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  1. I'm not a fan of King's books but I always enjoy his short stories. 'The Things They Left Behind' really surprised me. It was really very moving. I thought it's inclusion in a 'horror story' collection was interesting because 9/11 was horrific, in a very real, rather than a supernatural/paranormal way. I really enjoyed the 'New York Times at Special Bargin Rates'.
  2. I read a short horror story years ago that was about a man who suspects his wife is cheating on him when he finds out another man has been paying visits to their house when he's not there. He decides to take revenge. He drugs his wife with something that makes it seem as though she's dead, then he sews her lips shut and her hands to her chest. He orders that she be cremated. She wakes up just as the coffin is sliding towards the flames. It turns out in the end that she wasn't cheating on him at all, but trying to arrange some kind of surprise for him (I think it was a party) and the 'strange man' coming to her house was just a party planner or a delivery man or something like that. It's a pretty horrid story, and I had a nightmare lately that reminded me a bit of it. Funny how things like that can stay with you for years then pop up out of nowhere. If anyone knows the story's title or author, please let me know. I hate it when I can't remember things like that. I've googled variations of the plotline, and posted the question on Yahoo Answers, but no joy.
  3. Well, some of those stories scared me, and I'm 25! I think for the adult reader familiar with M.R. James' stories (significance of Uncle 'Montague'?) makes the stories more enjoyable. The stories both have the 'feel' of M.R. James, and some of them seem quite similar in terms of plot to James' stories. There's two other books in the series 'Tales of Terror from the Black Ship' (all seafaring-related tales) and 'Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth' and I loved both.
  4. I watch all 3 CSIs. NY is my favourite, but that's largely to do with me having a MASSIVE 'thing' for Mac Taylor. I have a thing for Gary Sinise generally, but it's more Mac that my crush is on. I know he's just a fictional character, but hey, I have a thing for Joe Pike from the Robert Crais novels too. I suspect part of it is the Marine thing - I liked Doggett from X Files a lot too. I enjoy the other two CSIs, even Miami, I have a bit of a soft spot for Horatio, I have to admit, orange hair and sunnies and all. I enjoy Vegas, though not as much as I used too now Grissom is gone. Loved The Wire, watched all 5 seasons on DVD in quick succession. I also like NCIS,
  5. I am reading The Shipping News at the moment, and really enjoying it. Quoyle is such an interesting, real character. Definitely kind of a loser at the start, but he emerges as a sweet-natured, flawed guy just trying to get along in life, get over his wife's death, and figure out how to raise his kids, and find a place he belongs. I found Proulx's writing style a little odd at first, and the 'Newfie' dialect takes some getting used to, but I'm totally engrossed it. I agree that Newfoundland is very much a character in the book, reading it I can almost feel the cold, hear the raging sea. I like all the quirky characters Quoyle meets, and can't wait to learn how things turn out with Wavey (I'm up to Chapter 30). As far as the film goes, I haven't seen it, but I saw a trailer on Youtube and seeing Spacey as Quoyle and Moore as Wavey and Dench as Agnis actually helped me visualize the characters more clearly, though when I first started reading the book I would never have imagined Kevin Spacey as Quoyle.
  6. Does anyone else like Reggie Nadelson's Artie Cohen novels? I love them. The first one I read was 'Disturbed Earth' which is set in NYC in winter 2003. It has a wonderful dark post-9/11/brink of war feeling. The plots are excellent and diffferent, and quite a bit of the book is character development as well. Artie is a fantastic Chandler-esque hero, he is flawed but he is believable and very easy to identify with. One reviewer called him 'the detective every woman would like to find in her bed' and he is that too. All of her Cohen books are set either partly or, as is the case with the later few, entirely, in NYC. In one novel 'Skin Trade' New York, Paris and Vienna all play a role. Other cities in the other novels include London and Hong Kong. Nadelson has the wonderful ability of being able to make the cities of her novels (especially NYC) a character in them too.
  7. I've read the 25th Hour, and liked it a lot, and am waiting for the film to come from Love Film. I have Auster's NY Trilogy at home and it's on my TBR pile. I loved his Brooklyn Follies though it's not crime. I'll try the others too. I did try another book by Lethem but it was very long and I gave up halfway through, but I am going to try it again. As for Motherless Brooklyn, I keep seeing that on the shelves at the library, and people quite often take it out (I work there) so I'll get it next time I go library raiding. Thanks everyone else for all the suggestions. In regard to McBain's 87th precinct, I don't know whether it's NY - I thought it was an unnamed city. I do enjoy those though, must get another one the next time I get new books.
  8. Can anyone recommend any New York City set crime fiction? I am a HUGE fan of Reggie Nadelson's Artie Cohen series, what I love about it is the strong sense of place she creates, I can FEEL her New York City when I read the books, and I love Artie as well. I also love Lawrence Block's Matt Scudder books for the same reasons - strong sense of place and characterisation, and I also enjoy Jason Starr's novels which are all (I think) set in NYC - I like the noirish feel to them and of course the NYC setting. The only other author I have come across with NYC set crime fic is Carol O'Connell and I just can't get into her books for some reason. On the Internet I found out about Thomas O'Callaghan's Driscoll books. They looked interesting, but I would have to get them off Amazon. That's fine, but one thing is putting me off - I read that O'Callaghan uses the James Patterson technique of very short chapters. I don't like JP's stuff, and was wondering, is the chapter thing the only way in which Callaghan is similar? Does anyone have any ideas? I'd be really grateful if anyone could help me out. I have a good pile of other books on my TBR pile, but would welcome any recommendations for the next time I go library raiding.
  9. Just finished 'Human Capital' and really enjoyed it. Thanks for the further suggestions, everyone.
  10. Karin Slaughter's stuff is great! I just read Human Capital by Stephen Amidon and have just started The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem.
  11. Thanks for the suggestions, Grammath. I actually did my English Lit undergrad dissertation on the fiction of Chandler and Hammett, and so have read and loved their stuff. While carrying out the necessay (and sometimes seemingly endless) research for the dissertation, I came across many references to Cain and Thompson, and have been considering trying their stuff for a while, but I felt that I needed to gain a little distance from the dissertation mindset before I did, so I wouldn't be sat there reading and analyzing them at the same time. But I think next time I get some books from the library, i will try a Thompson and/or a Cain. I have actually had Auster's 'The New York Trilogy' sat on my shelf for about a year now, and kept meaning to start it, so I'll hopefully get around to it soon. Similarly, I've been considering taking the plunge with McInerney for a while now, and will take the plunge probably the next time I get more books from the library, and will try Lethem then too. Thanks for all the advice, everyone - I now have both Human Capital and Empire Falls at home, and have Ghost Town on order. I'm looking forward to hopefully discovering some new stuff.
  12. Terrorist by John Updike. I struggled with this a little at first because it is divided into five long-ish parts rather than chapters. But now I'm really enjoying it. It is about a young Muslim man - Ahmad Ashmaway Mulloy who has just graduated from high school in New Jersey. This New Jersey is grubby, poor, depressed, in ruins, and excellenty evoked. Ahmad is struggling to find an 'identity' for himself, which he finds in an increasingly extreme form of Islam, and in disgust for Americans. Updike takes the 'classic' faults of Americans and brings them into painful focus - the Americans in this novel are fat/lazy/stupid/mean/prejudiced, and because of this, Ahmad, despite being a terrorist-in-the-making, is the character you most sympathize with. Updike shows how alienated, confused teenagers/young men can be turned into extemists not just by manipulative religious leaders/believers and by an extreme form of religion itself, but also by the supposedly 'superior' and civilised American society, which, post-9/11 rejects and repulses them. The novel also tells the story of Jack Levy, Ahmad's Jewish guidance counsellor, who is also unhappy in his life and in his marriage, and who has an affair with Ahmad's mother. There are also parts focusing on Levy's wife and on her sister, who is an assistant to some high-up security dude, and who represents post-9/11 paranoia about people like Ahmad. So far, this is a really good book. Despite being American, Updike does a good job of getting into the mindset of a Muslim possible-terrorist, though his characters are all stereotypical, the novel works well.
  13. I really love all of Crais's books, especially the Elvis Cole series. I also loved 'The Watchman' which is a Pike book, and the two stand-alone novels - 'Hostage' and 'The Two Minute Rule.' I have a huge crush on Joe Pike, too. Anyone know when Crais's next book is due out?
  14. I read this book a while ago, and I think it is very good. I liked DeLillo's use of the image of the 'falling man', and his exploration of how American culture changed after 9/11, for example the scene where Keith's wife remembers getting a postcard from a friend that had some kind of Muslim image or phrase on it, and how before 9/11 she didn't think twice about it, but afterwards it took on a whole different meaning. The parts told from the terrorist's POV were interesting.
  15. This reply is probably way too late, but two good 9/11 conspiracy books are 9/11 Revealed by Rowland Morgan and Ian Henshall and The New Pearl Harbor by David Ray Griffin. In my opinion the Griffin book is the better one, because it focuses not just on the events of Sept 11, but also on things that happened before and after that day that support the conspiracy theories. However, I suggest that your friend tries both books, as although they both mention a lot of the same evidence, they each mention something that the other book either misses out or only focuses on briefly. The Morgan/Henshall book for example, only makes brief mention of pre-9/11 evidence, and hardly mentions post-9/11 evidence at all, while the Griffin focuses on these areas in some depth. Another book is Pentagate by Thierry Meyasson, but I haven't read that one yet.
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