At the start of WWII, American occult-engineer Jack Parsons ingeniously harnesses the imaginative power of the greatest surrealist artists of the day, and inadvertently causes the S-Blast; a nuclear-like explosion that brings to life manifestations of abnormal miscreations painted within famous (and not so famous) artworks of this bohemian collective. 285 more words
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“Veldt to scrub to fields to farms to these first tumbling houses that rise from the earth.”
No better way to start this book than with a slow monologue of a complete stranger entering the grimy, blood-stained, bone-bleached city of New Crobuzon. 760 more words
Well, well, have I been a busy bookworm in those short moments of freedom before my last terrible, bad, no-good exam.
This week provided gallons in terms of both entertainment and value thanks to two excellent audiobooks — the first is October, authored by China Mieville. 385 more words
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1941. In the chaos of wartime Marseille, American engineer–and occult disciple–Jack Parsons stumbles onto a clandestine anti-Nazi group, including Surrealist theorist Andre Breton. In the strange games of the dissident diplomats, exiled revolutionaries, and avant-garde artists, Parsons finds and channels hope.
In university, I took a Literary Traditions course that featured Charles Dickens’ novel Hard Times. It tells the story of Coketown, a fictional, industrial mill town in the 1850s where buildings are bland, sooty, carbon copies of one another. 1,089 more words