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    As some may be aware, my favorite author behind Steve King is the great Cormac McCarthy. To date, Mr. McCarthy has published nine novels. He has lived in relative obscurity until the publication of his most recent novel, The Road, which garnered the Pulitzer Prize. I've been a McCarthy fan since the Border Trilogy, and I want to hear what you think of this excellent author.

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    Wow--I have never heard of him.

    but the endorsement makes me want to pick him up.

    What is The Road about?
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    I've yet to read The Road, but I've heard some really awesome things about it. I'm still waiting for my sister to loan me her copy.

    I have read Child of God, which I found more than a little disturbing, but I was unable to put it down.
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    I just recently read The Road and I absolutely loved it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    Wow--I have never heard of him.

    but the endorsement makes me want to pick him up.

    What is The Road about?


    The Road is a searing tale about a man and a boy wandering the planet after an apocalyptic cataclysm. It rivals The Stand as the best post-apocalyptic novel ever.

    I read Child of God , and I agree: disturbing yet enthralling. But the ones closest to my heart (aside from The Road ) is Blood Meridian.

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    "What does that make us?"
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    -- Malcolm Reynolds and Zoe Washburne

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    That sounds amazing.

    Just what I like to read.
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    I find it funny you posted at 1:17, a time / number that is to McCarthy what 19 is to King.

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    I really can't wait to read the rest of his stuff. Which ones do you suggest I read first Steve?
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    I wouldn't dive into "Blood Meridian" yet if I were you, even though it's a great book. Start with "All the Pretty Horses," then "The Crossing," then "Cities on the Plain." That's the Border Trilogy.

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    "What does that make us?"
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    -- Malcolm Reynolds and Zoe Washburne

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    I wouldn't dive into "Blood Meridian" yet if I were you, even though it's a great book. Start with "All the Pretty Horses," then "The Crossing," then "Cities on the Plain." That's the Border Trilogy.

    Those 3 I've read , and enjoyed a lot (as you know Steve).
    After I finish my LotR re-read I'll see if I can pick up another McCarthy

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    Bought a copy of The Road at the weekend.
    Still on my :LotR re-read though, so it'll have to wait a bit.

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    I just bought the road this past weekend. I haven't started it yet but I will and this week, hopefully.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    I wouldn't dive into "Blood Meridian" yet if I were you, even though it's a great book. Start with "All the Pretty Horses," then "The Crossing," then "Cities on the Plain." That's the Border Trilogy.


    Did all the pretty horses get made into a movie a few years back with Matt Damon?



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    Yes, it was. It was a good movie but a lot of McCarthyites criticized it for being edited from its original running length of 4 hours to half that. We're still hoping for an extended edition on DVD.

    Oh well, at least No Country for Old Men looks promising, considering it's probably my least favorite of McCarthy's novels. It's still kickass, though.

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    "I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."
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    "What does that make us?"
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    -- Malcolm Reynolds and Zoe Washburne

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    All The Pretty Horses is the only book of his I read. I struggled with it at first as I just couldn't get into his style, but I remember by the end of the book really wanting to read the next two...I didn't actually get round to it though...I'll have to reread Horses first as it was a while ago.

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    Read "The Road" yesterday thanks for the heads up on it, great book.

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    I finished The Road yesterday.

    This was one of the bleakest, most haunting, most moving books I've ever read. Beautiful read - I'd recommend it to one and all. Thanks for the heads-up on it Steve.
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    A good friend of mine recommended Blood Meridian to me a while back. I went to the store to purchase it and they were sold out, so I picked up Child of God instead.
    The word "disturbing" doesn't quite cut it, while that it was, it was so much more too. I was riveted, I couldn't quit reading it...perhaps it was because I have BEEN to that part of Tennessee, and I could see, even as far fetched and twisted characters were in that book, they could be REAL.

    Still haven't read Blood Meridian yet, and plan on picking up The Road this weekend.
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    terrifying.... he said so much with very little {words } , not a wasted word on the page...
    does that make sense?
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    Just recently finished McCarthy's "The Gardener's Son," a screenplay in book format. Its hard to come by but worth the read.

    And for all youse Cormac fans, the man himself will give HIS FIRST TELEVISION INTERVIEW EVER on... Oprah, June 5.

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    Just finished his 'No Country for Old Men' - excellent book too.
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    And the film version is getting rave critical reviews for both its direction and its acting. Particular Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh.

    I finished reading Suttree, which is regarded as McCarthy's magnum opus. It's a hell of a read, I'll say.

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    -- Malcolm Reynolds and Zoe Washburne

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    :coffee: No Country For Old Men

    I saw the movie yesterday, and thought it was good. I'm thinking about reading the book when my pile lessens. Has anyone else read it?


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    Yes. Magnificent read - it really was! Could hardly put it down.

    I have'nt seen the movie yet.
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    reading it now, haven't seen film yet. it's very good storywise, though his writing style is not quite what i am looking for [for example, he seems not to know quotation marks exist]. the story is compelling enough though for me to see it out to its conclusion.

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