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khooliha

khooliha

Joined September 2016

Gonna get crushed by a tbr pile. They/Them
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While nothing in this anthology blew my mind I enjoyed each story! A lot of Poe's macabre plots creep me out even more when enacted by teens. Plus: the stories that did the inspiring are included too!

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I may be only 40 pages in, but yeah, I was needlessly worried about not liking this book. #screamathon

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Tomorrow I'll start The Tribe, a book I have heard unfailingly good things about. I am (baselessly) concerned I won't like it. #screamathon

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Deathchain | Ken Greenhall
Mehso-so

Decided to push through the end of this one tonight. It's a weird one - it has all of Greenhall's classic pointed prose, but nothing happens SO MUCH, especially for a book about a muder chain letter! I wish so badly that I liked it better.
#screamathon

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Deathchain | Ken Greenhall
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Preeeety casual about this poisoning, everybody! #RIPGracetheCat

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Deathchain | Ken Greenhall

Can't believe I'm on my second horror novel of the year about a painter dad and the mystery he gets embroiled in. #screamathon

khooliha Of course, I'm a third of the way into the Teenhall and the embroiling still isn't happening. 2w
4thhouseontheleft Way to go! 👻🖤🧡 2w
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Anyone doing NaNoWriMo this year? I have only done it successfully once, in 2013, but I want to try again this year.

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Deathchain | Ken Greenhall

I must be misremembering the Ken Greenhall description in Paperbacks From Hell, because this Teenhall cannot possibly be for teens, despite looking like a teen scream and being about a chain letter. The main character is a cognac selling, antique mirror collecting guy on his way to divorce town with A Lot of thoughts about likability, human interactions, and portraiture. Classic Greenhall, with absolutely zero regard that a teen might be reading.

khooliha Which is all to obviously say that I am loving yet another Ken Greenhall banger. 2w
khooliha I hope that every last one of his books is a banger! 2w
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Deathchain | Ken Greenhall
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The Teenhall is pulling no punches! Ken! The teens!

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Deathchain | Ken Greenhall
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Next up is the teen Ken Greenhall, which I will henceforth call the Teenhall.
#screamathon

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The Store | Bentley Little
Mehso-so

Gotta say, I was hoping for a more supernatural Shopping But Evil, but this book is mostly Corporations But More with a supernatural gloss. Libing here in 2019 I'm already acquainted with the evils of capitalism (which are super evil, to be fair). Thr ending seems naive 20+ years on and the main character isn't really forced to reckon with the absolute worst thing he did. It was a fast read, though.

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The Store | Bentley Little
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Gratified if these last 50 pages or so that the main character is a shitty a dude as I thought in the first couple of pages. (I know this has turned out to be a book about corruptability and complacency, but dude sucks.)

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The Store | Bentley Little
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Ready to read about Shopping But Evil. #screamathon

4thhouseontheleft 👻🖤🧟‍♂️ 3w
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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I'm Upset

julesG Well, now I'm doubly curious. I think it just went onto the top of my TBR 3w
khooliha @julesG I look forward to seeing what you think! This has to be one of my favorite books this year. 3w
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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I'm in the last 70 pages or so and just hit the end of chapter 33, which is Very Ominous, and all I have to say is that if something happens to the Sixth I am going to FLIP a SHIT
(If something happens to the Ninth I will be destroyed, but I simply cannot see that happening)

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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I almost made a post about how nothing could happen the the Fourth and now I'm 😢

khooliha IT GOT WORSE 3w
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My (admittedly modest) #Screamathon tbr! The top three are books I am partway through and hoping to finish soon. Gotta say, of the untouched I am most excited for the Ken Greenhall rarity that had me gasping out loud at the used bookstore when I found it.
#screamathonphotochallenge

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir

I was hoping to wrap this up before October 1st, so I could slide cleanly into #Screamathon reading buuuuut a book this chock full of necromancers has to half count, right?

4thhouseontheleft I'd say it counts! 3w
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Just reached the end of Act 2 and all I can say is OH NO THE FIFTH

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir

I am REALLY enjoying this book, but I don't really have anything clever to say about it. It's good!

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Horror: The 100 Best Books | Kim Newman, Stephen Jones

Pretty damn bold of this incredibly un-diverse book to give Harlan Ellison some space to shit on the entire genre of rap music.

khooliha I am owed more than 5 women, more than ZERO people of color, more than 1 queer person. We are all owed more. 4w
khooliha (My demographic tabulation might be off but, counterpoint: the numbers are still horrific.) 4w
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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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As many times as I have seen this cover I never realized that these are sunglasses.

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Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore
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Yeah, that would have been a one sitting read if I had started it earlier in the day. The perfect read to help me bounce back from back-to-back bails.

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Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore

quick midnight shout out to Good Books: they are real and they are my friend

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Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore
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Time for a carefully applied antidote.

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Bailedbailed

Dang, so close to the end, but this chapter about Tess of the d'Ubervilles and sexual assault is the last straw. This book is from the 90's and is about Victorian literature, but I'm alive right now and I don't have to fucking read it.

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The author just posited that The Picture of Dorian Gray is disturbing from the first paragraph because the reader knows that roses and lilac are not simultaneously in their strongest bloom and that seems like a lot to expect from me, an idiot.

holarosarita Oh yeah man, the Victorians were OBSESSED with flowers. 1mo
khooliha @holarosarita Welp, that's one thing you've got on me Victorians! 1mo
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Horror: The 100 Best Books | Kim Newman, Stephen Jones

Between the early going of this book and all of "Is Heathcliff A Murderer?" I am absolutely parched for a modern book.

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I feel like the only thing I'm learning from this book is that there are a number of classic novels I have no interest in reading...

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Horror: The 100 Best Books | Kim Newman, Stephen Jones
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Very interested to see the picks in this book. A quick glance at the table of contents seems to reveal only 2 books by women, which is Not Good!

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In case you were wondering, the answer of the title question (at least in the author's eyes) is "probably, but you can't prove it."

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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I have owned this Staryk King candle forever, but I am finally burning it (to see if I want to buy more from this store) and it smells SO wintery delicious, I love it.

khooliha It is admittedly far too early for a winter candle, especially since I am horror trash who is ready for fall candle goodness. I also live in Florida in the time of global warming, so seasons aren't super real, making every candle and anytime candle. 1mo
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Gotta say, it's pretty bold of me to read this book when I have read Very Little of the classic literature discussed within! #maverick #insufferable

holarosarita Me reading Texts from Jane Eyre 1mo
khooliha @holarosarita We are inherently bold people. 1mo
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Now for something Completely Different!

khooliha Also, I'm gonna be shocked if the verdict is that Heathcliff is not a murderer - he seems like a real murder dude! 1mo
holarosarita Def a murderer. 1mo
khooliha @holarosarita I am looking forward to whatever "not a murderer" arguments the author might make! 1mo
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Fat Camp | James Sabata
Bailedbailed

You win, book! You are too scatological for me!

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The Imaginary Corpse | Tyler Hayes
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I am quite taken with the way my book mail's spines go together!

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Fat Camp | James Sabata

If one more teen discusses shitting himself I am bailing on this thing.

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Fat Camp | James Sabata

So far everyone is this book is gross and mean amd I am not having a good time.

khooliha The grossness has nothing to do with the fatness either, though I could also do with less body shaming/hate. 1mo
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Fat Camp | James Sabata
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Not really a spoiler, but I want to lay my bet down now - the famous success story from the fit camp is the murderer.

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Fat Camp | James Sabata

I am going to try and... inhale fewer horror novels, but I'm not gonna stop breathing! I certianly cocked an eyebrow at the title and premise of this one, but I've been listening to the author's podcast and he seems quite thoughtful aad empathetic, so I'm excited!

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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I am currently A Sad so I read A Book and just let myself feel some emotions. I'd love this one even without using it as an emotion valve!

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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I've been in a bad mood for a week plus, so I'm a ticking time bomb, but that was always going to ake me burst into tears.

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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Decided I probably shouldn't just read horror books until the day after Halloween, I guess.

khooliha I could, though. I could! (I still probably mostly will.) 2mo
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Some parts were predictable, some Were Not, and all parts made an enjoyable little ride. The scares are pretty mild, but hanging out with this sad painting man who (eventually) suspects that he may have been caught up in a conspiracy delighted me regularly.

khooliha Plus, it let the sweet little kid live on his birthday, so that's nice! 2mo
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The nuns! They're bad!

khooliha This, apparently, has struck the protagonist as "rather un-nun-like" and Tom I am rooting for you, but you are a grade A goof. 2mo
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The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories | Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer

Me and my wall that is entirely mirrors just read a scary story about mirrors, but the thing that sets me and my wall apart from the story is that me and my wall don't hate women. #TheHungryHouse

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Update: so far The Reaping is about a secretly tragic man who paints. I'm have a good time, but this is a Slow Burn.

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Meanwhile, I have no idea what this book is about. Bad nuns?

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I Am Not Your Final Girl | Claire C. Holland
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brb adding a bunch of movies to my watchlist

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I Am Not Your Final Girl | Claire C. Holland
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Back on physical books because I want horror and it's easier to locate outside of my overstuffed kindle.