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Joshsandaker

Joshsandaker

Joined February 2016

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Drop Dead Gorgeous | R.L. Stine
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I grew up reading Goosebumps and Fear Street, but haven‘t read one since I was a teen. Decided to read one of his new ‘Return to Fear Street‘ books since I wanted a quick, easy, read for once, since I‘m about to start a longer book, and most of what I read isn‘t short.

R.L. Stine isn‘t a great writer, and he has very stock characters, but he‘s still a fun read if you‘re feeling a bit nostalgic.

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I really loved ‘A Head Full of Ghosts‘, ‘Disappearance at Devil‘s Rock‘, and ‘the Cabin at the End of the World‘. Debated between “pick” and “so-so” but, like any short story collections, there are some you like better than others. In retrospect I think there were only a couple that I didn‘t love. Overall a very solid collection.

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Mehso-so

This book has been on my TBR since I read about it in ‘Danse Macabre‘ about a decade ago. They‘re adapting it for the follow up to Netflix‘s ‘Haunting of Hill House‘, so I figured it was a good time to check it out. It had some good creepy moments, but other than those moments there really isn‘t much going on. It‘s a story within a story but it doesn‘t bookend with the “first” story and that bugged me. Felt like it should have. It was okay.

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NOS4A2 | Joe Hill
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Just finished my re-read, ahead of the new show, and confirmed that it‘s the best Joe Hill novel, and one of the best horror novels of the 21st century.

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Forever and a Day | Anthony Horowitz
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I‘ve wanted to read Anthony Horowitz for awhile (specifically the ‘Magpie Murders‘, or ‘the Word Is Murder‘, among others) and this is my first foray, so hard to say whether it‘s much different than his usual stuff. A really fun little novel. It‘s supposed to be James Bond‘s first case upon getting his 007 license. It really does feel like a first case, rather than an epic, fate of the world type story that come later.

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The Cuckoo's Calling | Robert Galbraith
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Mehso-so

Just finished this on audiobook. I went out of order and read the 4th book, ‘Lethal White‘, first a couple months ago—and it was fantastic. I hesitated between saying Pick or So-So for this one. The mystery was interesting, and had a satisfying conclusion, but there were more than a few parts that were pretty dull and could have been excised. But it seems the series gets better, so I‘ll probably check the next one sometime.

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The official Stranger Things companion. Pretty straightforward if you‘ll be interested or not ; I‘m a huge ST nerd and I loved it—and the little season 3 tease was fun.

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Dracul | Dacre Stoker, JD Barker
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The book is sort of a novelty since it‘s co-written by Bram Stoker‘s great-grandnephew (or great-great?) who also co-wrote a sequel which was good. This book, a prequel of sorts, is more than a novelty though—it‘s a meta masterpiece. I really loved it.

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Pet Sematary | Stephen King
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Just finished re-reading this on audio. Better than I remember, reading it as a teenager. My kids are almost exactly the same age as Ellie & Gage and so it was really tough reading it. Tough enough that I‘ll definitely never read it again, it‘s too hard. But I finished it to read it one last time, and it‘s a good tale. Not my favorite King story but, to me, it‘s the darkest one.

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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This is the fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series but I‘ve just read this one. I saw it in a bookstore and started it and couldn‘t put it down. Didn‘t seem to matter too much that I hadn‘t read this previous ones, although I‘ll definitely check them out now. I don‘t read much detective fiction but Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) is just that good. Very recommended.

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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About a third of the way through JK Rowling‘s newest Galbraith novel. I‘m not usually into detective fiction (except for Sherlock, hello) but as a uber fan of the Harry Potter series I was of course going to give it a shot. This is the fourth in the series, and actually the first one I‘ve read but it appears more like a standalone, so it hasn‘t been as issue. Very good thus far.

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Elevation | Stephen King
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It‘s not hard to tell, but this is not a novel. It‘s definitely a novella, it totally has that novella feel, just like a very long short story. It‘s a great little story. The basic premise has a slight fantasy bent, but everything else is just Stephen King‘s great characterization and insight into what happens in small towns. I like it, and especially recommend it as a respite from longer reads.

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Powell‘s haul.

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Just got this last week, started it today. The brand new one from Riley Sager...if you haven‘t read ‘the Final Girls‘ then do it.

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Meddling Kids | Edgar Cantero
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A little slower than you might think given the premise. The prose seemed to make things a little more difficult, but worth the read, such a fantastic plot. It sets up a sequel, and with a premise that I‘d also like to read.

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Meddling Kids | Edgar Cantero
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Started this one a bit ago and got side-tracked with something else. Not because it wasn‘t good, but just because I get side tracked easily with new releases by favorite authors. Very fun Scooby-Doo-ish premise, with a darker touch.

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Kill Creek | Scott Thomas
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Mehso-so

Hard to decide between So-So and pick. It‘s a fantastic plot written by a *competent* author, but not a great one. So it was good, but could have been better. The last third of the book is where it really took off, a lot of what came before dragged.

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Kill Creek | Scott Thomas
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Reading by the lakeside this afternoon. It‘s a hot one so hiding in the shade. This book had a blurb that I just couldn‘t pass up, hadn‘t heard any reviews and didn‘t know the author. Thus far it seems like an R. L. Stine book, but for adults. The prose lacks a bit, you definitely wouldn‘t accuse him of being subtle, but the story has interested me enough to keep me hooked.

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Wonderful. Difficult to read in places, but because you were invested in the characters, not because the prose was mediocre. Just like his last two novels you aren‘t sure what‘s real and what‘s not. Read it in a fever in two days. Definitely a pick.

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Was dying for this book but the library didn‘t have it and I couldn‘t afford it for awhile but a friend gifted it to me. Having a lovely adult beverage and starting this.

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Final Girls | Riley Sager
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Not going to go super in depth here, if you want a summer thriller, this is perfect. It‘s a horror movie concept, but it‘s really a thriller, and it‘s a fast paced read. Only about 330+ pages, so it‘s a quick little firecracker. Honestly felt it could have been longer, but leave ‘em wanting more, right?

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The Outsider | Stephen King
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Short review now because I‘m holding my sleeping son, but I loved it (and it‘s connections to other SK books).

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Nothing surprising here, another entertaining memoir. If you like Bruce you‘ll love it. If you don‘t, you might after reading this.

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A Long December | Richard Chizmar
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Okay obviously this isn‘t ‘a Long December‘, but for some reason Litsy doesn‘t have Richard Chizmar‘s latest novella. I loved this story, a new update on a classic horror tale. It was fun, it was an easy read, not really much else to say. Not a challenging read, but just a hell of a lot of fun.

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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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Just picked this up two days ago, essentially on a whim. It had been in my TBR pile for a couple years, with the adaption coming out I decided to finally get around to it. I just finished it and I *really* need the next two. I wish I had just bought the bound 1-book edition of the trilogy I saw at Powell‘s. If you‘re thinking about reading it, do so. It really just sets the stage for the next book, but not in a bad way...it‘s slow burn creepy.

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Birthday haul from Powell‘s.

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A little over a third of the way through this. A bit light but thus far a very entertaining overview of his life and career.

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Got this for Christmas and just finished this all in one setting tonight. Says novel but this is a perfect little creepy novella. Perfect for a winter‘s night.

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Strange Weather | Joe Hill
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A great collection of novellas; ‘Snapshot‘ was favorite. ‘Loaded‘ did feel somewhat out of place in this otherwise fantastical collection, but not any less effective than the others. All solid stories, can‘t go wrong.

JoeStalksBeck My fav too! 2y
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Always love Leslie S. Klinger‘s notes.

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*Finally* got this from the library today after having a pending hold for like a month. Just got through the lengthy foreword and note on the text, and thus have technically just started the story but I‘m already enjoying Leslie S. Klinger‘s wonderful annotations. I loved his ‘New Annotated Dracula‘, so I‘m sure I‘ll love this as well. #CurrentRead

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Was looking for a Lucky Day copy of ‘Sleeping Beauties‘, but came across this fantastic premise of a novel and had to give it a try.

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Read this on the Kindle. A quick, fun read about the making of Mel Brooks best film. It was a quick little interlude between books.

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Summer of Night | Dan Simmons
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I really debated between "So-So" and "Pick" on this one. It took me a long time to finish, and I would put it down for periods of time when it got slow. But every time I picked up I wondered why I put it down, and I loved spending the summer with these well defined characters. It's worth a read, especially if you miss Stephen King's characters from 'the Body' and 'It'. These characters are very much their own, but you can't help the comparison.

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Summer of Night | Dan Simmons
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A little reading by the fire.

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The Little Prince | Antoine de Saint-Exupry
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Dark Knight III: the Master Race | Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello
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Finally finished this beast (not long after Frank Miller *finally* finished it). I know his style has soured on critics but he tells (with the help of a co-writer) a good story here; and if you've read any of the Frank Miller Batman, I think this is worth your time. Beautiful artwork throughout doesn't hurt.

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Drood: A Novel | Dan Simmons

I'm listening to this on audio, and I've been reading a lot of comics, but have no current read. I've read one novel since finishing 'the Dark Tower' series but haven't been able to pick another. I usually avoid recommendations since I've got more than enough to read for one lifetime already, but I'm curious what people might say. Looking for fiction, preferably dark, but other than that give me a rec!

StaceyKondla I loved Drood! I would recommend The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch. It is dark and weird and wonderful and should not be classified as YA. It's a duology and you will want to read both of them 😉 2y
Joshsandaker I've never heard of this, and just looking it up sounds very interesting. It's nice finding books that are in my wheelhouse but aren't on my radar, which I find increasingly difficult. Thanks. 2y
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Studying Hammer Horror | Victoria Grace Walden
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My Powell's Pick tonight.

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Universal Harvester | John Darnielle
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Just barely in novel territory, feels more like a novella really. It isn't great, but it's a good story. The story it winds up telling isn't the one that you thought you were getting, but it's a worthwhile one anyway, and one that's easy to good into.

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Universal Harvester | John Darnielle
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Still feeling a little lost after finishing the entire Dark Tower series (I read 'Wizard and Glass', 'the Wind Through the Keyhole', 'Wolves of the Calla', 'Song of Susannah', and 'the Dark Tower' all back to back, so it feels weird switching to something new) but have settled on this little new one I've heard some good things about.

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The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower | Stephen King, Michael Whelan
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I have finished the journey at last, say sorry.

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The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower | Stephen King, Michael Whelan
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A fine day for reading in the yard.

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Gwendy's Button Box | Stephen King
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Got this baby today and finished it. It's technically a novella but it really has the feel of one of King's short stories (never read anything from Chizmar so I can't say). Wonderful little read. It was a nice little break from my ongoing quest to the Dark Tower.

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I always love the fish out of water Roland bits.

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Most of these books have taken awhile for me but this one took me one 24 hour cycle. Been a long time since I pulled one of those. The Dark Tower books just keep getting better with each installment. On to the finale!

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Today's socks.

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Wolves of the Calla | Stephen King
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This one took me awhile to slog through, but that was more due to personal circumstances that were distracting me. I really liked this one, and loved the deeper connections to King's other works, and it's really the start of the end, you can feel it. I'm going straight to 'Song of Susannah' now!

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Danse Macabre | Stephen King
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Finally got myself a Paperwhite the other day and I'm still in love with it. Still love physical reads but this helps increase my read count.

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A beautiful little sidetrack between 'Wizard and Glass' and 'Wolves of the Calla'. Would mostly work standalone, although it's much richer when you've just read the first four Dark Tower novels. On to 'Wolves of the Calla'!

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