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On 10/17/2020 at 7:35 PM, Harry Wiseau said:

For anyone that doesn't have it - Doug Stanhope's Digging Up Mother is in the audible daily sale thing today, it's one of those books that really benefits from being an audio book, every chapter has bits at the end with Stanhope talking to people that are mentioned in the chapter and getting their take on what he wrote, and as he's drinking throughout certain sections are read by other people, which might sound like a shambles but really adds to the listening experience

I’ve listened to most of this today. Stanhope is an incredibly entertaining piece of shit and I feel grubby just from listening to his stories.

 

I listened to The Institute last week and for the most part I really enjoyed it. It feels a lot like Stephen King painting by numbers and whilst it’s not up there with his best work it’s some way off a lot of his shite he churns out. It helps that my favourite King tropes are the kids on awful adventures and his small towns. I’d speculate on who will play who in the eventual dramatisation but I can’t see past the cast of Stranger Things.

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Fucking Houchen. 

Yeah, it's like Yowk. He mentions it a couple of times in some of their songs. @johnnyboyI saw Brian Blessed touring that book in Clitheroe. I sat near the middle, and he pretty much spent the wh

Already booked the day off.

15 minutes ago, Mr_Danger said:

I listened to The Institute last week and for the most part I really enjoyed it. It feels a lot like Stephen King painting by numbers and whilst it’s not up there with his best work it’s some way off a lot of his shite he churns out. It helps that my favourite King tropes are the kids on awful adventures and his small towns. I’d speculate on who will play who in the eventual dramatisation but I can’t see past the cast of Stranger Things.

While I enjoyed The Institute, it did feel like he finished watching Stranger Things right before he started writing this book. He couldn’t be anymore blatant about it. I also wonder if he’d made a bet with someone about how many references to his hatred of Trump he could slip into the book. 

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29 minutes ago, wordsfromlee said:

While I enjoyed The Institute, it did feel like he finished watching Stranger Things right before he started writing this book. He couldn’t be anymore blatant about it. I also wonder if he’d made a bet with someone about how many references to his hatred of Trump he could slip into the book. 

In fairness that’s kind of like stealing from himself. 

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Just finishing 'Once Upon a River', by Diane Setterfield and read by Juliet Stevenson. It's a simple, gorgeous, gentle mystery, and wonderfully narrated. If you just need something on while you're doing other things, or on a long drive, this one works a treat. 

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The Long Walk. Stephen King proves how Cormac McCarthy he can be but falls short by some distance. This works far better as a much shorter story for me. The kids all talk and act like much older fellas, even by King standards. It’s mad to think this was written under a pseudonym when it’s written in the same language as all his other writing and has all the hallmarks of a Stephen King story. This one is for trading in.

The Sisters Brothers. Really enjoying it so far, the image of John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix as the titular brothers helps and the it reminds me of the whacky side missions of Red Dead Redemption 2 a lot. Really looking forward to watching this film now.

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Having a quick glance through the £3 Black Friday sale and they've got Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett's Good Omens read by Martin Jarvis (who I remember best as the narrator of Huxley Pig on Children's ITV). There's also Stephen Fry's America, which I think is the companion book to his series from a few days back, although I'd imagine there may be some pictures involved in the book. I was tempted by a book about dream analysis by Sigmund Freud and Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Nietzsche, but resisted. 

EDIT: I'm listening to the audio drama of William Gibson's original Alien 3 concept. It's really good. The beginning is a brief recap of the ending of Aliens, then it gets into it proper. Lance Henriksen and Michael Biehn reprise their roles as Bishop and Hicks respectively. 

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