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  1. marsupial jones

    if i don't like your avatar i don't like you

    I really enjoyed The Goldfinch (read the book). Not nearly as much as The Secret History (also by Tartt) but was better than I expected. I was surprised they made it a movie because there are portions of the book I feel wouldn’t work but as book it was very enjoyable.

    But I can see why people wouldn’t be a fan of it.
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  2. himynameisiain

    Regular Supporter

    Louis Theroux: Gotta get theroux this.

    Louis Theroux is a really well-known documentary maker in the UK. Rise started with his 'Weird Weekends' which were really looking at 'unusual' things in America around about 15 yrs ago (Porn stars, ufos, etc - I think they are all on netflix now). He then went on to cover Americas most hated family among other things. Recently it has been more serious topics. However, did a feature length on Scientology which was funny.

    The book does spend a lot of time on Jimmy Saville which is interesting. For those not aware of the saga.... Basically, Louis made a documentary about a tv host/radio dj (Jimmy Saville) who was past his best and clinging on to fame but also doing a lot for charity. Then a few years after it aired, Jimmy died. Then accusations of him being sexually inappropriate appeared. When i say 'some', it was a few hundred! So then Louis does another documentary about him. This was interesting as Louis was looking back at old footage but also interviewing new folk for it. It was a really weird time and was a massive scandal.

    If you like Louis then you will like this, very interesting read. If you havent heard of him, check out his weird weekends. Absolutely amazing and comedy gold.
  3. eagles1139


    I just read Fever Dream by Samantha Schweblin and it was one of the most visceral reading experiences of my life. I couldn't recommend it highly enough. I won't say much because I went in blind and I recommend anyone does the same. I'll just say this: the narrative is told through a conversation between a dying woman in a hospital and a young boy (who is not her son). It's a very strange conversation, and the boy is not normal.

    The book is under 200 pages but there's also not too much text on each page, so you really can read it in like an hour or two, which is what I did. The title of the book is perfect for how it feels to read. Like a weird fever dream that creeps up on you, and you just get more and more unsettled as the tale goes on, but you're not quite sure what it is that's making you uncomfortable. After finishing it I took like a 45 minute shower to wake myself back up, lol.

    It was on the Man Booker shortlist and got great reviews so if you're interested I highly recommend just buying it, not reading anything about it, and diving into it when you have like 90 minutes - 2 hours to read it in full.
  4. JamesGBoswell


    Growing up, I loved watching the Twilight Zone, especially the horror episodes with a dramatic twist at the end. When I first got into reading horror fiction, I found H.P. Lovecraft's work to be terrifying, thrilling, and enthralling. Now, I'm trying to make it as a professional author and I wrote a collection of short, existential horror stories inspired by the Twilight Zone and H.P. Lovecraft. It's called, "Burn: Stories."

    If you want to check it out, I'm giving it away for free on my website in exchange for an email address which I'll use to send you more short horror stories every month.

    Learn more here:
  5. aoftbsten

    Trusted Supporter

    Finished Death's End and that's the Three-Body trilogy done. As with the other two it went in a direction I never imagined. Each one of these books has had a sequence which just floored me In the one, it was the solar system being absorbed into two-dimensional space. The whole novel was nihilistic but in an optimistic sort of way (if that makes sense). I highly recommend the series to anyone.
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  6. currently reading three books which usually doesn't work well for me but I guess we'll see! working my way through Dominicana by Angie Cruz which I'm finding enjoyable but not yet propulsive 100 pages in. still, i think it really nails a feeling of fear, confusion, and pressure for a very young immigrant that has me still thinking about it even if I'm not moving too quickly through it.

    also reading The Emigrants by Sebald on recommendation from my local bookseller. liking it so far and the use of photography is really interesting to me.

    finally, I want to blow through Tony Kushner's A Bright Room Called Day before I see the new production later this week (which I'm really excited about, Angels in America is probably my favorite play and I will never forgive myself for not finding a way to see the revival last year)
  7. @@ron


    I read Looking For Alaska yesterday and then watched the first episode on Hulu. I really liked it. Seems like the show is following it very closely. Ready for the tears to come.
  8. drewinseries

    Drew @AndrewNCaruso fb/kingwildlands

    The Three Body Problem Trilogy is some of the best sci fi has to offer.
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  9. GBlades


    Three-Body Problem is absolutely insane! Will always put that forward for recommendations.
  10. drewinseries

    Drew @AndrewNCaruso fb/kingwildlands

    I have The Gone World on deck. Heard it is a great sci fi thriller. Its marketed as Inception meets True Detective.
  11. iCarly Rae Jepsen

    I want your stupid love Supporter

  12. JamesGBoswell


    "That Feeling When You Know You're Doomed: Horror Stories"

    A woman confesses to killing several people, but no one can see the bodies. An expedition through the jungle to find a lost indigenous tribe leads to a terrifying trial by ordeal. A woman becomes trapped in a wilderness cabin as a flesh-eating mold erodes her sanity. A missile silo launch team receives a dire warning from an alternate reality as they're about to fire their payload. A hiker discovers the source of the terrifying rumors surrounding a mysterious mountain. These stories and more await you in this collection of existential horror by James G. Boswell.

    Visit the book's Amazon page:

  13. OotyPa


    Loved Clarice Lispector’s Near to the Wild Heart. It’s a modernist masterpiece, what else is there to say? Up there with Virginia Woolf’s The Waves and Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

    Following it up with Walt Whitman’s “lost novel,” Life and Adventures of Jack Engle. Really enjoying it so far. It’s actually pretty funny.
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  14. Colby Searcy

    Is admired for his impeccable (food) tastes Prestigious

    ... And I'm currently reading Killer Instinct by James Patterson lol
  15. drewinseries

    Drew @AndrewNCaruso fb/kingwildlands

    Just finished this. Adored it. A beautiful dark fantasy book woven into a family drama.

  16. angrycandy

    trust is such an arrogant thing Prestigious

    that’s a cool ass cover yo
  17. GBlades


    Also came here to say that cover intrigues me.
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  18. theagentcoma

    yeah good okay Supporter

    I learned today that there is a whole series of erotic fiction about Bigfoot. Like 13 books. So that's a thing.
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  19. angrycandy

    trust is such an arrogant thing Prestigious

    @Vivatoto not sure if you know or not but Oz Perkins (The Blackcoat's Daughter; I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House) is directing the film adaptation for A Head Full of Ghosts. I love his work so I'm really excited to see what he does with it
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  20. Vivatoto

    Science is whatever we want it to be Prestigious

    I didn't know that! I remember a few years ago I was watching an interview with him on the Horror Writer's Podcast and he was talking about how excited he was that it got picked up for a movie but I don't think I've heard anything since. I love both of those movies and that vibe seems perfect.
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  21. Colby Searcy

    Is admired for his impeccable (food) tastes Prestigious

    How many have you read so far?
  22. Texas Flood

    SERENITY NOW! Prestigious

    So I’ve been on a book “break” since this summer, but I’m thinking it’s time to jump back in now that the weather is getting colder.
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  23. Donnie Ruth

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    Absolutely am backing @Vivatoto a few pages back on reading Imaginary Friend by the author who wrote Perks of Being A Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky).

    It’s a 700 page book, but I’m 140 pages in and incredibly intrigued. It has an obvious Stephen King vibe, but also builds upon Chbosky’s very easy writing style.
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  24. JamesGBoswell


    "Burn: Horror Stories" is a collection of dread-inducing, mind-twisting, existential horror stories inspired by The Twilight Zone and H.P. Lovecraft. It's now available on Amazon for 33 percent off until Nov. 13.

    Visit the book's Amazon page:

    A man's wife and business partner believe they killed him as part of an insurance scam, but then he reappears as if nothing happened. Two fugitives take shelter in an abandoned industrial facility, but what they find inside might be more dangerous than what pursues them. A tech guru's lifestyle is immersed in smart technology, but what if it's so smart, it's dangerous? The parents of an out-of-control child will do anything to curb her awful behavior, but at what cost? A woman awakens upside down in a totaled car with no recollection of how she got there. Will she be able to find help, or will something more sinister find her first? These stories and more await you in this collection of existential horror by James G. Boswell.

  25. GBlades


    I've always loved the movie Big Fish, it's a great positive adventure but I did NOT know that it was based on a book after all these years so I've got that on my next read after The Great Hunt!
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