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Reply #120 - 19. Aug 2015 at 21:48
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I just finished The Ebb-Tide, by Robert Louis Stevenson, not James Blaylock (I know Blaylock avoided the hyphen). I know Blaylock has cited Stevenson as an inspiration, and when I saw the title of this story, I had to read it. Although not Blaylockian in tone, Mr. Stevenson had quite the deft touch with characterization and turn of phrase. I have yet to read anything by him that was less than entertaining. Certain terms and attitudes, however, would be potentially upsetting to many modern readers; like Twain, Stevenson did not varnish his times via euphemism or editing.
Now I feel like I should read Blaylock's The Ebb Tide again to hunt for associations. I think I'll do that. Delightful homework.
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Reply #121 - 15. Oct 2015 at 04:28
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I'm in the middle of a mystery called Ten Second Staircase by Christopher Fowler, and I came across this sentence as we are following one of the septuagenarian lead detectives: "Arthur Bryant's office was starting to look like a collision between a greenhouse, a secondhand bookshop, and a cryptozoological museum." Brilliant. And the reference to cryptozoology alone merited a mention in a Blaylock forum, I thought.
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Reply #122 - 17. Nov 2015 at 22:48
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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.


Reading Right Ho, Jeeves, and I've encountered a character named Tuppy Glossop, who bears a first name similar to our noble Tubby Frobisher, but thus far no personality equal to Tubby's. I'm guessing the character referenced above is a different one. This one is also not in Malaya, but rather in Worcestershire. He does appear to share Tubby's appetite, however.
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Reply #123 - 19. Nov 2015 at 11:04
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As I recall, Tubby Frobisher appears only in the one Wodehouse novel (though I've only read about 70 of Wodehouse's 90+ books...). I hope Jim won't mind my quoting him here, but fans will be interested in this glimpse of the character's origins:

"I was indeed heavily influenced by Wodehouse, and I brazenly stole the name Tubby Frobisher. He first appeared back in the early? 80s in "The Idol's Eye." I remember being at Roy Squires's house (You might remember him from The Digging Leviathan) and having a conversation about the large number of Frobishers in pulp stories. That conversation tipped the scale. At the time I had no notion of writing a series of St. Ives stories, but that's what happened. Frobisher and his uncle came into their own years later." -JPB
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Reply #124 - 05. Feb 2016 at 00:59
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Just started re-re-reading the Digging Leviathan. I'm pretty excited. Look! There's William Ashbless himself! And Basil Peach, and Giles. My literary life is going to be awfully interesting for a while.
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Reply #125 - 13. Apr 2016 at 22:32
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I finished Digging Leviathan a while ago, which led to a new topic on this website. And now, laggard though I am, I've finally got my fingers on a copy of Beneath London...well, my electronic fingers, virtual fingers, since it's the e-book version. I much prefer a nice heavy paper book in my hands, but when one lives 5,000 miles away from the nearest English bookstore that might carry such a book, sometimes the e-book is just the best solution. Same words, anyway. Now to get stuck in.
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Reply #126 - 18. Apr 2016 at 04:01
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Re-Reading all of Lovecraft's works.  I purchased "H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction" from Barnes & Noble.  

Also slowly making my way though "The Lives of Tao," by Wesly Chu.
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Reply #127 - 30. Jun 2016 at 21:45
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Lovecraft: interesting stuff. Even from the 21st century vantage point, creepiness pervades the atmosphere when reading him. I was reading a short story recently that got creepier and creepier and then the writer used a word that sounded very Lovecraftian: Yog-Sothoth. And, Internet Be Praised, I easily discovered that yes it was, and that the author, Michael Collings, was a Lovecraft devotee of some kind.
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Reply #128 - 18. Dec 2016 at 23:41
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Just finished a sequence that started with Jane Eyre, followed by The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (odd mystery), then a Star Trek short story + old Larry Niven short story for palate cleansers, and now I've just started a re-read of All The Bells on Earth. I haven't read this one since it first came out in...1995?
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Reply #129 - 26. Jul 2017 at 10:11
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I just finished re-reading Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle. Good stuff. Now I've got a Dick Francis mystery (Forfeit) and C.J. Cherryh's Visitor up next because I'm going to be on a plane for a loooong time, from Korea to the US west coast, and those are my two 'airplane authors'. For some reason, I can enjoy their works on an airplane, but nothing else. Still waiting on River's Edge. Maybe I'll re-read Zeuglodon when I get back. I liked that one a lot.
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