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Old 03-25-2009, 04:36 PM
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"The Dead pull the living down...!"



I just got through reading "Heart-Shaped Box" by Joe Hill (yes, Stephen King's son). It was very good, actually, and reminds me of the simplier yet great early work from King like "Carrie" and "Cujo." If you're into horror, check it out.

I plan on reading Dan Simmons' "The Terror" next.
I'm reading "Heart Shaped Box" right now as well, about 100 pages in. This book doesn't waste any time getting to the point. Freaky. Unfortunately I'm in the midst of exams and I have a hard time reading anything that isn't school related at this point. I do plan to finish it though.

By the way I've also read "The Terror" and enjoyed it; great atmosphere and well written if a bit technical at times (in terms of shipping that is), still reading that book will make you feel cold.

Btw how do you choose which books to read btw? I ask b/c I found both books by searching through Amazon.com, to be more specific I was looking for books similar to Stephen King's and which were also of high quality according to reviewers. You?
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Old 03-25-2009, 09:33 PM
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I'm reading "Heart Shaped Box" right now as well, about 100 pages in. This book doesn't waste any time getting to the point. Freaky. Unfortunately I'm in the midst of exams and I have a hard time reading anything that isn't school related at this point. I do plan to finish it though.

By the way I've also read "The Terror" and enjoyed it; great atmosphere and well written if a bit technical at times (in terms of shipping that is), still reading that book will make you feel cold.

Btw how do you choose which books to read btw? I ask b/c I found both books by searching through Amazon.com, to be more specific I was looking for books similar to Stephen King's and which were also of high quality according to reviewers. You?
I'm dealing with exams as well. I read "Heart-Shaped Box" in three days during spring break. It gets intense and rather gruely towards the end!

More great news about "The Terror." I actually do the exact same thing when it comes to researching what books I want to pick up. I also sometimes just go to Google and type in "Best [enter genre here] Novels" and look at "best of..." lists that pop up. However, most of the time I use amazon when trying to find a good book (it's like imdb for novels). This way, I've stumbled upon H.P. Lovecraft, Joe Hill, Dan Simmons, and Steve Alten because I was a big fan of Neil Gaiman and Stephen King.

I picked up King's "Duma Key," Gaiman's "Smoke & Mirrors," Hill's "Heart-Shaped Box," and Simmons' "The Terror" on my last trip out to the book store. I'm also hoping to pick up Palaunuik's "Haunted" and Peter Straub's "Ghost Story" sometime soon.
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Old 03-25-2009, 09:48 PM


Giving IT a re-read. One of my all time favorite books.
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:21 AM
Re-reading
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Old 03-28-2009, 09:56 PM

Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years by Michael Palin

Somewhat interesting so far, but really could have done with a good edit.

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Old 03-29-2009, 12:54 PM


10/10 This book was incredible. I heard Marc Forster is doing the film, and he BEST not fuck it up.



9/10 one of the better Spidey stories I've read in a while. Really enjoying Dan Slott on the book.
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Old 03-29-2009, 04:09 PM
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Old 03-30-2009, 03:34 PM
Just started

After that, I start Blood Meridian and I\m pretty pumped for that.

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  #2489  
Old 03-30-2009, 04:19 PM
Liseys Story by Stephen King


Pretty damn good. Im shocked by how many people loathe this book.
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Old 03-30-2009, 06:36 PM
No Country For Old Men by McCarthy

I want to read Blood Meridian next
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:38 PM
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Old 04-01-2009, 05:52 PM
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:15 AM
must.read.this.book


http://www.amazon.com/Pride-Prejudic...S7RXHP0CGX5YWF
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Old 04-05-2009, 08:34 AM


Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception

Just started, pretty dense so far - probably need sometime to make sense of it...
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Old 04-05-2009, 02:08 PM
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Merleau-Ponty's Phenomenology of Perception

Just started, pretty dense so far - probably need sometime to make sense of it...
Generally speaking I think anything with Phenomenology in the title is probably pretty dense.
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Old 04-06-2009, 12:33 AM
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Old 04-08-2009, 02:31 PM
Star Wars: The New Jedi Order - Balance Point by Kathy Tyers
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Old 04-09-2009, 12:00 AM
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Old 04-09-2009, 09:38 AM
The New Media Monopoly

by Ben Bagdikian
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Old 04-12-2009, 02:30 PM

For school. My first time reading Virginia Woolf, outside a short story junior year of high school that I barely remember. Mindblowing though, to say the least.
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Old 04-12-2009, 03:18 PM
What ever happened to intelligence?

This site is so large with many links that I can't find the one where a few people have stated their views on the greatest living American writer.
More than one person said.........Stephen King.

My, have standards dropped so far in the last thirty years that not only do people not read much real literature but they have no idea what this is?

One has to have standards in choices. If you think King should be given this title then you have no idea what standards mean except that a book is soooooooooo cooooooollllllllll! Obviously people who think King should be given this title are either terribly deslyxic or quite clearly under the age of say two in the guise of a boy of 35 or younger.

A great writer writes of themes with well constructed characters, ambiance, mood, tone, and other things all you cccccoooooooooooooooooolllllllllllllll people don't seem to know anything about. The fact that King has written over 54 books in a tad longer than 30 years says that he dashes the things out with little thought of much of anything using the same tired stereotyped horror images that have been used since after Lovecraft; how many monsters with big ugly teeth can one write?

Sadly, the latest poll in England shows that Rowland, the author of the Harry Potter series, is considered to be the greatest living English author. How sad that standards have dropped so far that even English people think that only what is currently popular is great. Chaucer is rolling in his grave.

Perhaps all you Kingphiles need to actually read books on great books, but then doing so would really ruin your ignorance.

As a side note, such ignorance as yours shows a diminished awareness of many things and probably shows some lack of intelligence, for truly intelligent people understand what standards are and how to apply them. And a truly intelligent person would never consider King as anything other than a half-baked Bit Mac with fries, something King called his writing with all sincerity.

Have fun reading, kids.
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:57 AM
. . . uh huh.


So, I started reading Dan Simmons' "Hyperion". I haven't read enough to know if I'm enjoying it, but it points at two things: 1, the plot looks very interesting; 2, it's unlike anything I expected it to be.
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:11 AM

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This site is so large with many links that I can't find the one where a few people have stated their views on the greatest living American writer.
More than one person said.........Stephen King.

My, have standards dropped so far in the last thirty years that not only do people not read much real literature but they have no idea what this is?

One has to have standards in choices. If you think King should be given this title then you have no idea what standards mean except that a book is soooooooooo cooooooollllllllll! Obviously people who think King should be given this title are either terribly deslyxic or quite clearly under the age of say two in the guise of a boy of 35 or younger.

A great writer writes of themes with well constructed characters, ambiance, mood, tone, and other things all you cccccoooooooooooooooooolllllllllllllll people don't seem to know anything about. The fact that King has written over 54 books in a tad longer than 30 years says that he dashes the things out with little thought of much of anything using the same tired stereotyped horror images that have been used since after Lovecraft; how many monsters with big ugly teeth can one write?

Sadly, the latest poll in England shows that Rowland, the author of the Harry Potter series, is considered to be the greatest living English author. How sad that standards have dropped so far that even English people think that only what is currently popular is great. Chaucer is rolling in his grave.

Perhaps all you Kingphiles need to actually read books on great books, but then doing so would really ruin your ignorance.

As a side note, such ignorance as yours shows a diminished awareness of many things and probably shows some lack of intelligence, for truly intelligent people understand what standards are and how to apply them. And a truly intelligent person would never consider King as anything other than a half-baked Bit Mac with fries, something King called his writing with all sincerity.

Have fun reading, kids.

Is it lonely up there on your pedestal? I've read a lot of books. I majored and got my Bachelor's in English, which meant I had to read a LOT of classics. I read Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath is one of my favorite books), I read Chaucer, I read Milton. All wonderful works and great pieces of literature.

But it sounds to me that you have never...ever read a Stephen King novel. Just because a writer is current or popular does not mean that his novels aren't "literature" (a very subjective term if there ever was any). You say a true novelist writes about themes and has well structured characters, etc. King's novels (most of them anyway--I would by no means say that I love all of his books) have these. Read 'Salem's Lot, Carrie, The Gunslinger, The Stand, Desperation. Common themes in those books (even partially)? Religion. I could read those books and write an entire thesis on King's view of religion. IT, The Body, Dreamcatcher? Childhood bonds. Need I go on?

And I also think it's funny that you mention J.K. Rowling and that it's a joke that she is considered a great novelist. Especially considering the fact that I took an entire college course on the Harry Potter novels, in which we delved at the root of what the books were trying to convey beyond "fun magic stories."

The problem is you're taking these novels as simple fluff when there is so much more to them. Just because a novelist is popular does not mean that their novels are shit and there's nothing to gain or ponder about.

And speaking of books on great books, pick up King's On Writing. He doesn't merely talk about himself, but other works of literature as well, and what he learned from them.

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Old 04-14-2009, 08:58 AM
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The New Media Monopoly

by Ben Bagdikian
GREAT fucking book!!!! Really eye opening and pretty frightening
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Old 04-15-2009, 04:23 AM

Reasons to be Cheerful by Mark Steel
A very funny memoir by the socialist British comedian.
Favourite line so far: But telling someone from Swanley about the tedium of your small town, is like saying to Nelson Mandela, 'I've had hassle from the old bill meself mate, so I know how you feel'.
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Old 04-15-2009, 02:33 PM
Star Wars: The New Jedi Order - Edge of Victory by Greg Keyes
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Old 04-16-2009, 08:32 AM
Rumble Tumble by Joe R Lansdale
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Old 04-19-2009, 03:56 PM


About halfway through right now. I'm actually pretty surprised at how slow going the first half has been (though the past chapter titled Door and Demon lead to an exciting final 40 pages). I'm enjoying it mind you, but I feet that Drawing of the Three was a rollercoaster of a page turner compared to The Waste Lands so far. That said, I can't wait to get further!
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:35 PM

Hannibal Rising
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:01 AM
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Hannibal Rising
Oh man, good luck Doc. I swear I finished Rising and just felt disgusted with myself. I couldn't help but think, Really? This is the guy who wrote Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal? I do hope you enjoy it much more than I did!
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:29 AM
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Oh man, good luck Doc. I swear I finished Rising and just felt disgusted with myself. I couldn't help but think, Really? This is the guy who wrote Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal? I do hope you enjoy it much more than I did!
i'm not expecting much. if my dad didn't get it for me, i'd probably never read it. i've already seen the movie. at least it's pretty short and i've been getting through it rather quickly.
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:20 PM
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Memo to David Fincher....here's your next movie to direct!

Rereading The Mammoth Book of Vampires.
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:36 PM
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Old 04-22-2009, 08:39 PM
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This site is so large with many links that I can't find the one where a few people have stated their views on the greatest living American writer.
More than one person said.........Stephen King.

My, have standards dropped so far in the last thirty years that not only do people not read much real literature but they have no idea what this is?

One has to have standards in choices. If you think King should be given this title then you have no idea what standards mean except that a book is soooooooooo cooooooollllllllll! Obviously people who think King should be given this title are either terribly deslyxic or quite clearly under the age of say two in the guise of a boy of 35 or younger.

A great writer writes of themes with well constructed characters, ambiance, mood, tone, and other things all you cccccoooooooooooooooooolllllllllllllll people don't seem to know anything about. The fact that King has written over 54 books in a tad longer than 30 years says that he dashes the things out with little thought of much of anything using the same tired stereotyped horror images that have been used since after Lovecraft; how many monsters with big ugly teeth can one write?

Sadly, the latest poll in England shows that Rowland, the author of the Harry Potter series, is considered to be the greatest living English author. How sad that standards have dropped so far that even English people think that only what is currently popular is great. Chaucer is rolling in his grave.

Perhaps all you Kingphiles need to actually read books on great books, but then doing so would really ruin your ignorance.

As a side note, such ignorance as yours shows a diminished awareness of many things and probably shows some lack of intelligence, for truly intelligent people understand what standards are and how to apply them. And a truly intelligent person would never consider King as anything other than a half-baked Bit Mac with fries, something King called his writing with all sincerity.

Have fun reading, kids.

Hi Harold Bloom
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Old 04-22-2009, 11:32 PM
Have just finished:



Pretty cool fantasy book. At first, it seemed to be some kind of a Harry Potter mimicker but then it turned out to be pretty cool, especially those 'natural special abillities' which reminds me of Naruto.
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Old 04-26-2009, 04:19 PM
Star Wars: The New Jedi Order - Star by Star by Troy Denning
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:27 AM
I started Dante's Divine Comedy today.
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:45 AM

Cat's Cradle by Vonnegut
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Old 04-29-2009, 10:08 AM
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Old 04-29-2009, 12:24 PM
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