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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post
    Just finished Joe Lansdale's "Fishing for Dinosaurs and Other Stories". Was another amazing read from Lansdale. Had previously read all of the novellas in this book (Black Hat Jack, Fishing for Dinosaurs, The Ape Mans Brother, & Prisoner 489) except for the newest one, "Sixty-eight Barrels on Treasure Lake". Was nice to revisit those previously read novellas again as each one is fantastic and distinct from each other. The new novella, "Sixty-eight Barrels on Treasure Lake", was worth the price of this book by itself and might be the best of the bunch (Black Hat Jack was a close second). What a fun read. I'm a bit of a sucker when it comes to combining monsters with the old west and Lansdale might just be the best at doing that. Overall a 4-5 star read for me.
    I am ready for a Lansdale fix. I may have to look for this one.

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  • sholloman81
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    Just finished Joe Lansdale's "Fishing for Dinosaurs and Other Stories". Was another amazing read from Lansdale. Had previously read all of the novellas in this book (Black Hat Jack, Fishing for Dinosaurs, The Ape Mans Brother, & Prisoner 489) except for the newest one, "Sixty-eight Barrels on Treasure Lake". Was nice to revisit those previously read novellas again as each one is fantastic and distinct from each other. The new novella, "Sixty-eight Barrels on Treasure Lake", was worth the price of this book by itself and might be the best of the bunch (Black Hat Jack was a close second). What a fun read. I'm a bit of a sucker when it comes to combining monsters with the old west and Lansdale might just be the best at doing that. Overall a 4-5 star read for me.

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  • RonClinton
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    Currently reading HEAVEN’S A LIE by Wallace Stroby, a noir thriller.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post

    I do enjoy a good bookmark; however, when a book does include the ribbon marker, then I will usually use that instead of the bookmark. I always read the limited editions that I buy and worry a bit about whether a bookmark might accidently cause a small bit of damage (ink bleed, paper bend, etc). With a ribbon marker, that is pretty much impossible. Probably over thinking things and worrying a bit needlessly tho.
    I do not think you are overthinking it at all. I have many bookmarks. The ones I use on limited and first edition books are all thin metal. I generally do not use the paper bookmarks with printing on them, I do however keep the Suntup bookmarks in the front of the book they came with. I also have some thicker metal bookmarks and, although I have never seen them negatively impact a book, I do not use them in books I want keep as pristine as a read book can be. I asked the question because I have sometimes wondered if I was in the minority or majority with regards to never using them. I am not even sure why I chose not to use them. I just have never felt comfortable with the idea of using them.

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  • sholloman81
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post

    Love that book and think Lividian did an amazing job with it! One question. You mentioned loving the ribbon markers. Do you actually use them? Not sure why but I have never actually used one. I continue to use a bookmark even when the book has a ribbon marker.
    I do enjoy a good bookmark; however, when a book does include the ribbon marker, then I will usually use that instead of the bookmark. I always read the limited editions that I buy and worry a bit about whether a bookmark might accidently cause a small bit of damage (ink bleed, paper bend, etc). With a ribbon marker, that is pretty much impossible. Probably over thinking things and worrying a bit needlessly tho.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post
    Just finished reading the Lividian edition of 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill. Hadn't had a chance to give it a read until now as my to-be read stack is quite large. Forgot how amazing this collection of stories truly is. Don't think there is a weak story in the bunch. Wanted to pick a favorite to single out but came to the conclusion that it would be impossible. Too many of them are five star reads. Also thought the production of this edition by Lividian was top-notch. I don't normally like books without a dust jacket, but, this one may be one of the rare exceptions. The materials used to bind the book are great and look very nice. The paper is good quality. Love books that have ribbon markers. Also thought that each piece of art fit the stories it accompanied perfectly. Very glad I purchased this edition!
    Love that book and think Lividian did an amazing job with it! One question. You mentioned loving the ribbon markers. Do you actually use them? Not sure why but I have never actually used one. I continue to use a bookmark even when the book has a ribbon marker.

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  • sholloman81
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    Just finished reading the Lividian edition of 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill. Hadn't had a chance to give it a read until now as my to-be read stack is quite large. Forgot how amazing this collection of stories truly is. Don't think there is a weak story in the bunch. Wanted to pick a favorite to single out but came to the conclusion that it would be impossible. Too many of them are five star reads. Also thought the production of this edition by Lividian was top-notch. I don't normally like books without a dust jacket, but, this one may be one of the rare exceptions. The materials used to bind the book are great and look very nice. The paper is good quality. Love books that have ribbon markers. Also thought that each piece of art fit the stories it accompanied perfectly. Very glad I purchased this edition!

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by brlesh View Post
    Finished Disappearance at Devil's Rock earlier today, and for my mine money it's just as good as Head Full of Ghosts.

    There are a lot of similarities between the two books (troubled teenaged protagonist, plucky younger sisters who often know more than they let on, the negative effects from an on-air / social media onslaught), but both books stand on their on own.

    As with Ghosts, Tremblay hints at the supernatural in Disappearance, but the horror is firmly based in the real world.

    Disappearance also reminded of Straub's Blue Rose stories, or A Special Place, were boys / young men are negatively influenced by older, enigmatic male figures.

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    A comparison to A Special Place is very high price in my view. I may have to jump this one up on my TBR.

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  • brlesh
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    Finished Disappearance at Devil's Rock earlier today, and for my mine money it's just as good as Head Full of Ghosts.

    There are a lot of similarities between the two books (troubled teenaged protagonist, plucky younger sisters who often know more than they let on, the negative effects from an on-air / social media onslaught), but both books stand on their on own.

    As with Ghosts, Tremblay hints at the supernatural in Disappearance, but the horror is firmly based in the real world.

    Disappearance also reminded of Straub's Blue Rose stories, or A Special Place, were boys / young men are negatively influenced by older, enigmatic male figures.

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post
    Just finished "Replay" by Ken Grimwood. Had never heard of this author/book, but, it was mentioned with high praise somewhere in this forum and I decided to give it a try. Am so glad that I did as this book was fantastic. A very moving and bittersweet story. Hard not to get choked up when reading parts of this one. Reminded me a bit of Neil Barrett Jr.'s "The Hereafter Gang", but less zany. Kills me to know that the author was working on a sequel when he passed away as I would have loved to read it. So many places the author could have gone with the story... Overall, a five star read for me.

    On a side note- Has anyone read any of this author's other books? If so, do you have any recommendations? While I can't imagine that any would be as good as "Replay", I would love to give another one a read. "Into the Deep" intrigues me as the synopsis sounds like the movie Starsea that was a plot point in "Replay".
    I've read all of Grimwood's books, except for his Alan Cochran pseudonymous novel. I'd suggest his debut novel, BREAKTHROUGH, and his second novel, ELISE, as additional reads. His third, THE VOICE OUTSIDE, was my least favorite, and INTO THE DEEP was okay. The problem with all his books, save for REPLAY and INTO THE DEEP, is availability...they're tough to find.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post
    Just finished "Replay" by Ken Grimwood. Had never heard of this author/book, but, it was mentioned with high praise somewhere in this forum and I decided to give it a try. Am so glad that I did as this book was fantastic. A very moving and bittersweet story. Hard not to get choked up when reading parts of this one. Reminded me a bit of Neil Barrett Jr.'s "The Hereafter Gang", but less zany. Kills me to know that the author was working on a sequel when he passed away as I would have loved to read it. So many places the author could have gone with the story... Overall, a five star read for me.

    On a side note- Has anyone read any of this author's other books? If so, do you have any recommendations? While I can't imagine that any would be as good as "Replay", I would love to give another one a read. "Into the Deep" intrigues me as the synopsis sounds like the movie Starsea that was a plot point in "Replay".
    This story has been the subject of a lot of speculation regarding a Suntup release. This was also my introduction to the author. Replay and Breakthrough both sound interesting.

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  • sholloman81
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    Just finished "Replay" by Ken Grimwood. Had never heard of this author/book, but, it was mentioned with high praise somewhere in this forum and I decided to give it a try. Am so glad that I did as this book was fantastic. A very moving and bittersweet story. Hard not to get choked up when reading parts of this one. Reminded me a bit of Neil Barrett Jr.'s "The Hereafter Gang", but less zany. Kills me to know that the author was working on a sequel when he passed away as I would have loved to read it. So many places the author could have gone with the story... Overall, a five star read for me.

    On a side note- Has anyone read any of this author's other books? If so, do you have any recommendations? While I can't imagine that any would be as good as "Replay", I would love to give another one a read. "Into the Deep" intrigues me as the synopsis sounds like the movie Starsea that was a plot point in "Replay".
    Last edited by sholloman81; 04-23-2021, 09:11 PM.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by brlesh View Post
    Finished The Refuge Collection....Hell to Others. A pretty good collection of interconnected stories.

    Started Disappearance at Devil's Rock by Paul Tremblay the other night.

    100 pages & liking it a lot so far.

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    'Disappearance at Devil's Rock' intrigues me. Plan to get to it eventually.

    I am a sucker for books about Stephen. With that said I am about a third of the way into 'Chart of Darkness' and am absolutely loving it.

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  • brlesh
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    Finished The Refuge Collection....Hell to Others. A pretty good collection of interconnected stories.

    Started Disappearance at Devil's Rock by Paul Tremblay the other night.

    100 pages & liking it a lot so far.

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  • brlesh
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    A little more than half way through The Refuge Collection...Hell to Others, a charity anthology edited by Steve Dillon, which is the follow up to The Refuge Collection....Heaven to Some.

    Similar to the first book, Hell to Others is a pretty good collection of stories, with a lot of references to Lovecraft & Barker.

    The stories also seem to have more of an interconnected story arc than I remember from Heaven, though it's been nearly a year since I've read it.

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