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1  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: I always said I was all in for a S/L of Simmon's SUMMER OF NIGHT... on: February 08, 2016, 05:47:52 PM


I tried to read Summer Of Night years ago, but got bored fairly quickly. King's IT is one of my favorite books, so I thought Summer Of Night would be right up my alley, but it just didn't grab me. Maybe I need to give it another go. Perhaps I just wasn't in the right mood.


As for the Price. Yikes! That is a lot. I just don't have the funds, or the desire to spend that much on a book I can buy in a cheaper edition. My colleting bug isn't that big. I think I only ever payed that much for a single book, just once. That was for KaldaróWorld of Antares by Edmond Hamilton from Haffner Press. I had to pick it up on the secondary market years after it went out of print.


-AJ

2  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Prayers, Positive Thoughts, Good Energy Needed on: February 06, 2016, 03:56:22 PM


Very sorry to hear this, Mark. Mortality, sucks! And made even worse when people have to suffer at the end of their lives.
Sending positive thoughts to Barbara, you, Tanya and the kids. I hope her suffering eases soon.

-AJ

3  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Nightmare Seasons on: February 02, 2016, 02:47:25 PM


Don't worry about the book club, I'm sure we can delay it anyway. We all have plenty to read. I'm sorry to hear you are going through a hard time, Mark. I hope everything works itself out. Keep us apprised about your situation, and if there's anything we can do. Positive thoughts heading your way.

-AJ

4  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: The All-New Reading, Watching, and Listening Thread on: February 02, 2016, 12:44:45 AM
Watching : the latest X-Files episode was hilarious

Also watching : Northern Exposure box set, just started



Hey Kyle, is this your first experience with Northern Exposure? I used to love that show, I often think of getting the DVD set to rewatch, but I'm not sure if
it will hold up. Also I heard, like a lot of TV DVD releases, they changed a lot of the music that originally aired in the episodes. Let me know what you think of the box set. 

-AJ



I'd be curious as well.  I loved Northern Exposure when it was on in its original run, and I still love it, though it doesn't come on TV much anymore and it isn't streamed on Netflix,etc.  Lots of memories associated with that show; it's among my favorite shows of all time, probably in the top three.  I've looked at that complete box set in the sheepskin carrying bag a dozen times or more on eBay...one of these days I may just break down and get it.

Interesting little aside:  I'm the pack leader of a local motorcycle enthusiast group and have coordinated the past four years a large annual group ride.  Last year -- 2015 -- I promoted a Northern Exposure ride, and led folks out to Roslyn, WA, the town in Eastern'ish Washington where the exteriors were shot (the interiors were actually shot in a film studio in Redmond, WA)...it was only the second time I'd been out there.  The first time was when the show was still in production; these days, the Northern Exposure remnants in town are, unfortunately but not surprisingly, few.  The Brick Saloon is still there, Joel Fleischman's office still has his name on the window, but it's a gift shop.  Rosalyn's Cafe is still there, as is, of course, the famous wall...here's a shot of my daughter (my sometimes riding buddy, who came along on the annual group ride for the first time last year) in front of it:





That's cool, Ron. Nice Pic of the Roslyn Cafe wall. I don't think I ever knew it was filmed in Washington.


-AJ

5  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: The All-New Reading, Watching, and Listening Thread on: February 02, 2016, 12:30:43 AM

Reading: Nightmare Seasons by Charles L. Grant

Watching: Rewatching Game Of Thrones in preperation for the new season. Latest X-Files episode.  Grin

Listening: Various Podcasts.
6  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: X-Files on: February 02, 2016, 12:28:00 AM


My wife an I loved tonight's episode. Laughed all the way through it. Paused it to look up Easter eggs. I hope they do a full season.

Agreed. I found this Vulture article about the Easter Eggs in tonight's episode. http://www.vulture.com/2016/02/x-files-easter-eggs-weremonster.html#


-AJ
7  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: X-Files on: February 02, 2016, 12:26:27 AM
Wow, I guess the wife and I are in the minority then on the latest episode!?  We simply could not stand the slapstick comic slant it went off on, and much preferred the first two straight sci-fi/horror episodes.  I know I didn't watch every episode during the first incarnation of the X-Files, but I just don't remember it being as stupidly silly as it was last night.  We've already decided that if the fourth episode takes the same tack, we're done with it.   Angry

I definitely don't share your opinion, but I can see where your coming from. The episodes of the X-Files and Millennium written by Darin Morgan always had his own humoristic style about them. They tend to be a lot of peoples favorite episodes. I believe this is the only episode of the new series Darin Morgan penned. So, you should have a more positive response to the rest of the season.


-AJ

8  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: The All-New Reading, Watching, and Listening Thread on: February 02, 2016, 12:14:05 AM
Watching : the latest X-Files episode was hilarious

Also watching : Northern Exposure box set, just started

Reading : halfway through The Dead by Charlie Higson

Writing : about a quarter of the way through writing my next short story collection

Listening to : newish Slayer, newish Black Dahlia Murder, new to me Ill Nino, and Saint Asonia

Hey Kyle, is this your first experience with Northern Exposure? I used to love that show, I often think of getting the DVD set to rewatch, but I'm not sure if
it will hold up. Also I heard, like a lot of TV DVD releases, they changed a lot of the music that originally aired in the episodes. Let me know what you think of the box set. 

-AJ

9  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: X-Files on: February 01, 2016, 10:54:40 PM
Warning Spoilers for the 3rd episode of the new season.

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  I enjoyed Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster much more than the first two episodes of the new series. It still doesn't feel completely like the X-Files I knew and loved, but it's a lot closer.
I loved Darin Morgan's take on were-creatures, and his humor is still awesome. And the fact that Kumail Nanjiani had a good sized role in the episode was awesome. Kumail Nanjiani, has been in a lot of things, most recently and notably as one of the main cast in Mike Judge's hilarious HBO comedy series, Silicon Valley. And besides that he also has a couple podcasts, one of which is devoted to rewatching the original run of the X-Files. If you're an X-Files fan I highly recommend it. http://www.feralaudio.com/show/x-files-files/

  It was nice that they payed tribute to the late Kim Manners, who worked on the show. It was also cool to see the little apparel nod to Darrin McGavin's, Kolchak The Night Stalker. http://nypost.com/2016/02/01/x-files-tips-a-straw-hat-to-iconic-70s-tv-character/

  And Gillian Anderson got to play a scene as a bit of a sex kitten that I didn't mind one bit.  Roll Eyes


  -AJ

10  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Upcoming Books on: February 01, 2016, 12:49:39 PM

I recently picked up the latest Tim Powers novel, Medusa's Web and have that to look forward to reading soon.

And I hope to hear that the next volume of George R. R. Martin's, The Song of Ice And Fire series will be published before the year is out. Although I'm not holding my breath on this one.

-AJ

GRRM isn't going to happen. He posted about it on his Livejournal. He's not just the slowest writer ever, he also doesn't have much time to write.

I'm still waiting on my library to get the new Powers. I'm first in line.


Nice to see a fellow Tim Powers fan around here.

And, yeah I read GRRM's post on his live journal about Winds Of Winter, but I'm still clinging to a grain of hope that by some miracle it will be published by the end of the year, or at least announced for the early quarter of next year. Although, like I said, I'm not holding my breath.

-AJ

11  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Upcoming Books on: February 01, 2016, 10:14:35 AM

I recently picked up the latest Tim Powers novel, Medusa's Web and have that to look forward to reading soon.

I just yesterday placed an order with Centipede Press for The third volume of The Collected Short Fiction of R.A. Lafferty: The Man Underneath.

Still looking forward to the first volume of the Fredric Brown collected fiction series from Haffner Press, but because of a printing error it looks like that first volume won't be out until later in 2016.  Sad

And I hope to hear that the next volume of George R. R. Martin's, The Song of Ice And Fire series will be published before the year is out. Although I'm not holding my breath on this one.

I'm sure there are other books I don't know about yet or just can't remember right now.


-AJ


12  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Stories on: February 01, 2016, 10:01:46 AM
I'm pretty sure this kind of magazine was around as far back as the pulp days.

I don't think it would work in this day and age. It's hard enough to even get those that love certain genres to subscribe to some of the best magazines publishing wonderful fiction in those genres. I wonder how many people even here at the Horror Drive-In buy or subscribe to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (which often publishes some wonderful horror/dark fantasy fiction), Interzone (more SF, but some interesting genre bending fiction as well), or Black Static, which is a wonderful high quality magazine devoted to Horror fiction?


-AJ
13  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: January - How Many Books? on: February 01, 2016, 08:10:06 AM
Only two novels in a busy January, and several short stories/novellas.


Ratmanís Notebooks by Stephen Gilbert (3 1/2 out of 10) - I found this book to be a bit of a chore to get through. The writing itself wasnít bad, but I wasnít thrilled by the story itself or the protagonist.

The Gunslinger by Stephen King (7 out of 10) - I really enjoyed revisiting Roland Deschain. This is the second time Iíve read the Gunslinger, although itís the first time Iíve read the revised edition. I can't fully recall the experience of reading the original edition, but I think the revised edition seemed to flow better. Out of curiosity, maybe after I finish my trek through the Dark Tower series this year, Iíll go back and reread the original edition of the Gunslinger.


-AJ

14  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: Cool, new acquisitions -- brag about them here! on: January 27, 2016, 11:21:54 AM
I love epic fantasy sagas, when they're done right. Back in the day I read the first 5 books in Robert Jordan's Wheel Of Time series before giving up on that one. Jordan seemed to wander a little too much off the focus of the main storyline.  I might try it again someday, even though he died before completing the series, and Brandon Sanderson finished it up. George R. R. Martin's A Song Of Ice And Fire series is some of my favorite fiction ever. And I can't wait for him to release the next one. Right now (just started the second book) I'm planning on reading the entire Dark Tower series from King. I have yet to try Sanderson. Let us know what you think about The Way Of Kings, Andy.


-AJ

15  Horror Drive-In / Drive In Theater By Night / Re: My upcoming 6000th post...with prizes! on: January 27, 2016, 09:01:24 AM


1/27/16 @ 7:56 PM


-AJ
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