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Old 07-29-2013, 01:42 PM   #226
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It's less than 100 pages and it took me twice as long as it should have.
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:15 AM   #227
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I'm starting work on my second novel and I'm looking for some inspiration. Hoping you guys could recommend me something. This novel is in the crime/thriller genre, but it has some horror/supernatural elements and I'm looking for some creepy, atmospheric novels to help get me into that frame of mind. They don't necessarily have to fit into any one of those genres, but they likely would.
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Old 08-02-2013, 07:23 AM   #228
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James Ellroy's The Big Nowhere comes to mind. It's probably the bleakest out of all his novels and the most psychologically affecting. Definitely creepy and atmospheric, if you're into noir.
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How does it compare with the rest of the LA Quartet? I'm only familiar with his work through film adaptations. Is there a reason to read 1-4 in a row or are they not that closely connected?
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:13 AM   #230
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The Black Dahlia is not as connected story-wise as the other three. The Big Nowhere introduces characters and storylines that will be important to the plot of LA Confidential and White Jazz. Although I'd recommend all four of them. I do feel The Big Nowhere is the creepiest and most atmospheric of them all. Certainly my favourite.
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I think The Black Dahlia is one of the finest books of the genre, but they're all fantastic in their own way.

You might want to consider going back to one of Ellroy's inspirations though: Jim Thompson set the bar for really dark crime fiction, and you could probably polish off a couple of his novels in the time it would take you to read The Big Nowhere or L.A. Confidential.
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:06 PM   #232
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This summer I've finally started reading. It seems like an odd thing to say, but apart from the usual suspects like Harry Potter, LOTR and A Song of Ice and Fire, I didn't really read for pleasure.

I've read a few Flemish classics and I'm thinking of reading some of the classics in Russian/English/American literature. I just have to figure out where I'm going to start.

I also love reading about science. Recently finished two Einstein books. One biography and one by the man himself explaining relativity. I read the latter because I noticed I wouldn't learn it at college (we only saw Newtonian physics and I wanted to know what Einstein was all about). I can't say I understand it all but at least I know the general principals. I've started A Short History of Nearly Everything now. Thanks Jive for recommending that one in one of these threads. It's an easy way to learn some things about (the history of) science. And it's also fun to see that you already know quite a bit about some topics.
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:01 PM   #233
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The opera reading continues:

The Bride of Lammermoor, by Sir Walter Scott.

Even though I haven't read anything by Scott before this, it felt like I was getting back to my English Lit. origins. A well-written, early Victorian novel can really do the trick. Lots of nobility, tragedy, humor, and all Scot all the time. Some of the Scottish dialect made my eyes cross a bit, but it was a terrific book.
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Lord of Light is finished.

Undaunted Courage will commence later today.
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I think The Black Dahlia is one of the finest books of the genre, but they're all fantastic in their own way.

You might want to consider going back to one of Ellroy's inspirations though: Jim Thompson set the bar for really dark crime fiction, and you could probably polish off a couple of his novels in the time it would take you to read The Big Nowhere or L.A. Confidential.
Just started the Killer Inside of Me. Highly unsettling, to say the least.
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Lord of Light is finished.

That's it??
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Just started the Killer Inside of Me. Highly unsettling, to say the least.
Wow, you went right for the most brutal one.
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That's it??
I'll post an NSW-esque brief review a bit later, just like to sit with it for a bit first.
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I've read a few Flemish classics and I'm thinking of reading some of the classics in Russian/English/American literature. I just have to figure out where I'm going to start.
Stay away from Tolstoy! And only read Pushkin if you read Russian. Dostoevsky isn't exactly light summer reading (I remember seeing a New Yorker cartoon a few years ago with this guy reading crime and punishment while sitting on the beach, some KGB-like guy shows up and tells him he has to go with them, caption about how one does not simply read Dostoevsky on vacation), or the best starting point. But my man Gogol, dead souls is brilliant. The overcoat, the nose, wholly enjoyably stuff. I'm woefully ignorant of post-soviet Russian literature--about as unfamiliar with it as I am with classic American literature.
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