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Discussion in 'Bred Any Good Rooks Lately? (Suggested Reading)' started by Dana Jean, Oct 31, 2013.
Still reading Koko...
Wolf Gift first Mz. Becks 'cause it sets the premise, enjoy!! Mz. Rice can put words together quite nicely. And I never pass up a Deaver story.
Thank you Haunted! I do recall really enjoying her books "eons" ago. LOL I am off to get the Wolf Gift!
Just finished Ham On Rye by Charles Bukowski. I've read a few of his Chinaski self autobiographical novels, and every time they make me think "which part is fictional and did that really happen?". This book dealing with his childhood and early adulthood is even more perplexing, yet very entertaining and full of his trademark dark humor.
The next in line is a novel that has been in the queue for some time now, Selkosen Kansaa by the Finnish author Kalle Päätalo. The English version is called Before the Storm, the storm being World War II.
I read Post Office a while back and thought it was terrific. You kind of feel sorry for the guy and laugh your butt off at the same time. He makes absolutely no excuses for being a functional alcoholic nor does he want to change a thing.
Another good one I read was "Hollywood." That was about his dealings with Hollywood in making the movie Barfly.
I've read both Post Office and Hollywood, the latter is quite a perceptive novel. There are many sharp remarks concerning the staff and cast of the movie. Factotum is a good one too, makes you wonder how easy it was to gain and loose a job in his days. He seemed to have a short fuse, lost most of his jobs for getting in to fist fights with somebody, according to his stories.
So glad you enjoyed this book. It is definitely one of my top 10 SK books!
I just finished "The Goldfinch" myself, and feel the same way. I went online to look at reviews to see what they were saying and saw that Stephen King wrote a very nice on in the NY Times, the Sunday section, natch.
Obviously you don't want to read the review before reading the book.
Now I am heading off into a re read of "The Stand", my first since the extended version was published.
I spent the past couple of weeks reading "The End of Your Life Book Club" by Will Schwalbe, and then, "Crossing To Safety" by Wallace Stegner. The latter is the first book Will Scwalbe and his dying mother read together, as they start their book club. Although both books have major characters dying of cancer, I found both tales to be uplifting, and in the case of "Crossing To Safety", the writing was superb. Scwalbe's book is interesting because it is about people who love to read. Books seemed to be as much a character throughout the story as the characters themselves. On a whim, I decided to read the Stegner novel when I finished. What a beautiful book. It's a very simply told story of love and friendship, but the writing is classy and the four main characters (2 couples) are drawn wholly and with so much detail that they feel like family by the end of the story. I loved this book, and highly recommend it to anyone searching for the next "good read".
What a lovely post and I'm sold!
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut is available today for $1.99 on kindle.
This is one of his two best novels. It was written around the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis and at the height of Cold War tensions. It's wickedly funny. Highly recommended.
I'm reading Insomnia now, but with all the hype I'm pondering on reading The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones later... Should I?
I was thinking of doing the same. How 'bout you do it and let me know if I should.
Currently reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.
I've finally accepted my duty to get caught up on sK, and so in the past couple of months I've read 'Salem's Lot, Joyland, and am now in The Wind Through the Keyhole. Dunno what's next but would really like to put a dent in some of the oldies but goodies - Cujo, Firestarter, Dolores Claiborne. I'm a good person after all.
B sweetheart, We KNOW you are a good person... Most people have a couple of Stephen King's (and Tabitha King's and Joe Hill's and Owen King's) books still to read. Each author is gifted. I finished Dr Sleep last evening. It completely rocked!
Am going to resume NOS4A2.
I love stories about shorts too...
I'm OCD when it comes to authors. When I got hooked on Stephen King I read The Shining, and then read everything he's written, (including a couple cocktail napkins) until I got to Duma Key. That was the last SK book I read before I got saved. Now I've read the bible in 5 different translations and versions and a stack of faith based books. Right now I'm reading KJV and NLT bible in a year chronologically, and Ten Questions To Diagnose Your Spiritual Health by Donald S. Whitney. Because after all, I'm not a good person.
I just finished rereading Humans by Donald E. Westlake.... can't say I agree with the theology but it is a very, very well-written book...
I am halfway through with Joyland. Really enjoying it! Yesterday I was reading till 2 a.m. until I realized I had to wake up for work in 6 hours and I'd better get some sleep, I just couldn't stop reading, such a good book!
Dr. Fudd, don't be so hard on yourself. Of course you are a good person. God created you. He didn't make crap. We all have good and bad.