¦ dialing in from the sky bunker ¦
Listening to UNKLE, Edit Music for a Film (disc 2). Potent mash of talent and sound from a few years ago.
It’s been a productive week. Despite doing only 45 minutes a day on the new novel, (Oakfield) it feels like it is at least going somewhere. And as I keep saying, I am really enjoying the chance to savour the scenes. It is a special book. Connection to 1989 and all that. I have also been putting down words for another novel, unofficial and off the radar so to speak. It is all guns and action – motivated by the recent Yellow Dawn session – no idea if I will actually go further than a few chapters in, but at the moment the idea is sound: Massimo Pandev, freelance merc, puts together a team in north Norway to extract a research scientist from the Relux Cyberspace Division in Tromsø. Reasons for the job are given but Pandev just wants the money. But things don’t go according to plan (of course!) and Pandev finds himself getting hunted down by UTOC, MOCID and a Chinese ganglord. Fun!
Been getting some lovely tweets and snippets of feedback on previous books, plus an email from a new fan from Hungary who started with The Black Lake – “Oh man..what a experience, I really thought that ____will ____ in the end. I liked the book, I am thinking to pick another one of your creations. Can you recommend one!?”
I started reading Emphyrio by Jack Vance last week. Goddamn! What a book! I highly recommend it. I wonder if Brian Lumley was influenced in some small way, whilst as a younger man reading this stuff in the 1950s: the Lords and their eyries… the Wamphyri… ? A random thought.
Also saw the Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) by Wes Anderson. If you liked the The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) then you should hopefully love this gem of a movie. It has a touch of the Monty Python surrealism about it, blended with set pieces that belong in a Keystone picture and a traditional theatre. Hallmarks of Anderson’s movie work. You get the feeling that each actor felt privileged to be a part of the experience. Ralph Fiennes is superb. As is Willem Dafoe, who exudes a sense of Boris Karlof into his role as the unstoppable psychopathic thug employed by the family who have so much to loose. Go see it.