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science fiction, new weird, old weird, very weird - and everything else

not always save for work. never nice.

Currently reading

The Honourable Schoolboy
John le Carré
Progress: 11 %

About me

Welcome to my blog. I'm Juniper, German based freelance editor, journalist and part-time university lecturer. Atheist, libertarian, Sagittarius, free-speech advocate.


Here I'm going to tell you a few things about me - using this 20 Reading Question-thingy that has been going round Twitter lately.




1) My blog-header promises SF and weird fiction. That's the genres I will be covering in my more detailed reviews. But my favourite genre is noir - everything from classic noir to neo-noir and tech-noir to hardboiled detective fiction. I also read a fair share of queer erotica and plain porn. Just so you know.


2) At the moment of writing this, I'm reading the excellent Black Wings Has My Angel by Elliott Chaze.


3) My first bookish love were the Asterix comics by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo.


4) I'd love to see Mana Francis' The Administration series adapted by HBO or Netflix.


5) I don't know if he counts as a protagonist, but he's certainly my favourite character: Jean Tannen from Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastards series.


6) There are so many... I'm going with my favourite slime-ball here: Carnac from Mana Francis The Administration series.


7) Very, very rarely.


8) Fight Club. (Although I love the book, too. That book made me - took all my unfocused anger and nihilism and gave it direction. It's my compatibility test: If you don't like Fight Club, we're unlikely to ever be friends. Sorry, bye!)


9) The year is 2018 and so far the best book has been Blindsight by Peter Watts.


10) German-hungarian author Terézia Mora.


11) Grimdark, military SF, and romance. I occasionally read m/m and queer romance, but I'm not all that interested in love stories, especially not in straight love stories.


12) I have recommended Die Stadt der Träumenden Bücher by Walter Moers a few times.


13) A Clockwork Orange.


14) I think that's a tie between Jeff Noon's Vurt and Thomas Harris' Silence of the Lambs.


15) Um, again, Blindsight. I'm no fan of hard science fiction, and it came recommended by a person I can't stand. But then it was chosen for a group read over at GR - and it's good, surprisingly so.


16) Franz Kafka, Der Prozess.


17) I dunno. I keep finding books that impact me, change my way of thinking. 


18) I'm far too timid to want to meet any author I admire. I would probably just choke and hide behind the next big flowerpot. 


19) Jeff Noon. If you like your science fiction weird, and your weird fiction written with a sense for rhythm and poetry, check out his books. Also - although well known in SFF circles - Samuel R. Delany. If more people read Delany, the world would be a kinder, better place.


20) Alle Tage (Every Day, in English) by Terézia Mora.