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Kath ([personal profile] sugar) wrote2012-01-19 07:57 pm

Book talk

Happy Buffy's Birthday, everyone!

It's a little freakish how much I've been enjoying winter so far. I even shoveled. On purpose.

I finished Stephen King's Desperation a few days ago and now every Canesten commercial I see fills me with revulsion. It was truly his most viscerally grotesque book, and I say that having read most, but not all of his books - it can only be tied in grossness, never surpassed. And I have read some disgusting shit!

I found it reasonably compelling, and the kid at its centre was endlessly fascinating as a character. The end felt rushed, though, and almost forcibly expels the reader from the inner journey of one of its main characters, whose thoughts and POV have been prevalent all along. That was odd.

It was no 11.22.63 or Under The Dome, both of which I read in the past couple of months.

Despite my lukewarm review, Desperation's companion book, The Regulators, is in my virtual to-read pile for sometime later this year. I've never read a Bachman book before, so that should be interesting.

Right now I'm nearly done with Charles Portis's True Grit, which is a fantastic read, although a bit redundant if you've seen the Cohen brothers movie. They stayed so close to the book it's almost uncomfortable. I've seen the movie 4 times and I can almost anticipate the end of the sentence I'm reading when I turn the page.

I expect I'll be adding that one to the list tomorrow. But for now:

2012 Books:
#2: 2012-01-06 to 2012-01-16 - Desperation, Stephen King
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[personal profile] causeways 2012-01-21 12:48 am (UTC)(link)
I thought 11/22/63 was GREAT. I actually read a whole bunch of fabulous books while I was home at Christmas -- along with that, The Tiger's Wife and The Art of Fielding were both so, so good. I found TTW a little hard to get into, but worth it, and TAoF had awful reviews in part on Amazon, but IGNORE THEM, it's wonderful.

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(Anonymous) 2012-08-26 06:38 pm (UTC)(link)
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