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Critic Xavier Thaxton detests popular culture. But when a wildly improbable plunge into a pool of toxic waste gives him an allergy to High Art and transforms him into (of all things) a costumed superhero, he is forced to reconsider his values--and his life....

Title : Count Geiger's Blues
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ISBN : 9780312890087
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 374 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Count Geiger's Blues Reviews

  • Peggy
    2019-05-19 23:36

    Xavier Thaxton writes for the Fine Arts section of his local paper, and he's a snob of the highest order. He is practically physically repulsed by any exposure to Popular Culture. Then, while camping out at a George Bernard Shaw festival, he takes a dip in a pond that has been tainted by radioactive waste. He soon realizes that he has become allergic to High Culture--only an equal exposure to Popular Culture can stem the symptoms. Eventually, he's forced to become the ultimate embodiment of pop culture: the superhero. He's about as good at it as you would expect some random middle-aged, over-educated, under-exercised shlub to be. Bishop writes with a light touch here, and handles the satire of both High and Low Culture with style. But the ending (which makes perfect sense) is a revelation, giving this breezy satire some much-needed pathos and depth.

  • April
    2019-05-02 02:25

    Mr. Mike Bishop is one of my teachers, and we read this after taking a graphic novel class with him. It's an interesting take on super heroes. Although it follows some of the typical hero motifs, Geiger is more or less your anti-superhero. Until he became a hero, he hated anything that was less than high class art, including comics. So, it's ironic that he becomes what he has always despised.

  • Octavio Villalpando
    2019-05-14 04:19

    De Michael Bishop había leído anteriormente "Jugadas decisivas", ¡y fue toda una sorpresa inesperada! Por eso, no dudé mucho en afrontar la lectura de "La transfiguración del Conde Geiger", facilitado por el mismo amigo que me había prestado la otra novela.Tal y como me pasó en aquella ocasión, empecé el libro sin saber muy bien que esperar, salvo lo que decía el resumen en la contraportada. A las primeras páginas, me parecía una simple historia de super-heroes, eso si, con algunos personajes muy carismáticos pero nada fuera de lo normal. Como sea, es precisamente el personaje principal, el que va dando el contrapunto en la historia, ya que Bishop lo presenta como alguien que odia todo lo que tenga que ver con cultura popular, pero que al final, acaba irremediablemente convertido no sólo en un admirador de la misma, sino en un símbolo de ella, además de, de hecho, necesitarla para seguir con vida. Así, a lo largo de la novela se nos va presentando una confrontación en el arte elevado y lo que a veces llamamos "arte chafa", teatro vs cómics, sinfonías vs bandas punks, festivales de teatro vs entretenimientos de cantina, etcétera. Y es en ese maremágnum de opuestos donde Xavier Thaxton finalmente se encuentra a si mismo, renacido como un héroe de historieta, pero cuyas batallas no son precisamente las que esperamos de un ente súper-poderoso como el que se ha convertido.Al final, es lo interesante de la novela, el hecho de que confronta dos mundos que algunas personas pueden considerar opuestos (pero que tienen muchos más puntos en común de lo que pareciera a simple vista), mostrando que es posible moverse entre ambos sin ningún problema, requiriendo solamente un poco de voluntad para aceptar las diferencias, y sacar lo mejor de ellas.No se me hizo tan satisfactoria como "Jugadas decisivas", sin embargo está muy entretenida y tiene sus buenos momentos. Creo que lo más interesante es el modo en que al final, nuestro héroe, acaba resolviendo sus batallas más difíciles, sin importar las consecuencias.

  • Erik
    2019-05-04 02:33

    ultimately its a novel that wants to have its cake and it eat too. Be a satire and a serious novel. I thought the premise and specifically its take on the subjectivity of taste and changing values, was great and challenged me on my own predilections. There arent enough fiction that make me question my own personal values.I thought the characters Xavier, and the mick were great. Bishop struggles with others however.The main problem is the plot with its focus on the superhero origin story and the resulting cleanup should have been a side plot. The book is intersperesed with segments from other characters to drive sympathy... but it was unnecessary and was really just a sideplot.I thought it was a cheap tactic to have xavier die at the end from his radiation. I really dont know what point was trying to be proven here or make a comment on the "reality" vs "fiction"... but it all seemed a bit rushed and not particularly well written - just trying to tie up loose ends.3 stars because its clever, but its a shame because it could ahve been a lot better.

  • Karen
    2019-05-17 22:16

    Meh. I quite liked the premise of the book and the linking in of your standard superhero storylines with art critique and Nietzsche. But, I found it hard to care much about any of the characters, the plotlines were predictable, and there was too much suspension of belief on the NON-fantasy elements of the story (e.g. Xavier just happening into bump a total stranger who not only shares his brand-new-to-the-world physical disorder, but decides to spontaneously tell Xavier all about it).

  • Norman Howe
    2019-04-27 04:19

    An intellectual snob is exposed to mutagenic radiation which forces him to give up everything he loves"," and which also endows him with super-powers. A poignant study of the conflict between body and spirit.

  • Chadwick
    2019-04-29 01:22

    Too many half baked ideas sink this initially promising Southern superhero spoof.

  • Jenne
    2019-04-21 05:09

    Another one that I don't really remember, so I must have been bored by it and given up.