My main issue with it is that’s it’s an overly familiar take and makes Hell feel a bit dull and prosaic.
but that is what he does with everything. God is a little old man who likes to hoard, Samael/Lucifer is just a guy who has expensive tastes. There is a Angel who is a hard ass government agent
All those characters are way more than those descriptions though. His take in hell would be fine if it hadn’t been done many times before, including by Kadrey in other books.
I’ve just read Sandman Slim so i didn’t know he had done before.
He actually started as a cyberpunk author. I’m a fan of the genre. So I tracked down a couple of those books, one was republished a few years ago, and they were decent.
I actually read Metrophage when I was like seventeen, after having read the Gibson books.
Reading Asimov’s Foundation trilogy. First time. Certainly interesting. For starters, seems to be one of the things Douglas Adams was spoofing with Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which if it’s somehow not obvious is just one of the many things that’ve not been made clear about these books…
Did you start with Caves of Steel?
No, Foundation itself. It occurred to me that I probably should have made that clear. First Foundation, then Foundation and Empire, then Second Foundation.
That’s the best way to read them. They were conceived in that order, and any of the prequels are entirely optional. Despite what Miqque says, it’s probably also best to read Caves of Steel as its own thing, without caring that it was later decided it could be a Foundation prequel.
After Casino Royale and Moonraker, I read Live and Let Die, the last of the novels I have. Must say, it didn’t appeal to me as those books did, neverthless, it has some parts (such us the chilling sequence when Bond swims through sharks and cudas infested area) and gruesome ending.
But, I noticed that many people call it rascist book. And somehow racism aspect escaped me. Because I am not english native, it may be that translation had it watered it down. The phrase “black guy” appears many, but I never know is it like PC incorrect and offfensive term “nigger”, “negro”, “kaffir” and else. The main baddie is black, but that shouldn’t be taken into account, except Fleming gave him some grotesque look. And all other blacks believe he is some vessel of baron Samedi, voodoo priest. And Bond’s relationship with Quarrel appears friendlike. I mean, HPL had some rascist writings, like Horror in Red Hook, but having the story place in Harlem, naturally, there’d be bad guys, taking the novel I am talking about. And whether rascism notion of these may be Fleming’s view (which I doubt since he lived in Jamaica) or Bond’s, that is what riddles me.
The Jewish Neo-Aramaic Dialect of Persian Azerbaijan
More Than Human - Theodore Sturgeon (Audible audiobook version). Continuing to use my commute to catch-up on missed SF classics.
Well, this didn’t come with captions. The narrative was quite disorienting, particularly at the section beginnings, but the reader benifits by having to work at putting the story together, just like the characters and their interactions. The novel is split into three parts, each separated by a few years, but linked by the outcast mutant characters who learn the their whole is infinitely greater than the sum of its constituent individuals. The three sections are each narrated from a different perspective, and in different styles, which is jarring, but purposely so. (The bonus of the Audible version: the second part was narrated by Harlan Ellison.) There’s a minor and possibly unnecessary Deus ex machina ending, but it really doesn’t take away from a stunning, thought-provoking novel which I will reread the old-fashioned way, when I get time.
BTW, there were times, listening to this, when I wondered if Stan Lee might have read More Than Human in the years leading up to the creation of the X-Men. The X-Men isn’t a copy by any means, just that Stan is a genious for taking germs of ideas, and evolving them into uncanny comics.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman - I enjoy Neil Gaiman’s writing. So I was eager to give this a shot. The early chapters are less story based and more exposition to introduce the characters. However, the chapters move fast and it got into good storytelling territory quickly. I don’t feel like Gaiman left a lot of his own fingerprints on this but they are good clear telling of the basic stories of Norse mythology which I think was his actual intent. If you’ve ever been interested in those stories, I would highly recommend this book.
Thanks Ronnie, I was interested in that but I had heard mixed things. I might pick it up if I see it at a decent price.
I have read some of it and enjoyed it so far.
It reminds me a lot of the Greek mythology books I used to read as a kid. Gaiman seems to have made a concise, easy reading collection of these stories. I would have loved this book as a kid and still really enjoyed it as an adult.
I read Lovecraft Country recently and enjoyed it. It isn’t a great novel–it’s a little too gentle on its characters and on the reader to be really stand out horror–but it’s fun and it kept me turning the page. Its biggest achievement is how it depicts the dangers of simply being black and outside during its time period (the 1950s). Similar danger exists to this day, of course, although the political structures and social realities of the North and South were different back then, which the book explores in detail.
I’m really looking forward to what Jordan Peele does with this for HBO.
Did you ever read the d’Aulaire’s mythology books? I read their books on Greek and Norse mythology so much as a kid that the bindings broke.
I don’t know. It’s been so long. I just read whatever my school had available and an ancient set of Encyclopedia Brittanica my grandparents had.
You should check out The Ballad of Black Tom. It does something similar but directly connected to the Lovecraft mythos.