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    Eddie Campbell in conversation on Australian radio - here
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011
    Psychotic Reactions is an absolute favourite of mine. Awesomeness...

    Scored me a proof copy of Murakami's IQ84 yesterday, so screw everything else on my reading list!
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    150 pages into Neal Stephenson's Reamde. Everything is still expanding but very enjoyable so far.
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    Expanding as if it had been...


    I'm very sorry. Get on with your book talk people. I'll be over here in the corner. Reading Viz and giggling.
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011
    Can't wait to be reamde by Neal Stephenson.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011
    I'm not reading anything by Neal Stephenson again until he remembers how to write a book in under 700 pages.
    • CommentAuthorMercer Finn
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011 edited

    I want all of those books. <SLOBBER>
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    Finished reading Cherie Priest's "Bloodshot" this morning. I didn't like it very much. Not sure why though. I think the pacing was a little too slow. I've liked all of her Clockwork Century novels so far so I'd suggest them over this one.

    Going to be reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer now.
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2011
    I finally finished Casanova: Luxuria. For the longest time I didn't think I was smart or hip enough to understand it. Issue seven told me that I read the previous six the incorrectly. Overall I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the future issues.
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    @mybrain hurts well expanding more in an organized crime on a suicide run fashion. Stephenson tends to throw more and more on the fire until he hits the first of many explosive kabloomerz moments.

    @256 Don't worry, books can't hurt you. They love you equally no matter what their size.
    • CommentAuthorNil
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2011
    Picked up Paul McAuley's COWBOY ANGELS at my local library*, now trying to find a way to fit it into my ever growing "MUST READ ASAP" stack.

    Currently working on Paolo Bacigalupi's THE WINDUP GIRL, which is absolutely lovely and gave me a weird sense of deja vu until I remembered I'd read one of his short stories in the same universe in one of the Best New SF anthologies.

    * Which now has all sci-fi, fantasy, horror and awful teen supernatural stuff lumped together under the heading SUPERNATURAL. What the fuck? I mean, I understand that genre boundaries have always been fluid, but I'm not sure I'd describe Lord of the Rings or Rendezvous with Rama or an anthology of Asimov's robot stories as "supernatural fiction"
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    @Nil - Well in a sense these genres are all supernatural fiction because they are using the fantastic either through metaphors of science or magic and not the techniques of naturalism to explore their ideas/themes.

    That's my attempt at a sensible explanation. I'm sure they've lumped them all together because kids that read Lord of the Rings are hopefully likely to read Le Guin's fantasy and science fiction.

    I finished reading Nova Swing by M John Harrison at the weekend. It's better written than almost every piece of science fiction published in the last two decades. It's not a book where story counts for much. There's a space-noir vibe going on. It's absolutely about moments and insights that the characters voice through Harrison's taunt prose. The last two months of my life have had the word Saudade rippling through it as well.

    At the moment I'm reading Pereira Maintains by Antonio Tabucchi. This is the article that convinced me to buy a copy. It's also the introduction to the translation I'm reading.

    Next on the stack after Pereira Maintains is Fernando Pessoa's The Book of Disquiet.

    See saudade everywhere.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd 2011 edited
    @ Will - Never heard of Pereira Maintains despite having read several books placed in Lisbon a few years ago. I'm going to look for it. Thank you.

    There's an adaptation of The Book of Disquiet called Filme do Desassossego (something like The Movie of Disquiet). It doesn't adapt the whole book because it's impossible, just parts of it, and it's quite nice. The distribution of the movie was something exquisite. Instead of doing a commercial distribution, the director traveled the country showing the movie just for a couple of days on every city that had old theaters. It was always sold out and the movie paid itself in a couple of weeks which is very rare for national productions.
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    @Will Elwood: Fuck! Thank you! I remember reading that Guardian article (I recall the picture that goes with it and the anecdote of finding the book in San Franscisco) when it was in the paper but I forgot to jot down the book mentioned I've been trying for fucking months to find it and what the book it was talking about in it was. Thanks!

    I just started reading Robert Merle's The Day of the Dolphin which is a satirical French cold war spy thriller from the late 60s. Usually I hate movie tie-in covers but I think I could've lived with it if the book had used the film's poster in this case:

    • CommentTimeAug 24th 2011
    Nu? Reamde isn't scheduled until near the end of September.
    • CommentAuthorNil
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2011
    @Will - that is an annoyingly sensible explanation. I guess my thought was that maybe kids who just read Lord of the Rings and want more of the same are going to be really confused when they pick up the latest Stephen King novel because it's all lumped in together.

    Vaguely pondering making another attempt at The Baroque Cycle. I stalled out about halfway through "The Confusion" last time. I know I enjoy the books, but every time I look at them my brain goes "jesus fuck that's a lot of words" and directs me immediately to the nearest internets to look at pictures of cats instead.
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    Herbert Rosendorfer's The Architect of Ruins. Really interesting novel of stories, but whereas novels of stories are generally an overarching narrative with little breaks for the characters to tell stories in the middle, this is stories within stories with stories within stories, a bit like Sandman: World's End.
    • CommentTimeAug 25th 2011
    Taking a while out from chronological Gibsoning to read The Saga of the Volsungs. Call it getting in touch with my roots.
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2011
    When I started Midnight Tides, I was immediately pissed that I was going to have to learn an entirely new set of characters. Of course, now that I'm almost done I have to say it's probably the funniest Steven Erikson book yet. And it's got some really great elements in it, including the debt economy (I spend a lot of time wondering if we could assign convicts a financial debt that they'd have to pay off through labour, rather than a straightforward time limit to their incarceration). And there's a great passage, when a character achieves emotional catharsis through magic, which nails an important aspect of grief for me.

    [The thing that really sucks about fantasy, I'm finding, is how much dominance they give to characters of strong will. The realm of magic is always this inestimable power offered to people with confidence, no matter their physical or social weaknesses. The power of physics and technology will always pale in comparison to the unleashing of a sorcerous will, and I see how easy it must be to get sucked into this sort of writing when you're pubescent and acne-covered and anxiety-ridden.]

    Also out from the library: Russell Smith's Men's Style (great section on dress shoes); and The Elements of Style by Strunk and White (damn clever).
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    2/3 into Neuromancer. Loving the alternative names given to stuff that has now become part of everyday reality. Schismatrix is up next... Yeah, I'm going thru the phaze.