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    What do you do after finishing a good book?

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by CDRW, Aug 24, 2008.

    Me, I get mopey and restless, because I want to keep on reading, but there's nothing left. I just finished a cool story, and now I can't figure out what else to do. That is why I am sitting in front of the computer eating about six cups of macaroni and cheese. It sucks, because I want to read something, but I don't have anything good around. :mad:
     
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    don't know what type of books you read but this site has lots of really good ones. Sci fi and fantasy but they are free which is always a good selling point.

    http://www.baen.com/library/defaultTitles.htm
     
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    I generally only read books at night and so usually just turn out the lights and go to sleep once I finish.

    Then the next day I either go buy another one or read one of my favorites that I have not read for a while.

    I just finished one last night and am planning to start reading a book while specifically watching how the author shows what is happening and shows their world without doing an info dump.
     
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    Finishing a good book usually inspires me to write one.
     
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    I either feel angry (if it was bad), excited (if it ends on a cliffhanger), or satisfied (if I liked the conclusion). Then, I store the book away in my bookcase. If it's a bad book though, it goes to my neglected bookcase of bad books.

    And I have to agree with AnonymousWriter. Finishing a good book also inspires me to write one.
     
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    I just finished my first novel written by Louis L'Amour. If you don't know this writer, he is the all-time best selling author in American old-western novels. I must admit, I read the book reluctantly, as I didn't have much intrinsic interest in that old-west, cowboy theme. A friend who collects L'Amour's books shamed me into reading that novel. My buddy said I could not claim to dislike that genre if I had not even read one. So I did.

    Wow! This book actually caught my interest. L'Amour's attention to detail and powerful descriptions (yet brief in length) made the story flow fast from beginning to end. The story, set in the old west is, in reality, the same old man vs man theme with convincing characters, vivid setting and fast action. It left me wanting try another of his stories. Can't believe I'm reading old-style westerns . . . and enjoying them! LOL
     
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    I love louis books.
    one of my favourites is Lonesome Gods.
    the Haunted Messa is also another great one.
    I like his books because good fights evil and wins.
    the stories are great adventures.
    The Sackett books are easy reads.
    Jubal Sackett is such an adventure.
    hope you continue to enjoy his writing.
     
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    i just start another one!
     
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    I'm with both AnonymousWriter and Maia on that one. :)
     
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    I agree with AnonymousWriter also. Finishing a good book makes me want to write. Sometimes I don't even finish it right away even if it is really good. I'll stop in the middle and go write something.

    Also, about Louis, I read somewhere that he said that he can and has written some of his novels in a single day. Who does that? Wow is about I can think to say.
     
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    There is always a let down. I don't know why, but it just leaves me feeling low.
    The good thing is...the let down is almost always followed by an urge to create and write. :D
     
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    Crack open the next one. I rarely buy only one book at a time.
     
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    Go out and buy the next 6 :p

    Thats what I did with Simon Scarrow's Eagle series :D

    Sometimes I will read it all the way through again, but not right now, ill go straight on to my next one. I have about 6 on my pile!
     
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    I know the feeling, CDRW. I am currently re-reading the Harry Potter series again and I have spent the last two weeks with some interesting reading material, but I know as soon as I have finished the final book, I will be lounging around wanting something to read, and feeling a little crappy about my life as, well, Harrp Potters is much more interesting. :p

    I usually read another series straight afterwards though, Stravanganza by Mary Hoffman, but I get the same feeling once I have finished them, so it's back to Harry Potter. Lmao.
     
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    The problem is that I don't really buy books. It's not that I can't afford them, I could get one or two a month. It's that I literally don't have any place to put them except on the floor, and I figure why buy them when I can get them free at the library? I've never been one for re-reading books, except for my absolute favorites. Of course it always sucks when you lose one of the library books.

    Enjoy your Harry Potter Heather.
     
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    This is why I have a gazillion books I want to read lying around, so when I'm done with one, I'll just start another. :D

    I'm building up an entire library on the subject I'm interested in. About a hundred books so far!

    Granted, this works better when one reads primarily nonfiction. I would not be so good at building up a decent library of fictional works that I'd really enjoy. It's kind of weird, because I adore writing fantasy, but it's hard to find any I'd like to read. The subject I like to write fantasy about is the subject I buy all these nonfiction books about!

    I don't know if that was grammatically correct but oh well.
     
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    Either write, look for another in the series, or just buy another ASAP.
     
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    I do this as well.

    But I also sometimes grab another book.
     
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    I find someone else who read it to discuss it. And then I read another one.
     
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    Depends on the book.

    I remember reading Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar in high school, and I stopped reading and writing for months. It was really terrible.

    I also tend to re-read books (until the pages start falling off the binding, like recently with Joseph Heller's Something Happened) instead of picking up new titles. I guess I'm just comfortable with some authors, and end up exploring everything I can from them first.
     
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    I sit there with a goofy "wow" smile on my face, taking all of the goodness from the book in.
     
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    I move on to the next book! :]
     
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    See I only have that problem when I read my loaf's stories, especially when I only get excerpts! hehe! I am still waiting for his novel, Samhane, to be released with WCP. Can't wait to read it actually. Otherwise I go up town and buy another book. Or buy another one of my myspace contacts pieces that they have had published. Always good to show support to up and coming authors I meet on there. Usually some fabulous reading as well.

    But I only read at the end of the day so I can attempt to relax and go to sleep, or when my ex is around, so I can avoid him at all costs! hehehehehe!
     
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    Hun? The thread asks what do you do after reading a GOOD book!
     
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    and you have to let your readers decide if your stories are good or not. And they are, so shush!
     

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