THE ROAD

Just finished reading Cormac McCarthys page turning post apocalyptic novel ‘The Road’. Beautifully written set amongst ashes, hunger, greyness, cannibalism and a dead earth.

“Just remember that the things you put into your head are there forever, he said. You might want to think about that.

You forget some things, dont you?

Yes. You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget.”

And for those who dont want to get lost in the book you might want to check out the upcoming film based on the book…

SHAUN TAN

Shaun Tan is another illustrator who I deeply admire. Inframe features Shaun in this short interview in which he talks about his art as well as the exciting new animation of one of his books ‘The lost thing’. I can’t wait to see it!!

CHAIN THRILLERS

This is a fantastic idea! a la true web2.0 style the author James Patterson will write the first and last chapter of a book called ‘Airborne’ the middle of the book will be written by anyone who wants to contribute. Entries to contribute have closed and the first release is scheduled for the 20 March.
airborne I think it’s a great idea! I’m looking forward to reading what comes out!

BOOK COVERS

Books are my weakness, I find it unbearably difficult to walk out of a bookstore without taking one home with me. I have a waiting list of books pilled up on my bedside table and another list that I carry around with me in my wallet of books that I would like to one day read.
The fact that I have very little time to read is irrelevant, I try to fit it in when ever and where ever I can. I’m the one that stands in a crowded train or waiting for a train, lost in in the pages of the book, or waits on a queue nose in book.
It’s not just the words in them that attract me, its also the covers. The saying that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, was obviously invented by an hypocrite, because it is humanly impossible not to. As Jose would say its in our nature. Whether it be a book or something else. But anyway getting back to book covers, for those who love them as much as me you might want to feast your eyes on these two websites. Book cover Archive and Covers. If you know of any more please share.
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LOST AND FOUND

I’m so excited! Studio AKA and Phillip Hunt have created a short film, based on one of Oliver Jeffers’ books. Oliver is one of my all time favourite children’s book illustrators, and ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy’ is in my personal top 10 absolutely favourite books, sitting alongside Hermann Hesse and Margaret Atwood.

And yes I realise that it’s a children’s book and some people might be horrified by putting it on such a high pedestal however it’s wonderfully written, highly creative and beautifully illustrated.

I once heard an award winning children’s author say that her credibility declined when ever she said that she was a ‘childrens’ author. It’s a real shame that we don’t value them as much as a Pulitzer winning novelist simply because they are catering to a less experienced audience. Children are the most difficult to please and have an attention span that seems to decrease with every new generation. It is after all within a child that you begin to instill the love of books and reading.

Getting back to the animation..whilst the original book features a translucent watercolour and tactile quality about it, I think the 3D style that the film utilizes works really well. Here is the trailler…

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