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Old 08-28-2008, 10:49 AM
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Old 08-29-2008, 12:04 PM
The Dark Tower:Wastelands by Stephen King,finished it 2 days ago.(Normally doesn't take me that long to read books it's size-oh well.)-3.5/4
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  #1123  
Old 08-31-2008, 10:28 AM
Black Hole 01-12 - 8/10
Teen Plague - 6/10
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  #1124  
Old 09-01-2008, 01:48 PM
Watchmen (Alan Moore, 1985)

9/10
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  #1125  
Old 09-03-2008, 06:28 AM


8/10
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Old 09-05-2008, 02:24 PM


9.5/10

Wow, a freaking near perfect book. It took me about 2 and half weeks to read, but man it was worth it. Just magnificent. I was damn near in tears near the end. The only reason it loses half a point is because I felt some of the Free Zone committee stuff was redundant, but other than that, freaking bravo.

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  #1127  
Old 09-05-2008, 11:25 PM
Well I finished these last week, but I forgot to post

Watchmen (Alan Moore)



9/10 How fucking great was this


The Killing Joke (Alan Moore)

8/10


Ambush at Corellia



9/10 Probably the best Star Wars novel I've read

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  #1128  
Old 09-07-2008, 03:46 AM
I've read the following. Preacher 1,2. thunderbolts ellis run. And supreme power the entire run. and broadcast news(I can't recommend this book enough).I loved all these any other reading suggestions?
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  #1129  
Old 09-07-2008, 04:18 AM
Blasphemy by Douglas Preston




I guess my main problem for this book would be that I just really didn't care. I'm not saying that the topic is lame or that the book is really bad but the author just didn't really develop the character or plot in a way that really made me care for either. I didn't really feel any attachment or concern for any of the characters and never really got to know them. The author has the ability to give the characters depth with some of their back stories but he just never really goes that deep into it and just sort of glosses over it and their past actions barely seem to drive them much in the present.

There are some other plot points throughout that were either not needed or some that I just thought to myself "there's no way that would happen." (Some Minor Spoilers) I mean seriously thousands of people amass in the middle of nowhere in Arizona because of a mass e-mail that went out only two hours prior. I mean come on, there's no way that many people probably even lived that close to the place and then all of a sudden there they were.

One last complaint. This book really wasn't going anywhere for about the first two-hundred pages or so. You get kind of the gist of the plot but you never really see the conflict till way in so there is no real anticipation to read further and with the really short chapter through the whole thing it was really easy for me to just say that was enough for now and put the book down.

I will say that I was a fan of Preston's last two solo works but this just seemed to fan flat and turn out to be a mediocre book at best. He is a good writer and does have some good ideas but this book just seemed rushed and he didn't let the characters and plot flesh themselves out better before he wrote and finished the book. Could of been better with some more time and a little bit more depth.

3/5
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Old 09-08-2008, 06:30 PM
Rant by Chuck Palahniuk
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  #1131  
Old 09-11-2008, 12:23 PM
Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell, 1949)

Some parts were too long and slef-indulgent, but apart from that this was a brilliant novel that had me close to tears at the end (well not really but ya know) and thinking about 'our society's future' every time I put it down. The ending of Part 2 was frickin brilliant.

9/10
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  #1132  
Old 09-11-2008, 12:53 PM
The Shark Texts

I don't usually go for this type of book - but the premise of 'Jaws' meets 'The Matrix' hooked me in, and I wanted to try something a bit different.

And then I read it.

As a thesis on philosophical concepts, it works on a great many levels. As a thriller with a rogue shark that feeds on consciousness, it was too preposterous for me. The guy obviously studied Eastern Philosophy at University, watched 'The Matrix: Reloaded', thought sharks were 'a bit scary', so he blended them into this incoherent mess.

It was also very poorly plotted and the characters were daft.

There was even a 'There is no spoon' bit involving a glass of water...

An originally unoriginal novel.
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  #1133  
Old 09-14-2008, 01:30 AM


I've had this book on my shelf for at least the past 10 or so years and decided to pick it up. I thought the topic was pretty interesting and I liked the back history of Ebola and it's initial outbreaks but when it got to the story of how Ebola got to the U.S. it just got a little dull. Once the story focuses on the Ebola outbreak in Reston nothing really happens. They don't really solve or find anything and it's just really a description of how they cleansed the building. There are some interesting things that occur that when you read it you just think there is no way that that is how the military or government would handle that situation in this day in age. Hey there's Ebola in that building but lets not tell the daycare place across the street. Now the area would be clear for miles and anyone that was in contact would be locked up in isolation. But hey what can they say it was the 80s. It was an interesting book but just didn't really have enough going for me to keep me interested for extended periods of time and sometimes felt like I was reading the same thing over and over.

2.5/5
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  #1134  
Old 09-16-2008, 11:08 PM


7.5/10

I liked it, but it kind of grew dull and predictable in the middle. However, the book is saved in the climax, and I can't wait to hear more about Dennis, Thomas and of course Flagg in The Dark Tower.
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  #1135  
Old 09-17-2008, 09:44 AM
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7.5/10

I liked it, but it kind of grew dull and predictable in the middle. However, the book is saved in the climax, and I can't wait to hear more about Dennis, Thomas and of course Flagg in The Dark Tower.
don't hold your breath for Dennis and Thomas being mentioned again. i kept waiting for it, never happens though unfortunately
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  #1136  
Old 09-17-2008, 01:49 PM
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don't hold your breath for Dennis and Thomas being mentioned again. i kept waiting for it, never happens though unfortunately
Ah that sucks. There is a brief mention of them in Drawing of the Three:

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Please don't sue me, Stephen King
One of these men had been a creature the gunslinger believed to be a demon himself, a creature that pretended to be a man and called itself Flagg. He had seen him only briefly, and that had been near the end, as chaos and the final crash approached his land. Hot on his heels had come two young men who looked desperate and yet grim, men named Dennis and Thomas.
But that sucks that that's all we'll hear about them. Kinda sad.
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  #1137  
Old 09-17-2008, 01:57 PM
sandman vol 6
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  #1138  
Old 09-22-2008, 12:54 PM
finished last nite



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  #1139  
Old 09-24-2008, 06:14 PM


9.5/10

I forgot how great this book really was. I read it as a pre-teen, and of course at that age one can't really appreciate the nuances of good literature. Re-reading it at 23, I was able to appreciate the novel on numerous levels. It was a brilliant horror novel, achieving scares at every turn; but it also managed to make me think: what drives Jack Torrance to hurt his family? Is it just the hotel--or is it the isolation?--or perhaps it was because Daddy used to teach him a "lesson" every now and then.

Just wonderful.
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  #1140  
Old 09-24-2008, 08:48 PM
finished last night


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  #1141  
Old 09-25-2008, 04:03 PM


9/10

Wow, that's the quickest I've read a book in a while. I seriously couldn't put it down. Levin has a way of making the uncomfortable comfortable, the eerie normal. While I kept wanting to scream at Rosemary concerning her neighbors (I wonder if the film makes their plot more of a mystery...), I was enthralled by the events and shocked by the ending.

Read it if you haven't yet.

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  #1142  
Old 09-30-2008, 01:44 AM


6.5 or 7/10

A quick, fun read. I liked it better than Perchance to Dream (which I thought was incredibly weak compared to the first three books) but it was still leagues behind Suffer the Children. The concept of the Trancebox leading people to relive Freddy-induced nightmares was cool, but the problem was that the dreams often became repetitive. Also, it seemed at times that Thomas would give Freddy a line or a monologue that Freddy Krueger would never, ever say. Mr. Krueger likes his quips, and would never offer a young girl to be his accomplice, Mr. Thomas.

That out of the way, though, I did enjoy the book despite its flaws (and damn...Black Flame was terrible in the editing department. Grammatical errors abound in this book and their other novels!). If you want something that you can finish in a few days, you could read worse.
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Old 10-01-2008, 06:22 PM

6/10
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  #1144  
Old 10-02-2008, 01:17 PM


7/10

It was fine. Nothing wonderful, but a quick and sometimes fun read. I think after the wonderful Psycho, Mr. Bloch was just trying too hard. When you find out who is doing the killings, it's kind of a let down.
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  #1145  
Old 10-04-2008, 02:03 PM

After bouncing around between this,screenwriting,and like 3 other books I finished Dark Tower:Wizard And Glass,not only worst in the series,but King's worst yet.{From pg. 340 I skipped to the modern set pages beginning in the 600's.}

1/4
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  #1146  
Old 10-07-2008, 10:07 PM
That's crazy how different tastes can be. Wizard and Glass isn't only my favourite Dark Tower book, but one of my all time favourite King books. Hey, it either grabs you or it doesn't right?

Anyway, I was in a King sort of mood the other day and my friend lent me this:



I raced through it in less than two days...and I was working a ton too. I loved it. The characters each had life breathed into them and slowly sucked it away. Every one of them believable (except maybe Straker) and like he always does, none of them are safe.

One of the best vampire tales I've ever read. I almost wish I didn't know it was a vampire story beforehand though because it would have been a huge surprise. Great book.
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  #1147  
Old 10-08-2008, 02:08 AM
Just finished Y: The Last Man, and while it wasn't groundbreaking shit, it was often very poignant, periodically brilliant, and without a doubt entertaining. I definetely don't regret reading it.

*MAJOR SPOILERS FOR Y: THE LAST MAN!*

I have to say, though, the Yorick/355 relationship turned out to be one of the most moving/heartbreaking relationships of recent memory.

*END*

Also finished trades #3+4 of Gotham Central. If you haven't picked these up yet, do so. Great. Fucking. Shit.
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  #1148  
Old 10-08-2008, 02:08 AM
Measure for Measure (William Shakespeare, 1604)

8/10
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Old 10-11-2008, 05:31 PM


9/10
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Old 10-12-2008, 03:44 PM


7/10
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  #1151  
Old 10-13-2008, 04:40 PM
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6.5 or 7/10

A quick, fun read. I liked it better than Perchance to Dream (which I thought was incredibly weak compared to the first three books) but it was still leagues behind Suffer the Children. The concept of the Trancebox leading people to relive Freddy-induced nightmares was cool, but the problem was that the dreams often became repetitive. Also, it seemed at times that Thomas would give Freddy a line or a monologue that Freddy Krueger would never, ever say. Mr. Krueger likes his quips, and would never offer a young girl to be his accomplice, Mr. Thomas.

That out of the way, though, I did enjoy the book despite its flaws (and damn...Black Flame was terrible in the editing department. Grammatical errors abound in this book and their other novels!). If you want something that you can finish in a few days, you could read worse.
That's too bad considering how good Suffer the Children is.
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  #1152  
Old 10-17-2008, 02:50 PM
The Tempest (William Shakespeare, 1610)

7/10
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Old 10-17-2008, 11:12 PM


8/10
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  #1154  
Old 10-18-2008, 05:07 PM


The translation from Japanese was rough and the dialogue was pretty stock, but other than that this book kicked all kinds of ass. Nearly 600 pages and never boring.

9/10

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Old 10-18-2008, 05:51 PM


9/10
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  #1156  
Old 10-18-2008, 06:04 PM
The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) - 8/10
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  #1157  
Old 10-18-2008, 06:34 PM
The Abstinence Teacher - 6/10

It just sorta...ends. Tom Perrotta dealt with the same suburban pecadillos in Little Children; at least, here, one of the central characters he decides to focus on -- a reformed stoner-turned-Christian -- is more thoughtful and less an overbearing fanatic than the title character, a female sex ed teacher. But, I still don't get anything more of the characters than some troubling guilt and constant fighting against temptation.
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Old 10-19-2008, 02:25 PM


7.5/10

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Old 10-19-2008, 05:42 PM


8.5/10

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  #1160  
Old 10-20-2008, 02:10 AM
King Lear (William Shakespeare, 1604)

8/10
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