I Am Reading A Novel That Seems To Be Something That Elvis Telecom Would Like

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Truth be told, decades ago was a fan of his entertaining fast-moving, familiar folksy style then ultimately ended up finding it a bit slick and glib. Reread some stuff a few years and liked it again for the same reason but then started to have the same misgivings. Come to think of it had the same experience with his hero, RAH.

I Forgot More Than You'll Ever POLL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:08 (seven years ago) link

Agreed. We all probably went through a RAH phase until you get to that WTF point that makes you question everything you just read.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 07:59 (seven years ago) link

BTW, just finished Kaye's Stars Screaming. I mostly dug it, but wanted to like it more. Good for that paranoiac haze that collected around LA middle-aged burnout culture back then, but vaguely dissatisfied by the resolutions.

How's his other book?

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 19 March 2014 08:06 (seven years ago) link

Haven't got around to finishing but it had a similar vibe. Good stuff about Bobby Fuller.

I Forgot More Than You'll Ever POLL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 19 March 2014 14:19 (seven years ago) link

This review of the RAH bio (along with a Cory Doctorow novel) by John Clute is kind of amazing: http://www.strangehorizons.com/2010/20100628/clute-c.shtml

I Forgot More Than You'll Ever POLL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 19 March 2014 19:22 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

Finally just started reading Sales' Apollo Quartet. ZOWIE. More than makes up for current reading doldrums.

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 25 April 2014 04:27 (seven years ago) link

Cool.

Kilgore Haggard Replica (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 25 April 2014 04:33 (seven years ago) link

Wish I was reading those again for the first time.

Kilgore Haggard Replica (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 25 April 2014 04:55 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

The last one of those is out, btw. On a related note, you are wanted over on this thread: DSKY-DSKY Him Sad: Official ILB Thread For The Heroic Age of Manned Spaceflight.

one month passes...

Hooboy. I'm so far behind on everything... I promise I'll get to that thread. I've been riding the train to work the past couple of weeks and have been blazing through some schlock just to clear it out. I've been in a dark depressive hole lately - been hate-reading Nixon books and Supermob - the Sidney Korshak book that's a must-read for anyone who perceives the utter corruption at the core of American power.

Did read garbage techno-thriller Ghost Fleet on the Metrolink the other day. I don't know what to say other than it felt like distasteful propaganda.

Elvis Telecom, Monday, 3 August 2015 07:40 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

Reviving thread to go on about how much I'm enjoying Kim Stanley Robinson's The Ministry For The Future. A spiritual successor to Stand On Zanzibar that's just as annoyingly fractured.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 17 November 2021 04:01 (two months ago) link

Yeah, that's a good big messy book that actually gave me a glimmer of hope.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Wednesday, 17 November 2021 05:11 (two months ago) link


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