Bliss by Peter Carey

Holy Fucking Shit, It’s #NationalBookLoversDay , Kiss and Tell Ed.

As usual, I’m reading more than one book at once. Two rereads, as I’ve been rereading a lot lately. One new book to me that isn’t new at all.

Bliss by Peter Carey


The first reread is Peter Carey’s Bliss, a book I got a friend to read recently and that made me want to read it again. I confess I only came to the novel and Carey as a writer generally because of Ray Lawrence’s amazing 1985 film version, still one of my very favorite movies after three decades or so:

Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement


The second reread is a childhood favorite I’m enjoying differently as an adult, but I think as much as I did back when: Hal Clement’s Mission of Gravity.  About as hard as I like my Hard SF, Mission concerns itself with the centipede-esque primary lifeforms of a…really flat planet, basically, with wildly varying gravity norms humans can’t possibly tolerate. The bug captain of a sailing ship is enlisted to travel with his crew to the hitherto unknown and nigh-legendary north pole of the planet to retrieve a human space probe, the humans are clearly hiding things from the aliens…anyway, it’s great. And one of the first SF novels I read as a kid that took an entirely alien perspective.

FYI, if you don’t know, Clement also wrote a pretty great novel called Needle, which a lot of nerds think got ripped off at least a little and made into a pretty great 80s SF/action movie:

The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero, Tom Bissell


The new to me book is The Disaster Artist, Greg Sestero’s book about working on The Room, about which movie and the soon-to-come movie about the book about the movie starring Bros Franco, I doubt I need to post any videos. Anyway, it’s very entertaining.

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