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Discussion in 'Entertainment Forum' started by Melody Bot, Mar 13, 2015.

  1. Vivatoto

    Science is whatever we want it to be Prestigious

    That was only about Jack Ketchum which even then I was mainly just using that to describe how depressing he is. Although he is insanely violent too so stay away if you don't want that, haha.

    And no, you'd be safe with Head Full of Ghosts or anything by Paul Tremblay, I wouldn't consider his work gratuitously violent. Jack Ketchum is really the only one on that list that's super violent.
  2. Colby Searcy

    Is admired for his impeccable (food) tastes Prestigious

    That last twist was wild!

    I haven't, honestly I don't know that I'm that interested in his other stuff before 4MK. I AM interested in his book he is writing with James Patterson though that should be good!
    This kinda bums me out I'm really interested in Cabin At The End of the World but I basically like everything spoon-fed to me haha
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  3. Vivatoto

    Science is whatever we want it to be Prestigious

    I generally enjoy a well crafted explanation over ambiguity but the unexplainable, Lovecraftian approach works well when someone knows what they’re doing and not just under-writing. Funny enough Tremblay just put out a short story collection and almost every single one of them has an ambiguous end and he jokes about it a lot in his story notes.
  4. rocketsguy03


    Could use some books recommendations. My favorite book genres are...

    Nonfiction sports (preferably basketball): Boys Among Men, Don't Put Me In Coach My Incredible NCAA Journey From the End of the Bench to the End of the Bench, The Book of Basketball, The Jordan Rules, etc.

    Mystery novels: Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors so I love his Myron Bolitar series.

    Nonfiction outer space: the only book I ever really recall reading from this genre is An Astronauts Guide to Life by Chris Hadfield, but I'd like to explore similar books.

    And Harry Potter rereads times a million, but I never ventured much into other series that fans of Harry Potter read other than reading The Hunger Games series (and mostly enjoying it quite a bit).

    I do NOT enjoy medieval types of fantasy genre like Lords Of The Ring or A Song Of Ice and Fire series.

    But really you can recommend whatever and I'll look to check it out, just trying to read more.
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  5. Colby Searcy

    Is admired for his impeccable (food) tastes Prestigious

    Do you have Goodreads? I highly recommend that website for finding recs and just having an easy way to peruse like books.

    My recommendations for mysteries are The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz and The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker
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  6. Garrett L.

    Moderator Moderator

    Andre Agassi’s Open is the best sports biography ever written, so that might be a good tangential place to start.

    If you like Harry Potter, any of the Riordan series capture the fun adventure nature of the first three and are legit pretty funny. Dude is a master of that age group and genre.

    If you like Hunger Games, maybe give Scythe by Neal Shusterman a try.

    If you’re wanting to try a more adult Harry Potter, Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy is an absolute must but also just get through the first book for where the second two are absolutely transcendent. (This series is also far more a love letter to Narnia than Harry Potter, but in a twisted way.)

    Other YA fantasy/adventure stuff that makes easy reads and launch points similar to what you like: Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology, Amie Kaufman and whatshisface’s Illuminae Files trilogy (side-note: these three have the best audiobooks in history), Scott Westerfeld has like five series that are worthwhile.

    (Obligatory because of who I am as a person though your list kinda says it won’t interest you: Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind.)
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  7. GBlades


    So I've had to up my Goodreads reading from 50 to 75 books, I'm doing a lot better than last year and prior. Might even hope to hit 100 but I wont push myself to ruin the reading pleasure.
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  8. drewinseries

    Drew @AndrewNCaruso fb/kingwildlands

    Unfortunately I found myself a bit disappointed with Lock Every Door. Feel like it could have benefited from being anywhere from 50-100 pages shorter, with emphasis on the later. It also had the fact that I read Rosemarys Baby this month as well going against it.

    I think I wanted a spookier vibe and payoff that I didn’t think I got. It certainly made me want to keep reading tho. Though I never thought to myself “this is great” if you know what I mean.
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  9. Horrorca


    just finished Langan’s the Fisherman - p cool horror book! gave me Lovecraft vibes

    also re-read Saunders’s short story Victory Lap tonight - quite the story, his writing in thoughts is incredible
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  10. Colby Searcy

    Is admired for his impeccable (food) tastes Prestigious

    All this is very far and I agree. I think it was building up something that didn't quite get entirely resolved and seems like there is going to be another book or something, at least that's the feeling I got with the ending leaving things unresolved.

    There's definitely something about his books that keep me satisfied and coming back even if it's not necessarily anything great or amazing.
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  11. Horrorca


    read Cheever’s The Swimmer - p amazing

    also started All the Pretty Horses & it is amazing - can’t believe ir took me so long to read my first McCarthy

    also picked up England’s Hidden Reverse in preparation for Current 93’s NY show - excited to dig in!!
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  12. theagentcoma

    yeah good okay Supporter

    that's probably McCarthy at his least depressing too lol
  13. jordalsh

    never let them see the scales Supporter

    just finished Song of Solomon and fuck. the last four pages...incredible. An astonishingly dense book, the way Morrison wove scenes together was just magical, the kinda technique that surprises me over and over again.

    probably gonna re-read Beloved next
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  14. Helloelloallo


    Has anyone read Wanderers by Chuck Wendig? I am about 70% through and liking it so far but it's very heavy. It'd recommend it for horror/speculative fiction fans, but also be warned that it's very political and dark. Make sure you have a strong stomach and aren't too anxious about the current state of affairs as it takes the moment we're in politically and turns it up to 11 (as well as featuring some pretty vivid gore and traumatic moments described in detail).

    A few complaints are that it's very dated in a weird way. Not outdated, but it's full of references to say that this book was written in 2019. In 5 years it'll almost be a time capsule. Some of the political options also feel randomly inserted and inorganic and distracting, but the main arc is very enjoyable and while political, it's handled realistically. Hope to see how this one ends by the middle of the week.

    EDIT: Ooops, should have searched first, just saw mentions a few comments up. Thoughts if any of ya'll are finished?
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  15. drewinseries

    Drew @AndrewNCaruso fb/kingwildlands

    It’s on my TBR excited to get to it
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  16. Colby Searcy

    Is admired for his impeccable (food) tastes Prestigious

    @Donnie Ruth I finished The Turn of The Key finally. I'd put it in the middle of the pack along with Westaway for me personally.

    Gonna start The Escape Room by Megan Goldin after I finish the Gillian Flynn short story
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  17. Donnie Ruth

    Trusted Supporter

    Great to hear! I’m still super excited to read it!
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  18. Colby Searcy

    Is admired for his impeccable (food) tastes Prestigious

    Reading anything currently?
  19. Donnie Ruth

    Trusted Supporter

    Yeah I’m currently reading Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King! I always take a bit longer reading him because, well, they’re always a bit longer but also because he goes into such great detail I take it in a little more slowly.
  20. The Lucky Moose

    I'm Emotional, I Hug the Block

    I enjoyed this one:

    Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson by Kent Babb

    Also, have a look here:

    The Fantasy Books Thread •

    We talk about a lot of different types of fantasy, not just medieval-type stuff.
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  21. John Lopiano

    aka Broken Parachute Moderator

    I just started “Helter Skelter” by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. I can already tell you that the next book I read after it is going to be something way more uplifting because this book seems pretty macabre.
  22. jpmalone4

    Stay Lucky Supporter

    I breezed through Love by Toni Morrison this week and I feel like that book needs a reassessment, it’s obvious she was trying to tell us something years ago but we weren’t paying close enough attention. It’s definitely very resonant today.
  23. drewinseries

    Drew @AndrewNCaruso fb/kingwildlands

    I have been doing Book of the Month but found myself skipping more than actually getting books. I'm into weirder, darker, lit for the most part and found it wasn't doing it for me. Then I found Night Worms and am really excited about subbing to their monthly box:

    Night Worms Horror is Our Happy Place
  24. jordalsh

    never let them see the scales Supporter

    was always interested in what I've read about this one but it always seemed to be one that people forgot about from her. wanna check it out one day

    also not super relevant but my high school english teacher had a promo poster for that book in her classroom
  25. Donnie Ruth

    Trusted Supporter

    I am very intrigued and interested by this. Do they have a September package coming? I see the August one and the ads for the October one but nothing on September.