The Literature Thread

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by Dowbocop » Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:32 pm

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Lex-Man wrote:I finished Dracula I actually really dislike the book. I ended up hating most of the characters and the whole book being found documents kind of killed the any sense of jeopardy.

I enjoyed the first part in the castle. After things move back to England it's boring as hell apart from a few parts. It's not surprising that none of the movies have ever really accurately followed the novel without heavy adaption.

Late to the party on this, should check this thread more often!

I don't know if you guys read the same book as me because I thought Dracula was an incredible read. Full of tension and I realised about a third of the way though that I'd never actually watched an adaptation of it so I had no idea what was going to happen. I would recommend a version with a glossary of some of the now archaic language and terms because that can be a barrier to enjoyment. I agree the bit where Mina Harker mingles with all the northern common folk on her holidays is a bit boring, but after that it really gets going, and there was real jeopardy throughout in my opinion.

I can see why it doesn't work too well on screen. I actually think it would be perfectly suited to a radio serial/podcast.

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by Memento Mori » Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:30 am

Just finished The Killings at Kingfisher Hill the new Poirot book by Sophie Hannah. Agatha Christie sometimes repeated plot points but she wrote over 80 books. Sophie Hannah has only written four Poirot books in total so how does an editor not notice she's repeated the same murder twice? It's so similar I guessed the murderer correctly because I'd read it before.

Major spoilers for both The Killings at Kingfisher Hill and Closed Casket

In both of these books the murderer's girlfriend disfigures the victim post-mortem by beating their face in so it can't be identified.

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by Lex-Man » Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:53 pm

Just finished book four of the Horus Heresy, the flight of the Einstein. Really enjoyed the book but there's a lot of stuff that doesn't seem clear. There are currently 56 books in the series and I think I'm going to push through at least until book 7 as that's meant to be a really good one.

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by Zilnad » Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:32 am

Just finished reading The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro and would wholeheartedly recommend it.

I bought it for 99p in a Kindle daily deal without knowing much about it but it's a fantasy tale of an elderly, married couple, travelling across King Arthur's England to reunite with their son in another village.

It was really quite sweet and very life affirming. It perfectly captured the comforting feeling of growing old together through both the good and the bad. Exactly the kind of story I needed right now.

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by poshrule_uk » Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:36 am

Just read Coffin Road by Peter May

Really enjoyed the book and really could imagine the setting (Outer Hebridies)

Good story as well on top and I liked how it switched between different characters as the story progressed

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by Alx » Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:56 am

I was given the Five Nights at Freddy's books as a 'joke' christmas gift last year, so I read the first one and honest to god, I thought it was pretty enjoyable. If you go in expecting, like, Homer's Odyssey or a really breathtaking, thought provoking yarn, you're obviously gonna be disappointed, but I always quite liked the story of the games anyway, and I love how it fleshed out the story and the way the story progressed. If you're looking for an easy read, I think I'd recommend it.


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