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Started by Parasaurolophus, June 21, 2023, 02:55:03 PM
Quote from: ergative on June 17, 2023, 04:42:01 AMI just finished an advance copy of Alix E Harrow's new book, Starling house, and I loved it. Mysterious old house in a blighted town contains secrets known only to its mysterious caretaker. Young woman who's mastered the art of cheating and stealing to look after her brother and wants only to keep him safe and get him out of a miserable hard life takes a job as a housekeeper at the house, and learns the secrets. Beautifully character work, wonderful sentient haunted house with opinions, very touching set of revelations. I've liked everything Harrow writes.
Quote from: Morden on June 21, 2023, 03:46:21 PMI read another Adrian Tchaivkovsky--The Tiger and the Wolf. It's part of his fantasy oeuvre. Although it was interesting, I found there were too many descriptions of fight scenes, and I don't know if I'll continue with the series--at least not at full price on kindle. I think my favorites so far are Shards of Earth, Cage of Souls, and Doors of Eden.I have also been enjoying Swedish crime novelist Asa Larsson.
QuoteJeff VanderMeer - Annihilation: Ugh. Hated this. It's insufferable. If I wanted to watch Lost again, I'd just do that. But that's all this is. It's all pretense and pretension, with no substance undergirding it. What makes spooky and mysterious stuff work is having some kind of underlying substance or rationale; this, however, is transparently empty. It's written to be obscurantist and thus is meant to scream "DEEP! SO DEEP!", but there's just nothing to see. I won't read the other two, but I'll wager that basically nothing is elucidated. Because, like Lost, there's nothing to elucidate. It's just unplanned, surface-level nothing meant to fool you into thinking you're in the presence of greatness. Also, the characters are cardboard cutouts identified solely by their functional role/occupation. I wouldn't have minded--I might even have thought it an interesting choice--if the occupations in question had made any sense. But no, they're cartoonized versions of "psychologist", "scout", "biologist", etc. which bear no resemblance to what those occupations actually look like in real life. The psychologist hypnotizes people? Give me a break. Better yet, go do some research, VanderMeer.
Quote from: Morden on July 04, 2023, 02:16:02 PMI haven't read any Terry Pratchett, well, except for his work with Gaiman in Good Omens (which I enjoyed, but I enjoy most of Gaiman's novels (though not his graphic novels). What Pratchett would you recommend to start with?