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Offline starktheground

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Re: What's top of your reading list?
« Reply #30 on: January 10, 2009, 11:22:08 PM »
I finished reading Duma Key the other night and I got to say I liked it.

I must admit it’s nice to be on the planet at the same time he is.  :afro:


Yeah, it was definitely a good one. Much better than the last King I read: Lisey's story.  :bangh:

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Re: What's top of your reading list?
« Reply #31 on: January 11, 2009, 02:35:22 AM »
I got 'The Catcher in the Rye' for X-mas this year.

What a hoot!

DW :santa_cheesy:

I read that one last year, expecting it to be amazing after all the hype it got through the years. What a load of old toss. A whole book full of words that add up to nothing happened. :scratch:

Must agree with you on this one, Ed. The book made strangely compulsive reading though, even if the voice of the main character did sound a bit like the 'Diary' feature in 'Private Eye' at times!

DW :cheesy:

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Re: What's top of your reading list?
« Reply #32 on: January 12, 2009, 10:31:09 PM »
I tried to read Lisey's Story a little over a year ago - maybe it was my mindset, but I just couldn't get into it - not even well beyond the 100 page mark, so I ended up giving up and going with Thomas Tessier.  Even million dollar hands can pen a flub, I guess.
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Re: What's top of your reading list?
« Reply #33 on: January 13, 2009, 02:08:53 AM »
Same here. I read Cell, which I thought was good, and was looking forward to Lisey's Story, but I couldn't get into it at all.
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Re: What's top of your reading list?
« Reply #34 on: January 13, 2009, 02:03:17 PM »
Just finished Dean Koontz - The Good Guy, and must say this has been the most satisfying read I've had in a long, long time - not one part of it felt like you could skip over it because it wouldn't impact the story at all. Unlike some of Stephen King's work and James Herbert (two of my favourite authors). The premise is excellent, good guy accidentally becomes target of assassin whilst trying to save assassin's target from being assassinated. The two MCs are brilliantly well written.
My next stop will be Peter Straub's - The Ghost Story
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Re: What's top of your reading list?
« Reply #35 on: January 13, 2009, 02:21:37 PM »
I liked Lisey’s story, but I pretty much like anything King does.

I found a book in a second hand store called ‘A For Andromeda’, thought that one was a cool read.    :cool:
Some may say slaughtered is too strong a word...but I like the sound of it.

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Re: What's top of your reading list?
« Reply #36 on: January 13, 2009, 03:46:02 PM »
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My next stop will be Peter Straub's - The Ghost Story

Tremendous read! Enjoy. I also loved Mystery and Koko, too. When he's on form Straub is amazing.

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Re: What's top of your reading list?
« Reply #37 on: January 13, 2009, 03:55:39 PM »
I think Straub has one of the most distinct writing styles and sometimes it takes a bit of effort to get your head around it, which I why I dip into his stuff irregularly. The last one I read, quiet a few years ago now was Mr. X, a very peculiar story and good as well.
Also when King and Straub collaborate those I think are brilliant, especially, for me, The Talisman, but Black House is another good one.
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Re: What's top of your reading list?
« Reply #38 on: January 13, 2009, 04:11:45 PM »
I'm currently reading "A Spot of Bother" by Mark Haddon (of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" fame). If you can imagine what might have happened if Tom Sharpe had written a literary novel, you're close. But probably not close enough. Weirdly, next up is "Pride and Prejudice". Trust me, there is a good reason for this.

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Re: What's top of your reading list?
« Reply #39 on: January 20, 2009, 10:00:56 PM »
Hmmm latest reads about two thirds threw Hyperion by Dan Simmions finished twilight eyes by Knootz recently. Read the who Dark Tower Series last fall I really enjoyed that.

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Re: What's top of your reading list?
« Reply #40 on: January 20, 2009, 10:52:09 PM »
Same here. I read Cell, which I thought was good, and was looking forward to Lisey's Story, but I couldn't get into it at all.

Cell was good.  Felt almost like old King.  Im a sucker for the multi-character end of the world type of stories though.

I'm still reading Ketchem, though I don't know why.  He's gotta be one of the most overrated horror/ thriller icons.  This is the fourth or fifth book of his I've read and still just find the whole lot of 'em forgettable schlop. 
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Re: What's top of your reading list?
« Reply #41 on: January 21, 2009, 02:51:02 AM »
I've just started Burnt Sienna by David Morrell. I loved his book on writing, and I really enjoyed his early novels, but at the moment - in this one - I feel like the set-up is just too obvious: ace military pilot  ("the best his co-piloy ever knew!"), also happens to be world-class artist, has left the military world behind to became a happy and reclusive painter and to never take orders again, but is now pulled back into a deadly plot by a sinister figure who has so much power across the globe that even the FBI can't get near him... so they come to our super-soldier for help...

It's a fast read - very fast - and it's a masterclass in providing just the right amount of description of people and places. But I can't get over the obviousness of the set-up. It feels like one of those Hollywood movies I hate that usually has a short title ("Kill Slug!" "Death Kitten!" "Deadly Tuppaware!!"), stars Mel Gibson or Bruce Willis, and has a zillion of baddies with a trillion guns, none of whom's bullets ever come near our hero...

Nice easy read, though, and every once in a while you need one of those. Especially after a few heavy non-fiction tomes.

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Re: What's top of your reading list?
« Reply #42 on: January 24, 2009, 03:43:03 AM »
Jeffery Deaver, H.P. Lovecraft, Marcia Cole, Peter Robinson, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Clive Barker and Thomas Harris.

These are my favourite authors and although there are many more out there, these author's novels never fail to impress.

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Re: What's top of your reading list?
« Reply #43 on: January 24, 2009, 10:48:08 AM »
I just started Blood Lite, the Antho from HWA. I'm halfway through and it is excellent. The Terror by Dan Simmons was also excellent. I liked Duma Key, very smooth read and of course the Minnesota connection was cool. I used to live thee blocks from Lake Phalen. It is creepy deep, a lot of people have died in that lake.

It's better to burn out, than fade away...

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Re: What's top of your reading list?
« Reply #44 on: March 11, 2009, 01:57:13 PM »
  I just finished Quake by Andy Remic. What an amazing book. The thing is when I first started reading it there was a line near the start that went something like, ‘she grabbed hold of his steely bicep,’ and I thought is he taking the piss here, but I kept on reading it, there’s an addictive quality to the story, and I’m so glad I did.
 
  This particular universe is populated by huge men with bulging muscles and chiselled jaws who are battered beyond belief in endless fights only to come back for more. The only thing that can try to defeat them are the even huger men, mutants, tanks, helicopter gun ships and crazed natives they encounter.

  The end of every chapter is a cliff-hanger, the action is relentless and I had great fun reading a very cool book. :cool:   
Some may say slaughtered is too strong a word...but I like the sound of it.

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