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Subject: Bentley Little?
Date Posted: 7/25/2010 11:19 PM ET
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I've been thinking about trying some of this dude's work.  I'm leary though.  They all sound the same, The Store, The Policy, The Association,,,,,,,,,,  What are some of your opinions of these novels?  Are they worth a try?  Which one do you reccomend I start with?  I've heard that in his attempt to make strong women characters, they come across as very unlikeable.  Is that true, in your opinion?  I'd appreciate input.  Thanks!



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Date Posted: 7/26/2010 2:20 AM ET
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I love Bentley Little. Of those three, The Store and The Association are my favorites, also liked the Resort. I don't think the thing about unlikeable female characters is true in my opinion. I enjoy his books very much, they are really quick reads.

 

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Date Posted: 7/26/2010 2:23 AM ET
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Thank you for responding.  Which one of those you mentioned should I read first?

Date Posted: 7/26/2010 4:24 AM ET
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I will be mailing the book tomorrow.  It's a good thriller.  I hope you enjoy it!

Date Posted: 7/26/2010 2:03 PM ET
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His best work to me was "The Mailman" and "The Summoning".  I can agree with you that sometimes it is the same theme with his books but that's just on the surface.  The villains are different and there are usually enough plot twist and character changes to make it a fresh read.  His writing is easy and good.  Enjoy!

 

 

gibby 

Date Posted: 7/26/2010 2:56 PM ET
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Thanks gibby!

Date Posted: 7/28/2010 3:32 PM ET
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i've read about 4 or 5 of his books they have all been great. i'd say start with dominion.

dispatch , and  The Association  is also really good.

  shaun



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Date Posted: 7/28/2010 6:12 PM ET
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Thank you for your input  Shaun.  It is much appreciated.  I know I loved his short story, "The Washingtonians", which I read years ago in Cemetary Dance Magazine.

Date Posted: 8/5/2010 4:43 AM ET
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He can get a bit formulaic but then he can also take a trip to The Twilight Zone on occasion. My favorite was The Association. The Burning was .... interesting and though I think I gave it a 4 I'm still not sure I liked it. Pretty sure Rod Serling would have liked it though.

Date Posted: 8/5/2010 5:06 AM ET
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I have a copy of The Policy on its way to me. I'm lucky to get that.   Alot of Little's Books are unavailable right now in PBS.   But I truly did think The Association sounded good like you said.  When that is available, I'm gonna try that next. 

Date Posted: 8/6/2010 10:21 PM ET
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There are 58 Bentley Little books posted at the moment http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/browser.php?k=Bentley+Little

Date Posted: 8/7/2010 1:00 AM ET
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I really liked The Policy and The Association.    Those stories have stuck in my mind for years. 

Date Posted: 8/7/2010 1:28 AM ET
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Chris and Michelle, thanks for the input!  :0)  Michelle what is Tread Softly about?  Chris, thanks for the link,  I love your shark swallowing that dude lol!



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Date Posted: 8/7/2010 1:44 AM ET
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You're welcome. I was gonna offer to try to read my BL books really fast and post them to your WL but then I thought about it and knew there had to be several posted because non of them have a red W on them on my TBR page.

Oh and thanks that gif makes me giggle every time I see it.

Date Posted: 8/7/2010 11:58 AM ET
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Kathryn, Tread Softly is the same story as Dark Mountain. (Dark Mountain is the European  version). If you haven't read either one it's about two families who go camping on a mountain and run into a witch and her twisted son.

Date Posted: 8/7/2010 5:16 PM ET
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Ohhh ok, I have heard of Dark Mountain.  Tread Softly was one of Laymon's that I was thinking I was not familiar with.  But yes,  I've heard of DM.  Thanks!

Date Posted: 8/8/2010 10:34 AM ET
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I loved Resort - it reminded me alot of Stephen King's early work.   

I didn't like The Store - for some reason, I couldn't let myself get into it.  There were too many instances when character reactions seemed off the wall and unbelievable.... and I'm not talking about reaction to supernatural things.  I guess it's hard to explain, but I hate when I'm reading something and I think, "No way, that could never happen in real life."  There was also a part in the book that totally turned me off - repulsed me (and not because it was scary). 

There are a few I haven't read yet... The Mailman and The Walking.  I heard that both were very good.

Date Posted: 8/13/2010 3:03 PM ET
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IMO, The Mailman is one of his best, The Walking, one of his worst!  He can be a little perverse but still extremely entertaining!