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Reply #75 - 15. Dec 2006 at 22:33
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I'm reading Thomas Pynchon's latest, AGAINST THE DAY. While one would not usually think of placing Pynchon and Blaylock on the same bookshelf, this Pynchon is actually quite Blaylockesque---whimsical, ruminative, gentle. I think J.B. could spin a really fine Chums of Chance yarn, for example!
Note that I am in the sorry state of loving two authors who seem to have slowed their output down to glacial speed. Ah, well--The Wait is invariably well worth it! Sort of like finding something as wonderful as the Grand Canyon left behind when the ice finally recedes.
Happy Holidays everybody!
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Reply #76 - 11. Feb 2007 at 03:43
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site seems kinda slow recently.... actually i forgot my password for a minute or 2!
still fairly boring texts. ethics & jurisprudence-woohoo. i don't suggest it for any light reading--or even just reading.
haven't even been to a movie lately with all the studying!!!! one day, maybe this summer, i'll write down all the books, well, ok, maybe not all of them--but several of the books on this list-to catch up on my fantasy fetish!!!
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Reply #77 - 14. Feb 2007 at 18:24
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Shadows Over Baker Street - very good book!
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Reply #78 - 19. Feb 2007 at 22:35
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I read The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke, back at Xmas. I heartily recommend it! She's the author of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, which is also fantastic.
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Reply #79 - 26. Aug 2007 at 14:41
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I'd recommend "Little, Big", a fantasy novel that Blaylock fans should enjoy.  

At the book's centre is Edgewood, a house with 4 floors, 7 chimneys, 52 doors, and 365 stairs.  

There is a Noisy Bridge Rod & Gun Club, a perpetual motion machine called the Cosmo-Opticon, a drug called Pellucidar, a stolen child and a sleeping emperor, and a salt & pepper set called Mr. Salty and Mr. Peppy.  

There are also talking animals and characters with names like Mrs. Underhill, George Mouse, Violet Bramble, and Grandfather Trout.  

The book occupies territory that is midway between Blaylock's Balumnia books and the early California novels where cosmic forces clash.  Probably it is most like Land of Dreams.

Sizewise, the book is big, not little.  The writing is excellent, and Crowley has the same gentle affection for his characters that Blaylock has.
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Reply #80 - 29. Sep 2007 at 20:48
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Greetings, Fellow Blaylockians!
I am reading everything I can get my mitts on by Charles Portis. Not fantasy or scifi....but not recognizably 'real,' either. Very, very funny in a deadpan, shaggy-dog kinda way. He wrote TRUE GRIT (which is MUCH better than the movie) and a semi-classic titled DOG OF THE SOUTH. What DOES he have in common with Master Blaylock? Well, you either 'get' him or you don't, that's what. Here's hoping there are some of you out there who will ride his wavelength to hilarity....and some surprising depth of emotion as well!
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Reply #81 - 14. Nov 2007 at 22:28
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"Way Station"- Clifford D Simak (4th time reading it)

"A First Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole"- Diana Preston

"Old Goriot"- Balzac

"Sir Gregor MacGregor and the Land That Never Was: the Extraordinary Story of the Most Audacious Fraud in History"- David Sinclair

"Tales of Pirx the Pilot"- Stanislaus Lem

And when I'm not reading I'm over at StumbleUpon!
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Reply #82 - 23. Feb 2008 at 01:55
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I have recently finished an interesting book "Medieval In LA" by Jim Paul, this is a literary work for those of you who like to mix it up with their reading. It is a sort of fiction/non-fiction, (I know- just roll with it, you won't be disappointed) also Blaylock, Ashbless, Power's "Pilot Light". The parts about Derrida were especially amusing!
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Reply #83 - 07. Jun 2009 at 07:50
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Perhaps not as good as Blaylock but full of oddball characters are Masters of Atlantis by Charles Portis and Yellowknife by Steve Zipp.  One is rather rambling, the other post-moderny.  Still, some nice comic moments...
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Reply #84 - 17. Sep 2009 at 00:21
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"An Omelet And A Glass Of Wine" by Elizabeth David. Essays about food, travel, etc. Exquisite and Blaylockian (good writing about food). "The Graveyard Book" bt Neil Gaiman,almost as good as Durbin's "Dragonfly".
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Reply #85 - 08. Jan 2010 at 16:22
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Unless I missed it, I don't see my second favourite book ( after the Cheeser series ) mentioned here. The Face in the Frost by John Bellairs has a very similar tone of whimsy and gentle humor, although it does have some genuinely disturbing and frightening moments.

It was written way back in 1969 by an author who predominately wrote for young adults. Probably pretty hard to find, but in these days of the internets I'm sure it can be ordered online.


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Reply #86 - 19. Jan 2010 at 16:43
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Trolls by D'Aulaires.  It's a childrens book about, you guessed it, trolls.  It's fantastic, with great illustrations.  It reminds me of a G. Smithers book, I recommend it to anyone who likes the Elfin Ship/Jonathan Bing books.
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Reply #87 - 10. Feb 2010 at 13:44
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Mystery readers amongst Blaylock fans might like Margery Allingham's The Beckoning Lady. Very different from the Balumnia books, of course, but it has certain bizarre elements that might appeal on the same level, such as a weird bladder-powered musical instrument called the Glübalübalüm, and a troupe of clowns who turn up at a party pretending to be fishmongers.
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Reply #88 - 05. Apr 2010 at 14:11
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Iain Pears "An Instance Of The Fingerpost" is very, very good just read it 3rd time.  Rest of his stuff isn't worth it really.

currently
Haruki Murikami's "Kafka On The Shore" is even better 2nd time.
James Patrick Kelly "Wildlife"
Neal Gaiman "Anansi Boys"
John Irving "A Son Of The Circus" (best book ever? no?)
Tim Powers "3 Days To Never"

Need to get Ebb Tide haven't read it yet.
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Reply #89 - 27. Nov 2010 at 06:54
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Since I started a Philip K. Dick book discussion group, I just reread VALIS. I'm currently reading Night Moves by Tim Powers. The Magic Spectacles came before VALIS.
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