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Any James Ellroy fans in here?

Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:56 pm
by Steve
Was just tootling around the Interwebnet and stumbled across news that the third volume for the American Underworld trilogy - Blood's A Rover - will be released in June next year.

Loved American Tabloid and The Cold Six Thousand so can't wait for that...

Re: Any James Ellroy fans in here?

Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:58 pm
by Grey
I've never read anything by him. Any good? What's the best introduction to him?

Re: Any James Ellroy fans in here?

Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:09 pm
by Steve
He also wrote LA Confidential, so I'm assuming you've seen the movie?

In a non-Titanic year, would have been a shoe-in for Best Picture. That Titanic was some sort of shit though, wasn't it?

So that's one place to start. But taking a bit of a stab at your tastes in movies, books and culture generally, I'd start with American Tabloid.

Re: Any James Ellroy fans in here?

Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:16 pm
by Grey
He also wrote LA Confidential, so I'm assuming you've seen the movie?

In a non-Titanic year, would have been a shoe-in for Best Picture. That Titanic was some sort of shit though, wasn't it?

So that's one place to start. But taking a bit of a stab at your tastes in movies, books and culture generally, I'd start with American Tabloid.
Oh, La Confidential was great. If not for Boogie Nights, it would've been my favorite movie of that year.

Re: Any James Ellroy fans in here?

Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:25 pm
by Steve
Yeah - Boogie Nights was a beauty too. Some very funny shit.

Re: Any James Ellroy fans in here?

Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:39 pm
by BigFatHippo
Ok, this is interesting. Didn't know you guys read novels too.

LA Confidential was The movie of that year, fuck Titanic. Ellroy, huh? I'll check it out.

Anybody ever read Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon? My favorite book, just finished reading it for the third time. No small feat, it's 980 pages but will keep you reading till morning.

Basic Good vs. Evil, holocaust style. You won't be sorry.

Re: Any James Ellroy fans in here?

Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 7:50 pm
by Grey
You've read a 980 page novel three times? Is it safe to assume this is the only book you've read for three years of your life?

Re: Any James Ellroy fans in here?

Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:08 pm
by BigFatHippo
Ha

No. It was written in 87, I read it then and again about 10 years later. Now once again. Trust me, it's that good. The ultimate 'what should we do if the world dies' book. In these days that seems appropriate.

I got a lotta time on my hands, what with the family 200 miles away. Work, read, sleep, work, read, drink, drink, baseball, football, read and then drink. Oh, and work. Let's not forget that.

Re: Any James Ellroy fans in here?

Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:42 pm
by Steve
Ok, this is interesting. Didn't know you guys read novels too.
Oh yeah. And we like both types of music as well.

Country and Western

Re: Any James Ellroy fans in here?

Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:51 pm
by Grey
Ha

No. It was written in 87, I read it then and again about 10 years later. Now once again. Trust me, it's that good. The ultimate 'what should we do if the world dies' book. In these days that seems appropriate.

I got a lotta time on my hands, what with the family 200 miles away. Work, read, sleep, work, read, drink, drink, baseball, football, read and then drink. Oh, and work. Let's not forget that.
I'll have to check it out then.
Oh yeah. And we like both types of music as well.

Country and Western
You know what Country and Western is in NZ?