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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 3:37 pm 
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Careful George we'll get you reading Black Static.


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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.


I've never read any Lee Child, so alas, that reference is wasted on me, but yep, after the halfway point in "Voodoo River" Joe Pike turned up, though he didn't exactly take over. The man is the strong, silent type, and I can see him and Cole developing into the non-gay equivalent of Connolly's Louis and Angel. I enjoyed it very much, though there was an element of 'plot convenience' about the end shoot out; not totally unconvincing, but still...

I'm sold on the Karen Russell just from the title :D

Last night finished "The Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologies", edited by Des Lewis. Tonight started "The German" by Lee Thomas, which so far is excellent.

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Read a few on holiday:

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan - Epic, well paced page turner.

The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough - Packed an emotional punch. The best writing on disfunctional families since Slights by Kaaron Warren

The Men in Pinstripe Suits and OtherStories by Cate Gardner - Imaginative storytelling that lets you fill in the gaps. Felt occasionally a bit samey when read as a complete collection.

Ill at Ease by Bacon, West and Williams - When you find a Bacon story to be the least satisfying you know it's a great selection. The West edged it for me but only as the ending of the Williams didn't ring quite true with me

Currently on Reality 36 by Guy Haley

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Guy's written a novel? :shock:


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Yeah, out now from Angry Robot.

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I remember Guy Haley mentioning in Death Ray that he's been trying to get a novel published for years! Congrats to him anyway, I've always enjoyed his writing in scifi magazines over the years.

Who's he working for now anyway?


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He's reviews editor for SFX i believe.

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It's time for me to make you all madly jealous by telling you I've just finished proofreading Nina Allan's new book. It's going to be an absolute cracker:
http://www.eibonvalepress.co.uk/books_silverwind.htm


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I mentioned Karen Russell's book earlier, St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, and I've stuck something more on my blog. It's not a review, just a recommendation...

http://probablymonsters.wordpress.com/competitions-2/

(No idea why the link has 'competitions' in there.)


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Finished "The German" by Lee Thomas, and review in BS to follow. Also whipped through "Twisted", a Jonathan Kellerman that I've had lying around for a few years. Used to follow Kellerman religiously, and initially found his stuff quite disturbing, but now it's almost 'comfort reading'. Times and tastes change. Now back to reading for review with "Viking Dead" by Toby Venables.

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Just finished reading Jennifer Egan's "A Visit from the Goon Squad" which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It's really a collection of interlinked short stories with the next story taking on a character that featured in the previous story, but it does jump back and forward in time, and in viewpoint. One story is told graphically, and the last is slightly science fictional, taking place about ten years in the future. I'll certainly be looking out for her new novel, out round about now.

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Just finished reading Jennifer Egan's "A Visit from the Goon Squad" which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It's really a collection of interlinked short stories with the next story taking on a character that featured in the previous story, but it does jump back and forward in time, and in viewpoint. One story is told graphically, and the last is slightly science fictional, taking place about ten years in the future. I'll certainly be looking out for her new novel, out round about now.

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Reading 'The Illustrated Man' by Ray Bradbury.

I picked it up from the Oxfam in Reading amongst a dozen other books, after Brian Stableford donated his entire sci-fi book collection. There were around 5,000 books in total! :O


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The Illustrated Man was my introduction to Bradbury, discovered in the library of my college in my teenage years. I've been a big fan ever since. You've motivated me to read some again.


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Reading 'The Illustrated Man' by Ray Bradbury.

I picked it up from the Oxfam in Reading amongst a dozen other books, after Brian Stableford donated his entire sci-fi book collection. There were around 5,000 books in total! :O


I remember this being reported, wasn't it that he just didn't have enough room for them?


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