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Our Man in Havana and Other Such Things

Originally published at Ben Peek. You can comment here or there.

 

During the week I saw this quote from Richard Deniss. “It’s meaningless to say the debt might be a bit higher in 30 years’ time,” he said. “If the government really was worried about long-term problems, you’d think they’d be worried about climate change, and yet they downplay that.”

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I watched Carol Reed’s Our Man in Havana last week. It’s one of Reed’s later films – made in 1959, he would make only a handful of films after it, including, perhaps most famously, Oliver. Yet, more importantly to me, it was one of his films that the novelist Graham Greene had a hand in, and though Our Man in Havana was not near the hights of The Third Man it was pretty decent. Alec Guiness plays the title role, and he does it with the usual Guiness charm. The film struggles a bit in trying to decide if it’s a thriller or a comedy, and the line is sometimes a bit awkward, but overall, it’s pretty cool. I especially liked the science fiction drawings.

You’ll have noted that Our Man in Havana is not a recent film, just as the last two weren’t, either. It’s a bit of a phase: I just can’t seem to get overly excited about newly released films and so I’m just watching the things I haven’t seen before that have been round for a while.There’s plenty of films I haven’t seen, so it’s not really a problem, except that I do miss going to the cinema at times – but I figure there’ll be a flow of films that interest me soon enough.

I also read Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century during the week. I’ve been a big fan of the series since the start: I love all the references and characters that Moore and O’Neill work in and this one was no different. It gets a special mention for referencing not just Iain Sinclair and Dave McKean’s Slow Chocolate Autopsy, but for designing the character of Norton after Sinclair (as it should be, of course). Anyhow, I liked it. Others may not, but I did.

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In other news, the Godless is doing alright, sales wise. We’re playing a long game here: the release of the mass market paperback is in Febuary, and after that, the second book, and so on, and so forth, but we’re doing alright. Thanks for everyone who has talked up the book or mentioned it to a friend, or who found in it an airport and thought, the best way to try an author I don’t know is when I’m trapped in a metal cage thousands of feet in the air.

Still, its not quite over yet, and I still need to impose on you all to make a mention it here and there. It really does make a difference, I assure you.

Other than that, everything is moving along, and I’m back working on the third book, though I still don’t have a title for that.Anyhow, back to that. Books – perhaps for the best – don’t write themselves.

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