Thursday, April 19, 2012
What to Read Next?
I got the latest book in the Game of Thrones series for Christmas and I have just finished reading it! Now that the doorstep sized fantasy-fest is out of the way I have been thinking a little about what I would like to read and, along with a couple of other books that have lain untouched since Christmas, my musings have been a lot in the direction of Edgar Allen Poe, H. P. Lovecraft and Robert Louis Stevenson. The first because he is clearly a genius and it has been too long since I have read any of his stories (and indeed his poetry), the second because I really feel I should know more about this elusive master of the macabre and the third, partly at least because of another hang over from Christmas. Sky TV produced, at Christmas, an adaptation of Treasure Island. I have only just watched it. Eddie Izzard as Long John Silver is an inspired piece of casting and a wonderfully ambiguous piece of acting, Elijah Wood as the charmingly insane Benn Gunn and the simply beautiful (but also very talented) Toby Regbo all conspired to make it a thoroughly enjoyable piece of television. So I thought I might take on a bit of Stevenson that I've never read before, Kidnapped perhaps. Then I heard this piece of news about Stevenson's masterpiece (IMHO) Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde and wondered if should take it as a sign.
But signs and portents are a dangerous and murky business because just minutes later I came across Poe and Phillips, a graphic novel (to be either downloaded or owned in print) which teams the real people Edgar Allen Poe and H. P. Lovecraft in an Indiana Jones-style festival of arcane investigations. So, the long and the short of it is that I was feeling quite conflicted about what to read next until, in the post today, what joy, a review copy of Samuel R. Delany's latest book arrives like a brick through my letterbox, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders, and so the deadlock is broken and my course is clear.