I’ve just posted episode three of my podcast – This is What Came Out of Me!
This is What Came Out of Me – Episode 2
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A while back I was flipping through a magazine at our local supermarket and in it there was a review of a TV show called The Man in the High Castle. I glanced over it and was about to move on until something caught my eye: “German occupied America”.
I began to read the article and read that the series was based on a book by Philip K. Dick. Regular readers will know that I don’t need much of an excuse to track down a book, and so I did with The Man in the High Castle.
I tore through it quickly, and really enjoyed the premise and characters. I’ll be up front – not a lot really happens, it moves quite slowly; the story just starts in the middle of normal daily life, and we slowly get to know the various characters through their normal daily life. What is engaging is imagining what the world would be like if Germany and Japan were the victors in World War Two. Dick captures all the little things that would change under occupation, and subtly weaves them into the narrative.
Towards the end things start to pick up, and then when the end comes, it is wonderfully ambiguous, and is such that it will produce hours of discussion among your friends and fellow readers.
If you have read it, I would love to hear your take on the ending. If you haven’t yet read it, add it to your list for 2017.
Jase the Ace, still there for us, even after all these years 🙂
You might remember earlier in the year I went on a rampage and read all of the available novels in The Expanse series pretty much one after the other. When I was part way through the books I found out they had made a TV series and, since I enjoyed the novels so much, I really wanted to check out the TV show as the trailer looked good. However it wasn’t on any services I had access to.
Until Monday this week, when I noticed that it had been added to Netflix! Woohoo!
We watched the first episode last night and thoroughly enjoyed it and are looking forward to watching more…
One of my long time heroes is Anthony Bourdain, and I have mentioned him several times on this here blog. The new season of his show Parts Unknown has started, and wow, what a start. He is in Hanoi, Vietnam and about a quarter of the way through is a moving section on the war, and discussing veterans reactions (from both sides) to returning to sites they fought over.
Not only is Tony effortlessly cool, he knows how to stitch together a great episode of television.