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Title: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: Rolnikov on April 19, 2009, 11:43:41 am
What are you reading at the moment?

I'm reading At the Mountains of Mourning by Lois McMaster Bujold, from the Baen Books free library. Good so far.
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Post by: Jen on April 19, 2009, 11:51:53 am
The Ancient Greeks for Dummies.   ;D  (What?!)   ;)

Also, am just trying to decide between Juliet McKenna's new one - Irons in the Fire, or Jaine Fenn's Principles of Angels.

But, have just finished Mike Carey's Thicker Than Water which was totally brilliant.   ;D  Better than Hellblazer, shockingly!   :o
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Post by: CarolineC on April 19, 2009, 11:54:05 am
An odd mixture in my case:
The Fourth Black Book of Horror
The Complete Stories and Poems of Lewis Carroll


I picked up the latter in a charity shop recently. I haven't read either Alice ... story since I was a kid and I wondered if they'd have the same magic - they do! Plus there's lots of Carroll's verse I'd never read before - amazing work.  :)
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Post by: Pigasus on April 19, 2009, 01:18:21 pm
Having a comic-books (well, graphic novels, anyway) binge, lately...

Finished epic-style Project Superpowers (Dynamite), and Earth X (Marvel), both by Alex Ross & Jim Krueger.
Starting on New Avengers and Mighty Avengers series, and I finally got around to ordering volumes 2 and 3 of Ross' Justice trilogy.

Anyone read those Ultimate X-Men books?
I keep wondering if they're as much fun as the Ultimate 'Avengers' series.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on April 19, 2009, 06:07:11 pm
I'm dipping into 20th Century Ghosts now and then.  Pop Art was genius.   ;D

And some art books.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: allybird on April 19, 2009, 06:13:56 pm
'I'm dipping into 20th Century Ghosts now and then.  Pop Art was genius.'

Totall agree with you Joshua although my absolute favourite is Voluntary Committal.
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Post by: Andrew Hook on April 19, 2009, 10:40:09 pm
Reading Murakami's "Norwegian Wood" at home and Terry Grimwood's "Exaggerated Man" at work. Also picked up Russell Hoban's "Linger Awhile" secondhand today, so might take that into work too - haven't read his stuff before, but the cover sold me!
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Post by: ChrisT on April 21, 2009, 08:35:52 pm
An advance copy of Mark Newton's Nights of Villjamur; Rowland Price's Vulcan 607 (the story of how the aging bomber was roped back into service during the Falkland's Conflict); and, The Secret War by MFW Curran.

(Rather stupidly, picked up a copy of J G Ballard's complete story collection - 1000+ pages - from the local library....)
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: Rolnikov on April 21, 2009, 09:41:41 pm
I'm reading Tom Swift and the Visitor from Planet X, from Project Gutenberg. Silly stuff, but I like the "anything goes" spirit of it. If they'd had these in my local library when I was a kid I'd have been a big fan.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on April 22, 2009, 02:49:58 pm
The DC Comics Guide to Coloring and Lettering Comics   :)

It's rather good.
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Post by: Martin Roberts on April 22, 2009, 05:50:14 pm
Empire by David Dunwoody... a survival zombie tale set in 22nd Century years after the outbreak. Good so far, with some neat twists!

Chris - I know what you mena about the Ballard short stories...
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 29, 2009, 07:07:21 am
I've just started The Wailing Asteroid, by Murray Leinster, which so far seems to be a science fiction screwball comedy along the lines of Monkey Business. More sf novels should star Cary Grant...

Before that it was Halo, by Tom Maddox, which wasn't half as punkish as I expected cyberpunk novels to be, but it was still good.
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Post by: Mathew F. Riley on April 29, 2009, 11:40:44 am
Have just finished CJ Lines' 'Filth Kiss' - a gory small-town rotten to the core with black-magic; just about to start the new Black Static, and then into holiday reading mode for: 'The Lovers' by John Connolly, followed swiftly by Michael Marshall's 'Bad Things' and 'Glister' by John Burnisde...
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Post by: Pigasus on April 30, 2009, 10:44:13 am
Halo, by Tom Maddox, which wasn't half as punkish as I expected cyberpunk novels to be

I read that when it was first published (early 1990s?), and remember it tried for 'cool' but lacked 'edginess' required for cyberpunk.

Just finished Warren Ellis' Iron Man: Extremis, a brilliant graphic novel that's effective as a SFnal re-birth for the hero character and a revised origin story in keeping with the recent film version.     
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: CraigLockley on May 02, 2009, 02:53:41 pm
For the first time in a while, I'm reading something for pleasure instead of review.

 Fallen by Tim Lebbon, and I actually bought it! Forgot what it's like to buy your own books.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: Rolnikov on May 02, 2009, 05:45:53 pm
For the first time in a while, I'm reading something for pleasure instead of review.

Fallen by Tim Lebbon, and I actually bought it! Forgot what it's like to buy your own books.

I know what you mean - I could quite easily (and happily) read nothing but the review pdfs from PS Publishing.

I'm reading Dark Horizons submissions now.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: Robert Lock on June 03, 2009, 11:45:52 am
I've just finished Stan Nicholls' Orcs which was an interesting book. It tells the tale of the encroaching humans on the native land of sub-humans (orcs-faeries-gremlins-pixies etc etc) and their 'eating' (unknowingly) of the land's magic. It is written from the orcs' viewpoint and is quite entertaining. If I was to nitpick the only thing I would point out is Nicholls' use of weird speech tags (something which I've been told off about using!) I couldn't help but notice a plethora of - he blurted - he intoned - he slurred - he barked - the second lieutenant fawned - she coaxed - she purred sweetly etc etc. As you can see it drew my attention towards them somewhat which distracted me a little from the story. Other than that I would say it's a good read.

I've just started Jim Butcher's Proven Guilty and mistakenly thought it was the first of the Harry Dresden books, but it isn't so I'm reading about things that have obviously happened in earlier editions which I'm a little sorry about (I'd have preferred to have started with the first) however, as I'm getting into the story now I can't put it down and go look for the first book so I'll just carry on, so far, so good :)

Bob
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: allybird on June 03, 2009, 12:26:51 pm
The Haunter of the Ring and Other Tales by Robert E. Howard. The Dream Snake gave me a nightmare last night - first time in a long time that a writer has done that for me.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: Rolnikov on June 03, 2009, 07:15:14 pm
I'm reading Broken Symmetries by Steve Redwood and The Smell of Telescopes by Rhys Hughes at the moment. Probably not a good idea to read them at the same time, since I'll get them muddled, but I'm really enjoying both of them.

I've just started Jim Butcher's Proven Guilty and mistakenly thought it was the first of the Harry Dresden books, but it isn't so I'm reading about things that have obviously happened in earlier editions which I'm a little sorry about...

That can be a good thing - I started watching Stargate SG-1 from season seven or something - what had been flimsy nonsense six years before was suddenly a richly crafted tapestry with an astonishing backstory. Every episode had an amazing revelation about past events...  :)
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Post by: IanH on June 07, 2009, 11:44:43 pm
I've just finished tonight, in the bath - too much information, I know, "One" by Conrad Williams, brilliant prose as always, and surely the winner of the best novel award next year. I do a monthly thang on my website at www.ian-hunter.co.uk called "The Now", and "One" is the read of the month, but on the bedside table are currently:
Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine
Attica by Garry Kilworth
The Hundred-Towered City also by Garry Kilworth
The Battle for Gullywith by Susan Hill
Weight by Jeanette Winterson
Promethea Book 5 by Alan Moore and J.H. Williams III
Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: Andrew Hook on June 07, 2009, 11:53:43 pm
I'm reading "Solaris" by Stanislaw Lem - I expected it to be good, but didn't expect it to be totally gripping and utterly absorbing.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: Paul Campbell on June 18, 2009, 11:01:39 am
Just finished the last of Virgin Books recent titles: Primal by Robin Baker, Thieving Fear by Ramsey Campbell and One by Conrad Williams.

My thoughts on Primal can be found here (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Primal-Robin-Baker/dp/0753518260/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1245318431&sr=1-1). Ramsey's, in the character of Ellen, features the best portrayal of a woman he has ever written. Indeed, the characterisation of all four of the cousins in this story is solid, and Conrad's new novel is simply remarkable: Richard's determination and unquenchable hope in finding his missing son is superbly and heartrendingly conveyed.

See, this is the reason I like written horror: Hollywood is all about plot and body-horror. Character development is the first thing to go out the window. Hollywood horror is just one big yawn. Of the hundred-some DVDs that my wife and I own not one of them is a horror movie. Frankly, they're barely worth watching once nevermind repeatedly.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: AdrianF on June 18, 2009, 12:45:29 pm
Currently Reading "The Blade Itself" by Joe Abercrombie.

Been really impressed by the characterization so far but it's a real effort to read and not critique
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: Andrew Hook on June 18, 2009, 01:24:16 pm
The Beloved of My Beloved by Ian Watson and Robert Quaglia - great FUN!
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Post by: Mathew F. Riley on June 18, 2009, 03:30:50 pm
Half-way through the much-hyped The Strain by Del Toro and Chuck Hogan - this could be the start of a blurring of the lines between vampaires and zombies...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: CraigLockley on June 18, 2009, 09:43:31 pm
Half-way through the much-hyped The Strain by Del Toro and Chuck Hogan - this could be the start of a blurring of the lines between vampaires and zombies...

I heard about that. Is it all it's cracked up to be?
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Post by: Jen on June 23, 2009, 08:05:18 am
Just finished Mind the Gap by Tim Lebbon and Christopher Golden.  Cor, that was fun!   ;D  (Coincidentally, read it on the train on the way to London!  Which adds a little something, given the story!   ;D  )  Definitely recommended.   :-*
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Post by: David A. Riley on June 23, 2009, 07:45:02 pm
Almost finished reading the superb Midnight House collection of contes cruel, The Harlem Horror by Charles Birkin. As contrast I've just started Graham Greene's Travels with my Aunt, which is beautifully well written, witty and amusing. A bit of a contrast.

David
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: Rolnikov on July 02, 2009, 03:55:14 pm
Finished reading Dark Horizons submissions (acceptances and rejections are going out over the course of this week - it's going to be a good issue!), and then finished off Steve Redwood's forthcoming collection of short stories, Broken Symmetries. Stories of all kinds, but all top quality! My favourite was the one about checking ladies out from the library.

Next up: the BFA best novel nominees! Got five of them out of the library, and I'm trying to get hold of the sixth (Rain Dogs - bit harder to get hold of than the rest). I've started off with The Graveyard Book. Neil Gaiman writes so well.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: Martin Roberts on July 03, 2009, 02:21:58 am
I'm always behind when it comes to reading current books, so like Stephen I'm currently engaged in an effort to read as much on the BFA short list as possible.

I just finished reading Ramsey's Thieving Fear and I made a brief start on Gary McMahon Rain Dogs late last night.

David - I have the Charles Birkin and what I've read so far is indeed excellent. I picked up a couple of the Tandem paperbacks based on the stories I read from this... do you have news on your collection by the way?





Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: David A. Riley on July 03, 2009, 06:32:07 am
"David... do you have news on your collection by the way?"

No definite date yet, Martin, as John Pelan has been having a few problems since moving from Seattle to New Mexico (which is one hell of a trek!), but hopefully Midnight House will be bringing it out in the not too distant future. I am learning patience.

David
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Post by: AdrianF on July 03, 2009, 10:35:24 am
I've started off with The Graveyard Book. Neil Gaiman writes so well.

That whole bit at the beginning about the knife being wet has me gushing with envy every time.  Until this book, whilst I've enjoyed Gaiman's work, I've always felt he wasn't writing to his full potential.  Of course, that doesn't mean his previous works weren't brilliant.
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Post by: Peter Coleborn on July 03, 2009, 01:21:32 pm
Christopher Barzak's latest novel: The Love We Share Without Knowing (yeah, the title does seem a bit clunky). Also check out his debut: One For Sorrow.

John Grant's The City In These Pages. Joel Lane's The Witnesses Are Gone.

And just received a lovely edition of Fletcher Pratt's and L Sprague de Camp's fantasies.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: Rolnikov on July 04, 2009, 08:30:40 pm
Finished The Graveyard Book - good, but not I think a major work (compared to other things he's done), and the story is pretty much the Harry Potter series done-in-one. My vote's definitely still up in the air.

Next up: Graham Joyce's Memoirs of a Master Forger. Have to admit I'm finding this hard work so far, but that may be because I was trying to watch it while a Rob Schneider movie was playing in the background! The demon stuff seems a bit intrusive in these early pages, like a bit of Piers Anthony being ladled into a much better book.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: Rolnikov on July 08, 2009, 08:06:47 am
Finished Memoirs of a Master Forger - not bad, but the fantasy stuff seemed like just a bit of icing to make an everyday novel about a middle-aged guy falling for a younger woman more interesting. There were some quite bad mistakes in it, to the point where I started to wonder if they were some kind of metatextual element that would lead to a flourish at the end...

Now I've started The Midnight Man by Simon Clark. So far seems like Anno Dracula with Vincent Van Gogh instead of literary characters. It's not one I'd have picked up to read if it wasn't on the BFA list.
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Post by: Andrew Hook on July 08, 2009, 08:22:12 am
Finished "The Beloved of My Beloved" by Ian Watson and Roberto Quaglia. An entertaining ideas filled ride through some sparky surrealism and extreme sexual practices, this was never less than fun even if sometimes the weight of ideas hung heavy on some of the stories.

Currently reading "Wild Ducks Flying Backwards" by Tom Robbins. One of my favourite authors, this is a collection of articles, musings, poetry, and a handful of stories. Probably for completists only.
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Post by: Rolnikov on July 13, 2009, 06:02:52 pm
I wasn't really getting into The Midnight Man, so I've put it to one side for a minute to read The Victoria Vanishes. I've read about 100pp so far and though I'm thoroughly enjoying it, it doesn't seems to be fantasy at all...

I also read five of the BFA short story nominees over the weekend (the two from Black Static, the two from the Second Humdrumming Book and Allyson's The Birth Caul). They were all interesting, but there's not a lot to choose between them.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: Rolnikov on July 17, 2009, 04:43:01 pm
I finished The Victoria Vanishes - an extremely enjoyable page-turner. Not at all a fantasy novel, but I suppose August Derleth wouldn't have had any complaints about mystery novels competing for a prize with his name on.

I'm reading The Magicians by Lev Grossman now while interviewing the author for the BFS website. Think Harry Potter with swearing, speed and blowjobs.

I also received a review copy of The Postmodern Mariner this week and couldn't resist reading the first couple of stories as soon as it arrived. Absolutely loved them.
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Post by: Peter Coleborn on July 17, 2009, 05:57:03 pm
Stephen -- who does all the cooking, entertaining the kids, ironing, etc, in your household while you are reading all these books?
 :D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: Martin Roberts on July 17, 2009, 06:03:01 pm
I asked him a very similar question a few months back Peter ;D

I've completed Gary McMahon's Rain Dogs, which I was very impressed for a debut novel... its a shame that its hard to snag a copy of this book now.

And I've currently got one final story in We Fade to Grey to go... at present Simon Bestwick's tale The Narrows is the strongest here, an extremely bleak and claustrophobic post-apocalyptic tale.

Overall a very solid collection, which should also appeal to those who don't normally read 'horror'.

Not quite sure what I'll choose next from the BFA short list.
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Post by: Rolnikov on July 17, 2009, 06:38:16 pm
Stephen -- who does all the cooking, entertaining the kids, ironing, etc, in your household while you are reading all these books?
 :D


Ranj sleeps 9 hours a night, I sleep 7 - leaves me two hours a day for xboxing or reading!
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Post by: Wayne Mook on July 20, 2009, 11:26:16 pm
The Legend of Hell House by Richard Matheson. The film is very faithful, but as always the book gives more insight. I've also got the comic, so I thought it was about time I read the novel.

Wayne.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: Rolnikov on July 21, 2009, 11:21:42 am
I gave The Midnight Man another try and got on with it much better this time. It's an interesting gaslight thriller, but... not a fantasy novel in the slightest. Bit of a stretch to even call it horror (though that's how the publisher has categorised it on the copyright page).

It's very weird that two (arguably three) of the nominees for the British Fantasy Award for best novel aren't fantasy novels. Bit of a relief to start Rain Dogs and have someone casting spells in the first few pages!
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Post by: Rolnikov on July 28, 2009, 11:16:47 am
Finished Rain Dogs by Gary McMahon. For the first half it felt like reading a first draft - there were a lot of wasted words, things like "for the marriage they'd shared which had been doomed from the outset" or (later in the book) "She filled the kettle with water from the cold tap". But it was much better in the second half, once things really kicked off. The Rain Dogs themselves were a superb and terrifying creation. It's very easy to imagine an excellent film being made of the book.

Just a few days now to read Ramsey's Thieving Fear - actually the first of his novels I'll have read.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on July 30, 2009, 10:15:38 am
Legionary: the Roman soldiers' unofficial manual by Philip Matyszak which makes an interesting interlude between other stuff. 
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Post by: Martin Roberts on July 30, 2009, 08:12:58 pm
Whilst I enjoyed reading Ramsey's latest I don't think its one of is best Stephen... I spotted the tea making in Rain Dogs too, it brought back memories of a short film we had to watch.

We got to see the full-on suspense of the main character making a cup of tea, and I mean the full experience from tea bag insertion to waiting for the kettle to boil...

I thought Rain Dogs was a great debut novel and was not as critical about the kettle scene after surviving the above ;D
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: Rolnikov on July 31, 2009, 11:18:31 pm
Just finished Thieving Fear in time before the close of voting. If that's not his best, I'll look forward to the rest! It was a profoundly miserable reading experience, but a brilliant one. The weak point of human society and relationships (or maybe the thing that makes society possible!) is the imperfection of communication between us, and this book hammered away at that until it gave. Loved it.
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Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on August 09, 2009, 10:13:44 am
White and Other Tales of Ruin by Tim Lebbon, never read a bad Tim Lebbon story yet and these are among his best.
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Post by: Peter Coleborn on August 09, 2009, 05:30:28 pm
Jasmyn by Alex Bell. A woman is burying her hubby who died suddenly. During the funeral five black swans fall out of the sky, dead. A black horse gallops across the deck of Queen Elizabeth (the ship). Her husband, she learns, had lied to her about his jaunts around the world. I like the writing style -- direct and very easy to read. But the main character is just too introspective, and there's a bit too much repetition. The description of the laboratory was wrong: visitors to a lab are not taken into an area where brutal experiments are conducted on animals -- there are too many safeguards around to prevent that to happen. Nevertheless, I'm still enjoying the book a lot...
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Post by: Jen on August 10, 2009, 11:41:37 am
...visitors to a lab are not taken into an area where brutal experiments are conducted on animals -- there are too many safeguards around to prevent that to happen.

Safeguards against the brutal experiments on animals or against the people seeing the brutal experiments...  :-*

Keep meaning to pick up a copy of Jasmyn, I've had Bell's Ninth Circle on my To Read pile for ages...

I've just finished reading The Gypsy Morph by some guy called Terry Brooks...  that was fun, although a little distracting trying to mentally place geographical features from it into the later world of Shannara.  One of these days I'm going to have to go back and reread the early Shannaras.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: Peter Coleborn on August 11, 2009, 05:41:53 pm
Jasmyn had a pretty decent review in the BSFA's latest mailing. It mentioned the book's weaknesses, but overall it was liked.

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Post by: Martin Roberts on August 11, 2009, 07:10:12 pm
Currently and finally reading Charles Beaumont's Selected Stories, which has bee on the shelf for far too long!
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Post by: FictionFan01 on September 08, 2009, 07:14:52 pm
Virus (aka The Missing) by Sarah Langan.
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Post by: Jay Eales on September 08, 2009, 08:42:16 pm
The Naming of the Beasts by Mike Carey. The latest Felix Castor novel. Unsurprisingly, I'm really enjoying it so far. I need to finish it before the weekend so Selina can take it with her on a lazy weekend on the canals with her folks.  :)
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Post by: FictionFan01 on September 10, 2009, 09:12:22 am
Creepers by David Morrell.

My first David Morrell novel. The reason why I picked this title up was that it won the Bram Stoker award a few years ago. I hope it's good. (As for the Bram Stoker award, it looks like any rubbish book can win it, unfortunately.)
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Post by: Kadiss on September 15, 2009, 03:34:38 pm
'The Bonehunters' by Steven Erikson, which is the sixth book in his series 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen'.

I was looking for something inspiring to read last year (after finishing Celia Friedman's 'Feast of Souls', the first book in her 'Magister' trilogy), and stumbled across Erikson. The first book was a somewhat strange reading experience, but as I've  worked my way through the series the sheer scope of what he's trying to achieve has just taken my breath away. I just hope that he manages to tie everything up properly!

I would definitely recommend the series.
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Post by: FictionFan01 on September 24, 2009, 01:01:40 pm
In the Night Room (Peter Straub)

Summary:

"Award-winning children's book author Willy Patrick seems to be having a breakdown. Figures from her past are coming to visit her, most frighteningly her dead daughter, Holly, who was murdered together with Willy's first husband. Then Willy discovers her mysterious fiance may well have been responsible for the deaths of her husband and daughter. After fleeing the house they are renovating she runs into Tim Underhill, also an author haunted by the deaths of loved ones. In fact, his long-deceased nine-year-old sister recently appeared to him on the way to his favourite diner, and he's been getting strange emails from people in his home town -- none of whom are still alive. But what really spooks him is the realization that Willy seems to be the heroine of the book he is currently working on, in precisely the mortal peril he has invented for her... "
- Amazon

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Post by: Nels on September 25, 2009, 09:25:52 am
You Might Sleep... by Nick Mamatas, & The Imago Effect by Laird Barron.

Basically, what short horror fiction should look like in the 21st Century.

Mamatas is hilarious, scalpel-sharp, mixing in pop cultchah, splatterpunk, satire & vast reserves of venom, whilst Barron goes for the neo-baroque in the vein of Ligotti (cut with a healthy dose of noir) & nails it every time.

Long time since I read two small press horror collections & didn't cringe at a single story.
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Post by: Paul Campbell on September 25, 2009, 11:52:02 am
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What are you currently reading...?

 :D ;D :o

Are you kidding?!

The last issue of Prism and the new one about to come out only have one review each by me. Why? Because EVERYONE waits until Fantasycon before releasing their new titles!  ::)

No wonder I spent £143 this year in the Dealers' Room! Sheesh...

So, Craig Lockley [Prism's indie-press editor] if you're out there then get ready to be hit with eight reviews by the end of the year:

Allen Ashley Once and Future Cities (Eibonvale)

Sarah Pinborough The Language of Dying (PS Publishing)

Joel Lane The Witnesses Are Gone (PS Publishing)

Gary McMahon Different Skins (Screaming Dreams)

Joel Lane The Terrible Changes (Ex Occidente)

Ramsey Campbell Just Behind You (PS Publishing)

Simon Strantzas Cold to the Touch (Tartarus)

Rio Youers Old Man Scratch (PS Publishing)


Only the Ashley and the Youers were free review copies (the Youers by way of a pdf file). All others were purchased  from the Dealers' Room last weekend. (There were others books which I bought, but these tended to be titles from last year or the year before which I had missed.)

Ashley's massive collection I'm currently half way through and the Pinborough I read on the train home from Nottingham. Currently reading Lane's novella The Witnesses Are Gone.

Expect a VERY glowing wearing-my-heart-on-my-sleeve review of Pinborough's novella. If you think Tim Lebbon's The reach of Children was astonishing...
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: Rolnikov on September 25, 2009, 04:59:55 pm
I've got most of those to read too, some for review in TQF and some that I bought. Think I'll pick off the short ones first. A month spending novellas would be a lot of fun.

The next Prism is due out at the beginning of December, so aim to get what reviews you can to Craig well before then - probably by about November 9, unless David comes up with new deadlines. It depends to some extent what printer he'll be using.
Title: Re: What are you currently reading..?
Post by: Paul Campbell on September 25, 2009, 05:06:53 pm
The next Prism is due out at the beginning of December, so aim to get what reviews you can to Craig well before then - probably by about November 9, unless David comes up with new deadlines. It depends to some extent what printer he'll be using.

Thanks for the heads up, Stephen; most of these are short books and three of them will be finished this weekend. That still gives give six weeks before the deadline.
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Post by: Kasalivich on September 28, 2009, 02:04:47 pm
I'm reading Vol 2 of Jonathan Stroud's "The Bartimaeus Trilogy" ... which isn't bad.

But still smiling from reading Yann Martel's "Life of Pi".
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Post by: FictionFan01 on September 29, 2009, 11:33:41 am
RELENTLESS (Dean Koontz)
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Post by: IanH on September 29, 2009, 10:10:04 pm
I've just finished the first of "The Invisible Detective" children's novels by Justin Richards and I'm just about to start the second one, but before that I read "R.I.P" by Terry Lamsley, from PS Publishing, and the two new chapbooks that Nick Royle's "Nightjar Press" have just brought out by Mike Marshall Smith and Tom Fletcher, and very good they are too.

Ian

www.ian-hunter.co.uk


What are you reading at the moment?

I'm reading At the Mountains of Mourning by Lois McMaster Bujold, from the Baen Books free library. Good so far.
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Post by: Jen on September 30, 2009, 08:25:57 am
Just finished Tim Lebbon's Fallen, which is excellent.  Highly recommended. 
Have also just finished The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan which is a subtle zombie apocalypse thing that never uses the Z word!  Gut-wrenching and all kinds of awesome.

Next up is flipping between the BFS Yearbook, the Newcon Press Myth-Understandings antho and a Navy Seal memoir thingy.   ;D
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Post by: Rolnikov on October 17, 2009, 11:52:22 pm
I'm in the middle of a review copy of Scott Sigler's Contagious. It would be good for reading on the beach, but by gum I wish I didn't have 400 pages of it still to go.

 :-\
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Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on October 29, 2009, 06:55:36 pm
Conjure by Mark West, excellent so far.
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Post by: che2000 on October 30, 2009, 03:46:48 pm
Just finished The Final Solution by Michael Chabon - excellent book. Am about to start on Love In A Fallen City by Eileen Chang.
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Post by: FictionFan01 on November 05, 2009, 12:21:28 pm
INSOMNIA (Stephen King)

I am currently 200 pages from the end of this 900-page extravaganza. According to King himself, this might not be his greatest book, and maybe it isn't, but then, the average King is still a pretty good read.

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Post by: Natt on November 05, 2009, 03:02:50 pm
FLYING DRAGON by Peter Straub, and THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR by Dianne Purkiss.

And I'm thoroughly enjoying each of them...
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Post by: che2000 on November 06, 2009, 01:15:56 am
Just started The Continental Op by Dashiell Hammett. It's isn't fantasy but it is rather brilliant.
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Post by: johnny mains on November 08, 2009, 06:01:26 pm
Nearly finished King's UNDER THE DOME which sees a return to form like no other. Also been reading BY BIZZARE HANDS - a really bloody great collection by Joe R. Lansdale. Next up is HELL'S BELLES by Paul Magrs. Hoping this will be a good read...
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Post by: Pigasus on November 09, 2009, 05:54:18 am
BY BIZZARE HANDS - a really bloody great collection by Joe R. Lansdale.

I remember that book... I enjoyed his weird-horror stuff.
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Post by: Lucy on November 11, 2009, 12:30:01 pm
I am about to start Dragons of Heorot. I like Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, but have never got round to reading this.
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Post by: che2000 on November 11, 2009, 03:54:42 pm
I've started to dip into Just After Sunset by Stephen King. I became disenchanted with his novels after Pet Semetary (although I did read Cell, which was ok) but have always felt that he's one of the best short story writers around.

It's a decent enough collection so far, not a patch on Graveyard Shift or Skeleton Crew, but then again what is?
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Post by: benedictjjones on November 11, 2009, 05:20:39 pm
^i was really impressed with 'Just After Sunset' and thought he'd really hit form again (much better than 'everything's eventual').  i think 'N.' was probably my favourite in there.
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Post by: Rolnikov on November 12, 2009, 04:32:00 pm
I've been reading the wonderful Songs of the Dying Earth, but by gum it was heavy! It was only a matter of time before I dropped it on a member of my little family!

So I've taken a break to read Doctor Lerne, Subgod, another of Brian Stableford's translations for Black Coat Press, on the Sony reader. Great fun so far.
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Post by: FictionFan01 on November 18, 2009, 12:00:17 pm
UNDER THE DOME - the new Stephen King epic, and one of the most anticipated novels of the year. A book that took the author a quarter of a century to write.

THE HOUSE - a weird, sick and perverse horror novel from Bentley Little, a master of the macabre.
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Post by: Rolnikov on November 18, 2009, 01:26:39 pm
UNDER THE DOME - the new Stephen King epic, and one of the most anticipated novels of the year. A book that took the author a quarter of a century to write.

Is it any good? The plot synopsis sounded just like The Simpsons Movie...
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Post by: FictionFan01 on November 19, 2009, 12:42:09 pm
Is it any good? The plot synopsis sounded just like The Simpsons Movie...

The book is really good, but whether it's great remains to be discussed. The King novel that readers and critics will draw parallels with is The Stand, in particular the extended version (1100+ pages) from 1990. As for the similarities with The Simpsons Movie, King has indeed been confronted with that question and explained that he started writing Under the Dome in 1976, hence, many years before The Simpsons existed.

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J.F.
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Post by: Kasalivich on November 21, 2009, 08:57:36 am
I'm just about to embark on Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson & The Olympians" series ... the American Harry Potter, except the characters are descended from Greek gods instead of being wizards & witches.

Yes I know it is for 12-year-olds, so is HP.   ::)   I don't care, it has a satyr.
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Post by: Greg B on November 29, 2009, 03:05:27 am
I'm just about to embark on Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson & The Olympians" series ... the American Harry Potter, except the characters are descended from Greek gods instead of being wizards & witches.

Yes I know it is for 12-year-olds, so is HP.   ::)   I don't care, it has a satyr.

I loved the HP series and if Milton can include demons creatures, gods and aliens in PARADISE LOST then certainly there is no need to ever defend a book since he has influenced every writer after him whether they realize it or not. I doubt if any of us as adults could write as well now as John Keats could at 12. I always liked how Ernest Hemingway paraphrased Milton's idea in AEREOPAGITICA: "Thank God for books; ALL books." Personally, I love the visionary poetry of Blake which made me investigate the English tradition of prophecy and shockingly, to me, Astrology. I had no idea Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare and Milton were such ardent adherers to Astrology. But,
I digress as there are many excellent writers that others may or may not read ( Remember there is no person today who has read every
English language book ) so modern gifted writers like Bradbury, Atwood, Heinlein, King,etc. IMO may overshadow other fine writers. It is said Ian Fleming couldn't sell his James Bond series until President JFK said he was reading one of his books. I think a rule of thumb for critics is to never totally trash a book nor should they extoll perfection in one. I am Canadian and read almost exclusively English writers because I feel not only are they usually brilliant writers but they represent our history, too. Even Americans admit without writers like Milton and Shakespeare and others we would live in a totally different world. But, attitudes and preferences change because as a teenager I read everything by the American author Edgar Rice Burroughs. Well, that's my spiel for an introduction.   -Greg Bauder
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Post by: Natt on December 07, 2009, 01:58:49 pm
Alone With The Horrors - Ramsey Campbell
The Unbearable Lightness Of Being - Milan Kundera
The Audacity Of Hype - Armando Iannucci
And enjoying all of them immensely...
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Post by: Andrew Hook on December 07, 2009, 09:22:00 pm
"Different Skins" by Gary McMahon
"The Unlimited Dream Company" by JG Ballard

Both very good!
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Post by: IanH on December 19, 2009, 10:05:13 pm
I'm reading "The Gates" by John Connolly, a children's fantasy novel about the inhabitants of hell trying to break through, and take over, our world. I like his crime novels, and his spooky/crime novels,  and his spooky short stores. This is a bit of a hard read, because he is really trying to be overly - chummy with the reader, and also there are loads of very annoying/intrusive footnotes, which I've decided to ignore.
 

What are you reading at the moment?

I'm reading At the Mountains of Mourning by Lois McMaster Bujold, from the Baen Books free library. Good so far.
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Post by: Degsy on December 20, 2009, 12:24:26 am
I've never read any John Connolly. Been put off by the Dan Brown-style Airport-fiction marketing of his books.

Any recommendations? (If at all?)
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Post by: gileadslostson on December 20, 2009, 11:30:08 am
Just got "Under the Dome" and the new Wheel of Time delivered as Xmas presents.

Heard lots of good things bout Dome but I'm a little apprehensive about WoT.

No disrespect to the dead, but it seemed to me like Jordan was dragging it out a wee bit too much in the last couple of books  and for a series that was supposed to be 12 books and will now run to 14....

Anyone else read it?

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Post by: Degsy on December 23, 2009, 10:38:23 am
Planning to finish off DH 55 this afternoon in the Stansted departures lounge (anticipating the worst from good old Ryanair).

And over Xmas I'm planning a short story binge including:

Bullrunning For Girls - Allyson Bird
The Exaggerated Man and Other Stories - Terry Grimwood
The Bride Stripped Bare - Rachel Kendall

A box of Quality Street, a cold beer, and some top reads - Bliss!
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Post by: IanH on January 04, 2010, 12:12:43 am
Just finished "Scott Pilgrim versus the Universe 5" and just started "Finch" by Jeff Vandermeer.

Ian

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What are you reading at the moment?

I'm reading At the Mountains of Mourning by Lois McMaster Bujold, from the Baen Books free library. Good so far.
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Post by: che2000 on February 05, 2010, 03:12:52 pm
Just started reading The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. It's wonderful - I don't know why I've never read it before.
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Post by: Leemanchee on February 16, 2010, 01:33:31 pm
I have just finished 'The Lost World' by Michael Crichton. I absolutely loved it. Having been into Dino's since I was fives years old, this was right up my street. He blends action and description really well. It flowed well and had some very clever and interesting theories in. Much advised.

I have started and put down Stephen Kings 'Duma Key'. I have to say it started to get bogged down with unnecessary detail and lost any excitement that was building. I much prefer a shorter book full of action and less detail if it helps the story move.

I have since picked up Stephanie Meyer's 'The Host'. It has started out a little confusing in places, but has slowly gathered some pace and direction. It took about eight chapters before the story moved on, which almost resulted in me giving up on that. Thats said it's a great concept and an unusual take on an invasion of the body snatchers theme, even if it does contradict itself. The alien race in question are peaceful and aren't capable of bad emotions (yet they invaded Earth and took it's people as hosts), it's a long book, and I'm yet to see where it's heading, not sure if that's a good thing or not.
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Post by: Andrew Hook on February 19, 2010, 07:32:40 pm
Just finished "One" by Conrad Williams which I thought was excellent. Superbly realised, rich characterisation, and thought-provoking.
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Post by: Karen Stevens on March 04, 2010, 02:09:05 pm
I've just finished 'Skarlet' by Thomas Emson, an excellent vampire novel (set in London rather than America for once, hurrah!). If you prefer your bloodsuckers to be vicious, violent predators rather than Byronic anti-heroes or angst ridden immortals I recommend you check it out.
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Post by: ElspethCooper on March 08, 2010, 11:24:47 pm
I am renewing my acquaintance with Robert Holdstock's Mythago Wood books, currently about half-way through Lavondyss.

Also started Robyn Young's Brethren a few weeks ago but can't seem to get into it.
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Post by: Rolnikov on March 09, 2010, 07:39:10 am
I've been reading a couple of books from the Baen free library (http://www.baen.com/library/), David Drake's The Sea Hag and Keith Laumer's Retief. I couldn't say either of them have been brilliant, but they were entertaining enough.
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Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on March 09, 2010, 08:36:36 pm
Australian Ghost Stories (the new Wordsworth collection), of course I have been standing on me head to get the full effect :P
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Post by: David A. Riley on March 14, 2010, 01:35:13 pm
May shock some people and appal others: Charlaine Harris's Dead Until Dark.
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Post by: Selina on March 14, 2010, 08:00:05 pm
May shock some people and appal others: Charlaine Harris's Dead Until Dark.

I really enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse books, was a fan way before True Blood came out. I also read many other paranormal romance/supernatural detective type books too.

Not reading any fantasy at the mo, but recently finished Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, which was a very good near future novel. Some of the tech stuff could be a little info dumpy, but other than that a stonking read, which made me want to protect all my privacy rights etc from now on!
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Post by: FictionFan01 on March 16, 2010, 03:43:14 pm
ROSEMARY'S BABY (Ira Levin, 1967)
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Roman Polanski's first Hollywood film, the enormously successful Rosemary's Baby (1968), had a major influence on the development of 1970s horror film. Just until now I had never read the novel that Polanski adapted for the big screen. 60 pages into it, I enjoy it a lot.

Three years after Ira Levin's death in 2007, I've taken the opportunity to check out the author's early work. Recently I read his great sci-fi suspense novel THE STEPFORD WIVES (adapted for the big screen twice).
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"Every novel Levin has ever written has been a marvel of plotting. He is the Swiss watchmaker of the suspense novel."

- Stephen King
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Post by: David A. Riley on March 16, 2010, 04:00:55 pm
May shock some people and appal others: Charlaine Harris's Dead Until Dark.

I really enjoy the Sookie Stackhouse books, was a fan way before True Blood came out. I also read many other paranormal romance/supernatural detective type books too.

Not reading any fantasy at the mo, but recently finished Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, which was a very good near future novel. Some of the tech stuff could be a little info dumpy, but other than that a stonking read, which made me want to protect all my privacy rights etc from now on!

The book reads well so far. I like the TV series, though I missed the last few. Catching up on DVD. The new series seems to be shaping up well too.

David
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 18, 2010, 11:36:56 am
I've been reading a couple more of Murray Leinster's short novels, The Pirates of Zan and Gateway to Elsewhere. Very pithy and sardonic. Both were enjoyable without being as good as his best work. A lot of his work is falling out of copyright in the States, so I think he may well have an It's a Wonderful Life-style boost to his reputation and readership over the coming years.
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on April 18, 2010, 07:55:20 pm
Reading for about the seventh time, Mistress of Mistresses, Eddison
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Post by: Greg James on April 19, 2010, 12:03:19 am
Just finished reading Mark Samuels's The White Hands and Other Weird Tales. Very impressive and inspiring stuff.
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Post by: Paul Woodward on April 25, 2010, 08:25:45 pm
Just started to read the Windup Girl.  Its a bit slow but its very detailed and is offering unusual narrative angles.
I'm surprised Locus have it as a first novel, in the blurb mention is made of 2 previous books in the same milleau Calorie Man and Yellow Card Man? Neither of which I have read mind you.
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Post by: John Forth on April 25, 2010, 09:44:05 pm
Just finished reading Mark Samuels's The White Hands and Other Weird Tales. Very impressive and inspiring stuff.

Yes, I've got a copy of that in the 'to read' pile and will no doubt get to it shortly. In the meantime, I've just finished Ellen Datlow's Lovecraft Unbound anthology which was a bit patchy. There's some good stuff in there though. Caitlin Kiernan's Houses Under the Sea was a particular favourite.

Next up, a change of pace with David Simon's Homicide: Life on the Killing Streets, and after that probably The Sundial by Shirley Jackson.
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 29, 2010, 05:57:50 pm
I'm reading Volume 1 of Darkness, Mist and Shadow, the collection of Basil Copper's short stories that Stephen Jones has edited for PS Publishing. I read it on a three hour train journey yesterday and when we reached Birmingham it was as if no time had passed at all. At 1200pp in total, I doubt I'll finish it in time for review in the next TQF or Prism, but it's superb so far.
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Post by: Selina on April 29, 2010, 06:18:19 pm
I just finished Hell's Belles by Paul Magrs. Great fun as usual, but who can resist an elderly witch and Frankenstein's Bride investigating strange goings on in Whitby? Particularly liked the idea that their Woolies was still open, probably due to dark forces, despite the rest of the chain having closed down.

Currenlty halfway through the latest Dark Horizons and really enjoying the stories so far.
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Post by: FictionFan01 on April 30, 2010, 02:32:45 pm
THE NATURE OF BALANCE (Tim Lebbon)

I've never read anything by Lebbon before. I'm only two chapters into this one, so it's too soon to express an opinion about it. What should I read next? What is his best novel?

Thanks.
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Post by: Andy W Marsden on May 01, 2010, 04:18:38 pm
I'm currently trying to slog my way through the mass of books I gained at WHC. El Sombre is on my bedside table at the moment, along with Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 18, 19, 20, and the new Best of the Best book, too. Don't think the library will be seeing me for a while.

I'm enjoying El Sombre, but it is a little jerky. The first few action sequences are broken up by backstory on the characters getting chopped, which is really annoying to read. I'll tell you more when I've finished the book.
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Post by: Stephen Palmer on May 05, 2010, 03:07:22 pm
The Silmarillion... been a while, but great to reacquaint myself...
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Post by: Steve Redwood on May 09, 2010, 01:10:56 pm
Recently finished Douglas Thompson’s ULTRAMETA, and haven’t been so impressed and, indeed, astonished, for a long time.  I’ve even gone so far as to put reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, something I’ve never done before.  But this book is on long list for BFS award, and although it can’t get anywhere (with a list so long, inevitably only big names can emerge for the short list: this is not an accusation, merely realism, the fact that most people can’t have read even 95% of the books in the list, and therefore, one assumes, cannot vote for them) I want to do my itsy bitsy bit to publicize it.  And I’m fairly sure Thompson will be a big name in a couple of years, anyway. 
If there are any Spanish speakers here, another book blowing me over at this very moment is LA COSECHA DE SAMHEIN by a young Spanish writer, José Antonio Cotrina.  Marketed as YA.  My cruelly-calloused foot!  I’m 66, and totally gripped (now by second volume, LOS HIJOS DE LAS TINIEBLAS).  It is a CRIME that Buffy rip-off Twilight sagas ,etc, make millions and utterly original fantasy like this makes zilch.
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on May 10, 2010, 03:00:40 pm
It's the eternal dilemma, Steve but, as they say, as long as you appreciated the work, it was worth the author doing it
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 10, 2010, 05:38:06 pm
Ultrameta is a fab book.

I've just read Sam Stone's Futile Flame, but I didn't enjoy it much - to the displeasure of some of her fans! Review here. (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2010/05/futile-flame-by-sam-stone-reviewed.html)

For the rest of the month I'll be reading Dark Horizons submissions, which have piled up a bit.
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Post by: Stephen Palmer on May 12, 2010, 12:27:26 pm
Getting stuck into China Mieville's new one, Kraken - pretty good so far.
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Post by: brendanconnell on May 12, 2010, 04:42:25 pm
I am just finishing Ultrameta now also. Agree with Steve and Stephen. A very good book that certainly deserves wider attention.
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Post by: Pigasus on May 12, 2010, 06:03:39 pm
I am just finishing Ultrameta now also. Agree with Steve and Stephen. A very good book that certainly deserves wider attention.

Sounds great. I'll have to get that one...

Just started reading your Metrophilias book, Brendan.
Only 3 cities visited, so far, but it's very good writing!
 8)
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Post by: brendanconnell on May 12, 2010, 06:16:12 pm
I am just finishing Ultrameta now also. Agree with Steve and Stephen. A very good book that certainly deserves wider attention.

Sounds great. I'll have to get that one...

Just started reading your Metrophilias book, Brendan.
Only 3 cities visited, so far, but it's very good writing!
 8)

Thanks!
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Post by: benedictjjones on May 12, 2010, 10:02:08 pm
the best of best new sci-fi
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Post by: Selina on May 13, 2010, 06:41:09 pm
I've gone back to my old love for fantasy (instead of supernatural/paranormal) by just finishing Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novick (love this Napoleanic era dragon series) and just started Wrath of a Mad God by Raymond E Feist (been reading Feist since I was about 14, so very invested in the characters!)  ;D
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Post by: Stephen Palmer on May 17, 2010, 03:03:57 pm
Struggling with China Mieville's new one, Kraken. There doesn't seem to be as much "stuff" underneath the surface, and some of the writing... hmmm. Also, the book doesn't seem to have been fully proof-read. Some nice touches though, and I am ploughing on through...
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Post by: Marginalia on May 17, 2010, 10:17:47 pm
I'm reading it too - I'm about half way through.  Surprised to find it more Gaimanish than Mievillian (sort of like a cross between Neverwhere and American Gods).

What I love so far:  black humour and geeky jokes

Disconcerted by: being a character in the book :P  (Hey, that's my name!)

What I am having trouble with: very different writing style and pace from Perdido Street Station and The Scar, which are the other Mieville books I have read so far.  Doesn't suit me so well personally - I really revelled in the slower pace and incredible descriptions of the Bas Lag books.  This one is very fast and staccato and is like reading under the light of a stroboscope (I struggle to explain, but this is the simile I came up with when trying to articulate it on another board I belong to).  I'm having trouble making all the bridging inferences necessary to instantly understand each sentence.  Wondering if I'm alone in this (could be a side-effect of my recent insomnia).

Min (not Marge, really)
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Post by: Stephen Palmer on May 18, 2010, 03:47:31 pm
I'm struggling with the writing style too. I think he either dictated it, or wrote it really quickly. Perhaps there was an imperitave to get something out to capitalise on the 100% deserved success of The City & The City. I'm seriously thinking of consigning this one to eBay...  :(
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on May 18, 2010, 10:24:15 pm
I'm back reading Jack Vance. Unfortunately, stuck in Germany that means rereading the ones I haven't read more than five times. I was unlucky in Brighton where I bought a bag of goodies and accidentally left it at my brothers. It included a lot of early R E Howard. Ah well, back to Showboat World for the tenth time... 
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Post by: Paul Woodward on May 21, 2010, 12:31:45 am
I'm getting through The Holy Machine by Chris Beckett.

I like the short choppy chapters, ideal for reading on the bus.  But I am wondering if the machine gets through in the end?

Also Horns by Joe Hill which is a different kettle of fish altogether. But it is good.  One or two times characters are referred to as wearing 'wifebeaters'.  It is probably an american thing but does anybody have an idea as to what 'wifebeaters' is in regards to clothes?
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 21, 2010, 08:36:46 am
A vest, basically, like Bruce Willis's in Die Hard (http://popwatch.ew.com/2007/06/28/john-mcclane-br/).
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Post by: Peter Coleborn on May 21, 2010, 09:07:29 am
I'm picking short stories at random from books randomly picked from my shelf of unread titles. Just read a Poppy Brite tale -- very well written. Damn, what's it called... No, can't remember and it's way downstairs, too far to go check :-)

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Post by: Paul Woodward on May 21, 2010, 06:13:05 pm
A vest, basically, like Bruce Willis's in Die Hard (http://popwatch.ew.com/2007/06/28/john-mcclane-br/).

Thank you for that. It was quite niggling me.

Mind you though, its a bit ironic really because its saving his wife from the terrorists that fires up Bruce Willis in the film.
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Post by: iamacanadian on May 27, 2010, 11:00:21 pm

A vest, basically, like Bruce Willis's in Die Hard (http://popwatch.ew.com/2007/06/28/john-mcclane-br/).

Thank you for that. It was quite niggling me.

Mind you though, its a bit ironic really because its saving his wife from the terrorists that fires up Bruce Willis in the film.

The item is so called due to them frequently being worn by individuals who are seen to thrash their wifes and/or female partners. A word for those males would be "Trailer Park Trash" or White Trash", depending probably on their racial origin and/or their place of residence. If a Brit were to asses them, the word "Chav" would be inherently voiced, although the typical True English Chav could likely the living crap out of the American version.

And I'm reading Terry Pratchett's Sorcery just now, and have Wyrd Sisters and Pyramids to dive into right after that.

…ook!  ;D
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Post by: Stephen Palmer on June 02, 2010, 02:12:15 pm
(http://media.us.macmillan.com/jackets/500H/9780805075120.jpg)
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Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on June 02, 2010, 07:22:02 pm
Just finished sub Presses edition of Songs Of A Dead Dreamer by Thomas Ligotti...brilliant but just as well we don't have a gas oven ;)
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Post by: Stu on June 03, 2010, 12:37:23 pm
Grandville by Bryan Talbot. Steampunk espionage thriller set in a world populated by anthropomorphic animals and where France won the Napoleonic war.

Also Essential Captain America Vol 1 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Daft but full of energy. And it's strange to see Cap written with a sense of humour; somewhere along the way he turned into Mr Serious.
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on June 03, 2010, 06:43:02 pm
Jack Vance: Night Lamp. Can't ever get enough of Vance. Also the Merry Muse by Rabbie Burns. All his dirty poems in one volume.
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Post by: Stephen Palmer on June 07, 2010, 04:12:03 pm
Biography of John Lennon.
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Post by: Stephen Palmer on June 14, 2010, 12:58:45 pm
About to begin Sixty One Nails by Mike Shevdon from the goodie-bag at Alt.Fiction...
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on June 14, 2010, 03:46:15 pm
Lilith, George MacDonald Frazer. Interesting but not interesting to plod through a third time so I gave up
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Post by: AdrianF on June 21, 2010, 08:01:37 am
Currently reading City of Ruin by Mark Charan Newton

I enjoyed Nights of Villjamur but found the choppy dialogue a bit disconcerting and distracting from an otherwise entertaining read, but City of Ruin shows vast improvement.  It pushes all my buttons and then creates some new ones and pushes those as well.  If you like Epic Fantasy that pushes well into New Weird territory, then you might like this.  For me, it just keeps on getting better and better and better.  Seriously, best fantasy novel I've read since the amazing Lies of Lock Lamorra, and I still have 150 pages to go.
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Post by: Peter Coleborn on June 21, 2010, 10:06:02 am
Super Freakonomics by Levitt & Dubner

It's not supposed to be fantasy!
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Post by: Stephen Palmer on June 21, 2010, 12:33:47 pm
Just finished Mike Shevdon's excellent Sixty-One Nails - there's a review on my blog.
About to begin Mark Charan Newton's Nights Of Villjamur (mentioned above...)
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on June 21, 2010, 05:01:50 pm
Grotes History of Greece again, mixed with The Dying Earth again. Missing Blighty
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Post by: Stu on June 24, 2010, 08:33:57 am
Recently finished The Whisperers by John Connolly, the latest in his Charlie Parker series. Wisecracks, demons, torture and an examination of the US government's shameful treatment of Gulf War veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Post by: Rolnikov on June 25, 2010, 12:14:29 am
Currently, The Library of Forgotten Books by Rjurik Davidson, which is very much to my taste so far. At times I thought I was back reading the Basil Copper collection.

And Magic Mirror, a collection of indie comics by Ed Pinsent. The artwork looks fantastic and the stories are bizarre but very good.
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Post by: Stu on June 29, 2010, 09:18:10 am
Just reread Buffy Season 8 volumes 1-5 in an effort to decide whether to buy the rest of the storyline. The series started off well before running out of steam but apparently there's only two more volumes to end the current 'Twilight' storyline. Still undecided but the weaker stories didn't seem quite so bad second time round I'm leaning towards finishing 'Twilight'. Whether I continue with the comic after that remains to be seen.

Actually, typing in the word Twilight has made a little lightbulb go off over my head and I'm wondering if the title of the story-arc, plus some of the plot developments, are a dig at Stephanie Meyer. Not having read any of Meyer's books I don't know if I'm on the right track here or not.
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Post by: Stu on June 29, 2010, 04:27:37 pm
Recently read The Tale of One Bad Rat written and illustrated by Bryan Talbot. An abused teenaged girl runs away from home and finds herself undergoing a road trip around Britain following in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter. As she travels she is alternately comforted and disturbed by visions of Potter-style animals. Well-researched with great artwork but it's not as powerful as when it was written 15 years ago. Still, an important and engaging story.
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Post by: John Forth on July 05, 2010, 07:56:55 pm
Currently - Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year, volume 2. Which so far feels a lot stronger than the first. Reggie Oliver's story Mrs. Midnight is acting as a primer for starting his 900+ page Dramas from the Depths collection.

Also just finished Alan Garner's Red Shift, which I'd never read before. Very affecting, although as with a lot of Garner's work the writing can be occasionally very oblique.

In comics - read all four volumes of Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers of Victory, which was very enjoyable but suffered from something of a rushed ending.
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Post by: Greg James on July 13, 2010, 11:49:03 am
I'm about halfway through Stefan Grabinski's Dark Domain. His ambiguous endings took a little getting used to but after reading 'The Area' I was hooked.
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Post by: Rolnikov on July 13, 2010, 12:09:14 pm
Groo, lots of Groo. And next I think it'll be the translations of some groovy French comics: Homicron and Starlock.
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Post by: Billy on July 15, 2010, 08:41:46 pm
Just taken delivery of Mario Acevedo series of PI vampire novels.
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Post by: John Forth on July 15, 2010, 09:11:01 pm
Just finished the collected edition of Arthur Suydam's Cholly & Flytrap: Center City, which I've been waiting on for about 15 years having failed to get a hold of the last issue when I was a teenager. However, there's been some changes to the dialogue and edits to this version which trouble me - one in particular seems to be trying to change a gay character into a tomboy, therefore purging a homosexual relationship from the comic completely.

Strange and worrying, to the extent that I've ended up dropping the author an email to see if he can explain...
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Post by: vivdunstan on July 16, 2010, 12:07:17 am
I have various books on the go, but the main ones would be:

Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell - Tenth Doctor + Donna adventure, very well written, with great characterisation

The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman - working through the graphic novel editions, now up to "Season of Mists". Hooked.

Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition by Steven Levy - my favourite computing book ever (my first degree was in Computer Science)

Kraken by China Mieville - just started, 7 chapters in, and really enjoying it. Lovecraftian story set in modern-day London.
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Post by: Pigasus on July 16, 2010, 04:14:16 am
Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition by Steven Levy - my favourite computing book ever...

Not seen that one. Why is it worth reading nowadays?
I liked John Brockman's DIGERATI a lot, and Clifford Stoll's SILICON SNAKE OIL is great, but by far the best such book about techno culture that I've read is Bruce Sterling's THE HACKER CRACKDOWN, which is utterly brilliant.
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Post by: vivdunstan on July 16, 2010, 08:09:38 am
Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition by Steven Levy - my favourite computing book ever...

Not seen that one. Why is it worth reading nowadays?

I think because a good story is still worth reading or rereading decades after the event. Just because it's telling an early history of popular computing doesn't make it any less interesting to read. And it's very well written, a real page-turner.

Levy's book focuses on the period from the late 1950s to the 1980s, so is pre Internet and Cyberspace as we know it today. I particularly like the early sections about the MIT programmers in the late 1950s and early 1960s. They might have been working with different technology, but the way they approached programming is recognisable to modern coders. It's also highly relevant to modern issues in computing such as open source software.

Thanks for your recommendations of related books. I will check them out.
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Post by: Stu on July 21, 2010, 12:43:46 pm
Bad Boy. Written by Frank Miller, illustrated by Simon Bisley. A little boy tries to escape the clutches of the mad scientists who want to perform experimental brainwashing techniques on him. Not Miller's best work -- slick but insubstantial.

The Mirror of Love. Alan Moore's poem describing the history of homosexuality from ancient times up to the modern day, accompanied by Jose Villarrubia's photos.

Silverfish. Written and illustrated by David Lapham. Teenager Mia hates her new stepmother Suzanne and so rummages through her belongings to see if she can dig up any dirt from her past. But Mia gets more than she bargained for as she finds herself plunged into a nightmare of lies, larceny, fake identities and psychotic killers. Good fun with nicely built suspense and a few twists and turns to the plot. Although I thought the silverfish motif that gives the book its name didn't really work.
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Post by: David A. Riley on July 21, 2010, 01:02:04 pm
Paul Finch's collection of novellas for Ash-Tree Press, Walkers in the Dark.
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Post by: benedictjjones on July 24, 2010, 11:15:02 pm
trying to decide between an 'arty literary' french book i promised someone at work i'd read or 'Ripper!' - Michael Slade - i wonder what'll win out  ;)
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Post by: Stu on August 02, 2010, 09:05:46 am
Been reading James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux series. I tried them back in the '90s but couldn't get on with them but decided to give them another go and this time round I'm enjoying the hell out of them. Tore through the first seven titles in just over a fortnight and am just taking a quick breather before plunging into number eight.

Fore those of you who haven't read any of the books Robicheaux's an ex-alcoholic Louisiana cop who writhes in Catholic guilt while his DT's conjure up conversations with dead loved ones as he tries to track down various murderers, drug dealers and rogue CIA hitmen. The books also contain lyrical descriptions of Louisiana and New Orleans, meditations on morality and redemption, reminiscences of Robicheaux's tour of duty in Vietnam and the occasional burst of violent action. Cool titles too -- Black Cherry Blues, Dixie City Jam, Cadillac Jukebox etc. Right now he's my favourite new author.

Even if I did first read him over 10 years ago.
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Post by: David A. Riley on August 02, 2010, 09:18:54 am
Been reading James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux series. I tried them back in the '90s but couldn't get on with them but decided to give them another go and this time round I'm enjoying the hell out of them. Tore through the first seven titles in just over a fortnight and am just taking a quick breather before plunging into number eight.

Fore those of you who haven't read any of the books Robicheaux's an ex-alcoholic Louisiana cop who writhes in Catholic guilt while his DT's conjure up conversations with dead loved ones as he tries to track down various murderers, drug dealers and rogue CIA hitmen. The books also contain lyrical descriptions of Louisiana and New Orleans, meditations on morality and redemption, reminiscences of Robicheaux's tour of duty in Vietnam and the occasional burst of violent action. Cool titles too -- Black Cherry Blues, Dixie City Jam, Cadillac Jukebox etc. Right now he's my favourite new author.

Even if I did first read him over 10 years ago.

These are amazing books, none of which has ever disappointed me. Fortunately our local library seems to get a good supply of these in as unabridged audio books on CD, which I listen to while in the car, usually to and from work. The man who normally narrates them has just the right voice.

They did do a film of one of the books starring Tommy Lee Jones, which was good but couldn't hope to match up to the novels.
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Post by: Stu on August 02, 2010, 09:26:43 am
Not tried the audiobooks. I'll keep an eye out.

Not seen the TLJ film but Alec Baldwin did a film of the second Robicheaux novel back in the '90s. Teri Hatcher did a nude scene. Don't know why that sticks in my memory.
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Post by: allybird on August 02, 2010, 01:49:14 pm
Just starting THE MALTESE FALCON by Dashiell Hammett. Love his prose style.
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Post by: Stu on August 02, 2010, 02:29:00 pm
Ally, I read The Maltese Falcon earlier this year. Good, innit?
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Post by: Mike Chinn on August 02, 2010, 03:31:45 pm
Ally, I read The Maltese Falcon earlier this year. Good, innit?

And - if I recall correctly - has a lot more going on than they could put on film - even a decade later. Dashiell Hammett rules (well - alongside Chandler, Ross McDonald ... insert author of choice here [   ] ).
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Post by: Peter Coleborn on August 02, 2010, 03:52:10 pm
The soon-to-be published crime anthology, The Dark End of the Street. Brilliant writing so far.
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Post by: allybird on August 02, 2010, 03:58:04 pm
'Ally, I read The Maltese Falcon earlier this year. Good, innit?'

Stu and Mike...Indeed!

Joel had me wondering about it then I realised I had a copy....  :)

 
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Post by: Ilan on August 04, 2010, 07:41:55 pm
Hello to all. I'm currently flitting between 'Halting State' by Charles Stross, although am struggling with the 2nd person POV - and 'The Blue Mask' by Joel Lane, which I found for 50p in, of all places, a 2nd hand shop in Lochgilphead.
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Post by: David A. Riley on August 07, 2010, 11:21:19 pm
Some time ago when Chris Barker was still on speaking terms with me - or as near to that as you can get on the internet, as we have never met face to face - he emailed me a copy of this long short story. For various reasons I never got round to reading it, even after I discovered it was to be included in his collection, Tenebrous Tales, published by ex-occidente press.

On an impulse, though, I decided a couple of days ago to read it.

I must admit, I was pleasantly surprised to find what a well written, fascinating story this is, with at least one scene which is efficiently and effectively creepy in a true Jamesian fashion. Based largely on the true life story of Nick Drake, Nicholas Parkes' life, which ended with suicide in the mid seventies, is looked back on in retrospect by his present day obsessive fan, who becomes increasingly enthralled by the dead singer-song writer's spirit. The story moves at a leisurely pace, but is so well written and full of such well portrayed scenes, that I found myself engrossed by it, complete with a very satisfying conclusion.

If the other stories in Tenebrous Tales are up to this standard, then it will be an excellent collection. Unfortunately, because so many people have been turned against Mr Barker by his online persona, it is all too likely far fewer people will read this book than should. Perhaps time will eventually prove in Chris Barker's favour, though, and when today's disputes and antagonisms have been long forgotten, the stories won't.

(http://www.exoccidente.com/images/large_tenebrous1.gif)
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Post by: Stu on August 12, 2010, 08:54:17 am
ust read Ramsey Campbell's The Doll Who Ate His Mother and The Parasite. Only read Campbell's short fiction up until now so I was curious to see how his novels would compare. Doll was interesting for the ambiguity of the supernatural element and the fact that the whole thing read more like a crime novel, with the intrepid gang of amateur sleuths out to catch the killer. Parasite meanwhile was interesting in the way the inventive prose was at odds with the commercial plotting. And after the multiple viewpoints in Doll it was interesting to compare the use of a single POV in Parasite. Also enjoyed the New Age/occult elements, with all the references to the Golden Dawn. I thought the story's pacing was a bit off but after reading the afterword it turned out that Campbell wrote the book at his agent's prompting in order to have a bestseller and so ignored a lot of his natural instincts as a writer then made a lot of cuts to try and salvage the story. Consequently he isn't happy with the way the novel turned out. Actually, he was more critical of it than I was.

Anyway, I enjoyed both books enough that I want to read some more of his novels.
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Post by: David A. Riley on August 13, 2010, 01:54:06 pm
Just finished reading Stephen King's recent epic, Under the Dome. It's the first novel of his I've been able to finish for several years. I gave up on Cell after two tries, getting as far as 100 pages into it. Under the Dome, though, was a rollicking ride from beginning to end, with characters that really engaged me, the good, the bad and the changeable. It's a long book, but unlike Dream-Catcher, never for one page seemed to have been padded out. There's a lot of detail in it, and character backgrounds, but they all seem relevant to the story and create a rounded, filled-in novel that is epic in feel, even though it takes place over only a few days in a very small locality. King really excelled himself, in particular, with the darker characters - and with the quirkier ones. Indeed, one of the quirkiest, The Chef, is responsible for perhaps the worst act in the entire book, even though he doesn't do it out of malice strangely enough. A complex, fascinating book.

King often puts references in his book to characters or events in others he has written. In this, though, I noticed one character referred to (though he never appears in it) from the novels of Lee Child: the formidable Jack Reacher. (I love Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels and usually take one away with me each year as one of my main holiday reads.)

I won't say any more about this book, as I don't want to let slip any spoilers (all too easy!), except to add that this is King back on top form.
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Post by: Stu on August 15, 2010, 09:22:51 am
Punisher War Zone: The Resurrection of Ma Gnucci. Written by Garth Ennis. Illustrated by Steve Dillon. Ennis ditches the probing character study and social commentary of his Punisher MAX run to return to the black humour and silliness of the Marvel Knights version. Paraplegic mob boss Ma Gnucci has risen from the grave to wreak revenge upon the Punisher. Or has she? Meanwhile a vigilante also plans revenge on the 'Nam veteran turned one man army. Plus, lesbian cop Molly von Richthofen struggles to balance her relationship with her bisexual lover with her assignment to the NYPD's Punisher Task Force. Of course all these threads tie up to be resolved in a huge gunbattle. Slick but shallow fun with the Punisher's merciless violence at odds with his occasional displays of humour and sentimentality.

Green Arrow/Black Canary: A League of their Own. Written by Judd Winick. Illustrated by Mike Norton. I quite enjoyed what I'd read of Wincik's early run on Green Arrow but this has too many characters and too much exposition for the story to take hold (to be fair it's the second half of a story and I haven't read the first half). Winick seems to be better when working with a smaller cast so he can get his teeth into the characterisation and fire off his one-liners. Disappointing.

Brave and the Bold Vol 1: Lords of Luck and Vol 2: The Book of Destiny. Written by Mark Waid. Illustrated by George Perez. This revamp of Brave and the Bold alters the concept so that instead of Batman teaming up with a different co-star each month pretty much any combination of DC heroes can appear in any given instalment. And as the story revolves around a mystical artifact that keeps zipping across time and space you get superhero mash-ups such as The Blackhawks/The Boy Commandos in WWII, Superman/Silent Knight in mediaeval England and Green Lantern/Adam Strange/Supergirl in outer space. Waid does his best to find the emotional heart of each team-up but cramming in so many different characters and locations leaves the story feeling both overcrowded and underdeveloped. Perez's art doesn't help -- although nice to look at the amount of panels he squeezes into each page doesn't always leave the scenes enough room to breathe. I can't help feeling that either some of the bit-part players should have been ditched or else extra pages added to the story. Not a bad comic but it could've been better.

Batman: International. Written by Alan Grant and Mark Waid. Illustrated by various artists. Three Batman stories originally published separately but collected together as they all feature Bats in foreign locales. Grant's Edinburgh-based tale is a story of revenge revolving around Scots immigrating to America and the ancient secrets of the Knights Templar. Waid's story sees Batman pursuing Killer Croc to Barcelona as the mutated villain attempts to fulfil an ancient legend. Grant's second tale features flashbacks to Bruce Wayne seeking to learn Taoist fortune-telling in China and the bearing this has on Batman's current case. (Quite why a sceptic like Batman would put stock in fortune-telling is never explained.) All the stories are workmanlike with any interest arising from their emphasis on history and legend rather than brilliant storytelling.
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Post by: Stu on August 19, 2010, 09:28:59 am
Justice League of America: That was Now, This is Then. Written by Roger Stern. Illustrated by John Byre and Mark Farmer. An immensely powerful alien named Titus arrives on Earth claiming to be a god and challenging the deities from the world's religions to fight him. When no gods accept his challenge it is up to the Justice League to stop him. But can mere mortals defy a being with the power of a god? And why does Titus claim to know the Justice League when no one has any memory of him? The story cuts between the present day and a mission by a previous incarnation of the League as the truth is revealed. Stern delivers non-stop thrills with only the briefest of moments for quiet reflection, this is very much a case of showing character through action. As such there are no real surprises; the villain is villainous and the heroes are heroic, albeit with distinguishing traits -- Superman is nobility personified, Green Arrow cocky and impetuous, The Atom wisecracking but pragmatic. The dialogue feels a little clunky in places but behind the awkward one-liners and the super-powered fisticuffs Stern works in themes of religious tolerance, the abuse of power and the nature of faith and prayer. If you really want to start reading stuff into it he even touches on the varieties of godhood -- monotheism, polytheism and pantheism. Not bad for a story which is just an extended punch-up.
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Post by: Rolnikov on August 22, 2010, 07:07:44 am
I'm still struggling to get to the end of Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie. There's lots I love about it, but it's just so long, like having to read a book and its two sequels at once. And the publisher has made a mess of the Kindle edition's formatting, putting an extra line after each paragraph, making it seem twice as long as it really is.
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Post by: Paul Woodward on August 22, 2010, 08:26:34 pm
Stephen
you've done better than me with Best Served Cold.  I couldn't get past the first page (I didn't like the characters swearing at each other, as an opening page it put me off).
I'm currently getting through The Birthing House by Charles Ransom.  But I'm not quite sure if I like it.
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Post by: Rolnikov on August 23, 2010, 06:32:00 am
I finished it yesterday (and it was very good, though I wasn't too keen on the squelchy sex scenes).

Now I can get on with the rest of my life.  :)
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Post by: Raven Dane on August 24, 2010, 03:07:30 pm
I am reading Under the Dome and to be honest this is the first Stephen King novel that I find hard work and not much fun.
I can't normally put a good King blockbuster down even the much disliked Dreamcatcher kept me hooked.
Under the Dome drags, the characters have not engaged me, the bad cop sub plot bores and annoys me. It even has a saintly Dean Koontz golden retriever !

But hey, it was only two quid on Kindlle!

 
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Post by: David A. Riley on August 25, 2010, 08:26:41 am
Graham Greene's The Comedians. I can't believe it has taken me till now to start this great novel, set as it is in Haiti during the dark days of Papa Doc.

I haven't read many of Greene's novels - far too few, in fact - but those I have I've found to be some of the best books I've ever come across. His skill at economically building up characters is astonishing. He can do in a few sentences what it takes a Stephen King whole paragraphs of info dump to get across.
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Post by: Stu on August 26, 2010, 03:55:11 pm
Been reading some James Sallis.

Cypress Grove and Cripple Creek are about a city detective turned small town deputy. The novels take all the hardboiled cliches -- troubled yet compassionate detective with ridiculously impressive qualifications and life experiences (psychotherapist, former convict and ex-special forces soldier) who is forced out of retirement and uncovers murder and intrigue -- then shoves the tired tropes into the background while the hero concentrates on telling anecdotes about his past and how he is settling into the small town.

Also read Drive. A stunt driver turned getaway driver is double-crossed while working his latest heist and has to stay one step ahead of the crooks who want him dead. All while the narrative keeps flip-flopping between the present day and the events that led to him becoming a wheelman.

Also reread Sallis's The Long-Legged Fly about New Orleans PI Lew Griffin. Griffin works various missing persons cases over the course of four decades while falling in love, committing murder, being hassled by cops for being black and hassled by activists wanting him to aid the civil rights movement. In fact back in the '90s when I first read this I remember seeing copies in Forbidden Planet stocked under 'Black Fiction' despite Sallis actually being white.

All the novels contain sparse prose with a poetic streak accompanied by philosophical musings and the occasional wisecrack. Good fun.
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Post by: Stu on August 28, 2010, 04:31:29 pm
Punisher Max: Six Hours to Kill. Written by Duane Swierczynski. Illustrated by Michel LaCombe. This is the first story I've read in Marvel's 'mature readers' version of The Punisher since Garth Ennis left the title. Unfortunately Ennis's depiction of The Punisher's mental scarring and the mirroring of his one man war on crime with the futility of the conflicts in Vietnam and Afghanistan has been abandoned in favour of sex, violence and gimmicky high concepts. So in Six Hours to Kill the Punisher is injected with a slow-acting poison and will only be given the antidote if he uses his remaining hours of life to kill a crooked local politician. The writing and art are functional, with the odd burst of creativity, but the whole thing feels soulless -- just cram in as much cynicism, gore and gratuitous nudity as possible, that'll keep the fanboys happy. The backup strip, Force of Nature, continues the high concept approach -- how does the Punisher get intel out of crooks who won't succumb to torture? Cue psychological trickery. Then finish with a pointless action money shot and a totally out of character one-liner.

Ennis used this series to make a serious point, Six Hours to Kill seems designed only to make money.
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Post by: Peter Coleborn on August 28, 2010, 09:32:52 pm
Stephen King's collection ... err ... forgot it's name  :(
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Post by: Paul Woodward on August 30, 2010, 11:50:37 am
Just started Sarah Pinborough A Matter of Blood and 2 chapters in its quite grisly already.

I'm also reading The Price by Alexandra Sokloff and writing up thoughts about it bit by bit at my wordpress page
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Post by: Stephen Palmer on September 06, 2010, 01:36:37 pm
Dave Langford, The Leaky Establishment
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Post by: Selina on September 06, 2010, 05:16:01 pm
Curse of the Werewolf Girl by Martin Millar - A few chapters in & loving it, as I usually do with Millar's books. Don't mistake this for your run of the mill paranormal romance (which I also read & enjoy), as this has a teenage werewolf addicted to laudanum, living in s small London flat with a couple of students & being made to go to college to deal with her illiteracy & much more. But read the first one in the series first: Lonely Werewolf Girl.

The Colorado Kid by Stephen King - not actually read any King so thought I'd dive in with this novella as we've just started watching Haven TV series, which is supposed to be a sequel to Colorado Kid.

Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan-Doyle - to compare it with the graphic novel & Sherlock TV episode.
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Post by: Rolnikov on September 06, 2010, 07:06:46 pm
I really liked the three Martin Millar books I've read - first the Lux and Alby collected comics, and then Good Fairies of New York and Ruby and the Stone Age Diet. Shame they were hidden behind the worst book cover in my collection (http://bks7.books.google.com/books?id=YmN3QgAACAAJ&printsec=frontcover&img=1&zoom=1&sig=ACfU3U0UMi8hCu5hmlMGJeHjd5Ru4WUyyA).

I didn't realise till looking this up that he wrote the Thraxas books - I'll give them a try now.
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Post by: Selina on September 06, 2010, 09:25:29 pm
The Lux & Alby graphic novel was my introduction to his work & I then promptly went on to collect all his non-Thraxis books... which were mainly out of print at the time, so it's great they're being re-released & he's doing new ones.. Good Fairies of New York is another of my favourite & I would have loved to have seen the graphic novel version Martin & Simon pitched, but it didn't get taken up. Simon let me run the short strip they did based on it in Girly #2 (and is obviously in the Girly book).

Only read a couple of the Thraxis books.
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Post by: Peter Coleborn on September 08, 2010, 09:14:29 am
Finished the anthology THE DARK END OF THE STREET. Very enjoyable crime noir:
http://piperatthegatesoffantasy.blogspot.com/2010/09/dark-end-of-street-edited-by-sj-rozan.html

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Post by: Peter Coleborn on September 09, 2010, 07:05:55 pm
1922 by Stephen King
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Post by: benedictjjones on September 10, 2010, 11:22:27 am
mr shivers - robert jackson bennett and really enjoying it.
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Post by: Andy C on September 10, 2010, 12:07:49 pm
I gave up on that. Thought his dad must own the company or something.
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Post by: che2000 on September 10, 2010, 12:34:18 pm
It's been a notable gap in my reading until now, but I've finally started Dune by Frank Herbert - a hundred pages in and I'm beginning to understand why it's a classic.
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Post by: Peter Coleborn on September 10, 2010, 02:44:46 pm
I read Dune soon after it was published and devoured it (in a metaphorical sense). So when I had to go into hospital a few years later for a minor op it was the only book I took with me for a re-read. Alas, I couldn't get past page one second time around (I hope this was due to the meds rather than the book).
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Post by: che2000 on September 10, 2010, 04:16:45 pm
I had a similar problem with The Lord of the Rings. I first read it when I was about 14 and thought it the most wonderful thing ever written, but when I came back to read it in my twenties I found it almost unutterably dull.

I must confess that I've picked up Dune half a dozen times over the years and just as quickly put it down again. Until now. Perhaps it's a case of 'commeth the hour, commeth the book'.
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Post by: Selina on September 10, 2010, 08:49:23 pm
I had a similar problem with The Lord of the Rings. I first read it when I was about 14 and thought it the most wonderful thing ever written, but when I came back to read it in my twenties I found it almost unutterably dull..

I've tried Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit a couple of times and can never get into them. Sometimes I think it's about who you discover first... so my intro to fantasy was Eddings, Feist, McCaffrey and things that have an easier to read style.
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on September 13, 2010, 08:46:22 am
I had a similar problem with The Lord of the Rings. I first read it when I was about 14 and thought it the most wonderful thing ever written, but when I came back to read it in my twenties I found it almost unutterably dull..

I've tried Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit a couple of times and can never get into them. Sometimes I think it's about who you discover first... so my intro to fantasy was Eddings, Feist, McCaffrey and things that have an easier to read style.

I think there's a lot of truth in that. I'm almost your opposite althoughI read McCaffery's first couple  but I got a bit sick of those dragons in the end. I recently reread Dune and still found it a classic. At the moment for about the tenth time I'm reading The Quillian Sector by E.C. Tubb. Pure class -  Dumarest against the world.
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Post by: benedictjjones on September 13, 2010, 09:09:36 am
at the mo i'm reading 'the killer inside me' by Jim Thompson - great stuff!
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Post by: Wayne Mook on September 22, 2010, 01:17:50 am
At the moment I'm reading a pulp form the 30's in The Spider series, Death's Crimson Juggernaut by Grant Stockbride (Norvell W. Page.). It has some splendid deathless prose, not quite in the same league as Operator 5 and it's 'heap of doom.' but cruxifying people to help a real-estate deal is extreme. Here's a taster "And after the killing, tenants recalled that they heard cracked, half-mad laughter as though a torturing madman chortled over the suffering of his victims."

Wayne.
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Post by: Robert Mammone on September 22, 2010, 11:46:30 am
Homage to Catalonia by that Eric Blair fellow.  I wonder how he turned out?
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Post by: Katie Glasby on September 25, 2010, 09:06:25 pm
I'm re-reading Tim Powers' great novel 'Last Call' and wondering all over again how he does it.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on September 26, 2010, 09:29:24 am
Vacation by Jeremy C Shipp

Witchfinders: a 17th century English tragedy by Malcolm Gaskill
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Post by: Stephen Palmer on October 08, 2010, 03:38:38 pm
Olaf Stapledon, Sirius
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Post by: Selina on October 08, 2010, 07:24:08 pm
From the FCon pile ....

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4145/5039097000_846ed49ce4.jpg)

Reading Never Again on the bus (halfway through & just finished Joe R. Lansdale's very disturbing story: The Night They Missed the Horror Show)

In the evening reading City of Dreams & Nightmare by Ian Whates. Enjoying so far, a great cityscape.
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Post by: Paul Woodward on October 08, 2010, 07:41:51 pm
Selina
I think you might have two books the same? ;)
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Post by: Selina on October 08, 2010, 07:46:28 pm
Selina
I think you might have two books the same? ;)

Ah, yes, the Ian Whates collection would be due to buying it and then winning it in the raffle. Haven't decided who to give the other copy to yet.

We also had two copies of the comp books, as this is mine & Jay's purchases combined but didn't put both in the photo.

We also won a 7 volume space opera set in the raffle but someone else took those home, as we wouldn't get around to reading them!
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Post by: Paul Woodward on October 08, 2010, 07:49:23 pm
Is the Cty of Dreams and Nightmares a novel or an anthology?
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Post by: Selina on October 08, 2010, 07:56:42 pm
Is the Cty of Dreams and Nightmares a novel or an anthology?

Novel. Urban fantasy/high fantasy?  ???

Blurb" They call it the City of a Hundred Rows. The ancient city of Thaiburley is a vast, multi-tiered metropolis, where the poor live in the City Below and demons are said to dwell in the Upper Heights.
Having witnessed a murder in a part of the city he should never have been in, Tom, a lowly street-nick, has to run for his life through the City Below, Thaiburley’s unsavoury basement world. Accused of committing the murder himself, he is pursued by sky-borne assassins, Kite Guards, and agents of a darker force intent on destabilising the whole city. His only ally is Kat, a renegade like him, but she proves to have secrets of her own…"

The Gift of Joy is a short story collection.

Decided to try Ian's books as I've enjoyed a lot of the anthologies he's edited.
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Post by: Paul Woodward on October 08, 2010, 07:59:39 pm
Sounds good.  I will see if I can find a copy. :)
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on October 28, 2010, 07:44:34 pm
Rereading Vance's Durdane trilogy - quite brilliant
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Post by: Gav on October 29, 2010, 09:49:57 am
Stephen King's Hearts in Atlantis
I'm well into the second part and still don't know what to make of it yet?  ???
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Post by: Rolnikov on October 30, 2010, 08:38:02 am
Lucius Shepard's Viator Plus. Excellent and bewildering.
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Post by: Charlie22 on November 01, 2010, 06:48:05 pm
I just finished The Silent Land by Graham Joyce after being sent a proof copy and I'm still shaking!!!   Okay I'm a girlie and I did cry but it's simply amazing and probabably his best ever. 
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Post by: Karen Stevens on November 08, 2010, 01:56:17 pm
Re-reading the Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop and thoroughly enjoying it; very different from your average fantasy series.
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Post by: benedictjjones on November 14, 2010, 09:04:15 am
been on a bit of a crime 'rampage' recently (walter mosley, phillip kerr, ken bruen, jim thompson) but it has ended now that someone gave me 'Rosemary's Baby' - Ira Levin
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Post by: Brantastian on November 15, 2010, 07:08:31 pm
Kraken by China Mieville. Just started it yesterday and enjoying it so far - it does get right into the action. If anyone ever says of a book 'it's good, but it takes a while to get into,' that kind of puts me off. Not the case here.

Just wish I hadn't read a review of it on amazon that contained a small amount of spoiler.
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Post by: David A. Riley on December 03, 2010, 09:06:12 am
The Dracula Papers - Book 1: The Scholar's Tale  by Reggie Oliver. This is a hefty trade paperback, 471 pages long, published by Chomu Press. 44 pages into it now - and it's excellent. Already had Casanova, the Wandering Jew, Judas and Christ.
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Post by: che2000 on December 03, 2010, 04:39:00 pm
Re-reading M. John Harrison's Viriconium sequence. Wonderful, simply wonderful.
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Post by: P.G.Bell on December 04, 2010, 03:02:40 pm
I'm currently half way through Neal Gabler's terrific biography of Walt Disney, charting the rise, fall and rise of the studio, as well as the wonderful post-war boom in animation that brought us Tex Avery and Chuck Jones, among others. Next up, I'm planning to re-read H.G. Wells' "The First Men In The Moon", in honour of the recent BBC adaptation.
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Post by: Gav on December 16, 2010, 04:09:33 pm
Stephen King's Hearts in Atlantis
I'm well into the second part and still don't know what to make of it yet?  ???

I just finished Hearts in Atlantis and I have to say that it's possibly one of the most irritating books I've ever read!
Overall, it's very well written and the intertwining stories of the character's lives and very interesting. However, the first character's story involves a small supernatural element which hints at more to come, but it never does.
I read the whole book waiting for and expecting the reprise of the "low men" and the "breakers" and the mysterious Ted Brautigan. I finished the book disappointed and unenlightened.
Honestly, I don't think that the tiny supernatural element belonged in the book.  >:(
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Post by: Jen on December 16, 2010, 09:19:14 pm
Quote
I read the whole book waiting for and expecting the reprise of the "low men" and the "breakers" and the mysterious Ted Brautigan. I finished the book disappointed and unenlightened.
Honestly, I don't think that the tiny supernatural element belonged in the book.

It helps if you've read King's Dark Tower books as the supernatural elements tie into them - I think particularly in the last Dark Tower book.  (haven't read them in an age, but as I recall the breakers and possibly Brautigan as well make a substantial appearance.)  (It's actually quite freaky re-reading King books after you've read the Dark Tower ones as there are cross references aaaaaallllll over the place.)
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Post by: Gav on December 16, 2010, 09:39:27 pm
It helps if you've read King's Dark Tower books as the supernatural elements tie into them - I think particularly in the last Dark Tower book.  (haven't read them in an age, but as I recall the breakers and possibly Brautigan as well make a substantial appearance.)  (It's actually quite freaky re-reading King books after you've read the Dark Tower ones as there are cross references aaaaaallllll over the place.)

Aaaaaah, that might help. I didn't get any clues from the covers or the blurb that there was a relationship with other books.
Thanks.
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Post by: Mike Chinn on December 17, 2010, 09:02:21 am
I read the whole book waiting for and expecting the reprise of the "low men" and the "breakers" and the mysterious Ted Brautigan. I finished the book disappointed and unenlightened.
Honestly, I don't think that the tiny supernatural element belonged in the book.  >:(

I quite agree. Although I loved the Dark Tower series (with the exception of Wizard and Glass), I found the intrusion of elements from those books to be utterly pointless. In fact, they come close to ruining what is otherwise a very good non-genre story.
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Post by: che2000 on December 18, 2010, 01:44:13 pm
I've just finished Robert Silverberg's Nightwings - a superb fusion of fantasy and sf with a deeply human love story at its heart, I loved the picaresque aspects of it too, a sort of speculative Candide, if you will.
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on December 20, 2010, 09:31:51 pm
I've just finished Robert Silverberg's Nightwings - a superb fusion of fantasy and sf with a deeply human love story at its heart, I loved the picaresque aspects of it too, a sort of speculative Candide, if you will.

Interesting. I just read Nightwings and it bypassed me altogether. It was in a double with Jack Vance's The Last Castle which I enjoyed. Harrison has a mercurial intelligence.
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Post by: DRM on December 21, 2010, 05:17:27 pm
Currently reading The Exploits of Engelbrecht by Maurice Richardson. Loving the stories, and the pictures in their own right, but not sure about the combination of the two. I find the drawings clash with the images formed in my mind (or that are too bonkers to form at all). I'm about halfway through, so I think I'll try to ignore the illustrations for the rest of the book, then go back and enjoy them later.

Also just finished listening to Antony & Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough and am halfway through A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr on cd (I foolishly decided to get some decorating done before Christmas and needed something to occupy me whilst painting ::))
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Post by: Brantastian on December 21, 2010, 06:48:23 pm
I am actually reading Alan Sugar's autobiography. About as far from fantasy as can be, but I actually find it quite fascinating to read about someone who is so utterly different from me in many ways. Not brilliantly written though, and not well edited; missing punctuation abounds.

Reading it on my new kindle, which I am loving far more than I thought I would. Have also downloaded a Robin Hobb book onto it, so more usual fare next.
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Post by: Billy on December 27, 2010, 09:32:27 pm
Just found this, Glasgow Fairytale  by Alastair D. McIver it's so funny, updated fairy tale which had me from chapter one laughing out loud and I'm only at chapter four. ;D
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Post by: Rolnikov on December 30, 2010, 08:08:25 am
I'm reading Night of the Crabs, by Guy N. Smith. It reads like a children's book - like Terrance Dicks with very bad sex - but still managed to give me nightmares. Good fun.

It'll be my 2400th book read, more or less. I thought about finishing War and Peace to mark the occasion, but had a lot more left to read of it than I thought.
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on December 30, 2010, 03:18:00 pm
I'm reading Night of the Crabs, by Guy N. Smith. It reads like a children's book - like Terrance Dicks with very bad sex - but still managed to give me nightmares. Good fun.

It'll be my 2400th book read, more or less. I thought about finishing War and Peace to mark the occasion, but had a lot more left to read of it than I thought.

War and Peace is a cracker but Smith has his merits too. Just finished Killer Crabs a month or so ago and found myself wondering a lot. Last night I read  Carson of Venus where Burroughs does a pastiche on the Nazis. Carson is a strangely diffident hero.
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Post by: che2000 on January 16, 2011, 05:31:02 pm
I'm about two thirds of the way through The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett. It's a light but entertaining enough read, and I'm enjoying it enough to want to read the sequel.
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Post by: Steppedonwolf on January 17, 2011, 07:54:05 pm
I'm reading Night of the Crabs, by Guy N. Smith. It reads like a children's book - like Terrance Dicks with very bad sex - but still managed to give me nightmares. Good fun.

It'll be my 2400th book read, more or less. I thought about finishing War and Peace to mark the occasion, but had a lot more left to read of it than I thought.

One of my first ever horror novels was Night of the Crabs. Huge fun - but nothing tops Crabs on the Rampage. Pure pulp paradise!
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Post by: charlies_dragon on January 19, 2011, 01:01:35 pm
Hi,

Newbie here ::waves:: I'm currently reading Diana Wynne Jones' "Tough Guide to Fantasyland" & Tom Holt's omnibus "Saints & Sinners" which has both "Paint Your Dragon" & "Open Sesame" in it. Both are a good laugh and I can't wait to actually have enough time to read more than a couple of pages at a time.
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on January 21, 2011, 09:27:05 pm
Lurullu, Jack Vance. One of the weakest I've read and even jack admits he was glad it was over. But being Vance I still enjoyed his descriptions.
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Post by: Rolnikov on January 22, 2011, 12:59:50 pm
Wish I could read Lurulu  - lost it among my piles of books the day I bought it!

I've just finished James Lovegrove's The Age of Ra, which was undemanding but fun, and now I'm reading The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer: Protean Dimensions. It collects lots of interesting bits and bobs about PJF: essential for fans. Haven't read the new fiction by other hands yet, but it includes a new story by Rhys Hughes.
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on January 24, 2011, 10:07:42 pm
Wish I could read Lurulu  - lost it among my piles of books the day I bought it!

I've just finished James Lovegrove's The Age of Ra, which was undemanding but fun, and now I'm reading The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer: Protean Dimensions. It collects lots of interesting bits and bobs about PJF: essential for fans. Haven't read the new fiction by other hands yet, but it includes a new story by Rhys Hughes.

Just the most annoying thing! Only beaten by losing the book in the middle of reading it which i often do. Usually turns up years later under a bed or in a  cupboard
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Post by: jim mcleod on January 30, 2011, 09:27:38 pm
The Infernal Game -Cold Warriors by Rebecca Levene

True Grit by Charles Portis

Thrall by Steven Shrewsbury
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Post by: Stu on January 31, 2011, 06:07:39 pm
Mainly been reading comics this month. Also dipped into various prose anthologies and single author collections but it's the comics that I'm actually getting round to finishing. And before anyone screams in complaint I know I'm only crediting the authors and not the artists (except in the cases where they're one and the same person) but there's a very good reason for that -- I'm incredibly lazy.
 
*= reread.
 
Hellblazer: Bloodlines -- Garth Ennis*
Hellblazer: Tainted Love -- Garth Ennis*
Hellblazer: Fear and Loathing -- Garth Ennis*
Elektra Lives Again -- Frank Miller
The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the 21st Century -- Frank Miller
Spawn/Batman -- Frank Miller*
Green Arrow/Black Canary: Wedding Album -- Judd Winick
Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (2005 edition) -- Various
There's a Vulture Outside -- Charles M Schultz
Gotham Central: The Quick and the Dead -- Greg Rucka
Daredevil: Underboss -- Brian Michael Bendis*
Green Arrow: Moving Targets -- Judd Winick
X-Men: Phoenix Rising -- Roger Stern, John Byrne, Bob Layton, Chris Claremont
Batman: As The Crow Flies -- Judd Winick
Uncanny X-Men: Manifest Destiny -- Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction
Fantastic Four -- Jonathan Hickman
Strange: The Doctor is Out -- Mark Waid
Hulk: Red & Green -- Jeph Loeb
Green Arrow: Heading into the Light -- Judd Winick
Secret Origins: Featuring the JLA -- Various
Wolverine: Not Dead Yet -- Warren Ellis
Frankenstein's Womb -- Warren Ellis
Skrull Kill Crew -- Grant Morrison and Mark Millar
Thicker Than Water -- Judd Winick
The Spirit Volume 2 -- Darwyn Cooke and various
Batman: The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul -- Various
Siege -- Brian Michael Bendis
The Question: Five Books of Blood -- Greg Rucka
Sin City: The Hard Goodbye -- Frank Miller*
Fallen Angel: Cities of Light and Dark -- Peter David
Batman: Monsters -- James Robinson, Warren Ellis, Alan Grant
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Post by: mightyjoeyoung on February 01, 2011, 10:09:22 am
Currently half way through 'Twisted' by Jeffrey Deaver. So far so good.
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Post by: jim mcleod on February 01, 2011, 04:26:02 pm
Johnny Halloween - Norm Partridge
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Post by: Billy on February 01, 2011, 11:00:20 pm
The latest offering from Glen Cook's Garrett P.I. series GILDEN LATTEN BONES so far so good I've always enjoyed them. ;D
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Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on February 02, 2011, 07:54:39 pm
In The Rain With The Dead - Mark West  (been on the reading pile too long!)
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Post by: Selina on February 02, 2011, 10:28:16 pm
I'm also reading a Mark West - the second draft of his forthcoming Lost Film novella. About halfway through and enjoying it so far.
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Post by: mightyjoeyoung on February 03, 2011, 09:56:21 am
Finished 'Twisted' By Jeffrey Deaver. In general a good bunch of crowd-pleasing stories, his style comfortable to read when relaxing in the bath. I didn't guess all of the twists in the tales, which was good enough for me to give it a 7/10.
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Post by: brendanconnell on February 03, 2011, 08:06:05 pm
Read "I wonder what human flesh tastes like" and was inspired to make this video for it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec7yu_g0oi8
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Post by: Des Lewis on February 03, 2011, 08:21:24 pm
Read "I wonder what human flesh tastes like" and was inspired to make this video for it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec7yu_g0oi8

I like that.
I carried out a review of 'What Does Human Flesh Taste Like?": HERE (http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/i-wonder-what-human-flesh-tastes-like/)
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Post by: Karen Stevens on February 07, 2011, 08:39:17 pm
Just started 'On Stranger Tides' by Tim Powers; five chapters in and really enjoying it. Hopefully Disney will stick to the book instead of butchering it (but... Ian McShane as Blackbeard? ???)
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Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on February 16, 2011, 08:25:16 pm
Just finished Michelle Paver's Dark matter and Joseph D'Lacey's Meat (reviews coming soon) and just started Weirdtongue by D.F Lewis.
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Post by: Rolnikov on February 20, 2011, 11:20:07 am
Read Protean Dimensions: The Worlds of Philip Jose Farmer, a nice collection of stories and non-fiction relating to the man and his work. Essential for PJF fans, but would be interesting for others too.
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Post by: gemma75 on February 20, 2011, 08:05:57 pm
The 3rd Mathew Swift novel from Kate Griffin - Neon Court. Half way through and great fun so far  ;D
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Post by: Stu on February 28, 2011, 09:07:59 pm
I actually managed to finish some books that weren't comics this month. Hooray! Although one of them was about comics so I suppose I lose 50% of that hooray. But I feel kind of silly shouting Hoo!

* = reread

Comics:
Fantastic Four: World's Greatest -- Mark Millar
Green Arrow: Crawling From the Wreckage -- Judd Winick
Green Arrow: Road to Jericho -- Judd Winick
Aztek The Ultimate Man -- Grant Morrison and Mark Millar
Arkham Asylum 15th Aniversary Edition -- Grant Morrison (I've read the story before but not the annotated script included with the anniversary edition.)
Queen and Country: The Definitive Edition Volume 1 -- Greg Rucka
The Invisibles: The Invisible Kingdom -- Grant Morrison*
Crisis on Multiple Earths Volume 3 -- Mike Friedrich and Len Wein
Superman: New Krypton Volume 1 -- James Robinson and Geoff Johns
Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale -- Joss Whedon and Zack Whedon

Novels:
Salt River -- James Sallis

Non-Fiction:
Our Sentence is Up: Seeing Grant Morrison's The Invisibles -- Patrick Meaney
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Post by: Shaun Jeffrey on March 01, 2011, 11:35:24 am
The Skull Ring by Scott Nicholson and The Hunger Games (Catching Fire) by Suzanne Collins.
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Post by: Stu on March 01, 2011, 12:16:26 pm
Bugger. Forgot that I also read Unknown and Empire -- both by Mark Waid -- during February. That totally messes with the comics vs "real" books ratio.
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Post by: Stephen Palmer on March 08, 2011, 10:44:52 am
Sally Gardner, I, Coriander
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Post by: Rolnikov on March 09, 2011, 05:26:48 pm
I've just finished Revenants by Daniel Mills, a novel about a Puritan village in New England, and was very impressed. Rather chuffed that my TQF co-editor John Greenwood has accepted a story by Daniel for the next issue of TQF - can't wait to read that.

And also The Art of McSweeney's; an inspirational (and aspirational) book for anyone involved in publishing.
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Post by: Colin (Black Abyss) on March 12, 2011, 04:09:26 pm
Just got the first two titles from the new Hammer imprint and started reading The Witches.
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Post by: David A. Riley on March 12, 2011, 05:18:50 pm
I still have The Witches from when it was published as a film tie-in back when that Hammer Film was first released in the 60s. It's a damn good read.

Will have to search out the other book, though.

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Post by: Stephen Palmer on March 18, 2011, 01:37:22 pm
Peter Dickinson, The Changes
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Post by: Steppedonwolf on March 25, 2011, 02:33:55 pm
Iain Banks, Transition. Very enjoyable.

The Concern reminds me of Special Circumstances in The Culture in many ways...
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Post by: ajfrench on March 29, 2011, 04:02:11 pm
Finally gotten around to reading Dan Simmon's Song of Kali. Knew the story behind it--how Dan workshoped it as a short story, but then turned it into a novel at the behest of Harlan Ellison, who was hosting the workshop (the story won first place, I believe)--but just hadn't found the time to read it yet. Now that I am, it turns out to be very good so far. I understand the hype behind it. His use of setting is great, and in fact it reminds of Conrad. Anyone else read Song of Kali? 
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on March 30, 2011, 06:09:55 am
Fitzgerald's History of Asia. The scope of a Gibbon without the dry wit, the unflinching intelligence and the characters
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Post by: Shemjaza on March 31, 2011, 01:16:25 pm
I am almost ashamed to say that I am reading one of the Sookie Stackhouse novels  :-[ I actually enjoy the writing and the characters. I did read all the Twilight books because I got involved in a pro-Twilight writer's group and I wanted to know what all the fuss was about and I was not impressed, although that might have been something to do with the fact that I am not a teenage bundle of hormones, nor do I get PMS. In my defence, however, I am also re-reading From the Ashes of Angels by Michael Collins which isn't fiction.

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Post by: Selina on April 01, 2011, 05:39:11 pm
I am almost ashamed to say that I am reading one of the Sookie Stackhouse novels  :-[ I actually enjoy the writing and the characters.

My name is Selina and I'm a paranormal romance fan.... well actually I read lots of stuff, but I do enjoy several of the paranormal series, the Sookie books being one, others being ones from Rachel Caine and Kelley Armstrong. It's like any other genre/sub-genre, some are well written with interesting characters and world set-ups. Others are jumping on the band wagon. Others stray far more into erotica territory so it depends on people's tastes on what they'll like.,

Currently reading Frankenstein (been trying to use my eReader to catch up on classics I've never read), after seeing the National Theatre production through their National Theatre Live screenings. It's very interesting to read and compare with how the character is portrayed in the films etc.

Also Jasper Fforde's One of our Thursdays is Missing, the graphic novel Depresso by Brick and Jay's NaNoWriMo novel from 2006 to help him pick out sections that can be re-worked as short stories. Jasper's book is fun and inventive as usual, but requires a lot of concentration! Depresso is about Brick's experiences with depression so is very intense, hence the need to read it in small chunks.
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Post by: LouM on April 07, 2011, 10:26:04 am
I've just finished Joe Hill's "Heart Shaped Box", and I'm really, really cross with myself for not having read it sooner. I genuinely thought it was brilliant. A fantastic mix of supernatural and real horror - and I loved Hill's style & language. Great book.
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Post by: Ray on April 07, 2011, 12:53:20 pm
Yes, I liked that very much too.  After 20th Century Ghost I embarassingly told my classes to 'watch this guy, he's going to be big' and 'I've not liked anyone like this since discovering Stephen King.  In fact, Hill reminds me of old school King with a modern edge'.  And then I found out who he was...
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Post by: John Forth on April 07, 2011, 07:46:24 pm
Have you both read 'Horns'? Much as I enjoyed 'Heart-Shaped Box', I think I liked 'Horns' more.
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 08, 2011, 08:29:26 am
Earlier in the week I finished Vampire Warlords by Andy Remic, which didn't live up to expectations. I was hoping for a bit of the old ultraviolence, but got Gibbs and DiNozzo on a never-ending camping trip. It livened up towards the end, though.

Now I'm reading Move Under Ground by Nick Mamatas, a first-person account of Jack Kerouac's experiences following the rising of R'lyeh. Super so far.
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Post by: jim mcleod on April 08, 2011, 08:47:51 am
Earlier in the week I finished Vampire Warlords by Andy Remic, which didn't live up to expectations. I was hoping for a bit of the old ultraviolence, but got Gibbs and DiNozzo on a never-ending camping trip. It livened up towards the end, though.

Now I'm reading Move Under Ground by Nick Mamatas, a first-person account of Jack Kerouac's experiences following the rising of R'lyeh. Super so far.

Read that Mamatas a good few years ago if you like it you shouls check out Under My Roof by him
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Post by: Ray on April 08, 2011, 08:48:40 am
Hi John - yeah, really enjoyed Horns too. My favourite of his, though, is Pop Art.  Amazing.
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Post by: LouM on April 08, 2011, 12:28:11 pm
Have you both read 'Horns'? Much as I enjoyed 'Heart-Shaped Box', I think I liked 'Horns' more.

I've actually got that earmarked as my "plane to World Horror" book!  ;D

Isn't it wonderful when you read a book by someone new, and you can't wait to get your hands on something else they wrote? Great feeling.
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Post by: Peter Coleborn on April 08, 2011, 05:58:47 pm
The Painter, the Creature and the Father of Lies -- Clive Barker
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Post by: johnny mains on April 08, 2011, 07:02:10 pm
The Man Who Wrote Dracula - a biography of Bram Stoker by Daniel Farson. Fast paced, enjoyable biography - worth a look in for those who haven't read it.
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Post by: Steppedonwolf on April 10, 2011, 02:44:09 am
Just finished William Meikle's Berserker.

Vikings versus yetis (the latter referred to as Alma in the book); historical pulp action with some nice supernatural overtones.

Highly recommended.
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on April 10, 2011, 06:45:08 pm
Flashman and the Dragon. Taipan rebellion. More horror in ten minutes than we could all write in a  lifetime.
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Post by: FictionFan01 on April 24, 2011, 09:19:13 pm
THE TIME OF THE HERO by Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2010 Nobel Prize winner in Literature. Definitely one of the most powerful novels I've ever read. And in places, very tough reading indeed. An assault on the senses. Vargas Llosa, one of the most important Latin American authors of the 20th century, does not hold back. On its first publication in 1962, the book was considered so scandalous that a thousand copies were burned in an official ceremony by the Peruvian military. That same year, THE TIME OF THE HERO won the Biblioteca Breve Prize, an award given to the best work of fiction in the Spanish language.


"Makes the majority of novels written in our day look shabby and thin by comparison" - Alastair Reid

"A harsh and honest piece of fiction" - The New York Review of Books
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 25, 2011, 09:46:32 am
Currently reading The Damned Busters by Matthew Hughes. I adored the last book I read by him, Quartet & Triptych (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.com/2010/10/quartet-and-triptych-by-matthew-hughes.html), but not sure about this one yet.

Read that Mamatas a good few years ago if you like it you shouls check out Under My Roof by him

Thanks for the recommendation! I liked Move Under Ground a lot so I'll keep an eye out for that one being released on Kindle.
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Post by: jim mcleod on April 25, 2011, 11:12:37 am
I have a spare paperback copy sitting around somewhere If you want it, just PM me your address and I'll pop it in the post the next time I'm near a post office

 
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Post by: FictionFanX on April 29, 2011, 11:08:51 am
Fiction:

THE GRAYS (Whitley Strieber)


Non-fiction:

MAN, BEAST AND ZOMBIE - What Science Can and Cannot Tell Us About Human Nature (Kenan Malik)

PHYSICS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE (Michio Kaku)
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Post by: FictionFanX on May 01, 2011, 07:38:24 am
Also started:

WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS (J. M. Coetzee)


"A remarkable and original book" - Graham Greene

"A powerful - even prophetic - intelligence at work" - The Independent

"This is a voice at once authoritative and subtle: a very powerful combination" - The Observer

"Waiting for the Barbarians is a distinguished piece of fiction" - The New York Times
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Post by: Pigasus on May 04, 2011, 07:24:50 am
Non-fiction:
PHYSICS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE (Michio Kaku)

I'm a third of the way through this book, now...
What did you think of it?
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 05, 2011, 08:33:55 am
I have a spare paperback copy sitting around somewhere If you want it, just PM me your address and I'll pop it in the post the next time I'm near a post office

Hey, thanks for the offer, but I hardly ever get around to reading print books nowadays!
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Post by: FictionFanX on May 05, 2011, 09:31:21 pm
Non-fiction:
PHYSICS OF THE IMPOSSIBLE (Michio Kaku)

I'm a third of the way through this book, now...
What did you think of it?
I like the book for what it is: intriguing pop-science sprinkled with humour (I'm also professionally interested in certain discussion points, as my Ph.D. is in Physical Chemistry). Kaku, world-leading theoretical physicist and best-selling author, summarizes the current research forefronts in several interdisciplinary fields of physics/chemistry/engineering. Kaku provides a nice overview with scattered references throughout. It's not a technical book; it's a text for the mainstream. Those who want a deeper insight into quantum theory and string theory will have to look elsewhere.
I'm a Kaku fan, I admit. I've just purchased his new best-seller: PHYSICS OF THE FUTURE.
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Post by: Stu on May 14, 2011, 09:30:24 am
‎70 pages into Hell's Bells by John Connolly and so far it's absolutely brilliant.
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 15, 2011, 05:36:54 pm
I'm taking another stab at John Buchan's Greenmantle. I'd probably be enjoying it if it wasn't for the incessant racism and the homophobia... I imagine it would be sexist too if there were any female characters.  :P
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Post by: Paul Campbell on June 02, 2011, 11:59:31 am
I'm sure that I'm not the only one who has more than one book on the go; usually a novel and a volume of short stories. However, it is unusual for me to have THREE novels on the go:

(http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/gritbooks/Books/Maybooks.jpg)

The Arthur C. Clarke award-winning The Sparrow (1996) by Mary Doria Russell. A beautifully characterized work, by turns funny and tragic. A fresh examination of the question, if there's no God then what does it all mean? This is a library copy, so I read it at work and in the pub and such as it didn't matter if it got a little grubby.

A Game of Thrones (1996) by George R. R. Martin. Wonderful intrigue, grimy and realistic. Nearing the end of listening to the unabridged 33 hour audio edition, whilst travelling to and from work. Currently saving up the HBO adaptation on our Sky box so Audrey and I can watch it all later.

On Stranger Tides (1988) by Tim Powers. Reading this only at home as it's a first edition and don't want to get it damaged. Recently reissued in paperback. Been a good season for reissues, what with Anno Dracula by Kim Newman and Infernal Devices by K. W. Jeter.

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Post by: Rolnikov on June 03, 2011, 10:03:40 am
I have only the vaguest memories of On Stranger Tides - I forgot I'd even read it for years! But the film seemed vaguely familiar at times.

I'm currently reading The Green Gods by Nathalie Henneberg. A French sf novel with the grand, theatrical feel of a seventies sf film like Logan's Run or Planet of the Apes, translated by C.J. Cherryh.

And The Mushroom Jungle by Steve Holland, about the post-war boom in paperback publishing. I'd seen this one mentioned a lot in The Paperback Fanatic and on the Vault of Evil, and I'm interested in the history of publishing (I'll file this with books like The Target Book by David Howe, The English Common Reader by Richard Altick, and Penguin Special by Jeremy Lewis). Seems relevant to the similar boom (in number of publications if not necessarily sales) that we're now seeing in the Kindle era.
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Post by: Steppedonwolf on June 07, 2011, 09:57:04 am
Ass Goblins of Auschwitz, by Cameron Pierce.

Not sure what to make of it...I've never read anything like it before, that's for sure!
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Post by: jim mcleod on June 07, 2011, 02:34:59 pm
I'm really not a fan of Bizzaro, I think in the main it's just trying to be like the smart arsed kid in the class
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Post by: Selina on June 07, 2011, 04:46:04 pm
Just finished Side Jobs by Jim Butcher, which is a collection of the Dresden Files related short stories and novellas. Fun and/or interesting additions to the novel series, but don't read them before reading the relevant novels (like I did!), as they contain spoilers!

Also the HP Lovecraft Anthology Vol 1 graphic novel - enjoyed reading these comic strip adaptations of some of his short stories, as I haven't read any original Lovecraft. Wonderfully illustrated.

Currently reading:
The Thief of Time by John Boyne.
Power of Three by Diana Wynne Jones.
Dipping into Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg.
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Post by: David A. Riley on June 10, 2011, 09:06:00 am
(http://www.blackabyss.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/11260591-willy-by-robert-dunbar-194x300.jpg)

I'm currently reading a brand new book courtesy of being one of the jurists for the HWA's Stoker Award for best novel. This one is Willy by Robert Dunbar, published by Uninvited Books. A strange, dark novel set in a school, most of whose pupils are boarders and all of whom seem oddly damaged. Mind you, most of the staff seem oddly damaged too.

The writing is vaguely reminiscent of Catcher in the Rye, though it's not a pastiche or anything like that. It's a real-time journal kept by one of the damaged pupils, whose roommate is a charismatic but possibly doomed young teenager called Willy.

This took me a short while to get into, possibly because of the way it's written, but it's sucked me in now and, though nothing overtly horrifying has happened yet, there are enough premonitions that things are not going to turn out well...
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Post by: Billy on June 12, 2011, 01:06:36 am
Just a few stories into Fangs for the Mamories ed. by Esther Friesner only two well known (to me anyway) authors are Jody Lyn Nye & Robin Wanye Baily plus the editor as well, it's a light fun read so far. ;D
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on June 17, 2011, 06:40:16 am
Sartre's 'Age of Reason'. I thought I wouldn't like it but its bloody good
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Post by: Steppedonwolf on June 17, 2011, 11:37:02 am
I've picked up a hardback copy of James Herbert's The Spear - the first edition, with the expanded prologue and the war time flashback scenes that had to be taken out due to a legal argument with Trevor Ravenscroft.

I can understand the wartime sequences taken out - the argument being that Herbert was under the impression that they were real, documented events and therefore a public source, when in actual fact it was all fiction on Ravenscroft's account - but that doesn't explain the cutting of the prologue.

It's told through the eyes of the centurion who pierced Christ's side with the spear - he does so because the Temple Guard are coming to break the legs and skulls of the crucified, as Jewish tradition forbids execution on the Sabbath. The centurion vows to give Christ a soldier's death, hence the piercing.

Any ideas why this was cut?

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Post by: Rolnikov on July 10, 2011, 03:30:23 pm
Just finished Book I of Stonewielder by Ian Cameron Esslemont, which was pretty good.

Now I'm onto Dragon's Time, a Pern novel by Anne & Todd McCaffrey (although the letter to readers at the beginning seems to say it was pretty much written by Todd) which I'm reading for review. I think the previous Pern book I read was 20 or so books earlier in the series...
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Post by: Rolnikov on August 01, 2011, 07:59:00 am
I'm reading Ventiloquism by Catherynne M. Valente, which has been quite stunning so far, even if there's a story every now and again that completely baffles me. I was also reading Do Not Pass Go, a chapbook of crime stories by Joel Lane, but I'm not sure where it's got to.
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Post by: che2000 on August 02, 2011, 07:42:48 pm
I've just finished The Infernal Desire Machines of Dr Hoffman by Angela Carter - an amazing, mind-warping novel that I'm still trying to fully digest.
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Post by: P.G.Bell on August 04, 2011, 04:31:42 pm
I'm reading "The Girl in a Swing" by Richard Adams. It's the only thing of his I've read beyond "Watership Down" and I must say that, so far, I'm impressed. It's billed as an erotic/romantic mystery with tinges of dark fantasy. Well, his fantasy is very dark indeed and, although it's a very slow burning story, it's building up an impressive head of steam.
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Post by: Ramsey Campbell on August 07, 2011, 04:09:07 pm
I've picked up a hardback copy of James Herbert's The Spear - the first edition, with the expanded prologue and the war time flashback scenes that had to be taken out due to a legal argument with Trevor Ravenscroft.

I can understand the wartime sequences taken out - the argument being that Herbert was under the impression that they were real, documented events and therefore a public source, when in actual fact it was all fiction on Ravenscroft's account - but that doesn't explain the cutting of the prologue.

It's told through the eyes of the centurion who pierced Christ's side with the spear - he does so because the Temple Guard are coming to break the legs and skulls of the crucified, as Jewish tradition forbids execution on the Sabbath. The centurion vows to give Christ a soldier's death, hence the piercing.

Any ideas why this was cut?



Here's the actual argument from the court case - I'm not saying I agree:

http://www.100megsfree4.com/andrewmurray/Herbert.pdf
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Post by: Rolnikov on October 22, 2011, 09:23:28 am
Been reading a lot of Dumarest since the SF Gateway titles appeared on Amazon - on the fourth now, Kalin. Very much enjoying them, although it feels like Gollancz are crowdsourcing the proofreading - lots of bad mistakes in there.
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Post by: Dave Brzeski on October 22, 2011, 12:40:06 pm
Just finished Guy Adams' excellent World House books. I've started The Scarlet Skull, a scarce US paperback original by C. E. Owston. The author is a friend of mine & I was curious, despite Chuck's warnings that he wrote it over 40 years ago & it isn't very good.
I have Md Lachlan's Wolfsangel on the heap, plus Kim Newman's latest & Guy Adams' Sherlock Holmes book. I'm also working my way through a load of older stuff on the Kindle... Currently the John Silence stories of Algernon Blackwood.

Having read a lot of the grumbles about the BFS focusing more on horror than fantasy, I'm inclined to check out some of the better new fantasy books, but to be honest I'm not sure what I should be looking for in that line.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on October 22, 2011, 11:32:49 pm
Having read a lot of the grumbles about the BFS focusing more on horror than fantasy, I'm inclined to check out some of the better new fantasy books, but to be honest I'm not sure what I should be looking for in that line.

Cursed by Jeremy C Shipp - simply written, weird and wonderful  :)
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Post by: Dave Brzeski on October 23, 2011, 12:52:15 am
Interesting, 'cos when I look Mr. Shipp up on wiki, it says...

"Jeremy C. Shipp is an American novelist and short story writer of Bizarro fiction and horror. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Cemetery Dance, ChiZine, Apex Magazine, Pseudopod, and Rosebud. His newest novel, Cursed, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award."

Now 'Cursed' is clearly not out & out horror as such, from reading the description, but Shipp does apparently write horror & 'Cursed' was up for a Bram Stoker, which most would see as a horror award.
It just goes to show really that it's all down to perception. There may have been a marked horror slant in the awards this year, but that's possibly down to the tastes of the people involved in the choices for nominees, or more likely it just happened that the works which made the most impression this year happened to lean in that direction, but I really don't see there being any sort of bias in the BFS as a whole. To be honest the lines between the various genres are too blurred for that to be a real issue.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on October 23, 2011, 01:46:02 am
it has a strong psychological element but I personally wouldn't call it horror, just as I wouldn't call Alice in Wonderland horror despite Lewis Carroll writing some very dark and disturbing moments ... that said, Jeremy does write horror, quite often, in fact...

I've always thought Cursed to be weird, fantastical and bordering on bizarro

It just goes to show really that it's all down to perception. There may have been a marked horror slant in the awards this year, but that's possibly down to the tastes of the people involved in the choices for nominees, or more likely it just happened that the works which made the most impression this year happened to lean in that direction, but I really don't see there being any sort of bias in the BFS as a whole. To be honest the lines between the various genres are too blurred for that to be a real issue.

yep, too true ... I also think people vote for what they like and genres aside for a mo' (because I think it's smokescreening what's also going on), some people like escapism whilst others like it heavy - and there's nothing wrong with either
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Post by: jim mcleod on October 23, 2011, 06:23:51 am
Long Shadows Nightmare Light by Mark Morris, and The Black Eyed Kids by Ian Rogers
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Post by: joshua rainbird on October 23, 2011, 08:58:50 am
incidentally David, I asked Jeremy C Shipp: is Cursed horror?
this was his reply:

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I sometimes call it a horror book. But there are also elements of suspense, mystery, fantasy, comedy. I think it could be classified in different ways, depending on who's doing the classifying.

which pretty much echoes what you were saying about perception.
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Post by: stewartguitar on November 04, 2011, 10:04:50 am
Just finished The Horror Anthology of Horror Anthologies - excellent.  I posted a review on the Amazon page http://www.amazon.co.uk/Horror-Anthology-Anthologies/dp/1447757351/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320401953&sr=8-1

 Have now started on the only Lovecraft I haven't read before, Omnibus 1, At The Mountains of Madness.  It's surprisingly subtle so far.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on November 04, 2011, 11:35:54 pm
Dostievsky's Crime and Punishment - just past the scene about the pony - nail biting stuff and beautifully played with the twist ...   ;D

A re-read of Armand Marie Leroy's Mutants - on the forms, varieties and errors of the human body is on the cards when I finish the above.
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Post by: IanH on November 23, 2011, 09:01:34 pm
Just finished "The Dead of Winter" by Chris Priestley, and have piles to read and review.

Ian
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Post by: joshua rainbird on November 25, 2011, 08:09:24 pm
A Tale of Two Cities - I've read a fair few Dickens in my time but this seems to be the easiest to read, so far.  It's pretty good, the description of drawing traitors was sickeningly vivid.  And I like the way that characters pop up again in a "ah, now I remember" sort of fashion. 

I have to say Little Dorrit is still my fave. 
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Post by: Rolnikov on November 27, 2011, 08:06:39 pm
I'm reading lots of Matthew Hughes - in leisurely but consecutive succession I've just read The Spiral Labyrinth and Hespira, and now I'm reading Majestrum, with The Gist Hunter also waiting on the Kindle. Just my cup of tea. Matthew has agreed to let me interview him for the Christmas issue of TQF - the first time we'll ever have run an interview, I think - so I'm currently thinking up appropriate questions. Suggestions welcome!

And since the last time I posted in this thread I must have read ten or twenty Archie books. There are loads of them on Comixology, nearly all of them very cheap. I even bought an "I'm with Jughead" t-shirt, due to our shared love of over-eating.

Although I do worry that it might be open to misinterpretation when worn in the UK...  :-[
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Post by: jim mcleod on November 27, 2011, 08:18:50 pm
The Lamplighers by Frazer Lee, and The Phantom Tollbooth, with my son


I had forgotten just how wonderfull The Phantom Tollbooth was
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Post by: joshua rainbird on November 27, 2011, 11:32:40 pm
I had forgotten just how wonderfull The Phantom Tollbooth was

I loved the film they made, years back  :)
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Post by: Pyroriffic on November 28, 2011, 12:04:22 am
I read somewhere recently that they were planning on remaking it.

It just wouldn't be right without Mel Blanc doing all the voices and the Kid From The Munsters as Milo.

I *love* The Phantom Tollbooth. It was a joy to introduce my son to it when he was old enough, and I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the Humbug.

EDIT: In fact... here (http://www.firstshowing.net/2010/gary-ross-bringing-phantom-tollbooth-back-to-the-big-screen/).
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Post by: jim mcleod on November 28, 2011, 08:22:14 am
I read somewhere recently that they were planning on remaking it.

It just wouldn't be right without Mel Blanc doing all the voices and the Kid From The Munsters as Milo.

I *love* The Phantom Tollbooth. It was a joy to introduce my son to it when he was old enough, and I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the Humbug.

EDIT: In fact... here (http://www.firstshowing.net/2010/gary-ross-bringing-phantom-tollbooth-back-to-the-big-screen/).


It's been a good year for introducing my son to classic books, The Wizzard of Oz, Alice In Wonderland, The Phantom Tollbooth, The Halloween Tree, Owl Service
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Post by: Joe Botting on December 02, 2011, 02:37:25 am
Just been reading Elliott O'Donell's English Hauntings, one of numerous books of ghost stories that he produced over 50 years or so. I'm not quite sure whether to categorise them as novels of non-fiction (they're allegedly the latter), but I get the impression he genuinely recorded stories that other people related, and then embellished them with his own "experiences" to make them more gripping and detailed.

Got to say they were much better than the M.R. James stories, which were too ott for my taste... at least some of these ones were understated little hauntings, although I confess the idea of a malevolent mass of phantasmal fungus that infects anything walking around its field was a little much...
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Post by: David A. Riley on December 02, 2011, 09:12:31 am
I remember reading an Elliott O'Donnell book a few years ago, which spent only something like three or four pages per ghost story (supposedly factual), and it was rivetting reading. They went too fast for you to get bored, though some were incredibly bizarre.
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Post by: Joe Botting on December 02, 2011, 01:27:01 pm
I certainly enjoyed it, no matter how much was made up (I confess I did get suspicious that there were never friends available to accompany him when he decides to break into a spooky house). Once I feel I can cope with another dose of malevolent elemental grandfather clocks (with huge grey feet and an arm that comes out of the pendulum casing  :o), I'll look for another... 

I see they're re-issuing some as well, which is good - the originals seem to be hard to find.
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Post by: Dave Brzeski on December 03, 2011, 05:13:04 am
I found a few free downloads of O'Donnell for my kindle.  ;D
http://www.manybooks.net/authors/odonnelle.html
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Post by: Joe Botting on December 04, 2011, 02:44:31 am
Ooh, excellent. Thanks for these... can't download them at the moment, but it'll be something to look forward to when I get back for Christmas.  :)
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Post by: Rolnikov on December 08, 2011, 07:52:52 am
Just finished Jorge Luis Borges' The Widow Ching - Pirate, a Penguin mini modern that included the title story plus four others. I'd read "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius" and "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote" before, but can never read them often enough.

Then started another Penguin mini modern, Bluebeard by Angela Carter. Good as it is, I won't feel I've really "got" it until I dig out my copy of Perrault's Contes and compare them to see what she's changed.
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Post by: Cate Gardner on December 09, 2011, 01:50:12 pm
Stephen King's Just after Sunset - the first story is my favourite so far.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on December 09, 2011, 10:26:09 pm
back on Dostoevsky which is hilarious and sick and leaves me feeling a little dirty for laughing at how ridiculous people can be when they deal with awful situations   :)

also dipping in and out of a 1950s American school reader on Greek mythology that tiptoes through all the sexy bits by trying to make it sound arty - full of sniggers - someone please bring back innocence, the kids nowadays are missing out on a lot of fun
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Post by: Rolnikov on December 10, 2011, 08:54:47 am
I just finished off Ted McKeever's Meta 4, a comic about an astronaut who wakes up in the desert. One of those collections where you suddenly realise the last chunk of the book is going to be sketches and bonus covers and hey, what, that was actually the end of the story..? I think I'll need to read it again.
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Post by: Jay Eales on December 11, 2011, 02:46:39 pm
I just finished off Ted McKeever's Meta 4, a comic about an astronaut who wakes up in the desert. One of those collections where you suddenly realise the last chunk of the book is going to be sketches and bonus covers and hey, what, that was actually the end of the story..? I think I'll need to read it again.

My thoughts too, Stephen. It was a bit too oblique for me, after Transit, Eddy Current and Metropol.

Jay
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Post by: Joe Botting on January 09, 2012, 04:41:27 am
Picked up Exiles of the Rynth by Carole Nelson Douglas in a second-hand shop while back in the UK. It's part of a series that I've not seen before, and few people seem to have written any reviews of. It's strange how some '80s fantasy could have been written today, but this definitely had a Moorcock or Tolkien-like feel to it - "heroic" but with the narration somewhat remote from the characters, who are difficult to really empathise with (and just a tad stereotypical... at least, they are now). I also don't think too much thought went into creating a truly believable world, and it was more about a vehicle for the abstract concepts and narrative ideas. Some of the ideas are really quite interesting, though, and I confess I quite enjoyed it. Must write a review for Amazon at some point - it deserves that much, at least.
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Post by: Peter Coleborn on January 09, 2012, 09:32:00 am
Read the Ramsey Campbell story in Book of Horrors last night. Absolutely brilliant, it's scary, and I could so relate to the topic.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on January 09, 2012, 02:35:16 pm
just finished a 1950s American text book on Greek mythology which I found as a freebie on Kindle.  It was a riot reading how the author cautiously described the morality and sexuality: delicate descriptions of drapery on classical statues ...   :D

About to start Abattoir in the Aether - the latest in the Space 1889 and beyond series.

And the very weird Chuggie and the Desecretation of Stagwater by Brent Michael Kelley - a book where the protagonist has a ship's anchor wrapped round his neck ... need I say more ?
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Post by: che2000 on January 10, 2012, 12:40:54 am
Just started Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake and am reminded once again what a wonderful writer he was.
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Post by: Rolnikov on January 10, 2012, 11:12:48 am
Currently reading seven books, according to Goodreads:

- Theme Planet, Andy Remic
- Red Sonja Digital Omnibus 1
- Bluebeard, Angela Carter
- Mere Anarchy, Woody Allen
- Best American Comics 2011, ed. Alison Bechdel
- Do Not Pass Go, Joel Lane
- Citizen Rex, Gilbert Hernandez

Really must stop myself starting any new ones till I've cleared the decks a bit!
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Post by: Billy on January 10, 2012, 02:45:14 pm
Picked up Exiles of the Rynth by Carole Nelson Douglas in a second-hand shop while back in the UK. It's part of a series that I've not seen before, and few people seem to have written any reviews of. It's strange how some '80s fantasy could have been written today, but this definitely had a Moorcock or Tolkien-like feel to it - "heroic" but with the narration somewhat remote from the characters, who are difficult to really empathise with (and just a tad stereotypical... at least, they are now). I also don't think too much thought went into creating a truly believable world, and it was more about a vehicle for the abstract concepts and narrative ideas. Some of the ideas are really quite interesting, though, and I confess I quite enjoyed it. Must write a review for Amazon at some point - it deserves that much, at least.
That is the 2nd in the series here is the listing
Six of Swords
Exiles of the Rynth
Seven of Swords
Heir of Rengarth
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Post by: Selina on January 10, 2012, 06:51:36 pm
Just finished The Hunger Games (bk 1) by Suzanne Collins, which I enjoyed as lots of action plus interesting characterisation.

Currently reading
- Carnacki: The Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson, as I've come across Carnacki in other books/TV but not read any of the original stories. Like the fact that some of the solutions are supernatural and some not. Reading this on the eReader & have also downloaded some John Silence stories for the same reason.

- Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen : an interesting, oversize illustrated novel about a precious 12 year old cartographer. Will probably take me a while as most pages have illustrated footnotes or side notes, which ass to the story or characterisation. The intriguing cover made me pick it up last time we were in Gosh Comics in London (when down for the BFS Open Night).
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Post by: Dave Brzeski on January 11, 2012, 04:41:12 pm
I read all nine original Carnacki tales & all six John Silence stories recently. I have to say I really preferred the John Silence stories & I think it's such a shame that the character has been neglected by newer authors, compared to the number of Carnacki pastiches out there.

By the way, I'm currently reading William Meikle's Carnacki collection & will submit a review to the BFS website when I'm done. It's very good indeed so far.
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on January 11, 2012, 07:39:45 pm
A Princess of Mars E R Burroughs.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on January 11, 2012, 10:15:16 pm
Just started Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake and am reminded once again what a wonderful writer he was.

I loved his book Mr Pye
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Post by: Rolnikov on February 02, 2012, 05:47:30 pm
Just finishing off Rhysop's Fables by Rhys Hughes, and loving it. Didn't mean to read it, was just having a glance after it downloaded, and before I knew it I was twenty-odd fables in...
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Post by: Des Lewis on February 02, 2012, 05:56:23 pm
Rhys is certainly a great writer.
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Post by: Rolnikov on February 05, 2012, 05:09:48 pm
DC have had the whole Flashpoint crossover on sale for 69p an issue on Comixology, and I ended up enjoying it so much that I bought several of the spin-off mini-series as well as the main one.

The post-Crisis DC universe has turned into a nightmare thanks to some time-meddling, and Flash (Barry Allen) is the only one who remembers how things used to be. Loved for example the surprises about the Batman of this changed reality, the gang of foster kids who have all got a chunk of Captain Marvel's powers, and The Outsider, a new Indian supervillain.

In the end Flash manages to go back and fix what went wrong, but things aren't quite the same, and that's where the new DC universe begins. Lots of good reading.
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Post by: Dave Brzeski on February 07, 2012, 12:11:40 pm
I tried Flashpoint, but honestly I couldn't get through it. Maybe I'd have been better not to have tried to read all the tie-ins in the right order, between issues of the main mini.

At least it's simplifying the DC universe for a while. Of course, I'm sure it'll be less than a year before they announce another mega event & start to mess it all up again.

It's been so long since it was possible to follow a good creative team, on a good book, without finding oneself caught up in the middle of a company wide mess. The fact that both DC & Marvel have been doing this more & more often since the early 90s has pretty much stopped me reading most of their books.
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Post by: Rolnikov on February 07, 2012, 06:33:14 pm
Yes, I just bought and read the main series, which hangs together pretty well on its own, then bought a few of the others. You're right about crossovers - they're horribly disruptive, although it's sometimes interesting to see how different creators handle them. Worst one for me was Millennium, where one supporting character in every comic had to be revealed to be a robot manhunter. But I liked DC One Million, where you got a future version of everyone, and The Final Night, where it basically just snowed for an issue.

I hadn't bought any monthly comics for ages, since about 2000-2001, when Preacher, Hitman, The Invisibles and Grant Morrison's JLA all finished, and that just left Hellblazer of those I'd been collecting a long time, and I switched to trades for that. But I've been enjoying Justice League Dark. And now it looks like Hellblazer has gone day-and-date digital: after years of murky trade paperbacks seeing it on the iPad is a revelation. I've also been buying Kirby Genesis as it comes out, and that's very impressive.
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Post by: Dave Brzeski on February 08, 2012, 02:24:50 pm
Worst one for me was Millennium, where one supporting character in every comic had to be revealed to be a robot manhunter.

I hadn't realised the similarity to Marvel's 'Secret Invasion', in which assorted characters were revealed as being Skrull spies.
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Post by: Billy on February 09, 2012, 02:13:59 pm
Just on the last section of Neal Stephenson's Reamde a large tome but rather good, a mixture of gaming cyber culture,spy and jihadist terrorism all wrapped together which is a bit of a page turner. ;D
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Post by: Rolnikov on February 16, 2012, 07:10:51 pm
An 1100-page comic book on sale at half-price on Comixology? Couldn't resist, but unfortunately The Darkness Compendium is a right load of rubbish so far. The Garth Ennis issues weren't too bad, though I was always trying to peer beyond the pin-up art to imagine what it might have been like with Steve Dillon or John McCrea illustrating, but the post-Ennis issues have been completely incoherent so far. Money badly spent.

Also reading Giant Thief, by David Tallerman, whose stories appeared in some of my issues of Dark Horizons. It's a slick fantasy about a thief who steals a giant and rides him off the battlefield, and is as much fun as that sounds. I mean slick in a good way - Gorillaz rather than Luther Vandross...

Also read the first issue of the Adventure Time comic, which was almost as brilliant as the TV series.
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Post by: Karen Stevens on March 07, 2012, 01:52:54 pm
Just finished Shadow Prowler by Alexy Pekov and recommend it to everyone. Narrated in first person by our protagonist, Shadow Harold (a thief with a collection of gizmos that seem to come from the maddest D&D game ever), the plot (Nameless One rising again, small band of heroes must find the one magical artifact needed to stop him) may sound like it comes straight from the fantasy cliche bin, but Alexy gleefully inverts all of these apparent fantasy standards with wry, knowing humour (goblin jesters, anyone?). With action, dark humour and, best of all, a fantasy world that feels real, this is one of the best fantasy books I've read for a long while.
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Post by: Rolnikov on March 21, 2012, 07:39:20 am
Finally read the last five volumes of Scott Pilgrim, having loved the film, the game and all three soundtracks. Not a great surprise then that I loved the books too!
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Post by: Rolnikov on March 24, 2012, 05:57:31 pm
Read The Not Yet by Moira Crone for review in Interzone (you cannot imagine how thrilled I am to be writing for that magazine!) and liked it a lot. It's from the University of New Orleans Press, and imagines a future where that region is mostly beneath the waves.
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Post by: SAWatts on March 25, 2012, 10:56:07 pm
Just been re reading Fevre Dream - love it.
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Post by: Rolnikov on March 28, 2012, 09:00:17 pm
Picked up the first four books of the British Fantasy Award-winning Locke & Key in a sale on Comixology. First one's pretty good so far.
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Post by: Selina on March 29, 2012, 06:33:16 pm
I seem to be partway through a load of books at the minute, but I'm really enjoying The Steel Seraglio by Mike, Lin & Louise Carey from ChiZine Press.

Inspired by the format and setting of The Arabian Nights it has tales within tales, all woven around the central plot of how 300 odd concubines go from about to be executed in the desert to taking over a city.
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Post by: Ray on March 30, 2012, 10:59:29 am
I've got a little lot on the go, too - Game of Thrones for me occasionally, with New Cthulhu anthology and Hellbound Hearts anthology and in and out of Palahnuik's Haunted.  Enjoying them all for different reasons.  Once in a while I pick up The Passage again, but as much as I'm enjoying it when I do I'm never in a rush to do so.

Easter break nearly here, so I keep looking at my 'to read' pile with longing and barely contained excitement.
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Post by: Cate Gardner on March 31, 2012, 12:42:14 pm
Just finished Jonathan Oliver's House of Fear anthology and Angela Slater's 'The Girl with No Hands' - both really good; but now I'm reading the brilliant Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch.
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Post by: Selina on March 31, 2012, 05:55:03 pm
Just finished Jonathan Oliver's House of Fear anthology and Angela Slater's 'The Girl with No Hands' - both really good; but now I'm reading the brilliant Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch.

Really enjoyed Rivers of London & Moon Over Soho. Looking forward to the 3rd book later in the year.

I am about to go on a YA binge as I just bought a load in the scholastic £1 a book sale.
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Post by: Cate Gardner on March 31, 2012, 05:57:25 pm
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I am about to go on a YA binge as I just bought a load in the scholastic £1 a book sale.

Where is this mythical sale?
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Post by: Selina on March 31, 2012, 06:01:19 pm
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I am about to go on a YA binge as I just bought a load in the scholastic £1 a book sale.

Where is this mythical sale?

Sorry, looks like it ended at midnight last night, but it was through their warehouse sale site, which seems to have them every so often: http://www5.scholastic.co.uk/static/warehouse/online.html (http://www5.scholastic.co.uk/static/warehouse/online.html)
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Post by: Cate Gardner on March 31, 2012, 06:02:49 pm
Thanks, Selina. Looks like the next one is timed around my birthday. I shall have to put in some requests.
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Post by: Billy on April 03, 2012, 10:01:28 pm
I'm on the last book of Stan Nicholl's trilogy Orcs, quite enjoyable.
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Post by: David A. Riley on April 06, 2012, 05:52:39 pm
Having finished reading Reggie Oliver's excellent new collection, Shadow Plays, I've just downloaded to my kindle the first collection from Alex Miles, Glory and Splendour: Tales of the Weird.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/516Z%2BcBKxtL._AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-39,22_AA300_SH20_OU02_.jpg)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007RX9MLQ/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_ask_aalTD.0BNWVJC (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007RX9MLQ/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_ask_aalTD.0BNWVJC)
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 19, 2012, 08:16:19 am
I've been reading a couple of SF Gateway ebooks. Stepsons of Terra by Robert Silverberg isn't one of his masterworks, but had some interesting moments as a time-looped man feels guilty about the fates of his other selves.

The Super Barbarians by John Brunner sees humanity conquered by an alien race who turn out to be a bit useless. Good story so far, but it's another spectacularly shoddy job from the SF Gateway, full of scanning howlers. It's clear that Gollancz only got all those books out so quickly by cutting *all* the corners. And it's not as if the books are particularly cheap. They should be ashamed.
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Post by: Peter Coleborn on April 19, 2012, 08:51:26 am
I'm dipping in the autobiography of Mark Oliver Everetts. Fascinating.
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Post by: Dave Brzeski on April 19, 2012, 11:57:56 am
Currently reading an advance promo review copy of Horror For Good.

https://www.facebook.com/horrorforgood

Currently only available directly from Createspace, but should hit amazon in both paper & kindle formats soon.

So far, this is turning out to be the best anthology I've seen in a very long time. The quality of the stories is absolutely top notch.
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Post by: Dragonladych on April 23, 2012, 08:19:30 pm
Yesterday night I finished the book I anticipated most in the past months. "Hide Me Among The Graves" by my dear friend Tim Powers. Hard to be objective when you are friends and also a diehard fan for the past 25 years or so. I loved it. I would have like a couple of things developed more, but it was really all I was hoping for. I will write a little review on my blog.
The main thing for me is that I had a very vivid dream that went along the lines of the ending of the book, a sure sign that it was a very good story when this happens.

I am desperately slow otherwise as I only read about 30 min to an hour a day or even less if I worked until midnight and need to get up the next day. But I am also reading "The Court of The Air" by Stephen Hunt and enjoying it very much. Also "Le Dragon Griaule" by Lucius Shepard. For once I am reading it in French a thing I haven't done in years as I always prefer to read the original versions. But I liked the cover art so much, plus Lucius was there to sign the books when I met him in Nantes last year which was very cool.
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Post by: IanH on April 25, 2012, 04:44:21 pm
Just finished Caitlin R. Kiernan's "The Red Tree" which was wonderfully spooky and weird. Bought her latest novel "The Drowning Girl" to read after I've read a couple of books to review for "Interzone".
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 26, 2012, 05:48:08 pm
I've been reading the BFS Journal #5 (the Christmas one) and enjoying it so far. Mixing up the different types of writing has made it a lot of fun to read, every item having a chance to surprise. So far I've preferred the non-fiction to the fiction, although the former could have done with a bit of proofreading. As usual I loved the enthusiasm of Mark Morris's column.

And on the Kindle I've been reading the latest Obverse Quarterly, Zenith Lives!, featuring the Sexton Blake villain. I'm on to the long contribution from Michael Moorcock. Very much enjoying the book so far, although I keep getting sidetracked onto the brilliant website Blakiana (http://www.sextonblake.co.uk/), maintained by one of the contributors.
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on April 27, 2012, 10:16:46 pm
Just read the Devil's Tor, David Lindsay. It's the best fantasy novel I've read since A Voyage to Arcturus over thirty years ago. Beyond 'unique' I have no words to describe it really as its unlike anything i have ever read.
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 03, 2012, 09:20:01 am
Reading and enjoying Cloud Permutations by Lavie Tidhar, about a boy who wants to fly on a world where it isn't allowed. It's the first thing of his I've read, apart from the book he edited for the BFS, A Dick and Jane Primer (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2008/12/dick-and-jane-primer-for-adults-ed.html). We've had quite a few of his books in for review at TQF over the last couple of years - could see myself catching up on all of them this year.
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Post by: Des Lewis on May 03, 2012, 10:24:25 am
Reading and enjoying Cloud Permutations by Lavie Tidhar, about a boy who wants to fly on a world where it isn't allowed. It's the first thing of his I've read, apart from the book he edited for the BFS, A Dick and Jane Primer (http://theakersquarterly.blogspot.co.uk/2008/12/dick-and-jane-primer-for-adults-ed.html). We've had quite a few of his books in for review at TQF over the last couple of years - could see myself catching up on all of them this year.

I've am proud to say that Lavie Tidhar's first published work was in 'Nemonymous'. :)
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 03, 2012, 10:27:17 am
Cloud Permutations might be the second thing of his I've read, then!
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Post by: Dave Brzeski on May 03, 2012, 03:42:00 pm
Mark Hodder's 'The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack'. It's rather good.
http://markhodder.blogspot.co.uk/p/novels-stories.html
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 12, 2012, 08:50:55 am
I was thinking of getting that - I enjoyed his story in Zenith Lives.

I'm onto my second Lavie Tidhar book of the month, Gorel and the Pot-Bellied God, a guns and sorcery novella. It's an interesting book, reminding me of Elric in the way it attacks the conventions of the genre. You read it assuming that Gorel is a Conan-type hero, but as he does bad things it's almost as if the author is saying, this is your hero? He's *still* your hero? Even when he does *this*?!
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Post by: jim mcleod on May 12, 2012, 09:01:08 am
Currently mixing it up with

The Croning by Laird Barron,

Where The Bodies are by Kim Newman

and Evil Eternal by Hunter Shea
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Post by: Cate Gardner on May 12, 2012, 09:04:18 am
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Currently mixing it up with

The Croning by Laird Barron,

Where The Bodies are by Kim Newman

and Evil Eternal by Hunter Shea

Interested to hear what you think of Evil Eternal, Jim. I loved Hunter's first novel 'Forest of Shadows'. The Croning is lurking in my to read pile but could be there some time as I've just started Justin Cronin's The Passage.
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Post by: jim mcleod on May 12, 2012, 09:14:05 am
I'm about halfway through Hunters Book, and I am really enjoying it.  Not to do it any disservice, but it is a great big dumb action packed horror, but a lot of fun. 
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Post by: Cate Gardner on May 12, 2012, 09:40:32 am
Excellent.
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 14, 2012, 05:30:06 pm
On to my third Lavie Tidhar book of the month: this time it's a novel, The Bookman, set in a world where (I think - not far into it yet) Caliban's species have installed themselves as rulers of Britain, and Moriarty is prime minister.

Books two and three in this series are in the review pile, and so is Osama, so I could well be reading Tidhar for the rest of the month...
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Post by: Stephen Palmer on May 17, 2012, 12:50:02 pm
Anne Lyle's debut. Very good so far.  ;D
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Post by: Billy on May 18, 2012, 12:19:52 am
Just started Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan good so far. ;D
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Post by: williemeikle on May 18, 2012, 03:07:02 pm
Back to old school sword and sorcery for me these past few weeks to get in the mood for writing another one.

I've recently read

The Broken Sword: Poul Anderson
The Ship of Ishtar and Dwellers in the Mirage by A.E. Merritt
Ghost King: David Gemmell
The Hour of the Dragon: Robert E Howard
The Chronicles of the Runestaff: Michael Moorcock
The Drawing of the Dark: Tim Powers

and today I'm on to Ill Met in Lankhmar by Fritz Leiber

It's all reminding me of the early '70s and what it was like to be in my early teens and full of wonder. That's the feeling I want to use in my next book.
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Post by: Billy on May 20, 2012, 12:42:36 am
The only one I have not read on your list is Ghost King: David Gemmell, but all the have others been most enjoyable reads. ;D
 
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Post by: SAWatts on May 20, 2012, 09:16:35 pm
Prince of Thorns - Mark Lawrence
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Post by: BevArgent on May 30, 2012, 02:03:29 pm
I finished Kristine Katherine Rusch's Alien Influences a week back, and am finally about half way through Dance With Dragons - Mr G R R  Martin of course.
It's been a while since I have read anything thanks to having kids - I forgot how relaxing it can be!
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Post by: Jilly Paddock on June 05, 2012, 11:30:57 am
Just finished Moon over Soho by Ben Aaronovitch. Really like this series, about Peter Grant, the son of a jazz musician, and an apprentice wizard in the Metropolitan Police. As an ex-Londoner, I appreciate that the feel of the city is right and there is some wonderful, cynical humour. I recommend reading Rivers of London first, as there are some spoilers in the second book. The third, Whispers Underground is out soon, and I've heard hints that he's writing some more.
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Post by: Billy on June 06, 2012, 09:31:30 pm
I've finished Michael Logan's Apocalypse Cow, the one that has Zombie Cows in it, rather good it is.

Started on Ken MacLeod's the Highway Men. 
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Post by: Craig Herbertson on June 08, 2012, 12:23:57 pm
Back to old school sword and sorcery for me these past few weeks to get in the mood for writing another one.

I've recently read

The Broken Sword: Poul Anderson
The Ship of Ishtar and Dwellers in the Mirage by A.E. Merritt
Ghost King: David Gemmell
The Hour of the Dragon: Robert E Howard
The Chronicles of the Runestaff: Michael Moorcock
The Drawing of the Dark: Tim Powers

and today I'm on to Ill Met in Lankhmar by Fritz Leiber

It's all reminding me of the early '70s and what it was like to be in my early teens and full of wonder. That's the feeling I want to use in my next book.

All great stuff, Willie. Strangely, just finished reading three of them myself for that sense of wonder. haven't read Ghost King before.
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Post by: Dave Brzeski on June 08, 2012, 02:15:01 pm
For some reason, I've just never liked David Gemmell's work at all. Yet, I so often see him listed alongside so many authors whose work I love in lists like your Willie.
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Post by: Rolnikov on June 08, 2012, 05:08:17 pm
I quite enjoyed Legend, but thought it was essentially a retelling of the battle at Helm's Deep - haven't got around to reading anything else of his yet.
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Post by: williemeikle on June 09, 2012, 12:47:00 am
My favourite Gemmell character is Jon Shannow, the Jerusalem Man, a cowboy travelling a post-apocalyptic world looking for redemption (before King's gunslinger.) WOLF IN SHADOW is my favorite Gemmell book by quite some way.

As for what I'm reading... a viewing of John Carter sent me back to Burroughs. Not to Barsoom, but to THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT.
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Post by: Dave Brzeski on June 09, 2012, 12:32:19 pm
Talking of horror/cowboy crossovers, have you tried Edmund M. Erdelac's Merkabah Rider series? I couldn't resist grabbing them some time back, because they sounded really interesting, but I haven't got around to reading them yet.
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Post by: jim mcleod on June 09, 2012, 05:59:39 pm
David, I read and really enjoyed the first one. 
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Post by: Ash Hartwell on June 12, 2012, 01:15:31 pm
Vigil: vampire apocalypse by Graig Saunders.

About a third in and enjoying it. I'm not a fan of vampire books so I'm pleasantly surprised.
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Post by: Rolnikov on June 12, 2012, 08:49:20 pm
Just finished Worldsoul, a smart novel by Liz Williams about a city that kind of exists in a story dimension. I've probably made that sound daft, but I very much enjoyed it. Took me a fortnight to finish, but that was because the Euro 2012 football has eaten into my reading time.

Also read a big pile of Grant Morrison Batman comics that I bought in a sale, so they weren't complete series. Liked Batman RIP, and loved the early issues of Batman and Robin (Dick Grayson made a brilliant Batman in that). I was a bit ambivalent about Batman Incorporated at first, but once Chris Burnham took over on art it was superb.
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Post by: Rolnikov on June 15, 2012, 07:40:03 am
Last night finished Rhys Hughes' Rhysop's Return, his second set of fables, which was very good fun. It contained a brilliant surprise, when I found myself Tuckerized in its pages: see here! (https://kindle.amazon.com/post/31RPEH86LPU86)

I might have to give up on reading ace blogger Stacia Kane's How to Be a Sex Writing Strumpet, not because it isn't good, but because I'm blushing so much it's going to burst my capillaries. Highly recommended to anyone who writes *those* kind of scenes!
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Post by: Des Lewis on June 16, 2012, 02:24:24 pm
Last night finished Rhys Hughes' Rhysop's Return, his second set of fables, which was very good fun. It contained a brilliant surprise, when I found myself Tuckerized in its pages: see here! (https://kindle.amazon.com/post/31RPEH86LPU86)

Indeed, I can empathise with your excitement at that. To be tuckerised by Rhys, I know, is wonderful.
To be lampooned and cryptically-tuckerised by him at the same time throughout a single book is my own ambition. An honour indeed.
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Post by: David A. Riley on June 27, 2012, 09:41:26 am
I'm not going to name the author, title or publisher, but I recently received a small press short story collection through the post and, quite honestly, if I had been the publisher I would have sent it straight back to the printer with an angry message.

It must be one of the worst printed books I have ever come across. The pages have been gummed in a most peculiar way, both too tight, so that the book is difficult to open, and unevenly, so that the parts of the pages nearest the spine have wrinkled. It is not a pleasant book to read, not because of anything the author has written, but because it is difficult to hold open and creaks in protest when you leaf through it. On top of this a small number of the pages near the middle jut out along the outermost edge like a blunt knife blade.

No printer's name included in the book, but definitely someone to avoid.

Which is a real shame, both on the small press that is trying to get itself established and on the author who, if their copy is as bad as mine, can hardly feel satisfied with what they have got.

As I say, the publisher really should not have been willing to accept such sloppy work from the printer and should have had the guts to send any copies like this back to them. I just hope mine is an aberration though I doubt it.
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Post by: Stu on August 10, 2012, 10:20:50 am
Currently reading Michael Moorcock's second Corum collection The Prince with the Silver Hand. Haven't read Moorcock for ages; I'd forgotten how fun his stuff can be.
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Post by: Stu on September 19, 2012, 02:27:18 pm
Just finished The Burning Soul by John Connolly. Brilliant book.

Eighteen months since I last read a Connolly novel and that was his horror-comedy Hell's Bells so it's about two years since I last read one of the Parker series. It was like coming home.
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Post by: David A. Riley on September 19, 2012, 04:22:26 pm
Read The Burning Soul a week or so back. I've now started Connolly's short story collection, Nocturnes. The opening is a novella called The Cancer Cowboy Rides, which is every bit as nasty as it sounds. O
I don't know whether it was ever nominated for an award but it should have been.
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Post by: Stu on September 19, 2012, 08:14:19 pm
Far as I can see 'Miss Froom, Vampire' is the only story from Nocturnes to get nominated for an award.
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Post by: Andrew Hook on September 20, 2012, 10:44:36 am
Blogged "55 Reading Questions" over at http://andrew-hook.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/55-reading-questions.html
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Post by: Rolnikov on September 20, 2012, 12:36:27 pm
I enjoyed your answers. Reading in French is good fun. Took me a while to get into it, but it took off once I started using a French-only dictionary. I worked my way through a pile of French Teen Titans reprints ("Les Jeunes T") and then moved onto Dumas.
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Post by: Andrew Hook on September 21, 2012, 09:54:48 am
I'll have to give it a go one day Stephen. But Dumas - over 1000 pages in some of his works! - is most impressive.
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Post by: Rolnikov on September 21, 2012, 10:37:09 am
Well, I was stuck over there for a year in a town that closed at 8pm..! I was reading about five pages per hour at the beginning of Monte-Cristo, and got up to thirty by the end, a few months later. If only my spoken French had progressed at the same speed...
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Post by: davidjb on September 30, 2012, 02:52:41 pm
I have just read The Dwarves by Markus Heitz. Very slow book to start with but what an ending! Excellent read. Characterisation is brilliant with some characters extremely likeable and others less so. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Lots of twists and turns and unexpected parts to the plot. Good fun, but very slow start
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Post by: benedictjjones on November 05, 2012, 12:22:10 pm
reading 'blood fugue' by Joseph D'Lacey
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Post by: Rolnikov on January 04, 2013, 01:03:21 pm
Currently reading Celebrant by Michael Cisco - very interesting so far.

Also in the middle of Batman: Knightfall vol. 2 - an appalling but readable 700pp collection.
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Post by: Rolnikov on February 20, 2013, 01:25:23 pm
Thought it might be a good idea to read something by Sydney J. Bounds, with his estate sponsoring one of our awards, and went for The World Wrecker. Very much of its time, and clearly written at speed, but had its moments.

Now reading 9 Tales of Henghis Hapthorn by Matthew Hughes. Didn't realise before buying it that I already had most of the tales in another book (The Gist Hunter), but still a sheer pleasure to read.

Also in the middle of the hardback edition of A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwartz, but had to put it down and return to the Kindle for a bit after hurting my finger...
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Post by: jim mcleod on February 23, 2013, 09:33:31 am
Joe Hill's NOS 4R2
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Post by: Stu on February 24, 2013, 10:08:20 am
The Dark World by Henry Kuttner (and possibly CL Moore).
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Post by: benedictjjones on March 30, 2013, 12:38:41 am
just finished the excellent 'Habit' by Stephen McGeagh and cracked open the so-far so-good 'boston noir 2'
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Post by: Ray on March 30, 2013, 01:25:06 pm
Nothing - I'm in that glorious position of choosing a new book to read.   ;D Just finished Helen's Story, by Rosanne Rabinowitz, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on April 01, 2013, 11:46:42 am
slowly wading through the free classics on my Kindle.  currently on The Argonautica by Apollonius

ooh and a copy of the graphic novel Persepolis (thoroughly recommended) which I picked up in Brighton ... I love biography comics like this and Song Yang's Wild Animals - I guess I'm nosey like that   8)
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Post by: MrGrimstone on April 19, 2013, 06:27:08 pm
I'm currently reading a bunch of stuff that isn't fantasy....but last year was mostly taken up reading 'The Wise Man's Fear' by Patrick Rothfuss: an amazing book that was nearly (but not quite) as good as 'The Name of the Wind'.
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 27, 2013, 05:51:57 pm
Currently reading A Game of Groans by George R.R. Washington (excruciatingly feeble), and Lavie Tidhar's Martian Sands (brilliant so far).
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Post by: Rolnikov on June 09, 2013, 12:29:15 pm
Finished Groo: The Hogs of Horder yesterday. Maybe not the funniest Groo ever, but it does a marvellous job of explaining the global economic crisis.
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Post by: stewartguitar on June 14, 2013, 09:10:02 am
I've just finished Christopher Brookmyre's Bedlam which was entertaining and funny, but had so many gamer references that I got annoyed with them.  If you're just a few years younger than me and have played lots of computer games you'll probably love it.

It's good that an established crime writer like Brookmyre is trying his hand at science fiction, having already had a fairly successful wee shot at horror in Pandemonium.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on June 28, 2013, 11:59:02 pm
Brent M Kelley's Chuggie and the Bleeding Gateways a bizarre antiheroic fantasy where the protagonist is a drunkard "embodiment of drought" half-demon trying to haplessly rectify the chaos he created in the last book ... why ? because the love of his life is shaming him into action which is a kind of nagging he can't escape since she has haunted his mind after blood-sealing herself on a page of her spellbook he has promised to carry for ... so he's trying to find a boy he left in the woods who may have been captured by rather small wildmen or eaten by rather nasty tortoises ... Chuggie is accompanied by deferential ghosts of people he has happened to murder when failing to save a city from desecration, encounters a amateur winemaker who's obsessed with making stew in order to tick off his neighbour as well as other strange subplots

what's it like ?

Douglas Adams gene-spliced with Scherrazad writing about brere rabbit going on a pub crawl/killing spree with an arsenal of magical weapons - good old fashioned absurd fantasy adventure with a smattering of inebriated cursing for good measure 8)  
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Post by: joshua rainbird on July 06, 2013, 11:58:48 pm
Oh myyy !  there goes the internet by George Takei

"that Zulu guy from Star Trek"

- halfway through - a bit pricey for a short book but plenty of laffs and social commentary about his decisions about Twitter and Facebook - the chapter where he's rigged up as Spider-man is hilarious - a few illustrations nabbed from his posts which are tiny on a Kindle and some only suitable for the myopics amongst us but the charm of this is if you've 'liked' his page a few months back it puts those past memes in context
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Post by: Stu on July 19, 2013, 10:40:06 am
Dipping into various anthologies: 65 Great Murder Mysteries by Mary Danby; Black Wings by S.T. Joshi; Inferno by Ellen Daltow; A Book of Horrors, The Mammoth Book of Zombies, various volumes of Best New Horror, all by Stephen Jones.

Also dipping into various short story collections: More Tomorrow by Michael Marshall Smith, A Glow of Candles by Charles L Grant, Polyphemus by Michael Shea.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on July 23, 2013, 12:40:10 pm
currently 70% through Vampsov by Daniel Ribot ... it's about vampires and 40s soviet Russia

I found the first 3 chapters a bit telling, I'm not too keen on adverbs in novels although these were sparse, but I'm glad I stuck with it because this habit soon evaporates creating a more involving style

... strangely, the stuff I'm most enjoying is in the female lead's domestic issues which are nicely handled.  The other strength is the way that Ribot shows the historical points - the main characters have a love for Stalin but the writing subtly nods to the image history has since painted of him, which ends up adding necessary authenticity.  :)
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Post by: Rolnikov on August 11, 2013, 11:59:24 am
I'm reading Path of Needles by Alison Littlewood, though it's been taking me a while since I don't like reading scary things at bedtime! It's about an inexperienced police officer who's working the kind of case you'd normally ask Luther to investigate.

Before that I enjoyed Tobias Buckell's Arctic Rising, about hijinks around the North Pole after the ice melts, and I'm looking forward to Children of Fire by Drew Karpyshyn, which arrived for review this week. He was a writer on the Mass Effect games, which I'm very fond of.
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Post by: Rolnikov on August 17, 2013, 12:04:25 pm
Finished quite a few comics on holiday, plus a couple of books:

Doctor Who: The Silurian Gift - okay. Just a Quick Read, not a lot to it.
Archie: The Vampire Saga - Archie comics are very relaxing.
Judge Dredd: Complete Case Files 01 - surprised to find Mega City 1 was dropped from the strip for so long.
The Avengers by Bendis, Volume 1 - pretty but nonsense. Apart from the time travel stuff, when would Spidey and Wolverine find time to be in the Avengers?
Vampire Cheerleaders, Vol. 2 - bought in a sale, not very good.
Locke and Key, Vol. 5 - good without blowing me away.
Finches of Mars, Brian Aldiss - very good, kind of pitiless; reminded me of AI.

Would have read a lot more comics on the holiday if the children hadn't taken control of the Kindle Fire. Also read chunks of Madman, Vol. 3 and Nexus Omnibus, Vol. 2, both really good.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on August 21, 2013, 07:13:07 pm
a third of a way through Candy House by Kate Jonez - it's a strange psychological horror tale of weird families in the middle class US suburbs - a bit like Amistead Maupin  in places - I'm enjoying it so far
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Post by: Rolnikov on August 22, 2013, 07:09:34 am
Just started The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar. Only a few chapters in but I think I'm going to like it a lot.
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Post by: Wayne Mook on September 15, 2013, 11:32:02 am
I agree with you Stephen on Locke & Key, I'm getting it monthly (Now, now stop thinking that.) and the 3rd quarter was solid but nothing special. It picks up towards the end as the  revelations start to come together and the darkness really hits the fan. last issue is due out soon.

It Came from Titan is a 50's UK Invasion comic, I like this but at times it's too knowing. The 50's sensibility sometimes goes awry & too modern at times. It's a thin line between the sensibilities and chauvinism of the 50's and modern irony & this does not always get it. Still enjoyable hokum.

Reading Ash by James Herbert, I'm not as fast reading as you & Josh. I'm enjoying it, not his best but far from his worst. A solid read with some good scares with plenty of conspiracy theories thrown in. There are is also mass attack by animals which Herbert as always done so well. In a way it's full circle, like the Dark meets the Rats with his character Ash.

You know Josh I've never really thought of the use of adverbs in books.

Wayne.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on September 22, 2013, 11:24:45 am
Candy House was great ... a fab little unexpected ending ... glad that Kate Jonez didn't sell out her plot.

just finished Monstrosities by Jeremy C Shipp a short anthology - Kindles can be deceptively priced as it's hard to judge how many pages you get for your lucre ... but I love anthologies and Shipp's characters leave a lasting impression so I guess you're buying the longevity of the idea ... the talking head approach he uses in his recent works make his brand of freaky surreality accessible

doing a bit of research into Euro mythology at the mo' - so reading various sources - and Sam Stone's The Darkness Within ... which I have to confess is not my usual cup of tea ... I like my reading matter a little grungy and Sam's world has a bit of bling ... nevertheless, it's good to spread your wings once in a while ...


You know Josh I've never really thought of the use of adverbs in books.

I think it's the critic in me that developed when I did my writing degree - my 'tell vs show' alert flashes.  I like the odd well placed adverb if it's in a monologue/dialogue as it shows a hint at character ... but mostly they're used like shorthand for lack of a strong noun or verb and a little voice tells me 'they could've done better.'
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Post by: benedictjjones on October 11, 2013, 04:41:55 pm
'the house of small shadows' adam nevill and then it will be on to lloyd shepherds 'the poisoned isle'
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Post by: Rolnikov on October 11, 2013, 06:21:50 pm
Robert Silverberg's The Last Song of Orpheus, which is well written but I'm still waiting for it to show why he wrote it. It seems like such a straight retelling of the story so far.

I've got The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen for review in the next Interzone and I'm looking forward to that. "Finland's best-kept literary secret"!
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Post by: Rolnikov on October 19, 2013, 06:24:02 pm
Just finishing off The Last Revelation of Gla'aki by Ramsey Campbell, a Lovecraft pastiche that came close to tipping into parody in places. I think I'd have adored it if it were the first mythos story I'd ever read.
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Post by: Wayne Mook on October 20, 2013, 12:13:06 pm
Finished Fungus by Harry Adam Knight (AKA John Brosnan - sadly departed SF novelist.). It was a fun romp, eco-horror from the eighties. A lot better than the usual pulp, if you like Jack Yeovil (AKA Kim Newman.) the Orgy of the Blood Parasites you'll enjoy this. Superior 80's exploitative pulp.

Just started Big Thunder by Peter Atkins, we will see how it goes.

Also reading a book on New Scotland Yard from the 70's about the corruption in the late 60's & 70's that lead to a number of court cases, although a lot of people left for health & other reasons, I guess with the Saville enquiry it shows that they didn't far enough. I remember when the Operation Countryman was closed as a kid, a lot of this was then lost in the on going problems with unions & the tory government. Now with Hillsborough and Saville it starting to come out, along with the press involvement

Joshua I agree. The use of adjectives leads us into purple prose, gilding of the Lilly. I guess I do a similar thing to yourself but without technical knowledge, I notice when thing a get a bit florid or the writer is struggling to describe something and trying to hard, usually it does tend to weaken the impact. Having said that I do like Clark Ashton Smith & MP Shiel.


Wayne.
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Post by: Rolnikov on October 25, 2013, 10:51:21 am
Finished La Vallée Infernale by Henri Vernes, the first adventure of Bob Morane. Imagine Biggles wracked by existential angst.

That was the last thing on my currently-reading list, and I'm going to stop reading and reviewing for a month or so now, in an attempt to focus on planning and writing a new novel. I've never not read before, so I'll probably have the shakes after a few days.
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Post by: Des Lewis on October 26, 2013, 12:56:31 pm
'The Luminaries' by Eleanor Catton. About one third through its 800+ pages and am enthralled.
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Post by: stewartguitar on October 26, 2013, 05:03:59 pm
Just finished Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan.  Much better than you'd think from the title.  Hilarious in fact.
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Post by: Billy on November 16, 2013, 09:59:19 pm
Just finished Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan.  Much better than you'd think from the title.  Hilarious in fact.
I did enjoy that one, but I did not think much of the other Logan one that won the other half of the prize.
I have not seen another one by Michael Logan although I did hear there was one coming.
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Post by: Charlsie on November 18, 2013, 01:58:59 pm
Just finished A Serpent Uncoiled by Si Spurrier.Knew him mostly from his comic work, which is always inventive and darkly funny. This carries on in the same vein. Very, very entertaining.
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Post by: Rolnikov on December 08, 2013, 11:28:53 am
I really did go all of November without reading any prose books, apart from Adventures with the Wife in Space, which I read on the train to Brighton and back.

First book I read after the break was In the Broken Birdcage of Kathleen Fair by Cate Gardner, and now I'm reading Winter Well: Speculative Novellas About Older Women, edited by Kay T. Holt.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on December 08, 2013, 10:13:08 pm
second book in the ender series - about rather nasty piggies and some Portuguese trekkies who don't want to rock the boat - orson scott card's ideas are clever but his style is a bit annoying - a bit too telling for my liking but it's less telling than Ender's Game - prefer William Golding when it comes to exploring these kind of moral dilemma themes

and a book about the clothing syles of the ancient people of the aegean - in a nutshell: the women wore wraps and men wore less if anything at all, but the vast majority of images of the men are of warriors so I'm wondering if this was just sportswear and in everyday life they loafed around in slippers and onesies  :-\
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Post by: Des Lewis on December 09, 2013, 09:03:21 am
I have just finished the world's newly discovered 1965 novel STONER by John Williams (and briefly reviewed here (http://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/stoner-john-williams/)).
Des
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Post by: Rolnikov on January 20, 2014, 07:41:42 pm
New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear, which I'm enjoying, and World War Hulk, which is fine in a summer blockbuster kind of way.
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Post by: Billy on January 21, 2014, 10:25:54 am
Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher I do like his Dresden books ;D
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Post by: Wayne Mook on January 22, 2014, 12:44:34 am
Currently reading the complete Bone by Jeff Smith, a fun epic comic.

plus I'm reading some of Peter Crowther's short stories.


Wayne.
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Post by: Rolnikov on February 04, 2014, 04:54:26 pm
Just finished Costume Not Included by Matthew Hughes, which was a lot of fun, though it might be tough to review without spoiling the best bits. Now started The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison.
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Post by: Rolnikov on February 11, 2014, 11:55:02 pm
Reading Lagoon, by Nnedi Okorafor. Interesting story about the effects of a UFO that crashes in the waters off Lagos.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on February 14, 2014, 10:59:07 pm
chuggie and the fish-freaks of farwater by brent m kelley

the eponymous anti-hero, demi-god of drought, is on trial for something he probably did but cannot really remember as he he was most likely bladdered at the time - irony is that he has the ability to suck all the water out of the whole courtroom's living tissues if he so wished ...
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Post by: Rolnikov on February 27, 2014, 04:32:10 pm
Reading City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett, a crime novel set in a world where the gods have been killed and their work undone. Very interesting so far.
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Post by: Des Lewis on March 10, 2014, 11:15:19 am
The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by HP Lovecraft
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Post by: James Everington on March 11, 2014, 05:36:29 pm
Just finished Sarah Pinborough's The Language of Dying which was truly brilliant. Now rereading some Robert Aickman...
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Post by: Rolnikov on March 18, 2014, 10:09:06 am
Read Wonder Woman Unbound, a non-fiction book by Tim Hanley. Interesting in places, but had nothing good to say about the comic and was full of poor literary logic (e.g. saying that William Moulton Marston said x in another book, therefore that's what Wonder Woman really means too).
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Post by: stewartguitar on March 20, 2014, 12:09:42 pm
I've had a very strange few months: Hal Duncan's Vellum, followed by Douglas Thompson's Ultrameta, both  of which were excellent in their unique and oblique ways.  Apparently Glasgow is the new home of the weird.

I'm now on a Faction Paradox novel called The Brakespeare Voyage, which makes even less sense.  I won't decide how good that one actually is till I've finished it.
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 05, 2014, 04:15:46 pm
Finishing off The Professor and the Siren by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, about an elderly professor of Greek with fond memories of sleeping with a teenage-looking mermaid - it's rather creepy, though I don't think it's supposed to be. He also spits on the floor in cafes!

Also dipping into The Exploits of Engelbrecht by Maurice Richardson and The Best of Tad Williams, the first thing I've read by him.
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Post by: Andy Hendry on April 09, 2014, 02:42:20 pm
I'm reading The Wide Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wide-Carnivorous-Other-Monstrous-Geographies/dp/1614980543/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397050421&sr=8-1&keywords=wide+carnivorous+sky) by John Langan at the moment; a collection of dark horror/weird stories that are, tbh, pretty awesome. Highly recommended to anyone who likes supernatural horror.

Having just finished my degree I've built up something of a mountain of books to read. Top of the heap at the moment are The Red Tree (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Tree-The-Caitlin-Kiernan/dp/0451463501/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1397050474&sr=8-2&keywords=the+red+tree) by Caitlin Kiernan(if you haven't read The Drowning Girl (http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Drowning-Girl-Kathleen-Tierney/dp/0451464168/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397050512&sr=8-1&keywords=the+drowning+girl) by her yet you really have to. It won the Stoker (http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/books/2013/07/13/caitlin-kiernan-drowning-girl-wins-bram-stoker-award/8hJWBnd7hrZyDxZJNSy0pJ/story.html) last year - and probably should have won pretty much every other literary award out there tbh), the complete works of HP Lovecraft (http://www.amazon.co.uk/H-P-Lovecraft-Complete-Leatherbound-Collection/dp/1435122968/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397050600&sr=8-1&keywords=hp+lovecraft+complete)(re-reading them), Dune (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dune-Frank-Herbert/dp/0450011844/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397050634&sr=1-1&keywords=dune)(I've always meant to read it), The Faeririe Queene (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Works-Edmund-Spencer-Prothalamion-ebook/dp/B00ERF855Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397050676&sr=1-1&keywords=faerie+queene+spencer) by Spenser, The Bloody Chamber (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bloody-Chamber-Other-Stories/dp/0099588110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397050708&sr=1-1&keywords=the+bloody+chamber) by Angela Carter, Celebrant (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Celebrant-Michael-Cisco/dp/1907681159/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397050746&sr=1-1&keywords=celebrant+michael+cisco) by Michael Cisco, and I might finally finish reading The Weird (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Weird-Compendium-Strange-Dark-Stories/dp/1848876874/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397050828&sr=1-1&keywords=the+weird) by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer.

:)
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 10, 2014, 06:36:40 pm
I'm reading God's War by Kameron Hurley, about a mercenary trying to get by in a world divided by war and scorched by a sun that's too hot. A bit like 2000AD if it were written by John Brunner instead of Pat Mills & co. Grumpy but very good.
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Post by: Des Lewis on April 12, 2014, 03:37:42 pm
I'm reading The Wide Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wide-Carnivorous-Other-Monstrous-Geographies/dp/1614980543/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397050421&sr=8-1&keywords=wide+carnivorous+sky) by John Langan at the moment; a collection of dark horror/weird stories that are, tbh, pretty awesome. Highly recommended to anyone who likes supernatural horror.

As a result of your mention of it above, I bought this book and am now real-time reviewing it here: http://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/the-wide-carnivorous-sky/
Thanks!
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 13, 2014, 09:05:25 am
I subscribed to 2000AD for the first time last year but fell a long way behind, like I do with pretty much every magazine I subscribe to. (I'm still finding sealed issues of the LRB around the house from a one-year sub three years ago.) I've been catching up on 2000AD this last couple of weeks.

The issues at the back end of 2013 didn't knock me out, but the Christmas prog and onwards have been great. Judge Dredd on Titan, a new mutant war in Strontium Dog, the ABC Warriors on Mars, customs officers at a spaceport in Grey Area - all really good. A highlight is the juvenile, silly, and gleefully violent Ulysses Sweet, now being written by our own former chair, Guy Adams.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on April 13, 2014, 12:20:58 pm
One Piece (shonen jump's manga about pirates)
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Post by: Andy Hendry on April 14, 2014, 02:22:19 pm
I'm reading The Wide Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wide-Carnivorous-Other-Monstrous-Geographies/dp/1614980543/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397050421&sr=8-1&keywords=wide+carnivorous+sky) by John Langan at the moment; a collection of dark horror/weird stories that are, tbh, pretty awesome. Highly recommended to anyone who likes supernatural horror.

As a result of your mention of it above, I bought this book and am now real-time reviewing it here: http://dflewisreviews.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/the-wide-carnivorous-sky/
Thanks!

It really is a fantastic read.

I'm currently reading the manga Uzamaki (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Uzumaki-3-1-Deluxe-Edition/dp/1421561328) by Juni Ito about the small coastal town of Kurozu-cho in Japan that is infected by spirals. It's a really chilling, and at times outright weird, series of short mangas following Kirie Goshima and her boyfriend Shuichi Saito as the town descends into madness around them. If you like Weird Fiction then you will really enjoy this series.

You can read another of Ito's shorts, The Enigma of Amigara Fault (http://openawesome.com/junji-ito-horror-manga/enigmaofamigarafault.html), at the link.
(http://openawesome.com/images/enigmaofamigarafault/1.jpg)
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 14, 2014, 03:20:20 pm
I haven't read the manga, but I thought the film of Uzamaki was pretty good - I heard about it in the book Lurker in the Lobby, which recommends films which might appeal to Lovecraft fans. Some amazing images.
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 22, 2014, 06:00:04 pm
Currently reading Child of a Hidden Sea, by A.M. Dellamonica. A young woman is whisked off to a fantasy world that has the same moon as Earth, where magic works and her birth mother was part of a family of elite couriers. Quite good fun so far. What I like best is the way she's keen to get photographs of the wildlife and things like that, and is careful to keep her camera charged. The idea of taking a solar powered charger to a fantasy world tickles me.
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 26, 2014, 04:01:39 pm
Just read The Clockwork Muse by Eviatar Zerubavel, which I thought was brilliant - I read it start to finish the day it arrived, something I haven't done with a book in years. If I'd read it a decade ago I might have an MA now instead of a measly postgraduate diploma. (I let our first baby get in the way.) The book's about the importance of scheduling time for writing and making an ongoing effort instead of relying on bursts of inspiration. It's a lot like the thinking behind Nanowrimo: planning the length of your writing project, identifying times you can and can't write, taking the pressure off a first draft, writing whether you're in the mood or not, and developing the habit of steadily writing. I really recommend it, especially to people trying to fit novel-writing in amongst the demands of a day job.
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Post by: Andy Hendry on April 28, 2014, 10:57:21 am
I'm reading a few short story collections at the moment.

Never Again: Weird fiction against racism and fascism (http://www.grayfriarpress.com/catalogue/neveragain.html) edited by Allyson Bird and Joel Lane.
This is a collection of a couple of dozen stories in the weird/supernatural fiction field by writers including Ramsey Campbell and Joe Lansdale. I've only read a handful so far. Rosanne Rabinowitz tells the tale of an immortal revolutionary fighting through the major battles against fascism from the Spanish Civil War through tot he streets of post WWII London against the Blackshirts. rj krijnen-kemp's Volk is an odd tale of a young couple with a disturbing neighbour who may, or may not, be attached in some way to the secret police. The Torturer by Steve Duffy, his first publication, is a New Weird tale of the survivors of a, now deposed, fascist regime.
If the rest of the book is up to the high standard of these three tales, and I strongly suspect they will be, then I can heartily recommend it.
As a bonus all the profits go to The Sophie Lancaster Foundation (http://www.sophielancasterfoundation.com/), Amnesty International (http://www.amnesty.org.uk/) and P.E.N (http://www.pen-international.org/).
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The New Uncanny: Tales of unease (http://commapress.co.uk/books/the-new-uncanny/) edited by Sarah Eyre and Ra Page.
In 1919 Freud published an essay on 'The Uncanny' (http://web.mit.edu/allanmc/www/freud1.pdf)(PDF) which explores what unsettles us and why. This collection, winner of the 2008 Shirley Jackson award for best anthology (http://www.shirleyjacksonawards.org/award-winners/2008-shirley-jackson-awards-winners/), contains fourteen stories by people like, again, Ramsey Campbell and Christopher Priest. So far I've only read the Campbell story, Double Room, and the Priest one, The Sorting Out.
Campbell's tale here follows the misadventures of an older man alone in a hotel room who has a strange synchronous relationship with the occupant of the room next door. It's a sad look at self doubt when confronted by both the uncanny and worry about mental infirmity induced by tragedy and ageing. Priest's tale is one of the most disturbing stories I've read for a long while. Following a middle aged woman home as she discovers that her house has been broken into and her extensive, and disordered, book collection is rearranged. I read this on the train during my morning commute and it truly did manage to make feel extremely uneasy. Despite it being a gloriously sunny day and being surrounded by my usual fellow passengers. I can only think of a handful of of other stories that have elicited such a reaction from me in similar circumstances - The Summer People by Shirley Jackson recently made me jump in fear whilst reading in our sun trap of a back garden, as did The Brood by Ramsey Campbell(I'm beginning to see a theme here) - both in The Weird by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer.
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Historical Lovecraft: Tales of horror through time (http://www.innsmouthfreepress.com/blog/tb-books/historical-lovecraft/) edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles

Historical Lovecraft is one of current glut of Lovecraft inspired collections that have come out over the last five years or so. As the title suggests it features stories spread across the gulf of human history, from the prehistoric through to the modern period. Again; I have only read a handful of these stories but they have all been extremely enjoyable. The archaeologist in me was tickled somewhat to read Andrew Dombalagian's origin story of the Shining Trapezohedron featured on HPL's Haunter of the Dark. The God Lurking in Stone is set in a Near Eastern community that seems to be analogous to Çatalhöyük(modern Küçükköy, Turkey). Molly Tanzer, author of the highly recommended A Pretty Mouth, sets her tale - The Infernal History of the Ivybridge Twins - in the late 18th Century and I'm not sure what is more disturbing in this tale, the occult horror or the representation of 18th Century English life.
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Post by: Des Lewis on April 28, 2014, 01:54:15 pm
Never Again: Weird fiction against racism and fascism (http://www.grayfriarpress.com/catalogue/neveragain.html) edited by Allyson Bird and Joel Lane.

I, too, feel that is a great anthology. (My review of it in 2010 here (http://nullimmortalis.wordpress.com/2010/09/27/never-again/))
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Post by: jim mcleod on April 28, 2014, 04:02:10 pm
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A brilliant collection  from a previously unknown author to me
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Post by: Des Lewis on April 28, 2014, 04:18:41 pm
A brilliant collection  from a previously unknown author to me

Among other publications, Daniel Mills' debut novel REVENANTS was published by Chomu Press - and he had a story in my Classical Music Horror anthology. And he has a story in the Ewers tribute anthology DELICATE TOXINS, I recall.
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Post by: jim mcleod on April 30, 2014, 12:05:21 pm
A brilliant collection  from a previously unknown author to me

Among other publications, Daniel Mills' debut novel REVENANTS was published by Chomu Press - and he had a story in my Classical Music Horror anthology. And he has a story in the Ewers tribute anthology DELICATE TOXINS, I recall.

I'll be checking  out more of his work
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Post by: James Everington on May 06, 2014, 08:37:45 am
I'm reading La Femme from Newcon Press - I'm about halfway through and pretty impressed by at every story so far.

It also has a story from the point of view of a pet that I - gasp - actually like! I normally hate that kind of thing :)
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Post by: Tejay80 on May 16, 2014, 11:36:30 am
Currently reading Neil Gaiman's American Gods. About 1/3 of the way in and absolutely loving it!
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Post by: stewartguitar on May 16, 2014, 02:17:18 pm
American Gods was on my all time top ten list, till Anansi Boys nudged it out.
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 18, 2014, 08:01:56 am
Finished God's War by Kameron Hurley. It's a bit of a grind, full of torture, misery, and characters who hate each other, but it was good. Reminded me of things like Escape from New York and Roger Zelazny's Damnation Alley.
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Post by: Andy Hendry on May 18, 2014, 07:22:57 pm
I'm re-reading At the Mountains of Madness at the moment. My partner got me the Barnes and Noble Complete Works of HP Lovecraft for Christmas and it's quite gratifying to drop it onto the train table with a thunk on my morning commute whilst the people around me are reading kindles or playing on their phones. :D I just started Titus Groan too. One of the many books I should have read years ago.
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Post by: Tejay80 on May 21, 2014, 02:10:51 pm
American Gods was on my all time top ten list, till Anansi Boys nudged it out.

Consider Anansi Boys to be next on my list then!
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 21, 2014, 03:51:24 pm
Now reading The Buried Life by Carrie Patel, about a detective and her new partner (a former actor) investigating the murder of an academic in what seems to be a steampunky post-apocalypse underground city. Quite enjoying it, but so far it reminds me a lot of City of Stairs, and it can't help suffering in comparison because I loved that book so much. The bits in this one where the former actor applies his skills to police work are fun.
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Post by: Rolnikov on June 07, 2014, 12:06:14 pm
Reading Drunk with Blood by Steve Hill, which is brilliant. The stuff in there makes the Red Wedding look like a pleasant family gathering.
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Post by: Rolnikov on August 27, 2014, 05:32:11 pm
Reading Black and Brown Planets, edited by Isiah Lavender, about race and science fiction. Two essays about one episode of Deep Space 9 seems a bit much (though I haven't read them yet, so maybe each will justify its place), and given the title it seems odd that it doesn't cover India (the "Brown" section is more about South America), but that aside it seems interesting so far - learning about a lot that is new to me.
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Post by: TomC on September 08, 2014, 12:32:09 pm
Reading 'The Prisoner of Heaven' by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A brilliant read and the third in his series of 'The Cemetery of Forgotten Books'
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Post by: TomC on September 09, 2014, 12:18:24 pm
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, recommended to my by my lovely wife
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Post by: James Everington on September 22, 2014, 08:31:47 am
A quartet of novellas and chapbooks:

The Night Just Got Darker - Gary McMahon
Drive - Mark West
Respite For The Dead - Lucy Taylor
Water For Drowning - Ray Cluley
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Post by: Rolnikov on October 04, 2014, 12:09:44 pm
Just finished Of Whimsies and Noubles, another fantastic novella about Luff Imbry by Matthew Hughes, from PS Publishing. Just my cup of tea.

And I've just started Willful Child by Steven Erikson, which I'm still getting my head around. So far it's about a gleefully sexist spaceship captain who loves Star Trek.
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Post by: Rolnikov on October 14, 2014, 08:20:15 am
Reading Engines of War, the War Doctor novel by George Mann. I'm enjoying how it draws on different eras of the programme, like the High Council room from The Five Doctors and Rassilon from The End of Time, and weaves into the story all the different bits we know about the Time War, while feeling very much in the tradition of the Target adaptations of old dalek stories. So far the War Doctor doesn't seem all that different to the other Doctors, but maybe the difference will show when he's forced to make a difficult decision.
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Post by: Rolnikov on October 22, 2014, 11:00:54 pm
Bone and Jewel Creatures, by Elizabeth Bear, a terrific novella about an odd kind of wizard who takes in a feral child just as a necromancer makes his move. It's a Subterranean Press book, but the ebook was available at a very reasonable price via Weightless Books.
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Post by: Wayne Mook on November 10, 2014, 08:41:51 pm
I've picked up the re-issues of Robert Aickman from Faber, lovely and unsettling stories. The Books gorgeous as well. I particularly liked the afterwords have been particularly illuminating.

Also dropping in and out of collection of William hope Hodgson's tales, picked up cheap on the kindle.

Wayne.
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Post by: Rolnikov on November 11, 2014, 06:51:05 am
Started The Dragon Griaule by Lucius Shepard. I haven't read any of these stories before and he's a writer I like very much, so my bet is that I'll enjoy it.

Just finished The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth, which had been my inbetweener for a few years. All about the etymological connections between words. Constantly amazing, which is why I liked reading it in bursts. You can only do so many double-takes a day before your neck gets tired.
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Post by: Rolnikov on November 28, 2014, 11:59:50 am
I've been reading lots of the Mike Mignola books that are going cheap at the moment: Hellboy in Hell, Zombieworld, Abe Sapien, Lobster Johnson, BPRD. All very enjoyable, with terrific art. They're a good corrective to my usual laziness when reading comics, because you have to read the artwork on his books as carefully as the words to understand what's going on.
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Post by: Rolnikov on November 30, 2014, 10:31:50 am
Just read David Quantick's How to Write Everything. It's okay, with some good advice, but a bit thin, given how much experience he has. For example he says he's written ten thousand reviews but only talks about it for half a page (and not all the advice is admirable: "If you are are going to make a review up, make it look convincing"). On interviewing, I got a lot more out of Jason Arnopp's How To Interview Doctor Who, Ozzy Osbourne And Everyone Else.

Also read Malorie Blackman's The Ripple Effect, a nice little Doctor Who book. And BPRD: Vampire by Mike Mignola and chums, which looked great though I was a bit lost. (I'll have to read the Hellboy books again in order once I've got them all.)
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Post by: Rolnikov on December 07, 2014, 06:58:31 am
100th book of the year was Axe Cop, Vol. 2: Bad Guy Earth, written by a six-year-old boy and drawn by his big brother. Didn't make me laugh quite as much as the first book (not much ever has), but still very good.

2900th book of my life (more or less) was The Goon, Vol. 1: Nothing But Misery by Eric Powell, about a mob enforcer who is secretly the boss. His rivals are a gang of zombies.
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Post by: Rolnikov on December 15, 2014, 04:19:53 pm
Just finished volume two of the complete Valerian et Laureline, which collects Le Pays sans Etoile, Bienvenue sur Alflolol and Les Oiseaux du Maitre. They're a pair of space agents who get embroiled in a different adventure on each planet. Can't pretend I understood every word, but that didn't stop me enjoying them. I like how Laureline does exactly what she wants, however irksome it is for Valerian.
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Post by: Rolnikov on December 19, 2014, 11:32:34 am
125th book of the year was Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 13: Grey Shadows by Stan Sakai. The rabbit ronin travels to collect the bounty for Hosoku the Bandit on behalf of a friend, and while waiting for the money helps Inspector Ishida to investigate murders and corruption in a series of connected short stories. The artwork is brilliant, so full of character. Every Usagi book is a treat.
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Post by: Rolnikov on December 30, 2014, 06:35:01 am
Book 140 was Deadpool Classic, Vol. 1, which I didn't enjoy much at all. Not a fan of Rob Liefeld's art, or other art in a similar style. Now reading God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlepig by Tad Williams, a comic called Captain Ultimate, and approaching the end of Showcase Presents Superman Family, Vol. 3, which I can barely read a page of without thinking, what the hell, Superman? The description of Descartes' evil demon fits him perfectly: "as clever and deceitful as he is powerful, who has directed his entire effort to misleading [Lois and Jimmy]".
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Post by: Djibril on December 30, 2014, 05:41:58 pm
Currently reading The Girl at the End of the World anthology, edited by Adele Wearing. Interesting take on the post-apocalyptic premise, in that the first section seems to involve stories about people whose private worlds are ending, rather than the normal zombie/eco-/nuclear/plague extinction event that we find ourselves in… (Presumably later sections involve more conventional apocalypseis.)
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Post by: Rolnikov on January 01, 2015, 07:18:18 am
The last book I began this year was Billy's Book by Terry Bisson, a short PS Publishing collection of deliberately fragmentary and repetitive stories about a boy who has odd stuff turn up at his house, like giant ants and wizards and unicorns. They're okay, but it was a bit of a surprise at the end to see what starry venues they had originally appeared in.

The day before that I read two novellas: The Change: Orbital by our former chair Guy Adams, about Howard Phillips struggling to survive after a cosmic rip brings weirdness to the world, and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlepig by Tad Williams, about an angel advocate trying to help out a werewolf client.

Enjoyed myself during December reading lots of short books and comics, and having a little holiday from reading books for review, but I'm looking forward now to getting stuck into something a bit more substantial and reading it really slowly.
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Post by: Jen on January 02, 2015, 12:00:36 pm
Just binge reread a ton of graphic novels over the last few days - all 11 Mike Carey Lucifers, 4 Brian K Vaughan Mystiques, Elaine Lee's Vamps, Saga #4, 5 volumes of The Losers, 3 assorted Catwomans and Gail Simone's Red Sonja Vol.1.  And now my brain is melting!  (I'm writing a thing for a place, so it was research. Also an excuse to reread them.  ;)  )

Now I'm onto Seanan McGuire's The Winter Long, and attempting the finish the various anthologies I'm at various points through - namely - The Mammoth Book of SF stories by Women, The Mammoth Book of Warriors and Wizardry, Dangerous Women pt 3, Dangerous Games, the Women Destroy Horror issue of Nightmare, Fearsome Journeys, Sword & Mythos, and Zen Cho's collection Spirits Abroad.

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Post by: Wayne Mook on January 03, 2015, 10:26:01 pm
On the comic side Granville Noel by Brian Talbot, splendid as always, a one shot Shadow: Agents of Shadow, fairly straight forward but enjoyable. Shadow Show a celebration of Ray Bradbury, The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury and Backward in Seville are the episodes in the current issue and splendid.

I finished The Ghost Pirates by William hope Hodgson, I enjoyed it, a corss between the Sargasso sea & The House on the Borderland. Also a short SF set in the far flung 1970's after the first flight to Mars when 2 go and only 1 comes back in Judith Merrill's The Tomorrow People (no not those.) a slight but enjoyable tale.

Wayne
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Post by: Rolnikov on January 11, 2015, 06:58:43 am
Just read The Very Best of Kate Elliott, which I enjoyed a lot. I think it might be her complete short fiction rather than a selection of the best, but I wouldn't have guessed from how good it all was. Now reading Zenith by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell.
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Post by: Rolnikov on January 15, 2015, 06:45:16 am
Reading Black Gods Kiss, the PS Publishing collection of Gorel stories by Lavie Tidhar, and enjoying it very much. He's one of my very favourite authors at the moment.
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Post by: Rolnikov on February 17, 2015, 04:51:32 pm
Currently reading The Whispering Swarm by Michael Moorcock. It's very gossipy. I like the bit where the character Michael Moorcock talks about writing his paperback fantasies in three days, but taking a whole ten days for his literary books.
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Post by: James Everington on February 23, 2015, 01:36:39 pm
Reading the short story collection Nightingale Songs by Simon Strantzas. Great stuff, including one story which is the most Aickmanesque thing either read outside of Robert Aickman.
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Post by: jim mcleod on February 24, 2015, 04:53:33 pm
Reading the short story collection Nightingale Songs by Simon Strantzas. Great stuff, including one story which is the most Aickmanesque thing either read outside of Robert Aickman.

That's a great collection

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Post by: James Everington on February 26, 2015, 08:12:21 am
Yes it is. Some horrendous formating issues in the ebook version I have though. One story just stops mid-sentence right towards the end; then the end of that stories appears directly after the climax of the next story in the book, ruining the experience of reading both.

I downloaded it awhile ago, so hopefully fixed by now, but it's a real shame as the stories themselves are great.
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Post by: Rolnikov on March 10, 2015, 04:16:31 pm
I've been digging into the Subterranean Press Humble Bundle this month. So far I've read Nobody's Home by Tim Powers, Brayan's Gold by Peter Brett, Salvage and Demolition, also by Tim Powers, The Agonizing Resurrection of Victor Frankenstein by Thomas Ligotti, and Muse of Fire by Dan Simmons. Brayan's Gold, about a courier travelling through demon-haunted mountains, was probably my favourite, but they were all good.

I've also just read Welcome to Just a Minute by Nicholas Parsons, possibly the longest book I've ever read in a single day - I've been too poorly with a cold to do anything other than read. It was also the first full-length print book I've read in over a year. Plus All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, an sf take on Groundhog Day, which was neat and thrilling without making tons of sense.
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Post by: UnsungStories on March 13, 2015, 03:53:40 pm
Yes it is. Some horrendous formating issues in the ebook version I have though. One story just stops mid-sentence right towards the end; then the end of that stories appears directly after the climax of the next story in the book, ruining the experience of reading both.

Drives me round the bend, this. Also, OCR errors where they've clearly scanned a physical copy but not proofread it. This is why my kindle has teeth marks on it.

Reading though? The Master and Margarita, finally. It's surprisingly tongue-in-cheek for something so adored by literary types. I'm 85% sure Monty Python lifted bits for The Life of Brian as well.
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Post by: Rolnikov on March 13, 2015, 04:08:51 pm
Drives me round the bend, this. Also, OCR errors where they've clearly scanned a physical copy but not proofread it. This is why my kindle has teeth marks on it.

Yes, the SF Gateway collection is notorious for this, and their books aren't cheap either!
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Post by: Rolnikov on March 15, 2015, 07:26:15 am
Just read The Wizard's Coming by Juliet McKenna, a brutal fantasy story, Black Hat Jack by Joe Lansdale, a brutal western, and Tortured Souls by Clive Barker, a fluffy bunny tale... No, that was pretty brutal too. It collects short stories that originally appeared in the packaging of a series of action figures, so it's a bit disjointed, but I liked his idea that on Sunday God, rather than resting, made all the monsters. Before those I read The Usagi Yojimbo Saga, Vol. 1 by Stan Sakai, which really is a fluffy bunny tale - that book was so brilliant even a cameo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles couldn't harm it. Poetry in every panel.
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Post by: Rolnikov on March 28, 2015, 07:44:55 am
Reading a bunch of comics all at once: Alien Legion Omnibus 2 (okay apart from the new female recruit's battle armour sporting high heels!), John Carter of Mars (Dark Horse's collection of the Marvel series; includes some spectacular Carmine Infantino artwork), Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago 1 (begins with Star Wars and then shows what happened after), and Grendel Omnibus 1 (short stories about a supervillain assassin and crime boss).
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Post by: UnsungStories on March 30, 2015, 11:18:10 am
On to Roadside Picnic here (finally!). Vandermeer's Annihiliation trilogy already makes a lot more sense.
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Post by: James Everington on April 03, 2015, 07:50:35 am
Almost finished the collection Hair Side, Flesh Side by Helen Marshall.

Damn, she's good. After reading Gifts For The One Who Comes After (her second collection) last year, I was slightly worried her debut wouldn't be as great. I was very wrong. Moving, soulful, surreal, scary weird stories. Just what we like to see.
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 03, 2015, 11:25:43 am
I'm reading Old Man's War by John Scalzi, and enjoying it a lot. Reminds me of J.K. Rowling in a way. What she did with classic English children's books - echoing the good and trying to update the bad - he seems to be doing there with Robert Heinlein's early work. I'd forgotten how much I loved some Heinlein books, but Old Man's War brings it all back.
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Post by: UnsungStories on April 07, 2015, 11:28:09 am
Ploughing through missed classics here. On to The City and The City now. First 50 pages are bewildering but I'm getting my head round it now. I'm really enjoying the parallels to the real world, in particular the vaguely European Middle-Eastern border.
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Post by: stewartguitar on April 20, 2015, 10:00:04 am
Re-reading Gary McMahon's excellent collection Where You Live .
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Post by: IanH on May 14, 2015, 02:48:39 pm
Just finished Crystal Lake's e-collection "The Outsiders" and reviewed it for the BFS; and now started Ellen Datlow's "The Doll Collection" to review for Interzone.
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 15, 2015, 08:00:41 am
Reading Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Omnibus 1, and it's one of the best Star Wars comics I've read. Excellent art, an interesting bunch of characters, good stories. It's a bit like Firefly.
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Post by: Rolnikov on June 18, 2015, 06:50:03 pm
Reading Nexus Omnibus 5 by Mike Baron, from Dark Horse, and will probably go straight on to Omnibus 6 when I'm finished. I've also been reading Uprooted by Naomi Novik but it's so much like Howl's Moving Castle - and twice as long - that I feel I've already read it.
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Post by: UnsungStories on June 19, 2015, 01:13:28 pm
I've been through a few things recently: Emily St John Mandel's Station Eleven - Very good in terms of structure, character development and her style, not sure the Lear angle worked for me though; Rupert Thomson's Soft - Typically excellent, including a terrifying passage where someone starts losing their mind, but bit of a duff ending; Nick Harkaway's Tigerman - Just great; Walter Moer's The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear - Lot of fun, but suffered from being predictable, lacked Douglas Adam's anarchic edge; James Smythe's The Echo - This really caught me by surprise. It uses a lot of familiar elements but still shocked me in places and the second half is really compelling stuff. Greater than the sum of its parts, like a nihilistic 2001.
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Post by: Djibril on June 20, 2015, 03:00:24 pm
I'm reading Sean Wallace's Mammoth Book of Steampunk at the moment. I don't read a lot of SP, but there's some good stuff: the amazingly fierce postcolonial “Five Hundred and Ninety-Nine” and the gorgeous “Selin That Has Grown in the Desert” are the stand-outs so far for me.
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Post by: Rolnikov on July 21, 2015, 11:43:14 pm
Just read The Glorkian Warrior and the Mustache of Destiny. Funniest thing I've read since Groo. (Although there are currently new issues of Groo coming out every month again, so maybe that doesn't say as much as it used to!) It's not out till March 2016, so don't let your children grow up too quickly.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on September 07, 2015, 03:27:46 pm
gray's anatomy
the book of mr natural by bob crumb


and am about to start the Fall of Icarus by Ovid
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Post by: Rolnikov on October 24, 2015, 09:48:52 am
I've been reading the Penguin Little Black Classics, so thanks for suggesting I take another look at those, Joshua! I've read How a Ghastly Story Was Brought to Light by a Common or Garden Butcher's Dog by Johann Peter Hebel, A Slip Under the Microscope by H.G. Wells, and Wailing Ghosts by Pu Songling, and they were all very good.
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Post by: UnsungStories on October 26, 2015, 11:12:03 am
Special FantasyCon edition here - I just read Nina Allan's Spin. Excellent stuff, the amalgamation of fantasy, SF and myth is possibly flawless. Really, really fine stuff.
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Post by: Allen on October 26, 2015, 07:11:55 pm
Nina is an absolutely brilliant author, particularly at novelette / novella length.
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Post by: Rolnikov on October 29, 2015, 07:54:11 pm
I've been reading a lot of Savage Sword of Conan, in the Dark Horse omnibuses. Always comes as a shock to be reminded that Conan is an out-and-out murderer, quite happy to kill innocent guards who happen to be in his way. But I do enjoy the comic. Each issue of that magazine was a graphic novel in itself.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on November 02, 2015, 11:16:29 pm
just finished Ovid's The Fall of Icarus which was rather fun

but I can't help thinking that women were regarded rather casually by the storytellers  :-\
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Post by: UnsungStories on November 03, 2015, 12:04:10 pm
I just finished Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor which is an interesting one. Seems to be deliberately chaotic and messing with my preconceptions of the Novel. Does lots of things we think of as 'poor' writing but I suspect were used deliberately, and with interesting effect. Might be it feels too raw and shapeless for some but she's making an interesting point, I reckon. Definitely works as a way to shake up reading habits.
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Post by: Andrew Hook on November 04, 2015, 09:13:20 am
Sounds good, George. I have that to read. I was on the panel of World Fantasy Award judges when her previous novel, "Who Fears Death", won. It was easily a unanimous judges' decision, so I'm looking forward to "Lagoon" (and anything which messes with the novel excites me!)
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Post by: Rolnikov on November 05, 2015, 07:19:37 am
I enjoyed Lagoon as well. Tough one to review without giving too much away.

I'm reading another Savage Sword of Conan, Volume 17 now.
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Post by: Bevallen on November 15, 2015, 05:29:52 pm
I'm loving Jodi Taylor's stories of St Mary's. The idea behind it is great and Max is a heroine for our time....and all other time in fact :)
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Post by: Mythago on November 20, 2015, 10:44:06 am
Taking a break from wading through the Asimov universe and reading The Mystery of Fu-Manchu (with all its political incorrectness) and Tanith Lee's Birthgrave (thought I would have a bit of 70s nostalgia - bought a tatty paperback online that smells like an old bookshop - lovely).

But soon I will go back to Isaac as I realised chronologically I should have started with I, Robot: to Protect by Mickey Zucker Reichert.
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Post by: UnsungStories on November 20, 2015, 11:38:45 am
I've slipped into fantasy proper here. On to M. John Harrison's Viriconium Masterwork collection by way of Smiler's Fair and John Gardner's Grendel. Then I've got Bulgakov's Heart of a Dog. Harrison doesn't waste a single word, does he?
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Post by: Mythago on November 20, 2015, 04:19:50 pm
and he has what is probably my favourite book title: Things That Never Happen, although imagine if it were Things That Never Happened. Would that have been even better? It's either that or Phoenix in Obsidian.
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Post by: Andrew Hook on November 24, 2015, 09:46:18 am
M. John Harrison is an excellent writer. I haven't read Viriconium, but Things That Never Happen is a superb collection of stories and I enjoyed Light too.
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Post by: Rolnikov on December 23, 2015, 07:33:56 pm
I've been reading Bruce Campbell's If Chins Could Kill (a very entertaining memoir of his years in the film business, up to about 2001) and listening to John Hodgman's That Is All (an excellent audiobook collecting the ravings of a deranged millionaire, with guest stars like Paul Rudd and They Might Be Giants). Both are really good.

Weirdly, upon reaching the end of the Campbell book I saw in the acknowledgments that he was prompted to write the book by an enquiry from a New York literary agent... the same John Hodgman, in a previous incarnation.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on December 25, 2015, 04:14:37 pm
re-reading Ovid's The Fall of Icarus - the imagery and allegory is vivid and has this amazing line.

"Surely every man is his own god. Fortune refuses her aid to those who merely pray and take no action."
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Post by: Rolnikov on January 10, 2016, 03:38:12 pm
I'm currently reading David Tallerman's Patchwerk, about a device that sets off a series of reality shifts. Part of the new Tor.com novella line, which I think I'm really going to like. (Not just saying that because they're edited by our treasurer!) Also reading The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman, which doesn't look like a fantasy book but secretly is.
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Post by: MrGrimstone on February 04, 2016, 09:12:56 am

Currently reading (for the first time): The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Gaiman), We Are Here (Marshall), Halting State (Stross), Shepherd's Crown (Pratchett), Redshirts (Scalzi), Dark Horizons (BFS) and Game of Thrones (Martin)

Currently re-reading: Consider Phlebas (Banks), Smoke & Mirrors/Fragile Things (Gaiman) and What You Make It (Marshall Smith)
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Post by: Billy on February 04, 2016, 09:37:24 pm
I'm currently reading Midnight Blue Light-Special by Seanan McGuire second of her InCryptid novels enjoying them so far.
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Post by: UnsungStories on February 05, 2016, 10:16:55 am
After moderate badgering from a colleague, Priest's The Dream Archipelago. I also read Crime and Punishment last month though, which a) is excellent and b) may include the earliest incarnation of zombie fiction I've found - certainly the most unlikely...
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Post by: Andrew Hook on February 08, 2016, 09:29:50 am
I really enjoyed The Dream Archipelago (and all of Priest's novels I've read, particularly "The Affirmation"), and I'm currently reading "The Extremes".
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 04, 2016, 05:21:50 pm
I'm reading The Lantern Bearers, the third in Rosemary Sutcliff's Eagle of the Ninth series, where practically the last Roman soldier left in Britain gets captured by Jutes and made a thrall. If she wrote any outright fantasy or science fiction I'd love to read it.
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Post by: UnsungStories on April 04, 2016, 05:29:16 pm
Andrew - The Affirmation comes recommended by my resident Priest fan as well. Meanwhile, I've been catching up on classics I missed so I've now read The Dispossessed, The Drowned World and Slaughterhouse 5 at long last - results varied. I also read The Three by Sarah Lotz, just to prove I'm still relevant and Rawblood by Catriona Ward because Nina Allan was raving about it. So if there's a moral to be had, it's probably: Listen to Nina Allan.
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Post by: Andrew Hook on April 05, 2016, 09:01:23 am
I finished The Extremes, George, and enjoyed it; but I think The Affirmation is probably my favourite so far.

Currently reading "The Yiddish Policeman's Union" by Michael Chabon, and "Use Once, Then Destroy" by Conrad Williams (short stories).

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Post by: joshua rainbird on April 12, 2016, 03:12:16 pm
Ack-Ack Macaque which is rather fun  ;D
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Post by: Andrew Hook on April 13, 2016, 09:01:52 am
Ack-Ack Macaque which is rather fun  ;D

I enjoyed this one too (although I haven't yet read the sequel(s).
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Post by: Rolnikov on April 19, 2016, 05:02:49 pm
Currently reading The Mallet of Loving Correction, a collection of John Scalzi's blog posts on Whatever. I wouldn't want to read it all in one sitting, but it's perfect for when I'm waiting for the children to emerge from their respective schools.

And also the Rising Stars Compendium Vol. 1, a huge collection of J. Michael Straczynski's comic about 113 people with superpowers, all from the same small town. The story is okay, but the artwork isn't very good.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on April 25, 2016, 12:16:25 pm
Ack-Ack Macaque which is rather fun  ;D

I enjoyed this one too (although I haven't yet read the sequel(s).

I bought some months ago and am slowly chugging through my reading pile - I didn't realise there were sequels
there now is a serious risk that my library may increase inversely proportional to my bank balance
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 02, 2016, 09:10:10 am
Spent a month reading lots of comics and little books. Best were The Projected Girl by Lavie Tidhar, Six-Gun Gorilla by Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokely, and Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson. I read all ten volumes of Transmetropolitan one after the other, and really enjoyed it.

Now I'm planning to spend a month just reading books for review, beginning with The Last Weekend by Nick Mamatas.
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Post by: Kal Shaw on June 05, 2016, 09:28:42 pm
I'm trying to get through my backlog. This month's reading list is:

Unfortunately, the last book I read (Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan) turned out to be the first in a trilogy, so I suspect next month will start with a visit to the library to find parts two and three.
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Post by: Rolnikov on June 07, 2016, 05:12:42 pm
Just started I Am Providence by Nick Mamatas, about a writer murdered at a Lovecraft convention (at least so far). Also reading Hunters & Collectors by M. Suddain, which is a lot like a prose version of Transmetropolitan, but about a food critic instead of a journalist.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on June 17, 2016, 11:50:10 am
being a slow reader, I'm strolling by Spectral's horror anthology, dipping in now and again, some very good tales in there, about halfway through, now. A lovely collection so far; a credit to the writers and editor.
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Post by: Rolnikov on July 17, 2016, 04:47:18 pm
Just read Travel Light by Naomi Mitchison, the Small Beer Press edition. Uses defamiliarization very cleverly as a baby princess is spirited away from a murderous parent to live with bears and dragons.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on July 24, 2016, 07:40:10 am
just finished Suetonius's account of Caligula and am steaming into the war of the worlds - the first was interesting, the latter is okay in places
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Post by: Rolnikov on July 28, 2016, 04:28:44 pm
Currently reading Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace, another book from Small Beer Press, about a teenager who became an archivist of ghosts by winning a fight to the death with her predecessor. It's really good.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on August 02, 2016, 08:05:41 pm
War of the Worlds: book 2 (I prefer Verne)
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Post by: Djibril on August 02, 2016, 10:32:59 pm
I am (or was, not sure yet) reading Ann Aguirre's Grimspace. I'm only a few dozen pages from the end, but I got so sick of all the characters’ motivations and emotional lives being apparently written by a twelve year-old boy that even not yet knowing how the plot to breed space navigators and challenge the "Corps" for dominance of the trade routes turns out isn't really tempting me to carry on. Also for a story set in the far far future, a lot of boring prejudices and assumptions haven't even been challenged. Very odd to be 85% of the way through a book when I decide to chuck it, but there you go.
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Post by: Rolnikov on September 03, 2016, 08:26:03 am
I've been reading dozens of short graphic novels from the Star Trek, Dark Horse and BOOM! humble bundles. All entertaining, but nothing that blew my mind. Now I'm reading A Wizard's Henchman by Matthew Hughes, forthcoming from PS Publishing.
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Post by: Wynne Heyworth on September 04, 2016, 01:46:30 pm
Just bought The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman.

Ack-Ack Macaque which is rather fun  ;D
This one didn't connect with me. I've tried it a couple of times, but while there's nothing wrong with the characters or the writing, I'm just not getting on with it. Happens sometimes. *shrugs*
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Post by: joshua rainbird on September 04, 2016, 04:17:50 pm
yup ... I got a similar feeling Terry Pratchet's Children of the Sun and the first Harry Potter book (didn't read any other others) ...

it's all a matter of taste, some you like, some you don't  :)
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Post by: edcowling on September 11, 2016, 10:56:20 pm
I've gone back to Stephen King. Some days you just want some plain supermarket bread with cheddar in it.

Stephen King is my cheesy sarnie fix :-)

90% of the way through Doctor Sleep

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Post by: Rolnikov on September 12, 2016, 08:26:27 am
I'm reading Stay Crazy by Erica L. Satifka, about a young woman with mental health issues working in a supermarket, who begins to hear voices coming from the products. Quite an accurate portrayal of supermarket work, from what I remember of it.
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Post by: joshua rainbird on September 12, 2016, 11:47:58 am
I'm reading Stay Crazy by Erica L. Satifka, about a young woman with mental health issues working in a supermarket, who begins to hear voices coming from the products.

sounds like my cup of tea (figuratively)
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Post by: Rolnikov on September 15, 2016, 07:58:18 am
It was good. Really did capture what it is like to work in a supermarket, and to suffer from mental illness (so far as I can tell, as someone who has seen rather than experienced it).

I wanted to read a book by each author to have a British Fantasy Award named after them. The Book of Kane by Karl Edward Wagner had some decent adventure stories, but Kane himself was a really unpleasant character. Now I'm reading Village Year: A Sac Prairie Journal by August Derleth, a journal of his life in a very small town, originally published in 1941. His writing about nature in the book is very impressive, especially when you consider none of it was originally intended for publication.
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Post by: Stephen Palmer on October 21, 2016, 05:22:44 pm
Presently reading Dorothy Rowe's The Construction Of Life & Death. Fascinating.
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Post by: Johan Fundin on November 30, 2016, 10:33:25 pm
The Red Church by Scott Nicholson.
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Post by: Stephen Palmer on December 05, 2016, 05:32:51 pm
Elizabeth Longford - Victoria R.I.

great biography.
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Post by: Johan Fundin on December 08, 2016, 01:52:43 pm
Have also started Jack Ketchum's Ladies' Night. Read 25% of the book in one evening - this is one of my best reads of the year 2016.

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Post by: Johan Fundin on December 09, 2016, 09:13:51 pm
I'm dipping into 20th Century Ghosts now and then.  Pop Art was genius.   ;D

There are so many terrific stories in Joe Hill's collection 20th Century Ghosts, it's difficult to pick a favourite. "The Cape", "Bobby Conroy Comes Back From the Dead", "My Father's Mask" and "Voluntary Committal" are superb. I also love the opening piece, "Best New Horror", and "Scheherazade's Typewriter". Smashing stuff!
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Post by: Rolnikov on December 10, 2016, 12:15:53 pm
I'm reading Metronome by Oliver Langmead, about an elderly musician who meets a nightmare hunter in one of his dreams. Interesting so far. Also just read Groo: Friends and Foes, which has Sergio Aragones on top form, and Pirate Utopia by Bruce Sterling, a very good alternate history story about an Italian anarchist republic that did exist in our timeline, but didn't last very long.
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Post by: Djibril on December 10, 2016, 02:11:10 pm
I finally started reading Stephanie Sauter’s Gemsigns (the first in the ®Evolution trilogy), and I have to say I'm enjoying it even more than I expected to. (Well, “enjoying” may be the wrong word, it's dark and brutal, sometimes so much that it’s hard to read!) But a beautifully executed blend of cyberpunk, superhero adventure, and civil rights history.
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Post by: Stephen Palmer on December 13, 2016, 11:03:24 am
Richard Van Emden, Meeting The Enemy

- amazing WW1 recollections.
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Post by: Djibril on December 18, 2016, 05:34:03 pm
I'm now reading Daniel José Older’s Midnight Taxi Tango, a “Bone Street Rumba” novel and sequel to the excellent Half-Resurrection Blues. Dark, funny, street-smart, lyrical, genuinely scary, and totally believable New York streets urban fantasy. I half believe some of this stuff is true…

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Seo5vM1xL._AC_SL230_.jpg)
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Post by: Rolnikov on January 01, 2017, 03:12:30 pm
I'm reading The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster, about a young woman pursued by baddies who tricks her way onto a sailing ship. I was able to buy half a dozen of the Tor.com novellas with the promotional credits I got back on Xmas presents ordered at no rush delivery from Amazon. A good incentive to do all my Christmas shopping early next time!
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Post by: Stephen Palmer on January 14, 2017, 02:17:51 pm
Sylvia Anthony, The Discovery Of Death In Childhood And After.
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Post by: Rolnikov on January 20, 2017, 04:36:48 pm
I've been reading Gardens of the Moon, first in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson. I loved the novella spin-offs he did for PS Publishing, so no surprise that I'm thoroughly enjoying this too. It's fantasy without the boring bits.
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Post by: Billy on February 17, 2017, 11:29:11 pm
Just finished Ken MacLeod's The Corporation Wars: Insurgence, second in the trilogy his books are thought provoking ;D Just started Kim Harrison's The Turn pre equal to the Hollows series based in the sixties about her parents etc. really good.
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Post by: Rolnikov on February 26, 2017, 05:47:16 pm
Just finished Waking in Winter by Deborah Biancotti, about a woman stationed on an frozen planet who sees a giant mermaid under the ice. Other people see different things. It's very good.
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Post by: Rolnikov on March 25, 2017, 05:40:06 pm
Just read Final Girls by Mira Grant, a Subterranean Press novella about a scientist who uses horror film scenarios in virtual reality simulators for therapy, e.g. putting a pair of sisters through a nightmare scenario together so that they get on again afterwards. It was really good.
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Post by: Horrorwriter66 on May 23, 2017, 12:18:03 pm
I am currently reading The Couple Next Door, which I am enjoying immensely. After I have finished that, I plan to start The Fireman by Joe Hill, which looks absolutely awesome!

Alan Toner
Horror Author
www.alantoner.com (http://www.alantoner.com)
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Post by: Rolnikov on May 24, 2017, 07:59:08 am
I'm reading Amatka by Karin Tidbeck. It's very good.
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Post by: Nic Dracas on June 04, 2017, 06:59:31 pm
have just finished 'Last Rites' by Shaun Hutson, about to start The Silence, by Sarah Rayne.
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Post by: Rolnikov on June 17, 2017, 07:12:51 am
Just read the first sixteen volumes of Powers, by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. Not bad, but the spelling was terrible.
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Post by: david_heath on March 20, 2018, 11:31:33 am
I’ve just finished reading WARRIOR WOMEN, a fabulous collection of SFF tales edited by Paula Guran. It includes some wonderful stories from the likes of Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Theodora Goss, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Seanan McGuire, George R. R. Martin and many more! As the blurb on the back cover says, “compelling tales of powerful women.”
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Post by: Grum on July 03, 2018, 03:37:32 pm
Just finished Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi (on this year's Booker shortlist), a wonderful bit of allegorical weirdness about the Iraq invasion and its aftermath. And now onto re-reading Philip Reeve's traction city series in anticipation of the new book and the movie.
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Post by: david_heath on November 13, 2018, 10:09:45 am
I’ve just read THE SHORES OF VANAHEIM, Book 3 in Matt Larkin’s ‘Gods of the Ragnarok Era’ series. This, as the author says, “is a dark fantasy retelling of Norse mythology, chronicling Odin’s rise to godhood.” I really liked it but appreciate that ‘dark’ Norse fantasy may not be for everyone!