Now there's an interesting thought... has there ever been a truly non-fiction video game? How could that possibly function successfully? Would a game based entirely on historical fact be considered fiction instantly when allowing for very minimal levels of player control over action? Or if someone wanted to publish something academic, to what extent could a thesis or study be successful as an interactive "video game," ceteris paribus? I'm guessing the "game" portion of that name might have to be discarded.
Oh yeah I wanted to do some an MMM for some books I recently finished. Lets call it Tiny Book Assessments. TBA. Nailed it.
Miles: The Autobiography
|Heroin is a hell of a drug|
A Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novel: The Sign of the Four
Whoops this is a graphic novel not a book. Oh well, suck it up. This is a adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's second Sherlock Holmes novel. I haven't read the original novel, so my opinion suffices only as applied to the graphic novel. My understanding is that the writing is almost entirely verbatim from the original, but much was cut to make it readable in the comic format. This being the case, the story flows quite nicely, though I have to admit that I found myself going back a few times to remind myself of character's relationships with one another, a problem which might have been avoided given the more fleshed-out version of events. The plot is classic Holmes, full of twists and intrigue, and manages to bring a critique of British imperialism to bare as well. The art was well done, if a bit cartoon-ish for my liking; other might find it endearing, perhaps.
|No seriously, it's a hell of a drug|
Arthur Koestler was a Hungarian author and journalist writing over a great swath of the 20th Century. His Darkness at Noon was published in 1940. It is an account of Rubashov, a fictionalized member of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union, and his struggle as an old-guard Bolshevik after Stalin's consolidation of power. A little background knowledge of the Stalin's purge, Trotsky, and the show trials will help with historical context when reading this gem, but the novel does a good job of putting the battling ideas up front, without too much contextual baggage. The issue being confronted, at the heart of book, is what you do when your ideas don't align with your conscious. It examines one man's psychological transformation as he is confronted by a brutal government he helped install. I can't recommend it highly enough to anyone with a functioning brain.
Next batch of these will most likely include Boomerang, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Last Lecture and Homage to Catalonia.