What Book Did You Last Read?

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Re: What Book Did You Last Read?

Post by Sea Hag » Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:37 pm

Freddy_Lives wrote:
Thu Aug 24, 2017 5:56 pm
Read Pet Semetary it's hauntingly sad and one of the best spiral into madness stories. Not to mention it has a lot of good Maine speak.
I fully intend to. One other thing I appreciate about that adaptation is that it's one of very few that were filmed in the state of Maine.

The Mist is one of the few where I do actually prefer the movie to the book. Marcia stole the show she played such a fucking religious nut so well.
The novella is great but she definitely elevated the part. The ending rules too.

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Re: What Book Did You Last Read?

Post by nancylives! » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:56 am

ronald malfi, maryland's favorite horror writer, does it again with his most recent novel, bone white. paul's twin brother danny has been missing for over a year, and the last evidence he has of his existence is a picture of danny from the ominously named town of dread's hand, alaska. after alaskan law enforcement uncovers a mass grave, the work of a serial killer, paul heads to the hand to see if any of this connects with his brother's disappearance. needless to say, paul finds much more than he bargained for.

as is always the case, malfi creates vivid, believable characters, characters who behave as one might imagine people in such situations would. paul is awesome, tortured, obsessed, dedicated, and, above all else desperate to find his brother, or at least get closure. malfi fills paul's experiences with able, interesting supporters, all of whom serve to color in both paul, but also the town of dread's hand.

i love that malfi, who still manages to tie the story to maryland (in one flashback, the twin brothers swim in maryland's magothy river, a river i have been in in the past month!), takes us to alaska. as he showed with the night parade, malfi is perfectly able to bring the dread and fear, but also the frigid and gray beauty, to the surface.

malfi is a superb writer, and bone white is beautifully told. i loved following beautifully realized characters through a landscape that i was fully able to see, and into horrors that seemed completely believable. can't wait until his next book!

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Re: What Book Did You Last Read?

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You Will Know Me - Megan Abbott. A thriller centering around a gymnast community of sorts, and the hidden secrets lurking below, kind of like Desperate Housewives. The writing is uneven at times, sometimes even with efforts to be mysterious turning out to be just confusing, but in the end a cut above the average thriller.
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Re: What Book Did You Last Read?

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Re: What Book Did You Last Read?

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The Thirst - Jo Nesbø. It was so great reading a new Harry Hole book. Although a little disappointing as this was a sequel of sorts to a previous book, and the big climactic ending dragged on and on, but otherwise it was a sensational read, just like the rest of the series. Can't wait to see the movie adaptation of "The Snowman" and the next book, as this one leaves no doubt there will be more.
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Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarity. The thriller upon which the recent HBO mini series was based. Very well written and engaging with hilarious humor interwoven through the twisty story. The series took a more serious approach and altered the ending to make it more dramatic, but the book was a very satisfying read just as it was written.
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Abandon - Blake Crouch. The book started off interestingly enough, a tale bouncing back and forth between modern day explorers searching for lost gold in an abandoned old western town and the story of what happened to the that town. Sadly, the story ran its course by about page 200 of over 500 and just became more ridiculous as the book went on, with characters who should be dead constantly showing back up alive, and then eventually dying...again.
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Re: What Book Did You Last Read?

Post by nancylives! » Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:10 pm

futuristic violence and fancy suits by david wong. totally wacky fun, as one might expect from wong, about a young woman living in a trailer park who learns she has inherited the entire fortune of her crooked, absentee father, who started a city that was basically an las vegas with fewer rules. and no police. fancy suits imagines a logical future, one that is dominated by social media, and the immediacy of news when anyone can broadcast it. like any good science fiction, it also reminds us that the advent of technology sometimes brings our most primitive tendencies to bear. great characters and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.

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1. eaten alive
2. ava's possessions
3. starry eyes
4. attack the block
5. xx
6. transfiguration
7. leviathan
8. phenomena

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Re: What Book Did You Last Read?

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Night in the Lonesome October - Richard Laymon. A book filled with pointless and terrible dialogue between generic characters with nothing scary or all that suspenseful happening in between.
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Re: What Book Did You Last Read?

Post by Mayday » Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:55 pm

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The Birds & Other Stories - Daphne du Maurier. In this collection of stories du Maurier proves to be a genuine, and possibly underrated, horror author. "Monte Verità" was a pure Lovecraftian tale while "The Apple Tree" seemed to me to have a Poe-ish influence. Definitely worth reading if you want classic horror.
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