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Link to this post 27 Jun 14

Oh, man, I am so fucking guilty of this. My characters are getting drunk all the time:

Dischism
The unwitting intrusion of the author’s physical surroundings, or the author’s own mental state, into the text of the story. Authors who smoke or drink while writing often drown or choke their characters with an endless supply of booze and cigs. In subtler forms of the Dischism, the characters complain of their confusion and indecision — when this is actually the author’s condition at the moment of writing, not theirs within the story. “Dischism” is named after the critic who diagnosed this syndrome. (Attr. Thomas M. Disch)
From Turkey City.

Link to this post 27 Jun 14

This discussion seems to have died. But I'll poke it by saying that I'm a little over halfway through NOS4A2 ( which means Nosferatu, to those who are bad at reading vanity plates). Good book. It just mentioned TreeHouse of the Mind and Derry, among other imaginary places.

I just began reading the introduction where the nurse had to deal with the comatose creature. Haven't gotten much further. I'm looking forwards to your thoughts without any spoilers of course. I think I will take my time with this one.

Link to this post 30 Jun 14

I finished reading NOS4A2 yesterday morning, and bought Heart-shaped Box last night. NOS4A2, again, ended with a bittersweet ending.

At least he referred to the 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith as a 'classic' rather than an antique. To me, 1938 is getting kind of modern.

Link to this post 30 Jun 14

I'm looking forwards to your thoughts without any spoilers of course. I think I will take my time with this one.

In terms of my thoughts without tooo many spoilers, Joe Hill has borrowed his dad's concept of the 'inscape' -- the parallel universe of the mind that co-exists with our own and certain gifted (or cursed) individuals can cross over into. King did it with The Territories in his Gunslinger/Dark Tower series, and Joe Hill seems to have his own which includes the Treehouse of the Mind and Christmasland.

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Heart Shaped Box is getting really good. The plotting and the nuances of character are getting complex, which is what I look for in a novel. They all have a past which impinges on the current situation.

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I finished reading NOS4A2 yesterday morning, and bought Heart-shaped Box last night. NOS4A2, again, ended with a bittersweet ending.

Just thought I'd let you know I still haven't read past the intro, but I have a feeling when I really start getting into it I'll have trouble putting it down.

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I guess you had a very merry Fourth of July. That reads like Afrikaans typed on a cell phone under the influence of two bottles of Jack Daniels. LOL

The gist seems to be, where can you purchase the third part of Zombie Trailer Park?. The book is called What the Keck, Zombies of the Caribbean, and I bought mine in epub on Barnes & Noble for about nine dollars. But he should have it on Amazon too. Hang on and I'll search you a link.

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Yep you got it. That's what I was looking for. Thanks. The Dead, White, and Blue Weekend marathon has inspired me. :)

Hmmmm $5 huh? Shit. I need to save, and to start working on a financial plan for that. Lets see if I make my mom send me to the 99 cent store to buy something that's tax free, and I pay with a dollar, that leaves me a penny and I would only have to go 500 times. Wait, wait, how old does the tooth fairy come to? Cause she brings a dollar so if I pulled out a couple of teeth, I could get it faster....

Just kidding! Im not from Saginaw - Ill order it right now LOL

Link to this post 07 Jul 14

I just ordered "Winter's Tale" by Mark Helprin for my Kindle. It's 700 pages in Hardcover, but for some unknown reason I seem to read e-books at a faster rate. Thus one is a "Calgon take me away" romance/fantasy.

Link to this post 09 Jul 14

I'm still at the very beginning of N0S4A2 (can't seem to be getting any reading done these days). Just finished with the car ride Charles and Bing took on their way to Christmasland. Very vivid imagery; my mind keeps going back to it. The stop at the ice cemetery is still haunting me. Why is he keeping these children there and in that state if he loves them so much. I guess time will tell.

Link to this post 03 Aug 14

A couple of days ago, I finished The Son by Philipp Meyer. I do not want to give any spoilers, but here is the synopsis.

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the McCulloughs, an ambitious family as and dangerous as the land they claim.

The novel is a thumbs-up from me.

Link to this post 04 Aug 14

I got bogged down in Sons of Wichita -- non-fiction about the Koch brothers -- and I'm almost to the end. I could relly do for something entertaining at this point.

Link to this post 04 Aug 14

You might want to jump on the Ben Rehder books - the John Marlin series. The characters are hilarious and the books are quick reads and entertaining.

Link to this post 05 Aug 14

I probably should. I used to roll my eyes at Terry Pratchett when people pushed me to read them, but once I'd read my first, I was hooked. Pratchett is funny all the time, but he also reaches heights of heroic drama in a few of them. Of course it helped that a buddy sent me a ton of them free in ebook form.

I paid for Sons of Wichita, so I feel obliged to finish it. My lack of enthusiasm is telling me something, though.

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I got hooked on the Robert Crais series. My DPS buddy lent it to me while I'm currently biding my time. The books are simplistic, but fun. Especially for quick reads.

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"Under The Tuscan Sun", a wonderful book. I remember the description of HER HOME, like it was yesterday.... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=G7t_gCfTPlM

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The Tuscany house....https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vdJGMZDY0-8

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In order to bring the BOOK DISCUSSION thread back on topic, I have quite a bit of time in a hospital to read. I read Hipolito Acosta's "The Shadow Catcher." Thumbs up from me.

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