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    Just finished MY PRETTIES by Jeff Strand; read it over just a couple nights. An entertaining read, as usual from Strand, and certainly more in the vein of his darker works like PRESSURE. There was still some humor to be found, but it took a distinct backseat this time around to some straight-forward suspense and horror, which truth be told, I found kind of refreshing. I still love his horror/humor books as well, but he's had a recent string of those and it was nice to revisit that earlier, darker vibe.

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    I will have to look this one up. I have always like Jeff Strand with Dweller probably being my favorite of those that I've read.

    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    Just finished MY PRETTIES by Jeff Strand; read it over just a couple nights. An entertaining read, as usual from Strand, and certainly more in the vein of his darker works like PRESSURE. There was still some humor to be found, but it took a distinct backseat this time around to some straight-forward suspense and horror, which truth be told, I found kind of refreshing. I still love his horror/humor books as well, but he's had a recent string of those and it was nice to revisit that earlier, darker vibe.

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    The Second Vatican Council (an unwritten story) by Roberto de Mattei
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Staad View Post
    I will have to look this one up. I have always like Jeff Strand with Dweller probably being my favorite of those that I've read.
    DWELLER is my favorite as well, followed by PRESSURE...those two lead my Strand ranking. MY PRETTIES falls a bit lower than those two...probably in the upper-mid range of my ranking of all his work. There's a simplicity about the story that works both for and against it, the latter particularly so when comparing it against some of his more complex/rich books.

    But I would say those two belong in the same end of the Strand spectrum as MY PRETTIES...darker, more serious than humorous, with more focus on character than jokey, over-the-top banter and situations.

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    Started REMAINS by Andrew Cull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    Started REMAINS by Andrew Cull.
    Meh...ended up skimming the last third.

    On to Scalzi’s OLD MAN’S WAR.

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    Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke. A really good slow burn of a book. Takes place during a blizzard on Christmas day.

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    I finished reading Politics Is Murder (Vintage paperback) by Edwin Lanham. Politics Is Murder was a complex whodunnit and quite enjoyable. I have not gone back to reading Dracula. I'm now reading Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham.
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    I started reading Stephen King's REVIVAL last night and I'm about 50 pages into it. (A little late to the party, I know.) It seems to be starting off rather slow. Does it get better?

    I've read every Stephen King book up through the Bill Hodges trilogy, but I've fallen behind on my King reading in recent years. I'm hoping this book gets more interesting. By the way, I'm reading the trade hardcover, not my gorgeous new LetterPress edition. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmaduke Grigsby View Post
    I started reading Stephen King's REVIVAL last night and I'm about 50 pages into it...It seems to be starting off rather slow. Does it get better?
    I would say so; I think it gradually gets more interesting, and things start to build and open up later (good characters, unusual story). I kind of wished that the first 2/3 of the novel had been fit into the first 1/3 of the pages, but really, I can't complain too much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Troy View Post
    I would say so; I think it gradually gets more interesting, and things start to build and open up later (good characters, unusual story). I kind of wished that the first 2/3 of the novel had been fit into the first 1/3 of the pages, but really, I can't complain too much.
    Thanks for the response. I knew this must be the case, that it picks up steam as it progresses. Some Stephen King books are better than others, but all of them are engaging. It's just that most of them grab you more from the beginning. I will keep reading and have faith.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmaduke Grigsby View Post
    Thanks for the response. I knew this must be the case, that it picks up steam as it progresses. Some Stephen King books are better than others, but all of them are engaging. It's just that most of them grab you more from the beginning. I will keep reading and have faith.
    I would agree it has a slow build but I enjoyed the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    I would agree it has a slow build but I enjoyed the ride.
    The best part of Revival was the ending. And I think the first 2/3 could have been shortened considerably. This would have been an excellent novella. But I thought it was King's worst novel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffingoff View Post
    The best part of Revival was the ending. And I think the first 2/3 could have been shortened considerably. This would have been an excellent novella. But I thought it was King's worst novel.
    So, you haven't read Rose Madder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    So, you haven't read Rose Madder?
    Revival is the worst King book that I read and finished. Rose Madder is the only King book that I didn't finish.

    But I plan on rereading both at some point to see if I've maybe been too harsh or grumpy. My reread of Revival is, of course, spurred on by BJF's gorgeous new edition.

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    I thought he was talking about Under the Dome.

    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    So, you haven't read Rose Madder?

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    I have said this before but I love how art is subjective. I think Revival is right up there with some of the better SK books. Now LP needs to land, and publish, a gorgeous edition of Duma Key. I would settle for 11/22/63 but that is one of the few books I have signed by SK so a fancy edition isn't as needful for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffingoff View Post
    Revival is the worst King book that I read and finished. Rose Madder is the only King book that I didn't finish.

    But I plan on rereading both at some point to see if I've maybe been too harsh or grumpy. My reread of Revival is, of course, spurred on by BJF's gorgeous new edition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Staad View Post
    I have said this before but I love how art is subjective. I think Revival is right up there with some of the better SK books. Now LP needs to land, and publish, a gorgeous edition of Duma Key. I would settle for 11/22/63 but that is one of the few books I have signed by SK so a fancy edition isn't as needful for me.
    I'd love an LP edition of Duma Key!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Staad View Post
    I thought he was talking about Under the Dome.
    Under The Dome is a good book until the end. Unfortunately the end is bad enough to taint the entire experience. Rose Madder sucks from the opening bell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Staad View Post
    I have said this before but I love how art is subjective. I think Revival is right up there with some of the better SK books. Now LP needs to land, and publish, a gorgeous edition of Duma Key. I would settle for 11/22/63 but that is one of the few books I have signed by SK so a fancy edition isn't as needful for me.
    I would love a nice edition of 11/22/63!

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