Sunday, March 02, 2008

Warren Ellis

I have been on a graphic novel reading kick and yes, I know it isn't on my first round of award potentials reading list. A current favorite of mine is Warren Ellis who wrote the incredible
Transmetropolitan series. Anyway, over the weekend I finished up his new novel (no pictures, just words in this one) Crooked Little Vein. The book is a noir detective novel in which the main character, in search of a rare book, meets many strange and perverted characters. Because I read this book I now know several words I did not know before. Unfortunately, because I am a librarian and I just have know things, I made the mistake of looking them up and I now know more about the kinky porn industry that I really wanted to know. (FYI: apparently the drinking of urine is considered erotic in some circles.)

If you can handle the kink and like noir detective novels it was kind of a fun book.

4 comments:

Spyder said...

Graphic novel like in comic books?

A Librarian said...

Well...technically they are not comic books but yes, they are books with lots of pictures which many people might be inclined to call comics. If you are interested in the differences between comic books, graphic novels, manga....(or are talking to a true fan and don't want to get hurt by said fan) this gives some nice explainations
http://www.noflyingnotights.com/lair/index.html

Nuke said...

lol, we are having the comics vs graphic novel conversation on another site.

As for the book in question, I laughed a lot while enjoying the detective story. I only know a couple people that I can recommend it to tho (unfortunately). My GF almost peed herself at the Godzilla watching party...

A Librarian said...

There was something not right about that scene but I agree it was funny. I am also struggling a bit with who I could "safely" recommend this too. Sex, religion, politics (and apparently Bodies Revealed) gets people all worked up these days.