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That must make VERY interesting reading.


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Yup! :D


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"Midnight's Angels", the latest Raine's Landing novel by Tony Richards - started it yesterday and all being well should finish tonight, with a review hopefully in BS#24.

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Just finished Obverse Quarterly 1: Bite Sized Horror, edited by Johnny Mains, and gone on to volume I of Stonewielder by Ian Cameron Esslemont from PS Publishing, both for review. I'm a bit anxious about my reading running too far ahead of writing up the reviews, which always happens when I'm trying to get an issue of TQF out the door.

I've developed an odd habit of letting the Kindle read books to me while I'm reading them...

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Finishing up story collections now, as part of the run in to BS#24, and have just finished "Beneath the Surface" by Simon Strantzas and "I Smell Blood" by Ralph Robert Moore.

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I've been reading a collection by Michael Faber, The Farenheit Twins, and it's excellent. It's not really genre stuff, though there are a couple that might interest folk here, but very enjoyable well written stories.

What will interest those into the darker stuff, his Under the Skin was great too.


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Faber had a story in Crimewave back in the day, and I reviewed his short novel "The Hundred and Ninety Nine Steps", set in Whitby and with a Gothic feel to it, in The Third Alternative years ago. The man has form.

Just finished Richard Gavin's collection "Charnel Wine".

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I've just finished Stephen Baxter's 'Stone Spring', which I thought was pretty excellent. Quite similar to Flood in some ways, in that it features disparate groups of characters who are brought together and slapped down by a whole lot of water. Very different in other ways!


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Finished Livia Llewellyn's excellent collection "Engines of Desire", and read "Weirdtongue" for a second time, and now started on "Nemonymous Night", so in a Des Lewis frame of mind it seems.

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I just finished reading Ursula K. le Guin's classic novella, "The Word for World is Forest," in Harlan Ellison's Again, Dangerous Visions, Book 1. . It has been described to me as Ms le Guin's anti-Vietnam-War tale, which fits with the author's having called it a "moralising" text. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I had hoped. Once I knew the basic ideas, the story became a bit too didactic for me.

I refused to read this for decades. The title gave me the impression that it was some mushy New Age type yarn about symbioses between people and wood. Silly.


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On the basis of Lathe of Heaven and The Left Hand of Darkness, I'd rate Ursula as one of the best Sci-fi authors going, especially in terms of pure descriptive prowess.

I'm keen to read the Dangerous Visions series, but I'm having trouble tracking down the books for a reasonable price (i.e. less than £20) and it seems to be out of pring. Where did you get your copy of 'Again' from, George?


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Rob McCow wrote:
On the basis of Lathe of Heaven and The Left Hand of Darkness, I'd rate Ursula as one of the best Sci-fi authors going, especially in terms of pure descriptive prowess.


Have you read her "The Dispossessed" yet, Rob? Definitely her masterpiece.


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The title gave me the impression that it was some mushy New Age type yarn about symbioses between people and wood.


I've not seen "Avatar", but a lot of what I've heard about it makes me think of LeGuin's "The Word for World is Forest". Is anyone in a position to say how much resemblance there actually is?

Agree with Alexander about "The Dispossessed", though I'd also have to go with "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" as one of my all time favourite short stories.

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I haven't read any of LeGuin's sf, though I've got lots of her books around the house - I didn't enjoy the Earthsea series and never progressed any further, something I plan to change this year - so I can't say how similar that one is to Avatar - but Avatar did remind me a lot of the Dragonriders of Pern series.

I'm currently reading the latest of those, Dragon's Time, for review, but it's one for fans only, I'd say.

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Well.... I might be just the man to answer this. Having read The Word For World Is Forest last month and posted a review of Avatar last year over at the BFS Forum (under a pseudonym... Alex Stark is so shy). I think TWFWIF is a superb book, quite brutal in its view of Humanity, and surprisingly shocking even in terms of its treatment of women. It sheds light on the 1970s, Vietnam, and our own conflicts since. Avatar owes it an enormous debt conceptually, but the storyline and characters differ completely (i.e. Avatar's are poorer). Films like Dances With Wolves have been closer in a way to capturing the point of TWFWIF. In my view Avatar was about the US involvement in Iraq, subconsciously at the very least, just as TWFWIF was about Vietnam, and for this reason, along with the benchmark animated visual art, is worthy of study in its own right.

Also read the Le Guin collection "The Wind's Twelve Quarters" recently, which included The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas. Interzone would never carry a story like that, Pete, no characterisations!

Biting the bullet and starting James Joyce's Ullyses today.... surprisingly easy read after the anal 50 page preface by an academic. :lol:


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