faustus: (Heaven)
( Jan. 1st, 2010 11:59 pm)
Despite the numbering, actually 60, as I misnumbered with Malzberg.

I-X )
XI-XX )
XXI-XXX )
XXXI-XL )
XLI-L )
LI- )

 

Fiction

Children's/YA )

Crime )

Literary )

SF/Fantasy )

Non-Fiction

Art )

Literature )

SF )

Television )

faustus: (Heaven)
( Dec. 16th, 2009 03:42 pm)
I fell off writing these up, so a listing with some comments

LI: Pugin's House - details not to hand, but one of three books I picked up on a visit to a Landmark Trust property. I would have liked a few more before and after pictures to see how much remodelling was done.

LII: Marge Piercy, Woman on the Edge of Time - classic feminist critical utopia; a reread.

LIII: Monique Wittig, The Lesbian Body - bizarre, descriptive, account of bodies which recalls the opening of Lyotard's Libidinal Economy and is, well, maybe pointless. I suspect I'm not the target audience.

LIV-LVI: Robert Adams, The Coming of the Horseclans, Revenge of the Horseclans,
Swords of the Horseclans
Or, perhaps, by Rhobaht Adamz. When I read these as a teen, I was struck by the preponderance of villains as paedophiles - or that there was an obsession with men obsessed with boys. Rereading, I see that some of the good guys share these proclivities, and for that matter the age of consent for girls is rather low. An author's foreword in each insists on there being no political subtext - so the pretty despicable depiction of a feminist is okay then. There are about three more to read from the 1970s.

LVII: Lemony Snicket, The Carnivorous Carnival - I fell off reading these as life intervened. Maybe the joke overstayed its welcome, but the scaffolding feels too visible.

I feel I've missed stuff - and I've a lot of books a third read.
faustus: (Default)
( Jun. 15th, 2009 05:31 pm)
Curiously, today has been about books, and about reading.

But first a backtrack: just over ten days ago I went to Professor Roger Luckhurst's inaugural lecture which, in a stunning display of Birkbeck think, was about the mummy's curse and ends up being a Secret History of 19th century literature. Bad things happen to many of those at the opening of Tutankhamen's tomb, although novelist Marie Corelli seems to be one of those who invented the Tut curse. Other Egyptian curses circulate - such as the one on the dedicatee and co-plotter of The Hound of the Baskervilles, Bertram Fletcher Robinson, although there is a suggestion that he was poisoned (by Doyle), one on a mummy in the British Museum, and a rumour of a sarcophagus on the Titanic, whose passengers included W.T. Stead, of the Pall Mall Gazette and Maiden Tribute of Babylon fame. There is a sort of meta-curse, as those who write about the curse also seem to die in odd circumstances.

I note this because Richard Dadd lost his sanity in Egypt (he thought he was possessed by Osiris) - and he was written about in All the Devils Are Here by the now-late David Seabrook. And in Saturday's Guardian, which I have but have yet to read, there was a selection of summer reading recommendations, including - as noted by Peter Mclachlin - Iain Sinclair:

The book about "place" to which I return, as often as I venture along the banks of the Medway or roll up my trousers for a paddle in Ramsgate, is All the Devils Are Here (Granta, 2002) by David Seabrook. [...] When Seabrook died, earlier this year, it was a horribly premature loss: now this mysterious author is fated to become part of the zone he described to such effect; an anecdote, a rumour, a legend.


H'mm...

Meanwhile, I paused at Cafe Nerd on the way home to finish rereading a volume I seem to have had on the go forever:

XXIX: Robert A. Heinlein, I Will Fear No Evil )

Then home via the Barnardo's bookshop (dull, dull, dull) and Oxfam - where I scored a copy of Purity and Danger, the reprint of the Yale French Studies devoted to Lacan and Henry James and a volume of the Collected Auden.

This is an endeavour which I never quite follow because I can't work out what has been released, and I never know if I care enough to collect the set. As far as I can see, the Collected Poems is still the version in which Auden butchers himself, and there is no American Auden to complement The English Auden. I have the Juvenilia and Libretti, but there are at least two volumes of prose to get - and I dare say Auden wrote prose after 1955.
faustus: (Tilda and Marlowe)
( Jun. 7th, 2009 12:40 am)
I seem to have run out of enthusiasm to write about these - I also seem capable of travelling with a pile of books and failing to read any of them. Nor have I entered my Riverside purchases into the database yet, let alone anything more recent.

XX: Christopher Priest, The Space Machine )

XXI: Michael Moorcock, The Steel Tsar )

XXII: E. Nesbit, The Story of the Treasure Seekers )

XXIII: Barry Malzberg, Herovit's World )

XXIV: Picasso: Challenging the Past )

XXV: Walter Tevis, The Man Who Fell to Earth )

XXVI: Robert Sheckley, Immortality, Inc ) Halfway for the year. Could Try Harder...
faustus: (heaven)
( Apr. 6th, 2009 03:43 pm)
IX: Marion Zimmer Bradley, Heritage of Hastur
X: Samuel R. Delany, Dhalgren
XI: J.G. Ballard, Crash
XII: Colin Dexter, Last Seen Wearing
XIII: Colin Dexter, The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn
XIV: Michael Moorcock, The Warlord of the Air
XV: Michael Moorcock, The Land Leviathan
XVI: Barry N. Malzberg, Beyond Apollo

A catchup listing only - most of these are rereads, for 1970s sf purposes; the two Dexters are new and the pattern is familiar - suspect everyone until you are right. The Malzberg is late new wave - an unreliable narrator tries to recall the two man mission to Venus as he writes his memoirs.
faustus: (heaven)
( Feb. 15th, 2009 05:02 pm)
There was something else, I'm sure, but there was a lot of dipping into stuff over the last few weeks.

VIII: Ammon Shea, Reading the Oxford English Dictionary )
I've had half a dozen books on the go so far this year, seemingly switiching between them for no very good reason - but as homage I started and finished:

I: Richard Stark, The Man with the Getaway Face (1964) )

II: John Costello, Science Fiction Films (2004) )
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