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  1. #6676
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    Shit well I better get back on my horse then.

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    I re-read the series in 2016. Skipped most of book 4 again. The stuff with Blaine is great.

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    That's book 3 and also my favorite.

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    Resident Evil IV (Steam) ★★★★★

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    Agents of SHIELD (S3) ★★★★★
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    Uwe Boll movies > all Marvel U movies

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    Book 3 is fantastic. For a long time, it was my favorite. It is the most quest-orientated one, and I love a good quest/traveling/adventure story.

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    Cloud Atlas

    My opinion/love for the film adaptation will color this a lot, but here goes. While I admire, am engrossed and occasionally moved by the book, I feel like the structure and the style, while highly ambitious, need to be a bit more rigorous. The reincarnation motif and each story referencing one another, in which the film pours all in with cross-cutting and big feelings, stands out and feels more cutesy in the context of this more high-minded gambit. Remaining with a story for a long chunk means that some stories will have to be compared, sometimes in inevitably unfavorable light, when we are cut off from the last one or move forward to the next (for me, Adam Ewing and Timothy Cavendish are lacking). Also, the struggle in reading through the (otherwise engaging) post-apocalyptic story with shredded dialect is just too real.

    Still, for the most part Mitchell's total control of each stoy's pacing and style suck me in. Surprised by how pretty faithful the film turns out to be, except the last two stories, and the film's best bits are only magnified in the book, especially Robert Frobisher's characterization and arc, the fun pulpiness of Luisa Rey's investigation, and the catharsis of Adam Ewing's story, which closes out the book most wonderfully. Sonmi-451's story remains my favorite of the lot like in the adaptation, despite being vastly reconceived. The core of her character's journey is just too involving, whatever deviations each version has from each other. 4/5
    Midnight Run (1988) - 9
    The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) - 8.5
    The Adventures of Robinhood (1938) - 8
    Sisters (1973) - 6.5
    Shin Godzilla (2016) - 7.5

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    Cross posting here, because why not? But I just released the synopsis and cover reveal for the upcoming fourth Ninja Kat novel, VELCRO: POLLUTED WAR. Check it out. http://cwiddop.blogspot.com/2017/08/...ming-soon.html

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    Portnoy's Complaint - this guy sure has a lot to say about his own penis.

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    So just finished Release by Patrick Ness, and it was another mostly solid read. There's two stories going on, and I thought the main story was really great stuff, while the other kinda felt a bit flimsy at times, and by the end, perhaps a bit overly-obvious. Doesn't ruin the book by any stretch, but felt a bit misplaced, particularly compared to Ness' similar incorporation of fantastical elements in his other books.

    But like I said, the main story was outstanding, and has a very real and genuine feel to it, something that most anyone can really relate to, not only people dealing with the specific problems brought to light, and it's well worth the read on its own.

    Do we have to start ranking Patrick Ness novels? I think so...

    A Monster Calls
    Chaos Walking
    The Rest of Us Just Live Here
    Release
    The Crane Wife
    More Than This

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    Cross-posting here. So it's here now! Book Four of The Ninja Kat series, VELCRO: POLLUTED WAR, is now available! Check it out! http://cwiddop.blogspot.com/2017/11/...available.html


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    Got my book shelves back up after putting in a new floor, painting and putting up new trim. My books have been packed away for nearly 6 months because of complications with the project. It was a ton of fun opening up all the boxes, and putting everything back on the shelves. I missed my old paper friends. Also boxed up three boxes of books to sell.


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    That’s a beautiful set up, D. Sometimes the act of touching and looking at all of the books as you (re)organize can be so satisfying.

    I really need to get reading again. I’ve been without the bug for nearly 2 years now. Started a few things that didn’t catch my interest and dropped them, but didn’t pick anything else up.
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    Man Vs. - 6.5
    Blair Witch - 4
    Get Out - 8.5
    Scream - 7
    Arrival - 8

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    I haven't been reading much since Trump was elected. Can't seem to focus on anything except for the complete destruction of my country.

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    Not sure where to put this - I read the book The Disaster Artist in one day. It's compulsively readable. I felt a little bad about what Sestero was doing - revealing intimate details of his close friend who's obsessed with privacy to the point of paranoia - but when I was capable of leaving that aside, the portrait of the character is fascinating.

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    Sue Grafton died, and she was only one book away from finishing her alphabet series, having published Y is for Yesterday earlier this year. I haven't read any of the books, but I am oddly disappointed.

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