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Read. Finished. Did not enjoy.

If you are looking for a history of the legal battles of the Beatles after their breakup, then this is for you. If you're looking for a book about the individual Beatles after the breakup, you'll walk away unfulfilled. It really skims over everything but the financial and legal issues. Ultimately, you get a peek into the part of the Beatles lives that even they themselves hated dealing with.

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That may be my least favorite King book.

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I dunno...it's so batshit INSANE I find it perversely readable. You can tell that King wrote it high on post-accident painkillers, a TV remote in one hand, a tube of Pringles in the other, and a notepad balanced on his lap. It's a real fuckarow...!

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I have a friend who (like me) stopped reading King for a while and then got back into him because of one book. My book was Bag of Bones. It was a Christmas gift and after I finished it, I wanted to go back and read all the ones I'd missed.

For my friend, Dreamcatcher was that book. I figured I'd give it a shot even though I hated the movie. Maybe because I'd seen the movie first I didn't enjoy it, but it just seemed to me like a pretty paint by numbers plot.

It's a tough call to say it's my least favorite though. It's definitely down there along with From A Buick 8.

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The bitch is dead now.

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Second time through it (originally read years ago). Was just as fun, if not more fun, the second time.

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The Dude and the Zen Master

An interesting read and worth the effort if you have interest in Zen philosophy. I had been hoping for a bit more Dude and a little less everything else, but it still had some good moments. Nothing outrageous.

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I've been enjoying King's "bite-sized" novels as of late...as much as I liked reading 11/22/63 or Under The Dome, there was no reason for them to run a thousand pages each. Mercedes is lean, mean and to-the-point, like one of his 70's/early 80's classics.

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The Dude and the Zen Master

An interesting read and worth the effort if you have interest in Zen philosophy. I had been hoping for a bit more Dude and a little less everything else, but it still had some good moments. Nothing outrageous.


I didn't know this existed. Purchased it for my Nook and have been reading it since Monday. I like it a lot and agree with you that I wish it had more Dude but it's still a good read.

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Shame the urban patois in this is so blisteringly racist and embarrassing by today's standards, because this is otherwise a solid entry in the series (one which the film barely resembles, and the two best setpieces ended up in different 007 movies).

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caryc wrote:
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The Dude and the Zen Master

An interesting read and worth the effort if you have interest in Zen philosophy. I had been hoping for a bit more Dude and a little less everything else, but it still had some good moments. Nothing outrageous.


I didn't know this existed. Purchased it for my Nook and have been reading it since Monday. I like it a lot and agree with you that I wish it had more Dude but it's still a good read.

Glad I could help.

I think the whole clown thing had me on edge every time. I just really hate clowns. Even Zen clowns, apparently.

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I just read that Moon Knight book a few months ago. I really enjoyed it.

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Bendis on single street level characters = almost always excellent

Bendis on teams and big super powered people = almost always a disappointment

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ALL YOU NEED IS KILL

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Nothing seemed more challenging to me than to read a book that I knew was going to be someone reliving the same moment of time over and over again.

I very much doubt that there are more difficult stories to carve for a writer, as well.

The book is the basis for the Tom Cruise movie, Edge Of Tomorrow, and that is nearly where everything splits between book and film.

I read this in a few long stretches (and more than a few short stints), but the culmination of the book rang more solidly after finishing it than finishing it itself.

The afterword of the author actually highlights the darkness of the book and helps to understand some of the character traits that were ever-so-little "lost in translation" when reading a book that was written by a Japanese author from a very Japanese perspective.

I possibly counted three distinct times when the story really ground to a halt for me, but by the second paragraph after that point of nearly giving up on the book, I found myself drawn right back into the narrative.

Distinctly different and I'm not sure how the Hollywood changes were reached, but the process and elimination of some very good elements makes me wish I had been a "fly on the wall" when good old Tom Cruise was hammering away on what he wanted for the film version.

If you like gaming, coffee, and people wielding unreasonably large archaic weaponry - this could be a book for you.

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Monty - I thought the book for Diamonds are Forever was so much better than the movie. If they ever decide to outright remake some of the older Bond movies, I'd love to see one that sticks closer to the source material on that one.

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Monty - I thought the book for Diamonds are Forever was so much better than the movie. If they ever decide to outright remake some of the older Bond movies, I'd love to see one that sticks closer to the source material on that one.


Agreed...it's a shame that so few of Fleming's books were faithfully adapted. Granted, by the time the Roger Moore era started, these books were about 20 years old and seriously dated even then, but I still think there's a lot in them that could be retrofitted and put to use in the Craig movies (which are closest in tone to the Fleming books, the underrated Timothy Dalton films aside). It's not like previous Bond movies didn't cherry pick scenes from unrelated Fleming books, like key scenes from the novel Live & Let Die used in the films For Your Eyes Only and Licence To Kill. I seriously doubt they'll ever start flat-out remaking the early Bond films, but sprinkling a handful of elements from the Fleming books into the current films would be a great tip of the hat that hardcore 007 fans would appreciate.

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One of the benefits of being unemployed is having time to read as much as I'd like. I've usually been good for about one book a month when employed. Lately it's been at least one a week. These are some of the books I've read in the last couple months, all recommended:

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Monty - I thought the book for Diamonds are Forever was so much better than the movie. If they ever decide to outright remake some of the older Bond movies, I'd love to see one that sticks closer to the source material on that one.


Agreed...it's a shame that so few of Fleming's books were faithfully adapted. Granted, by the time the Roger Moore era started, these books were about 20 years old and seriously dated even then, but I still think there's a lot in them that could be retrofitted and put to use in the Craig movies (which are closest in tone to the Fleming books, the underrated Timothy Dalton films aside). It's not like previous Bond movies didn't cherry pick scenes from unrelated Fleming books, like key scenes from the novel Live & Let Die used in the films For Your Eyes Only and Licence To Kill. I seriously doubt they'll ever start flat-out remaking the early Bond films, but sprinkling a handful of elements from the Fleming books into the current films would be a great tip of the hat that hardcore 007 fans would appreciate.


The book For Your Eyes Only is all short stories. It was interesting to see how much of that one was accurately portrayed in the movie For Your Eyes Only. They were able to use short stories as scenes and tie them together with the bigger plot. The one novel that really can't be adapted faithfully into anything exciting is The Spy Who Loved Me. It literally takes place in a small motel in the woods and is told from the view point of the girl whose lucky encounter with Bond saves her life. Even if they changed the view point around, the plot is pretty weak.

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Just this evening finished reading this to my son. Took forever, since he'd get sort of scared by something and wouldn't want to go back to it for a week at a time.

Didn't read him the notes, obviously. Just the story. But the notes make for a good look at the writing, editing, and influences of the book, if that's something you'd be interested in.


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Gripping most of the way, but weakened by a howler of a climactic coincidence that redefines the term "bad timing".

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Spoilered for size.

I'm reading the entire run again and I have scans, not TPB's. This will be the fourth time I've read 100 Bullets from beginning to end. There are a handful of other series I've done this with, including The Boys, Preacher, Scalped and Ennis' run on The Punisher.

With 100 Bullets though, it seems like every time I read through it I pick up on something else I missed the last time. It's an amazing series and for those who have never read it, I highly recommend you check it out.

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One of Ian Fleming's best Bond novels (and one of the few that was more or less faithfully adapted to the screen).

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Shoe, Cary, Kimfair... you guys really need to read The Extinction Parade, if you haven't already.


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Shoe, Cary, Kimfair... you guys really need to read The Extinction Parade, if you haven't already.


Picked this up on your recommendation. I'll start it once I'm finished with rereading The Boys. I'm about halfway through that run. Love that comic so much.

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