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Where to start?
My interest has been piqued (somewhat embarrassingly?) by Klaxons....
I'd start with Crash - it's fairly short and relatively straight-forward for a JG Ballard effort. If you get into that, branch out from there, although I'd avoid The Atrocity Exhibition until you've gotten through a few more.
it's one of my favourite books ever.
this is very different to every other ballard book, but still amazing.
if you want burroughs style dementia, try The Atrocity Exhibition or Crash.
if you want very intelligent biography with hints of dementia, try Empire
personally i'm a big fan of High Rise and Concrete Island....
lottie have you read The Kindness Of Women? it's the sequel to Empire. bit different but worth a read.
but shall check it out, thanks. :)
the much touted 'Myths of the Near Future'; short story rather than entire collection.
There are a fair few that are really formulaic - Super Cannes is similar to the first two up there ^ - so don't read too many in a row.
it took me a number of attempts to get through it, which was frustrating given that empire of the sun has been one of my favorite books for quite some time.
Is one of my top 5 "books that draw parallels between Liz Taylor's tracheoctomy and the loss of gill slits through evolution"
to break into a bookshop*
super cannes and cocaine nights from charity shops recently and it has to be said, they are basically the same book in different locations. wasnt that impressed either, but will try some others to give him a chance...
and thats the point really. millennium people is much the same.
the early work is far different.
A few of the others can be a little samey like Super Cannes and Cocaine Nights but the Atrocity Exhibition is just brilliant.
read the Atrocity Exhibition again. I know I should. I understand that the chapters are inter-changeable, but I still couldn't deal with at the time I read it. And I don't normally have too much of a problem with things like that.
Id strongly advise just getting the complete short stories collection. He is an absolute master of the form and his best work is in there in my opinion. It will bring you much joy.
also, anyone that likes Will Self should check out JGB because he is probably Self's most prominent influence.