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  1. Well played old sport! Lol, I couldn't...

    Well played old sport!

    Lol, I couldn't resist. :)
  2. The connection to film is a good point, and a...

    The connection to film is a good point, and a good measure of a story's resonance, impact, etc. Now that you mention it, I can think of several films that are adapted from short stories. Another way...
  3. Emil, I was only speaking to the question raised...

    Emil, I was only speaking to the question raised by the OP : Possibilities why the short story isn't as widely esteemed as the novel.
    Personally I love short stories, but against the novel they...
  4. Maybe it as to do with perceived difficulty. It...

    Maybe it as to do with perceived difficulty. It is hard to credit a great short story the same as a great novel, because the perception is that "It's great and all, but just a short story". How much...
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    Poll: Whoa. Just read the amazon blurb on The Dying...

    Whoa. Just read the amazon blurb on The Dying Grass. I want it. I woke up today thinking that I need to read an epic story before summer ends and this might be the ticket. I'm not afraid of a big...
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    Poll: I know what you mean about the Mantel books. I...

    I know what you mean about the Mantel books. I can't wait for the next one. I really enjoyed both of the books you are considering next, but would probably give the nod to the Doer Novel. I don't...
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    Poll: Probably not relevant at this late stage, but I...

    Probably not relevant at this late stage, but I picked up a copy of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. I know Pompey Bum recommended it for June and it is probably too late for August, but I am...
  8. Thread: Dumb river

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    Sounds more like James Ellroy to me...

    Sounds more like James Ellroy to me...
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    Look Who's Back - Timur Vermes

    Hitler "wakes up" in Germany in 2008 in an empty parking lot, in full military regalia. He has no idea what has happened to the last 60 some years or why he hasn't aged, and he really doesn't seem to...
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    ^This. I will always love louis L'Amour. I...

    ^This.

    I will always love louis L'Amour. I also think for being a straight up genre writer, he was one of the best at it. His non-western historical fiction novels are excellent as well.
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    McMurtry and McCarthy, love them both but wow...

    McMurtry and McCarthy, love them both but wow such different writers. If I was going to plan on sitting down and reading a great western I would have to lean towards lonesome Dove, certainly over...
  12. Thread: True Detective

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    Baby issues with the men...... hmmmm.... I hadn't...

    Baby issues with the men...... hmmmm.... I hadn't even picked up on that theme, but you are right. Vince Vaughn has a lot more acting range than I would have thought as well. I like Farrell's...
  13. Thread: True Detective

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    Interesting.... I didn't like the first episode,...

    Interesting.... I didn't like the first episode, but now I am liking it a lot. I think it is lacking a couple of notches of that deeply disquieting suspense that was so present in the first series...
  14. Thread: True Detective

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    True Detective

    Anyone watching True Detective on HBO this season? If so, any thoughts?
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    For me the only time I can remember tearing up...

    For me the only time I can remember tearing up was reading the last chapter of the book, "The Things They Carried" By Tim O'Brien. At the time it moved me in a bunch of different ways.
    Incidentally...
  16. Holy smokes! What an incredible life you have...

    Holy smokes! What an incredible life you have had! You seem to have made the best of some pretty awful circumstances and situations, with every right to feel the opposite of the way you do about a...
  17. I think the way you feel is probably the way God...

    I think the way you feel is probably the way God wants you to feel. I don't think God wants us to be ambivalent to suffering. I think maybe when we mourn with those that mourn, and offer support, and...
  18. But why can't God be just and good without having...

    But why can't God be just and good without having to be nice to everyone? :)
    But seriously? He created some vessels for honor and some for dishonor..... Shall the clay say to the potter why have you...
  19. That sounds like a wonderful experience! I have...

    That sounds like a wonderful experience! I have experienced that feeling of community once as well, and I have always remembered it.
    And wow. I have always been skeptical of attending/belonging to...
  20. I agree that it is a mystery. I also agree that...

    I agree that it is a mystery. I also agree that lack of understanding is not a good enough cause for disbelief. Many things in relation to God are a mystery. God didn't really answer Job regarding...
  21. God said that He created evil. Doesn't that sort...

    God said that He created evil. Doesn't that sort of rule out omnibenevolence?
  22. Thanks Ecurb, that at least gives framework to...

    Thanks Ecurb, that at least gives framework to the discussion. I read this entire post and I think it would be an understatement to say that I am way out of my intellectual depth here (Lol. but...
  23. I guess I don't understand where the notion even...

    I guess I don't understand where the notion even comes from. Just about every major figure in the bible that I can think of suffered. Why would believers in the Bible believe that suffering shouldn't...
  24. If God doesn't promise that there will be no...

    If God doesn't promise that there will be no suffering in this life, why would the existence of suffering disprove His existence?
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    Old Nick and Old Scratch.

    Old Nick and Old Scratch.
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