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Reply #105 - 24. Aug 2013 at 23:14
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Currently reading Terry Pratchett's Soul Music.  Sometimes I love his stuff, whimsical and packed full of references that it is.  Also, I enjoy the consistency of both his world and his vision.
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Reply #106 - 28. Aug 2013 at 10:07
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His next book, coming out this fall, sounds like it will be somewhat steampunkish (given that it involves Moist von Lipwig introducing steam trains to the Discworld, and is called "Raising Steam").
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Reply #107 - 07. Nov 2013 at 05:55
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In one of Mr. Blaylock’s Aylesford Skull tour interviews, he mentioned Edith Nesbit and the Bastable children.  I sometimes read what he recommends (Lud-in-the-Mist, for one), so I found a copy of The Story of the Treasure Seekers and read it.  I really enjoyed it, despite or perhaps because of my age, and could see how it might echo in some of his work.
I’ve been re-reading the Narnia books, and yesterday I started on The Magician’s Nephew.  In the second paragraph, Lewis writes, “In those days Mr. Sherlock Holmes was still living in Baker Street and the Bastables were looking for treasure in the Lewisham Road.”  When I first read the Narnia books as a child of 9 or 10, I knew who Holmes was, but had no idea of Bastables.  Now, thanks to Mr. Blaylock, I know.  I can’t quite express how satisfying it was to read that sentence and think, finally, I knew to whom Mr. Lewis referred.
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Reply #108 - 14. Jan 2014 at 05:23
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Just finished "The End of Eternity" by Isaac Azimov.  A fine book, but it's making me want to re-read Lord Kelvin's Machine.
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Reply #109 - 21. Jan 2014 at 02:10
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Ooo, End of Eternity.  That's a great book.  I just finished Asimov's Foundation, for the third time, but first time in probably 20 years.  It was interesting, but dated somewhat by the absolute dearth of female characters, except for one stereotypically "shrewish" wife.  My, how the world has changed.  I much prefer to have Kathleen Perkinses in my stories.
Reading Tony Hillerman's Listening Woman now.  Nothing Steampunk about that!
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Reply #110 - 02. Apr 2014 at 02:47
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Christopher Priest: The Prestige.  [A little Spoiler action follows: beware]
Although it mines a bit of the territory Blaylock and Jeter fans would find familiar, I found that it didn't allow in any of the light that Blaylock always lets shine into his Victorian world eventually.  It was pretty well built, I think, but I found it, in the end, unsatisfying.  Yes to electrical teleportation, yes to family feuds that span decades, but I suspect my profound disinterest in the stage performance of magic/illusions probably set me up to not fully enjoy this book.
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Reply #111 - 02. Apr 2014 at 14:19
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Re: Edith Nesbit (mentioned a while back), in addition to her many fine children's books she also wrote a number of ghost & supernatural stories which are excellent as well, ranging from the horrific to the humorous. It's interesting to note, too, that one of her characters -- Oswald Bastable -- inspired a character in some of Michael Moorcock's steampunk books (The Warlord of the Air, The Land Leviathan, The Steel Tsar).
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Reply #112 - 25. Apr 2014 at 23:15
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Happily re-reading The Paper Grail.  I found an instance of Blaylock referencing himself, or not, as the case may be.  But anyway, here it is: when I was reading Zeuglodon, there was a meal involving cold spaghetti sandwiches.  So, as I'm cruising through the Paper Grail, here's Mr. Jimmers saying, "I've developed a taste for canned-spaghetti sandwiches on a superior-quality white bread" (p. 128 of my edition).  I laughed out loud!  I love these kinds of inter-book connections, purposeful or not.
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Reply #113 - 10. Oct 2014 at 02:08
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Eddison's The Worm Ouroboros.  Now there's a different cup of tea!
But in a Blaylockian frame, I just read a conversation regarding "...the sea-frog, the sea-fox, the sea-dog, the sea-horse, the sea-lion, the sea-bear...", as well as sea-mice "mashed and brayed in a mortar with the flesh of that beast named 'bos marinus', seasoned with salt and garlic".  A little whimsy pokes through Eddison's work every now and then.  
Not so whimsical if one is a sea-mouse, I suppose.
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Reply #114 - 10. Dec 2014 at 22:46
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Jane Austen: Mansfield Park.  Not an ounce of whimsey.  Having just read the review of the Elfin Ship via the link in another discussion topic, I think it might be time to read that again.  I have a decided paucity of whimsey.  
On the other hand, I could read a Dorothy L. Sayers book, but that character's middle name being Death...well, that takes some of the whimsey out of Wimsey.
Ach.  Is that word play or pun?  Either way, on to the Elfin Ship!
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Reply #115 - 12. Feb 2015 at 02:12
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OK, so not The Elfin Ship.  I live in South Korea, but my books reside in the U.S. (very heavy, very expensive to ship).  So for Christmas, I asked my sister, as gift to me, to snag a few books and mail them here.  My wonderful sister (not that the other sister is somehow less wonderful) sent me several Blaylocks (All the Bells on Earth, Knights of the Cornerstone), but no Elfin Ship.  She did also, however, send me a tattered paperback copy of the Stone Giant.  So that's what I'll read next, right after I finish Captain Thomas Frothingham's 1920 A True Account of the Battle of Jutland.  A little light reading before The Stone Giant.
Oh, before Jutland, I re-read Tim Powers' The Anubis Gates.  Excellent stuff.
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Reply #116 - 17. Feb 2015 at 17:04
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St Ives fans might like to give PG Wodehouse's Ring for Jeeves (also published under the title The Return of Jeeves) a look. It contains the original "Tubby Frobisher" who inspired Blaylock's character. The Wodehouse character is someone frequently mentioned who never appears in person - he lives out in the East, in Malaya or somewhere in the Empire.
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Reply #117 - 11. Mar 2015 at 08:47
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Just finished The Stone Giant.  Haven't read the other Balumnian books in decades, so I was pretty fresh to this world.  I hadn't enjoyed it so much when I read it in the past, but I really liked it this time.  I can see how Blaylock moved from this to The Paper Grail. I sometimes felt that this Escargot was much closer to Blaylock's other, later, Californian heroes, and that he [Blaylock] wanted to burst out of the story's world, perhaps like Escargot felt the occasional tug to return to Twombly Town.  Escargot did move between worlds...he just didn't quite get to Northern California.
Loved that Blaylock threw in an Ashbless reference, too: while pondering how to greet an Elf galleon captain, Escargot tried to think of "something to impress Captain Appleby with.  A quotation would be nice - something profound.  A snatch of verse from Ashbless, perhaps."
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Reply #118 - 09. May 2015 at 00:30
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Ashbless goes all the way back to the Elfin Ship.  The Beddlington Ape, if I remember correctly, would blurt out lines from an Ashbless poem.
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Reply #119 - 02. Jul 2015 at 21:01
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Speaking of references, albeit non-Blaylockian, I was reading a short story by Connie Willis the other day (The Winds of Marble Arch) and at the end of the story she referenced Paddington, the bear, not the station. She didn't use the name, but she mentioned a second-hand market at Portobello Road which had "everything under the sun", taking me straight to Mr. Brown's shop. I could be wrong. There could be such shops in reality...probably are. But I choose to believe it was a conscious cross-literary reference, which I find quite charming.
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