Domino Time

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I’m reading this book Nymphomation by Jeff Noon, and I must say I’m sucked in.

I’m not sure what it is about Noon’s writing that gets me. Honestly, the first time I read his stuff, I was irritated that it was so confusing and difficult. He writes in sort of a weird, future dialect. He uses words that aren’t really even words… or he’ll use words in different contexts, making adjectives into nouns (in the book, a “puny” is a form of currency). It’s sort of hard to follow until you really immerse yourself in it and almost start thinking like you’re part of the culture he’s writing about. Then it somehow just makes sense.

I got sucked in by Vurt, which is a book I think everyone should read because it’s just so cool, and then Pollen, the sequel to Vurt. My understanding is that Nymphomation is sort of a prequel to Vurt. I know they’ve already referred to stuff in Nymphomation that has a certain significance in Vurt, and I’m only about 80 pages in, so I’ll have to assume that it is, in fact, a prequel.

I’m thinking the whole Vurt thing would make a good movie, but it would have to be directed by Terry Gilliam. I can’t imagine it otherwise. Very British, and very fucked up.

Speaking of Terry Gilliam, I see in his filmography on IMDb that he’s making a movie of Good Omens, a favorite book of mine. Hopefully he can do it justice, but, thinking about it, that sort of book seems perfectly fit to him. I’m looking forward to seeing it.

Jenn and I are going to have a garage sale at my parents’ house this Saturday, so we’re going over there tonight to help set things up, price items, and get things ready. Tomorrow night is Jenn’s high school reunion, so we have to finish it all tonight. I’m sort of used to the garage sale ritual - I’ve done it a bazillion times before. Hopefully we can just get rid of some of our stuff we don’t want and maybe make some money at the same time. If you’re in the area, stop in and buy something.