“What we see before us is just one tiny part of the world. We get into the habit of thinking, this is the world, but that’s not true at all. The real world is a much darker and deeper place than this, and much of it is occupied by jellyfish and things.”
So last night I was laying in bed watching youtube clips on my phone, and pretty much cycling through the usual weirdness in assortment: Steven Moffat, Dylan Moran, Sigur Ros, this awesome episode of Brian Blessed hosting Have I Got News For You, and pretty much all kinds of weird shit like that. Then, because I’ve been rereading a book called The Raw Shark Texts again, which has a strong interactive presence outside of the novel, I decided to look it up online, knowing there was some clips present previously.
And I did find some clips, some interesting ones. For example, here’s the often mesmerizing Tilda Swinton reading a brief excerpt from the novel:
I don’t really want to go into the novel too much right because, believe me that’s a long story for another time, but it’s a book I love hopelessly. Perhaps during Shark Week, I can revisit it, which would be fitting, because the book deals a lot with the idea of conceptual fish, especiallythe Ludovician shark.
The Ludovician is a predatory animal that hunts in the flowing rivers of human knowledge and perception, eating memories and personalities. It’s a fascinatingly bizarre and wonderful invention, but has it’s basis in old native American myths about dream fish that could consume your fears and memories and identity in your sleep.
To me, its an interesting concept, as are so many of the things mentioned in this novel, which is not perfect, but is fun and different. Here’s the author, Steven Hall, talking just a little bit about the book:
“I wanted to try and write a book that would be something different to every single reader. And I was wondering is it possible to write a book that would be like a romance to people who like romance, a puzzle to people who like puzzles, science fiction to people who like science fiction. Is it possible to make a book that would clash all these ideas together and reflect what the reader expected to see in the book.” Hence the title, which is an obvious play on the rorschach/inkblot tests.
Anyway, my mother has gotten into listening to audio books a lot lately and so I got her a few for Mother’s day, including the audio book for The Raw Shark Texts, read by Jack Davenport, who’s been in things like Pirates Of The Caribbean and Swingtown, but is best known (to me, at least) for appearing in Steven Moffat’s Coupling in the UK. The audio version is abridge, sadly, but it makes sense since there’s a strong visual element to the novel (and would have to be considering a lot of the nature of the Ludovician alone), but there’s some interesting bits with sound effects and multiple speakers at once.
Anyway, I’ll leave that there for now. The audiobook version of the novel is interesting, but the novel itself… “Come on in, the water’s fine…”
And then I’ll leave you with Sigur Ros performing “Staralfur” from their DVD Heima: