IdleRich

IdleRich
M John Harrison is a beautiful writer at times but I've never really enjoyed the whole thing he builds out of his gorgeous prose. Maybe that's harsh, some of them are quite intriguing... always very melancholic. No, I've not read Lights though.
 

luka

Well-known member
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I have read Light by Edmund Davie but no-one seems keen to discuss it sadly.
there is a strict code of conduct on dissensus whereby no one pays any attention to any other members extra cirricular activities. it's always upset me but that's the way it is. if it was up to me shameless mutual boosterism would be a condition of membership
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Is it depressing or melancholic? Not sure I'm in the mood for that kind of gear just now.
Postman brought me a book called The Beetle Leg by John Hawkes a couple of days ago, I ordered it if after a dissensus discussion. Looks pretty interesting anyway, can't wait to start. Depressingly appears to be an ex-library book, how is that those come up for sale?
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Yeah... can't imagine this was being taken out every week. Plus it's in horrible condition.
Reading John Hawke’s second novel, the purgatorial western The Beetle Leg, is like being a small child awake during the night, staring in horror at some formless dark beast of the imagination that lurks within the shadows of their room. The plot, notorious for its obtuseness and the stunning surrealism which furthers the difficulty of finding a handhold from which to cling, churns forward with growing dread and silent monstrosities.
 

version

Who loves ya, baby?
I was looking at a collection of three of his on Amazon the other day, but it was out of stock and I'm trying not to buy anymore books atm anyway.

 

droid

Beast of Burden
Is it depressing or melancholic? Not sure I'm in the mood for that kind of gear just now.
Postman brought me a book called The Beetle Leg by John Hawkes a couple of days ago, I ordered it if after a dissensus discussion. Looks pretty interesting anyway, can't wait to start. Depressingly appears to be an ex-library book, how is that those come up for sale?
Not overtly. There's a lot of description of natural beauty interspersed with urban waste and litter, some death, but handled very lightly, and a really absurd flight of fancy about halfway through that made me laugh out loud. Its kinda dispassionately listless in a very artful way, rings very true to life without being overly sentimental or morose.
 

version

Who loves ya, baby?
That's because surfers are the biggest dullards in the world. I really related to Tarantino when he was talking about Big Wednesday and said, "I grew up around surfers. Surfers are jerks. Surfers don't deserve this movie."
I should probably clarify that Finnegan's an award-winning journalist who's covered a bunch of other stuff and not just a random surfer who's written a book about surfing.
 

craner

Beast of Burden
I should probably clarify that Finnegan's an award-winning journalist who's covered a bunch of other stuff and not just a random surfer who's written a book about surfing.
I can't believe you posted that clarification at 2.23 am - don't you ever sleep?
 
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