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Dean Koontz suggestions please
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Mar 2, 2018 8:22am
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I am looking for Dean Koontz's recommendations, please. Nothing too adult related. I prefer suspense and horror. Thanks in advance.

csk
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Reply to: #957445 by Captain Slick Kitty
Mar 2, 2018 9:01am
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Loved his first one - Watchers, I think. Also loved Tick-Tock and liked Mr. Murder. IMHO, most of the time Koontz is just weird, not scary.
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Reply to: #957445 by Captain Slick Kitty
Mar 2, 2018 9:05am
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Lightening and Watchers were my favorites—but I haven’t read any of his stuff in years.
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Reply to: #957445 by Captain Slick Kitty
Mar 2, 2018 12:55pm
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I agree that the word WEIRD describes his books, and they seem to be getting more and more so. I liked his early books better than his more recent ones. I read one of his newer ones featuring the character Jane Hawk, and it held my interest, but it was too far out to make me want to read another about her. The ones with Odd Thomas as the main character weren't too bad. I am at the point where I put in a library request for all of his books as they come out, but I often return them without reading more than a chapter. I keep hoping for a winner.
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Reply to: #957445 by Captain Slick Kitty
Mar 2, 2018 3:48pm
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I've only read one of his books--"Oddkins: a Fable for all Ages". Technically a childrens book (160 pages, with illustrations), but it's definitely too intense and creepy for most kids. It's about evil toys....
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Reply to: #957445 by Captain Slick Kitty
Mar 2, 2018 5:20pm
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My favorite Koontz book was one of his earlier ones, The Bad Place. Don't remember much about the plot, just that I enjoyed it and it lead to many other Koontz books.
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Reply to: #957445 by Captain Slick Kitty
Mar 2, 2018 9:14pm
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Watchers is one of my all-time favorite books. Definitely his best. I really enjoyed Odd Thomas too. But, I only read the first one in that series because I heard the others weren't as good.

Amyrica
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Reply to: #957477 by Amyrica
Mar 3, 2018 7:10am
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I really enjoyed Odd Thomas too. But, I only read the first one in that series because I heard the others weren't as good.

They weren't.
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Reply to: #957445 by Captain Slick Kitty
Mar 6, 2018 12:46am
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Watchers was my favorite too. I read a smattering of his other stuff but it all started to blur together.....a boy, a girl, a dog, and some weird monster. That was his MO.

Amanda from Seattle
Cat Among The Pigeons by Agatha Christie
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May 27, 2018 6:36pm
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After seeing David Suchet's Murder on the Oriental Express, I continued watching the series that he made popular. Of the ones I have seen, Cat Among the Pigeons became a second favorite!

The slaying of a Prince.
A kidnapped Princess.
A hidden treasure.
A wicked and murdered PE teacher.
Jealousy
Blackmail
Secrets
Who is really who at Meadowbank School?

How could this go wrong?

So, instead of focusing on Murder in Sleepy Hollow and my board game, I ordered the book and started my "summer" reading early. Tsk, tsk!

The copy I received has 240 pages exactly and wow, what a disappointment!

To begin with, perhaps I loved the movie so much, that the book was a let down. But in my defense, Hercule Poirot does not come into the book until 2/3s of the book! Like, he's barely there. And when he does come, it's like he's got 20 pages of doing little things and making his international and national contacts but no actually sleuthing! Oh, sure a question or two here and there but by comparison to Murder on the Oriental Express where he is there in the guts of the murder and questioning everyone, it's a let down. Augh, I am so disappointed.

As shocked as I am for the words that I am about to type, facts are facts. (John Adams) The movie Cat Among the Pigeons was better.

I have been circling Death on The Nile, because that's another movie I truly enjoyed, but after this let down, I am hesitant.

csk
Re: Cat Among The Pigeons by Agatha Christie
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Reply to: #960532 by Captain Slick Kitty
May 28, 2018 6:48am
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Have you seen the BBC 3 part version of And Then There Were None? More true to the book and made me rethink all the film versions i ever saw. Worth watching.
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Reply to: #960532 by Captain Slick Kitty
May 28, 2018 7:10am
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Ha! This was one of the first Agathas I read when I was young and remains a favorite. It isn’t one of the strongest by any stretch and your complaints about Hercule are spot on. But I was a teenaged girl and the fantasy of jewels and detection and all the familiarities of school life (even though I went to a rural school in northern Vt, not an elite boarding school in Britain) made this book very appealing to me. I didn’t know there was a movie, and I’ve seen very few Agatha movies. I’ll have to look for this one.

Don’t worry about Death on the Nile. Vintage Poirot!
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Reply to: #960542 by cooledcoyote
May 28, 2018 7:54am
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Have you seen the BBC 3 part version of And Then There Were None?

Is that the one with Sam Neil? Yes. Very good. Both the book and the movie. I read the book first and it kept me guessing until the end.
Re: Cat Among The Pigeons by Agatha Christie
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Reply to: #960544 by Captain Slick Kitty
May 28, 2018 2:09pm
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The very first Agatha Christie I ever read was Easy to Kill (or Murder is Easy...depending on if you get the US or UK versions ). I reread it recently and enjoyed it just as much

I also highly recommend the Tommy and Tuppence books by Agatha Christie. They are some of my all time favorites. Although I have not enjoyed the film versions as much. (BBC)

Amanda from Seattle
Re: Cat Among The Pigeons by Agatha Christie
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Reply to: #960532 by Captain Slick Kitty
Jun 14, 2018 1:33pm
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All of Dame Agatha's books are pretty short, all things considered. Lovely reads, just about all of them!
Re: Best celebrity autobiographies?
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Reply to: #565251 by Brandy
Jul 17, 2018 5:18am
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American on Purpose - Craig Ferguson

Honest talk about addiction, and LOL funny.
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Reply to: #561636 by Trekkie Gal
Jul 17, 2018 9:31am
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Trevor Noah's Born a Crime. Do yourself a favor and listen to the audiobook. He narrates.

(Editing to say that I just noticed that this thread is from 2010.)
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Reply to: #962560 by Tempus Fugit
Jul 17, 2018 12:52pm
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i just listened to that audiobook. very impressive.
smile
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Reply to: #561636 by Trekkie Gal
Jul 17, 2018 7:15pm
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'They Call Me Baba Booey' by Gary Dell'abate. He reads the audio book himself, too.
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Reply to: #561636 by Trekkie Gal
Jul 18, 2018 10:15am
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Dolly Parton's book is pretty amazing.
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Reply to: #561636 by Trekkie Gal
Jul 29, 2018 7:38am
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I just finished Bruce Springsteen's autobiography, Born to Run on audio book. It's very beautifully written. He narrates the audio book and does a wonderful job. If you are old enough to appreciate him, I highly recommend it!
A Great Author
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Nov 23, 2018 10:14am
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My mother was an avid reader. Soon after I graduated from college, she suggested I read the book, War and Remembrance. It was historical fiction that began at Pearl Harbor the day after the attack. It opens with protagonist, Admiral Pug Henry, assessing what's left of the US Navy in the Pacific. The story was about the exploits of him and his family, who were scattered around the world and were witnesses to the events of World War 2. This well written tale inspired me to learn about the real* history of WW2.

The author of the book (and its prequel, Winds of War) is Herman Wouk who, to my amazement, is still alive at age 103. These are truly excellent books that are well worth reading.

Old Blue

I suggest you first read War and Remembrance, as I did. It's not the only time I've done things backwards.

  • There is not a real history of WW2; it is millions of stories, some of which are true, some which are not true, and some a mix if each... just like all history.
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Reply to: #968638 by DoubleSaj and Old Blue
Nov 24, 2018 10:02am
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I agree, Herman Wouk is a great author. I haven't read War and Remembrance but I did read Winds of War back in '87. I don't remember the plot but I must have liked the book and the author because I've read 10 of his books, 4 in one year. He also wrote The Caine Mutiny.
Reading Challenge Anyone??
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Jan 1, 2019 5:34am
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Is anyone else doing a reading challenge this year? I've decided to try one that is 52 books in 52 weeks--simple enough for me-- but has 52 different categories, which is what will be the challenge! I feel I am stuck in a cozy mystery rut and want to expand out a bit, so hopefully this will give me some impetus and direction.

I found several good lists but settled on [www.mommymannegren.com]

Would love to share the experience!

Mama Stork
Re: Reading Challenge Anyone??
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Reply to: #969848 by Mama Stork
Jan 1, 2019 5:45am
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I love reading challenges and I try to do one every year. I think I want to read 75 books and 55 picture books this year :)
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Reply to: #969848 by Mama Stork
Jan 1, 2019 3:08pm
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I’m doing the Ultimate Popsugar Challenge as well as a Goodreads challenge. Last year I managed 55 or 56 books across many genres. This year, I’m shooting for 65 books. But, full disclosure, I work in an indie bookstore, so the pressure is great.

Ps If anyone has a favorite book to recommend, I’d love to hear about it.
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Reply to: #969880 by Yumgirl
Jan 1, 2019 3:42pm
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Ps If anyone has a favorite book to recommend, I’d love to hear about it.

If you like mysteries, ANY book by Ruth Rendell is aways great.

Mary Roach writes these amazing, fascinating non-fiction books about different subjects that you think you'd never want to read about but then you can't put it down.
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Reply to: #969884 by MissMoon
Jan 1, 2019 4:01pm
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A Gentleman in Moscow is my favorite this year.
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Reply to: #969880 by Yumgirl
Jan 1, 2019 4:37pm
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
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Reply to: #969848 by Mama Stork
Jan 1, 2019 4:39pm
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No reading challenge here. I just want to read one book at a time. I usually have 4 or 5 books going at the same time. No goals on number of books either. Just however many I can squeeze between now and December 31st, 2019. I try not to have a book unfinished at the end of the year. I started reading R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton today.