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gordonm888
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August 2nd, 2019 at 9:40:35 PM permalink
Best Stephen King fiction, IMO, were It! and The Stand; Cujo was also very good. Pet Sematary was the most horrifying. I am part way through Sleeping Beauties and its not keeping my attention.

For horror, I think Clive Barker is better than King.

The Books of Blood.
The Damnation Game
Weaveworld
Imajica
Hellraiser
The Great and Secret Show
Cabal
AxelWolf
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August 3rd, 2019 at 12:12:17 AM permalink
I spend lots of time reading the same stuff by many authors who I absolutely hate and its always the same stuff with the same exact tittle. Terms and Conditions. I even caught a few mistakes today.


My Wife will go though a few books a week sometimes. She still does it old school and still gets them from the library. What a pain in the ass.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
lilredrooster
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August 3rd, 2019 at 12:26:45 AM permalink
I read books -- but my main reading effort now is with newspapers



every morning I scour 7 or 8 different newspapers - and no, they are not all liberal newspapers - I read at least 30 different articles
it is quite amazing how much I have learned from them - all sorts of things I didn't know about

my favorite by far is the New York Times - I believe it is by far the worlds' greatest newspaper
yes, I know it has a liberal bias but so what - all newspapers have some bias
if you get past the politics it is amazing what they offer - they have correspondents all over the world
only maybe 10% of the stories are political with potential for bias

for example if the Washington Post has a story about Mynamar it will be about 5 shortish paragraphs
if the Times writes a story about Mynamar it will be 6 times as long

I took journalism courses in college and I remember one of the things they said is that newspapers can educate people
they have certainly educated me








my favorite books which I constantly re-read are:


Rabbit Run...................John Updike
Light in August..............................William Faulkner
Go Down Moses...................................................William Faulkner
Crime and Punishment............................................................Fyodor Dostoevsky
short stories by Anton Chekhov
1984......................................................................................................................George Orwell
The Stranger........................................................................................................................Albert Camus
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.............................................................................................................Carson McCullers
Collected Short Stories....................................................................................................................................................Carson McCullers
just about anything by Raymond Chandler
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odiousgambit
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August 3rd, 2019 at 2:53:51 AM permalink
Currently it's E.M. Forster for me, just decided to read all of his books.
the next time Dame Fortune toys with your heart, your soul and your wallet, raise your glass and praise her thus: “Thanks for nothing, you cold-hearted, evil, damnable, nefarious, low-life, malicious monster from Hell!” She is, after all, stone deaf. ... Arnold Snyder
EvenBob
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August 3rd, 2019 at 10:13:46 AM permalink
Quote: lilredrooster


just about anything by Raymond Chandler



Ever read Chandler's biography? Sad life.
He married a woman 20 years his senior
and lived with her and his mother until
they both died. He was a clinically depressed
alcoholic and talked of suicide a lot.
A woman who interviewed him for an
article a year before he died said he
had no friends and considered the
shopkeepers he dealt with who didn't
even know who he was to be his friends.
But he sure could write detective stories
for awhile. The Big Sleep was his first novel,
how is that even possible. I've seen the
Robert Mitchum version of Farewell My
Lovely a dozen times.
"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
lilredrooster
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August 3rd, 2019 at 10:31:08 AM permalink
amazing - I found something I agree with you about

yes, he was a truly great detective story writer - definitely a cut above - he really captured the gritty side of L.A.

also like the writer Elmore Leonard quite a bit

James Ellroy not so much - but what a great book his nonfiction memoir "My Dark Places" was - he goes back and investigates the murder of his mother that happened when he was a small child - his mother was a prostitute in L.A.

oh, and the black detective writer Walter Mosley - he was great IMHO - very underrated and pretty much forgotten - "Devil in a Blue Dress" - published in 1948 - 4.5 stars on Amazon - another one who really got into the underbelly of L.A.

the songwriters ripped him off with the song ""Devil with the Blue Dress On" and got a pop hit out of it in 1964
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Rigondeaux
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August 3rd, 2019 at 10:31:30 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob



I read 5-7 books at once, which I understand
many people do.



#metoo. Oftentimes, I never finish books. I might just dip into a book here and there for years.

I'm very slowly making my way through Moby Dick again. Best novel I've ever read by a wide margin. After that, perhaps Remembrance of Things Past, which I've never read.

Non Fiction stuff I'm currently reading.

Something by Albert Ellis, a pioneer of cognitive-behavioral therapy. I can't remember the name of the book, but they are all called something to the effect of "Stop Doing Bad Things and Start Doing Good Things by Becoming Less Foolish." He is one of the most accessible writers I can think of. I think I'd pay ZenKing to read one of his books.

A collection of writings from the Pali Canon, ostensibly the original Buddhist Teachings.

Reflections on The French Revolution by Edmund Burke and a book I was pleased to discover recently, an edition of Confucious edited/translated by Ezra Pound. I clump these together because they are three of the great conservative thinkers and I think we are in a time where authentic conservative thought (has nothing to do with Reps and Dems) is needed. Everybody is a little bit too keen on sacrificing the good in pursuit of their poorly founded conception of the perfect.

A newer translation of The Tao. The translations vary a lot. Yoda stole his material from here.

A newer translation of The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. Incredible dude.

Montaigne's essays. He is credited as one of the inventors of the form. To a certain degree, it's like reading a 16th century Jerry Seinfeld, which is fascinating.
redietz
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August 3rd, 2019 at 10:34:26 AM permalink
Quote: lilredrooster

I read books -- but my main reading effort now is with newspapers



every morning I scour 7 or 8 different newspapers - and no, they are not all liberal newspapers - I read at least 30 different articles
it is quite amazing how much I have learned from them - all sorts of things I didn't know about

my favorite by far is the New York Times - I believe it is by far the worlds' greatest newspaper
yes, I know it has a liberal bias but so what - all newspapers have some bias
if you get past the politics it is amazing what they offer - they have correspondents all over the world
only maybe 10% of the stories are political with potential for bias

for example if the Washington Post has a story about Mynamar it will be about 5 shortish paragraphs
if the Times writes a story about Mynamar it will be 6 times as long

I took journalism courses in college and I remember one of the things they said is that newspapers can educate people
they have certainly educated me








my favorite books which I constantly re-read are:


Rabbit Run...................John Updike
Light in August..............................William Faulkner
Go Down Moses...................................................William Faulkner
Crime and Punishment............................................................Fyodor Dostoevsky
short stories by Anton Chekhov
1984......................................................................................................................George Orwell
The Stranger........................................................................................................................Albert Camus
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.............................................................................................................Carson McCullers
Collected Short Stories....................................................................................................................................................Carson McCullers
just about anything by Raymond Chandler




Back in the 70's, best-selling authors were surveyed regarding where they got their ideas from. The #1 answer was the NYTimes.
"You can't breathe dead hippo waking, sleeping, and eating, and at the same time keep your precarious grip on existence."
EvenBob
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August 3rd, 2019 at 10:47:04 AM permalink
Quote: lilredrooster



yes, he was a truly great detective story writer - definitely a cut above - he really captured the gritty side of L.A.
also like the writer Elmore Leonard quite a bit



Then do yourself a favor, if you haven't
already, and discover Max Allen Collins.
He's still around and his Nathan Heller
books are great. Been reading him for
20 years. He takes his detective and
drops him into the cases like the
Lindburgh baby kidnapping. Amelia
Earhart, Bugsy Segal and the Flamingo,
the Kennedy assassination, and many
others. There are 16 in all, plus at least
20 books with other detectives.

Start with True Detective, it's a killer.

"It's not enough to succeed, your friends must fail." Gore Vidal
lilredrooster
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August 3rd, 2019 at 10:54:02 AM permalink
okay, I'm going to try that - you should try "My Dark Places" - James Ellroy
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