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Yeah, Sturgeon along with Farmer was one of the pioneers of sex in Science Fiction. From memory I rather liked the matter of factness of the novel, and as far as I know it was the first book about a 'human vampire', which was a novel twist.

Last night ripped through "The Language of Dying", a novella by Sarah Pinborough from PS Publishing, and as Graham Joyce noted in the introduction, quite a leap on from her Leisure Horror novels. I'll probably review it in the next Black Static.

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'The Desperate Hours' -- a Porridge Xmas special adapted into a short story.

'Guy Walks Into a Bar ... ' -- Lee Child's new Jack Reacher short story over at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/07/opini ... ef=opinion.

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Re-reading Michael Marshall Smith's 'What You Make It', and wondering why this is the only book I own by this author.


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Chris Beckett's Marcher. Brilliant. And maybe the only SF novel featuring social workers?

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The Lovers by John Connolly. Good stuff. His Charlie Parker series is emphasising the supernatural elements more these days although it's still more rooted in the real world than a lot of supernatural-oriented PI series -- "I know, I'll make my PI a vampire! Nobody's EVER done that before!"

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^i'm a big fan of the charlie parker novels - haven't got the new one yet.


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I finished it yesterday. Very good. Lots of surprises about Parker's past and some hints about his future.

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Very Good, Jeeves! by PG Wodehouse.

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More comic-books...
Supreme Power series by J. Michael Straczynski
This superhero tale (from 'explicit content' Marvel Max line) has an alt 'JLA' team centred on the Superman-type character Hyperion who was raised in seclusion by US government agents, not kindly Kents...

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I just finished reading THE ALPHA TRAP by Stuart Byrne

Next, I enter Nick Cato's debut Mario Puzo-Mafia-Zombie crossover DON OF THE DEAD.

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Well I've just torn through Joe Abercombie's Best Served Cold and what a treat it was to read after the eye-lid drooping, The City And The City, (which I enjoyed but found slow and predictable).
BSC can be read as a stand-alone book but I would recommend you read Joe's First Law Trilogy which starts with The Blade Itself as it explains a lot about how the world in which the heroine, Monzcarro Murcatto, works.
The story, as can be deduced from the title, is about revenge and therefore quite linear but that line has twists and turns enough to keep you on your toes. Be aware though, Joe doesn't pull any punches with his graphic depiction of brutal violence and more than once my stomach churned whilst reading his prose, and his sex scenes are almost as bloodthirsty!

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Well, I was toying with the idea of making a start on "Nemonymous: Cern Zoo", but now I'm thinking of nipping out and finding some Joe Abercrombie :lol:

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I'm about 3/4 through his latest and I'm enjoying it alot.

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Just read "Cruel Summer" by Matt Venne, a novella from Tasmaniac Publishing. It's 1985 and Los Angeles is being terrorised by The Night Stalker, when some kids find a dead body. Reminiscent of King's "The Body", and more about lost innocence than anything else. Review in Black Static to follow, probably.

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Currently still reading books related to Apollo 11 for a celebration of its 40th anniversary on my Space Books blog - see here.

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