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Bone Daddy
PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 9:40 pm  Reply with quote



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True-Like I've previously stated-his plots do get a bit repetitious, but they move fast, most of the time, and are good, dirty fun.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2006 10:36 pm  Reply with quote



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I decided to get the UK edition of "Woods Are Dark" next since that's the one that interests me the most. Thing is, it comes packaged with another one of his books, namely "Out Are the Lights". Anybody read that one?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 5:05 am  Reply with quote



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Yep, and it's one I own, so I even remember what it's about. Out Are The Lights is a fairly interesting look at the world of snuff movies. It's followed by a few short stories to pad out what's basically a novella.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 7:29 am  Reply with quote



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There's mention of OUT ARE THE LIGHTS earlier in the thread.

Cool book.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:35 pm  Reply with quote



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I bought the cellar on fri and got thru 75 pgs so far. they do read fast. i alos won a 5 bk. ebay auction of his. it has the island and some others
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Bone Daddy
PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2006 5:45 am  Reply with quote



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Finished The Cellar:

*****POTENTIAL SPOILERS*****

Stark novel. The parts concerning child molesation/rape were tough to get through.but the overall abrupt,bleak ending,tho derivative,felt rushed.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2006 2:09 pm  Reply with quote



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Bone Daddy wrote:
but the overall abrupt,bleak ending,tho derivative,felt rushed.


Derivative of what? I thought it was a pretty cool ending.

I'll probably pick up the UK edition that packs THE CELLAR and its two sequels (THE BEASTHOUSE and THE MIDNIGHT TOUR) all in one volume. Pretty curious how Laymon followed up on the first one and if the sequels are any good. It'll probably be a while yet before Leisure publishes those in the US.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2006 3:21 pm  Reply with quote



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I meant deraviative as its not the typical ending-girl/woman overcomes horror-hero,bloodied,but alive-go off together.


I think the ending is good-but it just felt like-BANG! It's over.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2006 7:06 pm  Reply with quote



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I just finished cellar about 30 min. ago. I couldnt believe that ending. That blew me away. I loved it.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2006 3:17 am  Reply with quote



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I read THE WOODS ARE DARK today. A very short book, coming in at just 180 pages in the UK paperback. But let me say that if you've just read THE CELLAR and been digging on its splatterpunky over the top sex and violence then THE WOODS ARE DARK should be exactly to your liking. The ending is a bit of a "what the fuck?!?" moment and - without giving anything away - I may have enjoyed the book even more if Laymon had kept the whole thing a little more grounded in reality. Can't beat that little girl kicking ridiculous amounts of ass, though. Laughing Thanks go out to those who've recommended this book.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2006 4:29 am  Reply with quote



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**SPOLIER ALERT****


Is that the ending in the bus? With the hill-billy types? I think I may have read that. I've read sooo many.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2006 5:11 pm  Reply with quote



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**SPOLIER ALERT****


No, it's the ending with the giant, tentacled Cthulhu God of the backwoods cannibals. It's kinda hilarious but like I said above I'd have preferred them to be just sick cannibals without the Lovecraftian twist at the end.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2006 6:29 am  Reply with quote



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Ah,thanx. Got my Laymon novels mixed up
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2006 4:41 am  Reply with quote



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Bone Daddy wrote:
Ah,thanx. Got my Laymon novels mixed up


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 4:34 pm  Reply with quote



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Took me a bit to make it through OUT ARE THE LIGHTS, the reason being that I found it extremely cheesy. There were a number of dialogues and scenes that had me rolling my eyes, groaning or chuckling to myself quite similar to watching on of those so-bad-they're-good type movies. Of the handful of Laymon books I've read this is definitely the weakest but at least he writes in such an easily readable style that one is not as tempted to just toss the book aside as might happen with something else.

The short stories that come at the end are a mixed bag as well, but that's usually the case with any collection of short stories. Some of them are pretty neat, others pulpy trash.

Also, a word about those Laymon Library paperbacks from the UK that always package two or three of his books together into one volume for a good price. The binding is alright, better than with the Leisure books in my opinion. Haven't had one of these fall apart on me yet. They also do look good on the shelf. On the downside, they are cluttered with typos and random punctuation at the wrong spots. Some laughs can be had with that, though, as with this one:

"What the bell, she thought, when she heard the doorbell ring."

PS: Up next, the rest of the BEASTHOUSE trilogy!
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