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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:33 am 
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Just finished reading “The Relic Guild” By Edward Cox to review for “Interzone” and I’m now reading something completely different, the children’s novel “The Wrong Pong” by Steven Butler.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:58 pm 
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I finished PKD's UBIK yesterday. It fascinated me, as a book that's sort or a virtual reality book about humans being in a series of virtual realities derived from physical reality, but the book probably cannot be accurately described that way. It seems more like a rationalistic account of a group of people caught up in changing aspects of appearance that are controlled by one to three entities, not all I guess people. One is the substance UBIK, some sort of vapour that seems to attempt to correct deviations from physical reality induced by the entities, forces, whatever they are. It is impossible to describe what the world of this book is like, as there are so many undecidable possibilities. It's achievement is the plot that describes the group, which is constantly trying to figure out what is happening to them. They think about times, degrading, reconstructing, minds, and how minds can think about this indeterminate mess. Here, I think, lies the book's incoherence: many possibilities are explored, including UBIK, yet UBIK is perhaps itself a possible substance in a web of possibilities. If so, then UBIK cannot perform the function claimed for it. This is not logical incoherence, but some sort of flaw in the book's structure. One escape from incoherence, is to argue that Dick might have knowingly written a book with no decidable ultimate reality. In my eyes, this makes it a good bad book, or a bad good book; a phrase Darko Suvin used when he described the book to me, last month.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:10 pm 
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Wading through Jo Nesbo's "The Leopard" - another novel featuring Inspector Harry Hole. Impressive work.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:50 pm 
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Currently reading Robert Bloch's "Psycho" for the first time (I'm a huge fan of the film) and really enjoying it.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 8:10 am 
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Finished Ballard's "Super-Cannes" which I really liked, and am reading Christopher Fowler's "The Water Room" at home. Still reading Ligotti's "Teatro Grottesco" at work which is great.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 2:50 pm 
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Finished Ligotti's "Teatro Grottesco" which I thoroughly enjoyed although it did get a little relentlessly monotonous towards the end of the collection. I've picked up "The Passive Vampire", a surrealist novel by Gherasim Luca to read at work.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:59 pm 
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Read since I last posted here (which was quite a while back, it seems) - "Dark Father" and "Strange Fruit", both by James Cooper, who I'll be interviewing in BS#43, "Everything You Need" by Michael Marshall Smith, "Monster Massacre Volume One" edited by Dave Elliott, "Razorjack" by John Higgins, "Kat on a Hot Tin Airship", "The Darkness Within", and "What's Dead Pussykat", all by Sam Stone, "Absinthe & Arsenic" by Raven Dane, "The Night Just Got Darker" and "The End", both by Gary McMahon, "Shifting of Veils" by Tim Lebbon, "The Sleeping Dead" by Richard Farren Barber, "Fade to Black" by Jeff Mariotte and Daniele Serra, "The Immortalists" by Andrew Hook, "In the Light" by S. P. Miskowski, "A Night at the Movies" by Robert Coover, and "The Derelict" by Neil Williams.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:13 am 
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Finished "The Passive Vampire" which was a delight and have picked up Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes" which I'm sure I must have read before but am looking forward to reading again.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:39 pm 
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Finished reading Christopher Fowler's "The Water Room" at home which was ok and picked up "The Green Girl As Elderflower" by Randolph Stow. Still reading Bradbury at work.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:15 am 
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Finished "The Green Girl As Elderflower" which was a little weird in a quaint way, and am now reading "Liberty or Love", a surrealist novel by Robert Desnos.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:14 pm 
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Finished Sally Garnder's "Tinder" with great illustrations by David Roberts and also "The Spectral Book of Horror Stories".

Spoiled for choice what to read next, maybe the new Adam Nevill or Lauren Beukes.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:18 am 
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Finished reading "Something Wicked This Way Comes" at work which was ok, and have picked up the anthology "Where The Heart Is" from Gray Friar Press.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:25 pm 
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Just finished Revival by Stephen King, which maintains his recent splendid form, and now reading Horror Uncut anthology from Gray Friar Press.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:30 pm 
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Went for "Broken Monsters" by Lauren Beukes (sorry Adam) and have read 260 pages since Saturday so think that counts as a page turner!

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:20 pm 
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I'm currently trying to write a review of Broken Monsters and trying not to come across as a gushing sycophant as it's so good!

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