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Old 11th Sep 2007, 14:30   #21
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Sara:

I almost put Kate Atkinson on my list as I've loved almost all of her books. But I absolutely detested Emotionally Weird and it made me gun shy- although I've liked her subsequent stuff.
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Old 11th Sep 2007, 14:43   #22
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How could I have forgotten about Janice Galloway!?

Although I did once go an see a modern opera that she wrote the words of, called Monster, based on Mary Shelley and how she wrote Frankenstein.

That was 3 hours I'll never get back.

Love her books though.
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Old 11th Sep 2007, 15:26   #23
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Excellent idea for a list - I can think of many more than ten that I would buy unquestioningly in first edition. They include:

Ireland
Glenn Patterson
David Park
Bernard MacLaverty
Keith Ridgway
Sean O'Reilly
Eoin MacNamee
Joseph O'Connor
Claire Kilroy
Carlo Gebler
Robert McLiam Wilson
Ronan Bennett

England
Nicola Barker
David Peace
Rupert Thomson
David Mitchell
Sam North
Sarah Waters
Danny Leigh
Gerard Woodward
Patrick Neate
Henry Sutton
Magnus Mills

Japan
Ryu Murukami
Natsuo Kirino

Scotland
Ali Smith
Stuart MacBride
Alex Gray
Lin Anderson
Alan Bissett

This list is probably incomplete - and liable to change on a whim and certainly after a disappointment.
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Old 18th Sep 2007, 11:04   #24
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I get my wish, as there's a new Ali Smith out in November:



(Though it isn't square, as this image seems to suggest.)
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Old 18th Sep 2007, 11:45   #25
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I can't wait for this either. I think it's in the Canongate Myth series, and the two I've already read from that series (Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad and Jeanette Winterson's Weight) have both been beautifully written. Also the actual books themselves were absolutely gorgeous - possibly the best produced books I've seen in a long time.
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1) Alan Furst. His Dark Star had me dropping everything else to finish it... he's highly addictive. Night Soldiers (which came before DS) is next on my "when I hit a used bookstore again" list. (I have had to take a principled stand against using Amazon.com, because I already have a couple of tons of books around the place).

2) Freeman Dyson, FRS. Professor Dyson favored us with two biographical books over the past several years... one hopes he still has one left in him (though at the age of eighty-five, this may be too much to hope for). Why should we care? Because
a) Dyson writes like a reflective C.S. Lewis and
b) has toiled in the vineyards of nuclear weaponeering most of his life while
c) retaining a benevolent nous and the hope that the weapons he helped create would be used for other than their primary intended mission (with fellow weaponeer Ted Taylor, Dyson conceived Project Orion, which would have harnessed nuclear detonations as thrust for massive spacecraft).

3) Clive Cussler. Yes, that Clive Cussler. His books are like those marshmallow peanuts... totally non-nutritive and habit-forming. There are two major franchises of Cussler's work I'd snap up any new books from immediately - the annals of Dirk Pitt and his descendants; and the stories of the Corporation, a free-enterprise, high-tech mercenary outfit whose doings are porn for military aircraft and weapons buffs.

His nonfiction books are almost as good - the man actually puts his money where his word processor is, self-financing historical exploration underwater, in odd corners of the Earth, and at one point nearly getting his exploration boat sunk by the French secret service because his pursuit of the wreck of the CSS Alabama interfered with secret sea trials of a new French submarine. You have to love anyone who gets up the French Navy's nose that badly.

4) Lois McMaster Bujold. Her Miles Naismith Vorkosigan books are nearing the end of any reasonable story span (unless the lady decides to favor us with some "prequels"), but I'd buy any new ones she cares to favour us with. I haven't tried her mythopoeic stories yet... they're on my list.

5) Han Li Thorn. Not for his erotica, but his corker cyberpunk genre novel Zendyne, available as an Ebook - which is how it wound up on my PDA, where I am even now re-reading it. If Mr. Han should decide to revisit cyberpunk, I'd buy it.

6) Dale Brown. Not because of his prose style - anyone who uses the word "incredible" as much as he does in exposition should be struck sharply on the knuckles with a ruler for each offense - but because of his research and his uncanny knack for predicting real-world political developments in his novels. He seems to have predicted the rise of Vladimir Putin and his transformation into Stalin Junior long before the fact.

7) P.J. O' Rourke. We're LONG overdue for another O' Rourke essay collection. This may be difficult now that Reverse McCarthyism is in full sway on the western shores of the Atlantic Ocean, but it must happen. Give it another four years, and... well, conservatism may never come back into fashion, but whatever Barack Obama is will go right out of style as soon as it comes time for us to pay for all the "stimuli" and the only thing that's been stimulated is the demand for business jets among recipients of the $700 billion we sent to the Obama supporters on Wall Street.

ahhh... I'm tired and running out of must-buy authors. Perhaps later.
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Alan Garner is a well-known (mostly) children's author from the 1960's/70's but he is still writing. I haven't read Stradloper (sp?) which was his latest book. He lives at Alderley Edge in Cheshire and sets much of his writing there. Some of his books you might have heard of are The Owl Service (which won the Carnegie and was shortlisted, I think, for the Carnegie of Carnegies), The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, The Moon of Gomrath, Elidor, and the rather stunning and complex Red Shift (which I am only just coming to understand twenty-five years later)..
My wife introduced me to Garner's The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, an almost surreal melding of modern day and Middle-Earth. I enjoyed it immensely, and would read another Garner in a minute (well, perhaps three and a half hours, which is what it takes me to get through a reasonably complex novel these days). Great call, Colyngbourne.
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Oh, YES! I forgot Brian Lumley, the English H.P. Lovecraft; that's actually being very unkind to him, but it succinctly describes his style and subject matter. Before I die, I intend to devour the other Necroscope novels at the very least (I've read Necroscope III). Like Clive Cussler, his work is non-nutritive, but oddly compelling.
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#9 on my list of "authors whose new book I would rush out to buy in a heartbeat" is Caleb Carr.

Three of Carr's five's novels are Victorian/Edwardian period pieces
Two of them, The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness were police procedurals/mysteries/adventure novels featuring the noted alienist (forensic psychiatrist) Laszlo Kreisler, Theodore Roosevelt (as New York City police commissioner in The Alienist and Secretary of the US Navy in The Angel of Darkness) and a fictional coterie of friends who assist them in bringing evildoers to justice.
The Italian Secretary is described in Carr's Wikipedia entry as an "authorized Sherlock Holmes mystery," begging the question of whether Arthur Conan Doyle was consulted from beyond the grave or some other authority nodded assent :)
Carr's Killing Time is an unusually prescient and taut cyberpunk-ish SF novel set in the not-so-distant future; it was serialized in Time magazine in at the turn of the 20th/21st centuries.
I have read The Alienist, The Angel of Darkness and Killing Time and can recommend them as exciting adventure romps; Killing Time also has a philosophical undertone and seems to have predicted the descent of the United States into its present malaise.

If Mr. Carr stirred himself to write the sequel to Killing Time or any more books about Dr. Kreizler (one can imagine a last adventure with him and Roosevelt perhaps as President or later, during the Taft administration), I'd pay full freight for the hardcover editions (or at least reconsider my self-imposed ban on Amazon.com book purchases).
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#10 on the list of authors whose new book I would rush out to buy in a heartbeat would be Kenneth Brower, if he ever decided to write anything as good as The Starship and The Canoe
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