March 31st, 2013, 12:37 PM #1351
I liked this book but still thought Heart Shaped Box was a little better. That's two down and two to go for Mr. Hill. I already have 20th Century ghosts which I am really looking forward to and his new one comes out April 30th.
I was referred to
by someone and am going to give it a shot. I have never heard of Owl Goingback but the person that told me about him spoke very highly of his books. Anyone here read him?
April 3rd, 2013, 11:22 AM #1352
Iain Banks diagnosed with gall bladder cancer | Books | The Guardian
Damn. I've only read The Wasp Factory, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. Sad news.
April 8th, 2013, 02:33 PM #1353
The book was OK. Not quite as good as I hoped it would be. I see that Mr. Goingback received the Bram Stoker award for his first novel, Crota. I might try that one but not now. Now I am in a quandary. I never considered myself a Stephen King fan, I read Pet Cemetery and tommyknockers when I was in High school and moved on to Dean koontz. After reading 77 Shadow Street by Koontz I feel that he has kind of faded out, IMHO. After reading 12/22/63 I'm thinking of getting one of his older ones, maybe IT. I still have the short story collection on my kindle by Joe Hill but might even look for a new author. Any horror fans here care to recommend a good author?
April 8th, 2013, 04:43 PM #1354
IMO, you cannot go wrong with King's short story collections. Fave book, The Stand...which has horror, but not strictly. IT is a fine place to start...just, enjoy the voyage, if not the ending.
Outside of that, Lansdale, Joe R.R. is a fine writer. If you can find them cheap Book of the Dead 1 & 2 are 2 of the finest Zombie anthologies ever. Which leads to Skipp/Spector, who wrote some TREMENDOUS books together, the Bridge/Animal/The Scream...Robert McCammon USED to write great stuff too. Richard Laymon, Dan Simmons, Jack Ketchum, F. Paul Wilson, all some good writers too. Best advice I can give, pick up anthologies, lots of em. You will be sure to find a writer you take a fancy to and then it's a matter of checking his/her past work out.
April 8th, 2013, 05:16 PM #1355
So I finished Dune Messiah and it was okay. Powerful ending that I felt they could have expanded a bit, it all happened quite fast... and what little "action" the book had mostly took place outside of the narration which was disappointing. But I liked the ending, it got me a bit angry and emotional but I don't mind that. It saved the book.
April 8th, 2013, 09:36 PM #1356
April 8th, 2013, 09:55 PM #1357
That cover is enough for me to go to Amazon Lags.
I want to add another name to my list in post #1354. Bentley Little. Churns out books like a madman, but they are all good. Used to go to The Iliad used bookstore in NoHo and gather up a bag of his stuff.
And I got past the first book in the Sandman Slim series, Book 2 (Kill The Dead) was yonks better. And #3 Aloha From Hell is even better. these come in nice paperback sized hardcovers which are a real treat. Not too heavy to hold, jayzus the last King book I read I didn't have the 'couldn't put it down' option. More like 'had to put it down'...I know...Kindle...yeah yeah. I am a physical copy guy, I still buy cds. But yeah Richard Kadrey has created a bunch of cool characters and mixed in sex, drugs, rock and roll and heavy theological fantasy. As a lapsed Catholic I am a fiend for fallen angels. If you like Dresden/the Nightside series, this is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
April 8th, 2013, 09:59 PM #1358
I enjoyed the first book. Might have to start this one soon, too.
Originally Posted by lagwagon0
April 8th, 2013, 10:07 PM #1359
April 9th, 2013, 11:47 PM #1360
My favorite older King books that don't directly involve Roland Deschain would be Salem's Lot and Needful Things. The Different Seasons book is three brilliant novellas that were all turned into movies (also, a quick short story), but is not really horror. You definitely can't go wrong with It, aside from the sex scene.
Originally Posted by kingkrazy