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    Just finished The Fireman by Joe Hill which I enjoyed overall but I could predict some of the ending way too early for my liking. I just started The Deep by Nick Cutter and it pulled me in immediately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ur2ndbiggestfan View Post
    Just finished CARI MORA by Thomas Harris today, which I started late yesterday. It seemed more like a very elaborate outline than a full novel, and I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it had been more fleshed out and twice as long. Too many characters and details thrown at me at once. I still liked it, but not near as much as I liked his other novels. I still have to read BLACK SUNDAY one day.
    Good observation. I liked its tautness, its fast pace, that it was pared down to the bone, but I agree that some important scenes could have been fleshed out a bit to delay the resolution.

    Your comments make me wonder whether Cari Mora started life as a screenplay; I think Harris has written those in the past? He did the one for Hannibal Rising, at least.

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    This book sounds fascinating but it's not available on Hoopla, so I'll need to pick up a copy soon it seems!


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    Just finished The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley. It's like Starship Troopers, The Forever War, and All You Need Is Kill all rolled into one book. Pretty cool.

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    I recently finished Centipede Press' Library of Weird Fiction volume of Arthur Machen (which I mentioned a bit here: http://www.thedarktower.org/palaver/...=1#post1167839, and CP's listing for which appears here: http://www.centipedepress.com/masters/machenlwf.html).

    After that, from Oxford University Press' Machen collection, The Great God Pan And Other Horror Stories, I read those entries not covered by the CP volume, the OUP product page for which is here: https://global.oup.com/academic/prod...lang=en&cc=us#.

    While Machen is weird fiction, and his name is often mentioned with Lovecraft's, they are pretty different; I'd say that anyone with an interest in old horror that thought Lovecraft was too much or too "out there" might enjoy Machen, whose writing is more restrained. Virtually everything here touches on the fairy world (and the various things that includes), but that doesn't mean each story involves a frolic through the tall grass; he mixes it in judiciously, in different ways for different stories.

    Machen's writing also reminded me of Arthur Conan Doyle's Gothic Tales collection (discussed here: http://www.thedarktower.org/palaver/...=1#post1126211), with some page-turner plotting, but the significant difference that Machen was much freer in letting the story off the leash (appropriate, given the subject matter).

    It's all pretty good, but my favorites were The Terror, The White People, and The Three Imposters. FYI, The Three Impostors has subsections that can stand alone, and Machen collections often use only a segment or two from this, so I encourage anyone looking into picking up some Machen to be sure to get a collection that has the entire work (both collections mentioned here have the entire thing, a credit to both editorial staffs).

    Machen wrote a series of "prose poems" (I think of them as story fragments) collectively referred to as Ornaments In Jade; the Centipede volume has them all, but the Oxford is missing a few, and other collections bypass it altogether. I suppose these could make for a frustrating reading experience, but if you know what you're in for going in, you might enjoy them as I did, and I'm glad I had them all.

    Some enjoyable quotes:

    “Mr. Dyson, walking leisurely along Oxford Street…enjoyed in all its rare flavours the sensation that he was really very hard at work.”

    “Your scruples entertain me…Perhaps you have not gone very deeply into these questions of ethics.”

    “‘You will, I am sure, excuse preliminaries,’ he began; ‘what I have to tell is best told quickly. I will say, then, that I was born in a remote part of the west of England…’”

    “The bowl was carved in the likeness of a female figure, showing the head and torso…at last he bought it. He was pleased to show it to the younger men in the office for a while, but…he gave it away just before his marriage, as from the nature of the carving it would have been impossible to use it in his wife’s presence.”

    “Then there’s James, a sporting man. You wouldn’t care for him. I always think he smells of the stable.”

    “Mary’s story was suddenly interrupted. For ten minutes Darnell had been writhing in his chair, suffering tortures in his anxiety to avoid wounding his wife’s feelings, but the episode of the dandelion was too much for him, and he burst into a long, wild shriek of laughter, aggravated by suppression into the semblance of a Red Indian’s war-whoop.”

    “He was asked whether he knew something. And his reply really amounted to ‘No, I don’t.’ But I have never heard it better put.”

    “Miss Pilliner’s long and ceremonious approach was lulling him into a mild stupor; he wondered faintly when she would come to the point, and what the point would be like when she came to it, and, chiefly, what on earth this rather dull family history could have to do with him...There was a pause. Last was resigned. The point of the long story seemed to recede into some far distance, into vanishing prospective.”

    Finally, to compare the two collections:
    - Centipede wins out on contents, as it has 7 stories the Oxford lacks plus 3 parts of the Ornaments In Jade series the Oxford lacked.
    - Centipede also wins out on design, with the usual black cloth and red ribbon page marker, more pleasant font and lighter page color, as well as more legible type (Oxford's pages were smaller but contained about a third more words).
    - Oxford wins out on editorial content; I learned much more from Oxford's frontispiece than from CP's entire introduction, not to mention from Oxford's 22-page introduction itself and 39-page "explanatory notes" section. If context is important to you when delving into an author's bibliography, this may be significant for you. (It's worth noting that Oxford tends to produce great editorial content - they will always teach you something, if you let them).
    - Oxford also wins on cost, as it can be had for ~$20, and the CP edition was ~$45 (although it is now sold out), although I doubt this would be a concern for many of you. Still, anyone looking (as I am) to assemble a collection of early horror from many sources might have kept that in mind, and the Oxford volume is still a fine collection for anyone who missed out on the CP volume.
    - In the end, I prefer the CP volume, but I really had to have both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aremag View Post
    Just finished The Fireman by Joe Hill which I enjoyed overall but I could predict some of the ending way too early for my liking. I just started The Deep by Nick Cutter and it pulled me in immediately.
    Interested to hear your thoughts on The Deep.

    So far I've read The Deep, The Troop, and Little Heaven - Cutter is absolutely unrelenting with his horror. Shocking, grotesque, disturbing and terrifying passages seem to go on and on, with a total disregard for how uncomfortable it can be for the reader. It's like being smothered or drowned, you simply don't get to come up for air.

    It's an odd stylistic choice, and makes for some bizarre pacing sometimes, but it's also intriguing because I find it different from the horror I typically read. If you end up enjoying The Deep, I suspect you'll like his other works as well.

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    Just found a BCE "Bachman Books" and have started in on "Rage" for the first time ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by M_O_O_N View Post
    Just found a BCE "Bachman Books" and have started in on "Rage" for the first time ever.
    Enjoy it! I personally think The Long Walk and Roadwork are stronger books though.

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    The Long Walk is my favourite Bachman.

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    I'm reading The Supernova Era by Cixin Liu.

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    The Long Walk is amazing. One of my all time favorites. It's also probably one of the books I've re-read the most.
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    I'm just finishing up The Haunting of Ashburn House by Darcy Coates. I'm thoughouly enjoying it, and have Craven Manor ready to go next.
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    Finished Seed by Anita Ahlborn. Was really good. Brother is still my favorite by her but Seed was a quick spooky read.
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