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Yeah, I get that from people a lot :lol:

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Finished reading Jean Genet's "Our Lady of The Flowers" and whilst the language was always interesting I must admit I was glad to finally turn the last page. Perhaps a little too poetic and drifting for my liking. I 'got' it - but needed an anchor.

Also finished Nina Allen's "The Silver Wind" which I greatly enjoyed - especially the last story which pulled everything together.

Picked up "Art From Art" - a collection of stories from Modernist Press (which I'm in) - next to read, as well as Douglas Thompson's "Ultrameta" which I'm greatly enjoying.

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Just started "Fearful Festivities" by Gary Fry, a tale of seasonal terror set in a small Yorkshire village.

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Ooh, lucky you, mine hasn't arrived yet!

(It's my 'happy Christmas to me' present) :D

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...as well as Douglas Thompson's "Ultrameta" which I'm greatly enjoying.


Hey, doesn't that book feature a protagonist/narrator called Alexander Stark !? :shock:


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Just read "Eat Your Heart Out" by Dayna Ingram. Zombies versus lesbians in small town Ohio. Completely manic, but in a good way.

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Last night started "Cull" by Michael Preston. Horror writers getting killed off. Doesn't bear thinking about.

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Last night I finished reading Paul McAuley's Gardens of the Sun, the sequel to his The Quiet War. Two absorbing books about interplanetary politics, interesting science, and believable characters. Two of the best pure SF books I have read last year.


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I'm reading Fahrenheit 451 for the first time, in the extremely attractive Folio Society edition (and I must say I'm rather made up to be receiving review copies from them).

It's interesting - if you'd given a passage of it to me without the title or the author, a passage that didn't mention book-burning or firemen, I'd have guessed at Frederik Pohl rather than Bradbury.

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Just finished Silent Land by Graham Joyce, having read Pete's recent review. Thoroughly enjoyable book, totally recommend it.


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I enjoyed The Silent Land too.

Finished reading "Ultrameta" by Douglas Thompson: a thoroughly enjoyable metafiction which reminded me in places of Ballard's "The Unlimited Dream Company". Picked up "Pleasures of the Damned", a large collection of poetry from Charles Bukowski which I'm sure will contain some real tarnished gems.

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Loved The Silent Land. About to start Alison's book 'A Cold Season'.

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I'm reading Fahrenheit 451 for the first time, in the extremely attractive Folio Society edition...


Dandelion Wine was my favourite of his early stuff, and Death Is A Lonely Business among his later output... which is gumshoe noir, something I usually detest these days but only he could make such a fine exception to prove the rule.


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Just finished Neal Stephenson's Reamde (a purposeful miss-spelling of Readme, as in read me files in computer programs)
Richard Forthrast is an ex-smuggler who has invented an online game similar to World of Warcraft which is a fantasy world called T'Rain and has made him into a multi-millionaire. However a clever virus has been invented by a group of Chinese 'gold farmers' (those who play the game to make gold in the virtual world to trade for real money) which locks up computer hard-drives by encription. They can be unlocked only by paying a ransom to a strange and powerful Troll within the game. Things go bad when the Russian mafia's hard-drives are encripted because of a boyfriend of a relative of Richard's selling them credit card details with the Reamde virus on them and so the mafia kidnap his young niece to coerce them into finding the Troll and extracting revenge.
The story is vast, complicated and extremely exciting as you follow it across the globe in both the virtual and real world. It starts off pretty slowly but them once gets into gear is hard to put down.

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Finished "Cull" by Michael Preston, and very pleasantly surprised. It started off slow and I put it aside for a while, but then when I picked it up again found myself in the middle of a gorefest, a wild ride with enough momentum to smash through a brick wall. 'ckin 'ell, as the kids say.

Also been reading a couple of vampire anthologies - "Blood and other cravings' edited by Ellen Datlow, and the YA "Teeth" edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, both of which are very good and with plenty of diversification on a theme/stereotype you'd expect to be a bit shopworn by now.

I've also finished quite a few other books from 2011, but I need to wait until Case Notes in BS#27 to find out what they were as my memory is a bit hazy.

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