my novel outline is like:
Bartimaeus trilogy, in magic system
The Name of The Rose, a medieval-style comment on information and control
Iron Council, in out-and-back, city-and-revolution action structure
Discworld, because I chose to twist up a magic university
The Outstretched Shadow, for city and mageocracy
(and I stole a name from Q/history as 'Eloi Decker')

Interested? Too bad, I can't write, it's never happening.

In "The Age of Wonder" I read the puzzling fact(?) that there was no concept of "the weather" before the romantic era. Can anyone remember mentions of "the weather", i.e. something that has moods and changes daily, in something written before 1800s?

Dune: not that impressed. heading towards 2 or 3/5.
might have loved it at 14, but there's so many more interesting less conventional fantasy novels out there at that level too.
still I'm trying to mentally cannibalize this and extract useful parts for "my next novel". I think the politics of the universe is brought to the reader at just the right level of explicit vs implicit.

Fine, since everyone is suddenly into Dune I'll read it

though mostly unrelated, Q-the-novel happens to be a good book for understanding QAnon. together, they tell me that western society just has waves of a particular spiritual/religious revolutionary feel occasionally, and some causes / details of the dynamics.

ok everyone, I need book recommendations.
I like books to be HUGE, complex to incomplehensible, and sort of pointless. I like: Moby Dick, Pynchon (Gravity's Rainbow, Mason and Dixon), The Quincunx (Palliser), Bas-Lag series, Mieville, Eco, ...
got any similar by more diverse authors? While these were good, being entertained by what JUST white men have to say is reaching its limits.

'Kafkaesque' means bureaucracy issues,
I think the books (Amerika) feel more like deep confusion on doing one's best to be polite and virtuous and socially normal and getting randomly screwed over or dropped
I use it that way

Book Review - Embassytown by China Mieville

I was hyped. But my enjoyment peaked somewhere around Chapter 3 : Weird Spacetime Geometry and More Tantalizing Hints

In the end, it seems oddly shallow and uncritical. The same narrative about colonialism (island paradises and their fall from innocence, among others), wrapped in a cool science fiction facade. Especially since I expected a lot more and deeper social criticism from Mieville.

Aside, it's very short and dense.


the best dystopia is Parable of the Sower. everything else is overrated. don't talk to me about 1984.

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