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I switched to The Exoricst, as read by the author. 😎
Oh my, the book isn't very good. The movie is absurdly better. The only Blatty novel that I can recommend (highly) is Legion, his sequel to The Exorcist and the basis for The Exorcist III.
Yeah. I never dug deeper into his work when I realized how much better the movie was.
This also fell by the wayside. I'm onto listening to The Lost World, which I am enjoying even more than JP. I still find Crichton's way of turning characters into talking Wikipedia articles endearing.
I finished this up a few weeks ago — great fun. Towards the end somewhere, an abbreviated version of "Pachycephalosaurus" appears that literally made me choke on my tea in surprise and rewind the file when the narrator said it aloud.

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93) The Vampire Lestat - Anne Rice. 1984. Audiobook. The problem and glory of this novel is how high the author is on her own supply. She's built a cathedral for her imagination here, glorious and epic and in need of some strict editing. What I love about this is its foot in history and well realised depiction of what it would be like to be immortal. Had a lot of fun with it. I think I'll read the next in the series - Queen of the Damned - and I think that'll do for the Vampire Chronicles.

94) Caeser - Adrian Goldsworthy. 2006. Audiobook. A churlish gripe about a book on one of the greatest acknowledged generals in history, but there's too many battle descriptions in here. I find warfare really dull reading in the main and wanted to read more about the politics of Rome at the time. Hard going for me, others would probably get more out of it. The Roman Emperor project has stalled at the first hurdle.

95) Brothers of the Head - Brian Aldiss. 1977. Paperback. A horror story about some semi - feral pair of siamese twins, with a third head growing from a shoulder who are sold into a manufactured new wave band. Not particularly compassionate, and a little hurried feeling, still a good, brutal read. It's like JG Ballard meets John Wyndham with a punky twist.

96) Roadside Picnic - Boris and Arkady Sturgatsky. 1972. Audiobook, read, with a tough matter of factness by Robert Forster. A Russian sci fi novel, written with layered, realistic characters, a grotty, believable world working through the aftermath of an alien visitation and the weird ways it's messing the world up. The attention to detail is wonderful and pungent, noirish prose is brilliantly translated into idiomatic English. Its heart aches for the human condition
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97) Song For the End - Kit Power. 2020. Kindle. A pulpy, dark fantasy with its feet on the ground. It's a unputdownable novella about a song from a local band which goes viral with deadly results. Power, a great mate of mine, writes like a Stephen King who respects your time. An excellent genre piece, pick it up while its hot.

98) The Signal-Man - Charles Dickens. 1866. Tiny paperback, also including a second short story about bad customer service at a train station restaurant. The dude could write, there's no point in denying it. Gtrat atmospheric ghost story in rich, readable prose.
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Starting this tonight:
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Too late to use in my popular culture course for this upcoming term, but I'm reading with an eye on using it next year, a way to combine comics and feminism.
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16 Dec 2020, 7:22pm
97) Song For the End - Kit Power. 2020. Kindle. A pulpy, dark fantasy with its feet on the ground. It's a unputdownable novella about a song from a local band which goes viral with deadly results. Power, a great mate of mine, writes like a Stephen King who respects your time. An excellent genre piece, pick it up while its hot.

98) The Signal-Man - Charles Dickens. 1866. Tiny paperback, also including a second short story about bad customer service at a train station restaurant. The dude could write, there's no point in denying it. Gtrat atmospheric ghost story in rich, readable prose.
The Signal-Man is great. I should revisit this.
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Marky Dread wrote:
16 Dec 2020, 7:31pm
Silent Majority wrote:
16 Dec 2020, 7:22pm
97) Song For the End - Kit Power. 2020. Kindle. A pulpy, dark fantasy with its feet on the ground. It's a unputdownable novella about a song from a local band which goes viral with deadly results. Power, a great mate of mine, writes like a Stephen King who respects your time. An excellent genre piece, pick it up while its hot.

98) The Signal-Man - Charles Dickens. 1866. Tiny paperback, also including a second short story about bad customer service at a train station restaurant. The dude could write, there's no point in denying it. Gtrat atmospheric ghost story in rich, readable prose.
The Signal-Man is great. I should revisit this.
If you need a copy, I picked mine up to use up the last three quid on a book token in Waterstones. More than happy to post it to you, it's about the size and dimension of an Xmas card.
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Dr. Medulla wrote:
16 Dec 2020, 7:29pm
Starting this tonight:
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Too late to use in my popular culture course for this upcoming term, but I'm reading with an eye on using it next year, a way to combine comics and feminism.
and BDSM.
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Silent Majority wrote:
16 Dec 2020, 7:32pm
Marky Dread wrote:
16 Dec 2020, 7:31pm
Silent Majority wrote:
16 Dec 2020, 7:22pm
97) Song For the End - Kit Power. 2020. Kindle. A pulpy, dark fantasy with its feet on the ground. It's a unputdownable novella about a song from a local band which goes viral with deadly results. Power, a great mate of mine, writes like a Stephen King who respects your time. An excellent genre piece, pick it up while its hot.

98) The Signal-Man - Charles Dickens. 1866. Tiny paperback, also including a second short story about bad customer service at a train station restaurant. The dude could write, there's no point in denying it. Gtrat atmospheric ghost story in rich, readable prose.
The Signal-Man is great. I should revisit this.
If you need a copy, I picked mine up to use up the last three quid on a book token in Waterstones. More than happy to post it to you, it's about the size and dimension of an Xmas card.
Thanks that's kind mate. I'll PM you my address.

Also just purchased this on your recommendation and will dig in over the next few days.
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Marky Dread wrote:
16 Dec 2020, 7:35pm
Silent Majority wrote:
16 Dec 2020, 7:32pm
Marky Dread wrote:
16 Dec 2020, 7:31pm
Silent Majority wrote:
16 Dec 2020, 7:22pm
97) Song For the End - Kit Power. 2020. Kindle. A pulpy, dark fantasy with its feet on the ground. It's a unputdownable novella about a song from a local band which goes viral with deadly results. Power, a great mate of mine, writes like a Stephen King who respects your time. An excellent genre piece, pick it up while its hot.

98) The Signal-Man - Charles Dickens. 1866. Tiny paperback, also including a second short story about bad customer service at a train station restaurant. The dude could write, there's no point in denying it. Gtrat atmospheric ghost story in rich, readable prose.
The Signal-Man is great. I should revisit this.
If you need a copy, I picked mine up to use up the last three quid on a book token in Waterstones. More than happy to post it to you, it's about the size and dimension of an Xmas card.
Thanks that's kind mate. I'll PM you my address.

Also just purchased this on your recommendation and will dig in over the next few days.
Brilliant.

And re:Song for the End, that's wonderful - I really hope you like it. Please let us know what you think.
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Silent Majority wrote:
16 Dec 2020, 7:37pm
Marky Dread wrote:
16 Dec 2020, 7:35pm
Silent Majority wrote:
16 Dec 2020, 7:32pm
Marky Dread wrote:
16 Dec 2020, 7:31pm
Silent Majority wrote:
16 Dec 2020, 7:22pm
97) Song For the End - Kit Power. 2020. Kindle. A pulpy, dark fantasy with its feet on the ground. It's a unputdownable novella about a song from a local band which goes viral with deadly results. Power, a great mate of mine, writes like a Stephen King who respects your time. An excellent genre piece, pick it up while its hot.

98) The Signal-Man - Charles Dickens. 1866. Tiny paperback, also including a second short story about bad customer service at a train station restaurant. The dude could write, there's no point in denying it. Gtrat atmospheric ghost story in rich, readable prose.
The Signal-Man is great. I should revisit this.
If you need a copy, I picked mine up to use up the last three quid on a book token in Waterstones. More than happy to post it to you, it's about the size and dimension of an Xmas card.
Thanks that's kind mate. I'll PM you my address.

Also just purchased this on your recommendation and will dig in over the next few days.
Brilliant.

And re:Song for the End, that's wonderful - I really hope you like it. Please let us know what you think.
Sure will. :approve:
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Song For the End - Kit Power

Well SM you were right I couldn't stop reading it.

This made me smile a lot. My headmaster at school was called Mr. Hopkins and we read William Golding "Lord if the Flies". The story reminded me of the Human League song "The Black Hit of Space" where the vinyl takes over everything. Only in this case it's an unnamed song that is killing all those that hears it. It does come on like a dark Stephen King but the humour sets it apart. I really enjoyed it and the story doesn't let up moving at a great pace. A very cool read.
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Marky Dread wrote:
17 Dec 2020, 8:14pm
Song For the End - Kit Power

Well SM you were right I couldn't stop reading it.

This made me smile a lot. My headmaster at school was called Mr. Hopkins and we read William Golding "Lord if the Flies". The story reminded me of the Human League song "The Black Hit of Space" where the vinyl takes over everything. Only in this case it's an unnamed song that is killing all those that hears it. It does come on like a dark Stephen King but the humour sets it apart. I really enjoyed it and the story doesn't let up moving at a great pace. A very cool read.
I really need to read that. Kit’s good people.
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Marky Dread wrote:
17 Dec 2020, 8:14pm
Song For the End - Kit Power

Well SM you were right I couldn't stop reading it.

This made me smile a lot. My headmaster at school was called Mr. Hopkins and we read William Golding "Lord if the Flies". The story reminded me of the Human League song "The Black Hit of Space" where the vinyl takes over everything. Only in this case it's an unnamed song that is killing all those that hears it. It does come on like a dark Stephen King but the humour sets it apart. I really enjoyed it and the story doesn't let up moving at a great pace. A very cool read.
Brilliant, mate, thanks a lot for checking it out.
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Just finished reading Klaus by Grant Morrison. It was quite, quite excellent. Not I'm working on a collection of victorian christmas ghost stories, fun stuff.
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