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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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  • Martin
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    Rose Madder is the only King book that I absolutely hated. I remember it starting well and then just going horribly wrong. I have wanted to give it another go for some time to see if my views have changed. Decided to try it on Audible. One interesting surprise is that although it is not mentioned on Audible there are two narrators. The portions from the husbands viewpoint are read by Stephen King. So for the first half of the book I was loving it and thinking maybe this isn't as bad as I remember. I am a little over half way through it and it has begun to derail. The first half was so good I am holding hope that it does not go as bad as I remember.

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  • Brian861
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    Currently listening to Star Wars novels. They really open up the universe.

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  • Martin
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    Finished up "Tales from the Firezone" by Jonathon Mayberry. I have read "Patient Zero" and a few short stories in the past and enjoyed them. This ew one was free on Audible. It contains five short novellas and sadly not a memorable story in the bunch. 2 Stars at best.

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  • Martin
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    Finished Malorie on audio book yesterday. Malerman is hit and miss for me and I though Bird Box was good but not great. Was in no hurry to get to this one but it was on sale at Audible so I went for it. The story is a true sequel to Bird Box. If you had not read Bird Box you would probably miss a lot of the story in Malorie. I did enjoy this one more than Bird Box. Picking up the story 10 years after the Bird Box ends Malorie tells a compelling story. The are significant plot holes but overall it is a good experience. 4 Stars.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by Brian861 View Post

    Good deal on Later arriving unscathed. Water Street sent a really nice note with my last order thanking me for the Hill orders over the years. So I thought I should throw some more business their way.
    They have always been fantastic to deal with. Ordering other items from them just never occurred to me.

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  • Brian861
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post

    I have never thought to order a non Hill title from Waterstreet. I may do that. My Night Worms package arrived and fortunately the other book was a hardbound. Because it was a larger book it protected the copy of Later so it is pristine. The hardbound is damaged but I really do not care about that one. I was also hoping some of the 'extras' would be King related but it is just random dreck. I can now say I tried Night Worms, can't see myself trying it again.
    Good deal on Later arriving unscathed. Water Street sent a really nice note with my last order thanking me for the Hill orders over the years. So I thought I should throw some more business their way.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by Brian861 View Post

    I use Water Street Books primarily for all my Hill orders so have decided to use them for other titles as well. My indie stores around here are hit and miss on the trade stuff. I usually order any King trades from CD along with the slipcase. It's for the shelf as you have stated due to it arriving long after I've read it.
    I have never thought to order a non Hill title from Waterstreet. I may do that. My Night Worms package arrived and fortunately the other book was a hardbound. Because it was a larger book it protected the copy of Later so it is pristine. The hardbound is damaged but I really do not care about that one. I was also hoping some of the 'extras' would be King related but it is just random dreck. I can now say I tried Night Worms, can't see myself trying it again.

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  • Brian861
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post

    I have one coming from Night Worms today. Decided to give them a try. Since they ship in a bag I will not be surprised if it arrives dinged. I will use that one as a reading copy. I will get another from CD and that will go on the shelf.
    I use Water Street Books primarily for all my Hill orders so have decided to use them for other titles as well. My indie stores around here are hit and miss on the trade stuff. I usually order any King trades from CD along with the slipcase. It's for the shelf as you have stated due to it arriving long after I've read it.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by Brian861 View Post

    Ordered my copy via CD so it will be awhile before mine shows up. I've read of orders from Amazon showing up a day prior to release. I'm trying to be better about ordering more from indie bookstores these days. There is a UK 1st PB as well that I'm going to try and get a hold of. The the only difference is the CP it appears.
    I have one coming from Night Worms today. Decided to give them a try. Since they ship in a bag I will not be surprised if it arrives dinged. I will use that one as a reading copy. I will get another from CD and that will go on the shelf.

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  • Brian861
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post

    Thought the narrator was perfect for the story. The stories connections to King's other works and King himself are fantastic as well. Side note: I ran out to Barnes and Noble on release day to pick up a copy. Even though I have one coming by mail picking one up on release day is something I have done for so long I just had to do it. Barnes & Noble had not received them for release day which I found odd. Then this weekend I was in Costco and they did not have copies. Wondering if the print run is reduced for this one.
    Ordered my copy via CD so it will be awhile before mine shows up. I've read of orders from Amazon showing up a day prior to release. I'm trying to be better about ordering more from indie bookstores these days. There is a UK 1st PB as well that I'm going to try and get a hold of. The the only difference is the CP it appears.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by Brian861 View Post

    Listening to it as well and loving it so far. The narrator is excellent.
    Thought the narrator was perfect for the story. The stories connections to King's other works and King himself are fantastic as well. Side note: I ran out to Barnes and Noble on release day to pick up a copy. Even though I have one coming by mail picking one up on release day is something I have done for so long I just had to do it. Barnes & Noble had not received them for release day which I found odd. Then this weekend I was in Costco and they did not have copies. Wondering if the print run is reduced for this one.

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  • Brian861
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    Originally posted by Martin View Post
    Started Later yesterday and had to finish it today. Fantastic story! For some reason I felt a Colorado Kid vibe early on but is closer to vintage King than it is his Hard Case books.
    Listening to it as well and loving it so far. The narrator is excellent.

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  • Martin
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    Started Later yesterday and had to finish it today. Fantastic story! For some reason I felt a Colorado Kid vibe early on but is closer to vintage King than it is his Hard Case books.

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