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King vs Coben

July 31st, 2006

Speaking of the DVR … we had Constantine on there since April 9th! I couldn’t believe it had been waiting for us to watch it that long. I almost deleted it a few times since it was taking up so much space, but then my friend said it was good so we watched it, and she was right. A little confusing, but interesting throughout the entire film which is what matters most.

We also watched two episodes of Nightmares and Dreamscapes. It’s an eight episode series adapted from Stephen King’s book of short stories of the same name. So far I’m not impressed. The only one I really felt was worth my time was the first one, Battleground. A hitman kills a guy who owns a toy factory and the next day receives a package from said toy factory containing toy soldiers who come to life and try to kill him. The effects of the army men when the camera got down on their level was cool. I think they used real actors painted green for those shots but I’m not sure.

There’s also a Stephen King made for tv movie called Desperation on there too that Joe recorded. I think I am over Stephen King. I liked his older stuff but haven’t enjoyed any of his books from the past 10 years now.

The author I’m really into now is Harlan Coben. I don’t think this guy can write a bad book. I’ve read four now and they are always so good! The general story lines are the same – someone is hiding a big secret from their family member, friends and family get into trouble, disappear, or are killed, etc. There are more twists and turns than you know what to do with, right up to the very last page of each book. I end up reading a book in two or three days because I just can’t put it down. I’ve been up past midnight a few nights already which I haven’t done for so long. Probably not since I was into Stephen King’s older work. I think Coben’s books would make good movies depending on the director.

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  1. kapgar
    August 7th, 2006 at 14:10 | #1

    I dig Coben, too. I’ve been reading him for about four years now (although only three or four books so far). Back before he made it big, he actually responded to e-mails sent to him on his personal site. It was pretty cool. He doesn’t really anymore, though. You can sign up for e-newsletters, though. Nice information in them.

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