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Offline Sindran

Surreal fantasy/sci-fi books
« on: October 07, 2013, 05:32:57 AM »
Hey guys, I'm looking for weird or surreal fiction, something along the lines of Gene Wolf's The Book of the New Sun or Mythago Wood. Anything that's strange and sticks with you for a while. Suggest away!

Offline Dornish First Sword

Re: Surreal fantasy/sci-fi books
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2013, 11:54:27 AM »
Anything by China Mieville should fit the bill I would say Perdido Street Station is a good place to begin.
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Re: Surreal fantasy/sci-fi books
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2013, 04:49:30 PM »
Mieville actually makes sense compared to Woolf!
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Offline joshfishkins

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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2013, 06:28:02 PM »
Anything by China Mieville should fit the bill I would say Perdido Street Station is a good place to begin.

Seconded, although as fine a book as Per dido Street Station is,  The Scar is utterly brilliant. Of course, the world might not make much sense if you haven't read Perdido. Just read anything by Mieville to be honest. Except Kraken, that's awful.

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Re: Re: Surreal fantasy/sci-fi books
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2013, 07:18:19 PM »
Anything by China Mieville should fit the bill I would say Perdido Street Station is a good place to begin.

Seconded, although as fine a book as Per dido Street Station is,  The Scar is utterly brilliant. Of course, the world might not make much sense if you haven't read Perdido. Just read anything by Mieville to be honest. Except Kraken, that's awful.

Karaken is superb and to be honest his most surreal book to date. Might be a good starting point if Mantichlorine wants surreal.
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Offline Rhevian

Re: Surreal fantasy/sci-fi books
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2013, 01:27:01 PM »
City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff vandermeer

Offline christopherthescholiast

Re: Surreal fantasy/sci-fi books
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2013, 02:43:50 PM »
In the way of Gene Wolf, if you have a...more elastic understanding of fantasy I would suggest:

Keats's Endymion
Shelley's Alastor, Queen Mab, Triumph of Life, and The Witch of Atlas
Chaucer's House of Fame
Leopardi's Operette Morali

These should bend your brain in new and exciting ways!
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Offline Sean Cunningham

Re: Surreal fantasy/sci-fi books
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2013, 08:11:29 PM »
Vurt by Jeff Noon.

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Offline DjangoWexler

Re: Surreal fantasy/sci-fi books
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2013, 02:46:55 PM »
Try "The Iron Dragon's Daughter" by Michael Swanwick.  Elves, flying metal dragons, sex magic.
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Offline Sindran

Re: Surreal fantasy/sci-fi books
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2013, 07:40:43 PM »
Oh, nice choices guys! I'm adding these to my reading list.

Offline professional-liar

Re: Surreal fantasy/sci-fi books
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2013, 11:55:19 PM »
Have you tried anything by Laird Barron. The Croning stuck with me for a while, but I really love his anthologies.
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