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    I'm actually not sure which David Sedaris book I'm reading, whether it's Santaland Diaries or Holidays on Ice, but it's...interesting. It's been a good long while since I've seen someone use the word "ho" or "retarded" in the ways that he does.

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    I'm currently finishing up I Want My MTV.

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    I read Emily Giffin's new book, All We Ever Wanted. I didn't like it. I found it trashy. I would never tell her that on social media because she's a bit of a snowflake and she's too sensitive to criticism. In the past, her husband has been known to get involved when her books didn't go over well. She writes chick lit. I think at times she seems frustrated by the fact that her audience is 99% female.

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    Stephen King's the Gunslinger. I recently got the first 4 books in the series, it's my first time reading them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theburningreptile View Post
    Stephen King's the Gunslinger. I recently got the first 4 books in the series, it's my first time reading them.
    oh MAN.
    it's just utterly fucking incredible, the whole thing. it's unreal.

    i wish i could unread them so i could read them again.

    do you read a lot of SK?

    because it's good to have read 'Salem's Lot and Insomnia for sure as they are REALLY connected to it, and it also connects, to a lesser extent, with It, The Stand, Desperation, The Regulators, The Eyes of the Dragon, The Shining, etc.

    It kind of ties the whole Stephen King universe together in epic style
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    I loved the Dark Tower series. Except for Song of Susannah, I wanted to throw that thing on more than once occasion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nellyrific View Post
    I loved the Dark Tower series. Except for Song of Susannah, I wanted to throw that thing on more than once occasion.
    The first one was pretty damn good.
    2,3, and 4 were god like.
    5 and 6 were pretty good.
    7 was godlike.

    Is Song where it got a little too uhhh... Meta?

    Oh and did you read Wind Through the Keyhole aka 4.5 @Nellyrific ?

    I think that series was at its best when it tapped into bizarre, deep psychological shit like "Charlie the choo choo/charyou tree" and "blaine is a pain and that's the truth" and "this is nineteen. This is chassit. All of your friends are dead" and dear god I could go on forever.

    I'm glad I read the first few at 13/14; I just don't think you get that same sense of wonder as easily when you're grown.

    The wife and I aim to get matching "An-Tet" tattoos ( in high speech)

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    Quote Originally Posted by elevenism View Post
    The first one was pretty damn good.
    2,3, and 4 were god like.
    5 and 6 were pretty good.
    7 was godlike.

    Is Song where it got a little too uhhh... Meta?

    Oh and did you read Wind Through the Keyhole aka 4.5 @Nellyrific ?

    I think that series was at its best when it tapped into bizarre, deep psychological shit like "Charlie the choo choo/charyou tree" and "blaine is a pain and that's the truth" and "this is nineteen. This is chassit. All of your friends are dead" and dear god I could go on forever.

    I'm glad I read the first few at 13/14; I just don't think you get that same sense of wonder as easily when you're grown.

    The wife and I aim to get matching "An-Tet" tattoos ( in high speech)

    I think I walked around saying “cry your pardon” and “mayhap” for days after I finished each book.

    Definitely meta...but that wasn’t all. I don’t want to go into detail because spoilers but there’s not much about that book I liked.

    I absolutely know what you’re talking about with the bizarre shit. I loved Blaine - The Waste Lands was my favorite in the series.

    I definitely read 4.5 and loved it. I wouldn’t be opposed to more of these flashback stories.

    You should definitely get that tattoo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by elevenism View Post
    oh MAN.
    it's just utterly fucking incredible, the whole thing. it's unreal.

    i wish i could unread them so i could read them again.

    do you read a lot of SK?

    because it's good to have read 'Salem's Lot and Insomnia for sure as they are REALLY connected to it, and it also connects, to a lesser extent, with It, The Stand, Desperation, The Regulators, The Eyes of the Dragon, The Shining, etc.

    It kind of ties the whole Stephen King universe together in epic style
    Yeah I'm really loving it so far. I'm new to Stephen King but have always known about him. I had gotten two of his books before these 4 and they were Just After Sunset and Four After Midnight.

    They are great too. I'm wanting to collect all of the Stephen King stuff i come across. I just picked up a Stephen King DVD boxset this past weekend. Also Storm of The Century has to be me my favorite work related to Stephen King.


    I want to read those too though. What's your favorite book of his?

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    Quote Originally Posted by theburningreptile View Post
    Yeah I'm really loving it so far. I'm new to Stephen King but have always known about him. I had gotten two of his books before these 4 and they were Just After Sunset and Four After Midnight.

    They are great too. I'm wanting to collect all of the Stephen King stuff i come across. I just picked up a Stephen King DVD boxset this past weekend. Also Storm of The Century has to be me my favorite work related to Stephen King.


    I want to read those too though. What's your favorite book of his?
    You should go to used book stores or library book sales because there’s ALWAYS Stephen King books available. I don’t know where you’re located but if you have a Goodwill Bookstore you should check them out too. (Unless you prefer brand new books in which case ignore my post )

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    Quote Originally Posted by theburningreptile View Post


    I want to read those too though. What's your favorite book of his?
    I've read EVERY Stephen King book and DAMN, that's a hard question to answer.

    His books make me happier than just about anything and you can't go wrong with ANY of them really. (TDT 3: The Wastelands and TDT 4 are two of my very favorites, but you've already got those.)

    So okay. if i had to pick one, with a gun to my head like, that isn't an episodic TDT installment?
    I would go with the uncut version of The Stand.
    Under the Dome is incredible too and, in a way, similar to The Stand. It explores some of the same themes but on a micro rather than macrocosmic scale and has cultural references that are a little more recent.
    Edit: These both fall into both the horror thriller AND post apocalyptic categories you asked about before

    I would also HIGHLY recommend The Talisman, The Shining, Needful Things, It, The Dark Half, 11/22/63, Joyland, Revival-the list goes on and on.

    Four Past Midnight was an incredible Novella collection. There's another one called Different Seasons that has Shawshank Redemption, The Body (aka Stand By Me,) and Apt Pupil.
    And another great short story collection is Nightmares and Dreamscapes.

    I am SO excited for you!!!

    I love his work for a lot of reasons, but the main thing is his "voice." i feel like i'm having a conversation with him when i read his work. I feel like he's telling the story directly TO ME.

    Stephen King's work has made me happier than pretty much anything else in this life, happier than any music or movies or tv show.
    If you enjoy it even 25% as much as i do, you are in for a real treat!!

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    I'm currently reading Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk. Kind of hard to get into so far.

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    I just finished that book. I agree that it was hard to get into, though I found several different reasons for that. First you have the story being told in several different perspectives and they don't seem to be in any kind of order time-wise. Second you have a very tough story to sell due to how violent it is. Thirdly, there's a part where a character in the book critiques Fight Club. That part was (and it's appropriate since we're talking about King on this page as well) too meta for me. Thankfully it's over quickly.

    I gave the book 3 stars on goodreads because I didn't like how the story basically just wandered for the back third. It's well-written, and I can certainly see what he was going for, but I don't think he stuck the landing. (Also oddly appropriate because of the King talk.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by allegate View Post
    I just finished that book. I agree that it was hard to get into, though I found several different reasons for that. First you have the story being told in several different perspectives and they don't seem to be in any kind of order time-wise. Second you have a very tough story to sell due to how violent it is. Thirdly, there's a part where a character in the book critiques Fight Club. That part was (and it's appropriate since we're talking about King on this page as well) too meta for me. Thankfully it's over quickly.

    I gave the book 3 stars on goodreads because I didn't like how the story basically just wandered for the back third. It's well-written, and I can certainly see what he was going for, but I don't think he stuck the landing. (Also oddly appropriate because of the King talk.)
    Okay, well glad I'm not the only one! I found myself having to re-read sections because of the different perspectives. I haven't gotten as far as the Fight Club critique, but I'm interested to see how that plays out. Sadly, it seems like some of his later books just aren't hitting that sweet spot. Make Something Up was good, but I hated Beautiful You. I really enjoyed Doomed but I can barely remember Damned. So, we'll see how this book plays out.

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    Talking about Stephen King made me remember that he had a new book I'd been waiting for and forgotten about.

    I'm about to put it on my paperwhite. I'm thrilled and I know what I'm going to be doing with all of my free time today and tomorrow.

    It's called The Outsider I think. Have any of you guys read it yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaydraven View Post
    Okay, well glad I'm not the only one! I found myself having to re-read sections because of the different perspectives. I haven't gotten as far as the Fight Club critique, but I'm interested to see how that plays out. Sadly, it seems like some of his later books just aren't hitting that sweet spot. Make Something Up was good, but I hated Beautiful You. I really enjoyed Doomed but I can barely remember Damned. So, we'll see how this book plays out.
    Wow, I had the opposite reaction to Doomed/Damned: I liked Damned but didn't care for Doomed at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allegate View Post
    Wow, I had the opposite reaction to Doomed/Damned: I liked Damned but didn't care for Doomed at all.
    Interesting! It's been a while since I've read those so I won't be surprised if my mind changes when I revisit them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaydraven View Post
    Interesting! It's been a while since I've read those so I won't be surprised if my mind changes when I revisit them.
    I just wasn't a fan of the way the book was written like livejournal entries. I get what he was trying to do, it just didn't click for me.

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