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Just finished the October/November issue of Asimovs - my first in a few years. Always a slightly strange experience going from the heavily illustrated high production values of Interzone/Black Static to the minimalist/no design of the US magazines. Anyway - the fiction's the thing, and Eugene Mirabelli's bonkers tale of talking water was by far the most to my taste.

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Finished the Carver short story collection, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love". I love the craftsmanship in these stories, although often they left me wanting just a little bit more.



Have you read any John Cheever, Andrew? I found I preferred him over Carver and maybe even John Updike... Then there's Richard Ford (closer to Carver again), so called dirty realism. Oh, and then there's Bukowski's Post Office of course... the ultimate realism.


Haven't read any Cheever, or Ford, or even Updike. Have read quite a lot of Bukowski recently and thoroughly enjoy it.

Picked up "1978" by Daniel Jones to read at work - an obscure Canadian indie press publication I've had lying around for a while...

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I've read the Carver stories years ago, and I must admit I was very impressed with the clipped austere style of writing.

There was some hoo-hah a few years back about how much that style was due to his editor, Gordon Lish. According to Carver's widow, Tess Gallagher, Carver much preferred his original versions which were somewhat more florid.

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About half-way through "The Wooden Sea" by Jonathan Carroll. Which so far is very much like Jonathan Carroll.

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I started reading Paul McAuley's "Gardens of the Sun" yesterday. It is a sequel to his "The Quiet War." Both are excellent mixes of Solar System politics, interplanetary warfare, biology, and astronautics. The writing is realistic and dense and must be read with attention and concentration. Both books are well-worth reading. Nothing is simplified, and the reader will learn quite a bit about the matters I mentioned. In my immodest opinion, these books show SF at its best.


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Finished the Carroll book and enjoyed it, but he does infuriate me at times.

Currently reading "Yuppieville" by Tony Richards and "Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical" by Rob Shearman.

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Got a fair bit in the reading pile...

Jones's Best New Horror 22 - so far all good stuff, as you'd hope with that title, with my favourite so far being Simon Kurt Unsworth's Lemon in the Pool story. Sounds silly, but it isn't. Very creepy, beautifully unpleasant, and unless I'm reading too much into it, has a few things to say about familiarty and disclocation as well. Loved it.

Also dipping into Crimewave Ghosts and enjoying each story I read. Latest was Littlewood's one about 4am and thin walls - great stuff.

And reading Elmore Leonard's Last Stand at Saber River, which is a great change and full of men being men. Grr.

In the meantime, eying up my girlfriend's copy of Ritual, by Adam Nevill. Can't wait to get onto that one...


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Finished "Yuppieville" which I really enjoyed. Have picked up "Her Fearful Symmetry" by Audrey Niffenegger. Her previous novel, "The Time Traveller's Wife" was astonishing (pity about the movie).

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'A Clockwork Orange' - even being very familiar with the film (and it turns out to be an incredibly faithful adaptation for the most part) the prose is dazzling. I really have to try some more Burgess.

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Just finished Lavie Tidhar's Osama. Rather good, in exactly the way Mieville's The City and The City wasn't (in my humble opinion). The first half begins to puzzle as to direction, but it's worth persevering. Obviously a brave topic for any author to take on, but Tidhar eschews any heavy geopolitical opinionating in favour of an effective late tackle on the emotional front: engaging in the end with the tragedy of the War on Terror at the personal level.
Also read Andrew Hook's Nitrospective before that: a highly varied collection with some real classic British Slipstream stories in there, proving this most elusive of genres is alive and beating in his cunning little paws... :-)


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Just read Paul Lewis' The Savage Knight, the full review is over on my blog. Nice one Paul, really enjoyed it :)
http://bob-lock.blogspot.com/2011/10/review-of-savage-knight.html

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Haven't posted in this thread for a while. Currently reading 'Zoo City' by Lauren Beukes and, awards aside, it's an incredibly engaging book that fizzes with imagination.

Other wise, I recently read Kazuo Ishiguro's 'Never Let Me Go' and found it quite moving and dazzling as a first person point of view narrative. Wish I hadn't seen the film first, though as I'd rather not have had Keira Knightley's image in my head whilst reading.

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Without the impediment of a computer, I've been reading lots of books, too many to go back and list, though reviews of most will appear in the next Black Static. Last night I finished Simon Kurt Unsworth's latest collection "Quiet Houses".

Also, over on my blog, I've updated my list of the best books I've read in 2011 if anyone is interested:-

http://trumpetville.wordpress.com/2011/ ... d-quarter/

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Currently reading (and loving) Regicide by Nicholas Royle. Why have I not read his books before?

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