Author Archives: Jon

If Only We Could Read Faster (for August 2)

If time and money were inifinite, this is what we would buy and read.    Bed David Whitehouse Who hasn’t wanted to just stay in bed? Mal Ede goes to bed one day and stays there for twenty years, eventually … Continue reading

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If Only We Could Read Faster (for July 26)

Well, that was a longer hiatus than planned! If time and money were infinite, this is what we would buy and read. This edition brought to you by second chances.    Collecting Cooper Paul Cleave I read Paul Cleave’s Blood … Continue reading

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Choose the Cover for Machine Man

Over on his blog Max Barry tells how his publisher–in a fit of insanity–asked for his input on the cover of his upcoming novel Machine Man (the first draft email version of which I spoke highly of here), and now … Continue reading

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I Think I… Love You

If you’re anything like me then every now and again you go trolling through Amazon, entering the names of favourite authors in hopes that one of them might have announced a new book. And if you’re even more like me … Continue reading

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Warrior

In a soon-to-be-posted episode we first talked about forthcoming movies, and then during my recommendation I mentioned that I would be excited to see some fiction about mixed martial arts. Well, thank you universe: a week later I read about … Continue reading

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One Day

Despite the absence of a trailer (what are they waiting for?) we now have a poster, which I love. Rather than a bland, context-free medium-to-close shot of the leads–bronzed, airbrushed and smiling (or some combination of smiling/smug/shocked)–we have a proper  scene in … Continue reading

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Cover Story

During my enthusiasm for Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad, I off-handedly mentioned that I didn’t care for the cover, largely because I felt like it didn’t reflect the book at all (it’s a perfectly serviceable bit of … Continue reading

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London Intrusion

Mark likes Mieville, and I like comics, so obviously he’s done this just for us… Over at his blog China Mieville is serialising a webcomic under the tag ‘London Intrusion’. I’m about halfway through The City & the city right now, … Continue reading

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If Only We Could Read Faster (for December 7)

If time and money were infinite, this is what we would buy and read.*     How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming Mike Brown There was a reason he had to sleep naked in the yard while … Continue reading

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We Are Afraid of Superman Now

This cinematic, the lead-in to the new DC Universe massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), neatly illustrates one of the points I was trying to make about corporate superheroes in the last podcast: because they are brands more than they … Continue reading

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