Saturday, April 16, 2016
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
I am reading Alastair Reynolds "Steel Breeze" with my lunch. The lead character is Chiku. But Chiku is not just Chiku. She cloned herself and replicated her memory. In the scene I just read the narrative has slipped, without warning from one Chiku to another Chiku. Even the character takes a moment to get her head round that. The preceding chapters being the memories of a counterpart taken into her head as her own.
With this comes an interesting way of telling a story with one character in multiple places. But also the question of identity. These two people aren't just similar, they are the same person.
This is something which particularly struck me with Ancillary Justice. For all the other aspects of that novel that were applauded, I don't think I saw too much reference to this aspect of identity. In this novel the ships are intelligent, a common enough idea, but they have use of physical bodies as tools. (The mechanism and ethics of that are another conversation) So like Chiku, we have multiple view points, but even greater sense of only one mind.
On some level playing with that kind of identity and characterization is fascinating and appealing. Especially thinking in terms of could I pull that off?
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Brume & Telepherique – Dans Le Silence / Schrei Nach Stille - This double LP was released in 1999, each artist building their tracks from source material provided by the other. It was released on the unprolific German label Duebel (who were related to some extent to the Ant-Zen label), they have a small run of releases, mostly limited editions, no doubt difficult to find. I have probably about 3/4 of the labels releases.
Driving home tonight, a couple of the tracks from this release came up on my MP3 player, where I have a copy of the music. Both lengthy, abstract pieces, the first from the Brume selection, the second from Telepherique. Reminding me, again, just how much I continue to enjoy this album. In doing so being conscious of the act of listening, particularly related to a work like this. The layers, the noises, the textures. Brume, the French musician Christian Renou, is described as musique concrete, though here is at the more accessible end of that spectrum. Voice samples work throughout, I assume from a science fiction film - a space ship, emergency messages. These give the piece a human element, grounding the sound work, the sculptural nature of the layers.
Here to Telepherique are at their more concrete, though verging more into noise, with a harshness to the sound. Telepherique a group of German siblings working with various artists on numerous releases like this one over the years. While I have never seen Brume perform live, I did manage to catch Telepherique twice. The first time Klaus and Rene, the second joined by Danijela.
The music of both bands is something I have a particular fondness for, they way they both achieve an immersive experience. One which I can lose myself as a listener. So a pleasing drive home through the play of soundscapes that complimented the journey.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Graphic novels have been noted sporadically, read many more of those, but didn't always remember to include in list.
the collector - sergi toppi
the mighty avengers vol 2 - family bonding - al ewing + valerio schiti
saga vol 4 - brian k vaughan + fiona staples
manhattan projects vol 4- hickmann + pitarra
manhattan projects vol 5- hickmann + pitarra
hot head - simon ings *
daniel fights a hurricane - shane jones
let's put the future behind us - jack womack
solaris rising 3
afterparty - darryl gregory
vN - madeline ashby
descent - ken macleod
planesrunner - ian mcdonald*
colorless tsukuru tazaki and his years of pilgrimage - haruki murakami
coffin hill 2 - dark endeavours
hellblazer 10 in the line of fire
glow - ned beauman
the magic pen - dylan horrocks
something coming through - paul mcauley
avengers adapt or die
alif the unseen - g willow wilson
get in trouble - kelly link
blue remembered earth - alastair reynolds
the rabbit back literature society -Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
justice calling (20 sided sorcereress) - annie bellet
tigerman - nick harkaway
glaze - kim curran
rivers of london - ben aaranovitch*
glorious angels - justina robson
dead witch walking - kim harrison
spirits abroad - zen cho
stand on zanzibar - john brunner
the peripheral - william gibson*
city of stairs - robert jackson bennett
three parts dead - max gladstone*
strange and norrell - suzanne clarke
wicked+divine book 2
wytches volume 1
this is life - dan rhodes
leviathan wakes - james s a corey
jagganith - karin tidbeck
wolves of london: obsidian hearts
the field of the cloth of gold - magnus mills
the other wind - ursula le guin
alien separation - gini koch
ack-ack macaque - gareth powell
the sorceror of the wildeeps - kai ashante wilson
the sorceror to the crown - zen cho
twelve tomorrows (harkaway, stross, sterling, bauman, etc)
holy fire - bruce sterling*
be my enemy - ian mcdonald
daker shade of magic - ve schwab
follow me - victoria gemmel
2312 - kim stanley robinson
welcome to night vale - fink/cranor
the bone clocks - david mitchell
divine misfortune - a lee martinez
bookburners 1 - max gladstone
hexomancy - michael r underwood
the seed collectors - scarlett thomas
ack ack macaque - gareth powell*
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
night at the museum - secret of the tomb
mockingjay part 1
big hero six
love is strange
shaun the sheep
sin city 2
the second best exotic marigold hotel
catch me daddy
the second best exotic marigold hotel*
ladies and gentleman the fabulous stains
while we're young
fast and furious 7
avengers age of ultron
woman in gold
pitch perfect 2
avengers age of ultron*
a girl walks home alone at night
mad max fury road
black coal, ice thin
pitch perfect 2*
magic mike xxl
the salt of the earth
the ballad of barnie thomson
fantastic four 2015
kiki's delivery service*
mission impossible: rogue nation
we are your friends
hitman agent 47
me, earl and the dying girl
maze runner - scorch trials
lost in hong kong
mortal instruments film*
next avengers animation
the last witch hunter
this girls life
the tracey fragments
scouts guide to the zombie apocalypese
the bothersome man*
blue crush 2
sukiyaki western django
the ex-files 2
bond - spectre
mockingjay part 2
cabin in the woods*
star wars the force awakens
surprise - journey to the west
future shock! the story of 2000ad
star wars the force awakens*
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
The Apartment by Greg Baxter was a spontaneous purchase. The joys of book shops. Wandering the store. Exploring new releases. Nice cover. Curious title. Read the 1st page. Sometimes a complete stranger will speak to you. Just the way the words fall together. And you'll buy something you didn't know previously existed.
This is how I picked up The Apartment. A newly released hardback, at the time. By an author I'd never heard of. But it spoke to me. And even better it paid off - which is not always the case. Even if I do mostly trust my instincts.
The Apartment is on one level a simple story. And it is on that level that I enjoy it the most. A man has moved from the US to Europe, an unnamed city. Though from the description it feels like Vienna to me. He has an appointment to see an apartment, but is early so has time to kill. It is winter, he spends a lot of time walking. So he decides a good jacket would be good.
On that level the simplicity of it works for me. Obviously it is more than that. It is the language. The character. Into the base idea we get a history of the character and his choices. His family relationship with the city. The people he has met and nascent friendship resulting. Which is to say in the story of a man shopping for a jacket we get life.
It is hard to entirely explain why it worked for me. I can see it doesn't sound obvious. But I enjoyed. A lot.
So I occasionally keep my eyes open for new work by the author. But last night I was wandering the book shop. Frustrated by two novels in a row that did not connect. And there, in hardback, in the new releases - the new novel by Greg Baxter "Munich Airport". So I bought it and I'm reading it.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Here is a periodic and updated summary of my fiction online:
Spirit Guide Plays Guitar
Issue 12: The Temple of the Inevitable
Issue 7: Blood & Souls
Issue 4: 1. Survivor
Issue 5: 2. No Survivor
Issue 3: When Gretchen Met Sally
Issue 2: Red Fever
Perhaps worth noting, one of my works in progress is a sequel to No/Survivor...
Telling of Tales: Podcast
The Gods Are Small Birds
Dark Fiction: Podcast
Twelve Days Anthology - Five Gold Rings - podcast anthology, my piece is Five Gold Rings.
From the short, sharp, dark and nasty end of the spectrum. I would ask for forgiveness, but the hound shall come when it is time...
Prospective Parliamentary Candidate No.1
Cut Now, Cut Deep
What The Stars Hold
Finally! The Weather!
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
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