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Book loon. Occasional llama.
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The King in Yellow, pocket money and paperbacks and other random geek-inspired links. Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Pornokitsch
If Fury Road is a work of 'rare genius '- it is unique and unrepeatable, and therefore film-makers have an excuse to default to their existing behaviour. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pornokitsch
Everyone's read Dune, even your non-SF-reading friends. The big question is... what should they read next? Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Pornokitsch
Thanks all! It is not-so-secretly my favourite part of the year. Let's all stare at the DGLA website until it updates with the shortlists... @DooomCookie: I tend to agree that this is the more fair way around. I think the argument to the contrary (that books should be evaluated as part of the series) is that the DGLA voters tend to vote that way - with epic fantasy, a book is just part of the whole, and possibly average books are forgiven as long as they're part of something bigger. So I think this is the fair way around, but I'm not sure it is the way that the award works in practice (which is why I'll invariably flip back every other year!).
Free today and tomorrow - LOST SOULS, featuring Robert Chambers' "Marooned". Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jurassic London
The David Gemmell Legend Awards are coming - we'll be reviewing all the finalists! And here's how we'll be going about it... (and, please, join in!) Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pornokitsch
Avengers by the numbers, Batman vs Superman (kinda), dinosaur erotica, this weekend's events, the glory of self-publishing and a list or two. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Pornokitsch
A classic Victorian SF novel - plus its very contemporary sequel. Free! (For a very short time.) Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Jurassic London
M.K. Reed and Jonathan Hill's Americus (2011) is one of those lovely books about books - about fantasy books, in... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Pornokitsch
I think it says everything about my personal state of perpetual tension between adulthood and childhood that I refuse to live without a copy of Dune in the house and I also will do anything to avoid actually watching it. When I was in high school, my friends and I tracked down ever-more-rare copies of Dune: original, extended, director's cut, some random Japanese bootleg that had - I swear - 235 different introductions, etc. etc. And we dutifully watched them all, promising ourselves that we were having a really good time. And I think some part of this conditioning worked, as I still have fond memories of Dune - Francesca Annis being really hot. The crazy fun of the Baron. Sandworms being AWESOME. General Lynchian Weirdness. Etc. Etc. But I also know that this movie should probably be avoided at all costs. I'm not sure how I hold these both in my head at the same time, but that's clearly a sign of advanced consciousness. OH ALSO, nerd-rage: if I recall correctly, the entire point of Dune-the-book is that Paul isn't the messiah. He's rather snazzy, but he doesn't actually have the Jesus-mojo. Whereas in Dune-the-movie, it implies Paul raises that penultimate stormcloud himself and is the High Muckitymuck (I am avoiding using the term "Kwisatz Haderach" so I don't have to Google how to spell it and now look at what you've done godammit). I am almost 100% sure I am getting the particulars wrong, but I remember having some serious problems about something around this area at the time. If someone could let me know what I was so angry about, I'd appreciate it.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2015 on Films of High Adventure: Dune at Pornokitsch
Cake is the diet-killer. Cake is the little-joy that brings total bliss. I will face my cake. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Pornokitsch
Oh! I've met Dave! I wonder if I can grab him for some thoughts as well. I didn't realise the novels ever came about. I guess they didn't quite make Barker the household name that Gygax expected. Go figure! I've picked up a copy of Man of Gold on the cheap. It seems appropriate to read it in the hokey DAW version...
Toggle Commented May 12, 2015 on Tell Me About... Tékumel at Pornokitsch
"I simply state that it is the most beautifully done fantasy game ever created. It is difficult for me to envision the possibility of any rival being created in the future." Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Pornokitsch
Be very, very quiet. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Pornokitsch
You'll have to let me know what it is like! That really is a cool cause, and I hope it is fun too.
Toggle Commented May 10, 2015 on Friday Five: 5 Goodies from Gutenberg at Pornokitsch
An "outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic". Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Jurassic London
"There’s a lot to unpack here, not least the complications added to the situation by telepathy, time travel and the adult Iceman’s diabolical dating record. Fun." Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Pornokitsch
Mooching around Project Gutenberg can be very rewarding. Jared shares a few of his favourite discoveries. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Pornokitsch
When you enter, you ain't leavin' / Be my prisoner for the night [or the length of this post] Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Pornokitsch
Thank you for a fantastic April (and March) (and February...) Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Jurassic London
On top of everything else, The Dead Lands is an excellent case study in using genre fiction as a means of translating the emotional context, the feel, of a different time or place. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Pornokitsch
A quick update on where we are. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Pornokitsch
From Gangsterland to Choke Hold, Jared picks five books that explore the (not so wholesome) possibilities of Las Vegas. Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Pornokitsch
All the British & Irish works recommended by H.P. Lovecraft - with links! Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Pornokitsch
There's definitely a 'Booker Effect' - Which varies, but still has a fairly high 'minimum boost'. Bless it. But that skims over one of the Booker's not-so-dirty not-so-secrets, which is the very substantial 'marketing' contribution made by the publishers. It'd be interesting to compare the impact of the Booker vs the impact of, say, a targeted sales campaign for a single shortlisted book, using the same amount of money. I'm sure the Booker will come out great, but it will also, as you say, come from the vast amounts of publicity and incredible reputation. That's not to knock the Booker. More the reverse: it is an award that knows what it is doing. And still manages to make the news it generates about the books, unlike, say, many genre awards.