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Re: Recently Read/Currently Reading

Postby TC on 19/11/08, 10:55:36

wish i had time to read. :(

a book i've been picking up here and there when i have time is Hagakure: The Way of the Samurai. love it, and it can be read in brief spurts without issue.

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Re: Recently Read/Currently Reading

Postby Alexhead on 24/11/08, 18:31:03

Just finished Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" after what seems like forever, and am reading through Marcus Borg's "Jesus."
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Re: Recently Read/Currently Reading

Postby big d note on 30/10/09, 09:37:34

Wow, had to dig to page 4 to find this thread. I finished C.S. Friedman's Coldfire Trilogy (good stuff) and went back to Dune. I read Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune, so I'm finished with the main story line now, and after 8 books I've had enough of Dune.

Next up: I'm not sure yet. Possibly the John Adams bio that I got for Christmas and haven't read yet, then delve back into some fiction.
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Re: Recently Read/Currently Reading

Postby PZ on 30/10/09, 15:12:34

I read the synopsis of Hunters and Sandworms and that was enough for me. The Brian Herbert/Anderson books darn near set my blood to boiling, they were so shitty. A 30 page outline found in a safe-deposit box and thousands of pages of original notes for "Dune 7" and those two still managed to fuck things up.

But on a happier note, I re-read Brian Lumley's E-Branch trilogy in the Necroscope series. His "more horror/less romance" take on vampires is still my favorite blood-sucker mythology and strongly recommended to everyone.
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Re: Recently Read/Currently Reading

Postby big d note on 30/10/09, 17:27:56

I just read some of the Amazon reviews of Hunters and Sandworms. Both got 3 stars but there were some really scathing 1-2 star reviews. I have to say that I agree with a lot of the negative comments, especially looking back. Parts were enjoyable, but man, there are some seriously bad parts too. I mean, they put friggin SEAworms on the cover of Sandworms of Dune, and then they have next to nothing to do with the plot. I loaned Sandworms to my co-worker that loaned me all the others, so he can finally read it too and we can complain about it.
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Re: Recently Read/Currently Reading

Postby Alexhead on 30/10/09, 21:44:37

Public Enemies. The movie was based on the Dillinger part but this covers all the infamous crooks of the day, a great albeit long read.
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Re: Recently Read/Currently Reading

Postby _Marcus_ on 15/12/09, 03:01:31

I'm about to finish Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I love the film, of course, but have never actually read any of Thompsons stuff until now. I highly recommend it, great read.
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Re: Recently Read/Currently Reading

Postby TC on 15/06/10, 21:33:44

recently re-read The Watchmen for the first time in over 20 years. it was actually better than i remember.

also just finished Sway (http://www.swaybook.com/). very interesting read.
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Re: Recently Read/Currently Reading

Postby Alexhead on 13/07/10, 14:18:55

Cormack McCarthy's Child of God, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo/The Girl Who Played With Fire, Richard Matheson's Hunted Past Reason, Philip K. Dick's Martian Time-Slip...those are some of my recent ones.
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Re: Recently Read/Currently Reading

Postby Alexhead on 13/07/10, 23:02:44

Oh, and The Knockout Artist by Harry Crews. I've actually been on a pretty good reading kick as of late.
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Re: Recently Read/Currently Reading

Postby Alexhead on 13/07/10, 23:04:07

And I grabbed some apocalyptic horror novel from the library today co-written by Guierllmo del Toro (sp?), looks fun.
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Re: Recently Read/Currently Reading

Postby TC on 20/10/10, 20:48:19

just finished reading something i always wanted to read - lolita. the way it's written, the style... probably wasn't the best first book in awhile but after i got used to the cadence it was a seductive style that drew me in. i am sad it's over and want to reread it. there is so much more in that book than made it into either film. so much substance. i would love to see a faithful adaptation, but i understand why it never will be made. don't know any parent that would allow their 12 year-old girl to film some of those scenes. anyway, recommended for anyone that's ever been curious.
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Re: Recently Read/Currently Reading

Postby O-dot on 20/10/10, 21:07:47

I read Lolita in college.

Right now I'm thumbing through National Nightmare on Six Feet of Film, about Abraham Zapruder and his home movie of the JFK assassination. Also planning to read The Stranger Beside Me, about Ted Bundy. Lots of other volumes stacked up on the shelves at home.
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Re: Recently Read/Currently Reading

Postby Alexhead on 04/11/10, 16:42:05

Well that del Toro book, The Cell, was pretty fun albeit nothing particularly original, it's the first of a trilogy and it's quite obviously geared towards some kind of miniseries/movie adaptation. Got a collection of Joyce Carol Oates stories, used to read tons of her stuff in college but it's probably been a decade since I've touched anything of hers. After reading about the upcoming movie adaptation I'm now curious to find a copy of The Devil in the White City, anyone read that?
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Re: Recently Read/Currently Reading

Postby TC on 21/01/11, 21:51:09

Dune. amazing. how have i never read this until now? will be reading the entire series. now i want to rewatch the movie & mini-series.
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Re: Recently Read/Currently Reading

Postby darkness on 21/01/11, 23:13:11

TC wrote:Dune. amazing. how have i never read this until now? will be reading the entire series. now i want to rewatch the movie & mini-series.
I own an original hardcover copy of this as a part of my Lynch collection, but I have to confess I've never gotten around to reading it. Maybe I should bump it up to next on the list.
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Re: Recently Read/Currently Reading

Postby Alexhead on 22/01/11, 00:53:14

As much as I love the movie, I tried to read the book and found the writing to be awful, so I never got much further than page 10 or so.

Just finished The Devil In The White City, nonfiction account of the 1894 Columbian Expo in Chicago and the truly vile serial killer who plied his trade in its shadow. The latter story is attached to the former to give a cool piece of American history a modern CSI creepfest angle and grab some more readers, but it more or less works.
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Re: Recently Read/Currently Reading

Postby big d note on 24/01/11, 10:35:03

Alexhead wrote:As much as I love the movie, I tried to read the book and found the writing to be awful, so I never got much further than page 10 or so.

That's funny, I read the book first and then saw the movie and thought it was terrible. :lol: I guess it all depends on what your expectations are, but the special effects definitely hadn't aged well. I agree that Herbert's writing is not the best (his son is worse), but the first 3-4 novels in the series are good reading.

I'm halfway through Robinson Crusoe. I read most of this when I was a kid but never finished it, so I decided to pick it up again.
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Re: Recently Read/Currently Reading

Postby Alexhead on 15/02/11, 17:25:36

If you take a look over at the celluloid forum and the "New Dune Movie" thread you'll find plenty of recent discussion on this vey topic...

I would highly recommend a comic I just finished up called Black Hole, very dark and creepy shit. Both Aja and Fincher have been attached to direct a movie version but have bagged out in recent years; I'm not sure how well it would translate but it's a pretty horrifyingly gorgeous comic.
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Re: Recently Read/Currently Reading

Postby TC on 15/02/11, 21:32:27

almost done with book 3, children of dune. simply amazing.
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