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Post by Tall Tyrion on Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:19 pm

Bradbury is easily one of the top five writers of the 20th century. Soooo many good tales.

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Post by Kenwood on Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:25 pm

Anyone ever read Messiah, by Boris Starling? If not, do it! One of the best books ever.

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Post by Balor on Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:49 pm

Not currently reading, but I just finished "Sick Puppy" by Carl Hiaasen. This book's been sitting on my shelf for something like six years now, and I just got around to opening it. Let's just say that I was way surprised by it.

It's a fantastic book. Funny and biting and poignent. The characters are so absurd they're almost real. The situations are hilariously demented. I definately suggest this to anybody...and it doesn't read dated, even though it came out in '99.

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Post by Mercedes on Sun Nov 08, 2009 5:31 pm

I've read a couple of Hiaasen's other books. Fun, quick reads. I'll stick that on my "To read" list.

I'm going to start a Books Read in 2010 segment on my blog in January, with a 50 book minimum. I'm looking forward to it.

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Post by Shiney on Sun Nov 08, 2009 5:34 pm

I am currently re-reading NICK CAVE's 'And The Ass saw The Angel" before I send it to Mercedes to read....

next up is THE DAY BEFORE by John Skipp and Cody Goodfellow.

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Post by Mercedes on Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:04 pm

Ooh, really?! He's a multi-talented man.

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Post by Shiney on Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:09 pm

It's a great southern gothic style tale of madness and violence....

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Post by andrewkempster on Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:20 am

Under The Dome coming tomorrow! Yeah boooooooyyy!

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Re: Now reading...

Post by Tall Tyrion on Sun Nov 15, 2009 1:08 pm

Deranged - Harold Schechter

Shiney knows what it's about.

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Post by Haggis on Sun Nov 15, 2009 3:14 pm

Fifty pages into Under the Dome.

Spoiler alert:






A woodchuck dies.

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Post by EffieCollins on Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:11 pm

Dammit why'd he kill a woodchuck????

I'm not reading anything. I'm in the middle of writing a novel and if I read whilst I write, I end up reading more than writing and it does influence how the words come out of mine wittle head.

Next on my reading list, though, is: Dean Koontz Frankenstein series as I haven't gotten the chance to yet.

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Post by Kenwood on Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:33 pm

EffieCollins wrote:Next on my reading list, though, is: Dean Koontz Frankenstein series as I haven't gotten the chance to yet.
I read the first and really liked it. It took me a while to get to book two, but by then all that drama went down and I decided to lay off until book three came out, which took ages. Wish they'd release these in affordable hardcovers.

And Dean just signed on to write another Frankenstein trilogy, which is awesome.

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Post by EffieCollins on Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:59 pm

Oh really??? Hmm. I'm a Koontz fan, have been since I read Lightening (I was 11 at the time, I think. I was a kid, I do remember that.) Having read Koontz and King since childhood, I'm always on the lookout for new things from them. Sadly, I don't hear as much about Koontz as I'd like. He's not as much on the radar anymore, it seems.

But then again, I am in WV and in the backwoods at that, so my interaction with the world is somewhat diminished. Wink

Thanks for the tip, though. I'll have to keep an eye out for the next trilogy as well.

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Post by Shiney on Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:00 pm

Never cared much for Koontz....

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Post by Kenwood on Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:02 pm

EffieCollins wrote:Oh really??? Hmm. I'm a Koontz fan, have been since I read Lightening (I was 11 at the time, I think. I was a kid, I do remember that.) Having read Koontz and King since childhood, I'm always on the lookout for new things from them. Sadly, I don't hear as much about Koontz as I'd like. He's not as much on the radar anymore, it seems.

But then again, I am in WV and in the backwoods at that, so my interaction with the world is somewhat diminished. Wink

Thanks for the tip, though. I'll have to keep an eye out for the next trilogy as well.
I think Koontz is plenty on the radar. Sign up for his newsletter. He's probably more active now than ever before. That may explain why he's put out a few turds as of late, but he's doing a lot—non-fiction, graphic novels, trilogies a la fantasy writers, plus usually two or three regular novels a year.

Lightning was my first Koontz book, too. I was 15 or 16. Been hooked ever since. He's my all-time favorite.

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Post by EffieCollins on Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:19 pm

Yup, it just be the backwoods hickifiedness that keep me from hearing his sweet name. Wink I'll sign up for the newsletter to be more informed. He's just wonderful. Reading his work is a pleasure from page one to the last and I usually can't put them down.

It'd be nice to see more short work from him too. I love short stories because I can read one in its entirety before I go to bed.

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Post by Kenwood on Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:23 pm

Koontz's worst work is better than most writers' best.

And yeah, I'd like more shorts from him. Or another collection of older short stories.

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Post by EffieCollins on Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:28 pm

Shiney wrote:Never cared much for Koontz....

Whatever tickles your pickle, man. It's all in what you like.

Given that I like just about damn near anything, that doesn't mean much. Very Happy

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Post by Haggis on Sun Nov 15, 2009 8:57 pm

Shiney wrote:Never cared much for Koontz....

Koontz is wonderful, except for when he gets all caught up with how big his vocabulary is, and how much he knows about architecture and how important it is to let everybody else know too.

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Post by Mercedes on Sun Nov 15, 2009 9:56 pm

Koontz is wonderful, except for when he gets all caught up with how big his vocabulary is, and how much he knows about architecture and how important it is to let everybody else know too.

The thing that I've been noticing lately in Koontz and Patterson is that they're adding a lot more tiny bits of filler than they used to. "He turned down the street. The street was lined with palm trees. On the left hand side of the street was a little boy with a pair of red shorts and a hat that was too big for him. The hat might belong to his father or his brother or even his second cousin. Behind the little boy was a pair or nicely manicured shrubberies..." Too much tedious detail that say nothing in the long run. I think I've been picking up on this because I've been reading aloud during car trips, and a part of me dies inside each time that one of them begins describing the coastal highway yet again...

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Post by Haggis on Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:37 pm

Mercedes wrote:
Koontz is wonderful, except for when he gets all caught up with how big his vocabulary is, and how much he knows about architecture and how important it is to let everybody else know too.

The thing that I've been noticing lately in Koontz and Patterson is that they're adding a lot more tiny bits of filler than they used to. "He turned down the street. The street was lined with palm trees. On the left hand side of the street was a little boy with a pair of red shorts and a hat that was too big for him. The hat might belong to his father or his brother or even his second cousin. Behind the little boy was a pair or nicely manicured shrubberies..." Too much tedious detail that say nothing in the long run. I think I've been picking up on this because I've been reading aloud during car trips, and a part of me dies inside each time that one of them begins describing the coastal highway yet again...

Exactly. It neither shows character nor moves the story along. It's just...there, irritating the hell out of me. But when Koontz is good, he's awesome. His pacing is impeccable.

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:47 pm

I had given up on Koontz long ago, not as a concious thing, but just dropped him for whatever reason. But yesterday I went into a local bookshop that I had not visited in ages and picked up a Koontz book on impulse, just because Ken seems to dig him so much. So it better not suck.

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Post by Kenwood on Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:55 pm

Haggis wrote:
Shiney wrote:Never cared much for Koontz....

Koontz is wonderful, except for when he gets all caught up with how big his vocabulary is, and how much he knows about architecture and how important it is to let everybody else know too.
The biggest thing I've always disliked about him is how he describes houses and building. WHO FUCKING CARES! I mean, I don't know a lick about architecture, so his Spanish bungelow turns into a nameless apartment building.

I always hate how everything has a happy ending, which is why the ending to Odd Thomas shocked me.

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Post by Kenwood on Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:55 pm

Tall Tyrion wrote:I had given up on Koontz long ago, not as a concious thing, but just dropped him for whatever reason. But yesterday I went into a local bookshop that I had not visited in ages and picked up a Koontz book on impulse, just because Ken seems to dig him so much. So it better not suck.
Which book is it?

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:57 pm

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