Recent reading. Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen


No way will this win the Booker. I can vouch for that because it was written several years ago, but really the reason it won’t win is because it is trash.

But a little bit of trash didn’t hurt anyone. I thoroughly enjoyed this rather long but eternally amusing pulp fiction novel.

I read it as a follow up to Chuck Palanhiuk’s grisly, Haunted, and was warned that it outsicked Palanhuik. (it didn’t; not by a long way.)


But the truth is, neither can hold a candle to Katherine Dunn’s beautiful sickfest, and, in my experience the best sicko book of all time, Geek Love.


Geek Love is a masterpiece of sickness, but actually it has a beautiful core to it that neither Palanhuik or Hassian can remotely approach.

However, if you wanna read a right good, and a fun piece of trash about American politics read Sick Puppy.

Alternatively step up a gear and read Primary Colors by Anonymous.


The Lives of others (das Leben der anderen)


We finally watched this important movie last night.

It centres on the conscience of Stassi spy (Ulrich Muhe) who realises that the people he is entrapping may actually have a point. Less the tart with a heart but certainly the spy who came in from the cold.

It is a wonderfully engaging and extraordinarily intelligent movie with brilliantly restrained performances from the entire ensemble cast, although Muhe is the real star.

The world’s greatest critical movie melting pot, imdb, gives it an 8.5 rating and rates it the number 53 movie of all time. That might make it Germany’s best, although I think there are some contenders, such as The Tin Drum and Fitzcaraldo for starters.

However, there is a reason for the huge rating.

It is sensational.