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Old 03-11-2006, 10:37 PM  
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Ok for the high brow crowd what books you are reading

I'm reading The New American Revolution by tammy bruce. She is a great thinker and funny.
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Old 02-27-2017, 12:30 PM   #2281
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Reading The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe. Totally blown away. Just beautiful writing. I'm a big China Mieville fan and heard him refer to Wolfe as the greatest living author. Had to read him after that. I'll go on to read The Book of the Long Sun and The Book of the Short Sun after I wrap up New Sun but I need some recommendations for something after that.
Question as I haven't read China Mieville yet, but am planning to very soon: How would you differentiate "New Weird" as a genre from "Bizzaro Fiction" as both derive from similar influences? Is it just the fantasy and sci fi component? Or does the horror component of Bizarro make New weird uncomfortable and want to separate themselves from being perceived as trash?
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Old 02-27-2017, 12:39 PM   #2282
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Question as I haven't read China Mieville yet, but am planning to very soon: How would you differentiate "New Weird" as a genre from "Bizzaro Fiction" as both derive from similar influences? Is it just the fantasy and sci fi component? Or does the horror component of Bizarro make New weird uncomfortable and want to separate themselves from being perceived as trash?
Interesting question. Not sure I've read anything that could be considered "Bizarro" but there is a pretty strong fantasy/sci fi vibe in New Weird, especially Mieville. Perdido Street Station (maybe my fav of Mieville's) has a pretty strong urban Lovecraftian horror vibe going on too. I think New Weird has a bit more of a speculative fiction thing going on.

From the New Weird wikipedia page:
In comparing The New Weird to Bizarro fiction, Rose O'Keefe of Eraserhead Press claims that "People buy New Weird because they want cutting edge speculative fiction with a literary slant. It’s kind of like slipstream with a side of weirdness."[4]

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