Sunday, July 15, 2018

Some books I've read 33

Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
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.