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Post by N.Y.H.C. » Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:52 am

just finished "the Talisman", fucking excellent book. I have "Dr. Sleep" on the way.. currently reading Mario Puzo's lost Godfather prequel screenplay (turned into a novel, posthumously) "The Family Corleone", it's an easy read especially if you're a Godfather freak like me.

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Post by N.Y.H.C. » Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:55 am

just finished Black House which was a lot of fun. easy read, as most of Stephen's work.
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Post by The Boss » Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:31 am

Ugh, people who read King.

And think that reading him is worth it.

Just, ugh.
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Post by hellboy » Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:04 am

The Stand is still one of my favorite books of all time. It's worth it.

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Post by The Boss » Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:32 am

hellboy wrote:The Stand is still one of my favorite books of all time. It's worth it.
The series was better,
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Post by hellboy » Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:53 am

The Boss wrote:
hellboy wrote:The Stand is still one of my favorite books of all time. It's worth it.
The series was better,
What series?

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hellboy wrote:
The Boss wrote:
hellboy wrote:The Stand is still one of my favorite books of all time. It's worth it.
The series was better,
What series?
Sorry The story was much bettwr
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Post by hellboy » Sun Jun 01, 2014 12:12 pm

The Boss wrote:
hellboy wrote:
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The series was better,
What series?
Sorry The story was much bettwr
Sorry, I still don't understand. The story/series/something was much better than what (The Stand I presume)?

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Post by xZ1mM3r » Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:34 pm

N.Y.H.C. wrote:just finished "the Talisman", fucking excellent book. I have "Dr. Sleep" on the way.. currently reading Mario Puzo's lost Godfather prequel screenplay (turned into a novel, posthumously) "The Family Corleone", it's an easy read especially if you're a Godfather freak like me.

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Post by The Boss » Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:12 pm

Helljoy: I remember read "THE STAND" as a series of extremely short novellas. Thus, the "series" was better.

I don't remember anything, to be honest. Sorry for the confusion.

Change of subject: Has anyone read "HIS DARK MATERIALS"? Please don't let the (frankly wonderful) movie put you off. The books have an underlying subtext that is just fucking devastating.

I highly recommend them.

Try to get the non-American version. The lead female character has a beautiful sexual awakening that makes her seem like such a real human being that it's sad that it was left out. There's nothing graphic, but it relies on your imagination. I felt like weeping while reading that part, to be honest. It was gorgeous.

Also, they kill God. No spoiler, because you'd have to be retarded to not be able to see that coming.

Still awesome, though.
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Post by UndKeineZwEier » Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:25 pm

Stephen King's books would be a lot better if he actually planned out an ending before he started writing. It's annoying how many of his books end with the main characters using some sort of bullshit magic to solve their problems. Even the books that don't have a deus-ex machina event generally have unsatisfying endings. Duma Key is the perfect example of a good book that really falls apart at the end.

He could also use an editor, someone to trim some of the fat off of some of these books. 11/22/63 really did not need that weird "time hobo" subplot.

I feel like there was another complaint I wanted to add, but I don't remember what it was.

Anyways, The Talisman is probably one of the better books he's written. Probably because it was co-written by Peter Straub. Really solid modern fantasy adventure book. Really enjoyed it.

I just remembered my other complaint.

Black House was alright, but had too much Stephen King in it. It wasn't as much fun as The Talisman. It didn't help that it had to be tied into The Dark Tower. That's my third complaint about Stephen King, he has to fucking tie everything into the Dark Tower lore. I don't want to have to read 7 other books to understand this one book that is a sequel to another book that wasn't related at all to those other 7 books.

Anyways I've read a couple of Peter Straub books and they're pretty good. At least Ghost Story is, I don't really remember much of the other one. Lost Boy, Lost Girl was the other one and I do remember thinking it was pretty good, but it's been a few years. I revisited Ghost Story last year and that one holds up, so I'd assume Lost Boy, Lost Girl does as well.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by UndKeineZwEier » Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:42 pm

Right now I'm reading Bleak House. Well not right now right now, right now I'm reading these words that I'm typing right now.
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Post by The Boss » Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:52 pm

UndKeineZwEier wrote:Stephen King's books would be a lot better if he actually planned out an ending before he started writing. It's annoying how many of his books end with the main characters using some sort of bullshit magic to solve their problems. Even the books that don't have a deus-ex machina event generally have unsatisfying endings. Duma Key is the perfect example of a good book that really falls apart at the end.

He could also use an editor, someone to trim some of the fat off of some of these books. 11/22/63 really did not need that weird "time hobo" subplot.

I feel like there was another complaint I wanted to add, but I don't remember what it was.

Anyways, The Talisman is probably one of the better books he's written. Probably because it was co-written by Peter Straub. Really solid modern fantasy adventure book. Really enjoyed it.

I just remembered my other complaint.

Black House was alright, but had too much Stephen King in it. It wasn't as much fun as The Talisman. It didn't help that it had to be tied into The Dark Tower. That's my third complaint about Stephen King, he has to fucking tie everything into the Dark Tower lore. I don't want to have to read 7 other books to understand this one book that is a sequel to another book that wasn't related at all to those other 7 books.

Anyways I've read a couple of Peter Straub books and they're pretty good. At least Ghost Story is, I don't really remember much of the other one. Lost Boy, Lost Girl was the other one and I do remember thinking it was pretty good, but it's been a few years. I revisited Ghost Story last year and that one holds up, so I'd assume Lost Boy, Lost Girl does as well.
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Post by hellboy » Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:53 pm

The Boss wrote:Helljoy: I remember read "THE STAND" as a series of extremely short novellas. Thus, the "series" was better.

I don't remember anything, to be honest. Sorry for the confusion.
Yeah, not sure what you're talking about still. There are no novellas for The Stand as far as I can tell. Maybe you're thinking of Stand By Me?

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Post by The Boss » Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:23 am

hellboy wrote:
The Boss wrote:Helljoy: I remember read "THE STAND" as a series of extremely short novellas. Thus, the "series" was better.

I don't remember anything, to be honest. Sorry for the confusion.
Yeah, not sure what you're talking about still. There are no novellas for The Stand as far as I can tell. Maybe you're thinking of Stand By Me?
Nah, brother, seriously:

I bought this "package" from a second hand book store: It was seven (?) VERY thin novellas of "THE STAND".

I'm starting to get that this was something incredibly unique, so I get why you don't believe me.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by hellboy » Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:31 am

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Yeah, not sure what you're talking about still. There are no novellas for The Stand as far as I can tell. Maybe you're thinking of Stand By Me?
Nah, brother, seriously:

I bought this "package" from a second hand book store: It was seven (?) VERY thin novellas of "THE STAND".

I'm starting to get that this was something incredibly unique, so I get why you don't believe me.
Not so much a case of not believing you (though I can't find anything by searching on Google). More that I'm trying to get more info so that I can find them, as I expect they'd be something I'd enjoy reading.

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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by The Boss » Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:34 am

hellboy wrote:
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hellboy wrote:
Yeah, not sure what you're talking about still. There are no novellas for The Stand as far as I can tell. Maybe you're thinking of Stand By Me?
Nah, brother, seriously:

I bought this "package" from a second hand book store: It was seven (?) VERY thin novellas of "THE STAND".

I'm starting to get that this was something incredibly unique, so I get why you don't believe me.
Not so much a case of not believing you (though I can't find anything by searching on Google). More that I'm trying to get more info so that I can find them, as I expect they'd be something I'd enjoy reading.
Oh, really? Sorry, I read you all wrong, then.

I strongly suspect that they were short-short one-offs. They were fundamentally chapter-based.

Weird you can't find anything about them online. Makes me regret palming them off once I was done. They sound downright rare now.
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Post by hellboy » Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:51 am

They were actual stories, not graphic novels?

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Post by The Boss » Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:01 am

hellboy wrote:They were actual stories, not graphic novels?
Yes. As I said, they were, as far as I could tell, the actual chapters - broken up into novellas.

On topic, still with it: "HOUSE OF LEAVES".

I have never read a book that hurt me as much as that one. "SIDDHARTHA" made me cry (hard) on an existential level - but "HoL"? Wow.

Read it if you have lived a good life. Otherwise, get the tissues ready.
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Post by N.Y.H.C. » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:50 am

The Boss wrote:Ugh, people who read King.

And think that reading him is worth it.

Just, ugh.
it's just fun. I've been doing that lately. whatevers fun. life's been crazy. need to just sit back and be entertained sometimes I guess. I haven't read anything thought provoking in a while actually.
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Re: Whatcha reading?

Post by hellboy » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:59 am

I tend to read before bed so really thought provoking stuff is a little counteractive. Stephen King stuff is fine in that regards, though I don't really like his horror stuff so I'm no fanboi.

His recent book with time travel and JFK was interesting

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Post by N.Y.H.C. » Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:51 am

hellboy wrote:I tend to read before bed so really thought provoking stuff is a little counteractive. Stephen King stuff is fine in that regards, though I don't really like his horror stuff so I'm no fanboi.

His recent book with time travel and JFK was interesting
I'm happy you read that one. It was very interesting. It would make a good movie.
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