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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:47 am 
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That would be my pick too, Dan. Though 'The Garden of Forking Paths' - or 'Bifurcating Paths', as some translations have it - is also fantastic.

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Yesterday read "The Bride Stripped Bare", a collection of short stories by Rachel Kendall due out from Doghorn Publishing later this year, and pretty good it is too.

Also about two thirds of the way through "Urban Gothic", the latest gory treat from Brian Keene, though tonight I may put that aside for an evening in with Joel Lane and "The Terrible Changes".

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'Thieving Fear' by Ramsey Campbell. The Virign Books version, as alas I was too cash-strapped to get the PS Publishing hardback at the time. Ironically I'm just getting into Virgin Books horror line as it winds down!


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Some of your Blood by Theodore Sturgeon.

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I really liked that one Stu. Let us know what you think when you're done.

Finished "Urban Gothic", which was fun as ever with Keene, and yesterday on a trip to the coast got halfway through Simon Bestwick's "Tide of Souls".

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Oh yeah, and meant to say I read "The Terrible Changes" through in almost one sitting on Monday night, and five minutes after finishing emailed Joel Lane to ask if he'd like to be featured author in the October Black Static, and he accepted, so now you all have something to look forward to :D

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Pictures of the Dark by Simon Bestwick - Such a strong time for UK short fiction, colour me very jealous!

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Now reading Mark Miller's Ultimate X-Men collection, in which mutant psychic Prof. X admits to sitting in his book-less 'library' reading the minds of his favourite writers, as they type... and notes "how many good ideas never make it to the printed page."

Surely the best leisure-use of sneaky super-powers?
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reading the minds of his favourite writers, as they type... and notes "how many good ideas never make it to the printed page."


It's a cute idea, but I can't help thinking Prof X would soon be frustrated by all the crude, unpolished prose and half-baked ideas of most writer's first-drafts! Better to wait for the finished article, I think! :)


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'Labyrinths' has been near the top of my pile of must-reads for the past few months. Only various committments have kept it unread. I'm a retired philosopher, at least some of the tales fictionalize current philosophical themes (e.g. forking realities), and the English style seems fine.


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Just started reading "The Painting and The City" by Robert Freeman Wexler, about a New York based sculptor who becomes obsessed with a 19th century painting by an obscure artist, a tale of secret societies, and the interface between art and commerce (or so the book blurb suggests). Two chapters in and enjoying it so far.

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Just finished Mieville's The City and The City and I didn't think I would say this, but, I'm glad it's over...
I'm a fan of Mieville but this book just didn't do it for me. It didn't have the power, depth and clever turn of words and phrases that Perdio/Scar/Iron Council/King Rat (the books of his I've read) had.
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Talking of phrasing, I found quite a lot of the way he phrased the story weird and not weird in the good sense.
The story wasn't a patch on his other work and I second-guessed where it was all leading to before halfway in.
I hope he goes back to his New Crobuzon settings on his next book.

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Pete, I enjoyed Some of Your Blood but not as much I hoped I would. It's very clever and I suspect it's a book that I'll return to in order to figure out how Sturgeon worked some of his effects but on a purely entertainment level it fell a little short. Partly because I didn't find the George Smith bit engaging enough for the amount of pages it took up and partly because the book's marketing went against Sturgeon's intent, making it very clear what George's secret was (his main secret anyway, they didn't give away the exact mechanics of his cravings). So I spent most of the book wondering when his "secret" was going to finally make an appearance in the plot rather than just being hinted at.

However, I was very impressed with the level of sexuality that Sturgeon brought to the story. I didn't think you could get away with writing things like that back in 1961.

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