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Old 07-06-2010, 09:26 PM   #901
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It took me months, but I've finally given up on Pride Prejudice and Zombies. That victorian era language just absolutely kills me. I have the damndest time keeping track of who's who. The fun parts are really pretty fun. The attacks are pretty well written. And Lizzy's acerbic wit has more than one moment, but I'm about half way through it and I just need a break. That was like a three month stretch, of which I did get heavily distracted by a video game (Red Dead Redemption), among a few other things, but it did include a week off from work convelesing from knee surgery, and a jury duty stint. And I still just couldn't muscle through it.

So I picked up something I've had for a while that looked right up my alley. Sway. It's one of those parade of Malcolm Gladwell knockoffs that float around these days, but it sounded good, so I grabbed it. I ripped through a quarter of it last night, about 70 pages, and could easily finish it this weekend. Maybe this light psych study can loosen me up enough to get back to the serious business of victorian zombie novels. If you like Gladwell's stuff, which I do, and have read it all and are looking for something in the same vein, even seventy pages in I'd strongly recommend it. I also have The Drunkard's Walk, which is another of the Gladwell inspired books, but haven't started it. And Super Freakenomics, of which the first I loved.

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Old 07-07-2010, 09:49 PM   #902
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Screwtape Letters was brillaint. 10/10.

I feel like I need to expand on why the book was so great.

The amount of insight and wisdom packed into that short little book is incredible. There were times when I would put it down mid-letter and just say, "Holy shit." It really made me take a step back and re-evaluate the way I viewed certain things and the way I was living. It also has a ton of quotable moments.

Here is one of my favorite where he talks about how people get upset about when they are forced to spend time they weren't planning on doing or "wasting" time doing something for another. Basically considering time "ours" and that it is being taken from us:

"Man can neither make, nor retain, one moment of time; it all comes to him by pure gift; he might as well regard the sun and the moon as his chattels."

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Old 07-07-2010, 09:57 PM   #903
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I think I'm going to read this next:

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Old 07-07-2010, 10:14 PM   #904
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Dean Koontz's Odd thomas is a really good read, highly recommend it

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Old 07-07-2010, 10:32 PM   #905
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I too, love Odd Thomas. The first 3 novels I really enjoyed, but the fourth one (Odd Hours) was a horridly sad dissapointment. It really held no story nor ending, and I hope the next installment makes some sense of that book.

Dean Koontz has really dissapointed me in his latest works.. and Im hesitant to explore any of his new stuff. The last Frankenstein book was a dissapointment.
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:38 PM   #906
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I too, love Odd Thomas. The first 3 novels I really enjoyed, but the fourth one (Odd Hours) was a horridly sad dissapointment. It really held no story nor ending, and I hope the next installment makes some sense of that book.

Dean Koontz has really dissapointed me in his latest works.. and Im hesitant to explore any of his new stuff. The last Frankenstein book was a dissapointment.

I feel the same about Stephen King, they both hit a point where their writing is still top notch but their story telling has fallen apart. their lastest books have been below average. But because of their name is practically a brand now, they sells are pretty high, its like they don't even try anymore.
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Old 07-10-2010, 11:10 PM   #907
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I feel the same about Stephen King, they both hit a point where their writing is still top notch but their story telling has fallen apart. their lastest books have been below average. But because of their name is practically a brand now, they sells are pretty high, its like they don't even try anymore.


I think Dean Koontz is trying to milk his 'brand name' for all its worth. He will create a book out of any flimsy idea. His novels, lately, are complete rush jobs. He has a novel out like everything 3 months.

If he really cares about not burning his name out, he should stop and meditate on good concepts and limit himself to a couple novels a year. If he continues with his current M.O. a lot of people will end up abandoning him as I am flirting with doing. Koontz really does seem to just be duplicating his previous work and rehashing the same ideas.

King is somewhat the same way.. but I cant really speak ill of him because I have enjoyed many of his 'modern' novels. I loved his Dark Tower series.. so I give him more room for error.
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Old 07-10-2010, 11:25 PM   #908
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I just started this one, 50 pages in, I was suppose to read it a long time ago but was flopping hard. Finally decided to give it a chance and its looking good so far

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Old 07-10-2010, 11:34 PM   #909
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I just started this one, 50 pages in, I was suppose to read it a long time ago but was flopping hard. Finally decided to give it a chance and its looking good so far


I would suggest you stop. Michael Crichton is an alarmist hack. The success of writers like him and the chick who wrote Twilight makes me fear for the future of the publishing industry.
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Old 07-10-2010, 11:38 PM   #910
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I would suggest you stop. Michael Crichton is an alarmist hack. The success of writers like him and the chick who wrote Twilight makes me fear for the future of the publishing industry.

He surely wasn't the best at what he did, but to compare Crichton with that twilight ***** is just insane and a really big stretch, she should seriously rot in hell. I'm going to still give the book a chance and see where it goes but when i start feeling I'm only reading the book for the sake of finishing it, I will stop.

thanks for the heads up tho
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Old 07-10-2010, 11:39 PM   #911
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I would suggest you stop. Michael Crichton is an alarmist hack. The success of writers like him and the chick who wrote Twilight makes me fear for the future of the publishing industry.

MC may not be a laureate.. But no way should he be compared to Stephenie Meyer.

Sure MC has delivered a good amount of duds but novels like Sphere, Jurassic Park, Disclosure, and The Rising Sun should gain him some measure of respect.
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Old 07-10-2010, 11:55 PM   #912
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MC may not be a laureate.. But no way should he be compared to Stephenie Meyer.

Sure MC has delivered a good amount of duds but novels like Sphere, Jurassic Park, Disclosure, and The Rising Sun should gain him some measure of respect.

I was partly exaggerating for effect. The point I was trying to bring up was "book phenomenals" like Twilight and Harry Potter have in large part changed the way publishing firms approach authors and books in an industry that has seen gradually decreasing profit margins.

But yes MC is infinitely better than Stephanie Meyer. Meyers writes like she's mentally handicapped.
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Old 07-11-2010, 12:06 AM   #913
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I like MC. I really liked Timeline. What the Hell was wrong with that book lol?

He definitely has some shit books, Next was awful, but I like quite a few of his books.

Edit- yeah, Twilight was seriously written horribly. Her writing was extremely redundant. It's a ****ing fantasy book, therefore lending itself to infinite possibility in how creative she can be with it. The story itself has potential at the roots, but she follows every single cliche in the book and makes a massive failure. She literally showed zero creativity, aside from making vampires sparkle like ****ing diamonds in the sun. Those books are literally mindless. Characters are boring for the most part.

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Old 07-11-2010, 12:11 AM   #914
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He definitely has some shit books, Next was awful, but I like quite a few of his books.

I felt that the concept behind Next was decent but his execution of the idea was horrid. The writing was worse than pedestrian. Its too bad that he never refined his writing because it would have been great to see along with his good story lines.
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