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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.

Comments

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.

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