Tintin: first trailer!

Tintin is part of Belgian heritage when it comes to comic books. I’ve read all of them as a kid. (In Dutch we call him Kuifje.) The cartoons on television weren’t bad either. But I am a bit sceptical on the movie though. Even with names like Spielberg and Jackson… as long as they capture his…

Terry Pratchett “Shaking Hands With Death” – 34th annual Dimbleby Lecture (BBC 1)

Yesterday BBC One broadcast the 34th annual Richard Dimbleby Lecture. I had never watched it before, but it caught my attention this time because Sir Terry Pratchett was to give a lecture called “Shaking Hands With Death”.
Terry Pratchett, as you will now if you have seen my rantings on his novels, is the writer of the bestselling series Discworld

The Big Sleep (1946)

Sometimes, you need to get back to the classics. And what is more classic than Humphrey Bogart along Lauren Bacall in a ‘film noir’? The answer is: nothing. (Possibly another film noir.) I’m very into film noir. It is a genre that intrigues me, and has for purpose to intrigue, so I’m right on track…

Terry Pratchett: the battle is on

There is no need to say it again, but I will. I am an avid fan of Terry Pratchett novels. Picture left: from The Times, January 30 2009 I still haven’t read all of them, but about 20 or more novels. I tend to go for the ones with the characters I like the most….

Hogfather (2006)

Hogfather is a television adaptation of one of Terry Pratchett’s novels by the same title. For the unknown, he is the writer of the Discworld novels – for the known: sorry for the repetition. So the genre is fantasy, while Pratchett mocks or dares ridicule that particular genre in his novels. I am not going…

A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami

Several times I’ve said on this blog I’ll post something on the book I was reading. Again and again I didn’t do it. Today is your lucky day then. Here goes. This book was written in Japanese in 1982 by Haruki Murakami . And even though he is a translator as well as a writer, it was…

Making Money by Terry Pratchett

aha A new Terry Pratchett has come into my possession: Making Money. Hoping to have enough time to read it – but I’ll have to. Again with Moist von Lipwig, we know from Going Postal. A great humoristic character… so this promises… Here is the link to get some info. My humble opinion will follow.

Harry Potter: finally after all that waiting

I’m almost through my Harry Potter. I should have finished long ago, but I think that I’m stalling … because then it will be finished. Done. No more. Silly really. It’s just a book. But I like books. It takes you to all kind of places. You feel for the characters, their struggles, their pain. Every…

“De Japanse tuin” by Pieter Aspe

Dutch translation below – no literal transcription!! Pieter Aspe is a famous crime novelist in Flanders (Belgium). His novel series with Deputy Commissioner Pieter Van In, in the setting of Bruges received several awards. In 2001 he won the Hercule Poirot Award for his novel Sweet Sacrifice (Zoenoffer). Unfortunately, the novels are not translated into…

Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett

Murder happened in Anhk-Morpork. Nothing unusual. Except this time, the Assasins’ Guild was not involved. Commander Vimes of the City Watch is left with several clues: arsenic and clay.

Carpet People

The master storyteller’s debut novel. I got hold of this thin little book which is an amazing story about a civilization on the edge of destruction … living in a carpet! The Carpet is home to several tribes, kingdoms, violent and murderous creatures and a strange phenomenon which occurs without warning, cause of destruction and…

The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett

This is my 23rd novel by Terry Pratchett and it was a kick! PLOT: Commander Vimes of the Anhk-Morpork City Watch is appointed Ambassador to attend a coronation in Uberwald. Reluctantly he goes, but as was to be expected, crime followed him closely. A theft, several murders, dwarfs, vampires, werewolves and even a talking dog … and then there’s…

Treat them right, they give you joy

Today, coming home from work, I saw a woman reading a book and pushing the front cover entirely to the back cover while reading. My muscles tensed, I felt the hair in my neck rise and I had to bite my lip! How can anyone brutalize a book in such a manner! There I was,…

Geisha: a life by Mineko Iwasaki – continued

 I have  finished the novel by this impressive Kyoto geisha. It’s really a novel you read from cover to cover. It’s filled with anecdotes and she explains all Japanese customs and words, so you understand why certain things are done. This is useful information for a European who isn’t familiar with Japanese culture. She was…

Geisha: a life by Mineko Iwasaki

I have started reading a book in Dutch, which is an autobiography of a Kyoto geisha. Geisha: a life (US) or Geisha of Gion (UK) (Dutch: Mijn leven als geisha). I am still reading it, so of yet I cannot give you my full opinion. The reason for choosing this book is plain and simple:…