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What books are you reading right now that don't have a narrative driven by images as well as words?

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Lost Boy, Lost Girl by Peter Straub. It won the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association. His novelist character, Tim Underhill, has figured prominently in several novels of recent vintage. Straub's novel Ghost Story remains a favorite of mine. If someone only saw the movie version, the book is head-and-shoulders above it. Not ghosts, shape-shifters!

I'm still working my way through Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon, which is definitely historical fiction rather than science fiction. It reminds me of both Underworld (which I've read fairly recently) and Gravity's Rainbow (if memory serves). It's terrific, so much so that I don't mind the length at all. I expect to be sorry when it's over.

I've just started another Modesty Blaise novel and I was reading Adam Fergusson's When Money Dies and should really get back to it. It's a history of the German hyperinflation of the 1920s.

I loved Ghost Story, too, and Shadowlands, as well. And I really liked Lost Boy, Lost Girl. I found the end really haunting, I recall (although I can't quite remember what it was after all these years).

I'm reading Westmark right now, the first of three fantasy novels by Lloyd Alexander (who wrote my favorite fantasy series of all time, The Chronicles of Prydain.) I don't know why it too me so long to get to these -- it's fantastic!



Richard Willis said:

Lost Boy, Lost Girl by Peter Straub. It won the Bram Stoker Award from the Horror Writers Association. His novelist character, Tim Underhill, has figured prominently in several novels of recent vintage. Straub's novel Ghost Story remains a favorite of mine. If someone only saw the movie version, the book is head-and-shoulders above it. Not ghosts, shape-shifters!

I have had that one for a few years now, but I've never gotten around to reading it. Let me know what you think when you finish

Mark Sullivan (Vertiginous Mod) said:

I'm still working my way through Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon, which is definitely historical fiction rather than science fiction. It reminds me of both Underworld (which I've read fairly recently) and Gravity's Rainbow (if memory serves). It's terrific, so much so that I don't mind the length at all. I expect to be sorry when it's over.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy.

Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Visions In Death by J.D. Robb.

I am reading Game Over by Dave Zirin, about how politics get involved in sports. I kind of thought he would have gone more into the relationship between concussions, the money the NFL brings, and everything else that ties into it, but it focused on a lot of other very valid things instead, such as the Jerry Sandusky scandal and various lockouts.

It did lead me to ordering the book League of Denial, which is all about NFL concussions.

I've started The Voyage of the Space Beagle by A.E. van Vogt. This is a book about a spaceship exploring the universe which may have influenced Star Trek. According to Wikipedia, Vogt was inspired by Darwin's The Voyage of the Beagle. It's a fix-up novel. The opening part is Vogt's first published story, "Black Destroyer". This is about a cunning, animalistic alien that preys on the space explorers who discover it and take it aboard their spacecraft. The story is partly told from the alien's point of view, and Vogt does a good job of representing its non-human mentality, instinctual but intelligent. Marvel adapted it in Worlds Unknown #5.

It's after midnight here. Merry Christmas, everyone.

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Merry Christmas, Luke!

Thanks, Pete.

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