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text 2019-08-19 17:46
Pre-party Part 2: Bring on the Horror - Favourite Horror Reads and how scary thet are
It - Stephen King
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov,Craig Raine
Misery - Stephen King
Ponies - Kij Johnson

I like my horror reads to be absolutely chilling and of the mind-fuck variety, so I'd say very scary for any title here.

 

It - Stephen King : Beyond how inherently scary a concept a boggart is, and one written by King at that, what terrified me in this book is the truth of how helpless children are against adults, their power and their belief in other adults. It's always that scene where Bev is running from her not-dad, and no adult even stopping, because it rings so creepily real.

 

Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov : I don't get why anyone would mistake this one for a romance. Ever. That's the ickiest, most compelling and therefore scariest, unreliable narrator of literature. Real horror.

 

Misery - Stephen King : This one gave me palpitations. It gets violent and there are lasting consequences.

 

Ponies - Kij Johnson : Maybe horror is not the genre one would put it, but this little does cause horror. I never read it again, but I still feel like crying when I remember it.

 

 

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text 2019-08-09 13:52
Book Suggestions for New Film at 11 square
Jurassic Park / The Lost World - Michael Crichton
Carrie - Stephen King
Pet Sematary - Stephen King
Misery - Stephen King
Firestarter - Stephen King
Jaws - Peter Benchley
The Amityville Horror - Jay Anson
Rosemary's Baby - Ira Levin
The Exorcist - William Peter Blatty
Audrey Rose - Frank De Felitta,Matt Godfrey

 

So many good choices!

 

Of the above examples, I've read all the books except Jurassic Park and I've seen all the movies. All are excellent.

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review 2019-07-09 16:48
Tentacular...
Doctor Strange Vol. 4: Mr Misery - Jason... Doctor Strange Vol. 4: Mr Misery - Jason Aaron,Chris Bachalo,Frazer Irving

To defeat evil Wong accepted an entity called Mr Misery into himself and now payment is being exacted. Doctor Strange really wants to save the man who has become his friend. He has to come to terms with the fact that Wong put his life on hold to help Doctor Strange and that that wasn't fair. Clea also re-appears and Thor has some screen time. Zelma (another Librarian!) also has to deal with power. There's also some building problems. All told an interesting read.

Borrowed from Dublin City Libraries.

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review 2019-01-25 00:00
Misery
Misery - Stephen King If you were a writer of a best-selling novel or best-selling series of novels and you were suddenly ready to let go of your previous works and try something new, something different, and something fresh, something you haven't tried before, what do you think would be the worst possible thing that could happen to you? Would that be Writer's block, or would that be Publishing Agency not being supportive of your writing anymore, or could it be a deranged fan of one of the fictional characters you yourself have created? I'd say that would be a deranged fan, for you can beat Writer's block anytime, you can find new Publishing Agency anytime you want to if they release you of your contract, but you can't beat a deranged fan and rationalize with a deranged fan. And the lead protagonist of this novel is unfortunately stuck in a deranged fan's house, after he suffers an injury and an accident. So he's all on his own with his biggest fan, and thus forced to at least try to rationalize with her, her name being Annie. I guess he's in quite a predicament. And his only way out of the mess he has found himself in is ironically his own work and his own writing, for to free himself of Annie's shackles, he's got to end his work in a proper manner or in a way only his biggest fan would have liked. Whether he succeeds or whether he fails, you're just going to have to see for yourself, but this is one of Stephen King's finest works, so expect a few immensely big surprises and tension along the way.
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text 2018-08-18 15:47
Reading progress update: I've read 147 out of 190 pages.
The Solitary Summer - Elizabeth von Arnim

"A man once made it a reproach that I should be so happy, and told me everybody has crosses, and that we live in a vale of woe. I mentioned moles as my principal cross, and pointed to the huge black mounds with which they had decorated the tennis-court, but I could not agree to the vale of woe, and could not be shaken in my belief that the world is a dear and lovely place, with everything in it to make us happy so long as we walk humbly and diet ourselves. He pointed out that sorrow and sickness were sure to come, and seemed quite angry with me when I suggested that they too could be borne perhaps with cheerfulness. 'And have not even such things their sunny side?' I exclaimed. 'When I am steeped to the lips in diseases and doctors, I shall at least have something to talk about that interests my women friends, and need not sit as I do now wondering what I shall say next and wishing they would go.' He replied that all around me lay misery, sin, and suffering, and that every person not absolutely blinded by selfishness must be aware of it and must realise the seriousness and tragedy of existence. I asked him whether my being miserable and discontented would help any one or make him less wretched; and he said that we all had to take up our burdens. I assured him I would not shrink from mine, though I felt secretly ashamed of it when I remembered that it was only moles, and he went away with a grave face and a shaking head, back to his wife and his eleven children. I heard soon afterwards that a twelfth baby had been born and his wife had died, and in dying had turned her face with a quite unaccountable impatience away from him and to the wall; and the rumour of his piety reached even into my garden, and how he had said, as he closed her eyes, 'It is the Will of God.' He was a missionary."

Quintessential Elizabeth.  And yet, her own cross amounted to vastly more than mole hills, too, in fact.

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