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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:58 pm 
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Just finished Robert McCammon's The Providence Rider which was an entertaining romp. Started on Dan Simmons' Black Hills. I really like Dan Simmons - Song of Kali, Carrion Comfort and Summer of Night are classics. He does like to let the reader know just how much research he's done though - something that made me give up on Drood- and he's doing the same here. I'll stick with it though as the subject matter is of real interest and I had the same feelings about The Terror though I stuck with that and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:45 pm 
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I'm on a crime fix at the moment. Just finished a Dennis Lehane (A Drink Before the War) and thoroughly enjoyed it, and now I'm on a new discovery (to me) James Lee Burke, having watched a film version of one of his books In The Electric Mist. The one I'm reading is Purple Cane Road So far it's very good indeed, just what I needed.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:54 pm 
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Ray wrote:
I'm on a crime fix at the moment. Just finished a Dennis Lehane (A Drink Before the War) and thoroughly enjoyed it, and now I'm on a new discovery (to me) James Lee Burke, having watched a film version of one of his books In The Electric Mist. The one I'm reading is Purple Cane Road So far it's very good indeed, just what I needed.


Haven't read the book but I thought the film of "In The Electric Mist" was painful. Not a bad idea, but the 'supernatural' element seemed clunky to me. I think I fell asleep for a bit too :)

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 9:11 pm 
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Just finished "Strange Epiphanies", a collection by Peter Bell.

I've only read one book by James Lee Burke, but I can't remember what it was called. In fact it was all pretty unmemorable. I struggle to recall anything beyond a vague feeling of 'ho hum' and wondering what all the fuss was about with this JLB guy.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:56 pm 
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Andrew Hook wrote:
Haven't read the book but I thought the film of "In The Electric Mist" was painful. Not a bad idea, but the 'supernatural' element seemed clunky to me. I think I fell asleep for a bit too :)


Yeah, I wasn't a fan of that bit myself, and watching the extras after it seems they took a tiny scene from the original text (he was drugged) and ran (too far) with it, adding another couple of ghost scenes. Considering the style of the one I'm reading at the moment, it doesn't seen very Burke at all to use the supernatural. But then I thought the same about early Connolly and look what he went and did.

Not sure how t oa do a double quote thing but it is a little ho hum, Pete. I much prefer Lehane. Not so bad I won't finish it, but I'm already taking breaks to read the new Black Static and Interzone.

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Did some checking and the one I read was "A Morning for Flamingoes" - have to admit the guy comes up with some great titles.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:30 am 
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Just starting Exotic Gothic 4 edited by Daniel Olson.

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I'm not reading anything at all. Just saying. :D

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:33 pm 
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StevePalmer wrote:
I'm not reading anything at all. Just saying. :D


Exercising the right not to read anything, eh? Point made. Very good, Palmer!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:35 pm 
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Oh Captain, my Captain? Carpe diem, Alex.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:36 am 
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Finished Graham Joyce's "The Facts of Life" which I really enjoyed. A well-layered novel where the 'supernatural' is almost incidental to the plot, yet is completely absorbed by it.

Still reading PostScripts at home. Picked up Black Static to read at work, together with "Bear vs Shark" by Chris Bachelder.

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Reading a lot of comics from Top Shelf at the moment - generally excellent, and stupidly cheap on Comixology.

Yesterday I finished James Kochalka's American Elf 2009, a funny, sensitive and sweet collection of daily strips from that year, a diary in comics, that only cost a couple of quid. I also really enjoyed his daft, puerile Super F*ckers a week or two ago.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:37 pm 
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Just finished "Gathered Dust and others" by W. H. Pugmire.

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Yesterday finished "Tales of the Weak & The Wounded" by Gary McMahon. I was reading it on the bus, and this guy sat next to me and pulled out his own book, which turned out to be "The Cambridge Bible". We didn't have a stimulating conversation about the merits of the two authors.

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Today finished a short story collection by Luke Geddes, "I Am a Magical Teenage Princess". Not convinced that it's horror fiction, but in spite of that possible shortcoming the book rocked :)

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