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Posted: August 21st, 2020, 9:31pm Report to Moderator
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So, I've basically stayed home for six months now. Am I the only one who still stays at home and don't go anywhere or see anyone? The few times I venture out, I use a mask and keep hand sanitizer in my car. I'm starting to feel like I'm the only one doing so. Everyone else is going about like pre-pandemic.

Anyway, I've read some books during these times. I haven't written real reviews because I suck at them, but here's my list with some recommends and such. Do you have any recommends or avoids? Let me know.

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Dark Matter and Wayward by Blake Crouch.
Recommend both.

Recursion by Blake Crouch.
Good, but I started to lose interest past the midway.

Darknet By Mathew Mather
Good, but lost interest 3/4 in.

The Survivor by Gregg Hurwitz.
Pretty good, but once revealed why the father does what he does, I lost interest. Still finished it though.

The Dark Tower I II III by Stephen King.
Spellbinding as always.  

Veronica Mars by Rob Thomas
Not my cup of tea. Quit before I reached the midpoint.

Atlantis Found by Clive Cussler.
Was actually my second read of it. I liked it better the first time, but it was still okay.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.
Promised as a page turner, but I couldnít really get into itÖ

The Black Ice: A Harry Bosch novel By Michael Connelly.
Pretty good, but felt a little dated. Not just by the time itís supposed to take place, but in attitude as well.

It Bleeds by Stephen King.
LOVED it.  

The Demon Next Door byBryan Burrough.
Pretty good. Not great, but I read to the end.

Caught by Harlan Coben.
Not bad, but with so many other stories, as soon as I start to figure things out Iím less intrigued.

Currently reading. Spare Room by Dreda Say Mitchell.
Ok, but not the page turner I was promised.

What are you reading?


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Quoted from Grandma Bear


The Dark Tower I II III by Stephen King.
Spellbinding as always.  


Wizard and Glass (IV) is one of my favorite books of all time.

My lockdown reads:

The Stand - Stephen King  (seemed appropriate, was my 7th read I think)
The Long Walk - Richard Bachman (Stephen King) absolute must read
A Good Marriage - Stephen King
Apt Pupil - Stephen King

And currently reading The Body - Stephen King

All I really do is recycle King books.


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What a good idea for a thread, Pia! Seeing as there's a bit of an echo in here following the Tournament.

I'm reading lots of scripts, as usual, but also another Stephen King book:

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Which incidentally is being currently scripted by Christy Hall.

https://theplaylist.net/girl-loved-tom-gordon-film-christy-hall-20200430/

I also recommend checking out her script Get Home Safe which was on 2018 Blacklist. The beginning was a bit of a slog but get past that and it flies by and she has a unique voice.

Love getting recommendations for good books and screenplays.
Thanks, guys.

P.S. Hmm, The Body, not heard of that one, Warren. It Bleeds I have, but haven't read yet. Will check them out.
Aha! The Body is Stand By Me.



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The Body is Stand By Me.


that's the one.



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For horror fans, I've recently read the best thing I've read in years.

A little exorcism tale called "A Head Full of Ghosts" by Paul Tremblay.

It's hard to find horror that feels fresh.  This one sticks with you for a while.


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Iíve been meaning to read the books I downloaded by S. Craig Zahler. Iím a huge fan of his.

Iíll try tomorrow. If I can find the time.


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I did read some books:

11.22.63 - SK(who doesn't know)

The Good Daughter - Karin Slaughter

The Silent Patient -  Alex Michaelides

Force of Nature - Jane Harper

No Middle Name - Lee Child

A Tap On The Window - Linwood Barclay

As of scripts:

Parasite

The Irishman

Get Out

Jojo Rabbit

The list ain't that great, but it's something. I guess...


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In the script version of Parasite and Get Out, were there any noticeable differences to their film versions? If so I would like to read them.


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In the script version of Parasite and Get Out, were there any noticeable differences to their film versions? If so I would like to read them.


As far as I know, there isn't much difference between the films and their respective scripts. Maybe except for some dialog improvs and scenes adjustments. Nothing different. Also, the majority of the time, the final shooting draft of a script is made public.  


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Ooooh, LOVE seeing some fellow Constant Readers here! HUGE fan myself. I would even say he's my all-time favorite. Sure, there are other writers that pop up with great stories, but no one can do it over and over and over for decades! He's the writer I admire most. He inspires me.

Thanks for the tip, Bert. You turned me onto Gillian Flynn which I really appreciated. Still waiting for something new from her. See, if she was SK, she would spit two or three of them out every year.  

Just read Carson's blog today, so my next one will be The Chain. I started The Sandman over the weekend, but that didn't work for me at all. If I start a book I usually know after the first couple of chapters if I'm going to like it or not.If I read more than that, I have a thing about having to read to the end, but if the first couple of chapters don't work for me, I drop it. I knew right away The Sandman was not for me. Oh well. On to the next one.  



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Currently, reading Watchmen, the comic book series.

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