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Offline ctrandall

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Re: What did you read in June 2018
« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2018, 12:42:19 AM »
@Eclipse  Thanks for the welcome! Fav. Fantasy authors would be Neal Stephenson (The Baroque Cycle qualifies as fantasy, I think) and Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson (The Illuminatus! trilogy). Scott Lynch is in the upper echelons for more traditional fantasy.

The plant pot is my dog's. It's supposed to have strawberries in it but it seems to be his favourite spot to sit when he's in the garden. A bit random as a tag line, I know, but I like random.

Offline Jake Baelish

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Re: What did you read in June 2018
« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2018, 01:53:31 AM »
Slow month for reading due to holidays then other life in general.

I did get back into short story writing though, and as such most of my reading revolved around that.

Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things: 'Forbidden Brides...', 'Inventing Aladdin' and 'Other People' are stand outs here for me, and I loved the poem 'The Day the Saucers Came' - would recommend this book for any short fiction fans. I probably prefer 'Trigger Warning' overall, but those 3 stories are superb!

As my holiday took me to Prague, I found and finally read a copy of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. A truly grotesque novella with some interesting messages when you think about it. The end was not the most satisfying, granted, but still made sense and forced the message to hit harder. Though, I'm not sure it's an ending many would risk today. Certainly intend on reading more of Kafka in the near future, despite being very late to this party!

Also read most of Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Really hit and miss this. Some stories, like 'The Black Cat' and 'The Pit and the Pendulum' are awesomely atmospheric. But others are just outright tedious. Poe's long-winded sentence structure works when he's trying to unnerve the reader. When he's just explaining or describing some irrelevance it become tedious. Note to future readers, count the number of times Poe uses the phrase 'at length'  ;)

Still, an absolute master of gothic horror and a major influence of my own style as I embark on a series of gothic shorts of my own.

But seriously Poe - stories about landscape gardening? give me a break...