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 Posted:   Dec 26, 2016 - 4:44 PM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

A shade early but I'll start. I just read The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker. It's Pinhead vs Harry D'Amour (Scott Bakula's character from Lord of Illusions. It's awful. It starts off quite well, with Pinhead killing a last group of Magicians ànd stealing their powers to control Hell, and D'Anour drunk in New Orleans, hard boiled detective style. But it rapidly becomes a poor read, like someone assembled linear cut-scenes from a computer game. The writing is really quite terrible in places. The attempts at humour fail horribly, the characters have no chemistry with each other. No one is scared of Pinhead. There are some nice descriptions of parts if Hell, and there's a creepy magician turned monster who is quickly dispensed in an off hand way. D'Amour follows Pinhead to Hell to rescue a kidnapped friend. That's it. Pinhead fights Lucifer in what makes you feel like you're watching somebody else play a really tiresome computer game. The story is so linear, the character interaction and humour so poor, and the writing frequently dipping into 'was the editor asleep?' Territory that I'm not even giving it away. I'm binning it. It's my last Barker. Previously I read one about a demon in Hell that was so bad I stopped after 20 pages. It was wretched. Mr Bad Bone or some such. I forget. This wasn't as bad but certainly felt like it was going there a few times.

Next up: Roadside Picnic

 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2016 - 6:11 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Yeah, the new Barker was awful.

I'll chime back into this thread in the new year. smile

 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2017 - 6:38 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, which is volume 1 of the Hunter S. Thompson "Fear and Loathing letters"--because reading about just one alcoholic, suicidal writer isn't enough. Speaking of which, Papa Hemingway will have to take a seat in the Phelps Green Room for now...

I'll do my best to keep this thread going throughout 2017, The Wanderer (wherever you are; R.I.P. just in case).

Oh, and because I so love this board, I will provide an image of said book's cover.

 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2017 - 7:11 AM   
 By:   RoryR   (Member)

Why when somebody hasn't posted here in a while there's this tendency here to assume they're R.I.P.?

Some have already got Chickenhearted buried already.

Anyway, I'm currently reading "Escape Velocity: American Science Fiction Film, 1950-1982" by Bradley Schauer, and have just ordered John McElwee's new book "The Art of Selling Movies."

What can I say? I'm a film buff.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2017 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

This Gun For Hire - Graham Greene - Haven't read anything for a bit so glad to get back to it with what looks like a slim read and I liked he Greene's I read about 12 years ago.

I'm also browsing Cosa Nostra: An Illustrated History of the Mafia - which has excellent photos and is nicely written as an overview of the bad lads.

 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2017 - 9:20 AM   
 By:   mgh   (Member)

I am returning to my favorite two books: Cannery Row by John Steinbeck and The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. I never get tired of them.

 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2017 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

"Prejudices in Disguise" (1974) by Robert Craft. I've been reading a truckload of books on the subject of classical music and these are probably the best-written essays I've come across. I've been re-reading each entry, not just for the insights Craft has into composers such as Mahler, Wert, and, of course, Stravinsky, but also for the sheer pleasure of reading his stylish prose.

 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2017 - 11:51 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Right now I am working my way through

Caliban's War (Expanse Series)
A solid story so far and an overall interesting series.

Also my second reading of Too Like the Lightning which I started reading again just after finishing the first time through. So much interesting stuff to digest that you can't get it all in one reading.

 
 Posted:   Mar 1, 2017 - 7:40 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)



I just started this book. So far the book is giving background on Wonder Woman's creator and describing some of the events of the time that shaped him, including the woman's suffrage and feminism movements, and the creator's work on the lie detector test. Interesting read.

 
 Posted:   Mar 18, 2017 - 10:03 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Mar 18, 2017 - 10:45 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Re: Hook book. Let us (or me) know any interesting Joy Division-New Order revelations you come across.

 
 Posted:   Mar 18, 2017 - 12:43 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

AMERICAN HEIRESS - The Kidnapping Of Patty hearst
Jeffrey Toobin


little known fact: SLA members hid out at Riotengine's house for awhile

 
 Posted:   Mar 18, 2017 - 12:54 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

AMERICAN HEIRESS - The Kidnapping Of Patty hearst
Jeffrey Toobin


little known fact: SLA members hid out at Riotengine's house for awhile


Did Riotengine also get a Presidential pardon? wink

 
 Posted:   Mar 18, 2017 - 1:08 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2017 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Re: Hook book. Let us (or me) know any interesting Joy Division-New Order revelations you come across.

I have reached 1990 in the book now. All I can say is, you should really read it.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2017 - 12:27 PM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

The Lost City of Z by David Grann

 
 Posted:   Apr 10, 2017 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

LISTENING TO THE DOORS - Greil marcus

Thor would love this book.
LOL!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 11, 2017 - 12:29 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)




I read Alan Bullock's "Hitler and Stalin - Parallel Lives". I wonder if there's really enough new stuff to hold the interest.

TG

 
 Posted:   Apr 12, 2017 - 11:43 AM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

I read Alan Bullock's "Hitler and Stalin - Parallel Lives". I wonder if there's really enough new stuff to hold the interest.


The revised version of the book I read was published in 1964, so "Hitler & Stalin" will definitely have the most up-to=date info, TG.

Since Hitler has now moved into the realm of cartoon supervillain I felt I should know the contours of his life as a human being. Seeing him only as a monster is practically useless (although he was, certainly, monsterous).

 
 Posted:   Apr 12, 2017 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

 
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