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magerette July 20th, 2009 03:29

Finished my horror-history of the doomed Franklin expedition(The Terror, Dan Simmons)--had nightmares all night. An excellent book, though. Perhaps just a little tad bit too vivid for an old woman.

@Rithrandril: There's a part in this novel at one of the (many) formal burial services for the British sailors where the Captain throws away the Bible and instead chooses to give the sermon from Hobbes' Leviathon, the" human life is brutal, short etc" part--very effective. :)

Rithrandil July 20th, 2009 03:39

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Originally Posted by magerette (Post 1060959295)
Finished my horror-history of the doomed Franklin expedition(The Terror, Dan Simmons)--had nightmares all night. An excellent book, though. Perhaps just a little tad bit too vivid for an old woman.

@Rithrandril: There's a part in this novel at one of the (many) formal burial services for the British sailors where the Captain throws away the Bible and instead chooses to give the sermon from Hobbes' Leviathon, the" human life is brutal, short etc" part--very effective. :)

You've just convinced me to purchase that book in a day or two, lol.

txa1265 July 20th, 2009 12:13

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Originally Posted by Rithrandil (Post 1060959296)
You've just convinced me to purchase that book in a day or two, lol.

She does make it sound intriguing, eh?

Prime Junta July 20th, 2009 15:06

Back home in rainy Finland. Finished off my French vacation with a day on the beach in Nice, digging into my first Robert Ludlum book -- The Bourne Identity. I quite liked it, and at least now I know what all the flap's about when Jason Bourne comes up in Alpha Protocol discussions. (Ludlum must've been pissed when they arrested Carlos when he was having his testicle operated -- probably not a denouement he would've written.)

Alrik Fassbauer July 20th, 2009 15:50

"Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Elven Prince" ? ;)

magerette July 20th, 2009 17:01

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Originally Posted by Rithrandil (Post 1060959296)
You've just convinced me to purchase that book in a day or two, lol.

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Originally Posted by txa1265 (Post 1060959316)
She does make it sound intriguing, eh?

If it ever crosses your path, it's an excellent read. On one level strictly factual and an exhaustive coverage of the human suffering, courage, and stupidity that went into Victorian age exploration, and on another a haunting and gruesome tale of madness and horror by the flickering light of oil lamps in a wasteland of ice, killing cold, disease and darkness. There's even a grotesque nod to Poe's Masque of the Red Death at one point.

As you can probably tell, the book got to me. ;)

JDR13 July 23rd, 2009 21:49

I just got 'At The Mountains Of Madness'. It's one of the few major H.P. Lovecraft stories that I haven't read yet.

JemyM July 23rd, 2009 22:27

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Originally Posted by JDR13 (Post 1060960110)
I just got 'At The Mountains Of Madness'. It's one of the few major H.P. Lovecraft stories that I haven't read yet.

One of Lovecraft's longest, but coming from Lovecraft that doesn't mean much. One of Lovecraft's more iconic novels though.

JDR13 July 24th, 2009 01:52

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Originally Posted by JemyM (Post 1060960118)
One of Lovecraft's longest, but coming from Lovecraft that doesn't mean much.

True. Lovecraft could write a more gripping story in 20 pages than most authors could in 100.

Thrasher July 24th, 2009 02:00

Is it the collection of just the single story?

If it's the collection the stories get much better towards the end.

JDR13 July 24th, 2009 04:56

It includes: 'At the Mountains of Madness', 'The Shunned House', 'The Dreams in the Witch-House', and 'The Statement of Randolph Carter'.

Thrasher July 24th, 2009 23:15

Here's the collection I was referring to that has 26 stories:

http://www.amazon.com/Road-Madness-H…dp/0345384229/

JDR13 July 25th, 2009 01:29

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Originally Posted by Thrasher (Post 1060960346)
Here's the collection I was referring to that has 26 stories:
http://www.amazon.com/Road-Madness-H…dp/0345384229/


I've already read a lot of those, many of them are included in a collection I have that's titled 'Waking up Screaming'.

Thrasher July 27th, 2009 19:49

Yeah there are lots of overlapping collections. The one I was referring to organized the stories chronologically in order of writing or publication, staring with oldest and ending with newest. My point being the quality improved quite a lot from the earliest stories.

Reading this kind of book backwards might work OK. :)

dteowner July 27th, 2009 20:05

Finished The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons last night. The philosophical mumbojumbo at the end was a bit disappointing. I'm not above some "deeper meaning" in my reading, but I felt bludgeoned by page after page of the stuff. I settled on the latest Recluse book from Modesitt to "cleanse the palette".

Thrasher July 27th, 2009 20:33

The whole Hyperion saga is a great read. It's major black eye is the occasional and much too long deep introspection by some of the main characters. Tedious.

magerette July 30th, 2009 08:05

So this is the same Dan Simmons that wrote my nightmare inducing arctic horrorfest (The Terror)? There was a bit of completely odd and distracting mystical booshwah at the very end in that book as well. But it did make up for the unrelieved grimness of the rest of the story.

dteowner July 30th, 2009 13:44

Yep, same guy.
"Terror" section of his website

JDR13 July 30th, 2009 19:03

The Shadow Over Innsmouth

It's making me want to play Call of Cthulhu: DCotE again, even though I didn't think very highly of my first playthrough.

DArtagnan July 30th, 2009 19:15

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Originally Posted by JDR13 (Post 1060961408)
The Shadow Over Innsmouth

It's making me want to play Call of Cthulhu: DCotE again, even though I didn't think very highly of my first playthrough.

Best Lovecraft story, imo :)


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