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MaddestMax

Joined November 2016

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The Fall of Hyperion | Dan Simmons
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I chose not to wait too long and dove back into it. So far, I‘m really enjoying it again.

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The Cellar | Richard Laymon
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Mehso-so

Blah blah blah. I‘m totally missing the draw to this book, or authors style or whatever. The writing is sloppy and gross. The sex is stolen from a teen boy‘s journal with the exception of the pedo stuff which is just awkward. Long story short, I wouldn‘t bother. Spoiler in comments.

MaddestMax The end of this book is just a pisser. I couldn‘t believe it. Honestly, the weakest part of the entire book. Shame on the author. Makes me mad. 3mo
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The Cellar | Richard Laymon
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I have a feeling this book is not going to be a...big winner. The writing is just not up to par. Even for a shock horror novel. We‘ll see.

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Hyperion | Dan Simmons
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At the beginning, I was worried. Shortly after that, I fell in love. This is a phenomenal read. Beautifully spun tales that keep one fully engaged and unable to put it down. Reading older sci-fi and seeing how on point it can be is always a treat. This is no exception. So glad I finally picked this up. Started a filler book, but immediately reading the rest of this series after that.

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Hyperion | Dan Simmons
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After years of avoiding it (based on reading SO many love/hate discussions) I finally decided it‘s time. It just felt right. So far, it a very enjoyable read. The storytelling makes it very interesting and keeps the pace. I can‘t say I am enraptured like so many people have. But it‘s early and I‘m holding out hope.

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Thinner | Stephen King
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Mehso-so

Doing a read through of King‘s work is a task. He‘s not my favorite author. He has some great books. Annnnd he has some dogs. This is in between. There‘s some great storytelling and there‘s some very lazy plot holes. It‘s that book where you just think, “why would you do it that way” the whole way through. Not feeling more complete having read this.

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Thinner | Stephen King
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Continuing my SK biblio read through with this classic. So far, I‘m really enjoying the writing. Fast, pulpy, clever SK. Image credit: Vince Locke

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Awakened | James S. Murray, Darren Wearmouth
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3.75* This is a really fun, subterranean horror/sci-fi book. Lots of action and some great characters. It has a lot of plot holes but it moves fast enough that you don‘t really care. My big issue: I feel like it‘s written to be turned into a movie. That and a series. You can tell that from about halfway through. Still very entertaining and I‘ll for sure be reading the whole series.

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Awakened | James S. Murray, Darren Wearmouth
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Can‘t remember where I saw this suggested but I‘m glad I did. So far, a very interesting subterranean horror.

ReadingOver50 Ooo yes. I really enjoyed the book and am ready for the sequel 😄 6mo
MaddestMax @ReadingOver50 Cool! I just noticed it has a sequel coming when I put this in. It‘s always nice to be reading a [so far] good book and know a sequel is on the horizon. 😬 (edited) 6mo
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[4*]
I started this shortly after becoming a father. The fact that I could no longer read before bed is the only reason this has any bearing. Honestly though, even if that hadn‘t been the case, I probably wouldn‘t have read this at night. I love me some goreporn. But this...I didn‘t want to go to sleep with this in my head. If you‘re into really F-d up horror books, this is a must. It‘s just grotesque. [Cont. below.]

MaddestMax [Cont.] Halfway through the book, I was thinking 3*, MAYBE. I found it a tad over the top with very little substance. The last third of the book really comes together and made me glad I powered through. Not for the faint of heart, but read it if you need your mind-f—k merit badge. 6mo
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I started this book about 6 weeks ago. A baby and life have gotten in the way of me reading much. Trying to find the time to get back to it.

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Old Flames | Jack Ketchum
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Mehso-so

Old Flames is a decent read about a woman who tracks down a long lost lover. It's not particularly original or unexpected, but it plays out nicely. Not the typical Ketchum I was expecting. The 2nd story, Right To Life is...Ketchum. Actually, I found this to be a little over the top, even for me. I found it very disturbing. That's not to say it's not well done, but it's not my type of horror read. It's without a doubt, torture porn. So be aware.

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Old Flames | Jack Ketchum
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Unfortunately, this book is not grabbing me like most of his books do. I hope it picks up.

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MEG: Nightstalkers | Steve Alten
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3.5* Okay, this is not my favorite of the series. I got a headache from rolling my eyes back into my head. The writing seems a bit rushed and...messy and the general handliu of characters we know and enjoy seemed sloppy. That said, it's still really enjoyable. I flew through it. There were some tears and some anger even. It's a must read for anyone who has enjoyed the rest of the series.

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The Talisman: A Novel | Stephen King, Peter Straub
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This book took me forever to read. Not because it wasn't good. I've been reading a bunch of birthing books and parenting guides. I've got that going on. :) But, I got to the last few chapters of this book weeks ago...and I've put off reading them until today. Cont...👇🏼

MaddestMax I didn't want it to end. And I wasn't wrong. I loved this book. It is a marvelous story. I laughed, I cried and I got angry. All the good stuff. I didn't want it to end. The very end, I found a little disappointing. I know, there's more books. 👇🏼 10mo
MaddestMax I WILL read them. I just found the last few pages to be weak compared to the rest. That said, it's still one of the best (if not the best) King books I've read yet. Not sure if that is thanks to Straub, or not. And I don't care. 10mo
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The Talisman: A Novel | Stephen King, Peter Straub
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I'm my slow quest to read all of the King books chronologically, I've arrived here. Every few books, I squeeze in a King novel. It'll take me awhile, but I've got time. For the first 30 or so pages, I was wondering if this was going to be a slow read. Then, the hook set in. I have a feeling this will be one of my favorite works by SK.

trioxin_sematary Travellin' Jack 😃 12mo
MaddestMax Nothing worse than a spelling error on a literary forum. Doh! 🙄 Edited. 12mo
MStew 😃😃😃 12mo
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The Fisherman | John Langan
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I really really enjoyed this book. The telling is similar to his first book, "House of Windows", but it's far more gripping. It's a story and it's told brilliantly, like a story should be. You can imagine sitting in a booth in a dark bar and listening to an old man spin his tale. I'm a sucker for all things Lovecraftian and this is full of it. Spooky, dark and very enjoyable.

MStew I wanna read this one bad!!!!!!! 12mo
MaddestMax Totally do it. So much fun! 😀 12mo
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The Fisherman | John Langan
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Starting this bad boy tonight. 🎣

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Red | Jack Ketchum
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Mehso-so

Two books, Red being the main, and The Passenger being the novella at the end. Red was okay. It felt a little phoned in. A made for TV book if you will. Not what people read Ketchum for. The Passenger is what people read Ketchum for. Short, violent and intriguing. Still suggest it as a quick read.

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Red | Jack Ketchum

The second time he stopped he cried at last for the loss of him and for their long fine past together and pounded with his fist at the hardscrabble earth that had brought them here.

MaddestMax And I‘m crying at the gym. Doh! 13mo
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Red | Jack Ketchum
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Not looking forward to this one. As a doggie daddy of three and an animal lover, I imagine this is going to be tough to get through.

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House of Windows | John Langan
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I saw mixed reviews and didn't expect to enjoy this. I did. Very much. It reads like a modern take on a 60s ghost movie. I can see a screenplay. It's long-winded and detail heavy, but reads quickly. The story isn't the most original, but there's enough new to make you keep turning pages. I could of done with more chapter breaks, but I'm particular. Very enjoyable.

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House of Windows | John Langan
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Starting this sucker tonight. On my slightly-compulsive way to "The Fisherman".

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The Troop | Nick Cutter
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3.75*'s
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It's impossible to not note the similarities with "Lord of the Flies". The kids are fewer and far kinder, but the beast is pretty gnarly and quite revolting. A quick, fun read that left me...itchy. I won't be recommending it to any teenage Scouts though. They might leave the group.

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The Troop | Nick Cutter
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Been hearing about this one forever. Finally going to give it a go.

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I've heard so many rave reviews about this over the years, I was prepared to dislike it. The reality is, it's one of my favorite King novels so far. It's the perfect use of his very descriptive style. It's a quick and enthralling read. A wonderful setup for what I imagine will be a sprawling take. I really enjoyed it and look forward to the next in the series.

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I started reading this 20 some years ago and never finished. It was around the time I stopped seriously reading King. I'm slowly working my way through his works now and I'm pretty excited to be on this one.

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The Lost | Jack Ketchum
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3 1/2*
Not my favorite Ketchum novel. It's almost entirely believable. Maybe too believable. It reads like a true crime reenactment, which isn't a bad thing. Just not what I was looking for. Well done though.

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I finished this about a month ago on the plane home from vacay. Didn't read at all there. Only on the flights to and from. Wow! What a great book. Darker than the first three which is saying a lot. It‘s left me a little down. Also, no surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed every second. Not one slow moment. *POSSIBLE SPOILER* I went into this without any research. I wanted to be surprised. And I was. I did not see another book coming.

MaddestMax I‘m SO excited. This is one of my favorite series and I can‘t wait to see it expand. 1y
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The Lost | Jack Ketchum
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Just starting this bad boy. Getting close to the end of Ketchum's works. Sad days.

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Tales of the Peculiar | Ransom Riggs
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I was NOT a fan in the beginning. After the first few stories, it hits a stride. The last few are pretty cute. Not great, but cute.

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I've been waiting a long time to read this. I had some other books lined up first, but I was also a little afraid. Afraid I wouldn't be able to remember the important details from the previous three books. It's coming back to me... slowly. Wish me luck.

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Unpopular opinion: this book is not good. I trudged through and kept hoping it would get better. After many false starts, it was over. I'll attempt to read her other works. I've heard too many good things. But, I'm nervous. 😨

RaimeyGallant Yeah, in my review of this, I wrote it's helpful to know that it's almost like she's journaling for or speaking to someone, and then it makes more sense, especially in the end. :) 1y
MaddestMax Yeah, I figured it out relatively early. Usually that conveyance doesn't bother me. Maybe because it works up to something. This was two steps forward, one and seven-eighths steps back. :) Also, is there an easy way to find your review? I'd love to read it. (edited) 1y
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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Atwood has been on my list forever. I usually prefer to read authors chronologically. My wife is eager to watch the show. So, I'm forced to leave my bubble and read this first. It makes me very uneasy, but I'll power through.

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The Wise Man's Fear | Patrick Rothfuss
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4 1/4* I read some of the negative reviews, just to see. Jeez people, STFU! Sometimes a story is a story. Reading too much into something takes away from it. Unfortunately, we're living in a world where most people are trying to leech all the joy out of everything with ridiculousness.

This book is fun. I understand why some people call it a tad juvenile. It does sway that way. It's not particularly "hard" fantasy.

MaddestMax And that's okay. It's a great story that can keep the reader engaged and away from the real world for quite awhile. I'm not going to probe the details or nitpick it. I loved it. I look forward to the next. For the life of me though, I don't see why he would have pigeon-holed himself into a trilogy. I could see his going at least four or five books before it gets old. Maybe more. Time will tell. 1y
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4 1/2*
I think my experience with this book suffered a little from high hopes. Everything I heard made me think this was going to be epic, and it was! It just wasn't the most epic. It is a fantastic story that kept me reading until I'd be tired the next day. It's we'll written and enthralling. It was just missing a little something. Cont. in comments.

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Just finished a book and was trying to figure out what to read next. Rothfuss just popped into my head. I've been meaning to read this forever. Now's as good a time as any!

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Meg: Hell's Aquarium | Steve Alten
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Holidays slowed me down, but I finally finished it. I'm a sucker for these books. I keep thinking they can't stay entertaining, and I keep being wrong! This book is no different. Lots of excitement and a couple of twists. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll be starting the next one after I finish my next read.

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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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Ugggg. Okay, I really enjoyed this book. It is surprisingly well written and a lot of fun to read.

Like many others, the ending really...left me wanting. Too many unanswered questions. I know, I know. It's supposed to be like that. Doesn't mean I have to like it.

Also:. What. Happened. To. Gary?!

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The Keep | F. Paul Wilson
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I remember watching the movie with my dad as a kid. I was so excited to find out it was a book. And a great one at that. I found it to be far better than many of the horror novels I've read from the last two decades. Great story. Fast pace. Nice and dark. Wonderful horror. Can't wait to read the rest.

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Rampage of Ryan O'Hara | James R Pera
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***1/2
Fun book. He has strong feelings about certain things and that's fine. Everyone is entitled. I agree with some and not with others. But, I found it very enjoyable to see his side and read his story. For a first effort as a writer, I'm very impressed. I'd be lying though if I said it shouldn't have gone through an editor. One or two edit screenings would have kept the trolls away. I will for sure take a gander at his next book!

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The Stand | Stephen King
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***1/2

This took me forever to read. For a number of reasons. We moved and had busy social lives. Mostly though, I just never got into it. King is very hit or miss for me. This was mostly miss. Maybe it's because my generation knows the story already, or because we crave more action. I don't know. I'm glad I read it. It's one of those books people discuss. It just won't make the big list I keep in my head.

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Ladies Night | Jack Ketchum
Mehso-so

Quick read. Written like a horror movie. It doesn't have a lot of meat, but it's a pretty good story.

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Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. After reading his short stories, I wasn't impressed. It's not that they weren't well written. They just weren't for me. This though, was well done. There were a few surprises, some tears, some anger and a nice ride. Except for the very end, I really enjoyed it. I think readers will be split over it and very few would not read more of his work because of it. I know I'm looking forward to the next one.

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Mongoliad, Book One | Neal Stephenson
Mehso-so

It took me forever to read this book. I've had a lot going on, which didn't help. But also, it just didn't call to me. The number of great writers involved is crazy! It made me hope for a really fascinating read. It was...okay. I feel very wrong saying this, but I'm not sure I'll read the rest. It's very hard on my compulsions, but I'm just not sure. I didn't have much affection for any of the characters... :/

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Heretics of Dune | Frank Herbert
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Like all of the series so far, a very smart book. So many subjects and so much thought provoking material. I don't know why I'm always surprised it takes me longer to get through these.

Also, the closest thing to a cliffhanger I've experienced in the series. Kinda cool.

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Stranglehold | Jack Ketchum
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This was a quick read and a pretty typical Ketchum book. I finished it at 12:30AM. And after staying up late, the ending was exactly what I was expecting. That may be because I've read a lot of his books OR that he properly predicted the future. I think this book was slightly ahead of its time. We take this kind of story as semi-normal now, but then...I bet it was much more out there. Very interesting piece.

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***1/2
These are very interesting, very well written stories. I thoroughly enjoyed them. But, as much as I like the open-ended story, I could have used a few actual conclusions. I know that might make me a prude of sorts, but so be it. I still look forward to reading through the rest of Hill's works.