The Crying of lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon
EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED AND EVERYTHING IS WEIRD.
The best Post-War Novel you will ever read.
It’s actually about postal wars. Mostly though, mostly it’s about conspiracy theories, the fundamental interconnectedness of it all, and slowly going doo-lally.
And, oh yes, everybody’s dropping acid, besides you.
The last Hero – Terry Pratchett
It’s terribly poignant, completely cracktastic and utterly lovely. Beautifully illustrated as well. Watch me weep over linework.
A story about getting old, and deciding to go out with a bang. Also dragons. Also Gods. And Leonardo Davinci.
I love this book to little bits. If you like the Discworld series, you will love this.
Go forth. and read!
King Lear – Shakespaere
Children are shitty.
AND I MEAN REALYY SHITTY
as in when you’re dying and all you want is 100 dudes to keep you company, they won’t even pay to feed them, shitty.
and if you ask them if they love you, one of them will always tell you you’re being a bit creepy, so no.
and then when you disinherit them they’ll marry a prince and invade your bleeding country, which you gave to those other two bints who refuse to house you.
oh and you’ll die
so will she
and the rest
EVERYBODY WILL DIE.
but not before going we wander around the heath for a while. and go blind. and nearly jump off a cliff.
I always get the feeling I either should or really should not write summaries of stories.
I once saw a performance of this play in Dutch, which I did not understand because the plot’s a bit confusing. All those people trying to screw each other over, how does one keep track. I wouldn’t call it a lovely play, none of the tragedies really are lovely, but it’s an intriguing one.
Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea – Jules Verne
Verne can get a bit tedious on occasion, which I noticed in his other novels, but this one takes the proverbial cake. Maybe it’s because marine biology is very much not in my field of interest, but ye Deities excruciating does not begin to describe it. AT LEAST 1/4th of the book is fish descriptors. That’s not to say he doesn’t paint a lovely picture of the seaworld. He does, but after 100 pages you kind of get that there are fish, they have a variety of colours and apparently are all excellent for dining on. THe plot’s good though, if a bit out there. Nero’s a very strange character…and that’s all that I took away from this novel.
That and the fact that squids are terrifying.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
My love for the Potter it knows no bounds. I’ve decided to read all the novels once more, because I’ve forgotten quite a lot of the detail. Especially of the latter two books. The first five are actually pretty solidly up there, since I read them to the point of exhaustion while I was waiting for 6 and 7 to come out. Arguably I could just read the final two books, but Potter’s an experience. Let’s start from the very beginning, it’s a very good place to start.
To read you begin with
The Philosopher’s stone.
Sandman volumes 1-3 – Neil Gaiman
Preludes and Nocturnes (1-8)
Contains the following comics
1. Sleep of the just
2. Imperfect Hosts
3. Dream a little dream of me
4. A hope in hell
6. 24 hours
7. Sound and Fury
8. The Sound of her wings
The Doll House (9-16)
contains the following comics
9. Tales in the sand
10. The Doll’s House
11. Moving in
12. Playing House
13. Men of Good Fortune
15. Into the Night
16. Lost Hearts
Contains the following comics
18. A dream of a thousand Cats
19. A midsummer’s Night Dream
Comic books! Okay, graphic novels really. These are horrendously good and delightfully disturbing. Go forth and read. When I say disturbing, I mean it though, so if you’ve got a queasy stomach, maybe there are not the best thing to read, seeing as the gory details are actually illustrated .