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Old 06-22-2011, 09:02 AM   #1
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When i get time i enjoy reading as much as i enjoy watching films. i am one of those guys that will read pretty much anything so my list of books that I have read may be erratic and unusual.

Dont know how many of you guys read, but as we have a film thread I though we just may as well have a Book thread.

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Ill kick off, the last book i read was A Painted House by John Grisham. It's not his normal type and it's written from the perspective of a seven year old boy, so it gives an innocent feel to the writing. It's not bad on the whole and has some good parts. A nice easy read whilst on the toilet



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Old 06-22-2011, 09:07 AM   #2
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Good thread Carl. I am a book geek.

I am currently reading two books.

Drood by Dan Simmons



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In this creepy intertextual tale of professional jealousy and possible madness, Wilkie Collins tells of his friendship and rivalry with Charles Dickens, and of the mysterious phantasm named Edwin Drood, who pursues them both. Drood, cadaverous and pale, first appears at the scene of a railway accident in which Dickens was one of the few survivors; later, Dickens and Collins descend into London�s sewer in search of his lair. Meanwhile, a retired police detective warns Collins that Drood is responsible for more than three hundred murders, and that he will destroy Dickens in his quest for immortality. Collins is peevish, vain, and cruel, and the most unreliable of narrators: an opium addict, prone to nightmarish visions. The narrative is overlong, with discarded subplots and red herrings, but Simmons, a master of otherworldly suspense, cleverly explores envy�s corrosive effects.
Flawless by Bob Paris



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^ Flawless is very high volume in nature and is somewhat interesting because it never focuses on weight. It is completely "feel" and volume driven.
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Old 06-22-2011, 09:33 AM   #3
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Flawless sounds really interesting tbh...

I am currently reading King of Torts again by John Grisham, only about 40 pages in atm though so ill let you know (im thinking it may be a bit formulaic unfortunately), unless youve read it already



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I recently finished Archangel too by Robert Harris. Its definitely worth a look.



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This is the last book I read, not for the faint-hearted. A detailed acccount of the Hunt for Peter Sutcliffe, AKA The Yorkshire Ripper and the complete and utter incompetence shown by 3 police forces that allowed him to continue his killing spree for years. He was actually interviewed three times and released each time without charge or further enquiry.
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^ I actually saw that book and nearly purchased it.

well, on another topic...I have written two children's books:


http://www.amazon.com/S.-William-Sha...8759752&sr=8-1

I sell about 200 per year. Last year I made $23!
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well, on another topic...I have written two children's books:

I sell about 200 per year. Last year I made $23!
202 now Steve, just ordered them, so thats another $2 in your pocket... Dont spend it all at once

I love childrens fantasy (tolkien, Lewis etc...) as does my 11 year old

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202 now Steve, just ordered them, so thats another $2 in your pocket... Dont spend it all at once

I love childrens fantasy (tolkien, Lewis etc...) as does my 11 year old

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I love reading and writing children's fiction.

I also love reading and writing adult horror, so it gives me a good balance.

The Hobbit is one of my favorite books of all time. King's Gunslinger is in my top 10 as well.
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And thanks Carl! Boys really love the books, so if they are not your thing, pass them along. There are adventure stories that are simply about taking the reader to places beyond the imagination. I take the kids in my story and place them in a fantastic world and put them through the grinder.
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