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*Retired* 2008 Lists > Scott's Not Going To Read 50 At This Rate...

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message 1: by Scott (last edited Apr 11, 2008 05:40AM) (new)

Scott 1. The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror by Christopher Moore

What a great way to start the new year...hearty, brain munching, yule-tide laughs from my favorite humor author. I love you, Christopher Moore.

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Peggy | 17 comments Oh, this was a good 'un. All hail the return of Roberto, the Magic Fruit Bat.

message 3: by Scott (last edited Jan 15, 2008 04:46AM) (new)

Scott Roberto's future is SO bright, he's gotta wear shades...

Sadly, no talking fruit bats in my latest read:

2. To The White Sea by James Dickey.

Although I did enjoy this one, I don't care to ever read any more about lynxes and martens.

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Judith (jloucks) I just added this one to my wish list. Sounds great! Thanks for sharing.


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Kate (katiebobus) | 20 comments I about spat up reading your commentary on To the White Sea...

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Scott 3. loser by Jerry Spinelli

I read it to my 4th graders. I love the main character's, Donald Zinkoff, complete, inborn, and oblivious virtue.

message 7: by Scott (last edited Mar 20, 2008 08:19PM) (new)

Scott 4. Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Really enjoyed this one. It's the first book that's given me chills since I read "The Witching Hour" six years ago. I really liked the idea of the protective soul of a dog, though I thought it could have been handled better late in the book.

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Kelly B (kellyb) I read this book too, and really liked it. I agree that the dog thing could have been done a little better, but overall I thought it was sufficiently creepy. Not many scary books out there these days it seems...Have any recommendations?

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Scott Kelly, I've gone back and read a lot of older stuff by Robert McCammon for creepiness. If you haven't read "Swan Song" I highly recommend it. It is often compared to The Stand and not without reason, though I honestly prefer it over King's version of a dystopian society. Very good stuff.

Bentley Little is very topical and fun, taking small things and making them big. His books can be sick and twisted in the best way, and he's written a ton of them and continues to produce. Though he can be creepy (The Store, I think, is his most creepiest), he is more entertaining and "Oh, that's gross"-worthy than spine chilling.

You're right, though, there aren't enough scary books out there. That's the best kind of reading, I think.

message 10: by Scott (last edited Mar 20, 2008 08:19PM) (new)

Scott 5. Lost Nation by Jeffrey Lent

Really enjoyed this one. I've been reading a lot of Cormac McCarthy lately (yep, I jumped on the "No Country for Old Men" bandwagon and am loving it) and there are some similarities with Jeffrey Lent, not one of them being Lent's use of quotations and apostrophes. Lent uses a lot of detail, though it isn't distracting and overdone. There isn't a whole lot of dialogue, and when there is it is very simple. A very well told story, not without its twists and turns.

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Scott 6. The Ruins by Scott Smith.

Actually better than I had expected. Can't wait to be totally dissapointed by the movie!

message 12: by Scott (last edited Mar 20, 2008 08:21PM) (new)

Scott 7. Rabbit, Run by John Updike

Hard to identify with the lead character, but powerfully written and lyrical.

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Scott There is no way I'm going to read 50 books this year...

message 14: by Jessica (new)

Jessica (jess_chitty) Don't say that... It's only March! You still have plenty of time. Just one book at a time. And worst case scenario, you don't reach 50. So what. Just enjoy the challenge.

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Tiffany | 1949 comments Mod
I'm totally with you, Scott. In the back of my mind, I keep counting down the days, thinking "I just won't have time for 50!"

message 16: by Scott (last edited Apr 11, 2008 05:38AM) (new)

Scott 8. Mystery Walk by Robert McCammon

I love Robert McCammon. The problem with this book is that I REALLY loved Swan Song.

message 17: by Scott (last edited Apr 11, 2008 05:37AM) (new)

Scott 9. Child of God by Cormac McCarthy

Lester Ballard of Child of God makes Jame Gumb of Silence of the Lambs look like Brooks Hatlen of The Shawshank Redemption.

message 18: by Dawn Michelle (new)

Dawn Michelle Scott,
I am so pulling for you to keep READING! I think it is great that you are trying and the girls above are right...just keep plugging away. I KNOW you can do it!!!

message 19: by Kelly (new)

Kelly B (kellyb) Oh man, Child of God is one of a kind. Twisted, right? And yet, I still felt sorry for Lester, I really did. He was such a sad character. I'm going to read The Crossing next. I have to say that I'm glad Cormac writes about the things that are hard to look at, or think about. And it always makes for compelling conversation!

message 20: by Scott (new)

Scott Indeed, Kelly.

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Scott 10. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett

"Don't think you've won, because you haven't," she snapped. "It's just that I haven't got the time to mess around. You must know where she is. I command you take me to her!"

The staff regarded her woodenly.

"By-" Granny paused, her invocations were a little rusty, "-by stock and stone I order it!"

Activity, movement, liveliness - all these words would be completely inaccurate descriptions of the staff's response.

Terry Pratchett is hilarious

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Scott 11. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

Loved it. Have never read anything like it. I wish she wrote more books.

message 23: by Kate (new)

Kate (katiebobus) | 20 comments She did write "Attic" and "Truck" but they are not even close to Geek Love.

message 24: by Scott (new)

Scott I saw that, but there is so many years between those two books and Geek Love I figured her writing style has probably evolved to what it is now.

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Scott 12. Pigtopia by Kitty Fitzgerald


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Scott 13. Hyperion by Dan Simmons

I don't normally read much sci-fi, but I love Dan Simmons as an author and so I gave this one a chance. I enjoyed it very much, though it was definitely written with sequels in mind. I look forward to learning more about these "pilgrims" in the follow up, "The Fall of Hyperion."

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Scott 14. Rabbit Redux by John Updike

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Scott 15. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

message 29: by Emily (new)

Emily | 74 comments This is another of those books that I've started and stopped several times. Each time I visit New Orleans (my husband's hometown), I convince myself that I have to read this novel. But, I never seem to be grabbed by it. Would be interested to hear what you think...

message 30: by Scott (new)

Scott I felt the same way reading it. I wish I could have given it 4 1/2 stars, and I think it is mostly because Ignatius is just such a whiney, annoying character. I found myself wanting to smack him throughout the book. However, the way things fall into place due to his actions and "worldview" is pretty great. And it has some great supporting characters, my favorite being the somnolent and confused Miss Trixie.

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Scott 16. Pass the 7: A Training Guide for the NASD Series 7 Exam by Robert Walker

Had to read this for my new job. WHAT A PAGE TURNER! *dies*

Is it cheating putting it here? It IS a book.


message 32: by Scott (last edited Jul 08, 2008 07:03PM) (new)

Scott 17. The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons

A tad bit confusing at times, but a great conclusion to the first book.

message 34: by Scott (last edited Aug 03, 2008 07:29PM) (new)

Scott 19. The Sportswriter by Richard Ford

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Scott 20. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Awesome book.

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Scott 21. The Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

My first graphic novel and not my last.

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Scott 22. The Brief History Of The Dead by Kevin Brockmeier

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Scott 24. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

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Scott 25. Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore

I love this man.

message 41: by Scott (last edited Oct 19, 2008 09:59AM) (new)

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Scott 27. Mad Cowboy by Howard Lyman

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Scott 28. Usher's Passing by Robert McCammon

message 45: by Scott (last edited Dec 17, 2008 05:53PM) (new)

Scott 30. Every Dead Thing by John Connolly

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