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pathetically late books-read entry:

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pathetically late books-read entry:

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This is meant to cover books started since June 30. I imagine I'll miss something here or there; there may also be overlap with earlier entries.

1. XxxHolic vol. 2, Clamp: I really like the artistic style of this. Any manga that is so apparently influenced by art nouveau gets props with me.
2. Fruits Basket 3
3. Fruits Basket 4: These are much the same as the TV show, really- there's just little tidbits here and there that expand a bit more on things.
4. The Great Mirror of Male Love, Ihara Saikaku: interesting reading if you ever wondered what medieval homosexuality was like.
5. Leaping Beauty, Greg Maguire: hmn. They're OK. this isn't worth picking up hardcover.
6. Don Rodriguez: Chronicles of Shadow Valley, Lord Dunsany. Can't go too wrong with Dunsany, really.
7. Death Poems, Thomas Ligotti: Weird little book. Interestingly written, but there's not much here you don't already know. Which is kinda the point. I think I liked it.
8. Eastern Standard Tribe, Cory Doctorow: Well, Doctorow generally doesn't suck. This isn't an exception to that generality, either.
9. Swords and Deviltry
10. Swords Against the Mist
11. Knight & Knave of Swords, Fritz Leiber: I really love the Fafhrd & the Grey Mouser stuff. This was sort of time-filing while waiting for new books to arrive.
12. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke: Fun book. REally fun book. Neil Gaiman's been banging the drum about this one and- as you'd expect- he's right.
13. Second Book of Jorkens, Lord Dunsany: The Jorkens books are great. NightShade Books is reprinting the whole batch of 'em in a uniform edition- including the difficult-to-find ones. Well worth picking up, this.
14. Black Sun Rising
15. When True Night Falls, C.S. Friedman: the second of these is likely to be the one book this year I do not finish.
16. Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower, Stephen King: Well duh. It ties up all the loose ends neatly, packages the whole thing up, and leaves you going '...that's such an evil ending. the RIGHT ending but oh so evil.'
17. Secret Life, Jeff VanderMeer: VanderMeer is good. Nuff sed, I think.
18. Bored of the Rings, the Harvard Lampoon: I didn't have a copy anymore, and for 4 quid I found a hardcover no less. Score! Read the vast majority of this sitting in a pub in Camden Town.
19. System of the World, Neal Stephenson: well, it is the third book in the series. A lot of wind-up, and a lot of Stephenson's patented dry sense of humor that is not only geekier than you know but geekier than you CAN know.
20. Ascending Peculiarity, Edward Gorey: a collection of interviews with the fellow himself. Re-read this one because I just felt, I don't know. In the proper mood.
21. Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, Umpteenth Edition; ed. Datlow et al: This anthology is a godsend.
22. Gloriana, or, the Queen Unfulfill'd, Michael Moorcock: I love this novel. I just fucking love it. Anybody who loves Gormenghast (edit: spelling corrected) or Spencer is bound to love it too, and should pick it up sooner than later.
23. The Other Glass Teat, Harlan Ellison: Nope, still the better of the two Glass Teats, in my opinion.
24. Cat's Pyjamas, James Morrow: I love James Morrow. This anthology collects a bunch of his shorts since the last short-story-anthology he pressed; it's fun.
25. Howl's Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones: Fun read. Had read this years ago, wanted to check on it again, since there's a new movie by Hayao Miyazaki coming out that's based on it.
26. Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, Sei Shonagon: Interesting reading someone's observations on the world from nearly a thousand years ago and finding them completely contemporary.
27. In the Shadow of No Towers, Art Spiegelman: Thank god SOMEBODY acclaimed for insightfulness agrees wholeheartedly with my paranoid little heart's imaginings about Sept 11, 2001.
28. Adventures in the Dream Trade, Neil Gaiman: An amusing though unessential little collection, composed of introductions to other people's work, and a big chunk of his blogging about American Gods.
29. The Iron Council, China Mieville: I'd call this the weakest of the 3 later novels he's written- and only out-weaked by King Rat, of all the writing he's done.
30. The Devil, Delfina Varela and the Used Chevy, Louie Garcia Robinson: A book about the Mission District of San Francisco in the early 80s (or as it was known at the time, La Michon, written by the latino equivalent of Tom Robbins. GREAT fun. Very amusing. I enjoyed it greatly.
96 books, huh? Madness.
  • (quoting the snake)-- 22. Gloriana, or, the Queen Unfulfill'd, Michael Moorcock: I love this novel. I just fucking love it. Anybody who loves Ghormenghast or Spencer is bound to love it too, and should pick it up sooner than later.

    -- I never really thought it was all that great. Moorcock wrote much better smut than this ;) but it's nice to see you've adopted my spelling of G(h)ormenghast here...Yes, anyone who loves me should love this book.. hehe
    I was a huge fan of Moorcock as a teenager and into my 20's.. starting with the Eternal Champion and Dancers series and into his weird Karl Glogauer and Jerry Cornelius things later on...(sigh)

    G
    • Curse you, you've infected me with your spelling of it!
      I read Gloriana in my teens, too; picked up the new edition because I hadn't a copy around, and re-read, and went 'oooh, this is all good still'.
      But I also have enjoyed reading The Faerie Queen, so that particular perversion of taste might be part of it.
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