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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #330 on: June 08, 2010, 10:07:31 PM »
Don't go for Dracula, it's a very poor book. Try Jekyll and Hyde or Frankenstein, or go for some Clark Ashton Smith. But I recommend him too much.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #331 on: June 09, 2010, 03:54:29 AM »
Don't go for Dracula, it's a very poor book. Try Jekyll and Hyde or Frankenstein, or go for some Clark Ashton Smith. But I recommend him too much.


This is my feeling but more of a collected feeling from others that many old old literature, such as the ones thatollie mentioned, are "poor" in some way, perhaps because they're outdated and thus, often phrased differently and challenging...

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If not Dracula, look up Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. It is an intensely paced read.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #332 on: June 09, 2010, 12:46:54 PM »
I'm generally a fan of old literature, but Dracula is a poor tale. Which is why I suggested some really good old tales

Frankenstein (1818)
Jekyll and Hyde (1886)
Emperor of Dreams (Short stories published between 1926-1937, anthology 2002 Fantasy Masterworks)
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #333 on: June 09, 2010, 02:09:06 PM »
Yes I gave up on Dracula because it bored me quite spectacularly. I read Frankenstein at school and really liked it, but for me Jekyl and Hyde could have been so much better - at the start it was all about Mr Utterman or whatever his name was (why???) and if I remember correctly we weren't even shown Jekyl's first transformation. The musical was much better!
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #334 on: June 09, 2010, 02:31:07 PM »
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #335 on: June 21, 2010, 02:59:39 PM »
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #336 on: June 22, 2010, 10:34:19 AM »
Children of Dune - Frank Herbert
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #337 on: June 22, 2010, 11:01:02 AM »
Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen R Donaldson

I read the first two trilogies when they were new.  I've just learned that, 25 years down the road, he's writing a final four-part series about Thomas Covenant, so I've gone back to the beginning. Awesome!
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #338 on: June 22, 2010, 11:02:47 AM »
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #339 on: June 22, 2010, 11:25:40 AM »
still getting on with

Mann Ohne Eigenschaften - Robert Musil

also finishing

Mark E.Smith and the Fall:Art,Music and Politics - Michael Goddard et al

and starting again  for a change after too many "crime novels" Bleak House - Charles Dickens
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #340 on: June 22, 2010, 11:27:24 AM »
V, Bleak House is my favourite Dickens novel. There's really no point in posting this but I thought you'd like to know.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #341 on: June 22, 2010, 11:46:16 AM »
Cheers Ollie, always good to meet another "Dickens fan". Bleak House is very good, there was also a not bad BBC version a while ago too, if one likes the dramatised versions of course.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #342 on: June 22, 2010, 11:57:12 AM »
I tend not to watch film and television versions of my favourite books. I found the movie version of Dune so disappointing.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #343 on: June 22, 2010, 01:32:24 PM »
I am currently reading 'Manslayer' by Nathan Long.
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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #344 on: July 13, 2010, 09:36:28 PM »
Just finished God Emperor Of Dune by Frank Herbert.

Also I've been reading The Commonwealth Saga by Peter F Hamilton
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