October 2019 Roundup
This has been a good month for my reading, several books and quite a few of them were four-star or above.
Started doing some research for my art and photography once more so there will be more art and photography books being added over the next few months.
The Secret Network of Nature by Peter Wohlleben
Another book that I’ve had on the TBR for a while now, and half way through another book I was reminded of this.
I was hoping that I would like it as much as the other two books of his that I’ve read, both the ‘Lives’ of trees and animals were fascinating and passionate about his subject.
Peter looks at the ecosystem in easily digested bites, building upon each other to show just how interconnected the natural world is and how human intervention (going back millennia) has made its mark.
A passionate and rational cry for a change in how we as humans consume and develop the natural world, a wonderful read.
Fish Soup by Margarita Garcia Robayo
Three out of three so far for Charco Press in 2019 for me, what a wonderful publisher with a great eye for Latin American literature.
Fish Soup is a collection of short stories bound by two novellas by Margarita Garcia Robayo from Colombia.
All the stories project a raw sexuality, with a sensual description of place which grounds them in a narrative that compels you to follow the words to their conclusion no matter how hard that conclusion is.
This collection has made me want to search out more from the author
Swords v. Cthulhu edited by Jesse Bullington
Swashbuckling cosmic horror!
That concept caught me straight away, I love pulp fantasy and adding this to Lovecraftian horror seemed like an inspired choice.
This collection had a great range of stories in it from the short and slightly humorous to woven tales of daring-do.
None were weak, though there were a clear couple that were the best in the collection though that is judging by a hairs breadth.
Will be seeking out some other stories by the contributors to this.
Holloway by Robert Macfarlane, Stanley Donwood and Dan Richards
This is a small but extremely beautiful book, both in illustrations and text.
Again this was another book I’ve had on my shelves for so long shouting at me to read every time I went past it.
The various pieces of prose were all poetic, longing and made me feel as though I was there with the writers, this feeling was heightened by the woodcuts that showed the eerie nature of a holloway.
I’m pulling out my other Macfarlane books to read now as well.
Psychogeography by Merlin Coverley
I just got this book for my birthday at the end of September due to me finding a common theme in my photography.
A great little survey of the ideas of psychogeography and liminal spaces from the early English and French proponents to the Deep Topography of the 21st century.
It’s really helped put a lot of what I do in my art into perspective and has given me a nascent language and framework for my projects.