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The above is Nick Mamatas' (nihilistic_kid) new book, Under My Roof. It sounds pretty cool, and when Amazon begins to stock it, I'll be finding myself a copy.

I read Mamatas' previous novel, Move Under Ground a few years back when it first came out. It's a Lovecraft meets Jack Kerouac beat novel about the end of the world, or however you like to sell these things. I liked it, but when I finished it, it didn't really feel moved to say a whole lot about it. Sometimes that kind of happens. But there's been this strange thing about me and that book, cause the further I get away from it, the more I do dig it. Every now and then I even find myself giving it the old world of mouth sell to someone that I'm talking to (usually about Lovecraft, who I never liked, or Kerouac, who I liked as a spoken word performer, but On the Road kinda bored me).

It's not often that happens. Usually first impressions stick with me.

Mamatas is interviewed here at Bookslut, and he talks about both Move Under Ground and Under My Roof. Worth the clicks.

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ex_chrisbil
Jan. 9th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
I got Move Under Ground for Christmas, lookin' forward to it... did you ever read Vellum, Ben? I just finished it.
benpeek
Jan. 9th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
i read half of it, then got side tracked on something else. it was pretty hard to get back into, so i'm going to give it another go at a later date.
ex_chrisbil
Jan. 9th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
I juggled it with Kavalier and Clay, but just blasted the last half this week. Fantastic ending, really got immersed in it.
benpeek
Jan. 9th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
i was enjoying it, mostly. it felt a bit repetitive in places, which was the nature of the concept, but it was just one of those things were shit came up, i got sidetracked, and i tried a couple of times to kick back in but it didn't work. it's happened before with me, so it's no big. just take a break and start anew.

did you enjoy kavalier and clay?
ex_chrisbil
Jan. 10th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
It's fantastic. I still have some more to go on that, actually. It's just so good! He captures everything perfectly.
benpeek
Jan. 10th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
it's a pretty cool book, yeah. you should read WONDER BOYS after, i reckon. it's a smaller book--not nearly as bit or sprawling, but i really liked it.
ex_chrisbil
Jan. 10th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
By Chabon? I have to admit I'm curious about his other work. I've not heard so much about it.
benpeek
Jan. 10th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
yeah, by chabon. it's his second novel.

i've read most of his stuff, except for his first book, MYSTERIES IN PITSBURGH, i think it is. his kids book is pretty flat, and the novella he released a couple of years back, THE FINAL SOLUTION is only okay. he characterises sherlock holmes nicely, but the plot is easy to spot. i've read one of his collections, the werewolves one (forget the whole title) and i dug that.
ironed_orchid
Jan. 10th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
I read Move Under Ground just recently, and during the first half I was like "this is the best book EVA!!!!" - towards the end I was less enthusiastic, but still impressed.

I actually find Kerouac very hard to read, I don't mind the style but the subject matter doesn't thrill me. Yet I felt that Mamatas got his voice just right, and managed to interest me. So maybe all I needed to find Kerouac readable was some Cthulhu.
benpeek
Jan. 10th, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
i thought he did a good job of getting the voice, yeah. one of the things i remember having a bit of a problem with when i finished was how i didn't think the two styles, the kerouac directless stroll, and the lovecraft end of the world, really blended. but now i kinda think, 'well, you know, it did kind of work nicely.'

plus, any book with a gun totting william burroughs...
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