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  • Martin
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    Listening to 'The Chill' by Scott Carson.

    'The Chill' feels like Michael Koryta meets 'Ghost Story'. Absolutely fantastic so far!
    Last edited by Martin; 09-13-2021, 03:14 PM.

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  • Brian861
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post

    I had not heard of that title either. The movie 'A Time To Kill' does the book justice but as is often the case the book is better.
    There are a few references so far in Sycamore Row about the events in 'A Time To Kill' that differ from the movie. I'll probably listen to it first then finish up with 'A Time For Mercy'.

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  • Martin
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    I am now listening to a book I have wanted to read for some time. The Mick Garris collection "A Life In Cinema'. I have enjoyed everything I have read from him and this early work has intrigued me. The first two stories did nothing for me except one was narrated by Matt Frewer and he did a good job. The third story almost got me to give up. It reads like a porn story written by a thirteen year old boy. Garris narrates it and he reads it like an uninterested narrator with the voice and cadence of Rick Steves. The book finally starts clicking with the title story and the next one, which is a sequel to the title story. I am now enjoying it but three of the first four stories were a push to get through.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by Brian861 View Post

    Oops. Had SK on the brain I guess. It's titled 'A Time for Mercy', not Misery lol. I may have to go back for 'A Time To Kill" also. Not sure if I've ever read the book vs seeing the movie a million times.
    I had not heard of that title either. The movie 'A Time To Kill' does the book justice but as is often the case the book is better.

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  • Brian861
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post

    I had not even heard of that one. Will have to check out the Grisham novels I have not read and see what I may want to give a read.
    Oops. Had SK on the brain I guess. It's titled 'A Time for Mercy', not Misery lol. I may have to go back for 'A Time To Kill" also. Not sure if I've ever read the book vs seeing the movie a million times.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by Brian861 View Post

    There is also A Time For Misery that I'll probably listen to next.
    I had not even heard of that one. Will have to check out the Grisham novels I have not read and see what I may want to give a read.

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  • Brian861
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post

    That may just sell me on it. I loved A Time To Kill and did not know this was in that vein.
    There is also A Time For Misery that I'll probably listen to next.

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  • Martin
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    Listening to "A Life in Cinema" by Mick Garris. The first story is narrated by Matt Frewer and he does a great job. The story was middling but I enjoy Mick Garris's writing so I am still hoping for some good tales.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by Brian861 View Post

    I'm liking it so far. It's a sequel of sorts of A Time To Kill. A nice break my my usual listens.
    That may just sell me on it. I loved A Time To Kill and did not know this was in that vein.

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  • Brian861
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post

    Please let me know if you like. I used to read everything he put out but kinda burned out and haven't read anything in several years. Been thinkin about a revisit.
    I'm liking it so far. It's a sequel of sorts of A Time To Kill. A nice break my my usual listens.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by Brian861 View Post
    Currently listening to Sycamore Row by John Grisham.
    Please let me know if you like. I used to read everything he put out but kinda burned out and haven't read anything in several years. Been thinkin about a revisit.

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  • Brian861
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    Currently listening to Sycamore Row by John Grisham.

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  • Martin
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    The only Jonathon Janz story I have read was when I was gifted an e-book ARC of his first novel 'The Sorrows'. I enjoyed 'The Sorrows' but it definitely felt like it was written by a writer who had not found his voice yet. At the time I new I would revisit the author in the future to see if he had found his voice. Close to a decade later I have finally returned. I am listening to the audio of 'Children of the Dark' and am loving it!

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  • Martin
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    Finished C.J. Tudor's 'The Other People' and have mixed feelings about the story. It had the same vibe as some of Peter Straub's ,more abstract work. While it told a story it also wandered off at times. Overall probably 2 stars out of 5 for me. I will try another Tudor story at some point and reserve final judgement until then.

    Have started a non-fiction book titled 'Behind Japanese Lines With The OSS in Burma'. This is the story of Detachment 101 which was the first clandestine special force of the OSS and chronicles there efforts to halt Japans advancement into China. So far it is covering US, UK and Kachin forces working together in Burma against Japanese forces. Only about 10% in but very interesting so far.
    Last edited by Martin; 06-06-2021, 02:02 AM.

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  • Martin
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    So I actually upped my rating on Rose Madder from one star to two. With a second read I now remember why I dislike this story so much. It is a good story about an abused wife escaping her abusive husband and his pursuit of her. The problem is that the story goes off on acid trips a couple of times. Those trips basically pull me out of the story being told and into a trippy experience that has no rhyme or reason. If this was told as straight with only minor supernatural elements I would have loved it. That makes me hate it even more! I have now read this story twice, I will not return to this one.

    I then listened to the audio of Driving to Geronimo's Grave by Joe R. Lansdale. This is a collection of novellas from Mr. Lansdale. Each story has an introduction from the author. Jeff Terry stated in his review that these would be better as afterword's and while I see his point I am also fine with having them before the story. In fact I think his introduction to 'In The Mad Mountains' is worth the price of admission alone. It contains a group of diverse stories that run the gamut from historical fiction to Science Fiction. There is not a weak story in the bunch! If you like Lansdale you should read this one.

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