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Old 06-13-2013, 03:38 PM   #591 (permalink)
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Finished the Day by Day Armageddon trilogy - enjoyed and recommend.

Robopacalypse was pretty good, sort of like World War Z but not quite that good.

Last night I was anxious for Last of US and decide to read The Road again. I think it is a great story and the prose is exceptional in moving it along.

American Gods this weekend...
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Totally mesmerized by these books.
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I just read Sartre's Nausea. If you are riddled with existentialist issues or in a philosophical mood, or both, like me, I highly recommend it.
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Just finished a Bachman (King) two-fer Rage and The Long Walk. Both are sort of pulpy type stories from King. Rage is the story of a young man who takes over his class with a gun and then proceeds to make the class argue if they should live or die. The Long Walk is the story of 100 young men who for the prize of having anything they want for the rest of their life walk till 99 of them die.

The Long Walk really was an enjoyable story, it had decent characterization so that you knew who was who. My biggest complaint of Battle Royale is that you really couldn't tell most of the cast apart, for this story everyone who is named has a decent backstory, personality and name. I liked how the death order wasn't predictable, the antagonists went fairly quickly and I was a little surprised at the final four. The biggest knock I have with the book is that very little actually happens during the walk. I felt like their were opportunities to add some better action and every time King just pulled back.

Rage on the other hand started off great but then just got ridiculous and dull. The idea of a kid taking over a class seems ripe for a thriller. The problem is King doesn't want to tell the story of a student killing and traumatizing his fellow classmates. He just decides to make the character into the archetypical 70's anti-hero. He's all damn the man as he kills the teachers but then becomes almost heroic to his fellow classmates. While the hero is exposed as a fraud. Really the whole thing was just an awful misstep, it didn't help that half the story is told in flashback about the leads horrible childhood...shocker he has an abusive father .

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Totally mesmerized by these books.
Finished the trio. Amazing books if you're a SW fanatic like myself.



Starting this next. Plagueis was the master of Palpatine, who you can see bowing down on the cover as well.
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Just finished a Bachman (King) two-fer Rage and The Long Walk. Both are sort of pulpy type stories from King. Rage is the story of a young man who takes over his class with a gun and then proceeds to make the class argue if they should live or die. The Long Walk is the story of 100 young men who for the prize of having anything they want for the rest of their life walk till 99 of them die.

The Long Walk really was an enjoyable story, it had decent characterization so that you knew who was who. My biggest complaint of Battle Royale is that you really couldn't tell most of the cast apart, for this story everyone who is named has a decent backstory, personality and name. I liked how the death order wasn't predictable, the antagonists went fairly quickly and I was a little surprised at the final four. The biggest knock I have with the book is that very little actually happens during the walk. I felt like their were opportunities to add some better action and every time King just pulled back.

Rage on the other hand started off great but then just got ridiculous and dull. The idea of a kid taking over a class seems ripe for a thriller. The problem is King doesn't want to tell the story of a student killing and traumatizing his fellow classmates. He just decides to make the character into the archetypical 70's anti-hero. He's all damn the man as he kills the teachers but then becomes almost heroic to his fellow classmates. While the hero is exposed as a fraud. Really the whole thing was just an awful misstep, it didn't help that half the story is told in flashback about the leads horrible childhood...shocker he has an abusive father .

Long Walk B+
Rage C-
Rage was never intended to be about a guy murdering his classmates, it's more of a psychological thriller as he torments the principal. I find your reviews to be pretty harsh, but that's probably because I'm the biggest Bachman/King fan that I know.

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So I read American Gods, I thought it was good, sucked me in in the end.

One word to describe it, Interesting. I'm still deciding what I make of it, but just an interesting read all around. I'd of liked to see more of the Coming to America sections from the past, those were pretty cool. I think Laura was my favorite character overall, she was funny. Not a book for everyone, but I enjoyed it.


Got my hands on the first 20 or so books in the Deathlands series. It's okay, not really recommended by me though. High, HIGH emphasis on sex, violence and action type stuff. Some interesting survival and packing elements. I'm on the 5th book now, not sure how long I'm going to stick with it though...
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:46 PM   #599 (permalink)
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Yeah but it wasn't terribly interesting. Once the main character gets shot..but survives because the bullet hits the lock in his chest. The rest of the novel just feels like a masturbatory fantasy not really a thriller. Ted Jones fall from grace is terribly transparent and very few of the supporting characters are given any sense of texture.
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I don't feel like going through the 60 pages of the thread to find out, but can anyone give me some suggestions for good science fiction/fantasy books, also really good (non religious) post apocalyptic books as well. I know about the Game of Thrones/sequels and stuff like Lord of The Rings and all the major popular series, so you can probably skip all of the obvious suggestions.

Thanks guys.
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