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View Diary: What are you reading? Feb 5, 2013 (43 comments)

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  •  Reading and listening... (7+ / 0-)

    Almost done with the audiobook version of HP Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness.  I've always heard about the Lovecraft influence on so many horror books, but I'd never read anything by him so I thought I'd give this a try.  Meh. Obviously the writing style is very dated. It's OK. Any Lovecraft fans out who can steer me to anything better?

    Finished the hardcover version of Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough. Mixes the Jack the Ripper murders with another set of gruesome  murders that happened at the same time but were overshadowed by the former. These would be the Thames torso murders. The story is fiction, but many of the characters actually existed. On top of the two sets of murders there's a Polish evil spirit and lots of opium dens. An odd mix, but it worked fairly well. The ending was very abrupt though. Kind of weird in that respect.  I'd recommend it if you like gothic horror/murder mystery type stuff.

    Just started The Commitments by Roddy Doyle.  This is the book that the 1991 movie was based upon.  I'm surprised at how short the book actually is.  Literally only a few pages into it.  I have a feeling though that by the time I'm done with it I'm going to have to go back and watch the movie.

    •  Lovecraft and Doyle (2+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, madmsf

      I recently read 'At the Mountains of Madness' ... same reaction.  It was not the horror masterpiece it was billed as, and I suspect that the world of horror has just taken his lessons and evolved.  Tough to be a pioneer.

      'The Commitments' is part of the Doyle trilogy that also includes 'The Van' and 'The Snapper'.  These are all amazing books ... I love them all.  All have been made into films as well and they are also well done.

      •  Actually, my motivation for reading (1+ / 0-)
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        The Commitments was that Doyle has finally written a followup to that book. It's entitled The Guts and re-visits Jimmy Rabbitte much later in life.  I heard an interview with Doyle several months ago on BBC Radio 2 and it sounded pretty good.

        I've heard of The Snapper from the movie, but I didn't know it was based upon another Doyle book.  I'm not at all familiar with The Van.

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