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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Seamus OReally, May 14, 2021.
I like Jack London's To Build a Fire, and all of Poe's stuff.
I only know Nabokov from Lolita and Pale Fire… I’ll have to look for some shorts, because his novels are like magic tricks.
Speaking of Asimov, Apple TV will be airing a TV show on one of my favorite sci fi book series
Looking forward to that
Not anymore, but he was definitely a bit off kilter.
January 14, 1925 – November 25, 1970
I’m in the other camp. Long story arcs spanning multiple books, multiple story arcs intertwined.
The fallback for me is is to wait till they are all released as in the 70s waiting for the next release of a ( then relatively new genre) fantasy series was annoying.
Chronic reader here but these days mostly histories, bios then for brain popcorn Sc-Fi and Fantasy.
If I saw a copy of Knots on a nightstand or bookshelf in a furniture store, I would definitely try to find out where it came from! And I agree there’s a lot to get from it.
The original 3-book series is a favorite of mine as well. I'd expect it would be somewhat tricky to write the screenplay for that series though, at least for the first book.
As a kid I read all the Ray Bradbury I could get my hands on, but it doesn’t hold up so well all these years later. But I especially loved his creepy short stories, like “Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar!”
Here’s another suggestion for a genius writer (that is, if you’re down with deconstructed lit): Donald Barthelme. One of my all time faves.
The Books of Blood
Yeah, I was bored, so I sat down on a random chair, grabbed this book from the pretend living room's end table and started reading it in the shop.
"They are playing a game. They are playing at not
playing a game. If I show them I see they are, I shall break the rules and they will punish me.
I must play their game, of not seeing I see the game."
This, after years of feeling like Kafka reincarnated.
The sales lady knew nothing about the book.
And a couple pages later:
"It is our duty to bring up our children to love,
honor and obey us.
If they don't, they must be punished,
otherwise we would not be doing our duty.
If they grow up to love, honor and obey us,
we have been blessed for bringing them up properly.
If they grow up not to love, honor and obey us,
either we have brought them up properly
or we have not:
If we have
there must be something the matter with them.
If we have not,
there is something the matter with us."
Ordered the book on Amazon on the car ride home.
I was in the very early stages of coming to terms with my mom's death and with the fact that I grew up in a dysfunctional family. So, yeah, I'm a fan of Laing's work. If a guy can speak directly to me from 1970 (not unlike George and John), I'm going to follow 'em a bit.
I loved City Life. Which Barthelme do you recommend?