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Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson
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Nov 16, 2011

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Read from November 08 to 16, 2011

i've heard this is his best book but i didn't think it was very good so now i'm not sure if should keep on reading him. the ending flat out sucked. i didn't like the main character. but...i liked him more than the "after dark, my sweet" main character, collie. there was humor in this story. sheriff nick corey is hapless until we find out how ruthless he is. by the end of the book after his character transformation he sort of reminds me of the judge from blood meridian. corey's outlook on the human condition is super bleak. they say thompson is pulp fiction at it's best. they pair him with horace mccoy he wrote "they shoot horses, don't they?" which is another super fucked up story. it is suspenseful, i'll give him that, i didn't want to stop reading. this book is set in the south and i just absolutely love the way the characters talk in this book. thompson's been writing since the 40's so it's kinda surprising how dark his characters are. not sure if i'd recommend it, i don't have many friends that like this sort of thing but i guess you like stephen king you'd like him, since stephen king says, "The guy was over the top. The guy was absolutely over the top. Big Jim didn't know the meaning of the word stop. There are three brave lets inherent in the forgoing: he let himself see everything, he let himself write it down, then he let himself publish it."

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Timothy When I finished I also immediately thought of the Judge from Blood Meridian.

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