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Post by Kenwood on Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:55 pm

Balor wrote:"American Gods" by Neil Gaiman. Very interesting story and obviously well researched...though his prose is a bit, um, stifled at times.

Still, enjoying it so far.
I have this. I've been told by many that this is one of the best books ever written.

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Re: Now reading...

Post by Balor on Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:59 pm

Kenwood wrote:
Balor wrote:"American Gods" by Neil Gaiman. Very interesting story and obviously well researched...though his prose is a bit, um, stifled at times.

Still, enjoying it so far.
I have this. I've been told by many that this is one of the best books ever written.

Really?

Well, I haven't finished it yet, and yes, it is good, but one of the best books ever written?

Hey, no two people are the same, right? Right.

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Post by Brian Sammons on Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:10 pm

kurtnewton wrote:T.E.D. Klein should be on everyone's reading list. The Ceremonies is still one of my favorite books. Too bad the guy didn't produce more.
Amen! And his DARK GODS is to die for. "Black Man with a Horn", now that's how you take Lovecraftian ideas a run with them.

Oh and are there any Joe R. Lansdale fans in the house? I love his stuff and I just read for the second time THE MAGIC WAGON. An excellent book and vintage Lansdale. Because I read so much for reviewing purposes, when I read a book for fun, I often visit an “old friend” of a book that I know I’ll like. The good news is that sometimes when reading for reviewing I get to make “new friends”. Smile

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Post by Rhordain on Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:21 pm

I'm reading through some Lovecraft short stories currently.

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Post by Brian Sammons on Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:39 pm

Rhordain wrote:I'm reading through some Lovecraft short stories currently.
Hey, that’s good to hear, I hope you dig ‘em. Some people can’t make it through his admittedly thick prose. Others just plain don’t like them. But then those folks will be the first to die screaming when Yog-Sothoth throws wide the cosmic gates and R’lyeh rises once more, so who cares what they think? Twisted Evil

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Post by Rhordain on Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:45 pm

I don't mind the dated prose because his imagery and his ideas are so awesome. I kind of write like he does (minus stuffy prose), even before I started reading his stuff, so I feel an affinity for it.

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Post by Shiney on Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:13 am

recently finished "The Road" by CORMAC MCCARTHY....

Started re-reading "Red Dragon" by THOMAS HARRIS, as I kept catching the film, "Manhunter" on cable and it made me wanna dig out the book....

Also reading "The Howling Man" by CHARLES BEAUMONT (it's the bathroom reader of the week)

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Post by Kenwood on Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:56 pm

Just finished the last half of King's Just After Sunset. Now I've gone lighthearted fantasy. Currently reading A Princess of Landover, by Terry Brooks.

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Post by Mercedes on Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:01 pm

Started re-reading "Red Dragon" by THOMAS HARRIS, as I kept catching the film, "Manhunter" on cable and it made me wanna dig out the book....

I love that entire series. I had never even seen Silence of the Lambs until my coworkers forced me to watch it one night, and then I just blew threw the books. The end of "Hannibal" is so much better than the ending that they tacked onto the movie. Lame.

Red Dragon was probably my least favorite book, although I can still recall some of the scenes pretty vividly.

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Post by Shiney on Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:04 pm

I love RED DRAGOn...Francis Dolarhyde is such a great villain/monster...he breaks your heart while he's eating it.

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Post by Mercedes on Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:06 pm

I read it last and I think I expected too much.

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Post by Shiney on Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:11 pm

You went backwards...


RED DRAGON introduce Hannibal and Jack Crawford....who both feature in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS...

I read the others after SILENCE and found them shite....


You wanna read a dark/grisly crime novel that will blow your mind?

GHOUL by Michael Slade....Just wow!!

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Post by Brian Sammons on Thu Sep 10, 2009 3:19 pm

Shiney wrote:GHOUL by Michael Slade....Just wow!!
AMAZING book! That and his HEADHUNTER are just...well, amazing! After those two, the original Michael Slade broke up as “he” was just a pen name for three Canadian criminal lawyers turned authors. Over the years the Slade lineup has changed till now it’s just one of the original lawyers/authors and his daughter and (IMHO) the stories have really suffered for it. But those first two Slade books are well worth reading.

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Post by Mercedes on Thu Sep 10, 2009 4:00 pm

I'll put Ghoul on my list.

Libraries, libraries, I love libraries!

At least until the H1N1 strain hits and wipes us all out. Bummer.

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Post by Shiney on Thu Sep 10, 2009 4:52 pm

HEADHUNTER was okay...but GHOUL is really where it's at....

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Re: Now reading...

Post by Tall Tyrion on Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:29 pm

Ghoul made the HWA's required reading list... methinks I'm going to look this up...

http://www.horror.org/readlist.htm

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Re: Now reading...

Post by Brian Sammons on Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:37 pm

Tall Tyrion wrote:Ghoul made the HWA's required reading list
Hmm, and yet I still like HEADHUNTER more. Don’t get me wrong, GHOUL is fantastic. The only two Slade books I own in hardcover are those two. And Heavy metal, horror movies, Lovecraft, and splatter-tastic murder, what’s not to love? But give me “Sparky” from HEADHUNTER any day as a truly twisted killer that most (at least I didn’t) won’t see coming.

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Post by Shiney on Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:39 pm

i could argue this with you....but I'd end up spoiling the twists of GHOUL to do it...but let me just say they are both ingenius in regards to formula shattering...for their time...but GHOUL did it better for me.

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:42 pm

I should probably read them both then. gimme

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Post by Shiney on Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:48 pm

Nick, you can get them both for 75 cents each at half.com!!!!

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Post by Brian Sammons on Thu Sep 10, 2009 5:49 pm

Shiney wrote:i could argue this with you....but I'd end up spoiling the twists of GHOUL to do it...but let me just say they are both ingenius in regards to formula shattering...for their time...but GHOUL did it better for me.
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World War 'Z' - Max Brooks

Post by andrewkempster on Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:51 pm

I'm enjoying it, and Brooks has certainly put a shitload of thought into it, but I'm halfway through and starting to think that it's becoming a little boring. Just doesn't seem to be going anywhere.....of course I've still got another half to go.

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Re: Now reading...

Post by Tall Tyrion on Sun Oct 11, 2009 2:36 pm

Shiney wrote:GHOUL by Michael Slade....Just wow!!

Which I am just starting. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Post by Mercedes on Sun Oct 11, 2009 4:12 pm

Max Brooks is coming to Vegas on Friday, and I'm a-going. I need to hurry and read World War Z before then.

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Re: Now reading...

Post by cvrysen on Sun Oct 11, 2009 7:32 pm

I listed to the audio version, and it was pretty darned nifty. I haven't got around to reading the full book, I hear there's a lot of chapters that didn't make it to the audio book.

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