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    I just finished reading Stephen King's recent novel Joyland, which I picked up at a campus bookstore this morning in preparation for a college football game I was attending because my brother is in the marching band. It was good, naturally. It was sort of a coming-of-age story rather than a horror novel, though a ghost, a murder mystery, and a couple of psychics gave it some preternatural flavor. Looking forward to reading Dr. Sleep...
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    ...which is what I'm now reading. It's good so far, though maybe a little odd in the way that a sequel always is, especially so far removed from the original. It was one of the many books that I got for Christmas. I've been reading through them alphabetically by author, so before I got to Doctor Sleep I read a trio of short novels that H. P. Lovecraft admired. There was H. B. Drake's The Shadowy Thing (about mind control), Herbert S. Gorman's The Place Called Dagon (which was rather Lovecraftian, though maybe not as interesting as Lovecraft's own stuff), and Leland Hall's Sinister House (a ghost story). They were all pretty good reads, and with a kind of thematic unity, since they each feature a man trying to protect the person he loves from vague supernatural forces.
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    I just picked up Porno, by Irving Welsh. It is the sequel to Trainspotting. Both of them are a 'must read', since they tell a deep story about a group of friends whose lives have gone down because of their addiction to heroin. Porno is supposed to take place a few years after, when the main character of the famous film is out of his habit. I'm just in the first chapter, so I can't really tell.

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    Got assigned Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone in my Victorian detection English class. Starts off slowly but invitingly, and things do get rather mysterious. Hadn't read a mystery novel in the longest time so it was a nice change of pace as well.

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    I've heard of Wilkie Collins's stuff, though I've never really made up my mind to read any of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TMS View Post
    I've heard of Wilkie Collins's stuff, though I've never really made up my mind to read any of it.
    Well, I'd been behind on my assigned readings for a week, and I had every intention of catching up over the weekend. Turns out, I'm likely to just finish the whole damn thing today.

    Probably most compelling is that the chapters are written by multiple narrators, the first one being a butler/servant with incredibly charming personality.

    I haven't heard of anything else by Collins but The Moonstone is a rather good read.

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    I actually first heard about him when I saw him mentioned in this Call of Cthulhu card's flavor text. There's an older card called Pulp Writer which uses the same flavor text but with the authors' names switched around. After seeing the cards I had to look him up, but wasn't intrigued enough to read his work.
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    Recently I've been reading through a collection of M. P. Shiel's stories titled The House of Sounds and Others, another Lovecraft's Library book. I had read "Vaila," the original version of the title story, before I got the book, as well as a couple others which I had only the most hazy memories of, so it's been fun getting reacquainted with Shiel's work. "The House of Sounds" / "Vaila" especially is a classic work of horror. Last night I began reading The Purple Cloud, a novel included in the collection, and am enjoying it so far. Featuring an expedition to the North Pole and a disaster which apparently kills off all human and animal life on the planet except for the narrator, it made appropriate reading today, since I was home alone with a blizzard outside.
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    I keep forgetting about this thread (it's not that I haven't read anything for two months). I have quite a number of books at my house I'd like to get around to reading, but recently I happened to go to the library, which started a cycle of borrowing that has yet to be broken (I tend to pick up something new every time I go, and focus on finishing the books before I need to return them).

    I don't think anyone here has followed my Twitter account, but it's a pretty good record of what I've been reading recently. I read another Thomas Ligotti collection, which was good, though his relentlessly bleak outlook can get stale after a while. I also read my first Ramsey Campbell novel, The Parasite, though I'd read a number of his short stories before then. The novel was pretty good, though I think I'd like some of his later ones better. I also read a few odds and ends, like a trio of ghost stories by Gertrude Atherton, who idolizes Henry James just a bit too much.

    I was just starting to read Algernon Blackwood's Incredible Adventures, a landmark weird fiction collection, when on another library trip I stumbled across a collection of ghost stories by Edith Wharton. I wasn't aware that she wrote horror stories; anything I've previously read of hers was a school assignment. I've only read two of the stories so far, and I'm reserving final judgment. I also recently bought a collection of Edward Lucas White stories based on his nightmares, which I'm greatly looking forward to.

    When it comes to reading fiction - especially horror/fantasy - I prefer to have as few distractions as possible, so my opportunities to read are limited. Recently I've taken to reading non-fiction instead if things are too loud. My mom lent me a book written by a Christian minister (rather too liberal for many of his colleagues) that addresses questions about how to view the Bible in a historical perspective and how much of it to take literally. I haven't finished reading it yet. Today on a whim I picked up a book called The Basic Writings of C. G. Jung [Carl Jung] at the library, and may try and get through that first.

    Anyone else read anything recently?
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    I am reading the second book of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Just got several early chapters. Maybe it's just me, but honestly I think that The Hunger Games' world is darker than Harry Potter's.
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