Sunday, August 19, 2018
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.
Martian Time-Slip by Philip K. Dick
Will You Take Me As I Am: Joni Mitchell's Blue Period by Michelle Mercer
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Well, it's... McCartyesque. You have to give him that.
Never Anyone But You by Rupert Thomson
The true story of Suzanne Malherbe and Lucie Schwob and their life in Paris in the 20's and on Jersey during WW ll, where they started a propaganda campaign against the German occupation. The language of Thomson is as masterful and as exquisite as ever, but... I was never really hooked on the story.
Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
I have read this book before, 20 years ago?, but couldn't remember a single word. It's actually an amazing book. Very funny. And it makes me want to read more books by Vonnegut, who died in 2007. So it goes.
Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick
Not my favourite Dick. I can believe in the story, but I found it hard to believe in the characters and the dialogues.
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick
Maybe my favourite Dick? Typical Dick themes of illusion vs reality, but if it ain't broke don't fix it.
REM : Fiction by David Buckley
A pretty good REM biography, stopping in 2003, but I must confess I gave up listening to their records after New Adventures in Hi-Fi.
Lieutenant Blueberry by Giraud and Charlier
Yup, re-read the whole bunch, all 28 albums. The series peaked with the two Von Luckner albums, I think, but the drawings were still great after that. The last ten or so albums I found it annoying that Giraud let the word balloons go into the panels around that panel, making the page look cluttered, but maybe that's just me.