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Disgruntled Peony
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Just finished the fourth book in Chuck Wendig's "Miriam Black" series. I started reading them earlier this month. 'Blackbirds', 'Mockingbird', 'Cormorant', and 'Thunderbird'. They grabbed me more than anything I've read in years, and I can tell you exactly why: Mr. Wendig is very good at giving his characters terrible, horrible problems and complicating their attempts to fix said problems.

The books aren't for everyone. Much like Wendig's blog, the novels are full of cursing and morbid humor and darkness and horror. I find them incredibly entertaining, though.

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I'm really interested in the book titled 'The House of Leaves'. Where can I get a copy of that to read please?
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Worldcat.org reports 32 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,831 libraries worldwide of Mark Z. Danielewski's The House of Leaves, 2000. So a local library may offer the novel in circulation, or may get a patron a copy through interlibrary loan -- no joy on either front through the public or college libraries hereabouts. Amazon and Barnes & Noble sell the novel, new trade paperback $12.00~, as well as online client booksellers sell used copies. Also, local brick and mortar booksellers may order the novel prepaid for a patron.
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Disgruntled Peony
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I got my copy off Amazon. It's a pretty weird and twisted thing. I enjoyed it overall, although it's annoyingly slow in some places.

My favorite part was one of the appendices, but I'll not mention which because spoilers.

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John Truby - The anatomy of story.
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I keep forgetting to come here and post but I am reading "The Way Of Kings" by Brandon Sanderson

and about to start "The Ghost Rebellion" by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

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Agatha Christie - Dead man's mirror

The copyeditor's handbook - no one ruin the ending [Smile]

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Still reading Way--it is a very long book and there are at least two more probably just as long.

Did finish Ghost though. Need to decide on which one next. "The Imposters of Aventil" or At the Sign of the Triumph Or one other I was thinking of.

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been reading the stories and books of Haruki Murakami which I have been adding to my library.

This Japanese author is good at the leave it unfinished endings, leave you with the question on how it ends, with only small clues.

I did that in my story called "copy", but instead of being recognized, it got red marked for seeming incomplete. I should have persisted with it. Haruki Murakami is highly recognized for his unconventional style and a top best selling author.

can't dust the story off either because it was unique during the time I wrote it, when bioscafolding was a brand new science. Now it's in ever scifi show on tv.

oh well,

but if you like modern with metaphysic twists and turns you should give this author a try.

W.

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I need to read more of his stuff. I read "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World" a couple years ago and enjoyed it. It was a big influence on one of my all-time favorite anime series, Haibane-Renmei.

I like East Asian storytelling in general.

It's popularity-and Murakami's success and regard in particular-are a great example of the fact that one need not fall into a particular mold or category to be successful (in any sense.)

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