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I'm looking forward to what you think of The Night Land. All I know about it is the mention in Billion Year Spree, but that sounds quite intriguing.

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So far it is something that must be read very slowly, and with a great deal of patience. But there is something about it that is truly haunting.

In between chapters of that weighty tome I am reading an advanced PDF copy of a yet-to-be-published anthology of fantasy stories about horses so I can review it for Tangent Online. I also took a break and read all of the famous Watchmen comics (which I discovered accidentally at a site called Read Comics Online or some such) and it was just as good as it was reputed to be.

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I finally made my way through The Night Land. The archaic language is a slog; it's extremely repetitious; the love story is full of sickly sentiment; and yet the whole experience was haunting.

Next up (and last) in "Doomsday Classics":

Darkness and Dawn (1912, 1913, and 1914) by George Allan England, consisting of the three short novels The Vacant World, Beyond the Great Oblivion, and The Afterglow. A couple of modern New Yorkers wake up centuries from their own time to find an apocalyptic world. The introduction to it has already warned me about an unfortunate element of racism.

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Darkness and Dawn turned out to be old-fashioned adventure fiction, with some corny dialogue, some vivid scenes and imagination, the expected racism, and a touch of utopian socialism at the end.

Next up:

Hunter's Song (2017) by William Rutter. Self-published supernatural story set in the late 18th century. It was inspired by the role-playing system "Ghastly Affair," to which I introduced this person on another forum. I am also currently running a game of it with him and a couple of other people on a play-by-post forum.

http://www.callofcthulhu.org.uk/pbp/viewforum.php?f=387

Because I introduced him to the system, I am one of the people listed in the acknowledgements at the back of the book.

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Its been a long, but extremely rewarding, to complete The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft which has so many parallels with this decade, it is actually a comfort to know that we are not yet headed to hell in a handbasket yet.

I am in a slight conundrum about what to read next: I've got Burroughs' Tarzan and Mars books that have been sitting on deck for awhile; I've also got a collection of HG Wells' novels looking at me. The last time I read The Time Machine, I was in 7th grade. I have a feeling it will be more meaningful to me now. I'm also interested to get reading Captain Wow's novel, especially since he has a new novel coming out at the end of the year.... So many books in my to be read file ... so damn little time.

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About to start The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (translated by Ken Liu.) We'll see if it's worth all the praise it's gotten.

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Just a few pages into Micro by Michael Crichton. It certainly starts off with a bang. :twisted:

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Cliffie wrote:
Just a few pages into Micro by Michael Crichton. It certainly starts off with a bang. :twisted:


Izzat the new one I've seen talked about, Mizz Fish?

As for me, I have decided to go for Kaddish for an Unborn Child by Imre Kertesz(sp?). So much for going light and pulpy. Hopefully, at 120 pages, it will be a brief read. But it's a pretty heavy work, nonetheless.

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I finished The Three-Body Problem and thought it was very good. Kudos to the translator, too. Next I will begin the sequel, The Dark Forest.

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Cliffie wrote:
Just a few pages into Micro by Michael Crichton. It certainly starts off with a bang. :twisted:


Izzat the new one I've seen talked about, Mizz Fish?

As for me, I have decided to go for Kaddish for an Unborn Child by Imre Kertesz(sp?). So much for going light and pulpy. Hopefully, at 120 pages, it will be a brief read. But it's a pretty heavy work, nonetheless.


Nearly finished with Kaddish.... It's a stream of consciousness piece. I'm sure that another reading will reveal its subtleties, but generally, I am not a fan of stream of consciousness with its run-on sentences and endless switches of ideas. I'm sure the translator respected the author's intent, but its a pain to follow those threads, however carefully they've been woven. I will give myself a break after this with Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle and the equally brief, but no less influential H.G. Wells' The Time Machine.

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I just finish a collection of three Hainish novels by Ursula K. Le Guin (Rocannon's World, Planet of Exile, and City Of Illusions), and it was excellent. It's been a few years since I'd read any Le Guin, and I always enjoy how her novels manage to be both pulpy and nuanced; she's as great at world-building and plotting as any of the sci-fi greats, but she also finds complexity and depth in unexpected ways. (Also, her prose is significantly better than a lot of her peers'.)

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I just finish a collection of three Hainish novels by Ursula K. Le Guin (Rocannon's World, Planet of Exile, and City Of Illusions), and it was excellent. It's been a few years since I'd read any Le Guin, and I always enjoy how her novels manage to be both pulpy and nuanced; she's as great at world-building and plotting as any of the sci-fi greats, but she also finds complexity and depth in unexpected ways. (Also, her prose is significantly better than a lot of her peers'.)


Whereas I have yet to read anything by LeGuin that I've actually liked. Maybe it's because I've only ever run into her later work, when she lost any concept of subtlety.

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We suddenly have to find a new place to live. And I just spent an afternoon doing something I did not see myself ever doing: going through my books and discarding about a third of them.

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