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Originally Posted by BreezyBirch View Post

china mieville kicks major ass. i just read embassytown a few weeks ago. fuckin blew my mind.
edit:nm

Just started embassytown actually and it is already pulling me in. Just finished The City and The City. Was good, but not as good as some of his previous stuff. I really love the ideas in The Scar. From probability fencing to an island of Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
mosquito humanoids
to Cthulhu inspired idols that Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
one has to french kiss in order to get spatial bending perception
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Anybody here read Gene Wolfe? Maybe I should look for the book thread...

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Originally Posted by robinsongreen68 View Post

i'm reading pynchon's against the day. i held off from this for a long while because i thought nothing could match his earlier stuff, and this book doesn't, but it still presents luminous patches of prose and ideas that blow murakami and mieville out of the water, much though i like both of those guys.

Have never read any Pynchon (got scared that it was more technique than content I was interested in, but his name keeps coming up so I guess I should give his stuff a shot. Would Gravity's Rainbow be a good place to start?)
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J.D. Salinger's Nine Stories is also proving to be exceptionally awesome. Never read Catcher in the Rye (I have a ridiculous gap of canon knowledge), so this was a nice intro.

Eh, unless you grew up with Catcher there isn't a lot there to recommend. This is the best assessment of it I've seen: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43680-2004Oct18.html
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Originally Posted by Ivwri View Post

Have never read any Pynchon (got scared that it was more technique than content I was interested in, but his name keeps coming up so I guess I should give his stuff a shot. Would Gravity's Rainbow be a good place to start?)

I would start with either V. or The Crying of Lot 49. Gravity's Rainbow is outstanding, but it's a massive (and dense) book that requires significant patience. (I still haven't finished it—I keep picking it up and putting it down.) Either of his other two earlier books are much more accessible.

EDIT—On second thought, start with Gravity's Rainbow; you might wind up liking it more immediately than I (or other readers) did.
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I liked perdido st. station (which is why i asked) though by the end i was ready to take a break before reading another mieville. There was so much world building, it mostly made me want to play a D&D campaign set in Bas Lag--it reminded me a lot of a really dark Eberron (all of my internet points if anyone here is familiar with that reference)

Right now i'm reading stranger in a strange land, which is kind of boring and sexist. It just feels really, really dated. Considering just dropping it and reading starship troopers (i think Heinlein's writing would be better suited to a military book rather than pedantic social commentary) but i'd definitely like to read more weird fiction.

But yeah, the "what are you reading' thread is great. It pulls from a lot of SF demographics not just SW&D so there's a pretty diverse set of tastes.
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Ivwri, there's no question that GR is THE great pynchon novel, for me and many others it is to the second half of the century what Ulysses was to the first, but the texture of the language and the conceptual weight is so dense i can only take a relatively small amount at a time, it exhausts me!
I would suggest V as a better entry point, it's more narrative-led and although the prose is great, each paragraph is not quite so freighted as in GR.
(Also fantastic is the crying of lot 49, which is only about 100 pages long, again the prose is wonderful and it touches on a lot of pynchon's key themes).
Take my word for it, Pynchon is no empty stylist. certainly there are stylistic tics that can get annoying- the picaresque, slapstick elements often make me want to skip a few pages- but i was looking at GR again the other day and the relationship between the couple who are the novel's 'emotional centre' is just heartbreaking without being in the slightest bit sentimental. and don't get me started on the chapter with the daughter in a kind of warped wartime Disneyland, under the shadow of the V2..

edit: ha, didn't read what thewho said..smile.gif
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The Kris van Assche sale starting in 13 mins looks like the best thing Gilt's done in... forever

Some great deals to be had, assuming they have normal-people sizes
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Of course Yoox has had much of the same stock for a month or two already. Funny how those things go.
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paging snowman
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COS and Dries today. How do I know if the brands I'm wearing doesn't go together? I've heard with certain brands, synergy is crucial.

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COS and Dries today. How do I know if the brands I'm wearing doesn't go together? I've heard with certain brands, synergy is crucial.

Check for signs of infection around where the two garments touch (e.g. the beltline)

Better find it quick though before it spreads to your bloodstream
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Originally Posted by Noctone View Post

Err, how is Murakami futuristic? Most of his novels are set in the '80s. puzzled.gif

But it's postmodern


lol I don't know, I hadn't done my research when that was posted.

Now have a list of 30+ novels, really excited
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i think a lot of novels that are even remotely fantastical tend to get labeled as science fiction which may be where the misconception comes from.

on another note wow.gif

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Ughh I've tried to get through V a few times. I really want to like Pynchon, as a lot of people I respect do, but man he does not make it easy...
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Ughh I've tried to get through V a few times. I really want to like Pynchon, as a lot of people I respect do, but man he does not make it easy...

What, you can't get into Ben Franklin eating Fiddle Faddle with Sammy Davis Jr. as they cruise down the street in a lizard-shaped car that runs entirely on lamp oil?
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What, you can't get into Ben Franklin eating Fiddle Faddle with Sammy Davis Jr. as they cruise down the street in a lizard-shaped car that runs entirely on lamp oil?

After reading this shit, glad Pynchon is on my to-read list.
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