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the Recipe.

good news: looks like i'm in the anthology elsewhere edited by michael barry. the story is called 'the recipe', and it's a comedy. a monty python kind of comedy, to be more precise.

more news about this as i get it.


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Jul. 30th, 2003 08:09 pm (UTC)
Different from Max Barry who wrote Jennifer Government, presumably...

I haven't heard of the Antho, but it looks like lots of good people are getting in it (or at least people I know, which is close enough).

(am thinking of reviewing JG when I get a spare moment, which is the tricky bit)

David C
Jul. 30th, 2003 08:31 pm (UTC)
i've never heard of the jennifer government. what's it about?
Jul. 30th, 2003 08:43 pm (UTC)
New novel from some guy down in Melbourne, a satire on corporate hype and globalisation (as it proudly proclaims on the back cover). It's interesting, got some good scope and ambition, and certainly not what I was expecting (ie, it's not cyberpunk).

Here's a handy link:


David C
Jul. 30th, 2003 09:33 pm (UTC)
you know, it reminds me a little of william gibson's latest novel. what's that called again? i'm thinking i might pick it up in paperback, when it arrives, because it sounds neat, but i have hate filled memories over NEUROMANCER.

anyhow, the whole nike said this, nike said that bit, while funny for a bit in the first chapter, quickly got on my nerves. sounded alright, until i was reading that. does the writing pick up any style after that, btw? or is it the same all the way through? (i suppose saying it has no style is wrong, it has that quick, flat, no frills style as i call it. reminds me of NEUROMANCER, sorta. god, the nightmares, the nightmares!)

(sorry. ahem. heh. makes you wonder why i'm willing to try the new gibson book, but the idea behind it really appeals to me. really does. sigh. such a sucker.)

where was i?
Jul. 30th, 2003 10:55 pm (UTC)

yes. I the style doesn't grab you to start with, I suspect it won't get any better for you. It was all a bit flat, I felt. There ws a good novel in there, but it was struggling to get out.

I can remember not being all that impressed by Neuromancer, though I didn't get anywhere near hate.

David C
Jul. 31st, 2003 04:10 am (UTC)
the problem with neuromancer for me, is that i read it under the worse situation: it was one of ten books of fiction i read for my honours thesis in a two week period. and i don't know if you've ever tried to digest ten books in fourteen days, but it's... hard on you. i read 1984 the first time under similar situation, and didn't like it much, either. later this changed.

the gibson book was the second or third i read, early on, so it didn't suffer as much as others did. 1984 was one of the ones at the end. but i tried to reread it (NEUROMANCER) and all the things i didn't like were right there still.
Jul. 31st, 2003 05:35 pm (UTC)
I read Brave New World for high school, and didn't much get into it. Should go back and give it a go (I'm sort of starting the latest (a recent?) Sara Douglass book at the moment, which may take a while).

But I got The Hobbit in Year Seven, which I thought was pretty cool.

David C
Jul. 31st, 2003 10:28 pm (UTC)
i always liked brave new world. i've got a copy of doorways to eternity (i think it's called that), the essays huxley wrote about mescalin, which i've always intended to read but never have. but as i said, i liked brave new world, but i was well and truly out of high school when i read it. i don't think i would of enjoyed it in high school.

never read the hobbit, but my opinion of lord of the rings is pretty low, so there didn't seem like much point.

i read the first sara douglas book, battleaxe. i never finished it. i just felt like i'd been there before, and my enjoyment of big fantasy novels (of which ir ead a lot as a teenager) was fading (i was nineteen, i think, or just a bit older). it wasn't particularly well written, but they might get better. it's just not my thing, i don't reckon anymore.

i am currently reading gould's book of fish by richard flanagan. strange, but so far so good.
Jul. 31st, 2003 10:37 pm (UTC)
Battleaxe was better than I expected, but that's not saying too much (the names in it were generally 'orrible, I noticed). I've haven't read any of her others.

I'm actually reading this one (must remember the name of it one day), because it is about the combo of two cultures I'm interested in. But she may have got better...

David C
Jul. 31st, 2003 11:25 pm (UTC)
yeah, i remember one being called axis or something? i was quite agog at the name.

you know, i just can't use the word agog in a sentence anymore.
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