howard related cause its what i do instead of listening to the wig these days... what (if anything) do u all read ? I just finished "Frank Sinatra in a Blender" by Matthew McBride. Fun, darkly comic, fast paced detective story. Chocked full of sex,booze,drugs and comic book over the top violence. Its kind of like a modern Elmore Leonard except less glued to the real world. Highly recommended I also just re-read The Shinning and then started on the sequel Dr. Sleep. That really shows a comparison of how much King has lost it over the years. The Shinning is a tight faced paced ghost story with well drawn characters, a simple logically constructed plot and some genuine scares. King wastes very little time fucking around before the story gets rolling. Dr Sleep on the other hand, I haven't finished it and I don't know if i even will. It is slooooowww and plodding and takes probably 1/4 of the book before even introducing the main conflict of the story. Shit one of the main characters isn't even BORN when the fucking thing starts, you have to read about her growing up before anything fucking happens. Dr Sleep takes time to hang around in AA meetings while Danny Torrence gets sober and eventually faces off against evil vampires who eat the life force of kids with the shinning. The bad guys are also ridiculous and not at all well drawn out. They live forever and have virtually unlimited resources (tho its never explained how that is). Also it says they own the town where the Overlook Hotel was yet it's not explained why they never tried to eat Danny as a child or Dick Halleran (the cook ). Maybe that will be explained later but probably not. It makes me wonder if editors are simply too afraid to edit king these days or he has really lost his spark for story telling.