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#61 fart_bubble

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 07:53 PM

finished Zero Cool. Writing was great but the story wasn't all that hot. One of the weaker Hard Case releases.

started to re-read some stories in this
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if you have any interest in the hard boiled pulps, though this will throw you into the deep end, its a great starting point. Awesome collection and the best bang for the buck ($25 for over 1000 pages of short stories and a couple novels)
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#62 SneakyPenguin

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 08:47 PM

Just grabbed Solipsist, by Henry Rollins today, so everything else will be put on hold while I read this.

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 09:20 PM

Re-reading Ender's Game. Card wrote two more books recently fleshing out the story and my old man said they were worth checking out.


Hmmm, depends on which books your old man was referring to. Speaker of the Dead, Xenocide, & Children of the Mind deal directly w/ what happened to Ender but it's... philosophical in nature. It really doesn't capture the 'spirit' of Ender's Game. If you want more stuff similar to the military & political intrigue of Ender's Game, you should pick up the 'spiritual' sequels - Ender's Shadow, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant & the soon-to-be-released Shadows in Flight.
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#64 Mr Unoriginal

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 09:23 PM

Hmmm, depends on which books your old man was referring to. Speaker of the Dead, Xenocide, & Children of the Mind deal directly w/ what happened to Ender but it's... philosophical in nature. It really doesn't capture the 'spirit' of Ender's Game. If you want more stuff similar to the military & political intrigue of Ender's Game, you should pick up the 'spiritual' sequels - Ender's Shadow, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant & the soon-to-be-released Shadows in Flight.


I tried reading Speaker for the Dead after loving Ender's Game and I couldn't get through it. I'm talking about Ender's Shadow, Shadow Puppets, etc.

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 12:59 AM

Nightwatch by Sergei Lukyanenko
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#66 joe2187

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 01:03 AM

finished Zero Cool. Writing was great but the story wasn't all that hot. One of the weaker Hard Case releases.

started to re-read some stories in this
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if you have any interest in the hard boiled pulps, though this will throw you into the deep end, its a great starting point. Awesome collection and the best bang for the buck ($25 for over 1000 pages of short stories and a couple novels)


Goddamned I love me som pulp, What authors does it have?...I just bought some of Black Lizards Cornell Woolrich collection and cant wait till they arrive.

#67 trq

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 12:58 PM

Goddamned I love me som pulp, What authors does it have?...I just bought some of Black Lizards Cornell Woolrich collection and cant wait till they arrive.


Black Lizard is a great imprint. I actually just completed my collection of (non-BL) Woolrich.

#68 munch

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 01:02 PM

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Origins of the Urban Crisis by Thomas J Sugrue

Myths of Empire by Jack Snyder

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 01:15 PM

"Player Piano" but Kurt Vonnegut. I got it for my birthday.
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#70 fart_bubble

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 07:28 AM

Goddamned I love me som pulp, What authors does it have?...I just bought some of Black Lizards Cornell Woolrich collection and cant wait till they arrive.


sorry I didn't answer you sooner, first time being in the thread since I posted last.

Its got the standards: Hammett, Chandler, Woolrich, Erie Stanley Gardner
But a lot of names I haven't heard of before (though I honestly just got into the crime pulp so thats to be expected. I've always been more into the horror and sci-fi pulps) that blew me away: Fredrick Nebel, Norbert Davis, Raoul Gruber, D.B McCandless, Carlos Martinez, Stewert Sterling


got this yesterday in the mail from Hard Case:
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but I think I'm gonna finally dig into my copy of The Fever Kill by Pic
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can't wait for Max Allan Collins' The First Quarry to come out in October. And then there is of course Charles Ardai's Fifty-To-One which sounds really cool.

if you guys are into Crime Fiction, here is a really nice board that Tom Piccirilli runs and some great authors who stop by (like Max Allan Collins talking about Mickey Spillane)

http://messageboardo...ku.com/forums/1
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#71 Rodimus

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 07:36 AM

Finished reading Dark Tower: Gunslinger about a month ago. I was inspired by the comic book that got released a while ago.

I love the Western/Fantasy theme. Roland is a very interesting character. Gonna start reading "Drawing of the Three" in a few days.

#72 SneakyPenguin

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 07:50 AM

Since it seems that a lot of people here are reading it, how would I like the Dark Tower series if I despise Stephen King? I like some of the movies based on his non-horror work, but the rest of it sucks shit.

Also, Solipsist may be my new favorite book. So damn good. Reads like a book of Pig Destroyer lyrics.

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#73 Mr Unoriginal

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 10:01 AM

Since it seems that a lot of people here are reading it, how would I like the Dark Tower series if I despise Stephen King? I like some of the movies based on his non-horror work, but the rest of it sucks shit.

Also, Solipsist may be my new favorite book. So damn good. Reads like a book of Pig Destroyer lyrics.



I despise Stephen King and I liked the series quite a bit.

Its too bad you're still a prick with a stupid gimmick.


#74 jeepinillini

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 10:11 AM

Plowing through a few things right now...

For school: The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K Dick

For fun: The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, The Black Dahlia by James Elroy, and one of my all time favorites Heart of Darkness and Other Tales by Joseph Conrad.
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#75 Chris S

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 01:17 AM

Just picked up a couple of Ayn Rand novels (The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged) this week in an eBay auction for another book I wanted. I'm not too familiar with them but the description for Atlas Shrugged sounded good.

#76 joe2187

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 01:25 AM

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#77 MidnightRain

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 04:37 AM

Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
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Posted 22 March 2008 - 09:20 AM

about to read For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

I just finished reading that and loved it.

Just finished: The Adventures of Hukleberry Finn by Tom Sawyer and to the say the least, it's not very good.

About to read: This is not a book
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#79 Deefuzz

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 02:58 PM

Alot of you are reading some real good stuff!

Right now I am reading Bringing Down The House, the book the upcoming movie 21 is based off of.

#80 camoor

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 03:07 PM

finished Zero Cool. Writing was great but the story wasn't all that hot. One of the weaker Hard Case releases.

started to re-read some stories in this
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if you have any interest in the hard boiled pulps, though this will throw you into the deep end, its a great starting point. Awesome collection and the best bang for the buck ($25 for over 1000 pages of short stories and a couple novels)


That's cool, but wouldn't it be better to read the classic pulps first - you know, Dashiell Hammett, Lovecraft, etc. Amazon sells a fantastic collection of Lovecraft's work for $25
http://www.amazon.co...06198319&sr=8-1

#81 camoor

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 03:10 PM

Reading Barbarians at the Gate

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#82 Liquid 2

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 03:13 PM

Just picked up a couple of Ayn Rand novels (The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged) this week in an eBay auction for another book I wanted. I'm not too familiar with them but the description for Atlas Shrugged sounded good.

Atlas Shrugged is one of my favorite books. The last 50 pages were a bit off, but it's still fantastic.
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I just finished reading that and loved it.

Just finished: The Adventures of Hukleberry Finn by Tom Sawyer and to the say the least, it's not very good.

About to read: This is not a book
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Huck Finn had the worst ending of any book that I have ever read.

#83 fart_bubble

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 04:13 PM

That's cool, but wouldn't it be better to read the classic pulps first - you know, Dashiell Hammett, Lovecraft, etc. Amazon sells a fantastic collection of Lovecraft's work for $25
http://www.amazon.co...06198319&sr=8-1


The reason I said it would be a good starting point is because it runs the gamut on the genre conventions (be it guy in the wrong place, rough stories, dame driven, bad guy doing bad things) so its a bit easier actually get to know what you dig rather than one long book. Gives ya a bit of everything so you;re bound to come across something you like. Don't me wrong though, Chandler, Block and Hammett's best work is the long fiction but I honestly never been a fan of suggesting novels for any genre to start off with.

Lovecraft is a different breed than what I was talking about (which I am a huge fan of), I was talking about crime pulp and not the Weird Tales
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#84 BluesCluesMama

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 04:40 PM

I'm reading The Zombie Survivor Manual by Max Brooks. :D

#85 Maklershed

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 04:49 PM

^ I gotta get that. World War Z was great. It's silly fun but the guy really has put thought into just about every aspect of if a zombie outbreak was real.

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 05:10 PM

I'm currently writing my own, but its on hold until after I move. Too busy and a little stressed because my husband is a procrastinator when it comes to the finer points of moving. Like looking for a place before the deadline to leave this apartment.

#87 Maklershed

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 05:12 PM

You're writing a zombie survival guide or a zombie book?

#88 BluesCluesMama

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 05:13 PM

A zombie book. I'm basing it on my fears and the nightmares I constantly have. I may be an avid fan of the genre but ever since I became a mother I've had horrible nightmares nearly every night. lol So I decided to put them to good use.

#89 Maklershed

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 05:22 PM

Nice. I'm always up for more zombie books.

#90 SneakyPenguin

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 07:48 PM

Just finished: The Adventures of Hukleberry Finn by Tom Sawyer and to the say the least, it's not very good


Don't you mean Mark Twain, since Tom Sawyer is a fictional character?

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