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Old 24th Aug 2006, 9:00   #11
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Bit of a fattie, isn't it? I didn't like his skinny, Morality Play, but I could be persuaded...
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I think a blob of populism wouldn't go amiss in the Book Club. I'm going to suggest - because he's been talked about so much lately - Stephen King; and, because it's such a slim little thing, Carrie.
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may I suggest Norstrilia by the wonderful Cordwainer Smith. .
Seconded. I think his The Game of Rat and Dragon is one of the finest sf short stories, and I'd welcome more of him.

I was interested to read in Wikipedia that he (Cordwainer Smith) may be the original patient of "The Jet-Propelled Couch". According to the psychiatrist who treated this patient, he was convinced that he was an alien, and his supporting detail of the planet and star system he came from was so convincing that astrophysicists the psychiatrist consulted could pick no holes in it. The psychiatrist himself began to believe it, and it was the patient who eventually snapped out of the delusion. In turn, this case was undoubtedly the source of K-PAX the novel and movie.
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Well if its popular-fiction time in the Book Club, how about some Patricia Highsmith? Perhaps her first novel, Strangers on a Train?
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Oooh, yeah. Nice choice, JS.
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I've never really understood the attraction of Highsmith (I've read a collection of short stories and a couple of novels) so would welcome the chance to have a good old ding-dong about her and be convinced.
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Can you remember which of her novels you read, JM? As for convincing you, we didn't manage it over Ishiguro so I wouldn't hold out too much hope...
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I know I'm new but I'd definitely like to be involved. The Patricia Highsmith sounds good to me, I've recently finished reading The Talented Mr Ripley... the first I've yet read of her books. On the strength of that, I've just ordered her Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction. I don't normally trust how-to-write books unless they're written by someone who actually can write so it will be interesting to find out what she has to say.

Barry Unsworth is another author I've been meaning to get to. But I just looked that one up... 620 pages! Is it that good?
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Can you remember which of her novels you read, JM? As for convincing you, we didn't manage it over Ishiguro so I wouldn't hold out too much hope...
You convinced me that Greene was worth another go though.

As to Highsmith novels; I have read Deep Water, and - I have gone totally blank on the other. Looking over a biliography, I suspect it was Ripley Underwater, in which case I have only read one of her novels - because I didn't finish it.

The collection was Eleven from which I remember only the image of a man drowning in his own pet snails. An image which has half haunted me from childhood. I was glad to rediscover it, if only to nail the bugger down and give someone else the blame for it. It wasn't my own nightmare. Patricia Highsmith put that image in my head. (Damn, I'm talking myself into wanting read more of her books now.)
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Bit of a fattie, isn't it? I didn't like his skinny, Morality Play, but I could be persuaded...
It's 600 pages of pure brilliance - it'll feel like a 200 pager, honest!
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