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Old 11-15-22, 10:27 AM
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Read We Can Build You by Philip K. Dick. The first half of the book is about a small American company who invents AI androids and the popular billionaire who tries to steal their technology. The second half of the book is about the protagonist's descent into insanity. It isn't my favorite book by Dick.




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Just finished "Fairy Tale" by Stephen King. Sad to say this was a bit of a clunker and it's the first book of his I strongly considered abandoning. A 70-plus-year-old man would need to be an incredible writer to successfully pull off writing a book from a 17-year-old perspective and he just did not pull it off in my mind. The main character simultaneously came off as a simple-minded ten-year-old and someone much older. I can't say how many of King's books I've re-read and there are few I have not read but this one will not be coming off the shelf again.
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Finally finished this while quarantined. Amazing wordsmithery but a little like chewing hardtack! I cleansed my palate with In A Dark, Dark Wood, by Ruth Ware in a couple hours. Fun and a page-turner.

Now about to start The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson.

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Started on this one which is the latest selection in our book club.


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I like how the cover art looks like evil Greg Kinnear
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Well, people will say what they say, but the book Dallas 1963 is an absolute piece of shit. It's somewhat interesting, cause the blurbs on the back, but it's embarrassing. The sourcing is atrocious. I've read it twice. I've read a ton of books about the conspiracy. This book basically says it was Oswald and Oswald alone (and completely ignores a whole ton of other evidence). Even as someone who discounts a ton of conspiracy theories, this is just embarrassing. So much of the "testimony" is contradicted by "facts". But whatever...I'd just warn people. I've read this book once. Then, this second time, the "authors" constantly put words into other peoples mouths. This is a disgraceful book...
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Finished a couple:

The Troop by Nick Cutter. I'm a few years behind in getting to this one. Pretty much as advertised ... a taut nasty (but not in a bad way) horror story in the style of old-school Stephen King. I don't remember reading/seeing other tapeworm horror stories ... but they're gross and a natural fit for a body horror story. Are Cutter's other books any good. The Deep seems to be his next most popular one (and the story sounds interesting).

Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak. I really liked this. It was nicer to have a "gentler" ghost story after the last one. The characters drew me in, and there were some nice twists and turns in the story.
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I read that last summer. Please let us know what you think of it.
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The Drought by J.G. Ballard. Industrial pollution prevents evaporation from the oceans and it stops raining. I didn't understand it when I read it as a teenager, because I thought it was a disaster novel. It isn't really. It's surrealism with science fiction trappings.

Love the cover. It seems to be a collectible now.


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Zombie apocalypse set in New York. I've read - and enjoyed - a few books by this author, but this one was a bit harder for me to get fully into until about halfway. I think it was the non-linier style that threw me off a bit. But a good book. My first zombie novel.
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Finished The Lathe of Heaven, starting The Grapes of Wrath.
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The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey. Mostly a prequel to The Girl With All the Gifts (taking place about 10 years before the events on that book, with different characters). It doesn't have the novelty of that book, and this book's "boy" is a lot less likable of a character than that book's "girl". Still, I like Carey's writing and eventually made its way to a rousing finale.
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Incredible read from start to finish
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Finished a couple:

Fragment by Warren Fahy. This isn't a new book (came out in 2009) though I've seen it on some recommendation lists and compared favorably to authors I like (Michael Crichton and James Rollins). And it sounded like it had a fun premise: a reality tv cruise lands on a "lost world" island where evolution went in a massively different direction than the rest of the world. Unfortunately, I found it just horribly written (even with expectations of it being a light "popcorn" book). I guess I have more appreciation of other books that at least can make me believe in the characters on some level.

The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf. I never read anything by this author, but I really liked this. A good taut mystery/thriller ... that unfortunately I wasn't able to save for a snowy day (for which I would think it would be perfect).
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