You Shook Me All Night Long  

pragmaticCTcpl 62M/51F
3614 posts
7/31/2006 9:08 am

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3/6/2007 1:29 pm

You Shook Me All Night Long

The past several nights I have been staying up very late and doing something that I love to do.

READING.

I finished The Husband by Dean Koontz last week and just began reading Shadow Man by Cody McFadyen. I'm at chapter 16. This book is a thriller. I mean a THRILLER. It has me checking the locks on the doors, checking behind the shower curtain and closing my closet door prior to going to bed. I must have gotten up at least twice while reading last night....hearing noises as I read. I found this excellent new author through one of the four book clubs that I belong to. I am so very glad that I decided to get this book.

My interests in books are mysteries, thrillers, horror, and the creepy stuff. No movie or television show can match up to my imagination. As is the case with Stephen King's Nightmare and Dreamscapes, now airing on TNT. I read the book a long time ago and I've watched a couple of the shows. Problem is...the show doesn't live up to the tales or to my own memories of the book. Some things are just best left to your imagination. Too often Stephen King's work has bombed on the airways. Why? Is it bad material? No...It was made to be read not seen. One person's innocent vision is another person's nightmare that brings chills.

I am a definite bookworm. I have a stack of hardcover and paperbacks just waiting to be read (Mr. Murder by Dean Koontz and The Cell by Stephen King) and some additional books in the mail, which will find their way to me. (The Ruins By Scott Smith and Thriller by James Patterson)

Then there are all of the new releases that are coming down the pike. Brother Odd(Odd Thomas, book 3) by Dean Koontz, out November 2006....Dexter in the Dark
(Dexter, book 3) by Jeff Lindsay, out July 2007...Lisey's Story by Stephen King, out October 2006...The Mephisto Club by Tess Gerritsen, out September 2006 and The Burning by Bentley Little, out August 2006. They are ALL must-reads for me.

Not only must I read them all...but I must also own them as well. I never go to the library and read a book. Oh, no....I must purchase and own my very own copy of every single book. I have quite the little library. Some of my books were lost when I divorced and since then I NEVER throw a book out or sell it at a tag sale. Why? Cause, I feel like the books become a part of who I am.

Now, to tell you a really cool fact. I met Stephen King once. Long before I had become a huge fan. I was 17 years old and was babysitting for a couple in Fairfield County. The husband of the couple worked as a writer for People Magazine. He had given me instructions to take a taxicab ride from Fairfield with their baby to upstate New York. Once there, the baby and I sat under a tree at this huge estate house. Who walks up....none other than "The Master of Horror" himself. Stephen King. No autograph, no pictures...just a fond memory. It wasn't till later that I learned that he was there shooting an American Express commercial. People magazine was doing an article on him and his commercial. God, what I wouldn't have given to have a book of his and have it signed.

So...maybe somewhere in the back of mind I think, "If I ever get the chance again I'll be well prepared." Question is...which book would I have him sign?

So I'll continue to read about all the things that make the hairs on my neck raise, make me jump, bite my nails and check under the bed. Cause, the stories have brought me happiness and amusement when things in my own real life have been far scarier.



MWWwantmore 52F

7/31/2006 10:48 am

I LOVE Stephen King and Koonz myself, just got The Cell from my mom, read Odd Thomas and Mr Murder already. Cant wait to read The Husband, maybe I can borrow it?

You are so right, the movies are NEVER as good as the books!



I'll have a cafe, mocha, vodka, valium latte to go please!

Good girls go to heaven.....bad girls go down!!


pragmaticCTcpl replies on 8/3/2006 7:47 am:
You are more than welcome to borrow any of my books. However, I must first clean the back room that houses all of my books and music collection. The room is a disater area at this time. You'd need a huge shovel and a roll off to get at anything.

rm_DarknStar 55F
2823 posts
7/31/2006 12:05 pm

I'm a weenie! I dont do Scary, horror, or anything that has to do with it. *pee my britches!*.......I dont do haunted house either!


pragmaticCTcpl replies on 8/3/2006 7:48 am:
Your not a weenie!! Think of it this way...it is only a book. You can close it whenever you want.

angelofmercy5 60F
17881 posts
7/31/2006 1:05 pm

I'm an avid reader too....although I must confess to spending too much time here in the blogs lately to do much reading. I have a vivid imagination....and I'm sometimes disappointed in the movie version of a book I loved....cause the movie in my mind was better!


pragmaticCTcpl replies on 8/3/2006 7:52 am:
I am the same as you, Angel. The blogs do take up a lot of time. I find that reading late at night works best for me. The house is quite and I can let my mind soak up the book. Movies based on books need to be made better or not at all.

NSAAddict 43F

7/31/2006 3:17 pm

Thanks for the new book suggestions, some great ones on there I finished The Apprentice, you were right, awesome!


pragmaticCTcpl replies on 8/3/2006 7:57 am:
You are welcome. Shadow Man is EXCELLENT. I know you would love it. Next up for you is The Sinner by Tess Gerritsen. The follow up novel to The Apprentice. I have my copy of it on reserve for you already.

docdirk 49M

7/31/2006 5:34 pm

I read Mr Murder last year as well. I love Koontz, but that wasn't one of my faves. I think my favorite Koontz are Seize the Night/Fear Nothing, and Midnight - my 1st Koontz experience.

Of course, I have a coupla more of his lying around that someone was kind enough to let me borrow. I'd better get my ass in gear!!!

Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...


pragmaticCTcpl replies on 8/3/2006 8:10 am:
I like many different authors. Each brings something different to the pages. Have you read "Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz?" That one is good too. Some authors like Douglas Clegg have good stories, yet terrible endings. I really hate that. Once, I finished a book of his and got so mad at the lame ending that I took the book and threw it across the room. I hate investing my time in a story that cheats the reader.

There are no late fee on the books. Enjoy them when you can.

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