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Books started, March 2004

1: The Last Light Of The Sun, Guy Gavriel Kay.
Nothing more needs to be said: if you aren't reading this one yet or don't know you should, let me assure you that you need to read this one.
2: Liquor, Poppy Z. Brite
I reviewed this earlier in March, and you can read that here: summary would be 'wow what a terrific piece of food porn!' Loved this book very much.
3: The Value of X, Poppy Z. Brite
I read these two backwards (it's Value of X, THEN Liquor). Honestly, they actually hung together very nicely that way. This book made me tear up at one point- the bit where G-man's little brother says that they have to bring Ricky back so G-Man will be happy again. And there went the waterworks.
4: Alphabet of Thorn, Patricia McKillip
Patricia McKillip is so fun. She's a fairytale author, and her fairytales are generally very original. This one's no exception. I didn't care for it as much as the two preceding novels- but I definitely liked it better than a lot of things.
5: Some Dunsany Anthology Or Other, pub. Penguin Books, auth Arthur Plunkett, Lord Dunsany
I just really enjoy Dunsany's style. I swear, the man could write about a side of beef and make it sound like a romantic landscape of wonder and awe.
6: Glory Season, David Brin. Slow pace. I'm not enjoying it too much so far.
7: Coin Locker Babies, Ryu Murakami. Is it just me, or is modern Japanese fiction written by people on HUGE amounts of pseudo-ephedrine, ecstasy, and Suntory whiskey? Man. Whackedout shit.
8: The First Book of Jorkens, Alfred Plunkett, Lord Dunsany. The Jorkens stories are great fun. The overarcing premise: the main character joins a club in london. One of the inhabitants of the club is Mr. Jorkens, who is a veteran of the foreign service, who drinks like a fish and is an inveterate liar. Picture a game of Baron Munchausen as written by Neil Gaiman, and you're about there. Warning: these are expensive, as Nightshade Books has printed them expensively.
9: When Gravity Fails, George Alec Effinger. I'd read this YEARS ago when it first came out and didn't get much out of it. Re-reading it happened because I'd had it recommended again recently, and decided 'what the hell, I'll read it if I can find a copy'. A year later, found one. Fun fun stuff.
10: A Fire in the Sun, George Alec Effinger. Found this when I found When Gravity Fails. Didn't like it as much, honestly, though it was fun taking apart that storyworld a bit further and seeing who these people were.
11: Powers of Two, Tim Powers (omnibus edition, 'Epitaph in Rust' & 'The Skies Discrowned'). Both decent reads; mostly just cheesy SF rather than anything like what you'd expect from a Tim Powers novel, though both have a solid basis in his themes.
And it's enjoyable reading a novel Tim Powers wrote as his first published novel, which was part of Harlequin's abortive SF line. ;)
12: The Iron Grail, Robert Holdstock. Reading Holdstock is always a pleasure (and I read the first book in this series earlier)-- however, I think the dear man needs to be a little less self-referential. Obviously not part of the Pre-Joyce League.
13: Dread Empire's Fall: the Sundering, Walter Jon Williams. You can't really go wrong with WJW if you're after enjoyable braincandy. He doesn't write like a madman of style and prose, but he writes very very well. And very engrossingly. I've yet to encounter a book by him that was anything less than enveloping.
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