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Jared
London
Book loon. Occasional llama.
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London's (and the world's) science fiction mega-store have several of our rarer books in stock. Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at Jurassic London
Excellent!
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The Bloodbound is one of the most enjoyable fantasies I've read in a long time; a book I cheerfully devoured in a single sitting. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pornokitsch
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Come along! Get things signed! Buy stuff! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Pornokitsch
In conclusion, the avocado emoji and I are taking our rye and heading to the bunkers. Wait, is that true? Can we really blame Canada?! I was doing booze marketing stuff in London when the bourbon craze hit. Those were fun times. Like a gold rush, but substantially higher proof.
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Everywhere Else at Pornokitsch
A one-off walking tour of Amelia Edwards' London, led by John J Johnston and Dr Valerie Billingham. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Jurassic London
Twitter advice, pornography, ice cream, and the avocado that could have been. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pornokitsch
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“If you will it, it is no dream!” - the new anthologies from Jurassic London Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pornokitsch
Posted 4 days ago at Jurassic London
"an intriguingly off-centre publication" Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jurassic London
I think Krull is actually kind of indefensibly bad. I'm really sorry to say it, but it kind of sucks on every level. EXCEPT The random cameos - as you say, the most respectable bandit posse ever. And the Widow of the Web. I just don't get that scene. Not because it is bad, but because it is actually, legitimately a really good scene. It belongs in a much better movie.
Toggle Commented Feb 19, 2015 on Films of High Adventure: Krull at Pornokitsch
7 Secrets got me to kick my crack habit by teaching me to steal paint. Paint: not just a cheaper, better high, but also one of the food groups!
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You either get it or a troll cut your ears off while you were sleeping. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Pornokitsch
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Those Above is I, Claudius - by way of Tolkien and filtered through Chandler. That is to say, really damn good. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Pornokitsch
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Join us for a massively irregular signing event at London's science fiction superstore! Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Jurassic London
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When people first talked about the events of the fifth of May it was with hushed voices and bowed heads. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Jurassic London
There was that weird moment in the second season where we looked at one another and were, "hey, was that just a really good episode?" And then it got cancelled. Darnit.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2015 on Breakout Kings (2011-2012) at Pornokitsch
I feel very much the same. I think my turning point was Choke, which just didn't quite do it for me. Did you ever read his non-fiction? I have a vague recollection of Stranger than Fiction being really good, but even reading the wikipedia description, it isn't ringing any further bells.
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The Kitschies, sponsored by Fallen London. New shortlists. Much awesome. Wow. Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Pornokitsch
Wow, I had forgotten about this book! I would suggest Slide Area (short stories) or Running Time. The latter is similar to Tell-All, as it follows one woman's Hollywood career in Hollywood. (It is also, honestly, much better.)
You know, LotR could go either way. On one hand: elves, dark lords, magic swords, rings of power, dragons, immortals, Orthancs, Gandalf, etc. On the other: the wizard's only spell is 'summon bird' (usable once per quest), there's only one actual magic ring (which they can't use) and a tiny potion of looking-very-glittery, the magic swords are a non-factor, and Orthancs are a proper no go zone. So I guess there's magic, but it doesn't really do anything, and where it is used, it is generally with terrible consequences. This is totally irrelevant to the rest of the conversation. But whatever.
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2015 on "Redefining genre" by E.L. Tettensor at Pornokitsch
Y'all are fun. If I recall correctly, part of the 'beauty' of that bit from The Wise Man's Fear was the protagonist being really baffled why his friend (whose family died at the hands of the Mengele analog) was being so gosh-darned short-sighted about the whole thing. Which, wow. I think the 'fun' part of fantasy that contains moral absolutism is how fantasy, unlike reality, is a playground where you can actually explore what that means in practice. I mean, if you have Actual Tangible Evil, what does that really mean? (Watchmen, as you say, is quite brilliant at that.)
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2015 on "Redefining genre" by E.L. Tettensor at Pornokitsch
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A powerful, disquieting, and provocative book that examines what it is to be human from the perspective of someone that no longer is. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Pornokitsch
I'm liking this framework more and more, as I continue to think about it. For one, you get strange similarities: moral (Locke) worlds with low magic and predestination? The Lord of the Rings and KJ Parker's Scavenger trilogy. Two series that aren't actually all that alike... EXCEPT THAT THEY ARE. (ooooh!) And then on the opposite end - Hobbesian (amoral) worlds with magic everywhere and individual agency? Perdido Street Station. Which is, in fact, totally unlike the others. But now I can say why! This may, indeed, call for graphs...
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2015 on "Redefining genre" by E.L. Tettensor at Pornokitsch