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Old Nov 12th, 2009, 04:00 PM
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I'm about halfway through Stephen King's Nightmares and Dreamscapes short story collection, although my reading has slowed down now that I have technology at my fingertips.

If anyone that has read that one remembers the story about the guy who sees the finger coming out of the drainpipe? I re-read it about a month ago, but a couple nights ago I couldn't sleep and was just lying in bed staring at the ceiling. Suddenly - tap, taptap, tap starts coming from the bathroom, it really sounded like it could have been a fingernail on porcelain. I was totally freaking out while trying not to. The tapping keeps getting louder and faster (or at least seems to). Finally, there was a big Crash from the bathroom, and I had to go look - it ended up just being a mouse in the bathtub that knocked over my shampoo trying to get out.

That is where the real scary comes from, I think. The finger story is silly and kinda stupid when you read it during the day - until it's 2 am, you're WAY all by yourself, and the events that lead into everything in the story start happening to you in real life. Obviously, there wasn't a growing finger reaching out of my sink drain, haha, I knew that all along! But what if there was....?

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I learned a new word today! That's kinda cool.

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Same as CE2JRH, I'm trying to read through the whole WoT series before I take on The Gathering Storm. Today, however, I wanted a change of pace from the fantasy genre so I'm reading through Summer Knight, book 4 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.
Emphasis mine.

I found the statement hilarious. What genre is a book about wizards fighting vampires, werewolves, spirits, and other wizards?

(To be fair, I haven't read past book 1, but I did watch the T.V. series )
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I'm currently reading this book entitled Evil Genes. It's all about proposing a link between epigenetic conditions and antisocial behavior. ie, is there a Hitler gene? and such
Sounds interesting. Who is the author?

The book Pig mentioned (Drood by Dan Simmons) sounds good, too. I'll have to check that one out.

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Old Nov 12th, 2009, 05:06 PM
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If anyone that has read that one remembers the story about the guy who sees the finger coming out of the drainpipe?
Man that story freaked me out. I still think of it every now and then when I get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.
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Old Nov 12th, 2009, 05:35 PM
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Man that story freaked me out.
The first, and then the most recent time I read it, it didn't freak me out at all consciously. Obviously, I was more afraid to admit that I was scared by the story, than I was to admit that something else about the story scared me. That taptap, tap, taptaptap in the bathroom two nights ago freaked me the hell out.

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Man that story freaked me out. I still think of it every now and then when I get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.
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Old Nov 12th, 2009, 05:58 PM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stochastic

I learned a new word today! That's kinda cool.
Yay! I have to say though, that the Wikipedia definition ("Stochastic means random") isn't very good - stochastic is more like "non-random, but the ordering principle is unknowable". Its important in radiology because radioactive decay is a stochastic process, governed by quantum probability.
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I'm re-reading the Wheel of Time series.

RIP Robert Jordan...
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Has anyone ever read the Dark Tower Series by Stephen King? I only ask because I think Midworld would be an amazing campaign setting.
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I found the statement hilarious. What genre is a book about wizards fighting vampires, werewolves, spirits, and other wizards?
Eh, I know it's a fantasy series, but I consider it more of a mystery and quite a bit different from the high fantasy world of the Wheel of Time.

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Has anyone ever read the Dark Tower Series by Stephen King? I only ask because I think Midworld would be an amazing campaign setting.
Yes, and they are an amazing series of books, especially if you read his other stuff and see some of the links between his books and that series. I dunno how well that world would translate as a campaign setting, I always wanted to run a group of gunslingers to the tower but have not been ambitious enough to actually attempt to put a coherent campaign together.
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I'm about halfway through Stephen King's Nightmares and Dreamscapes short story collection, although my reading has slowed down now that I have technology at my fingertips.

I got about halfway through that as well my senior year in high school, unfortunately I checked it out from the school library near the end of the year and had to return it. I remember the story about the out of shape middle aged man who traps his wife's killer under a ton on asphalt and repaves the road over him. That, like most of King's work, was brilliant. I may just have to pick up that book from the public library and check out the rest of the stories.
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Do you mean 1984? Otherwise, I don't know what you mean. The only book titled 1985 I could find was a critique of the book 1984.

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Pretty sure a different author wrote a sequel called 1985. Unfortunately, I can only remember seeing it at my public library close to five years ago, so it's doubtful that they still have it, since they moved.
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Old Dec 16th, 2009, 11:31 PM
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Is the principle behind '1985' anything like 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'?

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Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior
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I have moved on! I am now reading, Discovering of the Presence of God: Devotional Nonduality.

Also by David Hawkins.

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Oh, yeah, and I suppose I may occasionally reading a chapter or two of The Orc King by R.A. Salvatore when I am not deeply involved in my spiritualistic literature.
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Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume One.
It's narrated by the sidekick.
How cool is that?

And at the same time, Invisible Man. By HG Wells.
It's awesome.
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