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PostPosted: Sat Jul 23, 2011 1:18 pm 
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Interzone would never carry a story like that, Pete, no characterisations!


There are exceptions to every rule :wink:

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


It doesn't stay easy. The opening sections are to lull you into a false sense of security :lol:

Probably nothing on a par with the preface though - academics take the fun out of everything.

Thanks for the insight/comments on "Avatar/TWFWIF"

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Pete wrote:
It doesn't stay easy. The opening sections are to lull you into a false sense of security


Yes, I see what you mean now. Just finished chapter 3... could have been written by a space alien... but seriously: I'll bet no space alien will ever understand it. I can see how this inspired the best in great writers like John Banville, and the worst in James Kelman. Reminds me of what Arnold Schoenberg did in music, and how no one can really move forward from it, only sideways. Fascinating stuff.


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Finished all my World Fantasy Award reading and I think our shortlist will be announced soonish. So, back to normal reading at last! I'm working my way through "The Best of Joe R Lansdale" at the moment, which is a lot of fun, and also Federico Garcia Lorca's "Poet In New York".

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Nearly finished the Ha of Ha - with the intention of posting a review on my blog. Don't know what others think but I find it a different reading experience knowing I'm going to review a book as opposed to simply reading it for pleasure...

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Finished "The Best of Joe R Lansdale" which was a lot of fun, and have picked up the late 19th century satire, "Erewhon", by Samuel Butler.

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Don't know what others think but I find it a different reading experience knowing I'm going to review a book as opposed to simply reading it for pleasure...


I've written a review, either for my own use or for publication, of every book I've read since the early 1970s, so I really, really can't remember if it's a different reading experience or not :cry: :D

Finished "Nemonymous Night", then read "Revenants" by Daniel Mills and "A Lust for Lead" by Robert Davis, who has a story in the current issue of Black Static.

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I've finally got around to reading Cloud Atlas after Mrs Mikey's years of recommendation. I'm enjoying it, with some chapters more engaging than others and am certainly intrigued by how it might all be resolved.

But tonight I'll be reading League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: 1969 because it can't wait. It's an event round my way when I get a new Alan Moore comic...

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Finished Lorca's "Poet In New York" which I really enjoyed. Currently reading "Heart of Darkness".

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Just started reading Steve Aylett's Rebel At The End Of Time.

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Been staggering my BS review reading with some thrillers for the summer. Just finished "Darkhouse" by Alex Barclay, which started with a lot of promise, but the longer it went on the more cliched the characters and the plot became. Now reading "Voodoo River", an Elvis Cole book by the ever reliable Robert Crais, and having a good time.

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I do like crais and especially cole but lately it seems mr joe pike is getting all the attention. The effect of a certain character's popularity courtesy of lee child? I'm currently reading karen russell's collection 'st lucy's home for girls raised by wolves' and it is fantastic. I'll write more about that later but thoroughly recommend it.


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The City & The City

About 100 pages in and enjoying it so far.

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One of his finest.

I'm not reading anything, and I haven't for weeks. Been very refreshing... :shock:

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Just finished Gary McMahon's The Concrete Grove :D

and Death Rattles from Gray Friar Press :?

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I'm reading Gary McMahon's "Pretty Little Dead Things." It's brilliant. Well-written, absorbing, and so detailed that I must read it slowly. For the intermingling of the everyday with the supernatural is so subtly carried out, that I'd lose track otherwise. This is my first horror novel.


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