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While I was on vacation I devoured Level Grind a compendium of the first four books of the Twenty-Sided Sorceress series. They were highly amusing and I look forward to tracking down the rest.

The premise is that magic is real, and this particular sorceress learned how to use her magic via D&D manuals in the 80s (which, as the book says, wouldn't work for most people, because the magic in the books isn't real - you need to be a sorcerer to do it!) The books are easy to read urban fantasy (though the urban part is a small fictional town in Idaho) and the plots aren't terribly deep, basically could read one a day with no problems. But the shapeshifters and murders aren't the main draw: all the shout-outs to video games and D&D are really why I'm reading them.
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I am reading Numero Zero by Umberto Eco. After this, I will have read all of his fiction, which is sad for me to think. It's a very cynical look at journalism, with a dash of conspiracy theory thrown in.

I'm also reading Italian Folktales reinterpreted by Italo Calvino. I guess I'm on an Italian kick. I love folktales but periodically they remind you of how racism and sexism used to be a common part of life. I commented to my wife on a story that repeatedly called a Moorish (i.e. black) girl ugly. And the very next story was about how lazy Turks are (I'm Turkish.) Despite that, I'm enjoying most of the stories.
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"The Weird of the White Wolf" (Elric #3, M. Moorcock) is finally finished.

Just about halfway through "The Steel Tsar" (Nomad of the Time Streams #3, M. Moorcock).
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I also finished an Italo Calvino book, Invisible Cities. 9 chapters of between 5 and 10 very short tales about impossible cities, as allegedly narrated by Marco Polo to Kublai Khan. A fictive game, but a source of genuinely intriguing ideas about extreme cultures and ways of living. Themes of Death, Memory, Dread and Desire float through the book. A great book to dip into, or for interrupted reading. It also rewards rereading and thought.

In contrast, I also finished A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton. Set and written in the early 80s, it's a murder mystery with a hardish-boiled female PI protagonist. A good page turner, with a couple of neat murder ideas.
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I've accumulated much to read this last year and just finished The Forever War by Joe Haldeman this week. I've really enjoyed the time dilatation concept.

Next on my list is either Idoru by William Gibson, Starship Troopers or The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Heinlein.

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I also finished an Italo Calvino book, Invisible Cities. 9 chapters of between 5 and 10 very short tales about impossible cities, as allegedly narrated by Marco Polo to Kublai Khan. A fictive game, but a source of genuinely intriguing ideas about extreme cultures and ways of living. Themes of Death, Memory, Dread and Desire float through the book. A great book to dip into, or for interrupted reading. It also rewards rereading and thought.


I love that book
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Gave up on the struggle that is the second book of the Southern Reach Trilogy. Skipped to near the end to get to the point where something actually happens.

Not going after the third book.


I continued my search for strange books that had their own crazy logic like Annihilation, and found out about "surreal fiction" and "bizarro fiction."

Bizarro fiction led me to a short novel called "Every Time We Meet at the Dairy Queen, Your Whole Fucking Face Explodes." I enjoyed how it managed to treat a condition where becoming overexcited causes a violent, gory eruption of flesh from the skull is just sort of odd, and how that premise sets the baseline for even weirder and more disturbing events.

I will probably look further into the surreal fiction side of things next for something a bit more subtle in its strangeness, but after the monotony of Authority, a story that was unashamedly insane was a nice change.
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I continued my search for strange books that had their own crazy logic like Annihilation, and found out about "surreal fiction" and "bizarro fiction."

You might like Captain Jack Zodiac by Michael Kandel if you can find it. It's pretty surreal...
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vyran wrote:
I continued my search for strange books that had their own crazy logic like Annihilation, and found out about "surreal fiction" and "bizarro fiction."

You might like Captain Jack Zodiac by Michael Kandel if you can find it. It's pretty surreal...

Quite a lot of Rudy Rucker is pretty out there too.
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Finished “The Steel Tsar" and now halfway through “Count Brass” (also by M. Moorcock). Gradually filling in the still-unread titles in his Eternal Champion series.

Next up is "The Champion of Garathorm" (Chronicles of Castle Brass #2).
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"The Champion of Garathorm" (Chronicles of Castle Brass #2) is done.

Halfway through "Quest for Tanelorn" (Chronicles of Castle Brass #3).

A bit burnt out on Moorcock; time to go back to Fritz Leiber for a while.
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Currently reading Deadhouse Gates (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55401.Deadhouse_Gates) and Story Genius (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27833542-story-genius) Next up is probably Memories of Ice (next Malazan book) or Brief Cases (Dresden Anthology).
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A really good fantasy monster hunting novel with a whole lot of first nations mythology woven in. The author is NA indigenous so it's not bolted on, it feels alive and infuses even the subtle details of the monster and magic. Also, she's a Nebula & Hugo award winner, and a Locus finalist... so I'm not alone in liking this one


Thank you for this - it’s now on my “to read” list.
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