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Originally posted by TheProgtologist TheProgtologist wrote:

A new Simon R. Green series....awesome


Damn..I still haven't finished all the Drood and Nightside books and he's starting another series....I'm getting ready to read the latest Drood book...as soon as I finish what I'm reading now.
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Finished reading Ann Radcliffe's A Sicilian Romance yesterday. It was hell overdue at the library because I've been moving the last couple weeks and didn't get to finish it until afterwards unlike planned, but it was quite entertaining: Once you get used to the purple prose and constant philosophical/religious stream-of-consciousness meditation it's quite the page-turner, and I find it remarkable that many of the same storytelling techniques and plot structures invented by late-18th/early-19th century gothic novels can be recognized in modern crime/horror pulp fiction.

It was a somewhat strange experience from a book that's an Oxford World's Classic, though, finding out that kind of literature was apparently considered "high culture" back then but somewhere around the Industrial Revolution got re-assigned to the status of lowbrow kitsch fit mostly for the trashy pulp magazines according to the "true art is realistic" mentality arising at the same time. I'd also say that Radcliffe's writing is way above the level of most so categorized today, other than the fact that I don't think the "show don't tell" principle had been invented back in her day.

Next up, I'll probably finish that anthology of crime/horror short stories compiled by Alfred Hitchcock.
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finally getting into some of the Star Wars extended universe stuff, though the word is that everything written up to now will no longer be considered Star Wars "Canon", but rather just "Myths".   One of the things I imagine Lucas regrets about selling all the rights to Disney.


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