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  • TacomaDiver
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    ^^^ I don't think I realized Kasey's site sold Joe's books too or just forgot about it. Thanks for the link!

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  • sholloman81
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    Just finished Joe Lansdale's "For a Few Stories More". Was able to score a limited edition of it from Kasey Lansdale's pandipress website for 25 bucks. If you haven't checked out that site, I would do so as they have some good deals, www.kaseylansdale.com/pandipress/ . These lost Lansdale collections can be hit or miss, but, I actually enjoyed this one, especially the Ray Slater novella. Am now going to begin Ramsey Campbell's "The Searching Dead". Have never been a huge Campbell fan; however, the description for this book sounded interesting; so, I figured I would give him another try. Hopefully, his stuff will click with me this time around.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by Lincoln View Post
    My third attempt at Straub's 'Shadowland, over the past 25 years. This time it has really worked for me, so far. The first section of the book, set in the school, is one of the best things I've read. After some mediocre 80's paperbacks to kick off 2021, this is a real step up in quality.
    I need to revisit Shadowland. I remember liking it quite a bit but not as much as Ghost Story or Floating Dragon. I don’t think I gave it a fair shake though because after those two, my expectations for Shadowland were sky-high.

    I’ve been seriously considering doing a complete revisiting of all of Straub’s work. He’s not the most prolific writer (in comparison to say King or Koontz), but the idea is still kind of daunting to me.

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  • Lincoln
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    My third attempt at Straub's 'Shadowland, over the past 25 years. This time it has really worked for me, so far. The first section of the book, set in the school, is one of the best things I've read. After some mediocre 80's paperbacks to kick off 2021, this is a real step up in quality.

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  • c marvel
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    I'm still reading Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau. I'm also enjoying The Bride Wore Black by Cornell Woolrich-It's a Dell Great Mystery Library vintage paperback (#1 in the series). ~Cap

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by bookworm 1 View Post
    I finished Lola on Fire last Friday night. Highly recommend this book. Fast paced brutal and with heart. 41/2 stars.
    FANGBOY is a great one, and I was surprised to read in his WRITING LIFE that it was one of his least successful ones. Go figure.

    Good to hear about LOLA...that one's on my radar and still unbought, just needed another nudge to pull the trigger on a copy.

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  • bookworm 1
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    I finished Lola on Fire last Friday night. Highly recommend this book. Fast paced brutal and with heart. 41/2 stars.

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  • bookworm 1
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post

    I did enjoy it a good deal, though admittedly wouldn't call it one of his best. Some of the plot points stretched credulity a bit far, and the last third smacked a bit too much of the too-familiar trope of "teenage kids of diverse background corralling together to fight the evil," which for me tempered some of the anxiety stemming from the truly dark, one-on-one clash between the two main characters...just kind of diluted it a bit and reminded me too much of a Stranger Things episode or similar. I guess I was expecting much more, given the immediate praise for this particular work, and while I enjoyed it, I'd give it a 7 out of 10, about the same as his other recent one, ALLISON, which in comparison I suppose I'd rate 7.5. THE ODDS, though, was more like 8.5. I don't believe there's an adult-fiction Strand novel or collection that I haven't read (save for CLOWNS VS. SPIDERS), and I'd put THE ODDS somewhere in the Top Five (albeit near the bottom, after DWELLER, PRESSURE, and a couple others), I think...certainly at least high in the Top Ten...it was great fun.
    Dweller and Pressure are in a world of their own. 2 really good books. I liked Autumn more then you but maybe it’s because I’m a fan of Stranger Things. And it was one of the things I liked about the last part of the book. Not to get to philosophical but feeling like your alone then realizing people are with you was something I liked about it. We all have probably felt like that.
    Anyway another one of my favorite Strand books is Fangboy. Strand is perfect for the year we have had . Great escapism from reality.

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by bookworm 1 View Post

    I loved Autumn Bleeds Into Winter. Hope you enjoy it.
    I did enjoy it a good deal, though admittedly wouldn't call it one of his best. Some of the plot points stretched credulity a bit far, and the last third smacked a bit too much of the too-familiar trope of "teenage kids of diverse background corralling together to fight the evil," which for me tempered some of the anxiety stemming from the truly dark, one-on-one clash between the two main characters...just kind of diluted it a bit and reminded me too much of a Stranger Things episode or similar. I guess I was expecting much more, given the immediate praise for this particular work, and while I enjoyed it, I'd give it a 7 out of 10, about the same as his other recent one, ALLISON, which in comparison I suppose I'd rate 7.5. THE ODDS, though, was more like 8.5. I don't believe there's an adult-fiction Strand novel or collection that I haven't read (save for CLOWNS VS. SPIDERS), and I'd put THE ODDS somewhere in the Top Five (albeit near the bottom, after DWELLER, PRESSURE, and a couple others), I think...certainly at least high in the Top Ten...it was great fun.

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  • TacomaDiver
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    I recently finished Paul Tremblay's Survivor Song and enjoyed it quite a bit. Better than The Cabin at the End of the World.

    Couldn't decide on what to read next, but ended up grabbing the first Binti novella from Nnedi Okorafor and thought it was really good. Sometimes sci-fi is a little too out there for me. Started the second one last night, and then I'll read the third.

    One book I want to reread is V for Vendetta. Somehow it came up in conversation last week at work and I feel it's due for a reread.

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  • bookworm 1
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post

    Speaking of his Strand's recent releases, what did you think -- if you've read it -- of THE ODDS? That one really surprised me, and is one of my favorites of his more recent work.
    Have it but not read it yet. By what you are saying I'm going to move this one up.Hopefully will get to it in the next few weeks.

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by bookworm 1 View Post

    Yes definitely. My thoughts exactly. It was so different yet still had everything you want from one of his books.
    Speaking of his Strand's recent releases, what did you think -- if you've read it -- of THE ODDS? That one really surprised me, and is one of my favorites of his more recent work.

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  • bookworm 1
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post

    Made it about a third of the way through last night, and loving it thus far. Delighted to see that it has the dark coming-of-age vibe that was so prevalent in PRESSURE, and that the humor is largely tempered. I do enjoy his more humorous books as well, but this tempered tone is really what I'm in the mood for at the moment.
    Yes definitely. My thoughts exactly. It was so different yet still had everything you want from one of his books.

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by bookworm 1 View Post

    I loved Autumn Bleeds Into Winter. Hope you enjoy it.
    Made it about a third of the way through last night, and loving it thus far. Delighted to see that it has the dark coming-of-age vibe that was so prevalent in PRESSURE, and that the humor is largely tempered. I do enjoy his more humorous books as well, but this tempered tone is really what I'm in the mood for at the moment.

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  • bookworm 1
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post
    Finished Jeff Strand's recent non-fiction THE WRITING LIFE, and am about to start his AUTUMN BLEEDS INTO WINTER. Had to get find something compulsively readable and entertaining after a spate of less than satisfying reads...Strand always fits the bill in that regard.
    I loved Autumn Bleeds Into Winter. Hope you enjoy it.

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