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Holiday Feasts

Leftovers from the holiday madness:

  • When I have a couple days off, I read more. In particular, I ate up the 19th Annual Best Horror and Fantasy by Datlow & Link. The horror struck me as the stronger set of stories this year, though Kim Newman's "Gypsies in the Woods" also worked for me. Also enjoyed "The Ladies of Grace Adieu" by Susanna Clarke very much. In short stories, she doesn't have time to wander too far off, so it was much more readable than the great worldbuilding but flabby plotting of "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell."

  • The cover for Dragon 352 features Uther Doul and the Possible Sword, and lemuriapress shows it off. The artist is Ashley Wood.

  • I was fortunate enough to attend Grubb Street's annual Christmas feast, and this year the gathering was as friendly and warm (and delicious!) as ever. Dishes appeared before us from afternoon until well after dark, until even another glass of ice wine could no longer tempt the diners. It was a good night.

  • Discovered a cable channel a week ago that is essentially the MTV of the 80s: The Tube, or Comcast 116. Their playlist includes things like Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Adam Ant, Gun N Roses, Junkie XL, Billy Idol, Tina Turner, The Cure, John Mayer, Spandau Ballet, Sean Lennon/Moby/Rufus Wainwright live cover of the Beatles, and so on. Not shabby. They don't seem to play a lot of current Top 40, and no commercials.

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varianor
Dec. 27th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)
Ice wine? Ooooh.

Anyway, I agree on Clarke. I found that to be the case with "Mr. Simonelli or the Fairy Widower", a previously collected short. Still, the scope and breadth of her fiction is marvelous.
open_design
Dec. 28th, 2006 12:42 am (UTC)
Yeah, I find myself loving the way she puts things, and the things she doesn't say, and the way things hand together.

The plotting, not so much. But the short stories make me pretty happy.
miketo
Dec. 27th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
I also agree on "Jonathan Strange and the Very Thin Plotline". She can write well, but nothing happened for so darn long that by the end, it was a relief the whole thing was finished. An overrated book, and one that didn't deserve the Hugo et al.

Victoria and I also discovered The Tube a week or so ago; it must have just been added to the Comcast lineup. It is mostly 80's, though there was a Franz Ferdinand vid on yesterday. My guess is that rights for fresh vids are more expensive than rights for older ones, and as a startup without commercials, The Tube has to cut costs somewhere. Sure is nice to have a true music channel again, without "Pimp My Ho" and all the assorted Gen-Whatever angsty crap clogging the airwaves.
the_monkey_king
Dec. 28th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)
There's a lot more non-80s than you'd think: I particularly enjoy the live concert footage from the 90s and the 70s, which look so very, very different.

The Pink Floyd and the Sean Lennon and the Bad Finger and the Motley Crue remind me that there was a lot of junk back in the day as well.
But yeah, loving the channel. Hope their business model works for them.
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