Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Man in the High Castle


The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick

The idea is inspired, but not the execution.

You can tell it's written by a pro, a good writer. The imagination is subtle: you feel it is boundless, due to the little bits of fantasy you get in all domains, from jewelery to politics to language to food.
And yet it is moderate—what's the word for "correct dosage?:" that's how the imagination is used.

Unfortunately, the characters are dull, and the story is dull. Like Dick had this great idea but sat on it too long and forgot how he wanted to go about it, but did it anyway.

Prince Caspian


Prince Caspian, C. S. Lewis

I am disappointed that the children left Narnia.

The possibility has been opened that it's all in their imagination. This weakens the story, I find.

Apart from that, it's lovely.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lost Horizon


Lost Horizon, James Hilton

I'll be.

There is tight skill in these 1930's wedge-wads.

Like Henry James: a story that neither begins nor ends, but whittles to its core.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

La possibilité d'une île


La possibilité d'une île, Michel Houlebec

Playful, decrepit, irresponsible whimsy disguised as careful optimism.

LP++

Saturday, June 03, 2017

The Horse and His Boy


The Horse and His Boy, C. S. Lewis

Good one: emotion, adventure, suspense. And that twist.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe


The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis

Not as good as the first one. Less architectural, although walking through coats until they become a forrest is cool.

Ending is kind of disappointing. The victory of the heroes is assured by the sudden machination of "deeper magic." I wish this deeper magic had been mentioned in the beginning.

That's the thing about stories: they work when the element of resolution is something that has made its appearance early, then has been forgotten. When the resolution just comes out of nowhere, like when suddenly the hero can fly or stop time or something, it doesn't feel like a story.

Still like reading it, though.