Weeknotes: Mieville and Blackman

I’ve just been listening to China Miéville’s interview on BBC Radio Four’s Front Row (broadcast 21 May 2010) in which he described himself as an “insufferable punk” when talking about some of his earlier pronunciations on Tolkien. He has certinaly mellowed out but the punk tag really stuck me as a relevant way of thnking about teh entropic energy of the New Weird writers. Perdido Street Station will always have a special place in my mind as one of the books which made me excited about genre again (Jeffrey Ford’s The Portrait of Mrs Charbuque was the another). It appears unpolished now but exudes an joyous vitality that reflected a very different China than we see today. New Weird, at the time, was a shot in the arm for genre and perhaps now the shot is wearing off but it still remains there bubbling in its veins.

I’m still reading Marjorie Blackman‘s Noughts and Crosses which is a finely balanced book. More when I’ve finished it since I’m only a few pages into the book.

I’ve also read Tom Chatfield’s interview with Cory Doctorow in the Independent. Perhaps it doesn’t say much new if you are already a Doctorow fan but it is gratifying to see him getting the attention in arts sections that his writing deserves now.

All in all, it has been a quiet week the book front as we are in a really busy period at work, extending and rebuilding our infrastructure.  I’m currently rewriting my book for style as well, having had a coversation with an agent who liked it and has seen it progress over the last few years.

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