Sunday, October 14, 2018

Colour cover

Out in French in January.

Some books I've read 36

Cantata-140 / The Crack in Space by Philip K. Dick
Is this his weakest book? As usual, there are lots of crazy ideas, but here they don't ring true. The way the existence of a parallel Earth is dicovered and how this is told to the media by politicians is not too convincing. And there's a weak ending as well.

The Game Players of Titan by Philip K. Dick
One of his best. And funniest. Would be a good film, Hollywood!

We Can Build You by Philip K. Dick
THIS is his weakest book, I'd say. Gave up on page 150, with another 100 pages to go. Dragged out scenes and dialogues, characters not very interesting and a plot that seems to go nowhere.

Galactic Pot-Healer by Philip K. Dick
His weirdest book? It's good though. And unpredictable.

The Cosmic Puppets by Philip K.Dick
One of his earliest books. It has the Dick theme of what is reality, but the concept could also be an old episode of The Twilight Zone.

This is London by M Sasek
Charming, like the other books, but again, the reproduction of illustrations could have been better.

The Discovery of America by Saul Steinberg
Another Steinberg book to put in my collection next to The Passport, Labyrinth and Inspector. Brilliant. I should read the biography, I suppose.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Book description

Four stories, 176 pages

The Wicklow Way
After having walked The Camino de Santiago in Spain, Jason is bitten by the hiking bug. He next walks The Wicklow Way in Ireland. This is a graphic memoir of those days. He sees  more sheep than other walkers, and, even lost in the green Irish hills, pop culture images keep invading his head.

L.Cohen: A Life
Leonard Cohen - the writer, the singer, the monk, the ladies' man. This is a short biography of his life, with certain, shall we say, liberties taken. In truth, did Frederico Garcia Lorca teach Cohen the Heimlich maneuver? Did Cohen beat Fidel Castro in chess? And did he meet Brigitte Bardot in an elevator in The Chelsea Hotel?

The Diamonds
Two private detectives take turns watching a couple. Why? Who is paying them? We follow the couple in their daily life, apparently happy, but something seems to be brooding under the surface. The two detectives also have secrets they don't share with their families. Eventually, all stories meet one fatal night that will affect them forever.

O Josephine!
Napoleon is tired of war. He is feeling low and is looking for a companion. One night he sees an exotic dancer on stage and is struck by lightning. He falls in love with Josephine. Josephine Baker. We follow their story, the ups and down of their relationship, the jealousy that finally tears them apart and that sets a fatal path for their children.