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Books I read in January, 2009

I'm going to do a monthly report on my readings this year, and see how that goes. And here it goes!


1: Long Walks, Last Flights and Other Strange Journeys, by Ken Scholes

Genre of book: SFF, short stories
Grade: A

The spirit, inquisitiveness, and crazy whacked-out imagination demonstrated by these stories is inspiring. I love some of the stories more than others, but they're all very good, and they make me want to write better than I currently do. And I'm not just saying that because I'm such a fan of Ken himself. :)

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2: The Fantasy Writer's Assistant and Other Stories, by Jeffrey Ford

Genre of book: SFF, short stories
Grade: A

Ford's stories are dreamy, surreal visions described with beautifully detailed writing. I have no complaints!

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3. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, by Diana Wynne Jones

Genre of book: Non-fiction, Writing, Fantasy-meta
Grade: B

This is a book that pokes fun at the conventions and cliches of high fantasy, and it succeeds at that. I found that the sarcastic tone of the guidebook parody wore me out after a while, but I'd still recommend it, especially to fans and writers of high fantasy.

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4. The Knights of the Cornerstone, by James P. Blaylock

Genre of book: Modern fantasy/Magical realism
Grade: A+

I'm crazy about Blaylock's prose. This novel was a lot of fun to read, with secret societies, curmudgeonly uncles, ancient relics, and miraculous occurrences all mixed into life in a very small, isolated town. I'm impressed!

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justinhowe
Jan. 31st, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
What Blaylock would you recommend reading first if you could only pick one?
nayad
Jan. 31st, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
This one! Or either of his short story collections. It's been a while since I've read any of his other novels, but I also liked The Last Coin and All the Bells on Earth a lot.
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