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Good news for British Sci-Fi and Fantasy, apparently all five of this years HUGO Novel Nominees are British for the first time in the awards 63 year history! No surprise to see the brilliant China Mieville amongst them, but I'm not keen on the BBCs overview of his "Iron Council" as it makes it sound a bit lame. On the other hand though the BBC have made me interested in picking up both Ian McDonal's "River of Gods" and Susanna Clarke's "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell". Anyone read either of those two???

Why The Future Could Be British (BBC News Online; Thursday 4th August 2005)

In other news, I went and saw Charlie & The Chocolate Factory for the second time this evening. I went with Sarah as she hadn't sene it and we hadn't seen each other for near enough 2 weeks. It's still very good on the second viewing and I still urge everyone to try and catch it. It's currently my fave film of 2005! Yes, it even beat Sin City, Batman Begins and Vanity Fair!!!

I also seem to have gone a very retro in this evenings 'after hours' music taste. I'm currently listening to an album that I last listened to on vinyl back in the mid 80's. I have no real idea why I picked up the CD (admittedly it was cheap on ebay, but still....) and even less idea why I'm currently listening it and actually enjoying the mellowness of  some good old fashioned guitar based melodies. It is a classic amongst 80's albums and has actually got some real classic tracks on it. The CD? Dire Straits "Brothers in Arms".

OK, you can shoot me next time you see me....... :p


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Aug. 5th, 2005 07:59 am (UTC)
If there is any justice, Charlie Stross (autopope) will win.

Can't comment on the two books you asked about, haven't read them.

- Neil.
Aug. 5th, 2005 08:36 am (UTC)
You have to admit - Iron Council is a bit lame.
It's not a patch on the first two New Crobuzon books.
Aug. 5th, 2005 09:24 am (UTC)
Am currently reading 'Jonathon Strange'. Finding it rather over-rated, speaking as someone who knows a fair amount about the real History of English Magic. Could rant more, but won't/can't without giving away too much of the plot. Suffice to say, it has occasional flashes of weird brilliance, but they are few and far between amongst pages of rather turgid Austen-esque society comment.
Aug. 5th, 2005 10:02 am (UTC)
Dire Straits rule!
I don't have four of their albums in my playlist.. honest guv.

Oh and before I forget - COME TO POPSTARZ!
Aug. 5th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
I thought Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell was fantastic. It's deliberately stylistically similar to good Victorian novels, including the pacing, but it was gripping enough that I lugged the dam' great thing around with me everywhere while I was reading it. It contrasts the Hermetic style of magic with the more spontaneous nicely, and the fey in the book were just exactly right.

I don't know anything about the history of English Magic, but given that [spoiler]the statues in York Minster are made to move and speak at one point[/spoiler], it's evidently a work of fantasy, not history. It's set in a universe with a lot of parallels to ours, but isn't ours.
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