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Old Aug 7, 2007, 03:01 PM   #61
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Re: What Are You Reading Now?

Very much agreed about Insomnia. Cracking first half, abysmal second half. Stephen King never fails to disappoint that way, he always craps up the second half with something stupid. He can set the scene brilliantly - Jesus, I felt tired after that - it's just that the scene turns out to be a bit... ****e.
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Old Aug 7, 2007, 03:22 PM   #62
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I like it when the second half gets very bizarre. Well...not really. I remember reading a compilation of his short stories once and they often ended with me going, "Er...riiiight." The oddest is the one where a character's telephone call inexplicably travels back in time to the beginning of the story, for no real reason.
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Old Aug 7, 2007, 03:32 PM   #63
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I love his short stories, because you can get away with crap like that in a short story. In something like The Stand though, it just wanders around for friggin' chapters on end before it becomes blindingly obvious that he has no idea where the hell he's trying to go. Then he panics, and almost literally Deus Ex Machina's. It had all been going so well and then they started Godding it up. Kinda like Battlestar Galactica.
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Old Aug 7, 2007, 08:53 PM   #64
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Oh it feels good not to be alone on this.

I've not really read anything from S. King before (apart from a couple of short stories- the surgeon on a deserted island having to eat himself and the keyboard that makes the the writen word come true), so it was disappointing.

I got a couple more from him to read, one under his suedoname too. Will see how they go.
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Old Aug 7, 2007, 09:23 PM   #65
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The general rule for him is: The shorter the book, the better. I like Gerald's Game a lot, and his books about writing and films are brilliant, but otherwise... Oh, Firestarter is great, too. Otherwise, he's like an cheese sandwich. Rarely spectacular, but it does what it means to, and it won't make you vomit with hatred, like Dan Brown. Dan Brown. Dan Brown, you are the worst writer I've ever read.

I'm currently reading Jon Ronson's The Men Who Stare At Goats a book about weird ideas that have cropped up in the US Army and CIA. Hysterically funny at first - the idea of lots of trained soldiers sitting in a room trying to be psychic - it gets notably less so later on. Not a laff riot, Abu Ghraib. Anyway, some/ most of this stuff in it is pretty unbelievable, but it's proving surprisingly difficult to find rebuttals to it. Hmm.

Highly recommended.
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Old Aug 8, 2007, 03:14 AM   #66
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The Power That Preserves (First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant-Unbeliver) ~ Stephen Donaldson
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Old Aug 8, 2007, 12:36 PM   #67
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I got a couple more from him to read, one under his suedoname too. Will see how they go.

I've said it before in these forums, possibly in this very thread, but my favourite book of all time is The Long Walk by Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman. I've read it about 50 times so far, along with the other books in the same volume, Rage (which predated Columbine by about 20-25 years) and The Running Man (far better than the film). I've always thought they'd make a good trilogy of films, although the ending of The Running Man would have the PC brigade up in arms.
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Old Aug 8, 2007, 07:52 PM   #68
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my favourite book of all time is The Long Walk by Stephen King writing as Richard Bachman.

It just so happens, that's the one I have! And far thinned than Insomnia- so it IS looking promising. Won't read it yet, as I have a book like Agatha Christie to get stuck into first. Man, I love charity shops.
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Old Aug 9, 2007, 06:11 AM   #69
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Hooray for charity shops! They have the best bargains! I once saw a charity shop with a '50% sale!' sign in - and I thought 'Tsk, a SALE in a charity shop, surely they're cheap enough?' - and then I wondered ... are there people that ONLY shop in charity shops if there's a sale?!

Er, anyway.

I'm on a re-reading spree. First I re-read Phantom by Susan Kay, the story of the Phantom of the Opera from his birth up to and including the events of the book/film/musical (hence the avatar), and now I've been power-re-reading the Harry Potters, much to my shame. Why? Because the last two are supposed to be much much better than the bland 'Order of the Phoenix', and while the books are here I might as well take advantage of them. And why shame? Because, apart from the aforementioned boring one, I'm enjoying them all over again

I SHOULD be reading Philosophy books.
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Old Aug 9, 2007, 02:52 PM   #70
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Another yay for Charity Shops. I got my first leather jacket from a charity shop for £10. A proper real-leather jacket with a great 'lived-in' look.

My ex-girlfriend (who actually is still a very close friend of mine and Wolf's) got it in the break-up. I got an American Pie video and Craig Charles' The Log:



I found it the other day and it's great for dipping in and out of. It's basically Lister's guide to life.
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Old Aug 9, 2007, 02:55 PM   #71
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We call them Thrift Stores here in the states and much agreed that they are the place to find cheap reading material. Although, it makes one wonder exactly how many copies of the Jaws novelization were purchased in the 1970's. Was every family issued a copy along with an LP of the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack?
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Old Aug 9, 2007, 09:29 PM   #72
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I have a 1970s copy of Jaws actually. One of the first 'grown-up' books I ever.

I thought a thrift store was something else. Do the profits of thrift stores go to charity?
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Old Aug 10, 2007, 03:43 AM   #73
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And what the hell is a thrift anyway?
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Old Aug 11, 2007, 03:08 AM   #74
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I have a 1970s copy of Jaws actually.

Actually, if you've ever seen Fawlty Towers, it's the exact same edition you see Basil reading. That's how old my copy of Jaws is.
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Old Aug 15, 2007, 11:33 PM   #75
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Well, I just picked up,



Hopefully it'll be a good conclusion. I'll edit this post later when I'm done.
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