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    just scrolling through it, very interesting stuff

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    Suggestions for thriller or comedic theme genre? Will be going back to library soon. Its been over a year now since I have been.


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    As for comedic short stories T. Coraghessan Boyle. I'm reading his collected short stories now. Not all of them are hits but at the very least they are entertaining. Some examples : a Lassie parody, a man suspects his scientist wife of having a fling with her monkey study object etc

    Not all of them are comedy, I just finished one where it rains blood from the sky (literally, I mean) and it was quite sickening, but in a good way ha

    He has novels out too but I'm not familiar with them.

    A thriller author I enjoy is Robert Harris. Fast paced, good world building. Some of his books have a historic setting, others an alternative history setting. His books are real good page turners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal Incandenza View Post
    As for comedic short stories T. Coraghessan Boyle. I'm reading his collected short stories now. Not all of them are hits but at the very least they are entertaining. Some examples : a Lassie parody, a man suspects his scientist wife of having a fling with her monkey study object etc

    Not all of them are comedy, I just finished one where it rains blood from the sky (literally, I mean) and it was quite sickening, but in a good way ha

    He has novels out too but I'm not familiar with them.

    A thriller author I enjoy is Robert Harris. Fast paced, good world building. Some of his books have a historic setting, others an alternative history setting. His books are real good page turners.
    Thanks. I haven't been to the library in over a year because of everything being shut down. It opened up a few months back, but it is frequented by transients so I have stayed away. Plan on going soon though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal Incandenza View Post
    As for comedic short stories T. Coraghessan Boyle. I'm reading his collected short stories now. Not all of them are hits but at the very least they are entertaining. Some examples : a Lassie parody, a man suspects his scientist wife of having a fling with her monkey study object etc

    Not all of them are comedy, I just finished one where it rains blood from the sky (literally, I mean) and it was quite sickening, but in a good way ha

    He has novels out too but I'm not familiar with them.

    A thriller author I enjoy is Robert Harris. Fast paced, good world building. Some of his books have a historic setting, others an alternative history setting. His books are real good page turners.
    Thanks. Local library opened up a few months back. I am looking forward to going back soon with some good recommendations.


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    Good to hear the library's open again.

    Another thriller author I enjoy is Nelson DeMille. He has a ton of books out. I read about 5 of them. The only one I didn't enjoy too much was 'Spencerville'. I loved the other ones. Not really sure if this is the kind of author libraries stock. I bought my copies second hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal Incandenza View Post
    Good to hear the library's open again.

    Another thriller author I enjoy is Nelson DeMille. He has a ton of books out. I read about 5 of them. The only one I didn't enjoy too much was 'Spencerville'. I loved the other ones. Not really sure if this is the kind of author libraries stock. I bought my copies second hand.
    I will definitely check out all your suggestions. Going to wait a just a little longer wait go back library. Purchased hummingbird by Jude Angelini online. Going to read that first. Should be classic.


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    What was that book you got your user name from again? I going to library today. Going to see if it available.


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    'Infinite Jest' by David Foster Wallace

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hal Incandenza View Post
    'Infinite Jest' by David Foster Wallace
    I did end up reading through this. Some really high points, but also some times it really drags. I almost feel this is one that needs to be reread a time or two to fully comprehend. It is solid B for me, there is a classic tale in the novel. It needed to be even more edited to make it a better read, just my personal opinion though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by b-dolo View Post
    I did end up reading through this. Some really high points, but also some times it really drags. I almost feel this is one that needs to be reread a time or two to fully comprehend. It is solid B for me, there is a classic tale in the novel. It needed to be even more edited to make it a better read, just my personal opinion though.
    I totally see what you mean. it is excessive with some of the story lines and the endless end notes

    I bet some publishers would have shaved off another 100 pages at least


    I dug up this fun fact for you and me :

    "If you think Infinite Jest – at 1,100-odd pages – is a long book, be advised that it started longer. Wallace wrote to a friend that “the fucker’s cut by 600 pages from the first version”. He proofread the book, according to DT Max’s fine biography Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story, “with loose pages of Infinite Jest spread out in front of him, watching the movie Beethoven over and over again on a TV/VCR combo from Rent-A-Center”. He claimed, variously, to have caught 47,000 and 712,000 typos. Beethoven is a film about a St Bernard dog."

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    Another 600 pages. That would be something else to have an unedited version.


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    I don't think I could make it through the full version even though it's my favorite book. there's gotta be a good reason those pages were scrapped. plot lines were probably condensed and maybe some plot lines were axed

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