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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-11 05:04 PM
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Are there any active writers weirder than China Miéville?
If so, can you recommend them to me?

I don't know how Miéville sustains his muse, but the man is absolutely brilliant.
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-11 06:01 PM
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1. do you know Ian McDonald?
Not in the same weird fantasy vein as Mieville, but lots of the same sorts of brilliance about the special qualities of unique settings. I especially recommend one of his most recent novels, The Dervish House, but also River of Gods, Desolation Road and Aries Express. He's sometimes compared to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with a sort of science fiction bent (I mean, Desolation Road and Aries Express are set on Mars, but they're definitely NOT space operas).
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-11 01:47 PM
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4. You know, I'm not really a fan...
I tried to read Desolation Road, I really did, but it confused the tar out of me. I gave up on River of Gods about 10 pages in.
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mzteris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-11 07:43 PM
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2. no.
I don't think so.

Brilliant, yes. Weird - absolutely!

My favorite is The City & The City. Absolutely HAD TO THINK THE ENTIRE TIME! No passive reading in that book.

Wasn't crazy about the Kraken but it was okay.

Here's my story about China...

I thought the entire time I was reading Perdido Street Station that China was a "she". . . imagine my surprise at the picture on the back flap! :rofl:
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Dr. Strange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-11 01:24 PM
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3. Haven't read Miéville yet, but here's a list to peruse.
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-26-11 09:14 PM
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5. Our public library
hasn't caught up with Bizarro yet.
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Moe Shinola Donating Member (42 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 09:25 PM
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6. Are there any active writers weirder than China Miéville?
Mervyn Peake is pretty weird. I'm enjoying "Gormenghast" in all it's gothic weirdness.
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Kablooie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 01:36 AM
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7. Haven't read Mieville but Haruki Murakami is damned weird.
Edited on Tue Nov-15-11 01:37 AM by Kablooie
His book Kafka On The Shore has Colonel Sanders and Johnny Walker as characters.
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fadedrose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 09:34 PM
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8. Why not try one of the writers that Mieville recommends?
Scroll way down on this site to see what he himself likes:

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/m/china-mieville /

This works for me in looking for mysteries. Have found quite a few with this method.

Oh, and my library has some Mieville - but I'm into mysteries.

Good luck...
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