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    Pnin by Nabokov, A God In Ruins by Atkinson.
  1. Robert Aickman.

    Anyone? Cold Hand In Mine. Dark Entries. The Unsettled Dust. The Wine-Dark Sea. Four volumes of short stories by Mr. Aickman and I'm putting them in this section because they fall loosely under the heading 'Horror'. But they aren't quite that at all in my opinion. Of the 30-ish stories contained within these books, a couple are what you might term ghost stories and a few more are classic horror but the majority of tales can only be described as being completely and utterly bizarre. Think of the extreme oddness of the television series The League of Gentlemen cranked up a bit and you are getting close to just how strange some of these stories are. Without the comedy, of course. Reece Shearsmith of The League of Gentlemen provides an introduction to one book and cites Robert Aickman as a major influence. Very British tales told in an off-kilter way that could only ever happen in the darkest parts of an imaginary Britain. That leafy suburb, that farmhouse, that seaside town. A peek beneath the veneer of normality into the dark underbelly of what we hope and pray cannot be real. Highly recommended.
  2. 1970. Love Story by Erich Segal. Can't say it's on my list of Books to Read Before I Die. Hey, what do I know? It's probably very good indeed.
  3. Your Top 10 Authors!

    This list isn't in any kind of order and is subject to change at short notice. Jorge Luis Borges Kazuo Ishiguro John le Carre Anton Chekhov Vladimir Nabokov George Orwell Patricia Highsmith Robert Aickman M R James Shirley Jackson Bubbling under - Grahame Greene Walter de la Mare John Fowles
  4. Good Morning.

    Thanks. I think I'll be posting that information on a thread I saw somewhere about top ten authors. Genres? Some thrillers, a little horror occasionally but mostly mainstream fiction. Oddness helps. Intrigued. I find most people only ever talk about that book of his. It would be nice if people could look past that and discuss his other works. (which are excellent by the way) And thank you everyone else for the welcome.
  5. Good Morning.

    Topic title may be a little redundant if you're reading this tonight. I'm just writing an intro post to say hello. As you do. I just signed up last night and I may not post much straight away as there is a lot to read on here and it might take a while before I have anything interesting or original to say. Anyway, work beckons....