Some Recent Stuff
Joe Hill - NOS4A2
Quick-paced epic about a woman's life-long conflict with a soul-destroying child kidnapper. Grotesque imagery abound, chilling villains, and even if it does somewhat run out of steam at the end, the journey itself is more than worth it.
Patrick Rothfuss - The Slow Regard of Silent Things
As much as I appreciate the author's attempt to do something that defies conventional description...man was this a fucking slog to get through. It has the strange effect of making my eyelids unbearably heavy each time I opened the book. Get back to 'The Doors of Stone', please.
Horns - didn't inspire me to read much more of his stuff.
Southern Reach trilogy, by Jeff VanderMeer, you should all go read it before Hollywood makes a shitty movie adaptation!
It's got some nice weird Lovecraft-ish stuff even, kind of.
Give the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson a try. The second book of the Kingkiller series was such rubbish I gave up on it. :(
I cannot get enough of, though to be fair, I thought Horns was the least of his works. If you have the chance to check out 'Heart-Shaped Box', give it a try. One of my favorite ghost stories ever written.
Lovecraft stuff! I'm sold
I am searching for new reading material right now (once I finish Stephen King's 'Revival'), so maybe the Stormlight Archive is for me.
I love 'The Wise Man's Fear' with an unhealthy intensity. I appreciate it's meandering sections, as it delves into the tedium and non-glorious parts that lie between the reality of legend. I was having this exact debate with someone on facebook just yesterday. Not to mention one of the 'villains' introduced in the latter part of the books is one of the coolest ideas for an antagonist I've seen.
It even inspired me to try to write my own version of Book Three. Only got 30k words into it before stopping, though...maybe I'll pick it up again someday.
Stephen King's 'Revival'
Just finished Stephen King's 'Revival'. Never has King's admiration for Lovecraft been on more obvious display; it almost feels like a love letter to H.P. Not that this is a negative; rather, it works wonderfully, a slow-burn that builds up to one the more chilling and unnerving climaxes in his bibliography.
Not to mention quotes of pure gold such as this one:
"There's no proof of these after-life destinations; no backbone of science; there is only the bald assurance, coupled with out powerful need to believe that it all makes sense. But as I stood in the back room of Peabody's and looked down at the mangled remains of my boy, who wanted to go to Disneyland much more than he wanted to go to heaven, I had a revelation. Religion is the theological equivalent of a quick-buck insurance scam, where you pay in your premium year after year, and then, when you need the benefits you paid so - pardon the pun - so religiously, you discover the company that took your money does not, in fact, exist."
Sounds Just As Turgid...
...as any other King novel I've had the misfortune to dip in briefly before realising that he is a terrible writer.
I Liked IT
and Pet Cemetery
I have a soft spot for King's good stuff, which is indeed good.
his book on writing - 'on writing' -is fucking awesome.
2nd "On Writing"
Very good book.
Reading N0S4R2 on your reccommendation, am "partway" through (spoiler: CM has now got W at B's place), and I am quite enjoying it. It's still slightly annoyingly americanish and modern-fairy-tale-ish in places, but the pace is good and some of it is pretty creepy, plus the underlying theme is intruiging. Keeps me reading for sure.
Glad To Hear The Recommendation Panned Out...
So many great setpieces in the book. If memory serves correct, you're almost at one of my favorite ones, which takes place at a gas station.
Should a book like the Necronomicon be considered on its own or as part of a larger conversation with the people it kills or drives insane?
For H.P. Lovecraft Lovers
Bump For Muk
maybe if this thread was more active, OTP wouldnt be behind on his book reading.
get to it guys!
We Have A Book Thread?
Narrow Road To The Deep North
...by Richard Flanagan was an amazing WW2 book based in part, on his father's stories of being a POW. You won't forget some of the passages. Best book I've read in a long time and it won the Mann Booker Prize two years ago.
I've read two others of Flanagan's: Gould's Book of Fish
which was quite surreal and The Sound of One Hand Clapping
which is a bit more feminine in appeal but still excellent.
I'm a fan of Hemingway, McCarthy and Flanagan is similar in many ways to those two. He plays with structure a lot so things are not linear at all in his books but bounce back and forth over many years.
High Fantasy Reccomendations
No wheel of time pls
Have You Ever Read The Series
The Black Company? (by Glen Cook)
I really liked that series because it set aside a lot of fantasy conventions, and it's easy to get into because the books are actually of a sane length (200-250 pages) with quick-moving plots.
Lord Dunsany's stuff is not really high fantasy and I'm sure you've read it, but damn, Dunsany is awesome, especially the early stuff like The Gods of Pegana and Time and the Gods. I would recommend to anyone to get the Penguin Classics version of Dunsany, it's got a good selection of works including the entire Gods of Pegana.
No problems here when it comes to insane page counts.
have read minimal Dunsany, will look for penguin.
thanks for suggestions!
The Lord Of The Rings
First time really reading Tolkien. Just phenomenal. I don't often re-read, but this is one I can see reading annually. Up next is the Silmarillion probably followed by the Children of Hurin.
Easily in my bottom 5% of "most likely to ever read again", if not lower. If I started fantasy reading now I doubt I would bother. Still, he sorta did okay for the genre I guess.
He Did Ok For The Genre?
He kind of founded the genre!
Yeah, people either really like or dislike his work, it seems. *shrugs*
He kind of founded the genre!
that's the joke (I think).