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Posted: 23 March 2011 at 8:30am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I'd read somewhere that one of Tolkien's objectives was to write a long, rambling pseudo-history.

Then you were misinformed.

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The Mourner by Richard Stark, then Butcher's Moon (just reissued) by Stark.  Down to the last five of Stark's (Donald Westlake) Parker novels.
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I'm up to The Mastermind of Mars. Just when I thought ERB couldn't surprise me again, he gives us the Martian (Barsoomian?) Dr. Frankenstein. Very interesting.

On the subject of Dracula, I really liked it. I was quite surprised to read Van Helsing's description of the Vampire, that Dracula himself was actually very young, as Vampires go.

And just to weigh in on LOTR, I've read that it was Tolkien's intention to write a pseudo-history, but he didn't think it was long enough, and rambling didn't even enter into it. Of course it started simply as a child's tale he told his son through a series of letters while he was away at war.
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I decided to pick up The Tommyknockers by Stephen King from the back of my bookshelf recently, and give it a re-read for the first time since it came out.  I'm being quickly reminded why I stopped reading King during that time; I'm constantly wanting to shake the book and yell at it "get on with it already!!!"
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The Mourner by Richard Stark, then Butcher's Moon (just reissued) by Stark. Down to the last five of Stark's (Donald Westlake) Parker novels.
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THE MOURNER feels a bit different from the other Parker novels I've read. Not bad, but like it doesn't quite fit.
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After I finish IMMORTAL LAST WORDS: HISTORY'S MOST MEMORABLE DYING REMARKS, DEATHBED DECLARATIONS AND FINAL FAREWELLS by Terry Breverton I'm very excited to start THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot.  Read a ton of great reviews and the description sounds fascinating:

"Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa.  She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells - taken without her knowledge in 1951 - became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping and more.  Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance.  This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing: of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew."

Really looking forward to starting it. 

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I agree about The Mourner.  It seems that at this stage Stark wasn't quite sure of his approach to Parker, or was possibly writing Parker into a novel rather than writing a Parker novel.  And the character Handy seems a bit off to me.

But I love any and all Parker.

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THE STRAIN: by Guillermo Del Toro

Someone described it as BLADE meets CSI with a little DAWN of the DEAD thrown in and I can't think of a better description.
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Al -

Tommyknockers was the beginning of the end of my love for all things King. Everything after that is unreadable.
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I agree Andrew, I gave up on King after that, although I did try reading a couple of his later books. I'm using 'Under The Dome' as a doorstop!

Right now I'm reading 'The Mists of Avalon' at work and the 2nd volume of Michael Palin's diaries at home.

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ANTHEM by Ayn Rand.

My first attempt at reading anything by Rand.  Fascinating.
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REID FLEMING: WORLD'S TOUGHEST MILKMAN Omnibus Vol 1
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Got a gift card from Amazon. This is what I got Friday:

Essential Captain America Volume 6
Thing Classic
The Great Mortality by John Kelly
America 1908 by Jim Rasenberger

Looking forward to reading everything.

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"Don't Think of an Elephant," George Lakoff's excellent cognitive study of framing in political discourse.

I'll probably pick up Tina Fey's book, "Bossypants" next week.

I'm getting back in Michael Moorcock's "Von Bek" anthology.

Comics: I just bought the New Ways to Die, New Ways to Live Spider-Man books to see what this whole Anti-Venom is all about.  I'm also filling in backissue gaps in Winick's "Under the Hood" arc and Hickman's F4.

 

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I've begun GAME CHANGE--about the 2008 election. Pretty fascinating.
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Second Michael Palin diary, HALFWAY TO HOLLYWOOD.

Also ordered, for the bedside table, WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE, which I have not read in about (choke!) forty years!!

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The Wall: Rome's Greatest Frontier by Alistair Moffat.

I'm about halfway through and I'm thoroughly entertained while also getting a lot of information on Britain of the 4th and 5th centuries. Really well done.

Next up; have to decide between Desert Spear by Peter Brett and Changes by Jim Butcher.

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GEORGIA BOTTOMS by Mark Childress

Next up will probably be either WITCH & WIZARD or TOYS, both by James
Patterson.

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Hope On A Tightrope 
by Dr. Cornel West


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Working my way through Julian May's various Galactic Milieu series (Pliocene Exile, Intervention, and the GM Trilogy).  Currently on Diamondmask. 
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Tried reading "Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness. 

Ugh. Got thru 100 pages of "I think I love you, but I can't" without much in the way of plot. Couldn't imagine slogging thru another 400 pages of more of the same.
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I'm into the second "Ranger's Apprentice" book and the fourth "Scott Pilgrim" volume.
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Still working on "Dracula".  Two hundred-something rambling pages in and they've only just resolved the Lucy situation.  I'm supplementing it with rereading Next Men.
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I'm into the second "Ranger's Apprentice" book and the fourth "Scott Pilgrim"
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Both of those are good reads, Steven. It seems like I've been waiting forever
for the seventh RANGER'S APPRENTICE novel to go to paperback!
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Just picked up Tina Fey's new book BOSSYPANTS.  I was cracking up in Costco reading the jacket and first couple of pages.  Hope that's an indication of the laughs I'll have because it's moved up to #1 on my reading list.
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