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Sunday, September 13th, 2009
11:03 pm
I have now read all the flashmans but one.

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, March 12th, 2009
3:14 pm
Monday, January 26th, 2009
4:16 pm
The Grauniad's List of must read SF&F books
The ones in bold, I've read. But man, there are so many I haven't and which I've been wanting to for the longest time:

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
Brian W Aldiss, Non-Stop (1958)
Isaac Asimov, Foundation (1951)
Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin (2000)
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale (1985)
Paul Auster, In the Country of Last Things (1987)
JG Ballard, Crash (1973)
JG Ballard, Millennium People (2003)
JG Ballard, The Drowned World (1962)
William Beckford, Vathek (1786)
Iain Banks, The Wasp Factory (1984)
Iain M Banks, Consider Phlebas (1987)

Clive Barker, Weaveworld (1987)
Nicola Barker, Darkmans (2007)
Stephen Baxter, The Time Ships (1995)
Greg Bear, Darwin's Radio (1999)
Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination (1956)
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953))
Poppy Z Brite, Lost Souls (1992)
Charles Brockden Brown, Wieland (1798)
Algis Budrys, Rogue Moon (1960)
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita (1966)
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, The Coming Race (1871)
Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (1960)
Anthony Burgess, The End of the World News (1982)
Edgar Rice Burroughs, A Princess of Mars (1912)
William Burroughs, Naked Lunch (195
Octavia Butler, Kindred (1979)
Samuel Butler, Erewhon (1872)
Italo Calvino, The Baron in the Trees (1957)
Ramsey Campbell, The Influence (1988)
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)
Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871)

Angela Carter, The Passion of New Eve (1977)
Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus (1984)
Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (2000)
Arthur C Clarke, Childhood's End (1953)
GK Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday (1908)
Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (2004)

Michael G Coney, Hello Summer, Goodbye (1975)
Douglas Coupland, Girlfriend in a Coma (1998)
Mark Danielewski, House of Leaves (2000)
Marie Darrieussecq, Pig Tales (1996)
Samuel R Delany, The Einstein Intersection (1967)
Philip K Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
Philip K Dick, The Man in the High Castle (1962)

Thomas M Disch, Camp Concentration (1968)
Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum (1988)
Michel Faber, Under the Skin (2000)
John Fowles, The Magus (1966)
Neil Gaiman, American Gods (2001)
Alan Garner, Red Shift (1973)
William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland (1915)
William Golding, Lord of the Flies (1954)
Joe Haldeman, The Forever War (1974)
M John Harrison, Light (2002)
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables (1851)
Robert A Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)
Frank Herbert, Dune (1965)

Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game (1943)
Russell Hoban, Riddley Walker (1980)
James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824)
Michel Houellebecq, Atomised (1998)
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (1932)
Kazuo Ishiguro, The Unconsoled (1995)

Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House (1959)
Henry James, The Turn of the Screw (1898)
P. D. James, The Children of Men (1992)
Richard Jefferies, After London; Or, Wild England (1885)
Gwyneth Jones, Bold as Love (2001)
Franz Kafka, The Trial (1925)
Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon (1966)

Stephen King, The Shining (1977)
Marghanita Laski, The Victorian Chaise-longue (1953)
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Uncle Silas (1864)
Ursula K Le Guin, The Earthsea series (1968-1990)
Ursula K Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
Stanislaw Lem, Solaris (1961)

Doris Lessing, Memoirs of a Survivor (1974)
CS Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-56)
MG Lewis, The Monk (1796)
David Lindsay, A Voyage to Arcturus (1920)
Ken MacLeod, The Night Sessions (2008)
Hilary Mantel, Beyond Black (2005)
Michael Marshall Smith, Only Forward (1994)
Richard Matheson, I Am Legend (1954)
Charles Maturin, Melmoth the Wanderer (1820)
Patrick McCabe, The Butcher Boy (1992)
Cormac McCarthy, The Road (2006)
Jed Mercurio, Ascent (2007)
China Miéville, The Scar (2002)
Andrew Miller, Ingenious Pain (1997)
Walter M Miller Jr, A Canticle for Leibowitz (1960)

David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas (2004)
Michael Moorcock, Mother London (1988)
William Morris, News From Nowhere (1890)
Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987)
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle (1995)

Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor (1969)
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife (2003)
Larry Niven, Ringworld (1970)

Jeff Noon, Vurt (1993)
Flann O'Brien, The Third Policeman (1967)
Ben Okri, The Famished Road (1991)
George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-four (1949)
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club (1996)
Thomas Love Peacock, Nightmare Abbey (1818)
Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan (1946)
Frederik Pohl & CM Kornbluth, The Space Merchants (1953)
John Cowper Powys, A Glastonbury Romance (1932)
Terry Pratchett, The Discworld series (1983-
Christopher Priest, The Prestige (1995)
Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials (1995-2000)
François Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532-34)
Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794)
Alastair Reynolds, Revelation Space (2000)
Kim Stanley Robinson, The Years of Rice and Salt (2002)
JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997)
Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses (1988)
Joanna Russ, The Female Man (1975)
Geoff Ryman, Air (2005)
Antoine de Sainte-Exupéry, The Little Prince (1943)
José Saramago, Blindness (1995)

Will Self, How the Dead Live (2000)
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)
Dan Simmons, Hyperion (1989)
Olaf Stapledon, Star Maker (1937)
Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash (1992)

Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886)
Bram Stoker, Dracula (1897)
Rupert Thomson, The Insult (1996)
JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit (1937)
JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (1954-55)

Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court (1889)
Kurt Vonnegut, Sirens of Titan (1959)

Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto (1764)
Robert Walser, Institute Benjamenta (1909)
Sylvia Townsend Warner, Lolly Willowes (1926)
Sarah Waters, Affinity (1999)
HG Wells, The Time Machine (1895)
HG Wells, The War of the Worlds (1898
TH White, The Sword in the Stone (1938)
Angus Wilson, The Old Men at the Zoo (1961)
Gene Wolfe, The Book of the New Sun (1980-83)
Virginia Woolf, Orlando (1928)
John Wyndham, Day of the Triffids (1951)
John Wyndham, The Midwich Cuckoos (1957)

Yevgeny Zamyatin, We (1924)

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
12:27 am
Paul Redeker is here: redeker_plan

Current Mood: ecstatic
Sunday, December 14th, 2008
7:47 pm
Jon Stewart on the Mumbai attacks

From a friend's blog.
Sunday, December 7th, 2008
12:31 pm
This is remarkable. I got this from a group I'm part of. The comment which accompanied the link was: "The Taj staff deserve a medal."

Current Mood: moved
Thursday, October 9th, 2008
3:56 pm
How I met your mother
Ok, I've added a new word to my vocabulary.


Current Mood: amused
Thursday, May 1st, 2008
2:56 am
I'd forgotten how good Thick as Brick was.

Current Mood: enthralled
Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
12:40 am
Demonoid is back. I'm so happy.

Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
12:17 am

That is all.

Current Mood: satisfied
Friday, February 29th, 2008
8:31 pm
Callooh! Callay! O Frabjous Day! My broadband is back. Though it is disturbing to know *just* how addicted I am to being online. And I don't even chat/orkut.

Current Mood: ecstatic
Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
11:21 am
In my current quest for normalcy, a good friend and I are experimenting with not going to GSBP1. Restaurants are indicated. But the alternatives in Bandra are limited.

Consider Jat Corner. Maddeningly bright and aspirational, the worst part is the food, rather than the annoying people with bad taste in clothes. The burgeoning bourgeoisie who infest the place supposedly come for healthy salads. Which chiefly consist of: eggs and mayo, bacon, sausages, macaroni and mushrooms horribly drowned in white sauce and one forlorn sprout. Death by salad does not have the erotic attraction of death by chocolate. The real problem with the food though, is that it tastes musty, fresh out of a crypt. If they served alcohol in Jat Corner, it would be a cask of Amontillado. Even the Aztec coffee, which permits you to raise public libations to Quetzalcoatl with a clear conscience, is not sufficient incentive.

Therefore, we turned to an alternative- the inspirationally named Red Box. Red. Box. redbox. Red! Box? And the bakery is called Bread Box. Such inscrutable depths of wanton and languorous mystery.

My friend insisted that the road to Red Box lay through the non-Euclidean heart of Pali Naka. This was a vicious lie and I said so. I observed that Pali Naka is not Rome. All roads do not lead to it. Totlani, who must surely be as wealthy as Crassus, has not lined its wide avenues with crucified slaves. Pali Hill is not the Seven Hills. And so on.

Following this unhinged, but perfectly normal, rant, we entered. And had a burger. They do bring food quickly, no doubt a habit born out of feeding Bombay's starving hordes and the utter dominance of Udupi restaurants in the city. It was a Perfectly Normal burger. But the glaring lights would certainly remind Vladimir Putin of the jolly times he had with Jewish subversives in the Lubyanka.

I don't think I live in Bandra at all. At least, not the Bandra which They claim exists. Pooh, I say. Bah, even. I bet They don't exist and I dare Them to do something about it.

1. Generic Sleazy Bandra Pubs.

Current Mood: annoyed
Monday, February 11th, 2008
9:41 pm
Y: # 60.

That is all.

Current Mood: sad
Friday, February 8th, 2008
8:58 pm
Obey the Kitten. There's something soothing about surrendering your will to the Centurion Kitten. From the same people who brought us the Genghis Khan Kittens.

Current Mood: amused
Friday, January 25th, 2008
1:40 am
Friday, January 18th, 2008
8:13 am
Stairway Wit
I have no way of totting up the count of books/movies I've read/watched in 2007, but I've decided to keep track of this in 2008. No comments will be made. Read and Find Out.

From Jan. 1, till date:

Books I have read:

1. The Age of Unreason.
2. Neverness.
3. Stuff by Jasper Fforde: the last three Thursday Next books and the two Nursery Crimes books.
4. The Construction of Communalism in Colonial North India. Gyanendra Pandey.
5. Daughter of Regals by Stephen Donaldson.
6. The last two novels of Feist's Empire Trilogy.
7. Manifold: Time. Stephen Baxter.
8. Manifold: Space. Ditto.
2. To console myself, I decided to re-read Moby Dick. "Speak not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me." Heh.
3. Billy Budd and other stories.
4. Kaleidoscope, One and Two, Stefan Zweig.
5. The Great American NoveL, Phillip Roth.

Books started, but not finished(yet):

1.Empires of the Word. Nicholas Ostler. I was halfway through this when cruel fate forced abandonment. Now I'll have to begin from the beginning.

Current Mood: awake
Wednesday, December 26th, 2007
8:09 pm
A few days ago there were two goats tethered to a post outside my building.
Yesterday there was a nativity scene- still is.

SO it goes.

And all this while I've been humming "Freddie the Red-Brained Mi-Go" to myself. It goes something like this:

"Freddie the Red-Brained Mi-Go
Had a very Slimy Brain
And If You e-ver saw Him
You would scream and go Insane"

And also "Silent Night, Blasphemous Night":

"Silent Night, Blasphemous Night,
People Quake At the Sight
Monsters Rising from Deep Rl'yeh
People screaming `please go away'
Great Cthulhu has come;

Silent Night, Blasphemous Night,
Cthulhu Wakes, Death in Sight
Cosmic Terror Destroying Your Mind
Great Cthulhu has come"

All courtesy the twisted, talented and slightly non-Euclidean folks at the HP Lovecraft Historical Society. They are as assiduous in spreading insanity and dread horror as the most prolific infant sacrificer out there- and (almost) as much fun. Buy their stuff- share the madness! As someone once said, spare a buck for your squid-headed Lord.

Which reminds me: Best Mastermind episode. Ever.

Current Mood: amused
Sunday, December 16th, 2007
8:08 am
I am Legend
A Zombie's point of view. By Orson Scott Card.

Current Mood: blah
Thursday, December 13th, 2007
11:59 am
An Embuggerance

Current Mood: sad
Tuesday, December 11th, 2007
8:17 am
I have just learnt that my order has shipped. I'm spending the next few days on the dhl site.

Current Mood: excited
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