October's Organised Operation Of Oracling Omnigeneous Ouevres

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Another mouthful....;)

Let us know what you have been reading in October.

I myself have embarked on a recent release by NYRB entitled Tyrant Banderas. This is something of an iconic novel in the annals of 'Latin American' (loosely termed here) fiction by the Spanish dramatist and novelist Ramon María Valle-Incla. This is the first English translation since 1929 of a problematic novel due in part at least to the various locale dialects Valle-Incla employs throughout the story.

Tyrant Banderas is one of the early dictatorship novels of 20th Century fiction and influenced two more recently translated iconic classics in Garcia Marques' Autumn Of The Patriarch and Vargas Llosa's Feast of the Goat.

A sense of the Macabre and Fantastic claw at the edges of this fractured collage featuring a ruthless dictator set in an imaginary country that closely resembles Mexico (as I understand it). I am not far progressed into the pages of this book yet but I'm enjoying it so far.

Here's a grab from the book's blurb to provide with you a more complete picture:

It is the Day of the Dead, and revolution has broken out, creating mayhem from Baby Roach’s Cathouse to the Harris Circus to the deep jungle of Tico Maipú. Tyrant Banderas steps forth, assuring all that he is in favor of freedom of assembly and democratic opposition. Mean*while, his secret police lock up, torture, and execute students and Indian peasants in a sinister castle by the sea where even the sharks have tired of a diet of revolutionary flesh. Then the opposition strikes back. They besiege the dictator’s citadel, hoping to bring justice to a downtrodden, starving populace.
 

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Non fiction for me at the moment- reading Wildwood, A Journey Through Trees by Roger Deakin.
Took a sneak peak on amazon and a couple of other places. Appears to be a well regarded read. Sounds interesting. Are you enjoying it?
 

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I started my horror month's reading early with a few stories from Reggie Oliver's "Mrs. Midnight: And Other Stories" but now I'm taking time out and reading "King of Thorns" by Mark Lawrence for the SFF Chronicles GoodReads book group.
 

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Current reading includes PKD's The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike (one of his realistic novels; I'm finding it less compelling than Humpty Dumpty in Oakland) and The Pilgrim's Progress. October isn't "horror month" for me, but I anticipate treating myself to a few stories by William Hope Hodgson. And to beginning a 6-volume biography of Milton by David Masson, since I have decided that I really like Milton although I haven't read some of his major poems.
 

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Two books on the go, at present, for different times of the day: Kim Stanley Robinson's The Years of Rice and Salt for main reading, which I'm finding amazingly rich and different; and Jim Butcher's Ghost Story for easy bedtime reading, which took me a little longer to get into than his normal Dresden novels. Both good reads so far.
 

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Took a sneak peak on amazon and a couple of other places. Appears to be a well regarded read. Sounds interesting. Are you enjoying it?

I am indeed. Living in a cabin in the woods or an old train carriage under the stars, surrounded by trees and darkness. Fabulous. Sadly he died not long after publication.
 

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My non-fiction read is Behind the Mask of Innocence - Sex, Violence, Prejudice, Crime: Films of social conscience in the silent era by Kevin Brownlow...this is a re-read of a book from my university days.

My current fiction read is Book I of the Isavalta Trilogy: A Sorcerer's Treason by Sarah Zettel.
 

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Cloneworld by Andy Remic. Not a good book -- too much forced funniness that makes me scream "Just tell the goddamned story!". It's going back to the library before I've got to 100 pages.
 

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I just finished the Void books by Peter Hamilton and loved them. I got the recommendation from here at the Chrons. Now for Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson. I must have spent half an hour looking at the maps and character lists before even starting. Just the prologue sent shivers down my spine and the first chapter felt like coming home.
 

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Well it's only taken me since the start of July, but I've just finished Mageguard of HAmor by L E Modesitt Jr.

Not exactly a hard book to read, and normally one of those books that I would define as easy reading... time just seems to have drifted a bit.

I have no idea how I would have dealt with anything more complex.

So next up Fatal Revenant by Stephen R Donaldson.

SSee you all next October...
 

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Just finished Robin Hobb's Soldier Son trilogy. Really loved all her other books but these... not so much. Need a few days off from books now to clear my brain from her story.

Still thinking about what to pick up next!! (Ah, the delicious limbo between one read and the next...)
 

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Well, just finished 'Reapers Gale' on my epic Malazan re-read... I think its the most disappointing for me out of the series (but still excellent!).

Now, before starting the final 3 I thought I'd have a break. I very rarely buy HB books nowadays, but I have been spoilt over the last few weeks by every one of those authors of which I do. Zero Point by Neal Asher, King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence and Forge or Darkness by Erikson are all standing proud on my bookshelf. Great North Road by Hamilton and The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M Banks are currently en-route, so I am a very happy chappy!

For obvious reasons I am holding off on Forge of Darkness, so Zero Point is the lucky chap for the time being!
 

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Just finished Robin Hobb's Soldier Son trilogy. Really loved all her other books but these... not so much. Need a few days off from books now to clear my brain from her story.

Still thinking about what to pick up next!! (Ah, the delicious limbo between one read and the next...)

I really liked the Soldier Son trilogy, but I see people not liking it quite often. I think perhaps it was because these were the first Hobb books I read and so I wasn't comparing them to the Assassin trilogies. I can see that they can be a frustrating read, but they're also very well written and do confound the genre expectations in a (to me) fairly pleasing way.
 

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Mark, I actually liked the way the Soldier Son books discuss magic and its consequences, thought that was very good (in fact, Hobb is great at working in consequences in all her books, its a different approach to magic and I like it). It's just that I wanted to give Navare a good shaking half the time! He annoyed me sooo much. :D
 

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Started to read this forty some years ago and didn't finish it. Decided to try again and when I got to where I put the book marker I couldn't figure out why I quit. No problems with the writing, good story. Maybe I matured over the decades. Turned out to be a pretty good story, a bit on the wild side when you consider (SPOILER ALERT in case anyone might decide to read it) Captain Future killed the bad guy---with his bare hands! How cool is that?
 

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This weekend...finished reading A River in the Sky (2010, William Morrow; 307 pages), by Elizabeth Peters. It's one of her Amelia Peabody series of mystery novels. This time, instead of Amelia, Emerson, and the rest of the family excavating in Egypt, This story takes place in 1910 in and around Jerusalem. Ramses, of course, manages to get himself in difficulties. If you like the series, you'll like this book.

Now reading: Can't Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain, and America (2007, Harmony Books; 661 pages), by Jonathan Gould. I'm a couple of chapters in, and enjoying the reading so far. We'll see how it progresses.
 

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Finished Kristin Britain's High Kings Tomb. It was a well paced book and I enjoyed it. I have moved on to Mark Lawrence's Prince of Thorns, and am only 30 or so pages into it. It has an interesting style so far and I am curious to see where it is leading.
 
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