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What non-comics are you reading these days?


Prose publishers’ schedules for this kind of thing are even worse than for comics. Even regardless of rewrites they can be very fluid on actual release dates. Almost all of them are wrong and changed. :smile:


I get the feeling that the current date is just a placeholder as they just rolled the year. :wink:


I remember it being in for spring and later the autumn this year at some point as well. I’m doing my traditional re-read of all of his books prior to getting Agency at the moment - I’m a few chapters into Count Zero as we speak.


I read the first collection of Warren Ellis’ INJECTION. It resembles pretty much everything Ellis has written before from The Authority to Global Frequency to Doktor Sleepless and Desolation Jones. If you like those, you will like this. However, it has the feel of “low budget filmmaking” in that very little action actually happens in the first trade and what does happen actually is very small scale. Interesting but not very novel or innovative which is ironic considering its theme is accelerating innovation.


Injection is a comic isn’t it???


Yeah, which is why the limited scale and scope is odd. You can do anything in comics, but these comics actually keep the action contained. However, I heard that it is being developed for television so it could be that the limitations were there with potential adaptation in mind.

In a lot of ways, it is the Anti-Planetary in the story it tells and the way it tells it.


I think Ronnie is referring to the choice of thread. :slight_smile:


Whoops- mistook this for the Non-Marvel/DC thread.

Though Injection does share a bit thematically with Ellis’ novel NORMAL.


Given that the recent release of Blood’s A Rover was given such a small print run (1,500-2,000 max) fans are scrambling to any small chance (legit or scam) to own a copy.

Including myself. According to USPS Tracking mine has shipped and should be here by the weekend-to-Monday. So, I’m planning on reading that soon.

On another note, after a long hiatus from having the time for novels, I’ve finally finished Meddling Kids from Edgar Cantero - and the second half picks up considerably. While the first is dragged a bit by very trite and cliche “What If Scooby Doo etc” type plot points, once the group starts investigating it feels more natural, suspenseful, and not a small amount of humorous. Still mainly recommending this to Scooby fans, but overall as a novel it is something I would say is a good enough mixture of that alongside IT and Shadow Over Innsmouth. 7.5/10.


Structure and Style in Javanese


African Voices: An Introduction to the Languages and Linguistics of Africa


This sounds excellent.


Marking more things off my backlog:

The Train of Ice and Fire: Mano Negra in Colombia by Ramon Chao, translated by Ann Wright.


A log book/day journal about the ill-fated last tour of Mano Negra, who set off on a free tour of rural Colombia on a dilapidated train with other bands, acts, and attractions. I’ve been a fan of the band ever since a cover of one of their songs was on Breaking Bad and consumed every song they had a hand in. I was always disappointed that they disbanded after so short a run and when I heard of this book I ran out and tracked down a copy.

Which then sat on my shelf for 3-4 years.
But as I set out to read it, I do have mixed feelings about it. It is a day journal, recounting the day-to-day events through the eyes of Ramon Chao, journalist, and father/uncle to the band’s core members. He’s able to give the book a lot of historical and anecdotal background. Going around and picking up stories from locals they meet along the way. It gives what is really something without any conventional story a sense of substance and form.

Yet, the book is very dry as actually written. I don’t know whether to ascribe this to the translation or not. I might have to track down a copy in the original language to make sure. But he is a very astute journalist, an early anecdote has the band’s front-man (his son) warning him to not be so obtuse when writing. It’s a quality that can make it hard to get through - especially on the legs of the tour when nothing happens.

Overall, it does what it sets out to do very well. Telling the real life account of this tour, the effect it had on the band and others who joined them, and what that meant for Colombia as a whole. It’s just not very exciting as one would expect…but, that’s life. There are two pseudo-sequels, one by Ramon again as he details his son’s dealing with the band’s break up - and another, more recent one, about the son’s life and career after in general. He’s become sort of an indie latin rock icon. Might pick those up.


Now I’m reading The Apocrypha.