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    You need to read deeper. Between the words.

    I thought you were an initiate?

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    They're different things really

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    You can use it as something to hang a plot on, piggybacking, or you can work within the tradition

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    You can be a squarepusher or a dj hype lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by droid View Post
    HBHG is great, one of my fave literary frauds. Think its fair to say they really believed it, or rather, that it was true, therefore making a few things up was justified.
    My understanding is that one of the chaps sincerely believed he was descended from the Merovingian dynasty - and hence from Jesus and Mary M - and that the other two were straight-up mountebanks who latched onto him in order to perpetrate a literary fraud and make $$$.

    The story about the HBHG authors and Dan Brown is actually pretty funny:

    Dan Brown actually plays an important part in the history of trolling – but as the victim, rather than perpetrator, of an exquisitely realized hoax [...] Brown was suckered hook, line and sinker, basing his best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code on the ludicrous claims of the older book and even going so far as to include a note in the preface asserting the historical (and, presumably, present-day) reality of the Priory. [...] Hilariously, two of the three authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail unsuccessfully sued Brown’s publisher for plagiarism in 2005, two years after the publication of The Da Vinci Code, which had proven an instant bestseller. The court then rather wonderfully bullshitted the bullshitters and ruled that, since the plaintiffs’ book was ostensibly a work of historical ‘fact’, Brown was justified in using it for ‘research’ for his novel. The free publicity of the trial apparently significantly boosted sales of the older cranks’ book, which may have brought them some comfort after they were landed with legal fees in the region of £3,000,000.
    http://dointhelambethwarp.wordpress....y-of-trolling/

    Quote Originally Posted by droid View Post
    Gavin Menzies' 1421 is another sincere lie.
    Is that the one about the 'Chinese Columbus'?
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    There's no hope for you two.

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    Eco's excellent essay on fascism is well worth a re-read.

    http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1995/06/22/ur-fascism/

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    The new Adam Roberts is fantastic. Review here:

    http://www.theguardian.com/books/201...s-review-novel

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    Almost finished 'On the Move' by Oliver Sacks. Far from being an essential book of his (ala 'The Man who Mistook...'), but fascinating and fun all the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HMGovt View Post
    I came close to throwing it into the fire when he cited hapless AI 'expert' kevin warwick as an authority on anything, but a few pages later it had redeemed itself. it's going to be a rocky road though, that's clear.
    A few more chapters in - it really is the most unutterable shite. The passage about fish men and apes as degenerate humans is a big warty bag of sweaty bollocks. Laughably incoherent, but I'm sure it's a real page turner for the pathologically credulous and those coming round from long comas. Binned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by droid View Post
    The new Adam Roberts is fantastic. Review here:

    http://www.theguardian.com/books/201...s-review-novel
    Outstanding, exceptional. A tour de force. A Kantian investigation of time, space & the fermi paradox told by a tawdry and pathetic protagonist, interspersed with beautifully crafted historical vignettes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by droid View Post
    I started reading a Barron story the other day that's about this guy who goes on a search for his sister, who in turn went missing while trying to find this apparently deathless evil doctor who killed their brother when he was a little kid as part of some kind of weird experiment or occult ritual. But the guy makes a living taking part in gladiatorial deathmatches for the amusement of this cabal of degenerate, ultra-wealthy aristos. And so he's attending the wake for the guy who raised him (and introduced him to the world of gladiatorial deathmatches) and they have this dinner which could have straight out of a writing workshop on how to evoke gothic decadence. And so he meets this anonymous busty heiress and obviously ends up fucking her against the garden wall, and she for some reason insists on having a regular conversation with him about the dead guy while he's fucking her, and...

    I mean, it's entertaining enough, don't get me wrong, but I can't shake the feeling that I'm reading what is essentially the extended wank fantasy of a 16-year-old boy. And then it struck me: if Ligotti is the spiritual heir to Lovecraft, then Barron is this century's Robert E. Howard.

    I might come back to it but at the moment I'm snacking on Lord Dunsany's Time and the Gods - very, very silly but beautifully written in that ultra-ornate, 'bejewelled' way - in between meals of Infinite Jest.
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    Thats the stand alone novella whose name escapes me at the moment - very different in tone to his other stuff, (though X's for eyes was more of the same). Much more sci-fi and quite a departure for him - reminded me of Burroughs a bit actually. His main schitck is his noir/lovecraftian stuff, which has a more claustrophobic and dread-filled Ballardian thing going on in places.

    When I think of Barron I think of the black travel guide, whispers in the pipes, and unspeakable figures emerging from cracks in the rocks to drag people screaming into dark woods. 'The Beautiful thing that awaits us all', or 'Occultation' are much more representative.

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    This is, despite the blurb actually a pretty good attempt to outline events after a cure for aging is found. Certainly some relief after the orgy of new literary apocalyptic sci-fi Ive been wallowing in.

    ďYou got me. I donít want to die. Iím terrified of death. I fear thereís nothing beyond it and that this existence is the only one Iíll ever possess. Thatís why Iím here.Ē

    2019. Humanity has witnessed its greatest scientific breakthrough yet: the cure for aging. Three injections and youíre immortal Ė not bulletproof or disease-proof but youíll never have to fear death by old age.

    For John Farrell, documenting the cataclysmic shifts to life after the cure becomes an obsession. Cure parties, cycle marriages, immortal livestock: the world is reveling in the miracles of eternal youth. But immortality has a sinister side, and when a pro-death terrorist explosion kills his newly-cured best friend, John soon realizes that even in a world without natural death, there is always something to fear.
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...end-specialist

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    "Pro-death terrorist explosion" sounds a tad tautological...
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