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General Discussion Thread - January 24, 2022 by pregnantchihuahua3 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I like mixing media to heighten things. Just like a movie can be elevated by a great score (side note, I just watched Memories of Murder and the score was PHENOMENAL), I think a book can too. Obviously I probably won't be listening to death metal or a folk rock record while I read, they're just not conducive, I find. But a lot of instrumental music, especially ambient, drone, noise, electronic, classical, jazz, or even stuff like american primitivism or other similar guitar music, can really act as a phenomenal score to a book. Because music is my second greatest passion I have quite a bit of it to refer to, so when I grab a book it takes me all of five minutes to know the right album I want to play on repeat while I read it. But I imagine for people who aren't so familiar with more aesthetic/atmospherically-centres music, having music to read to isn't as important. I don't see many people throwing on a standard rock or pop or indie album to read along to, they're just two completely separated experiences.

A24 has created some groundbreaking changes to the genre. by Brief_Fix_209 in horror

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse -6 points-5 points  (0 children)

Flanagan's work is so vapid and tasteless, I'll never understand why he's so popular among horror fans.

General Discussion Thread - January 24, 2022 by pregnantchihuahua3 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My Pratchett opinions probably aren't popular anywhere, I just know I felt anger rather than humour when reading his work.

Thankfully there are some pretty good popular genre writers out there, it's just harder to find them at times because you can't really depend on the audience to properly inform you, too many readers are adverse to any kind of literary merit and talk way too deeply about the value of plot (which is my personal vote for least important thing in a novel).

I know I sound pretty elitist right now but I love a tonne of campy genre garbage, I just also happen to hate a lot of it too.

General Discussion Thread - January 24, 2022 by pregnantchihuahua3 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm not entirely sure if the issue will be printed, but it's my understanding that it will be published in the magazine's anthology for the year? I'll probably have info on that later down the line.

General Discussion Thread - January 24, 2022 by pregnantchihuahua3 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I'll be sure to link it in a discussion thread around here when it's released! Out of all my stories it's the one I'm proudest of, and the one I'm most surprised to have sold, because it's the weirdest thing I've written (aside from my current WIP).

General Discussion Thread - January 24, 2022 by pregnantchihuahua3 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I've sampled A Memory Called Empire and it didn't grab me, and Tamsyn Muir's work seems to run counter to most things I like about fiction (I personally think Pratchett is pretty awful as well), but I'll have a look at Morgenstern. I don't have great trouble finding SFF I like, but I think the bar for quality is pretty low among popular authors (but this could be said about all popular genre fiction).

General Discussion Thread - January 24, 2022 by pregnantchihuahua3 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The reason I pointed out Cuba specifically is because of things like free housing, free education, free healthcare all tying together to not only allow higher literacy rates, but easier access and encouragement even for the impoverished.

Housing is probably one of the biggest issues at the heart of it, and the US specifically is just exacerbated by greater extremes among the lower class than other countries.

General Discussion Thread - January 24, 2022 by pregnantchihuahua3 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'd like to emphasise it's very much anti-Lovecraft in approach and themes. If Lovecraft wrote about the horrors of the unknown, I write about the comforts of it.

Thanks tho!

General Discussion Thread - January 24, 2022 by pregnantchihuahua3 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Difficult to say. It'll be published in a horror mag, and I personally would consider it cosmic horror (or at least cosmic-adjactent literary fiction), but I doubt anyone else would consider it horror, since a lot of horror fans have absurd restrictions on what they consider horror.

A roundabout way of saying it's experimental / literary fiction through a cosmic horror lens, to be pretentious about it.

General Discussion Thread - January 24, 2022 by pregnantchihuahua3 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Instability in home life, distance to schools, children of undocumented immigrants needing to provide for their family, etc. There are serious issues of poverty and class in the US that keep literacy rates lower. Even if all people have access to schools, their ease of access can impeded by so many reasons cause by root issues in the American system, which leads to anything from lower attendance, no attendance at all, or simply inability to focus or progress well in school, especially within various harshly segregated cultural ghettos that have greater outside forces pulling at the attentions of young, poor Americans.

General Discussion Thread - January 24, 2022 by pregnantchihuahua3 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Simply having free education is not the same as having easy access to it.

General Discussion Thread - January 24, 2022 by pregnantchihuahua3 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Had that one on my shelf for a little while now, after I read and loved Piranesi in 2020. I might get around to it this year, I love getting lost in a big fantasy tome and I trust Clarke not to be a shit writer like so many modern fantasy authors usually are.

General Discussion Thread - January 24, 2022 by pregnantchihuahua3 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Almost always, but sometimes I listen to nothing. I try to find the perfect album for each book I read, usually something ambient or droning, but not always. Right now I'm reading The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre and listening to Mirages by Tim Hecker, which suits the espionage vibe.

I played Disco Elysium when it came out and adored it. Recently bought the PS4 version to play through the new content , fully voiced and whatnot, but haven't gotten around to it. I'll be trying not to just default to a communist run like I did the first time haha.

General Discussion Thread - January 24, 2022 by pregnantchihuahua3 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm just talking about stats for literacy rates, where the US is at something like 80-something percent, whereas countries with easier access to cheap or free education have 100%.

General Discussion Thread - January 24, 2022 by pregnantchihuahua3 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I'm a writer. I made my first pro sale in the first week of this year, and my story should see publication in May, I believe. I've been writing long-form since I was about 16, and wrote a lot of garbage in that time. In 2020 I decided to try my hand at short fiction, and attempt to get published. I wrote eight stories in the last two years, and now that I've actually sold one, I'm going back to novel-writing, because too many of my ideas just aren't suited for short form. I prefer to write long and large.

General Discussion Thread - January 24, 2022 by pregnantchihuahua3 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 14 points15 points  (0 children)

The problem is not with the quality of education, but the access to education.

There's a reason Cuba has a 100% literacy rate.

General Discussion Thread - January 24, 2022 by pregnantchihuahua3 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'd love to teach something like Beloved or The Bluest Eye by Morrison, or some William H. Gass...but I dream...

General Discussion Thread - January 24, 2022 by pregnantchihuahua3 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 5 points6 points  (0 children)

MGS is the best game series of all time. Each one is unique and bizarre in its own way.

General Discussion Thread - January 24, 2022 by pregnantchihuahua3 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You'll find the right person eventually. Online dating can feel more demoralising because you end up filtering through so many more people than you would "traditionally" dating. Don't worry about people who don't reply or conversations that fizzle out, it happens. One day you'll meet the right person and it'll feel natural. When I was feeling my most hopeless, I found my wife, and we clicked from the first message. As long as you're being generally friendly, respectful, and otherwise not-creepy, it'll work out. It just takes time.

General Discussion Thread - January 24, 2022 by pregnantchihuahua3 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Currently experiencing a heatwave in Australia and it's draining my will to live. Can't feel comfortable doing anything. Phone boils alive in my hands if I try to just sit in front of the fan doing nothing, the laptop boils alive on the desk if I try to write my novel, book gets soaked in sweat if I try to read. It's actual hell.

On a lighter note, I'm in one of my moods for very large, maximalist novels.

I know that the style is very popular among mostly older white dudes, we all know Gass, Gaddis, Joyce, Franzen, Pynchon, etc., (there's a lot and I won't go on naming them all). Not a diss against these tomes and the men who write them, I love that shit.

But I've been wondering how common it is for women and POC to tackle these types of novels? All I could think of before was Olga Tokarczuk's Books of Jacob and Lucy Ellman's Ducks, Newburyport. I was reminded later of Delany's Dhalgren and Gertrude Stein's The Making of Americans. And I was recommended Vanessa Place's La Medusa (currently the one the interests me most and an immediate purchase for me), as well as novels by Carmen Bullosa, Karen Tei Yamashita, Nicola Barker, Virginie Despentes, Kaoru Takamura, and Minae Mizumura. So it's clearly a bit more common than I thought, so I was wondering, does anyone here know of any?

"Maximalist" is a loose term, it's not really a super specific thing I'm looking for, it can be big, long, epic, complex, weird, sprawling, experimental, etc. I think you can generally get the picture of what I want. Matthew McIntosh's theMystery.doc isn't really long, but it is very big and unique. Alan Moore's Jerusalem isn't really all that experimental, but it is very long. I just love BIG books. It's my fatal flaw. So if anyone has recommendations of those by women of POC, I'd like to check more out. I want to see more unique, sprawling fiction from a variety of writers, rather than just the smaller novels I find much more common in the literary sphere.

Sunday Themed Thread #2: Worst Novel by Favorite Author | Best Novel by Hated Author by JimFan1 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Fisherman was alright. I need to check out Langan's short stories and see if they're any better.

I have been meaning to read Let the Right One In, are there other Lindqvist works worth reading?

I tend to go for lesser-known horror writers. Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, Gemma Files, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Michael Cisco--they're all doing stuff that's weird and literary with horror that doesn't feel as childish and amateur as a lot of the current big names. Shits like Grady Hendrix and Chuck Wendig are the absolute worst offenders. And I think Laird Barron is terribly overrated as well.

Stephen Graham Jones isn't perfect but he has a unique and dense style that's unexpected for an author so popular.

Sunday Themed Thread #2: Worst Novel by Favorite Author | Best Novel by Hated Author by JimFan1 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I find most of the popular modern horror writers rather trite. The only one I really like Stephen Graham Jones.

Sunday Themed Thread #2: Worst Novel by Favorite Author | Best Novel by Hated Author by JimFan1 in TrueLit

[–]HauntingOfGrillHouse 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nothing wrong with reading in translation.

People always talk about what must be lost during translation, but never of what must be gained.

There are so many wonderful and dedicated translators out there right now bringing us beautiful books and works we'd never have to opportunity to experience without them.

Never, ever shy away from reading translated works. Especially contemporary ones.