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^^^
If you liked the film you'll dig it. smile

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Was on a bit of a Stephen King kick... read Carrie, Duma Key, and just started It a little bit ago. I love his work!

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Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

Only a dozen pages into the actual novel, but the introduction itself, written by Karl Shapiro, is in itself both inspiring and intriguing. Miller is such a natural romantic American writer. Completely shameless, which I love.

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X TYRANT X wrote:

Was on a bit of a Stephen King kick... read Carrie, Duma Key, and just started It a little bit ago. I love his work!

Nothing wrong with that. I just took a break from King.

Just picked up Harlan Ellison's Web of the City. Seems cool so far, quite gritty.

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^^ I'm taking a break from King as well at the moment, but I always find myself going back to him every three or four months. He's my go-to guy whenever I'm not sure where to move, and I'm never too disappointed.

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The Creature wrote:

^^ I'm taking a break from King as well at the moment, but I always find myself going back to him every three or four months. He's my go-to guy whenever I'm not sure where to move, and I'm never too disappointed.

Same here, though I was disappointed with Doctor Sleep, I may one day return and finish it.


Web of the City - Harlan Ellison

This is Ellison's first novel, and the first story of his I have read. It seems that he's more famous for his sci-fi, horror, and weird fiction than the crime works that he started with. Nonetheless this was a great introduction to his works.

The story is about a 17 year old boy who has recently quit his life as leader of a youth gang called the Cougars, and the problems he faces trying to distance himself from his past life. However clashes with former gang mates, rival gang members, teachers and a curve ball out of left field threaten to drag him back into his old ways.

Web of the City (formerly Rumble) is an emotional and gut-wrenching thrill ride. One moment may have your stomach turning with explicit violence while the next you will have tears welling your eyes. Ellison excels at writing a believable protagonist, one who is moral and relatable, but also flawed. Someone who you can cheer for and fear for. The story is also a unique take on youth gangs of the 50's and 60's, and the burgeoning drug scene of the time, and Ellison's tone for the novel fits it perfectly.

I'll definitely be checking out more of Harlan Ellison's works, though I have to admit after reading this one, I am more interested in further crime fiction he has penned more than his more infamous weird works. Fortunately for me there is another couple short stories at the end of the Hard Case Crime edition of this book.

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the collected works of Abraham Lincoln   volume 1

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That's a hard one to read lemme tell you. Words jump in your face like crazy. lol

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Danger Girl And The Army Of Darkness

Pure kill.

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Raylan, by Elmore Leonard.  A compendium to the show Justified; it takes the story from season 2 and expands and elaborates on a number of incidents, characters and story threads.  Briskly paced and captures all the characters we love from the show expertly.  Which it should, considering Leonard created them all.

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Finished up Henry Miller's best novels today, "Tropic of Cancer". I really enjoyed myself reading this book, and felt quite inspired by the many brutally honest and dazzling insights which Miller provided. I think my favorite bits are the pages which break from the semi-autobiographical storytelling, and which instead delve into long, surrealistic diatribes against the senseless frenzy of the common cultures of America and Europe. His philosophical, existentialist rants build with great flow of consciousness that tickles the mind like any good poetry, and with a stunning use of vocabulary, too. I thought Hunter S. Thompson was king of semi-autobiographical, diabolical and shameless literature...but Miller takes the cake of this form, I think.

It's also interesting to note that Tropic of Cancer, along with a few other Miller books, was banned in all English speaking countries upon initial publication in the early/mid 1930's until the early 60's, when the Supreme Court deemed it as worthy literature, and not merely obscene, pornographic garbage (of which it certainly isn't).

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LoudLon wrote:

Raylan, by Elmore Leonard.  A compendium to the show Justified; it takes the story from season 2 and expands and elaborates on a number of incidents, characters and story threads.  Briskly paced and captures all the characters we love from the show expertly.  Which it should, considering Leonard created them all.

Been meaning to read some of his works. So did he create the characters for the show, or was the show based on his previous works?

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The Creature wrote:

Finished up Henry Miller's best novels today, "Tropic of Cancer". I really enjoyed myself reading this book, and felt quite inspired by the many brutally honest and dazzling insights which Miller provided. I think my favorite bits are the pages which break from the semi-autobiographical storytelling, and which instead delve into long, surrealistic diatribes against the senseless frenzy of the common cultures of America and Europe. His philosophical, existentialist rants build with great flow of consciousness that tickles the mind like any good poetry, and with a stunning use of vocabulary, too. I thought Hunter S. Thompson was king of semi-autobiographical, diabolical and shameless literature...but Miller takes the cake of this form, I think.

It's also interesting to note that Tropic of Cancer, along with a few other Miller books, was banned in all English speaking countries upon initial publication in the early/mid 1930's until the early 60's, when the Supreme Court deemed it as worthy literature, and not merely obscene, pornographic garbage (of which it certainly isn't).

I personally enjoy The Roxy Crucifixion way much more...

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Theli wrote:

Been meaning to read some of his works. So did he create the characters for the show, or was the show based on his previous works?

It was based on previous Leonard stories, most notably a short story called "Fire in the Hole."  But the show does its own thing with the characters, and Leonard himself was hugely impressed with it.  He actually thought the show did more justice to Raylan and the other characters than he himself did, which is why he wrote the novel "Raylan" as a continuation of the TV version as opposed to a continuation of his own previous Raylan stories.

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kXnPunk wrote:
The Creature wrote:

Finished up Henry Miller's best novels today, "Tropic of Cancer". I really enjoyed myself reading this book, and felt quite inspired by the many brutally honest and dazzling insights which Miller provided. I think my favorite bits are the pages which break from the semi-autobiographical storytelling, and which instead delve into long, surrealistic diatribes against the senseless frenzy of the common cultures of America and Europe. His philosophical, existentialist rants build with great flow of consciousness that tickles the mind like any good poetry, and with a stunning use of vocabulary, too. I thought Hunter S. Thompson was king of semi-autobiographical, diabolical and shameless literature...but Miller takes the cake of this form, I think.

It's also interesting to note that Tropic of Cancer, along with a few other Miller books, was banned in all English speaking countries upon initial publication in the early/mid 1930's until the early 60's, when the Supreme Court deemed it as worthy literature, and not merely obscene, pornographic garbage (of which it certainly isn't).

I personally enjoy The Roxy Crucifixion way much more...

I would definitely like to check out The Rosy Crucifixion, along with Black Spring, Tropic of Capricorn, Plexus, and Sexus. I've heard that these are all very good Miller reads.

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Oh damn yes they are.

Just got ahold of this and I like it a lot.

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^I read Phantastes: A Faerie Romance a couple years ago, fantastic novel, whimsical and imaginative. MacDonald was a very interesting writer.

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Yeah the first few pages wear a very interesting style I think. That's gonna be a fun one, of course it's about my favorite Demon's girlfriend so there, cannot be bad at all. lol

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LoudLon wrote:
Theli wrote:

Been meaning to read some of his works. So did he create the characters for the show, or was the show based on his previous works?

It was based on previous Leonard stories, most notably a short story called "Fire in the Hole."  But the show does its own thing with the characters, and Leonard himself was hugely impressed with it.  He actually thought the show did more justice to Raylan and the other characters than he himself did, which is why he wrote the novel "Raylan" as a continuation of the TV version as opposed to a continuation of his own previous Raylan stories.

Gotcha! Cool.

Well I finished of King's The Gunslinger (revised edition) a couple days ago. What a fantastic read. I love the unusual structure and themes of the story. Very different from King's other works that I've read. Despite being a more fantastic setting than his other works, I actually found it more personal too. It very much reminded me of Michael Moorcock's work, The Dark Tower itself representing Tanelorn (the city that exists in all time and planes of existence), Roland is not dissimilar from Elric or Corum, a character with royal blood being the last remaining survivor of his race. None of this is negative though, since Moorcock is one of my favourite author and coincidentally the art provided for all three works is done my Michael Whelan.

Also picked up Nightmares & Dreamscapes yesterday and read the first 3 stories. Great reads so far, especially loved Dolan's Cadillac.

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