
Thomas the Rhymer – Ellen Kushner
The Hour of Star – Clarice Lispector
House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski
The Handmaid's Tale – Margaret Atwood
Lolita – Nabakov
Pale Fire – Nabakov
World According to Garp – John Irving
Cider House Rules – John Irving
Mao II – Don DeLillo
A Scanner darkly
Everville – Clive Barker
A Choir of Ill Children – Tom Piccirilli
The Indifference of Heaven – Gary Braunbeck
The Tao Te Ching
Dante's Vita Nuova
Die, You Doughnut Bastards – Cameron Pierce
Private Midnight
Pick Your Battle – Douglas Lain
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick
The Big Sleep
Naked Lunch
Stephen Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever
The Odyssey
Haunted:Tales of the Grotesque – Joyce Carol Oates
Short Stories of Dunsany
The Essential Ellison
Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science and Bad Religion in a world without God.
The Killing Joke
Siren Promised
The Razor's Edge
The Stand – Stephen King
The Bhagavad Gita
Walt Whitman, anything by
The Age of Reason – Thomas Paine
V for Vendetta
Walden – Thoreau
Joseph Campbell, anything by
Prometheus Rising – Robert Anton Wilson
Junky -burroughs
Dark Gods – Ted Klein
Deltora Quest series
Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
Smonk - Tom Franklin
 Autumn of the Patriarch
 Random Acts of Senseless Violence
 Crow With No Mouth
 Silent Spring
 Night of the Crabs
 Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Start to Bleed a Bit
 The Girl on the Refrigerator -  Etgar Keret

With so many responses, I'll be busy for quite some time. Last night I pulled THE HANDMAID'S TALE out of the can, so I'll be acquiring a copy of that soon. I'm very excited about this endeavor. I think that it's one of my better ideas.


Friday, April 26, 2013

Fallout Friday 4-26-13

Happy Fallout Friday, all! Enjoy some funny that I dug up on the interwebs.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Walking Dead Wednesday 4-24-13

Some memes mined from the interwebs for your Walking Dead Wednesday enjoyment!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Fallout Friday 4-19-13

Some sweet-ass Fallout-inspired art by Jess "The Badass" Gulbranson

It's Friday, so that means it's time for some FALLOUT. Found some pretty decent memes and art this week. Hope you enjoy them!

Random trivia about me playing Fallout 3:

One of my favorite things to do is to go to the wedding in Rivet City, wait for all of the guests to arrive, and then go out into the hall and throw a Nuka-Cola grenade through the door and into the chapel. 

Enjoy Fallout Friday! Once again, I didn't make any of these.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Walking Dead Wednesday: What to Do Until the New Season Starts

The past couple of Sundays since The Walking Dead's season finale, the internet has been bombarded with "Oh no! Whatever shall we do until The Walking Dead returns in October?" memes like the one above. Worry not. There are still PLENTY of ways to get your TWD fix until our favorite apocalypse survivors return to the air.

1. Read the Comic

I'm hoping that everyone who watches The Walking Dead realizes that the show is based on a comic series that has been running since 2003. If you haven't read it, do so at your earliest convenience. Hell, what ELSE are you going to do on Sundays until the show returns in October?

The easiest and most cost effective way to get up-to-date on the comic series is to acquire Compendiums 1 & 2, which include the first 96 issues. Volume 17 continues the story through issue 102. Volume 18 is due out in June 2013.

Don't worry about the comic ruining the show for you. The show is vastly different from the its source material.

2. Read the backstory novels. 

Robert Kirkman has written two novels with Jay Bonansinga that chronicle the lives of some of Woodbury's residents before they arrive in the town. The books are pretty damn good actually, I preferred "Rise of the Governor" over "Road to Woodbury," but they're both worth it.

3. Watch some sweet Lego interpretations or parodies of The Walking Dead on YouTube.

There are a shitload of amatuer and not-so amatuer filmmakers doing awesome stop-motion movies with Legos. If it exists, there's most likely been a Lego movie made about it. Here's a couple that I enjoyed.

The Mocking Dead by digitalwizardz

The Lego Walking Dead by dysinger

4. Play The Walking Dead board games

Invite some buddies over for a game night and fight your way through the walker invasion together! There are two TWD board games: one based on the comic and the other is based on the show. I haven't played either of them, but if I had some friends I'd be all over that shit.

5. Play videos games based on The Walking Dead

There are two TWD console/PC games that have been released so far: The Walking Dead by Telltale Games and The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct by Activision. The first one has an awesome "choose your own adventure" type of gameplay and an engaging story.The second one sucks major ass and should be avoided at all costs. The novelty of playing Daryl Dixon in Survival Instinct wears off quickly and the game is just...ugh.

There's also The Walking Dead Social Game on Facebook. Fun for a while, but grew old quickly for me.

6. Read or write some Walking Dead fan fiction.

Fan fiction is exactly what it sounds like: fiction written by fans set in the world of whatever the fan is a fan of.  Fantastic! Of course, some serious attempts at prose have unintenttioally hilarious (and awful) results. Whether the stories are really good, so bad that they're good, or just plain BAD, fan fiction is definitely worth checking out. Some fans write about Rick and the gang, while others make up their own characters to torture in the apocalypse. Check out some fan fic here:

7. Get The Walking Dead action figures and stage your own scenes.

The Walking Dead action figures by McFarlane Toys are pretty badass. They've created awesome little replicas of Rick, Shane, Daryl, a bunch of walkers and more. Get the full scoop on these rockin' toys here:

With these poseable characters you can reenact scenes from the show as well as make up your own stories. Or you can just make them fuck, like my buddy Vince Kramer does:

Vince has even published a 2013 calendar of action figure porn which you can find here:

He's only got a couple left, but Vince is planning to do another calendar for 2014! Woo-Hoo!

So, as you can see, there's plenty to keep you occupied until season 4 starts in October. Stop crying in that corner. It'll be just fine. Trust me.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Fallout Friday 4-12-13

I have an online buddy who goes by the name Jess Gulbranson. Jess does many awesome things like write, sing, and parent. He's currently developing an RPG with his kid, which is an example of SWEET AS HELL parenting! In addition to anthologies that have stories by him, he also has a book out. Here's the link:

10 a Boot Stomping 20 a Human Face 30 Goto 10

What I like most about Jess, however, is his fondness for the video game Fallout: New Vegas by Bethesda. I fucking LOVE Fallout: New Vegas. What I also adore about Jess is that he prefers FNV over Fallout 3. I consider Jess kindred. There aren't many of us who enjoy traipsing around the Mojave over exploring the Capital Wasteland, at least none that I've met. We must stick together.

Oh! Jess writes Fallout fanfic as well. You can read it here:

Fallout Fanfic by Jess

So a few weeks ago, I decided that my favorite Friday evening activity was to post Fallout memes, lego tributes, videos, etc. to Jess's timeline on Facebook. This turned out to be a surprising success, although the only reason I call it a success is that I enjoyed the hell out of bombarding Jess with silliness. I've decided that Fallout Friday should now occur on my blog, since I just redesigned it and it looks all badass.

Enjoy the first Fallout Friday, folks!

Since I'm vegan, I adore this to death.

I laughed out loud for about 2 minutes straight when I first saw this one.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Walking Dead Wednesday

I love The Walking Dead. I love the comic. I love the show on AMC. I love the backstory novels. I love the videogame. Well, I love The Walking Dead game by Telltale Games...The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct sucks ass. I wish I had some friends to play the Walking Dead board games with because I'm sure I'd love those, as well.

And I love the memes. I really love the goofy ones that point out ridiculous truths about the show and the characters. The memes that say what we all were thinking while watching the show (some of the Andrea-picking-up-pliers pics are hilarious as fuck).

So, since we won't be getting any new episodes of the show until October, I've decided to start Walking Dead Wednesday on my blog here to share various memes and thoughts about the show, comic, novels, etc.

Hope you enjoy today's collection. I didn't make any of these myself.

Yes, I know today is Thursday. Fucking sue me.