Richard Bachman was Stephen King's evil twin.
Speaking of Bachman. Did anyone ever read Rage?
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From the Wikipedia page about Rage:
In a footnote to the preface of Blaze (dated 30 January 2007) King wrote of Rage: "Now out of print, and a good thing."
In a keynote address King delivered to the Vermont Library Conference, he explored the complex sociological and cultural issues surrounding this novel and its apparent link to school shootings, which he placed within the broader context of America's fixation on violence.
"The Carneal incident was enough for me. I asked my publisher to take the damned thing out of print. They concurred." King went on to describe his view on this subject, which acknowledged the role that cultural or artistic products such as Rage play in influencing individuals, particularly troubled youths, while also declaring that artists and writers can not be denied the aesthetic opportunity to draw upon their own culture—which is suffused with violence, according to King—in their work.
I finished Misery by Stephen King over the weekend. Might be my favorite King book other than The Shining.
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I started reading A Time To Kill. I have started it probably about 3 times but never really got past the first couple of chapters before I was onto something else. Grisham has long been one of my favorites but I was young during his early years. (The Firm, Pelican Brief, Client) His new book is a sequel to A Time to Kill so I figured I would give it another try.
I finished Gone Girl yesterday. That is one messed up book. I've heard people say they hated the ending, but the ending flows naturally from the second half of the book, and the same wrongness saturates the whole thing. I mean wrongness in the best sense of the word. Fantastic, original book. About the only false note is that the male lead isn't followed by the police from the time his wife disappears.
David Fincher's filming this, with Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, and Neil Patrick Harris. (minor spoiler coming) I've never seen Pike in anything and hope that she is sufficiently off kilter.
Team of Rivals.
And I'm quite surprised it has nothing to do with Walt Jocketty bringing on Ex-Cardinals to the Reds.
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Gaiman's my favorite living writer, fwiw.
Just finished Nick Webb's excellent biography of Douglas Adams, "Wish You Were Here." The world lost a great creative mind and wit when Adams left us 12 years ago at the too-young age of 49.
"I can make all the stadiums rock."