Monday, October 6, 2014

Some books I've read 18

Don't Tell Dad by Peter Fonda
It's an okay book. I read it mostly because I was curious about Easy Rider and working for Roger Corman. There is also a lot of 60s nostalgia (far out!), namedropping, and Fonda often gives himself the best lines of dialogue.
Dissident Gardens by Jonathan Lethem
I struggled with this book, Lethem's clever language often getting in the way. And a week after finishing it, I'm already beginning to forget what the whole thing was about.
Sugar Skull by Charles Burns
Finally, the third book is out and you can read them as one story. Punk meets Tintin, in colour. So, how many levels are there? At least two. It's a puzzle, leaving it up to you to put the pieces together, encouraging you to read it all a second time, or a third.
Gast by Carol Swain
This is kind of a weird book - in a good way, I should say - with Swain pretty much ignoring all the traditional rules of plots and storytelling. But the road less taken is what you expect from Swain, and with a  bit of patience you got a great story.
Truth is Fragmentary by Gabrielle Bell
Autobiographical comics are old hat, and soo 90s, but luckily, Gabrielle Bell doesn't give a flying fuck about that. She finds truth in looking at the small details. It's like reading a letter from a friend.
Ballade by Blexbolex
A pretty amazing book, with one story retold several times, with more details added each time. Normally, I'm not a fan of images created on the computer, but Blexbolex gives them warmth and texture.
Currently reading:
I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson

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