Consumption

(but not the wasting kind…wait, they’re both sort of the wasting kind aren’t they?)

Watched Inception over the weekend. Amazing!

Also watched the first couple episodes of “Louie.” Greatness. And thus Louis CK gets added to the pile of people to whom my wife compares me (a distinguished list that also includes Ricky Gervais and Larry David). I just have more hair.

I’m like Serpentor, if his DNA had been culled from and hilariously awkward comedians.

Reading-wise, I just finished up Michael Moorcock’s A Nomad of the Time Streams trilogy. It was a quick read, and a lot of fun. The stories get increasingly darker as you progress through the three books, which are essentially Moorcock’s deconstruction of Imperialism. I highly recommend them.

I’m chugging through China Miéville’s The Scar now, and it is as usual incredible. I picked up another fantasy book, a new book by a new writer (I think) at the same time, purely on impulse, but didn’t make it far. I will itemize the following rules for prospective fantasy writers:

  • I should be able to tell the difference between the name of a person and the name of a city, artifact, or creature.
  • There should not be a made-up word in every single paragraph.
  • I no longer care about royalty (did I ever, I wonder?) or who/whatever else rules the kingdom.

I finished a story over the weekend, worked at it to get it to an easily sell-able flash length, then realized it is only the end of a story, and probably needs a good thousand words prior to where I start. Such is the life of a fiction writer.

2 thoughts on “Consumption”

  1. Jesus, no kidding (about point #3). I started reading George RR Martin’s “A Game of Thrones,” it having been recommended by a hundred different people, and it is shiteing awful. I honestly DO NOT care about wealthy people born into privilege and power. Is it the democrat/socialist in me, or just fatigue from reading about so many goddamn princesses?
    Who was the writer of this ejectae?
    “The Scar” is good, but it’s my least favorite Mieville. Like Perdido Street Station, it could stand to lose about a hundred pages. Unlike PSS, though, it lacks his great sociopolitical themes.
    “Kraken” was good, recommended. I picked up “City & the City” in Portland, and now own all of his books, even his short story collection. Oh yeah!

  2. Something odd I’ve noticed about “The Scar” is he tends to repeat himself a lot. It lacks some of the subtleties of “Iron Council.” I’m still enjoying it.

    Books start talking about kings and my eyes just glaze over. I think it’s just because there are so many like that. I wonder if that’s a result of how we learn history – we learn all about royalty, but the lives of the commoners are often a footnote.

    It was called Night of Knives, by Ian Esslemont. It actually wasn’t guilty of point #3 so much. It might actually be a fine novel, I don’t know. I just had a hard to getting into it when I also had The Scar sitting there waiting to be read.

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