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Old 07-02-2013, 05:03 PM   #151
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I prefer The Stand and It to everything else he has written. Though I loved the first few Dark Tower books a lot as well. I find his short stories hit and miss, but, to be fair, short stories rarely do it for me for some reason......unless that short story is the Deadliest Game.
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:06 PM   #152
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The Stand is pretty easily my favorite thing Stephen King as written. I just re-read It last summer, and I thought it was alright. Not one of my favorite. I think my second favorite by him might be the novella The Langoliers out of Four Past Midnight, ridiculous as it is.
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:21 PM   #153
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I liked The Langoliers.
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:45 PM   #154
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NSW, you read the new Gaiman yet?

Has anyone read The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen? The Shearwater song of the same title has been one of my favorites (if not #1 favorite) of theirs for quite a while, and I only recently realized it was influenced by a book of the same name. Seems people either absolutely love or hate the author's style / focus, not entirely sure which side of the fence I'll fall on based on descriptions.
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:48 PM   #155
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I read it, yes. I liked it, did not love it or anything. Reading Cormac McCarthy's Suttree right now. A few new books arrived for me yesterday, excited about them. I will list off some recent reads with 3-10 word reviews soon. Hold on to your hats.
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:51 PM   #156
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Maybe I'll wait for the price to drop a little then. In the midst of some other books at the moment anyways.
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:58 PM   #157
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You can afford to wait. It's a nice book but nothing too amazing, at least to me.
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I'm sure I've mentioned my rather disdainful feelings towards the stand. Its not that I didn't like it, but I feel that it was abridged for a reason. I wish that I had read that version and not the unabridged version, because I think maybe king really does need to be censored sometimes. And I also could really tell what was from the original and what he added in later the timelines didn't mix well. All that being said it's a good story I don't dislike it but it's not my favorite book of his. That's definitely the shining closely followed by it and then probably the green Mile
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:48 PM   #159
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When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

This book takes a look at what the U.S. would be like if fundamentalist Christians took over and made abortion illegal. Because of a terrible economy, and hint of a massive world war, the cheapest way to punish criminals is to "chrome" their skin. Murderers have their skin colored red for their sentence, and this includes women who've had abortions.

What interested this book to me was that it is inspired by The Scarlet Letter and The Handmaid's Tale. Plus, with abortion being such a huge debate in this country, I felt it was important to read this book, even though it is dystopia fiction. However, I noticed the book has mixed reviews, so I wasn't so sure if I would like it.

It was good, for the most part. Not great, despite it's promise. It really became bland and slowed down during the last third of the story, and I found myself skimming to the last pages to see how it ended. I'm glad there was some closure between the main character (Hannah Payne) and the man who's baby she aborted. But the ending was kind of...blah.

I'd give this 3.5 on Goodreads if it allowed it, so I'll go with 4 stars.
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Here is a list of the next ten books I'll be reading, in no particular order:

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Undaunted Courage by Stephen A Ambrose
Lexicon by Max Barry
The Blood of Heaven by Kent Wascom
The Son by Philipp Meyer
The Beautiful and the Damned by Fitzgerald
Claudius the God by Robert Graves
The Fortune of War by Patrick O'Brian

Currently reading Suttree by Cormac McCarthy

Recently finished:

The Ocean at the end of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Taiko by Eiji Yoshikawa
The 39 Steps by John Buchan
The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Wool by Hugh Howey
A Delicate Truth by John le Carre
Matter by Iain M. Banks
The World at Night by Alan Furst
Istanbul Passage by Joseph Kanon
Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
Great North Road by Peter F Hamilton

The Dog Stars was probably my favorite of the bunch. Wool my least favorite.
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Do you mean Gillian Flynn for Gone Girl? I liked it a lot, but it wasn't as good as all the build-up led me to hope.

Kate Atkinson is pretty great. Loved Case Histories.

Dog Stars and Telegraph Avenue are on my list.
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Fixed.

Wasn't Vince Flynn the author that just died? Yeesh.
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Just started Paul S Kemp's new book, a Discourse in Steel. It's the follow up to the novel that came out about a year and a half ago that he didn't write in a shared world (since all his other novels are either Dungeons & Dragons or Star Wars). With the exception of one of the Star Wars novels*, I've loved all of Kemp's stuff, and the other one centered around these very gray mouser-inspired characters, Egil & Nix, was pretty great..

Got a little bit of this left, and while I've enjoyed it, I didn't quite love it. If the ending becomes anything like the last one, I'm sure that will change. Otherwise, it's just a decent and quick read. I've read fantasy novels of the same length (350 pages) where far less has happened, essentially there are three major acts, and I've read slower-paced novels that were centered around the equivalent of one of major events. And the pace didnt feel like it came at the expense of plot/scene-setting/character development as I was reading it, which is a good thing.
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Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
Does this have anything to do with THE LADY MELISANDRE?

Or GENDRY OF THE HOUSE BARATHEON???
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God I hope so.
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