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Post by Kerr on Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:14 pm

I haven't read much of Straub, Ghost Story years back, and Shadowland more recently, but I've been picking at Magic Mirror all summer between other books. One story stands out that I just read today, Bunny Makes Good Bread. I'm still not sure how the title ties to it, but I found the story both horrifying and terrifying. To a large degree it's the things he merely alludes to that disturbed me most. Read this one if you haven't.

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Post by kd1984 on Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:08 pm

I'm reading A Dark Matter[i] right now and loving it. I'll have to check out "Bunny." What was that one book he did with Stephen King? It's on my book shelf somewhere, but I can't remember the title. One of those books I bought at a yard sale and never read. I'm starting to think I need to bust that puppy out.

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Post by Shiney on Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:12 pm

He did two with Stephen King.

"The Talisman" and its sequel "Black House"

As for Straub, singular...it begins and ends with "Floating Dragon"

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:03 am

Don't listen to John. Floating Dragon is OK, but Ghost Story and Shadowland are much better. Smile

And while I've become more and more underwhelmed by his stuff, Lost Boy, Lost Girl was quite good as well.

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Post by Kenwood on Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:17 am

I've only read Pork Pie Hat.

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Re: Peter Straub

Post by Balor on Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:01 am

Koko was great. It's a mystery, and really rich emotionally.

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Post by Shiney on Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:05 am

Koko was great.


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Post by Tall Tyrion on Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:51 am

Koko didn't grab me at first, but it's a grower. Good stuff.

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Re: Peter Straub

Post by kurtnewton on Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:19 pm

I've read most of early Straub--Julia, If You Could See Me Now, Ghost Story, Shadowland--and remember, of the four, liking Julia and Shadowland. I also read his novella Blue Rose (originally published as a stand-alone novella). It's the first installment of the whole Blue Rose series (Koko, Mystery, The Throat). It's one disturbing story. It was first collected in Houses Without Doors, along with "The Juniper Tree"--another disturbing Blue Rose story. For Blue Rose fans, Subterranean Press put out a hardcover collection in 2010 called The Juniper Tree and Other Blue Rose Stories which collects all the Blue Rose stories to date (including "Bunny Makes Good Bread"). You can find used copies on Amazon for $9.00!

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Re: Peter Straub

Post by markgunnells on Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:47 pm

I have read some Straub, my favorites were his recent lost boy lost girl (or is it lost girl lost boy, I forget) and In the Night Room.

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Post by mrkilpatrick on Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:18 pm

I'm not a big Straub fan. I've tried to read several of his books and haven't been impressed. The only one I liked enough to finish was Shadowland. I did like The Talisman, even if it was co-authored by Stephen King.

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Re: Peter Straub

Post by mrkilpatrick on Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:31 am

ok scratch that, I've recently started reading "The Throat" and it's actually pretty good. better than a lot of other Straub I've read.

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Re: Peter Straub

Post by Shiney on Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:31 pm

"Mrs. God" is a decently creepy novella...

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Re: Peter Straub

Post by markgunnells on Fri Jan 09, 2015 9:06 pm

I recently read Ghost Story for the first time, and it blew me away. A masterpiece.

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