Saturday, 26 November 2016
The Doll Named Silvio would have stood out even if I had not known the results of the competition before starting reading it.Sure, it is the stuff of Henry James and even MR James;a governess
Saturday, 19 November 2016
Mind you this is actually about an invasion from Mars.That being said their presence on Earth changes history as we know it. Certain conflicts which shaped our familiar world, or the world as our learned history leads us to believe in, have either taken directions or forged events differently.. Its a different world because of what the invasion spelt for the destiny of mankind so we are in speculative history, pure science fiction territory. Stephen Baxter navigates these unknown waters with the aplomb of a born Shackleton.( You know I almost wrote Schalken there. Now that would have been an entirely different context.) It is a tense novel with old school discovery and heroics. It uses characters from the original book in interesting and quite believable ways.Even that text itself becomes an artifact of the possible real.
A great book.
I met Milo at a book group. He was doing a talk on the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs and cultural appropriation and even how he read Swift as satire and Pierre Boulle for shits and giggles. I tried to affect an air of cool disinterest ( Intellectuals always make me feel unsure of myself so this is my default defensiveness.) but I actually found it fascinating. He does not claim to be an expert on all things simian and insisted it was more by chance than design he was talking about monkey books.Modesty on his part, I suspect. He is currently working on a book about a monkey astronaut who crash lands on a planet where mankind has evolved to be the dominant species.
He is going to call it Planet Of The Men.
It is probably going to turn out to be no where near as racey as the title suggests.
Next time the Super Moon comes close to Earth (Around 2034 or so.) do not be surprised if you look up into the night sky and you see this face looking back at you.
Saturday, 5 November 2016
Captain Scarlet : The Closing Credits Great site, lots of cool information about a well spring of joy. Cheers.
These were the days when "Who" meant Who?
How did he do it? There was no template for what Patrick Troughton was about to try. To not just replace a lead character but to become that character. It was unprecedented at this point in television history and it was probably only really believed by even the most generous that the BBC were only extending the life of a much loved show by perhaps another season. Yet here we are...I remember hearing John Lydon say in the Julian Temple movie that when it comes to performing he never knows where it is going to come from. that he has to dig deep and pull something out of the bag. Well Patrick Troughton did that in spades.
So much is owed to Patrick Troughton.I will be quietly thanking him today.
And missing him.
Thursday, 3 November 2016
Boy, I was a lonely child.
Oh how the anglophiles shuddered.
"A child of the lost colonies playing a British icon,Heavens above!"
Looking forward to reading this.Great cover by Kelley Jones.
What will be next?Freddy Kruger meets Edward Scissorhands?
That might actually work what with both their unusual hand extensions...
And I just have to find out if Sally will ever get her memory back and escape from the clutches of evil Mrs Crabstick and her crooked orphanage in Who Is Sad Sally?