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Old 06-04-18, 12:31 PM   #1
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I generally enjoy the examples of this subgenre that I've already read (China Mieville is one of my favorite authors of the last 15 years). But this collection is a mixed bag. I suppose all short story collections are like that to an extent, especially those that aren't by a single author. And since so much of "new weird" writing is highly stylized, there are some author's whose writing style is just an enormous block towards reading enjoyment.

Also, only about half of this book is what the main selling point to me was (recent stories). There is a section of older influential stories, most of which I had already read. There are a lot of literary essays (and I find literary discussion of genre semantics to be tedious). And there's an experimental "round robin" story that's more interesting as a writing exercise than something to actually read.
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Finished Rainn Wilson's biog and started rereading The Stand
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A good collection. At some point I should probably give some of the books he's most famous for a shot.
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Have you read any of the other "Doc Ford" books?

I just finished (yesterday) "The Man Who Invented Florida".
It's ok, has a really nice scene with Tomlinson (who is an interestingly written character).
 
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Have you read any of the other "Doc Ford" books?

I just finished (yesterday) "The Man Who Invented Florida".
It's ok, has a really nice scene with Tomlinson (who is an interestingly written character).
I'm reading them in order and Captiva is the 4th in the Ford series.

I thought The Man Who Invented Florida was the weakest of the first 4 books. The 2nd, Heat Islands, was great. Captiva is pretty good as well.

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A solid hard sci-fi book by an author I had never read before. Comparisons to Clarke's Rendevous with Rama are apt (down to a lack of resolution to the alien mystery). I did like the focus on the alien archeology studies.
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Great book, and the audiobook version read by Rosanna Arquette is especially good.
 
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This is the last book I have read is The Alchemist and it was one the best book I have ever read, now going to start Da Vinci Code
 
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I went in knowing many readers considered this an ok, but lackluster, followup to The Descent. And that was pretty much what I got. The world of a real "Hell" still had plenty of interesting things to do with it, which makes this rather frustrating. The growing colonization of the underworld (and competition between countries), the never-before-seen monsters, demon civilization, how the mythology of Satan and souls fit in with modern science ... things I wanted to know of that were ultimately glossed over.

The Descent is still a fantastic and original horror/sci-fi/adventure and one that I'd highly recommend to anyone who seemed game for the subject matter.
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I'm reading them in order and Captiva is the 4th in the Ford series.

I thought The Man Who Invented Florida was the weakest of the first 4 books. The 2nd, Heat Islands, was great. Captiva is pretty good as well.
Thanks for the feedback. I heard the first one a few years ago and thought it was ok. I will pick up the audiobook "Heat Islands" at the pub lib on Tues.
 
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