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Fringe
The Mentalist
Bored to Death (HBO)

I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that Sherlock returns in 2012, but then some of us are left to wonder when it'll be exported to the U.S.

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The Book Corner / Re: Do you give up on a book or keep going?
« on: September 15, 2011, 07:11:39 AM »
I'm in the 'if it doesn't grab me, I'm out' camp. I'm also more likely to abandon nonfiction than fiction.

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The Book Corner / Re: Funny or Humorous Light Mysteries???
« on: September 15, 2011, 07:09:35 AM »
re: the Monk books -- while I haven't read them, I know at least one of them was good enough that the writers took the plot and made it into a TV episode (Mr. Monk Can't See A Thing, where Monk is blinded). Sharona returned in the books before she came back on the TV series as well.

The author, Lee Goldberg, has other books available, but I'm not sure if they would be of the same tone and humor level of a Monk book.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: What gave your day a "bump" today?
« on: September 14, 2011, 03:28:03 PM »
Wendy's Chili

I love it, but haven't had it for years. It got better.

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The Book Corner / Re: Funny or Humorous Light Mysteries???
« on: September 14, 2011, 03:20:44 PM »
I've always been a fan of Robert Crais, though that's a pretty mainstream pick. His back catalog is on Kindle for about eight bucks a book. Monkey's Raincoat is really good, and L.A. Requiem rocks, even if it isn't quite as lighthearted as some of his other work.

If you scan the top 100 in humor, there are quite a few it there: it's mainly mysteries and books by comedians (Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, et al)

It's more of a con artist book (from a con artist's perspective) than a mystery, but I really enjoyed King Con by the late Steven J. Cannell, who is known far more for his TV work.

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The Book Corner / Re: How long should a series go on?
« on: September 14, 2011, 03:12:04 PM »
I'll agree with the masses -- as long as you're still telling a story and it's selling, a series can go on in perpetuity, even though it does get sad when something you loved gets staler than old bread.

The trick is to find a series that isn't afraid to shake things up -- add and subtract characters, make things happen. It also depends on the genre a bit for me -- I can read a dozen books from my favorite mystery writers, all in the same series, but most of the time they're selling the case, and the characters are the seasoning on the steak, so to speak.

This post made me hungry.

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The Book Corner / Re: Favorite Dean Koontz book?
« on: August 09, 2011, 04:10:34 PM »
Mr. Murder's a pretty good cat and mouse tale.

As far as adaptations of his stuff, Ben Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms.  ;D

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The Book Corner / Re: Ever really hated a character in a novel?
« on: August 09, 2011, 01:21:05 PM »
It's a play, not a novel, but I hated Cassius in Julius Caesar.

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The Book Corner / Re: Matching book covers?
« on: August 09, 2011, 10:24:09 AM »
It'd be interesting to see if one singular image has been repeatedly used more than any other, sort of the "Wilhelm scream" of book covers.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Earworm! What Song Is Stuck Inside YOUR Head?
« on: August 08, 2011, 05:53:21 PM »
Heard it in the checkout line today, stuck in my head ever since.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMNAAZk4Bgk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMNAAZk4Bgk</a>

Every other song in The Spinners' catalog is stuck in my head too. Not that it's a bad thing.

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Robert Crais, Sean Chercover, Parker (may he rest in peace), I like Deaver too even though I preferred the more suspense/horror stuff he did in short story form. I haven't read his take on Bond yet, but The Coffin Dancer was a good read.

I tend to gravitate more toward the Private Eye side of mystery, it allows more room for black hattery than most legal thrillers.

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The Book Corner / Re: Funniest books?
« on: August 08, 2011, 05:18:28 PM »
I love everything that Robert B. Parker wrote - especially the Spenser series, followed closely by the Jessie Stone Books -


Parker was incredible. For sheer funniness, I find Robert Crais to be my mystery novelist of choice -- especially his older work, the Joe Pike centric stuff is understandably more serious, though he did work some comic relief into The Watchman. The First Rule is pretty dry, though.

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This seems to happen to memorable characters a lot.I remember being taken out of something once or twice because someone like Booger from Revenge of the Nerds showed up and I can only think of the person as that character.

I recall reading that this happened to Ed O'Neill. He was cast in A Few Good Men or a similar movie as a judge, but whenever the camera cut to him he got a laugh because people could only think of him as Al Bundy. Luckily for him, he's got another hit now with Modern Family.

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The Book Corner / Re: What do you read?
« on: August 08, 2011, 09:55:55 AM »
I tend to be drawn to high concept books, meaning I read the premise behind it and wish I thought of it myself, which leads me more to complex mysteries and sci-fi. Also, anything that seems like the main character is cool, somehow daring, someone I'd want to be in a fantasy world, which has made me prone to the wise cracking, skull cracking private eye.

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The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading? (2011 edition)
« on: August 08, 2011, 06:41:45 AM »


Excellent modern take on the hard boiled private eye. I kind of feel bad that I read the second book first and now I'm working on this:



Still, the fact that I started with the second book makes me feel like I got in on the ground floor. Ok, well maybe the second floor, but it's pretty close.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Let us Play Change One word Game
« on: August 08, 2011, 05:18:46 AM »
done deal

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: INFINITY Game - Word Association
« on: August 08, 2011, 05:17:24 AM »
sore

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The Book Corner / Re: Stephen King, good? Or overated?
« on: August 08, 2011, 05:04:12 AM »
King takes a lot of abuse he doesn't deserve, mainly because of his popularity and style.

The guy probably did more for the horror/suspense field than anyone short of Poe, and it's not really a glamorous genre to be in. In books or movies, horror and comedy are seen as lesser arts - when was the last time you saw a comedy win best picture? or a horror film - the first (and to my knowledge, only) one was The Silence of the Lambs, and I don't consider Demme's movie or Harris's book to be horror.

To me, King is like a power hitter in baseball -- he's David Ortiz or Ryan Howard -- he's either going to strike out or knock it out of the park.

At the end of the day, it's less about the things that go bump in the night and more about him having his finger on the pulse of humanity. Look at two of his novellas, from the same book mind you, that were made into movies: Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption and The Body, both of them are at their core about friendship and they're all-time classics because King knows what makes us tick.

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Sam Elliott.  Now I really enjoy watching this actor but I get the feeling that he's just portraying himself because he's basically the same exact guy in every role.

Dawn

This was the rap on Sly Stallone forever: people thought he was an acting savant when Rocky came out, then they realized he was basically playing himself. Thankfully, Peter Finch was around to save us from having to call Sylvester Stallone an Academy Award winner for Best Actor. Unfortunately, Finch wasn't around long enough to enjoy it.

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The Book Corner / Re: Advice
« on: August 08, 2011, 04:35:43 AM »
There's a good chance you've tried this already, but Amazon always tends to link up similar books on a book's page, I've found their recommendations hit or miss, but it's better than nothing.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Too many Crime Dramas?
« on: August 07, 2011, 05:43:40 PM »
I'm not that much of a fan, but better this than more reality shows. Call me crazy, but I like my entertainment fake. Not that I believe reality shows are real, mind you.

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Samuel L. Jackson: Still Jules from Pulp Fiction

Jeff Bridges seems to do this a lot - he's very much thought of as if he is The Dude, but wound up going country post-crazy heart, only to Dude it up in the new Tron. Of course, he follows this up with a Western.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Let us Play Change One word Game
« on: August 07, 2011, 05:38:43 PM »
down low

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The Book Corner / Re: Kurt Vonnegut - Banned in Republic, Missouri
« on: August 07, 2011, 05:13:08 PM »
My objection has less to do with a book being yanked from a school library and more to do with the fact that these decisions appear to me to be less about protecting children from objectionable content and more about trying to make a political statement.

If you've read Slaughterhouse-Five you know it's hardly the most lewd book you'd find in a library, even a school library. I tend to think, and maybe I need to be less skeptical, that the language objection is a smokescreen for trying to get rid of an anti-war book.

Also, out of sheer curiosity, did anyone ever use their library in grade school? I went to my local public library a ton, but never the school library.

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The Book Corner / Re: Past or Present Tense?
« on: August 07, 2011, 02:48:38 PM »
I prefer past. Perhaps it's a hearkening back to the days before the written word, when stories were past down orally. I find it hard to believe our ancestors were saying "I'm chasing a wild boar through a thick section of brush, I throw my pointed stick at it and miss..." Then again, there's a chance that our oral languages weren't even developed enough to have things like tenses, so maybe I'm overthinking it.

That being said, good writing is good writing. In the right hands, future tense could work.

It'd just have to be exceptionally talented hands.

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