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1) Bryant & May and the Bleeding Heart, by Christopher Fowler (January 4)
2) A Good and Happy Child, by Justin Evans (January 15)
3) Syndrome E, by Franck Thilliez (January 24)
4) What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, by Henry Farrell (January 31)
5) The West End Horror, by Nicholas Meyer (February 1)
6) Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (February 11)
7) The Ruins, by Scott Smith (February 27)
8) Nyctophobia, by Christopher Fowler (February 28)
9) The Cyclops Goblet, by John Blackburn (March 1)
10) Our Lady of Pain, by John Blackburn (March 7)
11) Losing Mum and Pup, by Christopher Buckley (March 8)
12) The Third Gate, by Lincoln Child (March 10)
13) Sinners and Shrouds, by Jonathan Latimer (March 30)
14) Just After Sunset, by Stephen King (April 5)
15) The Young Man from Lima, by John Blackburn (April 7)
16) The Deadly Percheron, by John Franklin Bardin (April 11)
17) Impact, by Douglas Preston (April 14)
18) The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries, by Marilyn Johnson (April 14)
19) Velocity, by Dean Koontz (April 21)
20) Death in Holy Orders, by P. D. James (April 27)
21) Role Models, by John Waters (May 2)
22) The Dinner, by Herman Koch (May 5)
23) Hare Sitting Up, by Michael Innes (May 9)
24) A Handful of Dust, by Evelyn Waugh (May 11)
25) The Murder Room, by P. D. James (May 16)
26) Deep Storm, by Lincoln Child (May 26)
27) Lucky at Cards, by Lawrence Block (May 28)
28) Muscle Boy, by Bud Clifton (June 4)
29) The Face, by Dean Koontz (June 6)
30) Suspect, by Michael Robotham (June 21)
31) Finders Keepers, by Stephen King (June 25)
32) Ex-Libris, by Ross King (July 4)
33) Danse Macabre, by Stephen King (July 11)
34) The Cement Garden, by Ian McEwan (July 11)
35) Lost, by Michael Robotham (July 19)
36) Thank You, Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse (July 23)
37) Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel, by Jonathan Maberry (July 25)
38) Phantoms, by Dean Koontz (August 1)
39) Rant, by Chuck Palahniuk (August 7)
40) The Body in the Library, by Agatha Christie (August 9)
41) Relentless, by Dean Koontz (August 14)
42) Devil Daddy, by John Blackburn (August 16)
43) Jpod, by Douglas Coupland (August 20)
44) Old School, by Tobias Wolff (August 28)
45) The Undertaker's Dozen, by David Forrest (August 28)
46) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams (September 5)
47) His Name Was Death, by Fredric Brown (September 5)
48) What the Night Knows, by Dean Koontz (September 18)
49) Deliver me From Eva, by Paul Bailey (September 19)
50) The Devil's Staircase, by Helen FitzGerald (September 20)
51) Chocky, by John Wyndham (September 24)
52) The Nanny, by Evelyn Piper (September 26)
53) Invasion of the Body Snatchers, by Jack Finney (September 27)
54) Restaurant at the End of the Universe, by Douglas Adams (September 30)
55) Jimmy the Kid, by Donald Westlake (Otober 2)
56) The Accomplice, by Matthew Head (October 4)
57) The Siege of Trencher's Farm, by Gordon Williams (October 9)
58) Armchair in Hell, by Henry Kane (October 13)
59) Lost in the Meritocracy by Walter Kirn (October 17)
60) Jeeves Takes Charge, by P. G. Wodehouse (October 18)
61) The Case Against Satan, by Ray Russell (October 21)
62) The Pilgrim Hawk, by Glenway Wescott ( October 24)
63) The Mask of Red Death, by Harold Schechter (November 7)
64) Carsick, by John Waters (November 22)
65) Diamonds are Forever, by Ian Fleming (November 24)
66) The Busy Body, by Donald Westlake (November 29)
67) Blue Blood Will Out, by Tim Heald (December 2)
68) One-Upmanship: Being Some Account of the Activities and Teachings of the Lifemanship Correspondence College of One-Upness and Games Lifemastery, by Stephen Potter (December 6)
69) Mots d'Heures: Gousses, Rames: The d'Antin Manuscript, by Luis d'Antin Van Rooten (December 6)
70) A Serpent's Tooth: a Walt Longmeyer Mystery, by Craig Johnson (December 7)
71) She Who Was No More, by Thomas Boileau and Pierre Narcejac (December 13)
72 Holidays on Ice, by David Sedaris (December 13)
73) After You with the Pistol, by Kyril Bonfiglioli (December 15)
74) Five Little Pigs, by Agatha Christie (December 27)
75) The Ice Harvest, by Scott Phillips (December 29)
Hallo too to P-Bitty. If she's anything like my kitties, she finds the one square foot in the entire abode that has a book and a human in close proximity and plops down, obscuring the book.
Enjoy the snowy weekend with TWD.
Some kind of bug, I'd like to take a month off in the mountains.
I purged books about a month or so ago and it felt good. Good for you, even if it was fear-induced.
Bug? Hope you're not too sick.
The bug was some 3 day wonder, made the rounds at work. I feel fine now.
I was out of town this wekend, of course I bought new books. I used to have a rule thati only bought books I would like to read someday. Now the rule is I only buy books that are so good I'd stop readingwhat I am to start reading those. That's progress, right?
Of course you bought new books. You've tightened your rule a lot. You're much stronger than I am. I don't think I could do that.
Happy weekend to you and Parker!
We're now watching The Closers with Kyra Sedgwick. It's set in LA, my home town, and we're both really enjoying it. And, it's free on Amazon Prime, all seven seasons, a definite bonus.
Another repeat, this time as an audiobook, which I enjoyed more than when I read it. Bummer story, a high-brow Cannibal Holocaust meets Little Shop of Horrors.
With her new husband and adopted daughter, an English woman moves into a house in the south of Spain that is divided into light and dark halves. Horrible things happen. Sort of a mess, but with much of Fowler's startling imagery.
A darkly humorous caper book, as improbable as any Bond movie.
I cannot believe the Feds are working today, which means I work today. It's a damn skating rink out there. Stupid Feds.
Another of Blackburn's ancient buried treasures protected by a guardian that threatens the world, but Lady has a dark and menacing tone missing in his other books. Blackburn is one of those authors who was popular when he wrote (he was published by Penguin) but has fallen into obscurity. He deserves a second look.
A sad duty, a memoir, and a letting go.
Pure pulp goodness. The excavation techniques would have won them lasting infamy and landed them in jail.
Your statement about "excavation techniques" makes me smile because we watched the first episode of Dig and an archaeology student scratched her initials into a catacomb in Jerusalem..... now really, would an archaeology student do that? Me thinks not. A glaring error I thought.
Anyway, enjoy your pulp goodness, and Parker Mr. Bitey. I hope your weather is better than ours today - we're mid-50s with rain, rain, rain.
A perfect example of pulp writing, it reads like a wonderful movie, complete with wonderful movie dialogue. Latimer has been a personal favorite since I read The Search for My Great-Uncle's Head.
Six other LTers have copy of this book, and that's criminally negligent. I bought mine on Kindle for a couple of bucks.
Are you off work today? If so, yay 3 day weekend, if not, boo flunk and speed things up to Saturday.
This was an audio version of the book I read in 2010. King's very good at writing short stories and novellas. I also like his books, but he has a problem with endings on longer works.
The nth Blackburn book I've read lately. Not his best, but Marcus Levin, Tania and Gen. Kirk save the world from a deadly, manufactured plague.
Wow, a weird book. Disturbing, it starts as a light fantasy and ends as gothic horror. Contains the earliest use of 'fart' that I've found so far. A very quick read.
Origin of FART
Middle English ferten, farten; akin to Old High German ferzan to break wind, Old Norse freta, Greek perdesthai, Sanskrit pardate he breaks wind
First Known Use: 13th century
From the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Inquiring Minds Need to Know!
Back to the salt mines for me - vacation over, jet lag in peak mode. Blech.
Lord Macaulay who?
Hare Sitting Up, by Michael Innes (May 9)
Followed Blackburn's A Scent of New Mown Hay by a year, and must have been influenced by it. Comic elements, especially Appleby's wife snooping through the boy's school. Second Innes I've read, both ended in over-the-top melodrama.
Gah! This was an audiobook. A little over halfway through I knew I was in trouble. Ritualistically formulaic with interminable descriptions and navel-gazing. Also, read by Scott Brick, who should be horsewhipped. He has one accent voice and it sounds like bad Mexican. Plus, PLUS, just look at his picture and tell me you don't want to punch him in the beezer.
Did you actually finish Deep Storm?
Are you a once-I-start-a-book-I-finish-it kind of guy, or do you abandon books with glee?
I'm in the 75/year race! Gotta keep those numbers high!
An audiobook clocking in at just over 5 hours. My first Block, I liked it.
If I told you my dream, I'd either go to a psych ward or be arrested..... :)
Bud Clifton (pseudo for David Derek Stacton) wrote a number of expose’ shockers in the late fifties on the typical themes- juvenile delinquency, motorcycles, bad girls, as well as noir gaspers. Stacton, the more respectable branch of the psyche, wrote Judges of the Secret Court, recently reprinted by NYRB.
Muscle Boy concerns itself with the seedy gay porn side of the muscle and fitness craze in the 1950s- In just 7 days (and 7 nights) I can make you a man. It’s an interesting take on the situation and probably accurately depicts the scene and its major players. Strong gothic elements, though, and the description of a brutal S&M club had that sliver of the telling detail that always makes me think the writer is working from personal experience rather than guesswork.
Ends with a muscular, near naked psychotic killer hunting the teen hero in an abandoned bathhouse. I’m working on a theory that one of the requirements of a gothic thriller is that it must end with badly for the players by a body of water. See Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and Progeny of the Adder, plus Creepers by David Morrell which isn’t gothic but is certainly bad.
Happy Saturday to you and Parker D.
A beautiful summer's day today.
Happy Monday to you, even if it involves work. Mine certainly does. :(
I'm on the way to the doc's to see if I have flu or pneumonia. Gah. Feel like hammered poo.
I should finish Finders Keepers soon. Not my fav King, but he's got a collection of short stories out later this year.
I liked Finders Keepers but didn't love it. Now it sounds like a trilogy. Clack!
Books bought: 114
Fatalities: 0 (Way to go team!)
Injuries: Whatever! Walk it off.
Extra bookshelves, other books gotten rid of to make way, cleaning out kitchen shelves for books?
What are some of the cherce ones?
I haven't entered many of them yet, or even looked at them after I unpacked them, but I did find a bunch of Phillip MacDonald mysteries, and other by Craig Rice. Not much non-fiction this year, but I did snag a tell all by the soviet scientist in charge of their bio-weapons program, and a few books on medieval and early renaissance history. I found a copy of Ex-Libris by Ross King, which I've wanted to read ever since I picked a copy up in Borders back in 1997 but never got around to it; I'm about half-way through that. I also bought a short stack of Punch magazines from 1917-1923. Interesting.
With the new book case I am now fully compliant with the 'all books in or on the shelves rule' and I've put a strict moratorium on book buying for the rest of the year. For what that's worth. Still, feels good for now. I'm always at war with clutter.
I've been adding books (boxes from garage) too.
Happy 3-day weekend!!!
I hope you're fully recovered from your bad cold and doing Lots of Reading.
I finished Ex-Libris, lots of facts agreeably told but with an unlikely plot. Ends with death by a body of water, something I usually associate with gothic gaspers.
I have Ex-Libris on my shelves, in the library -on shelf L48. Another book I want to read, even with your meh description.
I've started Lost, the second book in Michael Robotham's series. You started me on him, and I thank you for it! Good stuff.
Eschew The Cement Garden, I didn't like it and it's not at all a nice book.
Stephanie Cole's narration absolutely made the book for me.
And, as a rule I'm not much of a short story fan, but I love ALL of ACs short stories (unless they're the aforementioned T&T).
The ending could only have been written by an Englishman.
I have quite a few Koontz books that are NOT Odd Thomas on my shelves, but haven't had the urge read to pick one up. (just found Seize the Night on my shelves..... might tackle it next. What'cha think?)
Happy Saturday to you and Parker.
Seize the night sounds pretty good. I think I read one of that trilogy and liked it, monsters taking over a small coastal town? No idea what it was named. Maybe Fear Nothing?
Competently written episodic discourses. Unfocused. Was an audiobook for me.
Since yesterday, my visitor location map shows 2 hits in Benin, 1 each in China and Pakistan, and (surprisingly) 1 in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Hi to P-Bitty.
Agreeable tone doesn't rise above sci-fi's preachifying.
I always thought I was on the TSA "Hassle before flying" list until the last two times I've flown. In 2003 I was searched in front of hundreds of people, my pockets turned out, wanded, everything in my carry on pulled out for public consumption..... how many people get searched when they're on a bereavement ticket for their grandmother's funeral? Only me.....
It is weird until they call you. :)
Practically perfect in every way. Florid grand guignol.
Fortunately this was an audiobook and the narrator, Martin Freeman, made it for me.
So much rain! We've gotten 4.5 inches yesterday and today (so far).
Astonishing and horrific. May be the best gasper I have ever read.
Yes! The Accomplice is amazing. I bought it because I heard it was good, and I see that I've got a few others by Matthew Head. Can't wait to start. I'm also reading Armchair in Hell and it's great, wicked fun. Available on Kindle through Prologue Books for $3.03.
Glad it's gone.
Hope your Friday is going well and will end soon for The Weekend.
Well, with the Paris attacks I've gone back to putting a flashlight and water bottle in my briefcase in case I get stuck on the sub'emway (or just want to clobber someone with a mag flashlight.)
The Paris attacks are awful. And it makes sense to carry survival supplies with you. When I lived in LA they kept saying to keep water, food, comfortable clothes and shoes, flashlight, etc., in your car, because in the event of the Big Eight-Oh earthquake, you most likely would have to try to walk home. Did it for years and years. Fortunately no Big Eight-Oh, and hope no subway/WDC attack. Take care of yourself.
After all, the Dutch Antilles are calling. Where are you going to stash Parker?
Happy Thanksgiving, Larry.
Getting in lots of books there. You'll definitely beat me this year. Stupidly, I've chosen a door stop of a read, Wolf Hall, but it's so good!
I don't know if I'm going to make 75 or not. Audio books seem to be taking forever, there never seems to be enough time to read during the work week. Here's hoping.
And my commute of 40 minutes each way lets my audiobook listning rack up.
Very funny and at 116 pgs short enough to help me make my 75 goal for the year. Up next, Darkness Visible at 80 pgs or The Twisted Thing at around 120 pgs. Also something Molesworthy.
I loved this book so much it hurt.
Have you read Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls yet?
How are the warm sands, strong drinks, moderate temperatures, and R&R?
GRANDPA??!! Old thing, he's going to break a hip.
I think I've had a busier time than you, but it's been a lot of fun so far.
It'd be fun to head North - well as far as the Nation's Blah at least.
Husband was sick so daughter and I went to see the new Star Wars today. Came home, couldn't say anything because didn't want to spoil it for husband, and he kept asking questions!! We did avoid spoilers, though.
Go 75! Go pizza! Yay time off!!!