Not that I have not been reading, just that I procrastinate about posting them and then they get swallowed in the anarchist's library downstairs..or foyer..or living room..or attic or. Anyway..part one of the books this year to date.1. Don't Panic-Douglas Adams and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyNeil Gaiman. 2003 (revised ed) Titan Books. 240 pages.
This is not,as one might be led to assume, really a book about Douglas Adams at all. There are bits and anecdotes about Douglas, and the other books do get some mention. But this is,in fact, a book about the ongoing creation of HHGTTG. And in true guide fashion, it does not keep up with the story. Even the revised version, published shortly after Adam's death,missed out on the movie version. Nor is this a serious,dry version of the history. Neil writes it with obvious affection and true Gaiman humour at times. As a fan I found it delightful, as a writer I found it intriguing. 2.V for VendettaAlan Moore,David Lloyd. 1995 (Rev) Vertigo Press 286 pages.
has been discussing V for some time as only a true comics addict can. So with all the commotion over Alan Moore and the Movie producers I decided to give it a try. Curse you rorschach99
for the new addiction to graphic novels..meanwhile, back at V.
The bad news is that V was an early work for Alan, and at times it shows. But the mark of a good storyteller in an genre is that you ignore the flaws in favour of the story. And thus is the case with V. Gripping,well drawn and usually with a flowing storyline it keeps your attention.
Is the movie as good as the book? Apples and oranges. Alan Moore gave us a modern icon in V,an embryonic mythos as you will. And the book and the movie are just two different retellings of the same myth.