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Skippped pages? SKIPPED PAGES?

The horror!


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I've almost finished Forest of Shadows by Hunter Shea - one of the creepiest (in a good way) novels I've read in some time.

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Skippped pages? SKIPPED PAGES?

The horror!


It had to be done. I'd already imagined the lifeboat - I didn't need to be told what was in it. Unless Martel was begin deliberately stylised and authorish. :?


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Skippped pages? SKIPPED PAGES?

The horror!


It had to be done. I'd already imagined the lifeboat - I didn't need to be told what was in it. Unless Martel was begin deliberately stylised and authorish.


I skipped too - at least I didn't fling the book across the room in frustration and anger as I did with Dean Koontz's Ticktock. that was the parting of the ways for me and Mr Koontz. Ah well, no more brave heroines escaping a life of abuse or intelligent Golden Retrievers for me...

I think Martel was being pretentious and wanky. I so wanted the tiger to eat that smug little bastard in the boat, that would have been a far more satisfying read.

Nearly finished Harbour - be like saying goodbye to an old friend...

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Koontz and I parted slightly after Ticktock - the title escapes me but I think it was a long one. It was definitely a very long book with, you guessed it, an intelligent dog and I think an abused or single mother. But for me it wasn't so much the Koonts tropes that got to me as the constant preaching, which I guess is just another Koontz trope after all.

Is it just me, or did each novel become more and more about God?

I didn't want Harbour to finish. Little Star, on the other hand, could have finished a bit sooner I think. (Perhaps a harsh judgement swayed by my love of Harbour to which it does not compare.)


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Finished a couple of crime books: "Hammett" by Joe Gores, in which the pulp writer takes centre stage solving the murder of one of his ex-Pinkerton colleagues, and "The Getaway" by Jim Thompson - a highly entertaining novel detailing the after effects of a crime with an unsual left-of-centre conceptual ending that could have forged an entire novel in its own right.

Picked up "Mystery in Spiderville" by John Hartley Williams, described as combining "madcap surrealism, film-noir and eroticism".

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Given a final wave goodbye to Harbour (which is a truly hilarious in-joke for anyone who's read it...) and am now working my way through Joe Hill's Twentieth Century Ghosts after being mightily impressed with Heart Shaped Box. Finished the first three stories and they've all been brilliant.

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A great collection - Pop Art and the title story both superb.


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Pop Art made me cry like a big girl. And Voluntary Committal is one of the best novellas I've read in a long time, just brilliant.

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Finished "Red Gloves" by Christopher Fowler. Also read the two latest Nightjar Press chapbooks, "Into the Penny Arcade" and "Marionettes", both by Claire Massey.

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Just started "Blood and Grit 21" by Simon Clark, a revisiting of his first story collection twenty one years after publication.

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Picked up Italo Calvino's "The Path To The Spiders' Nests". Gripping.

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Picked up Italo Calvino's "The Path To The Spiders' Nests".


His first novel I believe, and very different from all the rest.

I've finished the massive "Dead Red Heart: Australian Vampire Stories". Am continuing with Simon Clark's "Blood & Grit 21" and have just started "The Engines of Sacrifice", a collection of novellas by James W. Chambers.

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Finished the Calvino. It was his first novel, as you say Pete. Must admit it tailed off quite a bit in the second half but still worth reading.

Picked up Iain Banks' "The Business".

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Just finished reading Mark Hodder's 'Burton and Swinburne in the Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack' when I should have been writing my own stuff but had to get to the end. It's a steampunk alternative reality sort of story and I really enjoyed it. Moreover, I was surprised to find that there actually was such a character back in the 1800s and at one point was supposedly seen on Gower not far from where I live!

I'll have to buy the sequel now :)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Burton-Swinburn ... 1906727201

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