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  • sholloman81
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    Just finished reading Richar Chizmar's "Becoming the Boogeyman". Enjoyed the heck out of it! It was every bit as good as "Chasing the Boogeyman" which I loved. There's just something about the way these stories are constructed that really works for me. I also really loved the way Chizmar teased a potential supernatural/weird turn that this story could take in the future should he want to go that route. And of course, my heart sped up a bit with every little nod to SK in this book. So excited to see where he goes with the next book. Can I make a guess at the title? It will be called "Ending the Boogeyman" and will feature another time jump; so, it will be old-man Rich kicking Boogeyman ass!! Just kidding . Overall, I would give "Becoming the Boogeyman" a B+ grade.

    Am now reading Christopher Golden's "All Hallows". It's been sitting in my TPB pile and seems like an appropriate Halloween season read, and I love me some Golden!

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  • Hermit
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    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post

    Thank you for the info. I'm definitely more inclined to pick up the books now.
    and I am more inclined to getting the third book Loop now. Ring and Spiral can be read as separate stand alone novels, but I enjoyed them so I would like to read Suzukis other books.

    just a small non related to the books gripe but related to one of my comments. one of my peeves is younger people these days want things spoon fed to them and never want to read a long story or flesh out anecdote. it really bugs me when I see comments on other places saying did not read - too long and its only a post of just 2 or 3 paragraphs.
    it just makes me despair.
    sorry I will go be quiet now.

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by Hermit View Post

    hmm, I first encountered the movie -Ring, the original Japanese version years ago and it was the first horror movie to really give me the creeps. soon after that I learnt it was based on a novel so I purchased it and read it once and over the years had forgotten much of it until about a year ago when I found a preloved copy of Spiral. I had no prior knowledge to this second book until them, and after finally getting around to re-reading ring and now halfway into spiral, I can say the movie was good but is vastly different to the written works.
    to start with the movie. I like the fear inducing atmospherics and things left to sounds and imagination rather than the over used special effects and jump scares.
    the novel Ring is nothing like the movie. it doesn't ponder too much on the supernatural creeps, rather that plays just a shadow to the actual characters urgent adventure trying to stop the curse to prevent themselves dying.

    the second book spiral brings in a new character who has no prior knowledge of the happenings from ring, but is connected with previous characters with friendships. the second book isn't such an adventure, its more thought provoking and has a hint of science behind it.
    I have seen reviews say the second book is slow and boring, but I disagree, its just a story thats not simplified for lazy readers.
    I do recommend these books, and I will most likely get a copy of loop too
    Thank you for the info. I'm definitely more inclined to pick up the books now.

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  • Hermit
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    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post

    What are your thoughts on the series? I've gone back and forth on picking them up.
    hmm, I first encountered the movie -Ring, the original Japanese version years ago and it was the first horror movie to really give me the creeps. soon after that I learnt it was based on a novel so I purchased it and read it once and over the years had forgotten much of it until about a year ago when I found a preloved copy of Spiral. I had no prior knowledge to this second book until them, and after finally getting around to re-reading ring and now halfway into spiral, I can say the movie was good but is vastly different to the written works.
    to start with the movie. I like the fear inducing atmospherics and things left to sounds and imagination rather than the over used special effects and jump scares.
    the novel Ring is nothing like the movie. it doesn't ponder too much on the supernatural creeps, rather that plays just a shadow to the actual characters urgent adventure trying to stop the curse to prevent themselves dying.

    the second book spiral brings in a new character who has no prior knowledge of the happenings from ring, but is connected with previous characters with friendships. the second book isn't such an adventure, its more thought provoking and has a hint of science behind it.
    I have seen reviews say the second book is slow and boring, but I disagree, its just a story thats not simplified for lazy readers.
    I do recommend these books, and I will most likely get a copy of loop too

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by Hermit View Post
    My current read is Spiral by Koji Sazuki. I'm trying to decide whether to buy the third book (Loop) as ive seen reviews its fairly weak compared to the first two books.
    What are your thoughts on the series? I've gone back and forth on picking them up.

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  • Hermit
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    My current read is Spiral by Koji Sazuki. I'm trying to decide whether to buy the third book (Loop) as ive seen reviews its fairly weak compared to the first two books.

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  • sholloman81
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    Just finished reading the SST LE of Richard Chizmar's "Chasing the Boogeyman". I really enjoyed the trade hardcover when it was first released and decided to finally read the SST LE that I picked-up. I especially wanted to do that before reading the sequel, "Becoming the Boogeyman" which was just released a few days ago. I enjoyed Chasing the Boogeyman just as much this time around, which was a bit surprising to me considering that I already knew the mystery aspect of it. The characters still feel real, and I really enjoy the small-town feel/community that he gives to Edgewood. Also love the cover art for the SST version of this book. I've always loved the "Baghead" look from Friday the 13th 2 and was very happy to see it appear in this book, (and yes, I know Baghead didn't start with Friday, but that is THE version for me). Overall, I still really enjoyed Chasing the Boogeyman and would still place it in the B grade range.

    Am now reading the sequel, Richar Chizmar's "Becoming the Boogeyman". Am only a few chapters into it, but have high hopes!

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  • brlesh
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    Started Halloween Beyond, a three story novella collection by Lisa Morton, Lucy Snyder, & Kate Maruyama.
    All the stories are based around a Halloween pop up store / chain called Halloween Beyond.
    Half way through the Morton story and enjoying it so far.
    B

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  • brlesh
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    Finished The Horror at Pleasant Brook by Kevin Lucia last night.

    Liked this one a lot.

    It was a very fun read, though a little preachy at times.

    If you’re in the mood for a fast paced, small town horror story with the feel of an 80’s horror movie, THAPB should be right up your alley.

    And damn, that ending!

    B

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  • jeffingoff
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    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post

    So DUNE isn't your cup of tea?
    So far, it's not a book I run back to. I'm getting more into it, an interesting moment transpired and I am really liking the tidbits that begin each chapter. A lot of profundities there. But so far, I'm not really attached to any character so I don't care. It's like i'm watching a news report.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post

    I adore LOR, but there has always been something about Dune that has caused me to avoid it. I've always wondered how much I am missing out as it's obviously a very famous title. Your review makes me feel a bit better for not reading it yet. Perhaps on day...
    I remember I tried Dune because a couple of my friends loved it and really thought I would. I did not share their love of the book. I believe I read the first Lord of the Rings shortly after, abased on the recommendations of the same people. I believe I finished it but it was a slog. The result is I determined the Science Fiction was not for me and avoided it for several years after. Although I have never fully embraced Science Fiction I have learned that it can be very good.

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  • sholloman81
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post

    Tried to read many years ago. That and Lord of the Rings made me avoid¬ Science Fiction for a long time. Maybe made it 200 pages into Dune before I determined my time was worth more than the story. I rarely DNF a book but I had to walk away from that one.¬
    I adore LOR, but there has always been something about Dune that has caused me to avoid it. I've always wondered how much I am missing out as it's obviously a very famous title. Your review makes me feel a bit better for not reading it yet. Perhaps on day...

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post

    So DUNE isn't your cup of tea?
    Tried to read many years ago. That and Lord of the Rings made me avoid Science Fiction for a long time. Maybe made it 200 pages into Dune before I determined my time was worth more than the story. I rarely DNF a book but I had to walk away from that one. 

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by jeffingoff View Post

    I'm SLOGGING through Dune now. Then I have Spinal Remains by Chad Lutzke, Grim Portraits by Kealan Patrick Burke, and The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. THEN I think The Cipher will be on top.
    So DUNE isn't your cup of tea?

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  • jeffingoff
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    Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post

    Don't know what your TBR stack is like, but you should definitely move this one to the top!¬ I'm still kicking myself for having waited so long to read my copy.¬ Hope you like it as much as I did whenever you get around to it!
    I'm SLOGGING through Dune now. Then I have Spinal Remains by Chad Lutzke, Grim Portraits by Kealan Patrick Burke, and The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie. THEN I think The Cipher will be on top.

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