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26-01-2021, 10:34   #691
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Farenheit 451 left me cold

The I read George RR Martin's Fevre Dream. His take on the vampire myth. I had never heard of it but I saw it somewhere listed as one of the best vampire novels. It's a page turner with his typical plot twists and big dinner tables


Coming up next, Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita
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Finished The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings.

Doing my best to recall how accurate the movie was but failing miserably as it seems like an age since I watched them.
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Finished The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings.

Doing my best to recall how accurate the movie was but failing miserably as it seems like an age since I watched them.
The really big change is that Tom Bombadil is cut entirely from the film. He'd have been a challenge to fit in, tonally. Otherwise, the broad strokes are the same, trimmed to fit into a movie.
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The really big change is that Tom Bombadil is cut entirely from the film. He'd have been a challenge to fit in, tonally. Otherwise, the broad strokes are the same, trimmed to fit into a movie.
A lot of people were disappointed with that but I never got what was so great about Bombadil
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The really big change is that Tom Bombadil is cut entirely from the film. He'd have been a challenge to fit in, tonally. Otherwise, the broad strokes are the same, trimmed to fit into a movie.
It was actually at that chapter that I decided I would have to rewatch the movies as I couldn't recall him. Now I know why
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Just finished The Orchard Keeper by Cormac McCarthy. It's his first novel, and like all of them it's pretty dark and depressing! If you're already a fan it's definitely worth checking out, but isn't where I'd start if you've not read him before.
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Just finished The Orchard Keeper by Cormac McCarthy. It's his first novel, and like all of them it's pretty dark and depressing! If you're already a fan it's definitely worth checking out, but isn't where I'd start if you've not read him before.
I had meant to read some of his earlier stuff, but god they seem bleak. My capacity for that has diminished in recent years.
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I had meant to read some of his earlier stuff, but god they seem bleak. My capacity for that has diminished in recent years.
Yeah, Child of God is without doubt the most disturbing and horrific book I've ever read! It's the only McCarthy book so far I don't think I'll read again.

The Orchard Keeper isn't nearly as bad, but definitely has its moments.
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I had meant to read some of his earlier stuff, but god they seem bleak. My capacity for that has diminished in recent years.
Absolutely and I won't finish a book if I don't like it my husband is the exact opposite he will read to the end.

As I have got older I have gone off anything depressing or bleak.
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White Noise by Don Delillo.
Very late to reading Delillo. This is one of highest rated novels. I'm not sure I appreciate the coldness of his prose and the almost anesthetic form of the novel. I'm sure this intentional on his behalf but it's not a style I'm enjoying. The novel depicts a human reaction very like the early pandemic panic and is worth reading for that long middle section alone.
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Yeah, Child of God is without doubt the most disturbing and horrific book I've ever read! It's the only McCarthy book so far I don't think I'll read again.

The Orchard Keeper isn't nearly as bad, but definitely has its moments.
Child of God was the one I was thinking of reading. I kind of feel bad about recommending The Road to my elderly mother in law.
Another bleak book I read a few years ago was On the Beach, by Nevile Shute. It wasn't as dark as McCarthy's stuff, but bleak in the nicest possible way (if that makes sense).
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Child of God was the one I was thinking of reading. I kind of feel bad about recommending The Road to my elderly mother in law.
Another bleak book I read a few years ago was On the Beach, by Nevile Shute. It wasn't as dark as McCarthy's stuff, but bleak in the nicest possible way (if that makes sense).
The mother in law?!? That's pretty hilarious in fairness!

All the Pretty Horses and The Road are the two I always recommend.

Talking about grim and bleak, I've been reading some John Steinbeck and George Orwell recently, and they're not exactly a barrel of laughs either. I think it's time to switch to something more lighthearted, but I might just check out On the Beach first!
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Child of God was the one I was thinking of reading. I kind of feel bad about recommending The Road to my elderly mother in law.
Another bleak book I read a few years ago was On the Beach, by Nevile Shute. It wasn't as dark as McCarthy's stuff, but bleak in the nicest possible way (if that makes sense).
I’ve read The Road, and have heard that Blood Meridian is a modern classic - but I don’t know if I can bring myself to read it as it’s always described as horrific and nightmare-inducing.

Neville Shute also wrote A Town Like Alice, which I read a few years ago and really liked.
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I am reading 'The Body Keeps The Score' by Bessel Van Der Kolk. It was given to me as I was in a serious car accident 8 years ago, I made a full recovery, or so I thought. The book deals with trauma, I thought I was heading into reading a self-help book (which it is) but it is also a fascinating read. I would recommend to anyone, even if you have not sustained any kind of traumatic experience.

https://www.easons.com/the-body-keep...xoCYHgQAvD_BwE
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I've started reading The Stand by Stephen King and it's not what I expected. The first 20%-25% of the book was SO BORING but I pushed through because I knew it was going to get good at some stage. After all it has been hyped as being among his greatest ever works. I'm about 45% of the way through and while it's definitely improving I'm still not entirely sure if I'm enjoying it. Slow burn...
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