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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Kraken by China Mieville

Well this is a strange one!

I had this book for Christmas one year as I thought it might be interesting. It certainly started well and at one point it was hard to put down, but Mieville appears to have a weird writing style, inventing words and phrases out of nowhere, and using ' big clever words' to describe a situation or object unnecessarily. This gets old very quickly, and its not exactly a small book!

Basically a squid goes missing from a museum and our hero, Billy Harrow, museum curator, gets drawn into a world of weird god worship, strange rituals, and magic, with a potential end-of-world scenario.
Still sounds interesting and the story is, but the writing style I found awful, heavy and meandering. Not a keeper!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year one and all!

After a disastrous christmas night where I got beat up by some drug fed thug and ended up in hospital for two hours, here's hoping 2013 brings peace and happiness to everyone. Well, we live in hope....

Anyway,last night I finished Reach for Tomorrow, an early collection of stories by Clarke including Time's Arrow in which an archealogical dig turns into something else....






















Also I just started a very strange book by China Mieville, details to follow....