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mattgodfrey

mattgodfrey

Joined April 2016

writer, actor, and serial comma enthusiast
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Update: I've read the opening stage direction and literally started crying. Very thankful my wife is asleep.

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I've got 3 books to record for audible and a daughter who wants to play. But there's also this new Harry Potter thing....

SusanInTiburon Her little baby hands! Her PJ feet! 💕💕💕 3y
mattgodfrey @SusanInTiburon I know! Her cuteness is insane. ❤️ 3y
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Ok, so obviously doing this

CynCruz23 Obviously Amazon! Why even ask anyone?????? ⚡️📚⚡️📚⚡️📚 3y
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The Bone Clocks: A Novel | David Mitchell
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"His voice is like the wind swerving through a weird day." That is one crazy-ass simile and I love it.

autumnprivett I loved this one intensely. 3y
mattgodfrey @autumnprivett Checking out your podcast today btw! 3y
Zakia I got a copy from a friend. Must make time to read it. 3y
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mattgodfrey @Zakia So far it's SUPER good. 3y
Zakia @mattgodfrey Glad to hear it! Does it have elements of the supernatural? I read Slade House earlier in the month and it was considered to be linked to 'Bone Clocks'. I'm hoping BC will answer some questions I have left over from SH. 3y
mattgodfrey @Zakia More than elements, I would say. It's borderline science fiction, though I don't think I'd go that far. I got Slade House too, I figured I'd read this one first. Looking forward to SH though. 3y
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Fellside | M. R. Carey
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Wow. This is a strong pick from me. Line by line not the greatest thing I've ever read, but absolutely incredible plotting and reversals. The climax is utterly insane (in the best way), and the final chapter is so wonderful.

faithx5 I really enjoyed The Girl With All the Gifts...didn't realize Carey had another one out! 3y
mattgodfrey @faithx5 I haven't read GWATG yet, but this one was great. 3y
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Fellside | M. R. Carey
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Holy cow! Courtroom scenes are the best.

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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Panpan

I was so excited at the beginning of this book, but it became progressively so overwritten I was actually laughing at parts. And when the protagonist is passive in the climax of the story, I'm out. Still happy to have won the book though, and there are some nice moments of keen observation.

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Mehso-so

The writing is very charming and I can see why so many love it. I was just expecting something character driven, when this was almost completely episodic with very little emotional draw to the characters. Oh well.

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Holy cow this is amazing so far. Absolutely beautiful.

MrBook Loved this book 😊👍🏻. 3y
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Infinite Ground | Martin MacInnes
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Oh I am excited about this one. As recommended by Jeff VanderMeer.

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Ok, so on Pottermore I was sorted into Horned Serpent as my Ilvermorny house, then I realized I was logged in under my wife's account and had to do it again under mine. Then I got Thunderbird. Who am I and what is life??

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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Love the foreboding during the first part of this book. "...As if the presentiment of catastrophe wove itself into everything that came before." @Tarlia @Shortstack

ChrisMeier I'm probably starting this tomorrow, once I'm done with 3y
mattgodfrey @ChrisMeier I've heard Sweetbitter great! 3y
ChrisMeier I enjoyed Sweetbitter @mattgodfrey quite different to most of the fiction I've read lately, and a wonderful character study. 3y
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Question: should I read spoilers for this? I won't be making it to England anytime soon to see it, and waiting until July 31 for the script to come in the mail seems brutal. If it was a new novel I definitely wouldn't, but this feels different.

DiruVamp I say no. I want to be surprised even if the suspense is killing me LOL 3y
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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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I'm about 5 pages in and immediately I feel insecure about my own writing. This woman is so clearly a master.

Also, yes I am reading at red lights.

Shortstack I demand quotes and to be tagged in them! 😜 3y
Tarlia Still waiting for mine to arrive. Highlights please! 3y
mattgodfrey @Shortstack then quotes you shall have! 3y
mattgodfrey @Tarlia There's so many good ones...working on coming up with a few to post and not completely overwhelm everybody on here. Also trying not to post the entire novel. 3y
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Finished up Ghost Story and moved on to this one on Audible. In fact, I'm listening to this at work and carrying around Harry Potter for moments when I'm not listening. It's a very magical English sort of day here in LA for me.

tricours How's the narrator? I've got some credits I need to spend. 3y
mattgodfrey @tricours So far, really good. He doesn't do too many voices, which is a good thing in my book. Just subtle differences in the characters. 3y
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Ghost Story | Peter Straub
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Unfortunately I ended up being disappointed in the finale of this book, but it's still an overall pick for me. I love literary horror, and this is certainly literary. It's been copied so many times since that it felt familiar, though that's no fault of the author.

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It's rare for me that I read something I'm so totally engrossed in that I'm living in that world even when I'm not reading the book. This book was my favorite of the trilogy, but the whole thing is great. A strong pick from me.

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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Guess what just showed up in the mail.....

Thanks @Litsy !!

Tarlia *waits by her mailbox for another month* 3y
Kalystia Waiting for my copy! Can't wait to discuss with everyone! 3y
EricaReads Yay! I asked for mine to be sent to my parents in Canada since we'll be there soon and I figured it might take just as long to get to China. Can't wait to read it! 3y
Lauramag Will get my copy soon the UK cover is a lot different ☺️ 3y
mattgodfrey @Lauramag I don't know how I feel about the actual photo of the two girls, but I like the text on the UK cover so much more. 3y
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Ghost Story | Peter Straub
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"What's the worst thing you've ever done?" That's a hell of an opening line.

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Jaws | Peter Benchley
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On vacation and raiding the bookshelves here: monster fish edition.

Shortstack I've wanted to read Jaws! 3y
brendanmleonard I read Jaws at summer camp when I was maybe 13? 12? That cover brings back memories. 3y
mattgodfrey @Shortstack I've always wanted to read it too. Almost got it on Audible the other day and now I'm glad I didn't. 3y
mattgodfrey @brendanmleonard That was basically my first experience with reading Jurassic Park. So good. 3y
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Ghost Story | Peter Straub
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Just starting this one. I was heavy into slow horror for a while and kind of fell out of it, but I'm feeling the call again. Been meaning to read this for years.

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Need some comfort in my life so I bought the entire ebook collection on Pottermore and I'm starting again from the beginning. Three chapters in and I'd forgotten how much I love it. Plus these new covers!

CynCruz23 Nothing better than good ole HP ⚡️ 4y
DiruVamp That cover is fantastic! 😍 4y
Meganbub HP is my go-to comfort series! It's like a warm hug every time. 3y
Bakingbookworm HP is good for the soul. I've read and re-read that series so much. Still love it. 3y
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No clue why I didn't read this sooner. Smart, practical, funny, detailed, immensely helpful.

I really should have cut that adverb.

Tarlia On Writing was very helpful. Ironically I didn't like the two or three books other of his books I read and consider myself a non-fan. 3y
mattgodfrey @Tarlia This has been my favorite of his books, but I really enjoyed The Shining and It. But he's not for everyone I don't think. 3y
Tarlia Apologies for sounding slightly incoherent in my first post. I just woke up at the time. 😆 I like Joe Hill better. 3y
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Stephen King, knowing what's up.

Obviousstate Reference this book all the time. So good. 4y
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Dumbledore's Army!

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It's probably too hard to pick a favorite, but this may be it. Or Order of the Phoenix. Too hard.

DiruVamp It is so hard to pick favorites. Prisoner is one of my favorites along with Half-Blood Prince. 4y
mattgodfrey Also a great one. Slughorn is one of my favorite characters. 4y
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I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction and poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write..., someone will try to make you feel lousy about it.

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The Heart of the Matter | Graham Greene

But with open mouth (the time had come) he made one last attempt at prayer, ‘O God, I offer up my damnation to you. Take it. Use it for them,‘ and was aware of the pale papery taste of an eternal sentence on the tongue.

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His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.

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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler | Italo Calvino, William Weaver
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One of my all time favorites.

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Murakami's writing does it to me every time. I was transfixed.

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One of the greatest pieces of writing I've ever experienced. Sounds hyperbolic, but for me it was that good.

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Horrorstor: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
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All style, literally no substance. It was enough fun for me to finish, though.

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The Moviegoer | Walker Percy

I know it's a great book, and as a native southerner it feels wrong to bail on it. But hey, I was bored from about page 5.

Tav The one thing I am not crazy about is the old times speech and old cultural references. I don't know what all of them mean. 3y
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