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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:44 am 
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Someone rather forced a copy of George R R Martin's 'A Game of Thrones' on me, so I've made a start on it. At the moment I'm not sure it's worth sticking with, but I'll persevere a bit longer. I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has read it! Haven't seen the tv show, by the way.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:06 am 
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Read since I last posted here - "Signal to Noise" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, "The Bitterwood Bible" by Angela Slatter, "Orpheus on the Underground" by Rhys Hughes, "Strange Gateways" and "The Devil's Detective" by Simon Kurt Unsworth, "Merry-Go-Round" by Bryn Fortey, "Strange Tales V" edited by Rosalie Parker, "Leinster Gardens" by Jan Edwards, "The Yellow Wood" by Melanie Tem, "Imago Mortis" and "Black Tea" by Samuel Marolla, "The Loney" by Andrew Michael Hurley, "Night Screams for Mercy" by Hannu Kesola & Jussi Piironen, "Made Flesh" by Lars Kramhøft & Tom Kristensen, and "Evil and the Mask" by Fuminori Nakamura.

FYI Simon Kurt Unsworth will be our Case Notes featured author in #48, with an interview and stuff.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:31 pm 
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Has Strange Gateways actually been published then? I ordered it a year ago and still haven't received it... :(

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:46 pm 
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I got sent a PDF for review, so haven't seen an actual physical copy, but it is shown as available on both Amazon and the PS website, and SKU said on his blog that people were receiving copies back in June 2014:-

http://simonkurtunsworth.co.uk/2014/06/ ... ixth-time/

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:53 pm 
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I feel an email coming on...

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:46 am 
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Currently reading China Mieville's new short story collection which contains short stories and fragments of other "stuff", some of which accompanied art exhibitions.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:38 pm 
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Interesting Ian. I got sent a review copy of the Mieville, but have doubts regarding its suitability for a Black Static review, so your thoughts on whether it's horror/dark/weird enough would be appreciated.

Read since I last posted here - "Point Hollow" by Rio Youers, "Give Me These Moments Back" by Mike Chinn, and "Dead Water" by David A. Sutton.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:23 am 
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I'm reading "The Little Sister" by Raymond Chandler and Black Static #47.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:13 pm 
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I've just turned in a review of the Mieville collection for "Interzone", there's probably enough horror/weird in there for "Black Static", especially the really short works, but there are some interesting longer pieces and some that are almost throw-away, full of ideas that could fill a novel.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:20 am 
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Decided life's too short to read books I'm not enjoying, so I've given up on 'A Game of Thrones'. Now I'm a decent way through 'The Sundial' by Shirley Jackson. Not read anything of hers before but this is a real hoot!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:56 am 
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Finished Chandler's "The Little Sister" which was excellent. Enjoyed Black Static #47 too.

Currently reading "The Encyclopedia of the Dead" by Danilo Kis at work, and "The Way For The Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen" by Tadeusz Borowski at home.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2015 7:42 am 
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Cheers Ian, for reply above re Mieville.

Read since my last update - "Evocations" by James Brogden, "The Wolf in Winter" by John Connolly, "They Live" by D. Harlan Wilson, "Halloween" by Murray Leeder, and "The Year's Best Weird Fiction Volume One", edited by Laird Barron & Michael Kelly.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2015 8:12 pm 
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Ian H wrote:
Pete

I've just turned in a review of the Mieville collection for "Interzone", there's probably enough horror/weird in there for "Black Static", especially the really short works, but there are some interesting longer pieces and some that are almost throw-away, full of ideas that could fill a novel.

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Just started reading this 'EXPLOSIONS' book. Never was interested in any his novels, so I hope CM's shorter works are more to my taste.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 8:25 am 
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Finished "The Way For The Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen" by Tadeusz Borowski and have picked up "Jeff Koons: Conversations with Norman Rosenthal" which is proving interesting reading (there was recently a small Koons exhibition locally in Norwich which I enjoyed).

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 8:06 pm 
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I finished Stanislaw Lem's His Master's Voice. It is ostensibly a first - contact via interstellar message story. Quite briefly, a 'letter' is received on Earth that supposedly comes from some advanced civilisation far away. But the 'story' is little more than the thoughts of the researchers involved in a project to decode the stream of particles whose fluctuating pattern is the encoded (?) message. Lem describes one idea after the other. One problem is, that the receivers do not know the ontological kind of the entities seemingly described in the stream. Are they things (like a rock) or processes (like an occurring sunset)? Lem does not say. Philosophers can think of other categories, but things and processes are enough - maybe one more than enough- for many readers. HMV is filled with speculations like this, involving physics and biology. Many concern the origins of life, here and elsewhere. Well - worth reading for these, but do not expect an interesting plot.


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