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Legends Of The Red Sun

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Villjamur was a granite fortress. Its main access was through three consecutive gates, and there the garuda retained the advantage over any invading armies. In the centre of the city, high up and pressed against the rock-face, beyond a lattice work of bridges and spires, was Balmacara, the vast Imperial residence, a cathedral-like construct of dark basalt and slick-glistening mica. In this weather the city seemed unreal.

The opening of Mark Charan Newton’s Nights of Villjamur has been posted at Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist. His favourite novels are Underworld by Don DeLillo, The Scar by China Meiville and The Book Of The New Sun by Gene Wolfe so I am hoping for interesting things from this debut novel.

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20 February 2009 at 15:20

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The Architecture Of The Mind

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Some extremely meagre details of Christopher Nolan’s new project, a science fiction film called Inception, have surfaced. Now, usually the only people who would try and make a blog post out of this are io9 but apparently Genevieve Valentine at Tor.com wants in on the act. Obviously it is a fluff piece, complete with pros and cons of the project made from a position of total ignorance. One sentence near the end (prefigured by one near the begining) stood out for me though:

Aside from my instinct to send Nolan a “Please Don’t, Because We Care” package with Virtuosity, Being John Malkovich, Cube, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and The Cell in it, I am genuinely excited for this project.

Is Valentine really suggesting that these films are all not only similar but bad? She grouped them all under the banner of films about the architecture of the mind but is there really a set that meaningfully contains Virtuosity and Eternal Sunshine?

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20 February 2009 at 12:10

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