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so what is Scott Bakker reading? posted 19 Feb 2005, 18:02 by ilana richardson, Candidate

Hi Mr. Bakker, I was wondering what book or books you were currently reading... and what you'd recommend for the despairing fantasy fans... i saw alot of people praising The Scar by China Melville, i'm about a quarter of the way through it and having a hard time enjoying it. I'm not so sure if Science Fiction of that sorts my thing, but in all honesty i do love Orson Scott Card, so i'm not completely against sci fi. Anyway i'm just curious what you're reading plus what books or authors you really like or liked. I'm sick and tired of shelling out money and risking new authors and being horribly dissapointed, though luckily one of those risks was your first book. One good apple in a basket of bad fruit :? view post

posted 21 Feb 2005, 16:02 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Personally, I loved [i:26xslgfo]The Scar[/i:26xslgfo] - it's my favourite Bas Lag novel so far. I'm presently reading [i:26xslgfo]The Iron Council[/i:26xslgfo], and the jury's still out. Next up fantasy-wise is [i:26xslgfo]The Twins[/i:26xslgfo] by Gary Wassener. But what has me captivated right now is John Cheever's collection of short stories. I'm actually [i:26xslgfo]rationing[/i:26xslgfo] my reading so that I can draw it out for the length of time it takes me to complete TTT. He writes these elegant - even economical - vignettes of individuals and families in and about New York. There's just something about his writing - it strikes a tone that seems at once entirely common and yet utterly unique. It's pretty much as far from fantasy as you can get, but you asked! As far as Fantasy goes, aside from Martin, who goes without saying, I would always recommend Erikson, if you enjoy big, brash, action-driven yarns, or Tad Williams' [i:26xslgfo]Memory, Sorrow, Thorn[/i:26xslgfo] if you enjoy more character-driven stories. view post

posted 21 Feb 2005, 20:02 by Mithfânion, Didact

Scott, What's the Cheever collection called? It sounds interesting to me but he has quite a few books.. view post

posted 22 Feb 2005, 06:02 by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

Have you read Robin Hobb, Scott. She is the other no brainer recomendation for me along with martin. view post

posted 22 Feb 2005, 13:02 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I have Hobb right above my computer in fact, though she keeps getting pushed bumped by other reads. The Cheever book, Mith, is called [i:2dsbjy0x]The Stories of John Cheever[/i:2dsbjy0x], which, if I recollect aright, is the one that won the Pulitzer. view post

y posted 24 Feb 2005, 09:02 by ilana richardson, Candidate

thanks for the reply. I'm currently reading Deadhouse Gates by erikson, i have to say his second book is alot better than the first one. The first one was good too, but i'm really enjoying the second book! view post

posted 24 Feb 2005, 17:02 by Mithfânion, Didact

Scott, Ah, the big 700 page one. I might give that a try, though having read what it's about it sounds perhaps just a bit too mundane for my taste. Ilana, Erikson's second book certainly is much better than the first, which I thought was really nothing above average. Book III is usually regarded as his best work. Scott, have you read all of Erikson's Malazan books? There are 5 now. view post

posted 25 Feb 2005, 15:02 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

No, I haven't. I reread GoTM and DG a few months back so that I could dive into MoI, but I got sidetracked - with Cormac McCarthy, if remember correctly. The Cheever stuff is totally slice of life. view post

ye posted 10 Mar 2005, 18:03 by ilana richardson, Candidate

so mr bakker when and if you ever get writers block, what do you do to shake it? everyone has their own little ritual or whatever, i was wondering what yours was thanks! 8) view post

posted 13 Mar 2005, 18:03 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

When I quit smoking cigarettes... not a word for almost eight months! Otherwise, I rarely get 'blocked,' where I can't write anything, but I get distracted, where I can't seem to write much, or simply stupid, where I write all kinds of stuff I simply can't stand! And then there's the binges... :wink: The key to me has always been the same. Wake up at 5AM. And do not, under any circumstance 'wait for inspiration to come.' Inspiration is the product of pounding one's head against the computer screen, not watching Oprah. My problem is that 11 years of working midnights to put myself through school has made sleep a dicey proposition for me. Some time I can't get to sleep [i:18j3lfcd]until[/i:18j3lfcd] 5AM. view post

posted 17 Mar 2005, 20:03 by ilana richardson, Candidate

thats awesome, i'm apparently already halfway there! i am completely uninspired most of my day! 8) view post

posted 18 Mar 2005, 16:03 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

The thing to remember is that we humans are barely consicous (it just seems big because its the only consciousness we know, and because the things we're not conscious of don't seem to exist), that most everything goes on behind the scenes. When you sit down and the words just seem to be there, that means that your brain's sub-modules have been churning away in your unconscious - like when you remember the name of someone the [i:2czwe3i4]day after[/i:2czwe3i4] wracking your brains trying to think of it. The key for me has always been to get my unconscious working - to immerse myself to the point where the book is the only 'problem' on my brain's plate (and to do it without entirely alienating my wife!). That's my theory, anyway! :D view post

posted 02 Apr 2005, 09:04 by ilana richardson, Candidate

i wish i could do that. 90 percent of my day is taken up with so many trivial things. I always make time to read though, when i'm not on my computer. My time agonizing in bookstores would go much easier if there were more good authors, but there really just aren't, at least in the genre i'm interested in. As for alienating the wife i can just imagine what it would be like to be married to an author. Hopefully they don't all subscribe to the "my inspiration comes from my pain" approach to life. :wink: view post

posted 04 Apr 2005, 12:04 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I remember my wife coming to me after reading an article about how, in terms of professions, poets were the most likely to commit suicide, philosophers were the most likely to divorce, and novelists were the most likely to be alcoholics. I set my drink down, blew a kiss to the girl across the room, put the revolver back into the drawer, and told her she had absolutely nothing to worry about! :wink: view post

posted 01 Jul 2005, 17:07 by saintjon, Auditor

Hey Scott, listening to you talk about that Cheever thing reminded me of Stuart McLean's stuff. He's pretty sentimental (which I don't think is really your thing correct me if I'm wrong) but there's something very real and good about the people in his stories, and I find real and good can be hard to find sometimes. Whatever, was just wondering if you've heard any of his stories on the radio or read any of his books. view post

posted 06 Jul 2005, 21:07 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I'm an on again off again fan of the Vinyl Cafe on CBC Radio... Sometimes the cheese flies pretty thick though! view post

posted 07 Jul 2005, 16:07 by saintjon, Auditor

100% agreed on that one! view post


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