(HARD-BOILED WONDERLAND AND THE END OF THE WORLD) by Haruki Murakmi
Okay, bear with me. Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World is a bizarre novel split into two respective narratives. The Hard-Boiled narrative revolves around a Calcutec, who is a sort of human computer trained to use his brain as some kind of encryption key. The Calcutec is hired by a scientist experimenting with sound fields, whose laboratory is hidden in Tokyo’s sewer system, which is incidentally infested with subterranean mutants. The Calcutec must ward of thugs and Semiotecs (criminal versions of Calcutecs) while palling around with the scientist’s chubby, pink-clad daughter.
In the alternate End Of The World narrative, the narrator joins a village and has his shadow cut off before he becomes the town dream-reader and has a librarian teach him the process of reading dreams from the skulls of unicorns, who mysteriously wonder out to pasture in a winter they can’t survive. Eventually, the Hard-Boiled narrative begins to converge with The End Of The world.
Sounds interesting huh? It is.
will you be offended? If I remember correctly it’s a PG-13 kind of vibe.
I’ve begun the process of weaving visuals into the first draft of The Joke That We Play On The World, which will ultimately be full of pictures from 1997-2010 along with other interesting things to look at. When taking a break from working on The Joke That We Play On The World I’ve been outlining the sequel to Nevada, which is accumulating an interesting foundation. Something very different set in the same world.
The random number generator has selected #7 of 293: Aliens Vs. Predator: Requiem next, my personal preference over the first AVP movie. Critics and fans were very hard on it, but I think it’s great, and exactly what I expected a movie about Aliens battling Predators to be: awesome.