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#1    littlelucky

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 04:30 PM

Hey everyone!

I found a used book store on a recent trip and snagged a copy of "Girlfriend in a Coma" by Douglas Coupland.  It begins in the late 70s, and centers around a group of friends, one who has a precognition of a major disaster.  It's an easy and entertaining read.  What've you read, that you'd recommend?

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 05:04 PM

I just read the wrong man from john katzenbach... good.. but I wanted something more... scary... heart stopping!!! ^_^

what do you recomend me?


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Posted 28 October 2010 - 07:05 PM

View PostOrkid, on 28 October 2010 - 05:04 PM, said:

I just read the wrong man from john katzenbach... good.. but I wanted something more... scary... heart stopping!!! ^_^

what do you recomend me?


Anything by HP Lovecraft...
IMO he makes Stephen King's stories read like "Rebecca of Sunnybrooke Farm"...


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Posted 29 October 2010 - 08:02 PM

I love the victorian ghost stories of M. R. James -- if you can get past the flowery language, some of his stories are quite horrifying!  

HP Lovecraft is rather frightening too, Taun -- I'll have to take him down from the shelf this weekend.  I'll check out "The Wrong Man" too!

Speaking of Stephen King, his son is a writer as well -- he wrote a book called "Heart Shaped Box" which was about a man who bought a haunted suit on Ebay, as well as a collection of short stories called "Twentieth Century Ghosts."  Some of them are a bit too gory for me -- I always appreciate something spooky over a story of human beings that are awful to each other.

Edited to add: the author of Heart Shaped Box & Twentieth Century Ghosts goes by the name of Joe Hill.

Edited by littlelucky, 29 October 2010 - 08:03 PM.

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 07:42 PM

I probably should have made my last post from a different thread on this thread. haha. I too am looking for good horror fiction.  I would recommend Beneath Still Waters By: Ray Garton and Isolation By: Travis Thrasher. :)

We held hands on the last night on earth.  Our mouths filled with dust, we kissed in the fields and under trees, screaming like dogs, bleeding dark into the leaves.  It was empty on the edge of town but we knew everyone floated along the bottom of the river.  So we walked through the waste where the road curved into the sea and the shattered seasons lay, and the bitter smell of burning was on you like a disease.  In our cancer of passion you said,

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Posted 04 November 2010 - 07:46 PM

A very good author I've recently discovered is Walter John Williams.  I'm currently reading his novel titled Aristoi, but can't review it yet as I'm not even on page 200 yet.  However I did read a 1981 novel of his entitled Voice of the Whirlwind.  The plot synopsis on wikipedia is;

Etienne Steward is a clone, also known as a beta. When he awakes, his memories are fifteen years old, because the original Steward -- the alpha -- never bothered to have a brain-scan update.

In those fifteen years, the entire world has changed. An alien race known as The Powers has established relations with humanity. The Orbital Policorp which held his allegiance has collapsed. He fought and survived the off-world Artifacts War, but dozens of his friends did not. Both his first and second wives have divorced him.

More importantly, someone has murdered him, causing the activation of the beta back-up. Now Steward has to figure out who wanted him dead, if he doesn't want to die again.

I highly recomend this book.


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Posted 05 November 2010 - 10:51 PM

For a light paranormal read, I can get into some Dresden books from Jim Butcher...


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Posted 06 November 2010 - 04:26 PM

Personally Haunted by Gracie Hatchet is my personal favorite!


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Posted 09 November 2010 - 07:13 PM

View PostA7X Vampyre 6661, on 04 November 2010 - 07:42 PM, said:

I probably should have made my last post from a different thread on this thread. haha. I too am looking for good horror fiction.  I would recommend Beneath Still Waters By: Ray Garton and Isolation By: Travis Thrasher. :)

Matthew J. Costello --- Would this be the author by any chance of Beneath still waters? I was looking to see the cover of the book and didnt find it under Mr. Ray Garton.. only M. Costello..

I am asking because I wanted to double check..thanks!


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Posted 09 November 2010 - 07:39 PM

Some of my favorite fiction is by Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman.
The book they wrote together, Good Omens is one of my favorites period.

I've always enjoyed Clive Cussler's books as well.

Jim Butcher's another one I enjoy, combing pulp detective stories and magic.

THen of course there's the classics. Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlocke Holmes for the win!

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 11:21 AM

Fiction? Jules Verne :)

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 12:29 PM

View PostShadowSot, on 09 November 2010 - 07:39 PM, said:

Some of my favorite fiction is by Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman.
The book they wrote together, Good Omens is one of my favorites period.

Best book EVER!

I picked up author Gregory Lamberson last year. I've read 3 of his books Johnny Gruesome & from  the occult detective horror series The Jake Helman Files (Persona Demons & Desperate Souls)

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 03:46 PM

Recently, I read 'Interview with the Vampire' by Anne Rice and 'Pandaemonium' by Christopher Brookmyre, both great reads but Anne Rice does go on and on sometimes.
Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' I really really enjoyed.
Also, my all time favourite book ever: Richard Matheson's 'I Am Legend'.

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 04:18 PM

one of the coolest books i've read in a while is clive barker's weaveworld. it's an old story, but well written and engaging.
i have over two thousand books in my library, topics ranging from gardening to life after death, and everything in between.
right now i'm into biographies - i'm thinking of tackling the queen's bio next, although it's like a million pages long!
edit to add:
anything by ray bradbury gets my vote too!

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 05:42 AM

A Year and a Day. I forgot the name of the author but it is about two angels whom are sent to earth, Veangeance and Joy, and they fall in love. A good story and fun to read.

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