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Jackarais THE GREAT 1st Sep 2017, 1:17 AM edit delete
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Happy September! How did this happen! Time goes by so fast.

I've been reading some good stuff lately! If you haven't read these already, check 'em out:

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Secretary by Zachary Braun
Godshaper by Simon Spurrier & Jonas Goonface

Much love,
Jack

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chris-tar 1st Sep 2017, 4:36 AM edit delete reply
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I read Slaughter House five, and Galapagos...
I really appreciate the gritty realism and depth of your characters.
Jackarais 1st Sep 2017, 2:56 PM edit delete reply
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Is Galapagos another one of Vonnegaut's books? What's it about?

And thank you--I appreciate you saying so. What about them comes across as gritty & realistic to you, if you don't mind me asking?
chris-tar 1st Sep 2017, 4:19 PM edit delete reply
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I read Galapagos so long ago, that I forgot almost all of it. I just remember that the humor is completely crazy!
In the book, the Japanese, obsessed with miniaturizing everything, succeed in miniaturizing themselves! They become so small in fact, that one day they disappear all together and no one can find them! Lol
chris-tar 1st Sep 2017, 4:32 PM edit delete reply
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What's gritty and realistic!?!
Both these guys have been through hell and back!
They forgot about any racial issues between each other and instead focused on keeping each other alive! This reminds me of the real life stories about black and white soldiers in Vietnam who even today love each other like brothers because they relied on each other for survival!
I especially thought it was a very realistic response from machk when he said to poet "Don't worry about it. You stopped that girl from knocking my lights out with a pipe, so, I think that is plenty."
That is an example of how bonds between human beings are made. To defend someone from harm by risking your own life is the ultimate act of selfless love! That is superb writing my friend! Hats off.

Both these guys just went through a journey, that for many, would have been the most traumatic experience in their lives, but here they are, just happy to be in a warm, dry place where they can rest and recuperate, even if it is not the most elegant of accommodations! That is realistic and believable, as opposed to a lot of comic books where the characters seem so plastic and fake, that never age or experience any personal hardship because they are billionaires like batman or Tony Stark. Poet and Machk live in a world of constant struggle and poverty, but they still manage to find happiness by helping their fellow man. It is truly awe inspiring and is a great lesson for all of us.
Jackarais 1st Sep 2017, 11:17 PM edit delete reply
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In Machk's eyes, what's important is to be there and help others. He has a strong sense of community and devotion to his fellow people. He sees no place to judge others on anything but their attitude, really. All preconceptions about a person's look or shape or upbringing are unnecessary.

Poet just isn't fond of anyone that's tried to hurt him. And since a lot of people beat him up, he's come to expect it out of all the new people he meets. Machk challenged that expectation by just being a decent human being! So Poet is quite fond of him.

And as far as trauma is concerned, post-apocalypse life is a terrifying one. Machk has gone through worse.

So has Poet, although he doesn't remember it. I think subconsciously that helps him 'deal' with it--in a way. He's much more traumatized by the unexplained, mangled state of his body than he is by all the violence.

Anyway I'm glad you're enjoying the way the characters are handled. Thanks for the feedback, dude!
chris-tar 2nd Sep 2017, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
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" what's important is to be there and help others. He has a strong sense of community and devotion to his fellow people. He sees no place to judge others on anything but their attitude, really. All preconceptions about a person's look or shape or upbringing are unnecessary."

The above attitude is in my opinion the solution for world peace!!!
Greenwood Goat 3rd Sep 2017, 4:38 PM edit delete reply
Aw! I thought we were going to get to see what was so amazing under Poet's cover plate. >8=P> (Goat in a lab coat was filled with anticipation >:=)
alston123 7th Sep 2017, 3:08 PM edit delete reply
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Aw. Friendship! It makes you realize how much they have already been there for each other. Seem to have built a strong bond. ^_^