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Saturday, July 29, 2006

What a review

After pointing out a terrible review in my previous post, let me give you something brilliant to read.

That review of Omkara was also meant to chastise the film and the actors. It however read more like a schoolboy rant. To see how a negative review should be written, read By the Seven Green Moons of Gongle.
"In my religion we have a term for it: 'bulldada.' Bulldada means that the object in question was created in all sincerity as its creator's very best effort to do something truly good, yet because of an inherent judgmental flaw deep within the artist's nature it miscarries so wildly that it becomes transcendent in a whole new way. It tips the scales in such a strange direction that they fly up and strike you a bloody gash upon the brow. You can't fake bulldada -- it can be created only out of a heartbreaking ineptitude which reveals at once all the tragic flaws of human nature.

Science fiction itself is a hotbed of hackery and wrong conceptions -- possibly because it seems so easy to write. Any would-be author with a drum to beat can brew up a domed city or alien world to promote a personal socio-political fetish. I have read novels by one-time authors for or against any number of political, religious, social, moral and ethical systems from socialism to the fluoridation of water. There is no mystery here -- it's just poor writing by mediocre thinkers. Galaxy 666 is different."
And then,
"I have been shopping used book stores for decades, and as a matter of habit invariably check under "T" just in case. I used to see it a lot -- too much in fact. Half a dozen at a time. But then I was more the connoisseur. I had mastered the art of judging a book by its cover and knew what to expect from a book with a wonderful abstract/surrealist John Powers painting on the cover; a psychedelic photo on a Tower or Belmont book; or one of the funky photos of a space-suited G.I. Joe which sometimes appear on a Curtis book with its little red Ben Franklin logo. I never could tell what to think of Galaxy 666."
Ken deVries has ripped the book apart so badly, that my heart aches just to read it once. Anyone has a copy?


Blogger MockTurtle said...

Here you go. You can buy it for under a buck.
What confuses me is that the author Lionel Fanthorpe is mentioned in the review as the also being the author of "Holy Blood Holy Grail", but I don't remember his name coming up in the Da Vinci Code plagiarism case.

Monday, July 31, 2006 12:23:00 PM

Blogger dhoomketu said...

Mockturtle, thanks. Except I am looking for a copy that I can borrow.

Also, actually Fanthorpe is not mentioned as the author. Instead, he's referred to as another crackpot who believes/ makes money of Merovingians/ Priory of Sion theory. Which he is.

Monday, July 31, 2006 12:41:00 PM

Blogger i_am_not_who_i_am said...

interesting blog . . . now i really want to come to india ;)))

fida . . .

Wednesday, August 02, 2006 12:29:00 AM


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