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Hi guys...here to talk about Ketchum

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Topic: Hi guys...here to talk about Ketchum
Posted By: ariandme
Subject: Hi guys...here to talk about Ketchum
Date Posted: December/31/2007 at 7:38am
I was on another defunct Koontz board and got sad I couldn't post any longer so some may recognize me (Hi Gem!) Ok I was turned on to McCammon and read a bunch of his stuff but them was told about Jack Ketchum and I must say he is pretty graphic, especially the sex stuff, but I love him too. I have a hard time finding a lot through the library so I may have to buy a few used copies. I have read: Red, Girl Next Door, Hide and Seek, Offspring, The Lost, Off Season.

I LOVE McCammon but I don't know which one to read next of his...after Swan Song and boys Life...what can top those? I don't want to read a so-so book by him and be like what a waste, you know? I read Boys Life, Swan Song, Mine and Stinger. Suggestions?



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Posted By: breezit
Date Posted: December/31/2007 at 8:16am
ariandme, what's the best Ketchum novel after Girl Next Dorr and Off Season? Those are the only two of his that I have read.


Posted By: christophersnow
Date Posted: December/31/2007 at 9:35am
Speaks the Nightbird is the best McCammon book, so you may want to check that one out. You can't go wrong with Usher's Passing either.

I think I've given up on that Koontzmania forum. I haven't been able to get on the last three months.

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Posted By: FinalExam
Date Posted: December/31/2007 at 9:45am
Of Ketchum, I've only read The Girl Next Door, but I thought it was exceptional. It was painful to read, not something I'd reread just for pleasure, but the characters were real and 3 dimensional, I was totally invested in the story, and his storyteller power was amazing.

I would recommend Nightbird and its sequel Queen of the Damned by McCammon for sure, also Wolf's Hour is a very entertaining historical werewolf story.

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Posted By: ariandme
Date Posted: December/31/2007 at 2:10pm
Breezit read Offspring...the sequel to Off Season. Ladies Night is supposed to be a very graphic one by Ketchum and Right to Life. Girl Next Door was made into a movie...it went to DVD I believe, never in theatres.


Posted By: FinalExam
Date Posted: December/31/2007 at 3:59pm
I heard that, but I haven't read anything specific about its quality.

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Posted By: DeejayTee
Date Posted: April/03/2008 at 6:32am
The movie was very graphic and disturbing but it achieved exactly what Ketchum's book did. I thought it was very well done and I will never forget the experience of actually seeing the movie.

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Posted By: Belladonna
Date Posted: April/17/2008 at 3:21pm
Patti, do yo have any Ketchum?

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Posted By: pattirose
Date Posted: April/17/2008 at 3:56pm
Nope, I read one of his but didn't think it was that great so I never bothered with anything else.

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Posted By: Belladonna
Date Posted: April/17/2008 at 4:35pm
Which one was it?

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Posted By: pattirose
Date Posted: April/17/2008 at 5:33pm
The Girl Next Door

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Posted By: FinalExam
Date Posted: April/18/2008 at 11:56am
I thought that one was disturbing but powerful, and he really made the characters real to me, therefore I was totally invested in their plight. That said, I haven't been motivated to run out and snap up all his books. Haven't read anymore besides that one yet.

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Posted By: Belladonna
Date Posted: April/18/2008 at 2:42pm
I've got OffSpring and OffSeason, hopefully they're good. There was one he wrote that looked disturbing called Ladies Night.

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Posted By: FinalExam
Date Posted: April/18/2008 at 2:49pm
I have a friend who liked Off Season, but he hated OffSpring, said he had a hard time believing it was even the same author.

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Posted By: breezit
Date Posted: April/19/2008 at 3:48pm
I liked OFF SEASON quite a bit, but THE GIRL NEXT DOOR was a bit too much for me.



Posted By: DeejayTee
Date Posted: May/01/2008 at 9:02am
Hi guys, I've read both Off Season and Offspring and enjoyed them both. I really enjoy Ketchum's work, He's not afraid to write anything!

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Posted By: Blazingice0608
Date Posted: June/19/2008 at 1:27am
I accidently made this post in the other author forum, so ill put it here now. I have a newfound interest in this author, offseason/offspring are definite buys for me, but im wondering what else is recomended aside from the girl next door...honestly it just doesnt intrigue me, but maybe im wrong for doing that.

I havent heard anything about Only Child, it sounded really good to me, but im wondering if it turned out to be good. You know how some books just have amazing premises that you think cant go wrong and then they do, im hoping that this book isnt one of them.

Im open to any other suggestions as well, and im also interested in what makes his books bad, ive heard talk of really graphic stuff, or going over the top, could someone elaborate on that please?


Posted By: Blazingice0608
Date Posted: June/19/2008 at 12:58pm
I REALLY would like some input on my first post, however after seeing it in the store today, im wondering about Peacable Kingdom, his short story collection as well.


Posted By: FinalExam
Date Posted: June/25/2008 at 11:35pm
I've only read Girl Next DOor adn the writing was strong and impressive though the subject matter is hard to take for some. I do own Peaceable Kingdom though and always encourage people to buy short story collections by authors they are interested in, gives a nice wide view of the writer's work and as a short story writer myself, I want to see sales of collections increase so maybe one day a publisher will be willing to take a chance on one from me.

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Posted By: Blazingice0608
Date Posted: July/01/2008 at 6:14pm
Yeah peacable kingdom is the main one i can find, i also always find either offspring or offseason, but never both, lol. I saw the girl next door one time and the book was all ripped up so i didnt buy it, i figured that one would be easier to find. I really need to get a credit card or something so i can start doing some shopping online for books i cant find. I really want to check out his book Only Child, it sounded good, and i also want Simmons Darwins Blade which seems to be impossible to buy from a store...

The main reason i hold off on online shopping is my OCD tendancies to require new books in perfect condition, but i have slowly gotten a little better about it, and as long as they arent like really bad i will be okay.


Posted By: FinalExam
Date Posted: July/01/2008 at 11:42pm
I ended up ordering Girl Next Door from a local bookstore. They didn't have it in stock but they ordered it for me. Do you have a bank account, because most bank cards can also act as credit cards for online ordering. You can of course order new books online. I personally go the cheaper used route most of the time, but I don't really mind a book that's a bit worn as long as I can read it. Most places where you order books, the sellers give you a description of the book, what kind of condition it is in. Now and then you may get a book that's in worse condition than described, but for the most part I've found people to be honest about that.

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Posted By: Belladonna
Date Posted: July/02/2008 at 12:37am
I've got The Girl Next Door, Off Season, and Off Spring. Alot of people in the koontz forum have mentioned Girl Next Door as being good, very disturbing. Maybe I should put it on this summers TBR list. Are you going to read it soon FE?

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Posted By: FinalExam
Date Posted: July/02/2008 at 12:44am
Oh I've read The Girl Next Door and really loved it. Not loved it in a, "Wow, wasn't that fun" sort of way. It is very disturbing, but Ketchum really did a great job of creating characters I was invested in, both the ones I cared about and the ones I loathed. And he definitely had me invested in the plight of the "girl next door," and I felt all her pain. Which made it an odd experience, that even while I was in awe of Ketchum's skill, I was just devestated by what was happening in the book, if that makes sense.

It's the only Ketchum I have so far, though I have both Off Season and Off Spring that I got from used bookstores. I hear the sequel, Off Spring, is far inferior to the first.

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Posted By: GeneB
Date Posted: July/02/2009 at 6:23am
I'm half way thru Girl next Door, and I still cling to my claim that abusing Children for entertainment is where it's at! I'm glad it's fiction, but this same stuff goes on in real life, and I wish it's stop. I like the short chapters, because its not a book that you curl up and read in one sitting. VERY disturbing, and I'm only at the half-way point :(

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