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RyanMHoward

RyanMHoward

Joined May 2021

just a geeky, nerdy, dorky dweeb🤪📖
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After the Flood | Kassandra Montag
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AFTER THE FLOOD by Kassandra Montag

After rising sea levels flood the entire world, humanity lives on the water & on the tiny slivers of land left, bartering & trading for food & goods to survive.

Myra is on a quest to find her lost daughter, kidnapped years before. She sails from port to port, seeking clues.

In all, this ‘post-apocalyptic pirates‘ story is a beautiful, yet brutally tragic adventure that will haunt you long after the last page.

Bookzombie Great review! I would have stacked it if I hadn‘t already. 🙂 (edited) 2w
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The Nothing Man | Catherine Ryan Howard
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The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

While working security, Jim sees a new release titled THE NOTHING MAN, a true crime book about the titular serial killer—written by his only survivor. Jim picks up the book thinking, “I let this kid live and she wrote a book about me!?”

The narrative switches between Jim in the present, and the book about himself which he‘s reading. It‘s a fascinating, disturbing, thrilling tale that I couldn‘t put down.

ShelleyBooksie That sounds soo good! 3mo
LeahBergen This was a fun read! 👍🏻 3mo
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Clown in a Cornfield | Adam Cesare
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Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare.

Seeking a fresh start, Quinn & her dad move to Kettle Springs—a small town said to have been founded generations earlier by its mascot, a clown called Frendo. But Quinn‘s new town has twisted secrets—secrets that‘ll put everyone‘s life in KS on the line.

With great chemistry among colorful characters, this thrilling slasher is easy to get pulled into. In all, it‘s a brutal blast of bloody mayhem.
#ShortReview

TheLibrarian Great review! This is such a bloody fun read. 4mo
Bookzombie Great review! I really enjoyed this one and there is supposed to be a sequel out next year. 🤡 4mo
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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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Just finished Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir.

When our sun & other local stars begin to dim, an astronaut is sent to another, unaffected star system to find a solution. Upon arrival, he makes first contact with an alien there for the same reason. Together, they hope to find a cure & save their planets.

This incredible story is a fabulous take on First Contact. An emotional, hilarious, spectacular adventure that I wish didn‘t end🚀✨

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House of Hollow | Krystal Sutherland
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House of Hollow | Krystal Sutherland.

Iris & her two older sisters, Vivi & Grey, were kidnapped as children and went missing for a month with no memory of what happened. Now, years later, Grey is missing again . . .

This intriguing, mysterious tale has wonderfully fleshed out characters, beautifully vivid imagery, and an ending I didn‘t see coming despite the story‘s plentiful foreshadowing. It‘s a twisted supernatural thrill ride👍
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Chasing the Boogeyman | Richard Chizmar
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Chasing the Boogeyman by Richard Chizmar.

A horror novel that reads like a true crime book, Rich “Chiz” Chizmar independently investigates a series of murders in his small town. By leaving no evidence, the stealthy culprit becomes known as the boogeyman.

This story is literally all the spooky things: creepy, disturbing, macabre, unsettling—and so wickedly fun. I had chills the entire time👍👍 Always lock your doors, folks!

#ShortReview #Horror

Reggie I heard him on the Talking Scared podcast and he just sounded like a genuine person it made me want to pick this up. 5mo
deeannloso I loved this book! 5mo
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Billy Summers | Steven King
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Like many, I recently read Billy Summers by Stephen King.

While working his last job and hoping nothing goes wrong, Billy, a hitman, decides to try writing a book about his life, and how he came to be the man he is.

The narrative switches between Billy‘s last job in the present, and the manuscript of his life story, which he‘s writing. In all, it‘s a fascinating adventure, thrilling & intense. I couldn‘t put it down.👍

#ShortReview #StephenKing

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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Just finished Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia.

In the 1950‘s Mexican countryside, Noemí visits an ailing cousin who claims ghosts are in the walls of her home—and also that her husband‘s trying to kill her.

This was a great haunted house/ghost story. It‘s creepy, captivating, mysterious, and full of symbolism & foreshadowing. I also enjoyed how sassy and charming the protagonist was. Can‘t wait for the Hulu adaptation now!

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Erin.Elizabeth10 How creepy was it? I am thinking of picking this for book club, but there are some people in my club who might not like it if it‘s too scary/creepy. 6mo
RyanMHoward @Erin.Elizabeth10 It does have some particularly disturbing and macabre elements—and the third act is pretty intense—but I personally didn‘t find the horror to be overwhelming. Just my opinion, though! 6mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @RyanMHoward Good to know! Thank you! 6mo
phantomx @RyanMHoward love your short review! 6mo
WJCintron I need to read it! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!! 5mo
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | Quentin Tarantino
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Just finished Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino‘s debut novel.

Good times, adventures, mayhem, and many a hangover await in LA, 1969.

This book greatly expands on the film with much detail & depth, really zooming in on the characters and exploring Cinema & TV history. It‘s fascinating, compelling, & just plain fun—with a few unexpected surprises, some of them very rewarding. Excited to rewatch the movie again now👍

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sleepy.ash87 My husband occasionally watches this movie several times in a row. Great movie! 6mo
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Lost Stars | Claudia Gray
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LOST STARS by Claudia Gray.

The perfect starter novel for any wanting to read STAR WARS, Lost Stars is a Romeo&Juliet-esque tale of a pair of childhood friends who grow up in the Empire, dreaming of becoming pilots. One realizes the Empire is evil & defects to the Rebellion, the other is an Imperial patriot.

Epic & heartbreaking, this beautiful story showcases events of the original trilogy from the POV of the two protags.
#STARWARS #ClaudiaGray

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Those are some great book shelves! 6mo
wanderinglynn I loved her book Leia. I‘ll definitely have to check this one out. 6mo
Branwen This is one of my FAVORITE Star Wars books! 💕📚 6mo
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The Hollow Places | T. Kingfisher
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My most recent read was The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher.

Kara‘s uncle owns a quirky museum of oddities. While closing up one night, she finds a passage in the wall leading to other dimensions full of strange, disturbing creatures. So begins her adventure.

This story is unsettling, surprisingly hilarious, weirdly imaginative, and just so much fun👍👍 I absolutely loved the dialogue in this book. So many great lines.

#ShortReview #TKingfisher

Reggie Oh dear you‘re too young to be having problems with your knees. Tell that to my ex boyfriend with the bat! Lolol that was my favorite. 6mo
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The Taking | Dean Koontz
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Earlier this year, I read The Taking by Dean Koontz.

Set in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California, a married couple try to keep safe and unravel what‘s going on amidst a mysterious apocalyptic event.

I loved how this story was both cozy & unsettling, taking place in a cabin-style home at first, then moving around through a small mountainous town, all with terrifying entities/creatures lurking about. 👍👍

#ShortReview #DeanKoontz

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The Wicker King | K. Ancrum
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Yesterday I finished reading The Wicker King by K. Ancrum.

August‘s best friend, Jack, sees another world. Supernatural creatures, medieval buildings, magical objects. August sees nothing. He worries about Jack, but nonetheless agrees to aid him in completing ‘a very important quest to fulfill a prophecy.‘

This story is trippy, tragic, funny, fast-paced—and it‘s all told in short, sharp chapters. 👍👍
#ShortReview #KAncrum

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Last night I finished reading The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay.

While on vacation, a family‘s cabin is invaded by a group of mysterious, creepy strangers who announce that the family must choose to kill one of their own—or else the world will end.

This story is an intense, anxiety-riddled adrenaline rush. A nail-biting, fist-clenching read. It was so twisted!👍👍

#ShortReview #PaulTremblay

LeahBergen Dang! I may need to read this. 😬 7mo
Reggie There is a part I read right before work and it bummed my whole day out. 7mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Meeeee😅😆
Who else does this?🙃

#Litsy #Bookshelf #Bookstore #Blurb #Novel #Library

LeslieO Too often! Yesterday Book Outlet had but two get one. How was I supposed to resist? 7mo
wanderinglynn Yes! 👍🏻📚📚📚 7mo
AshleyHoss820 I JUST reached 1,800 books in my personal library and it makes me SOOO happy to go “shopping” in my own house for my next read! 😊😊❤️ 7mo
NikkiM5 This is my goal 👍🏾 7mo
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Yesterday I finished reading Severance by Ling Ma.

A photographer alone in NYC continues her day job as humanity goes extinct from a fungal fever.

This was a cool and fresh take on the post-apocalypse genre, centered more around what daily life during the end of the world might be like, as opposed to the more action-y tropes of the genre.

I found it to be a beautiful and vulnerable story about nostalgia, and letting go.

#ShortReview #LingMa

Reggie Ughhhh the little girl behind the curtain😭. F U Bob! Lol, I liked this one a lot. 7mo
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The Road | Cormac McCarthy
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My most recent read was The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Finished it a few days ago. I had always liked the film, but never read the book.

A father and young son walk through a barren, post-apocalyptic wasteland, journeying to the coast.

This tale is heart-rending, frightening, and bleak—but beneath the doom and gloom there lies an undercurrent of hope and pure love. A tragic yet touching story.

#ShortReview #CormacMcCarthy #PostApocalypse

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Another of my recent reads: While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams.

In short, a law clerk at the Supreme Court is tasked with exposing a corrupt president in a chess game for the ages.

I thought this was a great mash-up between political and legal thriller. The story was fleshed out, nicely-paced, and compelling. Wonderful dialogue scenes/exchanges. I also enjoyed the use of third-person omniscient viewpoint.

#ShortReview #StaceyAbrams #Thriller

skewermann @RyanMHoward you might also like my punchy parody of "Fire and Fury" ... "Dire and Puny" ?#politics #satire https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081S5JLTX 8mo
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Aurora | Kim Stanley Robinson
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Earlier this year, I read Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson. The story of the first human expedition to another solar system.

This book is pretty darn fascinating. I especially like that much of it is told from the perspective of the starships AI supercomputer. It was a cool way to have a near-omniscient viewpoint in the story that didn‘t feel like a ‘narrator‘, so to speak. Really enjoyed it.

#ShortReview #KimStanleyRobinson #ScienceFiction

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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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Last month, I read The Whisper Man by Alex North—and holy smokes, this was a thrill ride. Might just be my favorite title my eyes have consumed this year, so far.

Father and young son seek a fresh start in a small town, but instead are swept up in the town‘s dark past—a past scarred by a serial killer.

I love scary stories.
I do not scare easily.
This book scared me.

This twisted tale gets 5/5 butterflies.
🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋
#ShortReview #AlexNorth

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The Monster of Elendhaven | Jennifer Giesbrecht
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Earlier this year I read The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht.

This was a short but wicked read! A killer who cannot die forms an eerie, yet almost touching bond with a secretive sorcerer in a seemingly cursed town. It‘s violent and macabre, but also surprisingly tender at parts. This dark little debut is captivating! I enjoyed it, and very much look forward to what Ms. Giesbrecht writes next.

#ShortReview #JenniferGiesbrecht #Horror

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Earlier this year I read My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.

Title says it all. Our protagonist, Korede, chooses to help her sister, a serial killer. It‘s mesmerizing, tragic, funny, disturbing, and so compelling. The short chapters make the story feel fast-paced, but not rushed in any way. I sped through this one pretty quick. Loved it.

#ShortReview #OyinkanBraithwaite

Reggie There are two parts I remember from this book that made me laugh. When the sister is dancing to Whitney Houston while the other sister is freaking out. And when the Dr. is at their house and the sister is like, hey, let‘s play Clue. 8mo
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Revival: A Novel | Stephen King
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My first post on Litsy! Figured I would kick this account off with some short reviews of what I‘ve read so far this year☺️📖📚

I just recently finished Revival by Stephen King—and damn, this book is gnarly⚡️💀
A guitarist forges a lifelong, intertwined destiny with a minister-turned-atheist who has a dark and otherworldly goal. Compelling slow-burn and lengthy buildup—with a heavy payoff. The ending is a true nightmare. #ShortReview #StephenKing

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KathyWheeler Welcome to Litsy! I read this book when it first came out and remember the ending most of all. I think I‘m due for a reread though. 8mo
Graywacke Welcome @RyanMHoward . I'm not a king fan, but like seeing what people say about him. I adored Oyinkan Braithwaite's book, up there in your second post. 8mo
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