Monday, June 20, 2005

I've been reading--no, really!

Belated explanations:

Why I am here: I don't read enough new stuff. I thought this might spur me to action.
Why anonymous: That was the rule of the game. It sounded like fun.

Theory and philosophy discussions hurt my brain, so here are some stories. I read the Winter 2004 issue of Talebones and the December 2004 issue of Weird Tales.

My favorite story in Talebones was "The Dog Prince" by Sarah Prineas. It's very dark fantasy, a Tanith Lee sort of dark, where I'm thinking, "This is too simple, I shouldn't be this horrified." But I am. Yummy stuff.

In Weird Tales, I very much enjoyed "Hearts and Minds" by Barbara Krasnoff. It's short--three pages. But it's exactly the right length, with great atmosphere and details, and just the right twist. I smiled the whole way through, and laughed in what I think were the right places.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sf reading's 20 years out of date; my favourite writers were Ted Sturgeon, Isaac Asimov and Philip K. Dick... I'm catching up by reading on the internet, though. More recently, I've laughed at The Faery Handbag, cried at Sergeant Chip, been made to think by Anda's game, and done my head in with Accelerando. (It's a very good book, but I struggled with the technical jargon.) As Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross have now published novels on the internet, I'm wondering if this is the start of a trend, and does it have implications for the sort of stuff that gets written. E.g., does it make more sense to maximise your niche audience, or to try to appeal to a broader readership.

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really think this is a joke. I mean, it's got to be a joke, right?


11:01 AM  
Blogger Johnny Dark said...

Bricky wrote: Why anonymous: That was the rule of the game. It sounded like fun.

I'd thought that the pseudonym thing was strange and unnecessary when it was first proposed, but now that I've gotten used to it, I can see the advantages-- it allows you to write something good without being accused of sucking up to the person you praise (or, for that matter, trying to court recommendations for your own work), and, on the other side, it allows you to write a negative review without making enemies in the field. Although so far that second freedom has been mostly theoretical, since the reviews here have been positive (with the exception of DaVinci Code, which only Qwui seems to find worth defending.)

I've been mostly reading non-SF works lately, for one reason or another, but yesterday I grabbed three magazines off the top of the accumulating stack and read two or three stories out of each of them... if I get a few free moments, I'll see if I can think of something significant to say about them

6:04 PM  
Blogger Safe Light said...

Hey Johnny!

What magazine titles are you cruising through these days?

12:26 PM  
Blogger Johnny Dark said...

I just looked at some recent issues of F&SF, Asimov's, Analog, and The New Yorker (although I often just read the non-fiction there). And a couple of comics, I mean sequential-art compilations, although those were mostly older ones lying around. And a couple of young adult novels.

I was going to post some comments on the magazines, but got bogged down when I realized I didn't seem to have much in the way of comments that were interesting, incisive, and to the point... I may end up posting something anyway, if I get around to it.

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