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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:46 pm 
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We have a thread for books you're looking forward to reading, so how about one for what we actually are reading?

Most of what I read is for Black Static review, and currently in the frame are "The Catacombs of Fear", a short story collection by John Llewellyn Probert, "The Kult" by Shaun Jeffrey and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. Having a good time with the first two so far, though as far as the third one goes the joke is close to wearing thin.

What's everyone else got on their plates?

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I'm on Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie and just got the title story from Islington Crocodiles to read. Also the new issues of BS and CD. And 'Tales from the Smoking Room' to finish, a mixed bag with Stephen Bacon's 'The Strangled Garden' the stand out story.

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Trying to catch up on IZs and BSs. Also reading 'Far From the Madding Crowd' (a belated attempt to reduce my woeful ignorance of 19th century literature).

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I'm a couple of chapters into The City and The City by China Mieville and am enjoying it. So far there has only been a hint of the fantastical that I imagine is about to be revealed. Up to now it reads very much like an out and out police-thriller but there are hints of other things. Although I'm only at the start and things will probably change I do see a similarity with the main protagonist to Arkady Renko, the Russian detective in Martin Cruz Smith's novels, a character that I quite like.

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^i'm a fAn of renko as well.

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Just finished Mieville's new one - a cracking good read, as usual. Seemed almost "strreamlined" though compared to the baroque Bas-Lag novels! :?

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Finished both the Probert and the Jeffreys, and if you want to know what I thought about them then pick up the next issue of Black Static and you'll probably find out (a word for our sponsor :wink: ).

I'm still cogitating with the "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" thing, but in the meantime have just started Cherie Priest's "Fathom" which, to my disgust, is nothing at all to do with the Raquel Welch film that brightened my teen years, but seems to be about a water elemental trying to raise Leviathan and is okay so far.

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Reading THE BAD SEED by William March (based on the 50's movie).

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Finally pulling books out of boxes and placing them tenderly onto shelves. Every now and then, one gets put aside and then the reading starts. And the shelf stacking stops.

Tom Disch's short story collection "Under Compulsion" and Borges' 'Labyrinths" have diverted me in the last couple of days. Some 10 - 12 year old Interzones as well.


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Taming a Sea-horse -- Robert B Parker.

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The Strain - Del Toro and Hogan

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Just started Creation by Steve Grand - artificial life. Very good so far.

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"Labyrinths" by Borges is excellent - I'm sure you'll enjoy it Dan.

I'm reading "The Beloved Of My Beloved" by Ian Watson and Roberto Quaglia. Rather bizarre - but my kind of bizarre - so very entertaining!

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"Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius" is possibly the best story in that collection (killer title, that's for sure). Peter Carey did a short story that I'm sure was inspired by this one. I think it was called "The Cartographer"...I must check.


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