On MODERNGRUMBLE's Wall
I had put down Blood Meridian several years ago after 30 or 40 pages (I had been interested by Roger Ebert saying that it was the most violent Western novel he'd read), but I decided to try it again and I appreciated the experience. It definitely takes a while to let the atmosphere settle in and let the story play out. The Judge is one of the scariest characters I've ever met in literature. As for Vengeance, I still haven't gotten to it yet (my viewing habits are odd, depending on whatever catches my eye when I'm not busy), although I try and distance myself from anything hyped so that I can give it fair judgment.