Sunday, September 9, 2018

Some books I've read 35

This is New York
This is San Fransisco
This is Paris, all by M. Sasek

This is The World by M. Sasek
A collection of drawings from all his This Is books. Unfortunately, the reproduction is not that good, with bland colours, and the drawings not always being 100% sharp. I've seen some of the originals online, with stronger colour  and looking much better. So that's a shame.

This is M. Sasek
Showing a lot of his drawings from the books, sometimes based on the originals, but also paintings he did and earlier books for children, plus biographical material.

Martian Time-Slip by Philip K. Dick
A bit uneven novel, about autism and schizophrenia, and linked to precognition, which can be debatable, I guess, but with an interesting choice towards the end where the story, following the subject of the book, is told out of order.

The Penultimate Truth by Philip K. Dick
Enjoyed this book a lot. It has a mystery that's actually quite intriguing.

Will You Take Me As I Am: Joni Mitchell's Blue Period by Michelle Mercer
The writer goes through Mitchell's records between Blue and Hejira, analysing the songs and putting her work into a historical frame, from St. Augustine to Dylan and Cohen.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Walk, Rabbit

Got this many years ago at Angouleme. It was made by Peggy Adam, I believe.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Some books I've read 34

Ubik by Philip K. Dick
My new favourite Dick book!

A Maze of Death by Philip K. Dick
Dick meets Agatha Christie, or And Then There Were None set in Space. The solution is maybe not that surprising, since this is Dick after all.

Our Friends From Frolix 8 by Philip K. Dick
Not his best book, I think. There are some fun ideas, but the main characters unfortunately aren't that interesting.

Time Out of Joint by Philip K. Dick
The people who wrote The Truman Show, with Jim Carrey, must have read this book. Spoiler!, I should add, I guess. Possibly, the book loses some steam at the end, when the mystery is solved.

The Bus by Paul Kirchner
Re-read this little masterpiece after all the Dick books. I still have my original copy of this book, from 87. I know Kirchner has published a sequel, and I might get that, but I'm a bit worried if it will be as good.

Flex Mentallo by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
Also has a certain K. Dick feel to it, next to Dennis Potter and The Singing Detective. Great drawings by Quitely. My favourite Morrison, but that doesn't really say much since besides some issues of Animal Man and Doom Patrol I haven't read anything else by him.

Vacation by Blexbolex
Strange and silent graphic novel from Blexbolex, with amazing illustrations. Normally I'm not a big fan of books fully created in photoshop rather than hand drawn, but the artwork has an appealing organic and not too shiny feel to it.

Currently reading:
Martian Time-Slip by Philip K. Dick
Will You Take Me As I Am: Joni Mitchell's Blue Period by Michelle Mercer