Robert Bolano and China Mieville

I'm not a fan of either, but Biblioklept might make me so:

The Skating Rink

London Intrusion

Comments

  1. Steven,

    I haven't read anything by Bolano yet, but I might one of these days.

    I've read several by Mieville though. He's a difficult and intriguing writer. The one I liked best was _The City and The City_.

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  2. Dear Fred,

    I did try. The City and the City seemed most promising, but alas--there was nothing there for me, and given what little time we have to read, I felt it better to leave it for another time when, perhaps, I would be better oriented to it. But thank you for the encouragement. (I guess also his personal comments about other writers--Tolkien among them--makes me suspect that our sensibilities may not be compatible.)

    shalom,

    Steven

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  3. Steven,

    I had recommended City for the SF book group and the reactions were rather mixed. Some of those who had liked the earlier Mieville didn't like this one.

    I also have problems with his personal comments about other authors. This is one of those times when I will focus on his fiction and ignore his other writings.

    I think most writers are lousy critics for they mistake their own personal prejudices and writing styles for universals. One size does not fit all.

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