The Iron Council
Miéville, China (Del Ray, 2004 ISBN: 0-345-46402-8)
One of my friends emailed me recently and said “Ok, I’m a quarter of the way through The Iron Council. Tell me it gets better.”
And I said, “Keep reading.”
And the next day she said, “WOW. THANK YOU!”
I knew what she meant. The first section of the novel can be confusing – I’ve known friends to discard the book before the plot starts to become cohesive. I’ve read reviews where people have disliked it; I suspect they also gave up early and didn’t keep going. If you keep reading, the brilliance starts to kick in and you end up engulfed in this wonderfully insane world with its insane physics and marvelous storytelling.
Orwell, George (Signet Classic, January 1961, ISBN 9780451524935)
I receive a letter from Centrelink explaining that when I lodge next fortnight’s form I need to “negotiate a new Activity Agreement”.
When I go in that fortnight, they tell me again that we need to negotiate a new Activity Agreement. Continue reading
DECADES OF THE 20th CENTURY
Yapp, Nick (c. 1986 onwards) several volumes inc. ISBN 3829005229
Getty Images publish a remarkable series of photobooks called Decades of the 20th Century. Besides the usual shots of counterrevolutionaries storming Cuban beaches, the Beatles and parading Nazis, we see Castro batting a baseball out of the ballpark and Emperor Hirohito meeting Mickey Mouse. Continue reading