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Old 10-11-2012, 03:05 PM   #991 (permalink)
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About 3/4th's done with The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie. Pretty good book, better that his last one that i read. Really like Craw and his group.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:47 AM   #992 (permalink)
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Hmm, it's different for me. Lovecraft gets better over time because his writing forces thought rather than tell you what to see. I particularly liked The Music of Erich Zann, though (admittedly) I haven't gone too far into his writing. I've heard good things about Horror at Red Hook, though. That one's next in my book. I'll have to check it out.

lol, I forgot I had my last.fm link in this sig. Those are some awesome bands you've got up on your profile. Added.
Don't get me wrong, I think Lovecraft is a phenomenal author in terms of both writing style and storytelling prowess. I just found everything a whole lot less sinister and unsettling when I revisited him recently, probably due to the best part of a decade of reading, watching and writing horrific stuff.

Completely agree that his use of subtlety and relative lack of descriptiveness elevates his writing far beyond many of his contemporaries. It's particularly refreshing to find in a genre that seems to generate a disproportionate amount of awful writers (myself included I should add!). There's barely a dud in his bibliography so I'm sure you'll dig the rest of the book (anthology?) you're reading.

I'm a sucker for lastFM so I always have a browse if someone posts a link to theirs. Some great stuff in you're charts too, and a whole lot of stuff I'm unfamiliar with as well. Had noticed your username in the past and always thought it had kind of a black metal ring to it!

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Im about halfway through Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain. I really like it so far, the guy has lived an interesting life, and the way in which he writes is very enthralling.
I'd recommend it.
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Don't get me wrong, I think Lovecraft is a phenomenal author in terms of both writing style and storytelling prowess. I just found everything a whole lot less sinister and unsettling when I revisited him recently, probably due to the best part of a decade of reading, watching and writing horrific stuff.

Completely agree that his use of subtlety and relative lack of descriptiveness elevates his writing far beyond many of his contemporaries. It's particularly refreshing to find in a genre that seems to generate a disproportionate amount of awful writers (myself included I should add!). There's barely a dud in his bibliography so I'm sure you'll dig the rest of the book (anthology?) you're reading.

I'm a sucker for lastFM so I always have a browse if someone posts a link to theirs. Some great stuff in you're charts too, and a whole lot of stuff I'm unfamiliar with as well. Had noticed your username in the past and always thought it had kind of a black metal ring to it!
Yeah, it's a collection of short stories. Been meaning to read it but I always find another book to latch on to. Shit just wasn't meant to be. :P

Black metal eh? haha, close.. on some level. I took that name from a Fantômas album. The album has some fantastic mindfuckery if you're into avant-garde a la Mr. Bungle.
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Dean Koontz is okay. He goes a little overboard with supernatural shit at times that makes no sense. I liked the first couple Odd Thomas books.
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Dean Koontz is okay. He goes a little overboard with supernatural shit at times that makes no sense. I liked the first couple Odd Thomas books.
Yeah, Koontz is best when he deals with more realistic concepts. I'd say his pacing is his strongest aspect.
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Bout done with The Heroes. Abercrombie sure can write a good battle scene.
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Black metal eh? haha, close.. on some level. I took that name from a Fantômas album. The album has some fantastic mindfuckery if you're into avant-garde a la Mr. Bungle.
Speaking of charts, I noticed you have Vintersorg on your profile. Have you heard the newest album?
That Necronomicon printing is absolutely gorgeous, I can't even bring myself to crack the spine of my copy and always go to my well-thumbed paperback anthologies (complete with their totally unrepresentative shlock-art covers). If you're in the market for some similar stuff I recommend Algernon Blackwood, his novella 'The Willows' is one of the creepiest stories I've ever read.

I'm only familiar with 'The Director's Cut' (which I think is just genius) from Patton's post-FNM career though I'm told all of it is really interesting, just never got round to checking it out. And no, haven't heard the new Vintersorg but if the strength of 'Jordpuls' is anything to go by I really need to rectify that. He seems to be at the top of his game at the moment.
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I was always curious about A Million Little Pieces, so this past summer I borrowed the book from a cousin of mine. I read it whenever I had the time and managed to get to the book-end within a couple of weeks. Interesting story, and even though I heard of the backlash against James Frey many years ago for over-exaggerating his addictions, but it still makes for a good book. Since I enjoyed it the first time, and to refresh the story in my mind, I'm going to read it a second time. I have since then borrowed his follow-up books from my cousin, My Friend Leonard and Bright Shiny Morning. Has anybody else read any of James' books?
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Bout done with The Heroes. Abercrombie sure can write a good battle scene.
gonna pick up Red Country later. thought the heroes was very good. shivers is great.
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