I'd forgotten how often we saw Magritte (colubra) wrote,
I'd forgotten how often we saw Magritte

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Still a bit jetlagged, am I. Oogh.

0. (finished from last month) The Paths of the Dead- Stephen Brust: It's not a complete book, it's the beginning of a novel (which is being published in 3 volumes at 1-year intervals). Brust really seems to have found his stride with the pseudo-picaresque voice, in my opinion. Enjoyable, very much so.
1. The Lord of Castle Black- Stephen Brust: Second part of said trilogy (third part comes to us in March, if memory serves). Same review as above, really: it's all one novel (despite being about 1200 pages total, I'd estimate).
2. Celtika- Robert Holdstock: Holdstock is a very unquantifiable author. his novel Mythago Wood is about the best possible fantasy aimed at Archetype that I can imagine: I really suspect that Holdstock must have a degree in Jungian psych.
3. To Reign in Hell- Stephen Brust: Eeeh. Not a necessary read, honestly> It's OKAY, really, and in some ways it's very fun- but there's nothing surprising here.
4. The Curse of the Wise Woman- Lord Dunsany: Quite a charming little glimpse into an Ireland that doesn't exist anymore. There's a Ray Bradbury collection out there about the pleasures of working on John Huston's Moby Dick in Dublin, and this book seems to very obviously have had an influence on the Bradbury stories in that collection.
5. The Pleasures of a Futuroscope- Lord Dunsany: Not the best Dunsany (he said politely). It's a posthumous publication- and one that Dunsany apparently never tried to publish in his lifespan. There's a lot of H. G. Wells about it (it was written in the 1950s).
6. Twenty Years After- Alexandre Dumas: Just when you thought that the 3 Musketeers was a standalone work, you find that no, there's more! Read this one on the plane to France, and at 4 - 5 AM when I was waking up for no readily apparent reason.
7. The Vicomte de Bragellone- Alexandre Dumas: And more! (and two more frigging books after this. Jeeezus the man wrote a lot: didn't even make it to 50 years of age). Started this one in the airport lounge on the way back.

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