Blood Electric (英語) ペーパーバック – 2002/8/1
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Breaking with all existing writing traditions, Kenji Siratori-a young Japanese writer-unleashes his first major publication Blood Electric. Firmly rooted in the 21st century digital-age, Siratori's cyber-punk writing is more concerned with vivid images, pace and developing a new writing and reading experience (which echoes the Surealists, Burroughs and French avant-garde Pierre Guyotat), than linear narrative and character development.
Kenji Siratori is a young Japanese author who classes himself as a 'hypermodern writer working in a digital environment'. Born in 1975, he currently lives in Sapporo, Japan. This is his first major book publication.
This book is unequivocally illegible. I am not trying to say the writer's ability to convey a story is terrible, what I am trying to say, it is not in any comprehensible form that is able to keep the reader's attention. This book is written (purposely) in irregular English that has been 1) translated from the original Japanese by a computer (as a Japanese to English translator, I know when a document has been translated by a machine, and this book clearly has been), and 2) written in a manner to convey an otherworldly (computer/machine/monster) thinking. It is confusing and makes it extremely hard to follow any kind of story that may be hidden in the text.
Yes, this may sound like an extremely interesting premise. I thought so too. But I cannot warn readers enough: THIS BOOK IS NOT LEGIBLE! YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ENJOY IT! AT THE VERY MOST YOU WILL STRUGGLE TO EVEN COMPREHEND THE MOST SIMPLEST OF MEANINGS!
I hate to say it, but David Bowie is full of crap when he said this book was excellent. He couldn't be more wrong.
Of course, the part that really makes me laugh, besides the sorrowful laughter I feel having wasted money on this book(money that could have been spent on five tacos, or half a lap dance), is the following blurb that is attached to some of his other novels.
"Blood Electric, was published in 2002. Blood Electric (Creation Books) was acclaimed by David Bowie."
First of all, name-dropping is sad and pathetic, especially when it's unattributed = citation needed = an obvious lie(see what I did there?). Second of all, what does that even mean, acclaimed by David Bowie? So what? Well gosh gee willikers, if David Bowie likes it, I must be a moron for not understanding this book! Well, I better pretend I like it. Don't want people to think I'm not as hip and with it as David Bowie. Seriously, this is truly an example of The Emperor's New Clothes, er, Book.
This review was acclaimed by David Lynch.
This book is unequivocally unintelligible. I am not trying to say the writer's ability to convey a story is terrible, what I am trying to say, it is not in any comprehensible form that is able to keep the reader's attention. This book is written (purposely) in irregular English that has been
1) translated from the original Japanese by a computer (as a Japanese to English translator, I know when a document has been translated by a machine, and this book clearly has been), and
2) written with a mixture of the English language and HMTL markup language.
These elements are confusing, making it extremely hard to follow any kind of story that may be hidden in the text.
Yes, this may sound like an extremely interesting premise. I thought so too. But I cannot warn readers enough: YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ENJOY THIS BOOK! AT THE VERY MOST YOU WILL STRUGGLE TO EVEN COMPREHEND THE MOST SIMPLEST OF MEANINGS!
the over over over repetition combined with the lack of anything remotely cohesive gets tedious real fast
dog boyroid blood flesh slash slash equals colon i commit suicide she commits suicide i rape blah blah blah
i wanted to have my mind blown
i can make my own cut ups
i know how to use excel and the word replace function
this amused me for about a page and a half
i spent the last 20+ pages reading only to justify my financial investment
cutting edge? get over it - pretense = pretense
buy yourself a hit of blotter and save 5 bucks
In the 19th century Nietzsche who "killed the God" is the pop=cult icon.
The 20th century especially have many charismas. 60s' Burroughs, 80s' Gibson, and 90s' Kurt Cobain....
Well then, who is the image of the present age, the idol of the mega capitalism era, and the charisma that makes the present hallucinate the edge of the future?
If asked so, we cannot help answering like this:It is Kenji Siratori.
By "merging alchemically" cyberspace and apocalypse, Kenji Siratori exposes the unconsciousness and the desire of super mass-consumption society and mega highly-networked information society, making us overcome the present that is waiting the forthcoming change=catastrophe.
It is a digital-voodoo incantation=cutup=remix, causes cyber trance, and brings techno=death revolution to the society.
In his poetry the images like nightmare are intermingled:body alteration, genome, cyberspace, and drug. Those gadgets are suitable for the 21st outsider literature and rather it can be said that they were inevitable. Right, he is an outsider. So huge that he can make the consciousness of the whole society transmutate....
Our fate is decided by determining the attitude against this book.
Eden or Sodom. The blessd or those who were banished from a paradise. Cyborg or the prison of flesh.
Whether or no, it is infallible that this book "Blood Electric" will be carved to the memory of the whole human beings without wheathering.
We can't stay in the past. Whether we can arrive further than the future or not is up to us. Come on, let's ask for the edge. It is in this book....