Things you just don't get

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  1. cptjeff

    cptjeff Senior member

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    This is something I don't get. Why do people insist on reading every damn book by Steven King or any other particular dime store suspense writer that cranks out 3 mediocre to lousy books every year? There's so much good stuff out there, why not broaden the world of what you read? I see people who have piles of generic murder mysteries, with one author recycling 3 different plots 20 times each. Do people really find that worthwhile? Why not work your way through the literary canon instead, reading the 1,000 greatest books ever written? Why not pick up some serious nonfiction? Pop psychology?

    I guess I just don't get why you would waste reading time on reading yet another Steven King book.
     


  2. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    it's stephen. stephen king.

    carry on, gentlemen.

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  3. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan White Hispanic

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    :confused: I grew up in a bookstore (both my parents owned bookshops and fully utilized my low/no-wage labor). I haven't had a tv in twelve years. I read a shit-ton of books, probably about a 1,000 pages of recreational reading a week for the last twenty years (excepting three years of law school). I've read most of the classics, both fiction and nonfiction.

    Sometimes you just want a good mindless read. He writes entertaining stuff, some of it's very good. I wouldn't rank anything of his in my top ten of books, but it's usually an enjoyable read.
     


  4. idfnl

    idfnl Senior member

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    1000 x 52 x (20 - 3) = 884,000 pages. Wow, that's a lot.
     
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  5. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan White Hispanic

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    I'm at roughly 700 so far for this week, not counting the daily newspaper. I read about 80-100 pages an hour, depending on font and subject, no it's really not that much. Imagine how much time you spend in front of a tv. Now take that time and read. It's pretty easy.
     


  6. idfnl

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    Reading? I'd fall asleep in 20 mins, I can hardly make it thru a TV program after 9 pm.

    Anyway, we may need the FCM to verify your claims.
     
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  7. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan White Hispanic

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    And this is why your facts have to be checked.

    But of course.
     


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  9. idfnl

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    :embar:
     


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    FLMountainMan White Hispanic

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    If you read more, you wouldn't do that.
     


  11. idfnl

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    FTFY
     


  12. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan White Hispanic

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    Bigger fish to fry? Like proving Bigfoot exists? Sampling expensive wines?
     
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  13. lawyerdad

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    This ^. I no longer manage to read the kind of volume FLM is cranking through. (I read a lot more when I didn't have a tv and a kid . . .) But I share the general sentiment.
    I generally have several books going at once, because I have different reading moods. Sometimes you just need a mental relaxer or palate cleanser to soothe your brain, the way some people veg out in front of a favorite, admittedly stupid, tv show to relax. And with genre writers or others who crank out multiple books in the same style, with the same characters, etc. (off the top of my head, Ian Rankin, Donna Leon, Agatha Christie, Peter Robinson, Alan Furst, Eric Ambler, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Patrick O'Brian, Olen Steinhauer, Harlan Coben, China Mieville all come to mind as examples), the familiarity can be appealing when you're not in the mood to tackle something new and potentially challenging. It's basically potato chips and beer for your brain.
     
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  14. idfnl

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    Ya, more or less. Bonsai too, oh and I planted some tomatoes, amazing how obsessive one can become over tomato plants. My investigation of of the FCM is very time consuming - man wait until you see the dossier.



    On the rare occasion I do read, I do this. I've got 3 books I'm at varying stages in. Problem is a number of weeks can go by before I pick one up and can't remember the story.
     
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  15. lawyerdad

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    Sorry to say, that doesn't get better as you get older . . .
     


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