Tuesday, January 21, 2014

FALL INTO THE GAP:  Since enough time has passed since Friday's thread on cultural gaps, I've set up a Doodle Poll to test which cultural gap is the biggest.  Check the box if you've read at least one book by the author/in the series.  We'll keep it up for a couple of days, and see whose shame is the greatest.

19 comments:

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  3. For those who mentioned that they haven't read Stephen King (except maybe "On Writing") because they don't like horror:
    I hate horror. However, King has written some wonderful books that have no horror in them (or are more "thriller/suspense" than horror), and I've really enjoyed them. The one I'd recommend most for non-horror fans is "11/22/63," his time travel book about a guy trying to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

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  4. Genevieve10:35 AM

    Yes yes yes. 11/22/63 is the only one of his books I've read, and it was fantastic (though I had to skim a little in the very few gory descriptions). What other ones would you recommend for non-horror fans, Sue?

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  5. I also really liked:


    - Different Seasons - it's four novellas, including "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" (made into the movie) and "The Body" (which was the source for the movie "Stand by Me.") The other novellas are creepy but not horror: "Apt Pupil" (also made into a movie) and "The Breathing Method," which I didn't really like.


    - "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" - a little creepiness (something is out there in the woods,) but I definitely wouldn't call it horror.


    - "The Green Mile" - Really beautifully told, with a supernatural bent, but the only horror is real-life criminal behavior.

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  6. BarbL11411:00 AM

    If you like fantasy, I really liked The Eyes of the Dragon. It has ties to some of his other books, but works as a stand-alone. Different Seasons has the short stories of Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me (The Body)--and Apt Pupil, so there's some horror there.

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  7. Marsha12:17 PM

    Sue, it does my heart good to see you recommending Stephen King...

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  8. Orwell, left unchecked-- I've only read essays, none of his books.

    Hitchhikers Guide -- Got about 10-15 pages into it, then quietly closed the book and put it back on the shelf. Not for me.

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  9. I second all of those. Also, The Stand, which is about good vs evil, but it's not really horror.

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  10. Mel Umbarger12:52 PM

    Yes! I know so many people who haven't read The Eyes of the Dragon, and I love it!

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  11. Mel Umbarger12:56 PM

    The Long Walk, which is part of the Bachman Books, is a great dystopian read. Also, it might be straddling the line, but I really liked "Insomnia" and didn't think of it as horror.

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  12. Marsha - I was never interested in your copies of Cujo and Carrie, but there was enough Stephen King lying around your room that I got curious! I've come to really admire his writing.

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  13. Joseph Finn1:29 PM

    So just running down the list, I find it interesting that myself and Kate F are the two people who've read all but one thing, and hers is VC Andrews while mine is 50 Shades of Grey (sorry, no interest in Twilight fan fiction).

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  14. Alyssa2:04 PM

    Is it really shameful to miss 50 Shades? I am more ashamed to have read it (recently gave in to curiosity, and had to give it one star on Goodreads only because zero isn't an option).

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  15. Christy in Philly3:03 PM

    Alyssa, I'm with you. I did read it but I'm not proud of it!

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  16. In anticipation of the guff I'm going to get over having read Sweet Valley High: I did it so I could talk to girls about it.

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  17. bellawilfer5:43 PM

    YOU GUYS, I cannot be the only one who's read all of these. #proud #embarrassed

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  18. victoria6:09 PM

    Different Seasons is the only King I've read, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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  19. I wasn't ashamed of reading 50 Shades - I thought it would be fluffy fun. But it was just plain terrible.

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