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Reply #30 - 12. Jun 2004 at 01:07
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I'm currently reading "The Bookman's Promise" by John Dunning.  It's a mystery -- a "bibliomystery", in fact.  It's the third one in this series that Dunning has written.  I think that Dunning is or used to be a rare books dealer in Colorado, so this series is particularly interesting to those of us who are bibliophiles.

I will soon be reading "The Ships of Air", the second novel in a fantasy series by Martha Wells, due to be released on the 29th of this month.  Martha's earlier books were all smashingly good fantasies, though they're not at all light-hearted fantasies like Elfin Ship or anything.  (Martha lives in my old hometown, and I run into her occasionally.) She's really a rising star to watch, I believe.

If you desire some summer reading that's a lighthearted fantasy more in the vein of Blaylock's type of work, I recommend trying Richard A. Lupoff's "Into the Aether".  It came out a long time ago, so you'd have to find it on a used book website, most likely.  It definitly falls into the subgenre of humorous steampunk, I think.  Here's the description:

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When the 'Chester A. Arthur', the world's first and only coal/steam/paddlewheel-propelled spaceship rose into the skies over Buffalo Falls, Pa. , who would have expected what followed? Will Professor Thintwhistle and his crew be able to return to earth? Will Miss Taphammer ever find them? Will Jefferson Jackson Clay's foul plot succeed? And what of the King of the Cats?
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Reply #31 - 12. Jun 2004 at 01:59
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At the risk of hijacking this thread (sorry), I was just wondering, Silver, if you'd ever given any thought to applying your artistic skills to bringing something from Blaylock's worlds to the canvas? I just went through your webpages and saw some of your work- very nice. With your architectural skills, I think you'd do a fine job interpreting things like a Twombly Town scene, or perhaps Dr. Chan's storefront.  In fact, I'd go as far as saying that you'd probably become a local hero around these parts after producing something like that!

I'm sure there'd be some pesky legal issues to deal with through the publisher, and I certainly wouldn't want to see Mr. Blaylock's work interpreted without his blessing, but I, for one, would certainly buy a print Wink

Jeff

Edit: As it's been over 2 months, I'll take your lack of a response as a resounding "no".....
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Reply #32 - 21. Jul 2004 at 18:40
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I've recently suggested some Blaylock to a friend I haven't seen since high school. She has yet to get her hands on any, but I anxiously await her thoughts.
Anyway, I read Gene Wolfe's "The Knight" a few weeks ago and think it's one of the best fantasy novels in recent years; can't wait for the second half ("The Wizard") to be released. Also reading Jasper Fforde's "Thursday Next" books (starting with "The Eyre Affair"); they're funny and fast-paced alternate history, with just enough literary references to keep this reformed English major satisfied. Working my way through Patrick O'Brian's books as well (listened to most of them on CD first, read by patrick Tull, which I also recommend); I'm on the fourth one--a personal favorite.
Also picked up Anne McCaffrey's Pern trilogy to re-read for the first time in nearly 20 years. They're good fun, if a little simplistic.
I think I've mentioned "Bridge of Birds" by Barry Hughart and "The Harp and the Blade" by John Myers Myers before (on the archived board), but I'll say it again: read these books!
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Reply #33 - 22. Jul 2004 at 15:29
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Patton - A Soldier's Life = very good, but the thing I hate about Biography is the cast of 1000's -- it's hard to remember who some folks are from chapter 1 to chapter 20 etc....  So and so died, eh?  Who was that again?  I finally gave up trying to figure it out and just decided to plow on.  The stuff about Black Jack Pershing is also interesting.

Maybe Powers could incorporate Patton into one of his alternate realities like he did Philby?  Plenty of material.  I loved the throw away story about GSP hunting boar with a Renault tank, ripping up a forest much to the dismay of the locals!
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Reply #34 - 23. Jul 2004 at 07:02
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I just received James Morrow's new collection, The Cat's Pajama's and Other Stories.  Looking forward to reading this one.  Morrow always amuses me.

-Neil
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Reply #35 - 16. Aug 2004 at 18:36
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Been readin' China Mieville's "Perdido Street Station" and "The Scar."  Wonderful mixture of magic and steampunk, though shading into horror as books climax.  Think Mervyn Peake in space.  Powerful stuff.
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Reply #36 - 20. Aug 2004 at 09:21
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'Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee' by Dee Brown.  It's a history of how the American West was won from a native perspective.  It has a lot of biographical data on several of the famous chiefs we've all heard of, like Cochise, Sitting Bull, and Geronimo, as well as a lot of men who I've never heard of, but who have very interesting lives nonetheless.  I recommend it to anyone, although it is pretty graphic at times.

Mike
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Reply #37 - 20. Aug 2004 at 23:25
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fyi - check out Black Elk Speaks as well.
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Reply #38 - 21. Aug 2004 at 05:39
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I'm almost done with Peter Crowther's SF collection SONGS OF LEAVING.  Good book.

-Neil
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Reply #39 - 21. Aug 2004 at 16:33
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The Far Side of the World - then I've got a pile of new hardback editions of Wodehouse I picked up to replace some old paperbacks.
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Reply #40 - 28. Aug 2004 at 10:35
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I'm on my last Simak novel, Time and Again, at least until I can get my hands on some more.  Next, I think I am going to re-read the fuzzy books, Little Fuzzy, The Other Human Race, and Fuzzies and Other People by H. Beam Piper.

There is another novel by Piper that I'm thinking about ordering called "The Cosmic Computer." Has anyone read it?

B.
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Reply #41 - 30. Aug 2004 at 02:32
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I've read it.  Good, but I'd recommend his Paratime books over it.

-Neil
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Reply #42 - 30. Aug 2004 at 06:08
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I'm now re-reading "The Difference Engine", a Steampunk novel by William Gibson, and Bruce Stirling.

What if Charles Babbage had perfected his Analytical Engine, bringing the computer age into being a century earlier?  

It's a pretty cool alternate Victorian England...

I highly recommend it.
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Reply #43 - 30. Aug 2004 at 14:27
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I had the Difference Engine, but I loaned it out and it never came back - good book, but the ending was abrupt....  Did they ever to a sequel?
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Reply #44 - 31. Aug 2004 at 00:27
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No they didn't.

I guess I was in the minority here in think the Difference Engine was awful.  I like Gibson and about half of Sterlings stuff, but this was a mess.

 -Neil
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