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    The weight of the crown in Elizabeth the Queen has been giving me neck aches.
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    Does anyone have any suggestions for a good mystery book? I haven't read many, if any at all. I just got an urge to read one as of late, though.
    Now that you mention it, I haven't read a good mystery in ages. Some that I've enjoyed, below:

    The ABC Murders and The Murder of Roger Akroyd by Agatha Christie
    Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
    Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carre
    The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain
    The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
    Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell (disclaimer: I read this in middle school -- I had very trashy taste -- but I think as a genre novel it's actually well regarded)

    And, of course, there's Stephen King...
    Dolores Claiborne and Misery


    I'm not a genre Nazi -- some of these may technically be crime fiction, espionage, thriller, light mystery or horror -- but you might find something you like here.

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    I enjoyed Dean Koontz. He references local places in my area and used to come into a restaurant I worked at and eat at the same table and order the same thing EVERY night. There's a book about a Labrador retriever that I especially liked.

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    And yes that whole genre line is tough. This is more suspense. I haven't read a classic mystery in a long time.

    The Secret History by Donna Tartt was probably the last real mystery I read. That was good.
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    There's a British author named Mo Hayder whose stuff is seriously dark and seriously good. She's got a few unconnected titles, but her best stuff is a five-book series about a London cop named Jack Caffrey. Birdman is the first book in that series and is well worth seeking out (even if her stuff is a little hard to find in the States).

    Ian Rankin is another top-notch mystery guy. His John Rebus novels are remarkably consistent.
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    I just finished Donald Ray Pollock's The Devil All the Time, which was, frankly, fucking astonishing. Imagine a cross between Flannery O'Connor and Cormac McCarthy in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio and West Virginia. Ugly people doing brutal, ugly things in spare, muscular – yet oddly beautiful – prose. It's narrative as a blunt weapon. I'll be reading this one again.
    I read this based on your recommendation but came away considerably less impressed than you did. It was an alright read, but I felt like nothing really got developed in a really meaningful way. It felt more like a catalog of various backwoods grotesques than a collection of well defined characters dealing with real human travesties. I felt like everyone was kind of an archetype instead of three dimensional, memorable characters, and the way everything tied together in the end was more coincidental than based on some kind of thematic coherency. It wasn't bad, but I just wasn't ever engaged, so at the end I just felt like "These are some things (mostly ugly, brutal things) that happened to some people (mostly ugly, brutal people) and so what?"


    I also tore through Dan Simmons' Carrion Comfort this past week. Despite being just over 750 pages, it's a really quick, engaging read, playing out like a Hollywood thriller more than anything (it would make a really fun popcorn movie if someone like John Carpenter were to adapt it). The basic premise is that in every generation, there exists a dozen or so "mind vampires" or people who can psychically control other people and completely override their will. Of course, these mind vampires use their Ability (as it's called in the novel) to gain power and wealth, but mostly they seem to enjoy pitting humans against each other in acts of violence, through which the mind vampires are able to regain some of their youth and vitality. The Holocaust and various late-mid-century American political events are tied into the narrative in order to make some vague points about humanity's propensity of violence and what it means to be a survivor. Ultimately, though, it keeps most of the focus on action in the conspiracy thriller vein over philosophizing, making it good middlebrow overall. The novel is riddled with Hollywood cliches and deus ex machinas, but knowingly so. If you allow yourself enough suspension of belief, it's wildly entertaining. I doubt it's one of the three best American horror novels of the 20th century, as the pull quote from Stephen King on the cover claims, but it's a smarter than average page turner with some really memorable set pieces.

    Now I'm a little ways into Toni Morrison's Beloved, which after 50 pages, seems to be living up to its reputation as one of the great novels of the 20th century by virtue of its wonderfully written prose alone.
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    In a quest to read all Vonnegut I can get my hands on I read Deadeye Dick and Sirens of Titan. I love his writing, so simple yet moving. Deadeye Dick is a very depressing but beautiful book. It's not similar to all the well recognized Vonnegut books in that it does not deal with much science fiction. But I think it is a very underrated Vonnegut book, as I would place it only behind Cats Cradle and obviously Slaughterhouse-Five from the books I've read by him.

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    Sirens Of Titan was my favorite of his for years until I re-read it and realized it was an interesting but messy debut at best.
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    I've read several Vonneguts, but aside from Slaughterhouse-Five (one of my favorite books ever), I can't remember anything about them.

    Is anyone here a fan of Norman Mailer? I'm reading The Executioner's Song currently.
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    Elizabeth The Queen - Dinner at the Reagan Ranch: The foursome dined on Tex-Mex faire, including tacos, enchiladas, and refried beans. Mr. Diva, the Queen said afterward, “that was so enjoyable, especially the used beans.”
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    Jack London – Brown Wolf – I related to that wolf more than I cared to think about.
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    I'm part of the KCRW book club now and my first book is "Fear of Flying" 40th anniversary edition. I'm not likely to read it so if anyone wants it, let me know and I'd be happy to pass it along.
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    Doing the leprosy filled ‘A Burnt Out Case’ by Graham Greene now and just shipped in Nashe's ‘The Unfortunate Traveler’, ‘Under Western Eyes’ by Joseph Conrad, and a bunch of Jean Genet. It'll be a good Spring.
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    Halfway thru Moby Dick but can't stop thinking about chowder.
    However, a warm savory steam from the kitchen served to belie the apparently cheerless prospect before us. But when that smoking chowder came in, the mystery was delightfully explained. Oh, sweet friends! hearken to me. It was made of small juicy clams, scarcely bigger than hazel nuts, mixed with pounded ship biscuit, and salted pork cut up into little flakes; the whole enriched with butter, and plentifully seasoned with pepper and salt.
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    Finally finish "And the Ass saw an Angel" by Nick Cave yesterday which is a gothic novel taking place in the early 1900s about a mentally ill mute and this small town that is super religious.It takes 70 pages to introduce characters,the town and history.The mute is named Eurhid , who lives with his extremely redneck family in the outskits of town in the swamplands
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    quick, recommend a hilarious book for me to download to my tablet for my trip to jamaica. no overly british humor please, thanks you
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    Probably too late but If the River Was Whiskey by T.C. Boyle is a funny book.
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    I finished Cloud Atlas yesterday. Loved the narrative structure though admittedly much of the material was quite hokey.

    Now I'm reading Willa Cather's final novel, Sapphira and the Slave Girl. I've only read her earlier works (her short story A Wagner Matinee is one of my favorite American short stories), so I'm excited to see how this turns out -- it's apparently a decidedly bleak piece all around. The physicality of the titular character as revealed in the first chapter set a fairly ominous tone already.

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    Language of Flowers was a great book.

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    Reading Mastery by Robert Greene currently.
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    Jacques Pepin - The Apprentice - Maman, le piano and café oles. The slow pace reminded me of The Sun Also Rises
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    I got Tartt's Goldfinch today. I'll keep you posted.

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    I'm doing a book club with some friends, where we're reading Ulysses by Joyce. It's my third go-through, but the close reading that we're doing is really making the book come alive in a new way. I also finished Death With Interruptions by Jose Saramago last night. It's very philosophical throughout, has some very cool ideas, and comes to an odd and not-that-great conclusion.
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    One week until this thing lands on my doorstep:



    I'll probably finish it before Coachella.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmack86 View Post
    I'm doing a book club with some friends, where we're reading Ulysses by Joyce. It's my third go-through, but the close reading that we're doing is really making the book come alive in a new way. I also finished Death With Interruptions by Jose Saramago last night. It's very philosophical throughout, has some very cool ideas, and comes to an odd and not-that-great conclusion.
    I love Joyce. I just got a new biography on him in the mail today that I plan to start this weekend. It is written by Gordon Bowker and is simply called James Joyce: A New Biography.
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    Trying to re-read all of the books I (allegedly) read in high school.

    Just finished (Audible) The Grape of Wrath. The narration was outstanding.

    If you're a fan of "man's inhumanity to man" tales, this is a must read.

    Although there's plenty of "nature's inhumanity to man" to balance the scales.

    I'm just wondering how much of the former was based upon fact vs Steinbeck's socialist bias.

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    after hearing her back-story and mind frame whilst writing this, pretty excited about starting Anna Kavan's 'Ice' book tonight or tomorrow afternoon (realistically tomorrow).
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    it's somewhat elementary, but every sentence is barely touching the fringe of reality. She out of her gore.
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    Gallo be thy name - Jerome Tuccille - What's The Word? Thunderbird!
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    Just finished Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep, the first of his Zones of Thought novels.

    It was excellent science fiction. It had an amazing galaxy-wide scope with a variety of worlds, types of sentient beings and technology. It felt like it fizzled out a little at the end but the ride to get there was great and filled with fascinating ideas.
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    Knives at Dawn - Andrew Friedman - Daniel Boulud: "This motherfucker here talking about bean soup"
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