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Postby Silentom » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:49 am

This is really cool. "The Hobbit" Full Cast Radio from 1968.

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Postby eddysnake » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:59 am

This is really cool. "The Hobbit" Full Cast Radio from 1968.
that is terrific! Thanks!

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Postby eddysnake » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:03 am

Savages by Don Winslow was decent. The first 1/3 felt schizophrenic with his writing and tone and then it seems like he forgot he was writing like that and settled down. Pretty dark but quickly paced read. I don't think I'll read the prequel, but look forward to his other books.

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Postby Gaucho » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:16 am

It isn't one of his better books.

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Postby eddysnake » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:18 am

It isn't one of his better books.
the (maybe?) made up millennial dialogue and sex scenes made me cringe.

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Postby Gaucho » Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:08 pm

If you're into the likes of Don Winslow, Carl Hiaasen, and Elmore Leonard, you will probably also enjoy Lou Berney.

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Postby shafnutz05 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:11 pm

I tried really hard to like Shadowbahn by Steve Erickson. The writing style was completely fcking unreadable. I think I would have loved the premise of the book but the writing drove me bananas.

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Postby Gaucho » Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:23 pm

Tsk.

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Postby shafnutz05 » Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:24 pm

Tsk.
I didn't hate it, but the writing just made it a chore to get through. I liked the narrative but just not that writing style. I am going to try one of his other books because his stuff is definitely in my wheelhouse.

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Postby Gaucho » Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:53 pm

Tsk.
I didn't hate it, but the writing just made it a chore to get through. I liked the narrative but just not that writing style. I am going to try one of his other books because his stuff is definitely in my wheelhouse.
No, I get it. His style is somewhat ... ornery.

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Postby Gaucho » Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:54 pm

Probably not the word I was looking for, but whatever.

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Postby eddysnake » Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:23 am

I'm just about through his tours of the black clock book and it's equally terrific as everything else he wrote. Now through 5 or 6 of his books and I'm convinced they are all one big book. @Gaucho have you read this one yet?

@shafnutz05 I would suggest zeroeville to try out, it's probably his most coherent. I'd probably avoid our ecstatic days where I believe there is a 250 page run on sentence.

He has become my favorite author in a sense where his writing can haunt me emotionally for days. I love his style and each new book I pick up from him gets me excited knowing I'm going to sleep restlessly that night with his words going through my head.

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Postby shafnutz05 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:34 pm

Love this thread.

Went to library tonight, picked up Heart of Darkness, The Book of M, and Zeroville by Steve Erickson.

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Postby eddysnake » Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:37 pm

Love this thread.

Went to library tonight, picked up Heart of Darkness, The Book of M, and Zeroville by Steve Erickson.
Nice! I grabbed book of m on the Kindle when it was on sale, but haven't read yet. I very much enjoyed the other 2 from your pickup. I finally got The Gone World so look forward to reading that when the wife is done with it.

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Postby eddysnake » Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:39 pm

Regarding zeroeville, it was fun finding out who all the nameless hollywood characters are in the book.

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Postby Gaucho » Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:50 pm

I haven't read Tours of the Black Clock yet. I've read a lot of Lew Tolstoi, Joan Didion and David Foster Wallace lately. Plus Lou Berney, who, as I've mentioned before, is highly recommended if you're into Leonard and/or Hiaasen.

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Postby shafnutz05 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:55 pm

Thanks! I'm excited to get into these. I'm always in a better mood driving home from the library with some fresh books to dig into.

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Postby robbiestoupe » Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:30 am

Anybody read the Broken Earth series by N.K. Jemisin? The first book had a Dune kind of feel to it. It was a very slow burn with very little action, but the backstory and setting is well done. About to start the second, hoping that the pace picks up.

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Postby Troy Loney » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:06 am

Wife got free tickets for the Dave Eggers speaker series event.

I have read a couple of his books and enjoyed them. I liked Zeitoun the best.

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Postby eddysnake » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:07 am

Anybody read the Broken Earth series by N.K. Jemisin? The first book had a Dune kind of feel to it. It was a very slow burn with very little action, but the backstory and setting is well done. About to start the second, hoping that the pace picks up.
Have not read, but I have them saved in my queue for future reading. Look forward to seeing how you like the 2nd.

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Postby shafnutz05 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:10 am

Started The Book of M last night...we'll see how the book plays out but I absolutely love the premise so far. Definitely a new twist on the apocalypse scenario. Also getting a Stand feel with some of the foreshadowing going on.

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Postby robbiestoupe » Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:26 am

Anybody read the Broken Earth series by N.K. Jemisin? The first book had a Dune kind of feel to it. It was a very slow burn with very little action, but the backstory and setting is well done. About to start the second, hoping that the pace picks up.
Have not read, but I have them saved in my queue for future reading. Look forward to seeing how you like the 2nd.
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Postby dodint » Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:19 pm

shaf or tony, have you read The Outsider by King yet? https://www.amazon.com/Outsider-Novel-S ... 078M5G7XH/

It was the wrong book to buy during finals because I can't put it down, ended up putting in 3.5hrs on it last night because it wasn't letting me put it down to fall asleep.
Really hope he doesn't blow the end out of his ass like he did with Under the Dome or 11/22/63 and tack on an ending that doesn't work with the rest of the book.

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Postby obhave » Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:25 pm

Anybody read the Broken Earth series by N.K. Jemisin? The first book had a Dune kind of feel to it. It was a very slow burn with very little action, but the backstory and setting is well done. About to start the second, hoping that the pace picks up.
Have not read, but I have them saved in my queue for future reading. Look forward to seeing how you like the 2nd.
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The pace is essentially the same for all three books, in my opinion. The first one was my favorite, because the world and the way it's written is just phenominal. They still have fantastic writing for the 2nd/3rd, but I think they lack the special story telling from the three pov in book 1.

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Postby AuthorTony » Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:41 pm

shaf or tony, have you read The Outsider by King yet? https://www.amazon.com/Outsider-Novel-S ... 078M5G7XH/

It was the wrong book to buy during finals because I can't put it down, ended up putting in 3.5hrs on it last night because it wasn't letting me put it down to fall asleep.
Really hope he doesn't blow the end out of his ass like he did with Under the Dome or 11/22/63 and tack on an ending that doesn't work with the rest of the book.
I haven't yet but I'll be sure to check it out. King usually fumbles endings, that's my only problem with him. But the rest of the book usually (somewhat) makes up for it. BTW, I heard they're already making a limited TV series out of The Outsider, I think to air in 2019.

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