(urth) What are you reading?

Piotr Szczęsny neternalz at gmail.com
Wed Mar 12 11:38:19 PDT 2014

I bump Craigs recommendation!, great start for "Southern Reach" trilogy.

"Jagannath" by Karin Tidbeck is a short story collection, in summary it's
new weird in nordic countries setting (mostly, not all), very fresh,
disturbing, and yet sweet sometimes. Also the stories originally written in
swedish Karin translated herself, that impressed me very much.

After that I wanted some very light reading, so I picked up the Dresden
Files, I just started book four, and it's pretty fun, reads very fast, and
it have a rare tendency - the latter the book in series the better (story
wise, style wise, all-around improvement).

As for Wolfe, I read his story "Forleseen", and it was hauting me for a
week or so, made me very sad, but it is a great story.

Anybody read "No Return" by Zachary Jeningan? Many people compare this to
the book of the new sun, Elizabeth Hand wrote : "It has the sweep of Frank
Herbert's *Dune* and the intoxicatingly strange grandeur of Gene Wolfe's *Book
of the New Sun*, with a decadent, beautifully rendered vision all its own."

2014-03-12 15:35 GMT+01:00 Craig Brewer <cnbrewer at yahoo.com>:

> I can't recommend Jeff Vandermeer's _Annihilation_ highly enough. It's
> part of a new "trilogy" (the others will be out by September), but each
> book is going to be quite different. It's the smartest, most entertaining,
> and most effective continuation of the "weird" tradition I've read in
> years. He learned everything you're supposed to learn from Bierce,
> Blackwood, Machen, Lovecraft, C.A. Smith, and the others, and turned it
> into something fresh.
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>  *From:* Antonin Scriabin <kierkegaurdian at gmail.com>
> *To:* The Urth Mailing List <urth at lists.urth.net>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, March 12, 2014 7:26 AM
> *Subject:* (urth) What are you reading?
> Hello, Urthlings. What are you reading these days?  I haven't been reading
> much Wolfe lately, so nothing is fresh enough in my mind to participate in
> some of the other ongoing discussions.
> I am working my way through the Harvard Classics.  I just finished the
> fourth volume, the complete poems in English by John Milton.  *Paradise
> Lost *was a treat, as was Franklin's autobiography in the first volume
> and the *New Atlantis *by Bacon in the third, which is an old favorite of
> mine from my philosophy major days.
> I've also recently read *The Sea, the Sea *by Iris Murdoch, which was
> excellent, and *The City of Dreaming Books *by Moers, which was great,
> silly fun*.*  I also read the first 50 pages of *Lookout Cartridge* by
> McElroy and decided to put it back on the shelf for the time being.  It
> wasn't particularly *bad, *it was just entirely unsuccessful in grabbing
> my attention within a reasonable amount of time, together with being
> written in a very disjointed, unique style.  I will probably get back to it
> in the near future.
> Anyway, I am getting back on a Wolfe kick today by finishing the latter
> half of *The Island of Doctor Death, and Other Stories, and Other Stories*.
> Looking forward to it!
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