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Joined January 2016

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Shirtless Bear-Fighter Volume 1 | Jody LeHeup, Sebastian Girner
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Couldn‘t have translated it better.

RealBooks4ever 🤣🤣🤣💜🐻 7mo
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Battling Boy | Paul Pope
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Wow, I guess these ARE the kind of eyeglasses a spider would wear, if a spider wore eyeglasses. Too cool. Trust Paul Pope to think of it.

deadrabbitsbooks ❤️ 7mo
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Wow. This one‘s so good. Amazing good. Perfect good. Best trilogy I‘ve read since . . . His Dark Materials, I guess, which was the best since . . . Lilith‘s Brood? (though if Card‘s Xenogenesis has stayed one book, that trilogy would be in this mix).

PatriciaU I read this over the weekend. Stunning. 8mo
CherylRussell Glad to know this is just as good as the first two books. I‘m looking forward to reading this. 😍 7mo
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Noir: A Novel | Christopher Moore
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Oh, nice: “careful disgust.” Well said.

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Head on | John Scalzi
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Is this a regional construction, maybe? I‘ve never heard it. I like it, though. Anyway, a third through this one already, and I think I started about ten minutes ago. Scalzi always reads fast: good exposition handling, dialogue-driven story, and all the surprises and reversals we need to keep us turning the page. Funny, too.

wanderinglynn I would say it‘s more a legal phrase. It‘s a phrase I use in drafting agreements and contracts. 12mo
LibrarianRyan I see it in state documents. 12mo
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The Sisters Brothers | Patrick DeWitt
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Have never heard this said quite so well.

sprainedbrain I loved that book...and I really didn‘t expect to. 1y
SGJ Half through, and really liking it as well. 14mo
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Space Opera | Catherynne M. Valente
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This one‘s a lot of fun so far. Can‘t imagine it won‘t keep being a ball. A, yes, disco ball. It‘s got Valente‘s usual inventiveness and fun with language, but, this time out, a kind of Scalzi velocity and glibness, and some kind of wry absurdity I guess I‘d associate with a . . . Kilgore Trout type, maybe?

CherylRussell Sounds like a must read to me. 😀 1y
SGJ Yep. Third of the way through. Still fun. 1y
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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina | Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
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This is some solid comic book horror. And, even better, all the references are like this: of the actual era. Makes it all so much cooler.

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Jackrabbit Smile | Joe R. Lansdale
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Nobody says it like Lansdale says it.

SGJ Think I watched Deep Space Nine mostly just to see Hawk again 13mo
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The Disappeared | C. J. Box
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So dig getting lost in Joe and Nate‘s world again. Nate Romanowski is to Joe Pickett as Leonard Pine is to Hap Collins, as Joe Pike is to Elvis Cole. Series detectives need a good bud, who‘ll go that one step further. Wonder if this dynamic goes across the fence to urban fantasy? Wonder why these are all dudes I‘m talking about? Do women detectives also have this kind of sidekick/friend? I guess in fantasy-fantasy, animals often fill this role.

readinginthedark 🤔Yeah, I don‘t think female detectives usually have another female as their back-up. It‘s generally an animal or a male...unless you‘re Jessica Jones. 😆 1y
Ekkarn You forgot Clete Purcel to Dave Robicheaux! 12mo
SGJ Yes, thank you. 12mo
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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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I haven‘t read this since January of 2000. Here goes read #2, for the haunted house grad seminar I‘m teaching . . .

LiteraryLona I need to restart this one! I‘ve started it twice, then got distracted and never finished! 1y
StephTKO Loved this, what other books will you be teaching? 1y
SGJ Started with Hill House, then Hell House, Burnt Offerings, The Shining, Amityville, The House Next Door. After this it‘s Lunar Park and Horrorstor and Wylding Hall, I think. Good times. 1y
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CherylRussell I have this, but have yet to read it. 😕 1y
SGJ Luckily, it only takes like three years off your life. 1y
CherylRussell Only 3 years? I can handle that. Maybe give it a shot after the semester is done. (edited) 1y
YouReadMyEyes That sounds like the coolest class ever. Actually makes me want to go back to college! 1y
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Bad Man: A Novel | Dathan Auerbach
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Never seen a split lip described this way. Very nice.

DGRachel 🤢 1y
Reggie I loved Penpal!!!!! 1y
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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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Went into this figuring, sure, I‘ll learn some more Odin stories. Maybe I‘ll get some decoder ring for American Gods. What I got, though, was a lesson in how important tricksters are, not just to creation, but maintenance. Without Loki stirring things up—and I always kind of hated him for it—then things stagnate, and forget themselves. Gonna remember this.

Readergrrl I really like your take on this. Yes, we need Tricksters to, figuratively speaking, stir the pot. And, they appear in almost every belief system that I can think of! How cool! 1y
Readage Very good point sir. Currently listening to this and liking it. 1y
CherylRussell Well now, I was going to read The Girl in the Tower next, but now maybe this one? Both are TBR books. Decisions, decisions. 📚🤔 1y
SGJ Oh, hard decision. 1y
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Why Horror Seduces | Mathias Clasen
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I very much appreciate the “probably” here.

suvata 🤣🤣🤣 1y
CherylRussell Word choice is everything. 😆😆 1y
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I just want to read this one line over and over. This part of a line. It‘s enough to make a world from, and live in.

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Almost done with this one. Some books you don‘t read, you inhale.

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Artemis | Andy Weir
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This was so good. More than anything, it reminded me of The Maltese Falcon. Want to start all over, read it again/relisten. Funny, technical, accurate so far as I know, and with harrowing action sequences.

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The House on the Borderland | William Hope Hodgson
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This is kind of fun in an old-fashioned cosmic horror way (if that‘s your thing) (it‘s not mine), but there must have been just an abundance of commas in the early twentieth century. This book is just littered with them.

shendrix413 Ugh, comma splices..... 😜 2y
CherylRussell I don't think I could read this because it's like grading English Comp essays. 😑😣 2y
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The End of the Sentence | Maria Dahvana Headley, Kat Howard
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When a three-hour tour feels significantly longer.

Cathythoughts 😱😳😨 2y
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This is one of those novels where I can‘t put my finger on any kind of plot yet—quarter through—but I keep turning the pages all the same. For the writing. For the characters. For the details. For the lines. For this perfect way to render a horse shying away, that captures the haughty way the horse draws its head back.

kdwinchester Love this book. So magical and fun. 2y
laquiglette I felt the same way. It was too slow for my taste but at the same time I loved it? 2y
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Paperbacks from Hell | Grady Hendrix
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#justbought excited by one, ready to be disheartened by the other

Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
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Stong line. One of many. Digging this YA slasher.

TheLibrarian Oooo I'm interested to see your thoughts on this book. It's on my tbr and I've been contemplating buying it. 2y
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I could not be any more in love with this book than I am. Really? If this book hits the shelf first, who knows if I even write Mongrels. So much similar going on. I want to give it to everyone for gifts this year. And then sit there and watch them read it and wait for them to finish so we can talk about it.

mommyincolor I'll gladly accept it as a gift!!! Book gifts are the best kind!!! 2y
Karkar But Mongrels was such a great book!!! 2y
AndreaLRogers I have it set aside to read after I finish my work in progress. 1y
SGJ It‘s so good. Think you‘ll dig it. 1y
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Really really digging this one. It's like The Lost City of Z, except earlier and more exciting. Reminds me of all the Charles Berlitz (and all those) I lived and died by as a kid, and still keep in my heart, in kind-of secret.

Emiller I'm currently reading this too and can't put it down! 2y
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The Empty Ones: A Novel | Robert Brockway
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This one's another madcap gory profane exhilarating hilarious ride so far. Just like the first.

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Roughneck | Jeff Lemire
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The back and forth in this book's solid. I always fall immediately into Lemire's stories. The pulse of them, the art, the small towns done right.

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A Plague of Giants | Kevin Hearne
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I got zero time for a 600-pager, but I got zero self-control, too. Meant to just dip into this for a few pages. Now I can't get back out.

jpmcwisemorgan My laughter is evil, but understanding. 2y
BethM Screams: HOW THE H*** DID YOU GET AN ARC?! 2y
LibrarianRyan I have that same feeling. Good luck. 🤓👍 2y
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SGJ (he's a friend) 2y
JazzFeathers I would buy it just for the cover. In fact, l've just staked it just for rhe cover. And you comment sure didn't help 2y
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Grip of It | Jac Jemc
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Digging this one. Kind of reminds me—the spareness, the disassociative motions—of Sara Gran's Come Closer. Reads fast, too; I'm a quarter through, and it's been a busy day at a con.

mcipher I loved the 3 Sara Gran books I read - I added her other two to my TBR based on you reminding me how good she is! 😝 2y
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Paradise Valley | C. J. Box
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Perfect. A whole state, a whole way of life, and in just a single word.

coffeenebula 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 2y
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The Unnoticeables: A Novel | Robert Brockway
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Book's cracking me up. Excited to burn through the next two.

BookBoggart I apparently unknowingly own this book already. Just different colour. 😂 2y
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The Tooth | Matt Kindt, Cullen Bunn, Shawn Lee
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These captions in The Tooth are so fun.

8leagueboot I just checked this out and Cullen Bunn is on the writing team. That's an immediate win for me! He does Harrow County, one of my favorite things on the shelves. 2y
SGJ Harrow County is so good, yeah. 2y
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Hairdo | Rachel B. Glaser
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Best book of poems I've read in a long, long time. I never can guess the shape of the next line, with Glaser.

8leagueboot Yes! More poetry love on Litsy, please! 2y
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Meddling Kids | Edgar Cantero
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Um, yes: completely smitten with this one already.

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Eileen: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Digging this one.

Hokey I like that...a lot. What does that say about me? 2y
LibrarianRyan 😁😄🤓 2y
Reggie I think Eileen was a prototype for a garbage pail kid, or vice versa. Have you gotten to the part where the waste bucket of the boys solitary confinement holds such fascination for her which leads her to reminisce on how intimate popping pimples on a Russian ex-boyfriend's back was. I gave it a pan but its a pick. Its been months and I still think about it. Lol (edited) 2y
SGJ Think I'm 35, 40% in. Not to that boyfriend part, but now I'm not so sure I want to get that far (way squeamish reader here, see it all in my head on a forever loop). But I am liking it. 2y
MyNamesParadise 😂😂😂😂😂😭 2y
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Gangster Nation | Tod Goldberg
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Great line.

josie281 Nailed the visual! 2y
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Black Mad Wheel | Josh Malerman
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The point at which this book hooked me. A very horror moment. You know exactly what's coming next (lots of bad stuff).

ohyeahthatgirl I just saw him do a little play adapted from a section of the book instead of a traditional reading. It was amazing! 2y
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Entropy in Bloom: Stories | Jeremy Johnson
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Great paragraph. From the novella at the end, "The Sleep of Judges." JRJ's always good.

Suet624 Ugh. 2y
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Wow, this has been worth it already, just ten minutes in, for Harris's intro. So, so cool. Now, ten more hours of excellence.

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Mapping the Interior | Stephen Graham Jones
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Hey, check what just showed up at my door. Happy with how this one turned out. I mean, design/layout wise. As for the story, the innards? Who knows. Probably just doodles of alligators, with a lot of erasing.

LauraBrook Wow, that's beautiful! Congratulations!!! 2y
SGJ Thanks. 2y
CherylDeFranceschi Congratulations! Beautiful cover! 2y
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shawnmooney Looks great! 2y
SGJ Thank y'all. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Can't wait - it sounds and looks great! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
LeahBergen Congratulations! 2y
ohyeahthatgirl I have a bunch on order for my store! Gonna handsell the shit out of it. 2y
SGJ Wow, thanks. 2y
JazzFeathers That beautiful cover 😍 2y
CherylRussell Looking forward to reading this. 🙂 2y
raffiegrrl I need this! 2y
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Silence of the Lambs | Thomas Harris
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Reading the screenplay, actually, not the novel. Just watched it, then watched all (ALL) the documentaries and special features, then watched it again with commentary on. Next, I don't know, I'm knocking on Thomas Harris's door, I suppose.

Texreader 😂 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk "Gideon the Cannibal" lacks a certain something. 2y
SGJ Yeah. Does any other name rhyme, though? "Sannible?' 2y
Chassie Is it weird to say I loved these books? Red Dragon was my fave to read, but the Silence of the Lambs was the best movie. 2y
SGJ Same. 2y
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Girls: The Complete Collection | Jonathan Luna, Joshua Luna
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This book kind of just absorbs you in. Captivating, engrossing, all that good stuff. And fun. Too? I think this—The Complete Collection Deluxe Hardcover—is the single heaviest book I've ever read.

TheLibrarian Love everything the Lima brothers do!! This was a strange graphic novel. 2y
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Thunderhead | Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
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Lucky hardcover find today. So dig this book. Was hanging around a museum ten, twelve years ago, and the security guard there told me this was the main book he reads, that he wished all the books were like this one. I agree.

Bookzombie I loved it! 2y
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The Cormorant | Stephen Gregory
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A horror novel about a bird I had to look up on Wikipedia. So digging it. Language is both precise and evocative, and always economical. And? Story's scary too. Good all around.

bitterbear Ooohh... I love horror but I'm usually disappointed... 2y
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The Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
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I'm supposed to somehow wait for . . . is it 2019 for the next installment? I really don't see how that's possible. Looks like I need to learn to be a hacker.

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Paper Girls Vol. 1 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Hey, cool to see Blackfeet in this one, and way early, too. Even more excited than I was.

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Finally digging into this one. Pretty great, being back in this world, with these people.

MyNamesParadise I loved watching Harry navigate being a father. 2y
mkritchey Oh man, I really struggled with this one. I liked parts and disliked plenty. It really didn't hit home for me. :/ 2y
readisthenewblack To me, cursed child felt almost like some sort of HP fanfiction - it didn't quite feel like a plausible part of the HP world to me 😬 2y
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Elizabeth: A Novel of the Unnatural | Ken Greenhall, Jessica Hamilton
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Every single sentence of this novel is blowing me away. Best thing I've read in a while. Couldn't be more impressed.

Carla I wasn't certain, but I verified--this is the novel I know only as Elizabeth (second-hand paperback, mirror on the cover). Cracking good read indeed! Spooky narrator. Saw Hamilton has written another book, Baxter--have you read it? I'm going to add it to the TBR mountain. 2y
Carla Ah, republished as Hell Hound, I see. 2y
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SUCH a satisfying perfect wonderful end to either this series or this arc. This and Starve are as good as comics get.

Emilyrjones22 Can't wait for this. Haven't heard of Starve, but if you mentioned it in the same post as Nailbiter I should probably check it out! 2y
SGJ Brian Wood. It's in trade now. 2y
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Wylding Hall | Elizabeth Hand
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I mean, not saying anything new here, but Liz Hand can write.

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Probably my favorite Dolly and Kenny book.

LeahBergen Oh, geez. Thanks for THAT earworm. 2y
Bookzombie 😂 2y
ReadingMidwife Lol -- love it! 2y
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DebinHawaii 😂😂😂 2y
bitterbear Sail away with me... 2y
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