Holiday turkey dinner with all the fixings
Here’s a summary of activity for December, 2017.
Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last month
Here’s a summary of activity for November, 2017.
I didn’t get as many reviews and things done this month as I had hoped. Mostly this last month has been the beginning of feeling like hibernating, but I’ve managed to reach my reading challenge of 50 books read this year over on Goodreads, so, you know, at that rate, I’ve only got two more decades of reading in just my stack of to-be-read books. At some point, maybe already, I will have more books in just my to-read stack than I will be able to finish in whatever life time I have left … But, the cats are getting more and more cosy and comfy, and there’s plenty of hot tea, so it’s okay. I’m also almost at a 300 day streak on DuoLingo which is cool. I’m currently working on German, though I’ve also been doing High Valyrian for extra fun. We’ll keep on keepin’ on!
Here’s a summary of posts on the blog from last month
- Spicy cheese hotdogs — Visual
- A Darkness Surrounds Him — Review
- Spicy and savory Kimchi hotdog — Visual
- Bubba Ho-Tep — Review
- Peanut butter, butter, and banana — Visual
- Total Recall — Review
- There are actually seven cats in this picture — Visual
- The Dulwich Horror — Review
- Open face pita — Visual
- Gathering firewood this weekend — Visual
- Itsy Bitsy — Review
Spicy cheese hotdogs, with Sriracha mayo and furikake, inspired by the Mojo Dog from my old neighbor Mojo Crepes in PDX
Outcast, Vol. 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him by Robert Kirkman, Paul Azaceta, &al., collects the first issues in an interesting new story in just as dark and depressing a world as Kirkman’s The Walking Dead and the show. It’s an interesting take on possession horror, but here’s the thing: I’ve gotten tired of the depressing and awful trudge through mud that is The Walking Dead, and that’s not even mentioning the unappealing-to-me descent fully into torture porn, so the promise of another whole series just as persistently relentlessly repetitively rotten and dark just doesn’t do it for me. Beyond the gore in this one, given the way exorcism horror goes, more torture porn is sure to come as well. It’s not bad. It’s actually good at what it does. I just have trouble finding a way to want to go further in either story. But, if you’ve got the wanderlust for more dark travels without respite, this would no doubt appeal. For myself, I enjoyed it for a while, and again here, but I’ve moved on.
Spicy and savory Kimchi hotdog, inspired by the Seoul Dog from my old neighbor Mojo Crepes but I’m out of Gochujang this time, so I improvised …
I was looking for books set in the weird west, for reasons, and ended up being reminded that Bubba Ho-Tep by Joe R Lansdale was a book before it was a movie. So, I got sidetracked by this one, which is a kind of hillbilly gumbo of conspiracy theory supernatural horror humor. As a bonus, there’s even “West Texas” hieroglyphics. Turns out there’s also a sequel, which is probably just as ridiculous … ly awesome as this one. Guilty pleasure, to be sure, but who isn’t seduced by the spectral comfort of butter fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches like this, especially in our declining years as we try to remember which famous person we once were while battling the forces of evil?
I made 25 highlights.
Total Recall by Philip K Dick was originally titled “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale”. Wow, is that original title retro-awesome or what? Well, I read it. I mean, I think I read it. I remember reading it. I have evidence to remind me I read it. I’m still not totally sure though. But, as long as I’m alive, the world is safe from aliens, so it’s all good.
I remember loving the Paul Verhoeven / Arnold Schwarzenegger cinematic rendition, but I’ve not yet seen the Len Wiseman / Colin Farrell remake. Getting into the original story was a good mix of nostalgia and surprise. I could feel lots of the inspiration for the movie, but there was still a lot of difference. I loved the layered twists in the short story and they definitely felt more PKD than the movie, for sure, of course; identity, memory, and one’s place in the universe—all tricksy, mostly beyond one’s control, and questioned. Good stuff and darkly humorous.
I made 16 highlights.
The Dulwich Horror by Oliver Harris is an entry into the corpus of Cosmicism, but not really Lovecraftian. It’s not set in New England, but rather in London, England proper. It doesn’t feature the Elder Gods, but rather an interesting twist on the Old Norse Gods. The protagonist’s name is Ursula, and that’s a bit too on the nose; and I just couldn’t get Disney out of my mind each time I read her name; but, on the whole there’s a good story with interesting ideas, with a real-feeling setting, and compelling familiar flavours of horror in an interesting new mixture. The story is from the viewpoint of a female protagonist who has a bit of a family secret, and so this also, it seems to me, overcomes some of the sexist and racist othering legacy of the Lovecraftian corpus, and thus I feel this is another welcome addition to the ranks of new Cosmicism.
I did get this book because Oliver Harris is the author of “Lovecraft, Cyclonopedia and Materialist Horror“, in the Cyclonopedia Studies section of Hermetic Library. Harris should not be confused with the crime writer of the same name, but consider checking out that essay and this story.
I made 6 highlights.