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RE: What Are You Reading? - 4/8/2012 7:53:41 PM   
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Finished reading The Hunger Games (book 1) earlier today. A lot better than I thought it would be, and easy to read which is just what I needed.
Some of the sentence phrasing was a bit naff though.

Looking forward to book 2 (which my friend says is much better).

And I've just finished watching the film. It complements the book nicely.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 5/8/2012 5:33:51 AM   
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I've become addicted to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories, and am currently halfway through The Silent Speaker, after having just finished Black Orchids.
What appeals so much isn't the fact that they are good mysteries - there are others, including the Perry Mason, Inspector Allyn and Poirot stories which are equally good - and they certainly don't have edge of the seat suspense or lots of action. It's the relationship between Nero Wolfe and his right hand man Archie Goodwin which is endlessly fascinating and full of wit and dry humour. In fact, P.G. Wodehouse wrote that the creation of Archie Goodwin was Stout's supreme triumph.
There are forty novels in the series, and so far I've read sixteen. I'll be sorry when they're finished.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 5/8/2012 7:48:23 PM   
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Nearly finished it. I didn't like it to begin with, but am glad I stuck with it as I'm really enjoying it now.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 5/8/2012 8:24:55 PM   
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Nearly finished it. I didn't like it to begin with, but am glad I stuck with it as I'm really enjoying it now.


I loved this when I read it a few years ago, a splendid read.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 9/8/2012 4:01:15 PM   
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I have abandoned the idea of rediscovering King chronologically (there's so many to get through and I don't have them all anyway), so have cherry-picked his first short story collection as my next instead.



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RE: What Are You Reading? - 9/8/2012 6:34:41 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 15/8/2012 10:17:43 AM   
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Going to finish this today:



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RE: What Are You Reading? - 15/8/2012 4:11:18 PM   
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I've become addicted to Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories, and am currently halfway through The Silent Speaker, after having just finished Black Orchids.
What appeals so much isn't the fact that they are good mysteries - there are others, including the Perry Mason, Inspector Allyn and Poirot stories which are equally good - and they certainly don't have edge of the seat suspense or lots of action. It's the relationship between Nero Wolfe and his right hand man Archie Goodwin which is endlessly fascinating and full of wit and dry humour. In fact, P.G. Wodehouse wrote that the creation of Archie Goodwin was Stout's supreme triumph.
There are forty novels in the series, and so far I've read sixteen. I'll be sorry when they're finished.


I take it you're not going to go onto the Goldsborough ones?

My dad accidentally got me a completely age inappropriate 3 book collection of Nero Wolfe when I was about 7-8 (I was ill - the other one was a similar omnibus of 87th Precinct novels!). Since then I've been back and forth through the collection (that took me years to build up) several times, found radio shows, TV adaptations, films etc.

I think the stories are so dense and well-written that they are easily re-readable on a regular basis.


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RE: What Are You Reading? - 15/8/2012 5:22:51 PM   
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Nearly finished it. I didn't like it to begin with, but am glad I stuck with it as I'm really enjoying it now.


I loved this when I read it a few years ago, a splendid read.

Same here. I just got his latest 'The Marriage Plot' for my birthday. I've heard/read it isn't as good but I've decided to judge for myself.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 15/8/2012 6:22:48 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 15/8/2012 7:01:18 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 15/8/2012 10:41:13 PM   
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Do you like it?

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 15/8/2012 10:50:36 PM   
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Not massively so far. The stories aren't scary in the slightest and I'm not finding there's much tension built up. I've only read a few of the stories though. Got a load more to get through.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 15/8/2012 10:58:58 PM   
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I thought you were cool. Ok, I didn't. But I didn't think you were massively uncool. At least not by mod standards...

Actually, that's pretty much what I expected.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 15/8/2012 11:09:47 PM   
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I'll finish a load more by tomorrow night so I'll let you know what I think then.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 15/8/2012 11:11:22 PM   
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Which ones have you read so far?

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 15/8/2012 11:31:50 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 16/8/2012 9:49:41 AM   
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Which ones have you read so far?


There was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard
Rats
After Dark in the Playing Fields
Wailing Well
The Experiment : A New Yearís Eve Ghost Story
The Malice of Inanimate Objects
A Vignette


Then last night I also read Canon Albericís Scrap-Book which was a lot better. If they carry on like that I'll be very happy.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 16/8/2012 11:05:18 AM   
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Which ones have you read so far?


There was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard
Rats
After Dark in the Playing Fields
Wailing Well
The Experiment : A New Yearís Eve Ghost Story
The Malice of Inanimate Objects
A Vignette


Then last night I also read Canon Albericís Scrap-Book which was a lot better. If they carry on like that I'll be very happy.



Ah, you've actually read some of the stories generally considered weaker. I like A Vignette, because it's supposed to be based on James' childhood experience, I also have a lot of time for Wailing Well and Rats, but the others aren't his best work. Canon Alberic's Scrapbook is more along the lines of what people consider classic James. Hopefully you'll find more to appreciate when you move on to the likes of Casting the Runes, The Mezzotint, Lost Hearts, Count Magnus or Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad.

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 16/8/2012 12:53:56 PM   
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I've just read Lost Hearts, The Mezzotint and The Ash Tree and they're all really good. Things are looking up for MR James

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 19/8/2012 10:48:22 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 21/8/2012 8:04:53 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 22/8/2012 9:56:43 AM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 23/8/2012 9:50:31 PM   
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I've completely forgotten how to add a picture but am reading The Girl at the Lion d'Or. Really enjoying it and a nice change after finishing the brilliant A Dance with Dragons



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RE: What Are You Reading? - 26/8/2012 12:54:05 AM   
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I finished reading Dante's Divine Comedy after having it in my closet for about five years - the size of the book was daunting, but then I actually looked inside it and realized that 300+ pages are notes! Inferno/Purgatorio/Paradiso are only 150 pages or so each...



Anyway, now I'm on to my first ever Capote.



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RE: What Are You Reading? - 26/8/2012 5:53:39 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 26/8/2012 7:41:12 PM   
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RE: What Are You Reading? - 26/8/2012 8:59:18 PM   
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Just about to start this



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RE: What Are You Reading? - 28/8/2012 7:46:08 PM   
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Fairly zipping through them now, only 12 away from 50! Stephen King-athon is back with this one.



I also picked up Fahernheit 451 and Ubik at the library, which I really wanted to read. Which is surprising, because normally the library hordes the books I really want and then puts them out the day after I buy them, because they're dicks!

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RE: What Are You Reading? - 29/8/2012 5:55:07 PM   
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