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Reply #90 - 09. Dec 2010 at 13:43
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Readers in need of a dose of squid might check out the latest from China Mieville, Kraken, which features a squid-worshipping cult, and the theft of a giant squid from a museum in London.  It's pretty wild stuff (e.g. two rival end-of-the-world scenarios happening at the same time), and sometimes pretty goofy (a police witch is on the case).  Squid pro quo, anyone?  
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Reply #91 - 29. May 2011 at 21:39
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Just finished Jim Lynch's The Highest Tide.  Similiarities to Blaylock?  Well, a giant squid does make an appearance, and you can see the whole thing occasionally tilting Blaylock-ward in terms of a certain whimsy, but it doesn't quite get there, and stays relatively firmly rooted in the actual Puget Sound.  I could hear echoes, though.  Found it entertaining enough that I'll be seeking out his second novel.
Now on to Jeter's Infernal Devices...
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Reply #92 - 02. Jun 2011 at 19:29
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Working my way through the Harry Potter series.  Just finished the Prisoner of Azkaban.  Note, there is a giant squid in the lake at Hogwarts... clearly a Blaylock reference Smiley
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Reply #93 - 02. Jun 2011 at 19:32
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Also, I just received several books of stories by August Derleth, one of H.P. Lovecraft's protégés.  Both Lovecraft and Derleth make many references to Cthulhu, a squid-like being from another dimension.  Whether Lovecraft came up with the idea himself, or whether time-traveling aliens told him about Blaylock's writings, awaits to be determined.
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Reply #94 - 26. Nov 2011 at 12:22
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Not really intending to get my name on each of the three discussion topic categories as most recent one to post....  But there you go!  Currently reading a biography of Charles Dickens, which leads me to also sample Sketches by Boz as I go.  Is there not something occasionally Dickensian about Blaylock's characterizations & descriptions of locations at times?
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Reply #95 - 28. Nov 2011 at 05:48
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OK, 'occasionally,' and 'at times.'  How many times did I feel I needed to qualify that statement?  I, unlike Mr. Blaylock and Mr. Dickens, am no professional writer.
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Reply #96 - 29. Nov 2011 at 12:13
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In this interview, Blaylock mentions that, when he first started writing what is now called 'Steampunk', he "was reading wholesale quantities of Dickens, Stevenson, Conan Doyle, and P.G. Wodehouse, and I had grown up on Wells and Verne, and so I fell naturally into what became a Steampunk mode, with, I think, a humorous edge" - so Dickens was no doubt one of his influences.
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Reply #97 - 21. Oct 2012 at 00:24
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I just finished Hope Mirrlees' Lud-in-the-Mist, ca 1926.  I could swear I got the recommendation for this book from someone on this website, especially as the story wound on and the main character adopted the persona of a cheesemonger.
At first I found it entertaining, then decided I didn't really like any of the characters.  That's an area where Blaylock excels: I always want to hang out and eat doughnuts with his characters...or have a pint of bitter, depending on which one of his books I'm reading.  
Anyway, eventually the main character, by dint of his cheesemongering spying role, won me over.
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Reply #98 - 26. Oct 2012 at 17:08
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Lud-in-the-Mist would be something I might've recommended.

The book is one which Blaylock has read and which inspired him some, particularly being reminiscent of his Elfin Ship / Cheeser series.

You're right - Blaylock's characters are pretty fun, overall.
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Reply #99 - 13. Dec 2012 at 05:20
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Stalled out on Winston Churchill's history of World War I & Richard Adams' Shardik.  I was reading both at once, but there's no lightness in the Churchill, obviously, nor in the Adams.  They gradually wore me down.  Looking for something a little more upbeat...and offbeat, I'm now sitting down to ice cream and chocolate sauce with Uncle Hedge and the kids: Here's to Zeuglodon!!  Enjoying it thoroughly thus far.
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Reply #100 - 20. Apr 2013 at 11:08
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Thanks to the Aylesford Skull Tour...
Mr. Blaylock mentioned Nesbit's Bastable children stories responding to a question of what he was reading at the moment, and I found The Story of the Treasure Seekers, eBook edition.  Wow, does this evoke Blaylock at times, or rather, Blaylock evokes Nesbit at times.  There's a spirit in the stories, of whimsy (not Lord Peter) and willingness to embrace adventure, and a lack of cynicism that, I think, would appeal to a Blaylock fan.  It certainly does to me.  I have a few other books he's mentioned in his interviews, and hope to get onto those, as well.
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Reply #101 - 26. Apr 2013 at 09:16
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Here's a nice quote from the Treasure Seekers that is also a good guide for writers:

You will not catch me saying 'thus the sad days passed slowly by' - or 'the years rolled on their weary course' - or 'time went on' - because it is silly; of course time goes on - whether you say so or not. So I shall just tell you the nice, interesting parts - and in between you will understand that we had our meals and got up and went to bed, and dull things like that. It would be sickening to write all that down, though of course it happens. I said so to Albert-next-door's uncle, who writes books, and he said 'Quite right, that's what we call selection, a necessity of true art.' And he is very clever indeed. So you see.
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Reply #102 - 30. May 2013 at 04:49
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Nice quote!
Reading both Blaylock's Aylesford Skull and Tim Powers' The Bible Repairman and Other Stories now.  Good stuff, good stuff.  An embarrassment of riches, I say.
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Reply #103 - 30. Jun 2013 at 03:07
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Just got the Aylesford Skull, love the book so far ... I wanted to get it right away, but I had to knock a few important things off the to-do list before I could get around to it.  I recently completed the Doyle's "The Lost World," and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.  There was much more humor and cleverness than I expected.  I'm guessing the Aylesford Skull's Arthur Doyle is a nod to the author, no?
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Reply #104 - 26. Jul 2013 at 14:15
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Yes, the Doyle in The Aylesford Skull is the author of Sherlock Holmes, etc.
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