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Recently finished The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. Both incredible reads.

Next up, Invisible Planets, an anthology of sci-fi short stories by Chinese authors.
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The Regulators - Richard Bachman.

I have to say, I'm just not that into it...
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@Jessie, it's really no learning involved and really fuckin dull.
i'm reading Cannery Row by John Steinbeck.
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@Jessie, it's really no learning involved and really fuckin dull.
i'm reading Cannery Row by John Steinbeck.


Cannery Row? Haven't read Steinbeck in a decade. Man that bastard can lay down a sentence. Long, with lots of commas.

I think I'll read Cannery again.
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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

For those who don't know, it is a historical romance with fantastical elements, about a World War 2 era nurse who is transported back to 18th century Scotland.

A year or two ago, I made the mistake of watching the series first. It hooked me from the word go and I loved it so much, I wanted to read the book.

Alas, the series is so faithful to the book that reading the first few chapters was like reading the DVD.

So I gave it time to get out of my system before I borrowed the book again and now I'm getting immersed in the words. I love Diana Gabaldon's descriptions of 20th century Inverness and later, the castle Leoch.

Even though the story is in first person, told from the point of view of Claire, the people and places she encounters really jump off the page.
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I quit reading. It's ALL television ALL the time now, baby.
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I quit reading. It's ALL television ALL the time now, baby.


All joking aside, I find myself unable to read and enjoy much lately. I flip open pages of well thumbed novels and read a few paragraphs but find no inspiration beyond the perfectly crafted sentence.
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I picked up a bale of second-hand books last week from Oxfam to give to an elderly neighbour. She started with one called "The Boy I Love" which I had hand-picked as a love story set in World War I. She's 86 and fond of a good old fashioned romance.

She devoured the book in a day and then immediately read it again, asking if I could find her more like that. When I popped in with shopping, she gave it to me with her personal recommendation of a stay-up-all-night page turner.

It is a good book (by Marion Husband). World War I soldiers return home to try and resume normality after the horror of the trenches - and the soldiers they had fallen in love with. It's a homosexual love story - full of graphic love scenes and fairly earthy descriptions of hurried and anonymous couplings. Touching and sad too.

Brought some spice to her life! Think she's done with Barbara Cartland now she's got on to some harder stuff...
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Originally Posted by JesseK1213 View Post
The Regulators - Richard Bachman.

I have to say, I'm just not that into it...
I literally just started reading that book a couple days ago. wow. Coincedence?

The book itself is a sort of sequel to Stephen King's book Desperation, which is actually a really good read.


I've been trying to read the Witcher series by Andrej Sapkowski, but no luck. He's polish so his stuff doesn't translate well into English.
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I literally just started reading that book a couple days ago. wow. Coincedence?

The book itself is a sort of sequel to Stephen King's book Desperation, which is actually a really good read.


I've been trying to read the Witcher series by Andrej Sapkowski, but no luck. He's polish so his stuff doesn't translate well into English.
I enjoy Stephen King. Picked up 'Needful Things' on Friday night and gorged on it until Saturday morning. Delicious wickedness...
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I enjoy Stephen King. Picked up 'Needful Things' on Friday night and gorged on it until Saturday morning. Delicious wickedness...
"There are two prices for this card, Brian. Half... and half. One half is cash. The other is a deed. Do you understand?"


Have you read The Dark Tower series he wrote? It's an interesting read, and all 1,295,000 words are worth it. an eight book epic. Best series I've ever read.
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"There are two prices for this card, Brian. Half... and half. One half is cash. The other is a deed. Do you understand?"


Have you read The Dark Tower series he wrote? It's an interesting read, and all 1,295,000 words are worth it. an eight book epic. Best series I've ever read.
Not yet,,,but that sounds like a recommendation.
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"There are two prices for this card, Brian. Half... and half. One half is cash. The other is a deed. Do you understand?"





Have you read The Dark Tower series he wrote? It's an interesting read, and all 1,295,000 words are worth it. an eight book epic. Best series I've ever read.


I read the first book and half of the second. So many of my writer friends praise it.

I just can't bring myself to be involved enough to finish. People have told me it gets better and better but I'm not sure I'll even finish the second book.
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All joking aside, I find myself unable to read and enjoy much lately. I flip open pages of well thumbed novels and read a few paragraphs but find no inspiration beyond the perfectly crafted sentence.
I'm not really joking. And I'm in the EXACT same boat.

I go through these phases where I don't read -- or I just pick up novels I've read and either pick through or reread them. Or I go back to short stores I've read over and over.

Truth is, I've never been a big reader. It's not all that easy for me. And my primary interest in literature came from my folks reading aloud to me.

I've heard so many times that if you want to be a really good writer you have to be a copious reader. If that's true, I guess I'm shit out of luck.
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Originally Posted by Myers View Post
I'm not really joking. And I'm in the EXACT same boat.



I go through these phases where I don't read -- or I just pick up novels I've read and either pick through or reread them. Or I go back to short stores I've read over and over.



Truth is, I've never been a big reader. It's not all that easy for me. And my primary interest in literature came from my folks reading aloud to me.



I've heard so many times that if you want to be a really good writer you have to be a copious reader. If that's true, I guess I'm shit out of luck.


Audiobooks maybe?

I know what you mean about reading being difficult. I can never skim and get the meaning. I have to read every word and process it slowly for there to be value. Unfortunately, so many of the geniuses of mechanics are also wordy long-winded air-bags.
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I've tried audiobooks. I don't really connect in the same was as when I read.

Otherwise -- I'm good. Something will happen and I'll get on a kick and read a few books. It's a cycle.

And really, good films and series inspire me to write -- maybe more than anything else -- the kind that are close in and based on relationships, with lots of great dialog. It's like what I see in my head -- the setting, the scenes etc. -- if that makes sense.
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The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. The TV adaptation was actually better I think (didn't see the film)
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