Everything Is Nice

Beating the nice nice nice thing to death (with fluffy pillows)

Not Enough Time, Not Enough Ears

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Niall Harrison is reading Nicholas Fisk: Fisk is a cornerstone for British speculative fiction readers who grew up in the Seventies and Eighties. As Niall say, it is interesting see how his work differs from contemporary children’s literature.

Adam Roberts will be reading 2666: I will be reading Robert Bolaño’s monsters novel at some point this year but I can’t face it yet. Think of it as five novellas, they say.

Casey Samulski looks back at a review of Schismatrix Plus: I keep meaning to re-read this and, indeed, the rest of Bruce Sterling’s back catalogue. My copy was picked up in a Borders in Phoenix since it isn’t published in this country and Sterling has had a tough time of it here.

Abigail Nussbaum says don’t vote in the Locus Poll: I agree.

I’m currently listening to Contra by Vampire Weekend, There Is Love In You by Four Tet and One Life Stand by Hot Chip. The first couple of listens suggest, respectively, a grower, a shower and an oh-no-er. we shall see.

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Written by Martin

9 February 2010 at 12:04

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  1. Strange that Sterling isn’t published in the UK anymore. The Caryatids was one of the best sf novels of last year.

    iansales

    9 February 2010 at 12:36

  2. But it’s not on the Locus recommended reading list! ;-)

    Niall

    9 February 2010 at 16:00

  3. Oh, I just started listening myself to Four Tet’s newest. Can’t get enough of “Sing” and “This Unfolds.”

    As for Bolaño, Jeff VanderMeer called it (probably) “the best novel published in the last decade.” So that has to mean something, right?

    Casey Samulski

    9 February 2010 at 20:59

  4. Strange that Sterling isn’t published in the UK anymore.

    It is. Distraction wins the Clarke in 1998 and then they just stop publishing his books straight afterwards.

    Jeff VanderMeer called it (probably) “the best novel published in the last decade.”

    I am looking forward to it but the hype is almost oppressive by this point.

    Martin

    10 February 2010 at 13:32

  5. I think 2666 is like Arsenal or Kazakhstan: its vast obliterating tedium is its effectiveness.

    Alison P

    10 February 2010 at 16:08


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