- Sometimes you see something and just wish you had a pen to hand:
- Another batch of books joining the ever-growing to-read pile:
Nick Mamatas’ new novel Sensation, along with his guide for writers Starve Better; Lauren Beukes’ Zoo City, being a recent novel I’ve heard a lot of talk about; and Angela Carter’s The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman.
I decided I wanted to read the latter years ago after hearing about it from one of Jeff VanderMeer‘s posts about must-read works (he seemed to go through a period where he cranked out quite a number of (sometimes very long) lists of genre works, and I can honestly say no recommendation I’ve followed from him has ever let me down).
- Apparently this WordPress theme doesn’t have the ability to centre images; on top of it not letting me leave double line breaks, it’s left this post looking a little crowded.
Saturday was a day of new stuff and crawling on the floor assembling things.
The morning was spent disassembling and rebuilding my PC inside a new case, with upgraded power supply and graphics card – it took longer than expected to get it running, but I’ve gone from 15 frames per second in games up to around 50.
In the afternoon, something I’m just as pleased with:
I’ve been in dire need of one for years, but my room doesn’t have a lot of space. Featured on the shelves now are about half of the books in my “unread” pile, which is still growing even though I buy a lot less. I’ve had some of these books for six or seven years.
The ones that made it onto the shelves:
Top shelf: Red Seas Under Red Skies – Scott Lynch; The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart – Jesse Bullington; Use of Weapons – Iain M Banks; Lanark – Alasdair Gray; Dust – Elizabeth Bear; Above/Below – Stephanie Campisi/Ben Peek; Orlando – Virginia Woolf; The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov; Dune – Frank Herbert; The Time Machine – H.G. Wells; Ficciones – Jorge Luis Borges; Shalimar the Clown – Salman Rushdie; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon; Escape From Hell! – Hal Duncan
Middle shelf: Chronicles of the Black Company – Glen Cook; A Cruel Wind (A Chronicle of the Dread Empire) – Glen Cook; The White-Luck Warrior – R. Scott Bakker; The Long Price: Part One – Daniel Abraham; Heart-Shaped Box – Joe Hill; Nova Swing – M. John Harrison; Bad Monkeys – Matt Ruff; Splinter – Adam Roberts; Yellow Blue Tibia – Adama Roberts; The Troika – Stepan Chapman; Trial of Flowers – Jay Lake; The Third Bear – Jeff VanderMeer; Palimpsest – Catherynne M. Valente
Lower shelf: The Crippled God – Steven Erikson; Kraken – China Miéville; How to Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe – Charles Yu; Pretty Monsters – Kelly Link; Fury – Salman Rushdie; Temeraire – Naomi Novik; The Ladies of Grace Adieu – Susanna Clarke; Only Revolutions – Mark Z. Danielewski; Brasyl – Ian McDonald; The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. LeGuin; Black Juice – Margo Lanagan
I have a long way to go, and like I said above, that’s only about half the full pile.
I haven’t even opened Finch yet. Or The City and The City. Or for that matter Orlando, which at about four years since purchase is the longest held book on my very large pile.
I’ll be starting on it this weekend, and a writeup will follow. If I can put together a coherent thought.
On another note, I am now getting German BDSM spam comments. Hmm.