What Are You Reading? Part Deux

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CoriSCapnSkip

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Yesterday I finished listening to The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Part of the time I listened was in the car on the way to, through, and from the cemetery where I tend several plots, and by the end he almost had me calling it the graveyard. (A graveyard has a church attached; a cemetery does not.) Now I am bummed that there is not a sequel or something equally as good and am kind of at a loss what to do next.

Also bummed as no one seems to read Neil Gaiman's Message Board forum. Anyone wishing to discuss The Graveyard Book please join me here: The Graveyard Book - Forum
 

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Yesterday I finished listening to The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Part of the time I listened was in the car on the way to, through, and from the cemetery where I tend several plots, and by the end he almost had me calling it the graveyard. (A graveyard has a church attached; a cemetery does not.) Now I am bummed that there is not a sequel or something equally as good and am kind of at a loss what to do next.

Also bummed as no one seems to read Neil Gaiman's Message Board forum. Anyone wishing to discuss The Graveyard Book please join me here: The Graveyard Book - Forum
I loved The Graveyard Book. Love me some Neil Gaiman.

Speaking of... Good Omens begins on May 31st on amazon!
I also loved The Graveyard Book and it was really the book that made me love Neil Gaiman. He read the entire book over on his website, Mousecircus. I don't know if that site still exists, or if Neil's reading is still there, but it was fantastic to listen to him and watch him.

MOST of the time, I love an author to read their own work. I have heard some authors read their stuff and they were horrible readers.

I would re-buy ever single Stephen King book if he would narrate them. I would love that.

An author knows exactly how they want something emphasized. What word is important. What the sound of it should be. They can impress upon you a feeling, or an urgency or a mystery that you may read differently left to your own devices. Hearing them read their work, It's like stepping into their heads. Because you know as they wrote, they were reading it out loud to make sure the sound was right.

I mean seriously, how many times have we all read something on this very site that someone said, and we all go away emphasizing what we assumed they meant. What their attitude was. Sometimes we read a sentence or comment the way we feel it was meant and not how it was really meant. So, listening to the author read their own work is a wondrous magical gift. They take us by the hand and say "here, this is how I wanted this to be for you."
 

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I finished Dave Barry’s book big trouble it was a nice light read and k8nd of funny but also kind of stupid as well. Bu5 after reading pet sematary I wanted something kind of silly. I am know reading a book I got from the library called the road to Johnstown, by Jeff Gunn. It is actually interesting and full of stuff I did not know. And I have read and resucerched the people’s temple and Jim Jones. I am just at the beginning but I am f8 s8ng it may be mak8)g me think about what I knew about Jim Jones and the people’s temple. I used to th8nk that Jim Jones did want to domgood things and do the work of god, but I do;t think so I just thin’ he whanted people to just adore him and treat him like god. His mom was a total wack job I think worse then Helen white in carrie..
 

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The Naturals series.
My daughter found the first 3 of these at a 2nd and Charles store last week and she's on book 3 and I just finished book one (started yesterday)! It's a YA series - premise is an FBI agent is recruiting 17 and 18 year olds who have a Natural talent (profiling, spotting lies, analyzing data) to help solve cold cases. Very well written and engaging. I wish no bounce no play was still chiming in now and again, because I think she would like this series!


 

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Whenever someone mentions Skeleton Crew or even Nightmares and Dreamscapes...

Man I feel old even when I am 38 years old. Been a long long time since I read those two books back then in the 1990s
 

Wayoftheredpanda

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I haven’t read a novel in awhile

I tried in December to read Floating Dragon but I stopped because it didn’t interest me much

I tried to read Battle Royale in February, and although I liked the book and it was fairly fast paced and I read about half of it before I stopped reading it because the constant unapologetic violence against children depicted in the novel made me feel even more depressed

I was supposed to read The Power of One for school, but I didn’t even read past the first chapter because I wasn’t interested

I want to get back into reading King, problem is I want to finish The Dark Tower series but also kinda don’t, I told the officer who commented on my King collection that I didn’t like Song of Susannah at all, and his response is “Oh then you’re going to hate the ending” oh dear god I’m frightened that this means such a good series will have a lackluster ending, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that comment was a joke
 

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I haven’t read a novel in awhile

I tried in December to read Floating Dragon but I stopped because it didn’t interest me much

I tried to read Battle Royale in February, and although I liked the book and it was fairly fast paced and I read about half of it before I stopped reading it because the constant unapologetic violence against children depicted in the novel made me feel even more depressed

I was supposed to read The Power of One for school, but I didn’t even read past the first chapter because I wasn’t interested

I want to get back into reading King, problem is I want to finish The Dark Tower series but also kinda don’t, I told the officer who commented on my King collection that I didn’t like Song of Susannah at all, and his response is “Oh then you’re going to hate the ending” oh dear god I’m frightened that this means such a good series will have a lackluster ending, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that comment was a joke
Fear not, read on , take the Journey of the Dark Tower------ SK does not disappoint.
 

CoriSCapnSkip

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I mean seriously, how many times have we all read something on this very site that someone said, and we all go away emphasizing what we assumed they meant. What their attitude was. Sometimes we read a sentence or comment the way we feel it was meant and not how it was really meant. So, listening to the author read their own work is a wondrous magical gift. They take us by the hand and say "here, this is how I wanted this to be for you."
I would like to know how many other Newbery Award winning authors read their own works on audiobook. This is the only one of which I know and I made an exception for it, having read every other Newbery winner to myself, but if I learn of any read by the authors I will certainly go for the audiobooks--this was an experience akin to watching a movie!

I also want to know when someone will invent a sarcasm font, and what is the word for when you say something between half and three quarters serious and between half and three quarters joking and someone takes it as COMPLETELY serious and goes on the attack and are sometimes too dense even to understand an explanation when offered, even though you wouldn't have said it in the first place if you were not at least partly serious, but partly serious doesn't mean you don't see more than one aspect to it which is why you couldn't be entirely serious. I'm sure there must be a word for this or should be. I get in trouble for this all the time, probably more in writing than speaking.
 

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I finished Echoes of Violence last night. I was a fun zombie novel. It's pretty short, and the short chapters really keep the action moving. It could easily be read in one sitting. I won't spoil anything, but the premise of the novel and the story structure get you thinking about what you would do in the situation these characters are in. It's a clever idea for a zombie novel, and one I'd never seen before. It's worth checking out.

Starting NOS4A2 tonight. Can't wait to read it.
 

doowopgirl

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I've almost finished The Regulators.

I've read a Book called Career of Evil besides, by Robert Galbraith.
I didn't know, that was JK Rowlings alias :rolleyes:

The book was.....much too long
You can skip 20 pages without missing anything
I read one of those Galbraith's and it was SOOOO boring. I gave up after the first 50 pages. Reading a book called 67 the Year that Changed Soul. It's absolutely fascinating. The author alternates the history of Motown with what was going on in the U.S. politically, socially. How the music scene was changing with the times. Protests, riots, drugs, Civil Rights movement. Wonderful.
 

osnafrank

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I read one of those Galbraith's and it was SOOOO boring. I gave up after the first 50 pages. Reading a book called 67 the Year that Changed Soul. It's absolutely fascinating. The author alternates the history of Motown with what was going on in the U.S. politically, socially. How the music scene was changing with the times. Protests, riots, drugs, Civil Rights movement. Wonderful.
Indeed, it was.
There were two main characters called Cormoran Strike and Robin....something.

So much redundant persons, dialogues....
The book has more than 600 pages but 250 would be more than enough
 
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I've recently finished Max Einstein, i love Max Einstein, the Benefactor is an interesting character, Charl and Isabi are also interesting. thgis books proves that i am still child at heart

i'm now on the first quarter of The Chemist
so okay, i'm done of the chemist. did not please me that much, the Male MC was too clingy that i hate him so much, only the twin of the Male MC and Valentine are interesting. did actually a full rant post of this book at my FB lmao

and now i'm re reading Good Omens, excited forthe TV series ><)
 

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I got an e-mail that my signed copy of If She Wakes by Michael Koryta is on the way. That's next as soon as it arrives. I got the signed copy from The Poisoned Pen in Arizona (he did a signing there last week). They probably still have copies you can order if you're interested. Michael Koryta did a signing last weekend in Tampa that I wanted to go to but I had something else going on Saturday and couldn't go.
 
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