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Face Down in Pop Culture, Again

  • Naomi Novik's "Patrick O'Brian with dragons" series. Much better than the premise sounds, though it veers into wince-tasticly bad for a chapter or two.
  • Scott Lynch's Lies of Locke Lamora. Starts extremely well; very curious to see if he can keep the plates spinning at that speed all the way through. Finding myself dissecting it a little too much, but hits all the Lankhmar-meets-Venice buttons.
  • Finished The Blonde by Duane Swierczynski. Lightweight but awesome thriller in the same way that airport thrillers often are. Thumbs up, (and if you liked the John Rain books, acquire this target immediately).
  • autopope's Jennifer Morgue: yes, a second volume of IT-Geeks-meet-Cthulhu. Couldn't be happier, though I've barely cracked it.
  • The Art of Dragon magazine book. Stunning stuff from 30 years of great art, with many pieces showing to great advantage without cover slugs and the logo all over them. I enjoyed tracking various artists over their careers: Early Brom is so very different than late, and Clyde Caldwell shows a scary similarity of subject matter.

  • The new Robyn Hitchcock (Olé Tarantula) is truly awesome, and not just for the "Belltown Ramble" local Seattle name-check song. His backing band (the Venus 3) is a bunch of the REM gang (Mills, Buck, and that other guy). A nice step up from his last few releases, which were uneven. Also, awesome harmonica on the title track.
  • More Lanterna, because instrumental bands that keep my attention are rare, and they make great writing/driving music.
  • More Neko Case, because That Voice just won't quite. Still kicking myself that I didn't go to her Zoo Concert last summer.
  • The Beatles remix album LOVE, on loan from JR. Uneven, but how the heck can you not respect remixing songs as familiar as that?

What would you recommend from your recent cultural diet, and why?



( 6 sutras — Your wisdom )
Jan. 20th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
I recently finished Black Powder War, and I was happy to see that it progressed a lot better than the second book. So far, I feel the first book has been the better of the three that have been released.
Jan. 20th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
American Born Chinese.
Jan. 20th, 2007 08:19 am (UTC)
i was in a rush and failed to say why. it's the first graphic novel to be shortlisted for a National Book Award. as this reviewer says, it begs for rereading.
Jan. 20th, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
I've been reading collections of the early Hellboy comics and The Goon, both borrowed from the library.
Jan. 21st, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
Well, scott_lynch managed to publish a book with the words, "little shit flinging monkeys" on the first page --- he gets all the hero points as far as I'm concerned ;)
Jan. 21st, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
Locke Lamora
I thoroughly enjoyed "Lies of Locke Lamora" and hope the sophomore effort will be its equal.

Currently working my way (slowly) through GRRM's "Dreamsongs," a collection that appears to be the UK version of "GRRM: A Rretrospective".
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