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post #5501 of 5519
Finished Nevill's "No one gets out alive". Reading his books is like reading a nightmare, they just get under your skin.

So, got House of Small Shadows out of the library which I think makes me up to date with his work.

Also got West of Sunset by Stuart O'Nan because it looked interesting and The Unnoticeables by Robert Brockway because I liked the cover.

Oh, and all the Planetary books too. Winter is a great time to catchup on reading smile.gif
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Just started reading China Mieville's The City & The City. Have never read one of his books before but I'm about a quarter the way through and it is fucking great. Cool sci-fi concept meets an old-school police procedural.

 

Before that, I read Michel Houellebecq's Platform, which appears to exist only to give the author reason to do a little Muslim-bashing. Not something I'd recommend.


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post #5503 of 5519
The City And The City is fucking phenomenal. I read it in one sitting.
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The Unnoticeables was OK.  Weirldy reminded me of Martin Millar's Milk Sulphate and Alby Starvation, in it's punk aesthetic.  Was a bit too on the nose in it's imagery though (literally people being ground into the wheels of hollywood).

 

West of Sunset was a well written read that was quite immersive in it's pre war Hollywood.  I never knew a) quite what an alcoholic Fitzgerald was or b) how his life kind of just fizzled out.

 

House of Small Shadows was really good, dark stuff.  Not quite as nightmare fuelish as No One Gets out Alive, but still creepy enough with some genuinely horrifying imagery.

post #5505 of 5519
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Read a terrific horror novel, Those Across the River by an fella named Christopher Buehlman.  Suffice it to say, he's now one of my go-to horror guys, right up there with Adam Nevill. 

Got that out of the library, alongside Warren Ellis Crooked Little Vein.

Plus the Darth Vader comics, and Sandman Wake, which means I will finally be finishing a series I began reading around 30 years ago.
post #5506 of 5519
I really hope you dig it, Andy!

The trailer for Mike Carey's wonderful The Girl With All the Gifts is out. I like the look of it, with the exception of Gemma Arterton in the lead role (I envisioned Naomie Harris, for my part). Race notwithstanding, Arterton (a good actress) looks far too well-fed and hearty years into a zombie apocalypse.
post #5507 of 5519
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH by Arturo Perez-Reverte.
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I continue to rampage through Robert Silverberg's late 60s-mid-70s run. This guy is a masterful scifi writer. Most of his stuff sounds like run of the mill "What if?" scifi scenarios of the time if you just read the back cover blurb. What sets him apart is how deep he goes into the psychology of the characters and puts you into their heads, without being showy about it.

 

It's refreshing to get into an author that's all about short, snappy standalone novels. He focuses on one story concept and the characters within it, no extraneous worldbuilding bloat. It's quite a contrast to all the multi-part epics out there.

 

The darkness and cynicism he touches upon with some of the novels reminds me of J.G. Ballard, except with some recognizable human emotions infused into the scenario. "The World Inside" in particular is very similar to the setup of Ballard's "High-Rise", but he takes it in a completely different direction.

 

My favorites so far are 1.The World Inside, 2.The Masks Of Time, 3.The Man In The Maze, 4.Downward to the Earth, and 5.The Book of Skulls.

post #5509 of 5519
WHAT WE BECOME by Arturo Perez-Reverte.

A handsomely-written romantic thriller about gentleman thieves, genius composers, chess prodigies, and spies. A perfect beach read.
post #5510 of 5519
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I really hope you dig it, Andy!

The trailer for Mike Carey's wonderful The Girl With All the Gifts is out. I like the look of it, with the exception of Gemma Arterton in the lead role (I envisioned Naomie Harris, for my part). Race notwithstanding, Arterton (a good actress) looks far too well-fed and hearty years into a zombie apocalypse.


I dug the book so looking forward to this one. Anyone read Carey's new book?

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I really hope you dig it, Andy!

I liked it so much I got 3 more of his books out of the library. Reminded me of Ghost Story until it didn't. I haven't read too much in this sub genre, but it was definately up there with the best I had read. Creepy, some real horror and even some good action.

Unrelated, but found this in the children's section when I was looking for my daughter.

Weird.

post #5512 of 5519
100 pages in and Buehlman's Between Two Fires is fantastic. Brilliant stuff.
post #5513 of 5519

That's really good to hear, Andy.  I love that story - I've read about that author since hopping on his bandwagon and he's not religious, but to write that story, during the Black Death with pious characters and heavenly NPCs, those are skills.

post #5514 of 5519
Disappearance at Devil's Rock, Paul Tremblay's follow up to A Head Full of Ghosts, is so far a very strong follow up. It lacks the audacity of that one, but it nails the different character voices it's portraying. I like Joe Hill, for the most part, but this guy is doing an even more impressive job of hitting the notes King does at his best, and these characters feel very modern in comparison. Disappearance is sort of a riff on Pet Semetary and Stand By Me, and it's handling the psychology very well.
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Disappearance at Devil's Rock, Paul Tremblay's follow up to A Head Full of Ghosts, is so far a very strong follow up. It lacks the audacity of that one, but it nails the different character voices it's portraying. I like Joe Hill, for the most part, but this guy is doing an even more impressive job of hitting the notes King does at his best, and these characters feel very modern in comparison. Disappearance is sort of a riff on Pet Semetary and Stand By Me, and it's handling the psychology very well.

 

I loved NOS4A2 (sp), Hill's short story collection, and Locke & Key. The Fireman is a slog for me right now. All the characterizations are so pat and folksy and it doesn't foreshadow so much as clobber. I'm hoping it can change my mind soon, because the fucker is like carrying around anvil in my bag and I don't want the unwanted exercise to be for naught.

post #5516 of 5519
Between Two Fires maintained its brilliance and stuck the landing. Loved it.

The Necromancer's House is stylistically very different but equally brilliant. Buehlman really is tremendous.

Also managed to fit in Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield's Freak Angels series which is a bloody marvel.

Good reading times at the mo.
post #5517 of 5519

Passage to Power by Robert Caro. Read the first volume of this Biography of Lyndon Johnson as an undergrad in the 1980's. This volume, published recently, takes Johnson from the 1960 election to the immediate aftermath of the Assassination of JFK. 

 

All four (and counting) books in the series are worth reading, but this one is like reading a Tom Clancy novel, except it's a well documented work of nonfiction. 

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The Necromancer's House is stylistically very different but equally brilliant. Buehlman really is tremendous.

 

 

 

Ah, I read that a while ago. Very fun and a unique take. 

post #5519 of 5519
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Between Two Fires maintained its brilliance and stuck the landing. Loved it.

The Necromancer's House is stylistically very different but equally brilliant. Buehlman really is tremendous.
 

 

Really happy you dug him, Andy.  Buehlman is one of those guys who is almost too good to break into the upper tier, but he deserves it.  I remember reading Those Across the River and for a good chunk of the book, I didn't know if it was going to actually be a 'horror' horror novel...but what a horror novel it turned out to be.  And the guy just gets better.  You would think Between Two Fires was written by a Christian author, but the guy's politics seem to be in line with Garth Ennis.  The coda to that novel still moves me.

 

The funny thing is, and I'm not at all sure that this is a good thing (but given his writing chops it might be) in his latest book there are hints that

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his books, or at least a few of them, might take place in the same literary world. We will see.
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