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Read any good books lately?

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JDW    3,497

I noticed that I am either lost to the members only bookworm thread or it is no longer. So I figured I would add it here:

 

Reading seems to be a dying form of entertainment and I feel that culture is suffering due to it. Prove me wrong, what books have you read (listening counts too) as of late?

This month I have read:

 

Sacred Clowns by Tony Hillerman

Rhinehoth by Brian E. Niskala

The Elementals by Michael McDowell

Slaughter house 5 (again) by Kurt Vonnegut

Notes From The Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 

Sacred Clowns - procedural crime book in Navajo territory. Not really my type of book but I like the cultural aspects of the sacred clowns. Wish there was more of that. 

Rhinehoth - Gothic book about vampires and werewolves. A different take on the whole mythos. I found it enjoyable if not a bit predictable.

The Elementals. - amazing book. Never thought I could be terrified of a sandy beach in the daytime. The main characters are vulgar and off putting so I had a hard time identifying with them. Still really good book.

Slaughter House 5 - Classic

Notes from the underground - Existential. Bitter. A bit difficult. A great read none the less.

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JDW    3,497

Started 1408 today. I love it. I used to be a big Stephen King fan back... 25 years ago but have fallen away. But I love stories about supernatural hauntings of old houses/hotels

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JDW    3,497

Sad to say I had not read Animal Farm. I can now say I have. How very Orwellian! lol

Seriously though, it might as well be nineteen either-four the children's version. 

 

Also listened to "In the Death Room" Not really the typical Stephen King story at all. More like a spy story.

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JDW    3,497

Listened to Through the looking glass today. (I read it when I was 8ish)

Alice be trippin'

 

Seriously though, the white knight makes me uneasy. I feel that Carroll is projecting himself as the knight and I feel it is... kind of creepy. The girl is seven and a half dude. Clearly, escorting her to the 8th square to become queen is her moving to adulthood. I don't know if I'm reading into it but It just feels a bit greasy in general.

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JDW    3,497

Finished Stephen King's "Blood and smoke: three unfiltered tales"
With "Lunch at the Gotham Cafe" interesting premise the ultimately went nowhere.

 

Was King quitting smoking during these three tales? They all had quitting as part of their central theme.

Loved 1408 but the other two were just OK.

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faceleg    67

Have you read Doctor Sleep yet? I really enjoyed it. I would also recommend re-reading The Shining before, since Dr. Sleep has some plot points that refer to events that only happened in the novel and not the movie. 

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I bought Dr. Sleep on kindle a long time back and just never got around to reading it. I am almost finished with Geek Love by Katherine Dunn and it's amazing

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JDW    3,497
3 hours ago, faceleg said:

Have you read Doctor Sleep yet? I really enjoyed it. I would also recommend re-reading The Shining before, since Dr. Sleep has some plot points that refer to events that only happened in the novel and not the movie. 

 

I have not. But sounds like I should :)

The Shining is one of my favorites.

I listened to The Wonderful Wizard of OZ today. It is hilarious in it's innocuous language I immediately may dirty to myself.

 

tee hee... yellow winkies in bondage.

The Tin Man was very fond of the winkies.

They had to face the queer men on the hill...

I'm so childish.

 

I liked some of it better than the movie. Some of it had horrible implications. Slaughtering 40 wolves, 40 bees, and 40 crows was nothing for them as well.

Some of it was better in the Hollywood version. Just more concise and really didn't need all the saga it went through. It wasn't fleshed out enough to warrant it.

 

Also... tin doesn't rust so...

But then again, loping ones head off you can't replace it either so does it really matter? I can see where Oz the Great and Powerful got some of it's ideas.

 

Overall a lighthearted romp that you shouldn't think too much about because the more you do, the more terrifying it becomes.

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JDW    3,497
12 hours ago, faceleg said:

^And then there's the zillion other Oz books that go insane lol

 

yeah I noticed that geeze. Well I started this puppy I'll read them till I get bored.

Working on The Marvelous Land of Oz

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JDW    3,497

OH dear. Already: "ejaculated Mombi, giving a sort of grunt" >.<

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JDW    3,497

OK read it. Interesting book. Baum's writing style is odd. This one clearly inspired Return to OZ a great deal. Little gender bending going on there... interesting. I wonder how that was received 100 year ago. 

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faceleg    67

The books were always popular. He wrote that one more to be adapted to the stage like Wizard was (before the movie), and young boys were often played by girls, hence the Tip character (spoiler sorry). 

 

You should try reading the Wicked books too, they incorporate a lot more from the books than what was in the musical. 

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JDW    3,497

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.

Just finished it. If it was any harder up my alley I'd have to turn my head and cough.

Super positions, quantum mechanics, multi verse. Really great.

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JDW    3,497

Been going through two books at the same time. World War Z by Max Brooks and Lineage by Joe Hart.

 

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i finished Lineage today. Ghost story with a twist!. I liked it. Keeps you in suspense.

It's a little too graphic (it really isn't needed), it's kind of slow to start, and then I figured out 98% of the plot two chapters in and had to wait for the characters to catch up.

But it's still pretty good.

 

World War Z I'm about halfway through. This should have never been made into a movie. If it had to be, they picked the worst possible way to adapt it. IT has no tie to the bonk at all save the name. The book isn't really even about zombie. It's a collect of human stories that happen to take place during a zombie war. Great book, maybe a better TV show.

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On 10/21/2016 at 2:49 PM, JDW said:

Been going through two books at the same time. World War Z by Max Brooks and Lineage by Joe Hart.

 

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i finished Lineage today. Ghost story with a twist!. I liked it. Keeps you in suspense.

It's a little too graphic (it really isn't needed), it's kind of slow to start, and then I figured out 98% of the plot two chapters in and had to wait for the characters to catch up.

But it's still pretty good.

 

World War Z I'm about halfway through. This should have never been made into a movie. If it had to be, they picked the worst possible way to adapt it. IT has no tie to the bonk at all save the name. The book isn't really even about zombie. It's a collect of human stories that happen to take place during a zombie war. Great book, maybe a better TV show.

Yeah I'm still salty about the World War Z movie

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JDW    3,497

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Read this last and the first Harry Potter. 

14 was pretty riveting... and then it completely fell apart. Solid mystery book until about the last 3rd. Turned into a hokey Lovecraftian adventure. Not that I have issue with Lovecraftian horror. But it was just not good. So disappointed with the ending.

 

Harry Potter is... Harry Potter. It's so close to the movie I didn't really see the point. I'm sure the later books diverge more but not sure I want to pay to get the minutia.  

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JDW    3,497

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Read Hell House... Just never got round to it. Pretty awesome. Pretty disturbing. 

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JDW    3,497

Burnt Offerings

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I'm all for slow burn, but it just spends so much time plodding along that is never really gets to the punch. I figured out the general premise and what I thought would be the conclusion fairly early on (roughly when they met the tenants of the house) and just waited for everyone else to catch up.

For all it's plodding. It doesn't fully flesh out some of the characters and I feel slightly robbed for that. 

The conclusion, while not entirely what I expected, was incredibly rushed and anticlimactic. This is mainly due to there being zero resolution. What was becomes what is. There is no retribution or arc, the characters just play out what has always happened and it's quite a downer. 

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Reaper    436

Started the Dark Tower books a couple of months ago. I’m on book four: “Wizard and Glass” currently. I’m really loving this series so far! Stephen King has done an amazing job on these books. 

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Here's this! 

http://flavorwire.com/483530/50-of-the-scariest-short-stories-of-all-time

 

I've read a few of those before and the list seems pretty solid. 

 

I never get over Stephen King though. His short stories are brilliant. You tell SK to keep it <30 pages and he's like "OMG I DONT KNOW HOW"

 

Dude writes 2000 words a day. That's Ferserious. 

 

 

EDIT: The link isn't just SK stories they're all over the place.

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mystiquephreeq    1,221

I read in waves. Usually, I'll read three or four books at the same time. It all depends on the voices in my head (characters from my own stories) and the voices outside my head (my children). If they allow me to focus without interruption, I'll read more in depth stories that require concentration. If their too noisy, I'll read multiple pieces a fluff at once. 

 

I'm currently rereading The Crimson Shore by Preston and Child. This reread is so I can read The Obsidian Chamber by Preston and Child. I'd suggest starting with Relic, though, if one were interested in the Preston/Child Pendergast books. There's a suggested order on their site. Now, I'm, also, delving back into the Gideon Crew series by them. Then, there's Beyond the Ice Limit, which is a part of the Gideon Crew series, but is a sequel to the Ice Limit. The Ice Limit is a part of their larger Pangea, but can be read stand alone. Their books aren't fluff, but my mind can easily follow their stories since I've been reading their novels for years. Rereading a Pendergast while rereading a Crew works well for me. 

 

Next up is the Stephanie Plum series. This is fluff. Pure guilty pleasure fluff. The Wicked series that spun off from it is more fluff for me to devour. Add in rereads of A Dirty Job and Secondhand Souls.  

 

Now, King is my major read. I've taken to listening to IT on audiobook. My paperback copy is no more, and I only have the 25th Anniversary limited edition left. I want to keep it pristine. I need to reread Mr. Mercedes, find my copy of Finders Keepers, and read End of Watch. I need to read Revival. I just can't get past that first chapter. King's books can hit too close to home now. 

 

Finally, I keep restarting A Song of Ice and Fire. I reallly, really want Winds of Winter, and my brain keeps telling me just one more read through and it will be out!

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On 11/29/2017 at 11:17 PM, mystiquephreeq said:

I read in waves. Usually, I'll read three or four books at the same time. It all depends on the voices in my head (characters from my own stories) and the voices outside my head (my children). If they allow me to focus without interruption, I'll read more in depth stories that require concentration. If their too noisy, I'll read multiple pieces a fluff at once. 

 

I'm currently rereading The Crimson Shore by Preston and Child. This reread is so I can read The Obsidian Chamber by Preston and Child. I'd suggest starting with Relic, though, if one were interested in the Preston/Child Pendergast books. There's a suggested order on their site. Now, I'm, also, delving back into the Gideon Crew series by them. Then, there's Beyond the Ice Limit, which is a part of the Gideon Crew series, but is a sequel to the Ice Limit. The Ice Limit is a part of their larger Pangea, but can be read stand alone. Their books aren't fluff, but my mind can easily follow their stories since I've been reading their novels for years. Rereading a Pendergast while rereading a Crew works well for me. 

 

Next up is the Stephanie Plum series. This is fluff. Pure guilty pleasure fluff. The Wicked series that spun off from it is more fluff for me to devour. Add in rereads of A Dirty Job and Secondhand Souls.  

 

Now, King is my major read. I've taken to listening to IT on audiobook. My paperback copy is no more, and I only have the 25th Anniversary limited edition left. I want to keep it pristine. I need to reread Mr. Mercedes, find my copy of Finders Keepers, and read End of Watch. I need to read Revival. I just can't get past that first chapter. King's books can hit too close to home now. 

 

Finally, I keep restarting A Song of Ice and Fire. I reallly, really want Winds of Winter, and my brain keeps telling me just one more read through and it will be out!

 

The entire Mr. Mercedes series is simply brilliant.  It's a different road for King - more of a really, really good set of  detective stories with an exceptionally screwed up villain.  I loved it!  

 

I used to hate my commute to work (approx 35-40 mins each way), but now that time is me time.. for listening to books.  I have always been an avid reader, but I have so many more responsibilities now that the luxury of sitting down to read is lost.  So, I listen.  Let me say that a good narrator can bring an entirely new dimension to a book as well.  For example, the narrator for all the Harry Potter books is brilliant!  He does all the accents perfectly, and he's theatrical enough without being too dramatic.  I've listened to them all, and if I wasn't so back-logged on books, I'd listen again.

 

I'm all over the place with what I read.  Of course, King is my number one.  Believe it or not, he is also good for recommendations.  I've listened to at least 10 books he's recommended, and I've liked them all.  He hasn't pointed me in the wrong direction yet.  One I just finished was "The Good Daughter" by Karin Slaughter.  Just enough suspense and twists to keep you going.  Also, his son, Joe Hill, inherited talent from Dad.  His book, The Fireman is definitely worth a read.

 

If you like the detective type novels, I'll give you a twist - get the Sean Duffy series by Adrian McKinty.  The guy is perfection.  He writes excellent detective stories set in Ireland (a nice twist), but they are also very, very funny in spots.  It's even better if you can listen to them because his narrator, Gerard Doyle, is a master and can go from an English to an Irish to a Scottish to a Southern American accent in a single paragraph.  He's flawless.   If you want a little more grit, Adrian McKinty also wrote a series about a guy in the Irish mob in America - the Michael Forsythe series.  I don't know why this author isn't more well known.  He's right up there in my top 5.

 

Currently listening to one of the Harry Bosch books by Michael Connelly.  Been listening/reading the Bosch books for decades.  These are always must listen for me as well any of the books in the "Prey" series by John Sandford (also a smart ass and an excellent writer).

 

 

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