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 Posted:   Jun 29, 2007 - 5:16 AM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

I may have to read Tevis' Man Who Fell to Earth. He wrote a marvelous short story called "Rent Control" about lovers who, when they touch, literally make time stand still.

I'm very curious to read MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH. I've been told it's better than MOCKINGBIRD. If I can find a copy of the short stories, I may give them a whirl too.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 29, 2007 - 8:57 AM   
 By:   Oblicno   (Member)

A Richard Matheson book of short stories.

 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2007 - 10:06 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)



Groovy. Just making sure yez weren't depriving yerself off extra goodness.


100 pages into Ellroy's L.A. Confidential. I've been supplementing that reading with some actual Hush-Hush magazines. I have the following issues:

http://www.modernatomic.com/hush-hush/index.php?action=viewCover&month=03&year=1956

http://www.modernatomic.com/hush-hush/index.php?action=viewCover&month=05&year=1959

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2007 - 10:25 AM   
 By:   Oblicno   (Member)

Heh - like the covers there!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2007 - 6:33 PM   
 By:   Thread Assasin   (Member)

"The Painted Veil" by W. Somerset Maugham.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2007 - 8:04 PM   
 By:   MICHAEL HOMA   (Member)

I PROMESSI SPOSI by Alessandro Manzoni

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2007 - 4:14 AM   
 By:   JSWalsh   (Member)

WRITE: 10 Days to Overcome Writer's Block. Period.
by Karen E. Peterson

Seems to be helping.

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2007 - 6:17 AM   
 By:   Misanthropic Tendencies   (Member)

From Sawdust to Stardust (biography of DeForest Kelley).

 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2007 - 6:53 PM   
 By:   CAT   (Member)

CELL by Stephen King

To be honest, I haven't read a King book in years. I've always felt his best work was in the 70's thru the early 80's. His writing was lean and mean and very scary. But after he wrote IT, I always felt his writing became bloated, redundant and a bit lazy. His best works were his non-fiction, like ON WRITING. And he also veered off his hardcore horror material. So when I got CELL, it seemed he went back to his roots of pure horror.

Overall, the book is a hit and miss. It starts off quickly but weak. He then hits a great stride for the middle act and he reminded me of his early, better years. Though the story is remmiscent of a Romero zombie flick, of which he makes references to, he adds his own touch and even throws in a VERY interesting twist to those who were "pulsed" while talking on their cellphones. But his climax and finale is very abrupt, weak and disappointing. He was seemingly on his way to a very distubing, "I am Legend" style of ending and then tosses it for a more "populist" style ending. There is a great build up and then it seems like he got cold feet and quickly made a ending that makes one go "WTF!?"

What could have been vintage King ended up being an interesting idea that ended up feeling half baked.

6 out of 10

Tom


Just finished this book last night. Now I know why I stayed away from King for so many years. That ending! ARGHHH!!! Shame too, cause it really grabbed me in the beginning.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2007 - 7:05 PM   
 By:   Shatnervana   (Member)

THE DA VINCI FRAUD, by Robert M. Price. It's a terrific book, but I'm assuming I'd enjoy it more if I'd actually bothered to read THE DA VINCI CODE. (I read ANGELS AND DEMONS, and my reaction to that book pretty much ensured I'd never bother with the sequel.)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 21, 2007 - 11:42 PM   
 By:   LRobHubbard   (Member)

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS 3/4th's into it... it's easily the grimmest of the volumes. Trying to get into Stephen King's LISEY'S STORY, but it's just not grabbing me. BLAZE (the Bachman 'trunk' novel) is a pretty good pulp read. Pick up Bruce Dern's memoir... it's a very good read.

 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2007 - 3:49 AM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

Finished A TIME TO LOVE AND A TIME TO DIE, which was beautifully written but utterly predictable (the title gives it away).

Currently working on TOM: THE UNKNOWN TENNESSEE WILLIAMS by Lyle Leverich, FRITZ LANG: THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Patrick McGilligan, and re-reading MY FATHER & MYSELF by J. R. Ackerley.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2007 - 11:33 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Currently reading a Norwegian translation of Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff and Mark Johnson (1980). Excerpt from a review:

"First of all, ``Metaphors We Live By'' is an accessible and thought-provoking source of examples demonstrating the range of metaphor in everyday language and thought. This is not a technical book; it is aimed at a general audience. There is very little terminology, nary a greek letter, and no lists of `starred' ungrammatical sentences. Instead, the arguments are stated simply, and are illustrated by examples which are usually phrases one has heard, or at least could imagine someone actually saying."

From http://norvig.com/mwlb.html

 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2007 - 12:24 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

"Atonement" by Ian McEwan.

I thoroughly enjoyed his other book "Saturday" and while I love his prose, it has taken me nearly 80 pages to finally get involved with "Atonement", which is supposedly his masterwork so far. There is also the film version to be released near Christmas, so I hope to finish it soon.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2007 - 8:01 AM   
 By:   Thread Assasin   (Member)

"The Wrong Kind of Blood" by Declan Hughes.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2007 - 9:22 AM   
 By:   Greg Bryant   (Member)

Finished Al Gore's Assault of Reason. Pretty good, but he was preaching to the choir with me. His solution to the problems he's stated is that people should get more involved in the deliberative process of government (duh!), and that one way to do that is through the Internet (double duh!). I thought his solutions were a bit pat, but given that I was the choir, it may seem obvious to me, but not necessarily to many others. So bottom line, I would recommend the book.

Currently started up again, after being set aside for Al Gore is Steven Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2007 - 7:37 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Robert Novak's "Prince Of Darkness" offers a fascinating study of a political reporter's nearly 50 years covering the major personalities of Washington, and is worth a look.

For a rich and satisfying piece of primary source history, "The Reagan Diaries", which in conjunction with his handwritten radio commentary scripts of the late 70s, and other materials released in the last few years, reveals how wrong every "instant history" assessment of him written by hostile writers in the late 80s were.

Baseball history books have been abounding with me of late, and a couple good ones are Tom Stanton's "Hank Aaron And The Home Run That Changed America" which is worth reading now that his well-deserved record is sadly about to fall to a man who doesn't deserve it. Also Jim Reisler's "A Great Day In Cooperstown" which is all about the founding of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939, and the first induction ceremonies that brought the greatest names in the game's history together.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2007 - 7:42 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

Robert Novak's "Prince Of Darkness" offers a fascinating study of a political reporter's nearly 50 years covering the major personalities of Washington, and is worth a look.

(An apt title for a Novak autobiography, I should think.)

I'm currently reading THE COMPANY by Robert Littell and am finding it completely fascinating. More when I finish (probably a couple of weeks from now!)

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2007 - 8:16 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)



(An apt title for a Novak autobiography, I should think.)


Novak actually bestowed the title on himself decades ago and has actually worn it as a badge of pride ever since.

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2007 - 9:19 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

Novak actually bestowed the title on himself decades ago and has actually worn it as a badge of pride ever since.

Perhaps "Benedict Arnold" would have been a better choice.

 
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