Saucers of Mud

October 14, 2007

Comp. Lit.

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 8:43 am

I’ve been reading these two books, and, you know, they’re surprisingly similar.



  1. There appears to be an entire genre of paranormal romance.

    Comment by petronella — October 14, 2007 @ 10:14 pm

  2. Undead and Unwed is published by an entire imprint devoted to paranormal romance. But the other book whose first chapter appears at the end of this one (you know how they do that?) seems like its narrator probably isn’t going to be watching any four-ways through glass, and there may not be as much attention lavished on “sexes” [as per Ballard] and “enormous lengths” [as per Davidson].

    Comment by matt w — October 15, 2007 @ 10:40 pm

  3. I do know how they do that.

    Comment by petronella — October 15, 2007 @ 10:44 pm


    Comment by foeb — October 16, 2007 @ 5:07 pm

  5. That would be more like werewolf sex.

    Yeah, so both these books have narrators who experience severe crashes of some sort*, and return with a magnetic effect on those around them, and their blood has healing power, and there’s all this talk of erections, and here’s a bit from the Ballard:

    Mrs. St. Cloud seized my hips. Her gasping mouth was seized with blood milked from my lips. I wrestled with this middle-aged woman, pressing her broad shoulders into the pillow, my bloody mouth around her lips and nostrils, and sucked the air from her throat.

    I don’t know, maybe it’s supposed to be a vampire book.

    *I was describing Ballard to some of my colleagues, and I said, “Well I’ve read Crash, which is about people who are sexually excited by car crashes, and Concrete Island, which is about a guy who crashes his car on a traffic island in the middle of the highway and then is marooned there, and this one is about a guy who crashes a plane into the Thames….” “So the author’s branching out?”

    Comment by matt w — October 16, 2007 @ 7:20 pm

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