Disciple of Marduk
- Aug 24, 2001
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- HM The Tower of London
Love that story.
'Tangent' isn't too bad.
Also time to re-read The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test. That should be an antidote to current times. I really wanted to be 'on the bus'.
My wife used to buy and read those romance novels with the covers picturing a handsome muscled guy embracing a lovely young woman with torn bodice. I referred to them all with the generic title: “Heaving Cleavage”.
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon?I've read some terrible memoirs that were scarcely literate, but two 'famous' books that disappointed me massively were On The Road and The Crying of Lot.
Both went unfinished.
Perhaps it was just the wrong confluence of time and place.
…the setting, props and atmosphere are so Jamesian that I've always thought that Palliser must be a fan. Lonely academics, creaky tumbledown houses in foggy cathedral closes full of bitchy ecclesiastics, lost manuscripts - all very reminiscent. Thoroughly satisfying read, and one I suspect any fan of MR James will enjoy.
…Rustication - A Novel. A 'gothic puzzler' which unfolds through the diary of seventeen year old Richard Shenstone, recently sent down from Cambridge for initially unspecified transgressions. Full of twists and uncertainties - as a reader you don't really have a clue whether Shenstone - a thoroughly unreliable narrator (but you're never quite sure whether by art or circumstance), really doesn't have a clue what's going on, or if the whole diary is an intricate piece of distraction. Quite slow burning but great reading for a blustery night.
The landscape is also reminiscent of James's coastal Suffolk - and very well drawn. (That's not to say it is Suffolk; I may be wrong but I don't think Palliser specifies precisely where the novel's are set and I think the place names are all fictional - the descriptions also evoke the atmospheric landscape of Romney Marsh.)
Just bought that on Auduble - thank you!
I know... it really does read like fan-fiction of The Bible, where Creation happens, Satan falls from heaven, then the Chosen People, firstly the elves and then humans, fall from grace and are cast out to live among the Nations, until G-D loses it and ends each phase of the world with an apocalypse.The Silmarillion. J R Tolkien.
Just can't get past the first pages.
The writer is obviously paid for word-count.i couldn’t finish a cod-keltic Patricia Kenneally novel. Very dire. I’m afraid the title escapes me, but if you see her name on the front, avoid! I thought years of processing massive Victorian novels as part of an English degree would allow me to skim through any old chuff, but apparently not. The trick, dear readers, is to stop reading the left hand page half way down, and skip lightly over to the same level on the right hand page, thus getting a fair view of the action but missing half the time-wasting words.
i really enjoyed the Quincunx, but see admission above
LOVED Use of Weapons! I think two of the worst books I've read (and I've read some corkers of dreadful books, but all differently bad, if you see what I mean) were Kate Mosse's Labyrinth (far too full of 'I speak French, look at me, here, speaking French!') and A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (started out so promisingly and became a grown up version of Twilight, full of people with ridiculously over-blown amounts of powers. Something I tell my students is not to make your main characters so impossibly over-super because nobody can relate to those who can get out of trouble by clicking their fingers). I wanted to like both of these but just...couldn't.I must look into more Iain (M) Banks. I've only read Crow Road and Use of Weapons. Also time to re-read The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test. That should be an antidote to current times. I really wanted to be 'on the bus'.
I actually like The Crying of Lot 49 a lot and have read a few other Pynchon novels; I only tried one Kerouac novel - and as a fan of Ken Kesey, William Burroughs, Richard Brautigan and more - it should have been right up my street, but I really couldn't get on with his novel Big Sur at all.Yes, sorry--the end got cut off.
I never even attempted that. But I have heard that the characters are given more depth than in the books. In the first book the main character starts out as an independant academic and ends up a simpering 'he'th jutht tho thtwong!' weak, pathetic kind of romance heroine of the kind that gives proper romance heroines a bad name.I haven't read the books but I like the tv series.
I never even attempted that. But I have heard that the characters are given more depth than in the books. In the first book the main character starts out as an independant academic and ends up a simpering 'he'th jutht tho thtwong!' weak, pathetic kind of romance heroine of the kind that gives proper romance heroines a bad name.
That is more or less the case for any of his books that I've tried. He doesn't know where he's going with them and they just sort of stop. The only exception is The Green Mile which was good.Stephen King's Under The Dome... Builds up multiple storylines, then seems to get bored of where everything is going and kills everyone in a fire. What was the point.