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Read another couple of books this week.

I read a couple of books this week. Chuck Palahniuk's Haunted and Laurell K. Hamilton's Guilty Pleasures.

The Palahniuk book is about 23 wannabe authors who get locked away to help them find their 'muse'. The longer they stay there, the more we find out about these authors and the stories they tell (the book is partly a story about the authors and partly the stories they tell as they go slowly insane). The book starts off with a bang, but struggles to maintain that level consistently throughout. Some of the author's stories were enjoyable/fun/interesting. The rest were less memorable if I'm honest.

I haven't sat down and read a book in a day for a while, but that happened with Laurell K. Hamilton's Guilty Pleasures. Personally, I've like the hero to have a 'smart mouth,' which is probably why I liked the lead character in this book (a female vampire slayer-cum-zombie maker), and authors like Janet Evanovich and Dennis Lehane. It's never going to be compared to Bleak House or Hamlet, despite that it's still a good read all the same.

The book is the first in a series using that character centrally, and I was wisely advised by someone at the bookstore that the author takes a sudden left turn about half way through the series and suddenly starts writing erotica about that character. I'm not sure why she does this and I don't think I'll go through that door with her, but I'll read all the books up to that point.



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Aug. 26th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
I'm glad someone warned you about Hamilton's books. I have sadly kept reading them in the hopes that there will be some more developments, but the only developments are the growing number of men she sleeps with.

The first 7 or 8 are great, though.

I've not read Dennis Lehane and since you seem to like the same authors I do, I might give him a try.

Someone yesterday suggested the Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child books to me. They are apparently a sort-of series, but each book can be read as a stand-alone.
Aug. 26th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
It was one of your colleagues who warned me about the change in direction. The earlier Dennis Lehane books have that sort of 'dark smart alec' attitude I like. They have the same main characters in the books but they stand alone. Probably the best book that way is Prayers for Rain, which I rattled through pretty quickly.

The books after Mystic River (that Clint Eastwood mase into a film) aren't very too. Mystic River's good but not like the books writte before it.
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