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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post

    I keep hearing praise for Beuhlman and, in particular, this book. Maybe I need to pull the trigger on it. Like another person posted on the forum (maybe RonClinton? sorry if I'm wrong on that), I was rather turned off by the decision of the author to alter one of his books for Midworld Press. I'm still hesitant to buy from Midworld for a couple reasons, but maybe I'll pull the trigger on a paperback.
    You're likely remembering correctly...I wasn't wild about the author's decision to edit his previous work in the manner he did so as to 1). minimize the risk of triggering those who sensibilities are too fragile to read things in historical context, and 2). undermine the historical accuracy and attitudes of the era that he once chose to depict appropriately and honestly. That said, I did end up picking up the novel in its original trade-paperback, and generally enjoyed it -- so it is worth reading. I don't know if there was other sanitization of the text other than the deletion of the offensive term. I'll also say I hardly noticed (and certainly wasn't offended by) the very occasional use of the trigger word that either he and/or his publisher were worried about. The people who fret about editorial issues of that type are typically the ones worrying about the attitudinal minority that they themselves inhabit...the majority of us are able to reasonably put things into their proper context and place without the need of abridgement and trigger warnings. I know Beuhlman took responsibility for the editorial changes, but given the swift and rather pugnacious newsletter the publisher later sent out when simply queried by someone (not me, though Iwas passably wondering the same thing when I saw it) puzzled about the cover of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS since the character didn't match the text and, like me, the emailer apparently didn't even know there *was* a movie made of it, I do kind of wonder if other elements were in play, but who knows. I will just say that it was disappointing to see the guy (or gal) who emailed get raked over the coals in such public (but anonymous, IIRC) fashion, and his/her query labeled as something it clearly wasn't with a kneejerk quickness.

    I will say THOSE ACROSS THE RIVER is worth reading in whatever edition one chooses to enjoy...I liked it better than THE SUICIDE MOTOR CLUB, which has an awesome cover on the HC 1st (though the newest tpb reprint has a distinct fantasy bent to it, apparently now marketing it to his fantasy fans), but just didn't quite have the sustained narrative to match it. I haven't read anything else by him...now that he seems to have largely gone the way of fantasy fiction, I probably won't, unfortunately, but it's great to see a deserving author achieve a new level of success.

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  • sholloman81
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    Originally posted by Sock Monkey View Post

    I keep hearing praise for Beuhlman and, in particular, this book.  Maybe I need to pull the trigger on it.  Like another person posted on the forum (maybe RonClinton? sorry if I'm wrong on that), I was rather turned off by the decision of the author to alter one of his books for Midworld Press.  I'm still hesitant to buy from Midworld for a couple reasons, but maybe I'll pull the trigger on a paperback.
    I would highly recommend at least reading Between Two Fires as it's a special book IMO. I too was annoyed by the author's decision to edit his text on Those Across the River for Midworld and have chosen not to purchase that title from Midworld because of it; however, that didn't lessen my enjoyment for any of his other Midworld books whatsoever. Also, I can confirm that Midworld's Beuhlman books do not have any of the prior issues that some of Midworld's earlier titles encountered. 

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by fanatic View Post

    It reminds me of THE ROCKFORD FILES

     
    Never has one sentence sold me so quickly on a book...and I wasn't even a part of this conversation!  

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  • Sock Monkey
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    Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post
    Just finished reading Christopher Beuhlman's "Between Two Fires". This was my first read of 2024, and if it ends up being my best read, I would not be surprised. This book was a complete gamechanger for me, and I could not have loved it more. Everything about it was so freaking good! And boy did that ending wreck me. After reading this book, as well as The Blacktongue Theif, I might just be a Beuhlman fanboy.
    I keep hearing praise for Beuhlman and, in particular, this book.  Maybe I need to pull the trigger on it.  Like another person posted on the forum (maybe RonClinton? sorry if I'm wrong on that), I was rather turned off by the decision of the author to alter one of his books for Midworld Press.  I'm still hesitant to buy from Midworld for a couple reasons, but maybe I'll pull the trigger on a paperback.

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by TacomaDiver View Post

    I grabbed this from the library today based on your quick description. Looking forward to starting it tonight.
    Wonderful -- hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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  • sholloman81
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    Just finished reading Christopher Beuhlman's "Between Two Fires". This was my first read of 2024, and if it ends up being my best read, I would not be surprised. This book was a complete gamechanger for me, and I could not have loved it more. Everything about it was so freaking good! And boy did that ending wreck me. After reading this book, as well as The Blacktongue Theif, I might just be a Beuhlman fanboy.

    Am now reading the Suntup AGE of Mario Puzo's "The Godfather", a first time read for me. Have always wanted to get around to this book and figured now would be a great time as I was looking for something non-fantastical after the last read.

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  • TacomaDiver
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post
    Reading CALICO by Lee Goldberg...ostensibly a mystery/crime novel, but the element of time-travel makes it worthy of mention here. It's one of the more entertaining, charming books I've read in some time...really enjoying it.
    I grabbed this from the library today based on your quick description. Looking forward to starting it tonight.

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  • fanatic
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post

    Thanks for the heads-up...I haven't read that one. I've read THE WALK, CROWN VIC, and the Ian Ludlow trilogy, but that's it. Just read the synopsis on your rec and it sounds very intriguing. Have about 75 pages left to go of CALICO and am just loving it, of what I've read of his it's his best yet.
    It reminds me of THE ROCKFORD FILES

    I have CALICO on hold at the library. Thanks for the heads up. 






     

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by fanatic View Post

    Have you ever read THE MAN WITH THE IRON ON BADGE aka WATCH ME DIE by Goldberg? Great book.
    Thanks for the heads-up...I haven't read that one. I've read THE WALK, CROWN VIC, and the Ian Ludlow trilogy, but that's it. Just read the synopsis on your rec and it sounds very intriguing. Have about 75 pages left to go of CALICO and am just loving it, of what I've read of his it's his best yet.

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  • fanatic
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post
    Reading CALICO by Lee Goldberg...ostensibly a mystery/crime novel, but the element of time-travel makes it worthy of mention here. It's one of the more entertaining, charming books I've read in some time...really enjoying it.
    Have you ever read THE MAN WITH THE IRON ON BADGE aka WATCH ME DIE by Goldberg? Great book.

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  • RonClinton
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    Reading CALICO by Lee Goldberg...ostensibly a mystery/crime novel, but the element of time-travel makes it worthy of mention here. It's one of the more entertaining, charming books I've read in some time...really enjoying it.

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  • brlesh
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    [QUOTE=sholloman81;n197380]Just finished reading the Thunderstorm LE of Michelle Garza's & Melissa Larson's "Scum Janitors vs. The Living Dead". This was a first time read for me in terms of both the book and the authors. Enjoyed the heck out of it. It is exactly as the title would lead you to believe and a complete blast. Tons of fun scenes, some scary and some grossouts. Hope to read more collabs by these authors in the future. I also really hope that Paul continues the VS line as I've enjoyed every book in the line so far!

    Am now reading Christopher Beuhlman's "Between Two Fires". Have had this book in the TBR pile for a while and decided to start the year with it. Have only read the Black Tongue Thief previously, and I loved it; so, I've decided to work through some of the author's backlog and see if I strike gold again.[/QUOT

    I’ve read 3 Buehlman novels up to this point, and Between Two Fires is my favorite.

    I thought it was great.  

    Kind of what you’d get if McCammon had set Swan Song in the Middle Ages.

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  • sholloman81
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    Just finished reading the Thunderstorm LE of Michelle Garza's & Melissa Larson's "Scum Janitors vs. The Living Dead". This was a first time read for me in terms of both the book and the authors. Enjoyed the heck out of it. It is exactly as the title would lead you to believe and a complete blast. Tons of fun scenes, some scary and some grossouts. Hope to read more collabs by these authors in the future. I also really hope that Paul continues the VS line as I've enjoyed every book in the line so far!

    Am now reading Christopher Beuhlman's "Between Two Fires". Have had this book in the TBR pile for a while and decided to start the year with it. Have only read the Black Tongue Thief previously, and I loved it; so, I've decided to work through some of the author's backlog and see if I strike gold again.

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  • Boggle Champion
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    Over the weekend I read Candy Cain Kills by Brian McCauley and The Crossings by Jack Ketchum.

    Loved The Crossings. Third Ketchum novella I read in 2023, and definitely my favorite. Tight and brutal. Really reminded me of Bone Tomahawk, another movie I loved.

    Candy Cain Kills was a great holiday slasher, quick read. I expect to see this in theatres within a few years.

    Started reading Chasing the Boogeyman (SST). Only 50 pages in, but I'm enjoying the biographical setup by Chizmar. The SST edition is spectacular, too. (Wonder if CD will do a limited edition?)

    Reading through more stories from Hark! The Herald Angels Scream. Some have been good, but so far a pretty so-so collection.

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  • RonClinton
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    Originally posted by brlesh View Post
    Started Dune this morning.

    75 pages and thoroughly enjoying it.

    Up to this point it reads more like a high fantasy story than science fiction.

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    I've tried reading it twice and stalled both times around page 50. I'm going to try again early in the year for the third and last time...hoping this time it clicks for me. If it doesn't, I guess that saves me $$$ since I'll have to jump off the Centipede DUNE train.

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