So I am currently reading:
William Shakespeare’s Hamlet: My first time with the goth prince of Denmark as part of the Shakespeare journey at theslingsandarrows. Hamlet’s been a long time coming for me and so far I’m loving every minute of the poetic angst, ghosts, skulls and heroic last stands. The Bard’s character-based exploration of grief, madness and love has never been more relevant. Check the review for more thoughts at
Stieg Larrson’s The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest: The last outing in the Millennium Trilogy finds our young punk heroine in bed for three hundred pages while the cogs of political machinations turn in ever closer circles around her. Overall, nothing much happens, then the bad guys get caught. There is, however, no chance you’re putting it down.
I initially started these books as a ‘what’s-all-the-fuss-about’ venture, but soon found myself addicted. Many critique Larrson’s prose, and there are indeed some paragraphs that read like a shopping list (jeez, if I had a dollar for every time a character ate a sandwich or drank a cup of coffee…) but I suspect there’s something literally lost in translation. The plots may rely a little too much on the odd coincidence, but while our punk-rock, computer hacking Pippi Longstocking is centre stage, it just doesn’t matter.
A Graphic Cosmogony: This anthology by Nobrow Press sees 24 different artists weave their own seven-page creation myths in comic book form. The stories submitted range from the grand, the odd, the sacred, the profane and the profoundly moving spaces in between. There’s nothing quite like comic books tinkering with the numinous and there’s no story bigger.
I also spent last weekend driving 1400 kilometres, so On The Road seemed an appropriate choice. I’m only halfway through and it’s been a couple of years since I read it last, so I’ll have another rant to offer at a later date…