Has anyone noticed the Forward series Amazon is publishing tomorrow? Original content by 6 authors. The other 3 are NK Jemisin, Paul Tremblay & Amor Towles. I have been reading a lot of novelettes lately, so I'm pretty excited for these!
I just wanted to post an acknowledgement for a fellow Litten. I might be mistaken, but I'm fairly certain that the #covercrush #7covers7days originated with @Cinfhen It's been incredible watching how quickly it caught on & the enthusiasm for it has been remarkable. I've been on Litsy for nearly 3 years & don't recall another hashtag getting as much love as this one. Well-done Cindy!
Having a TBR I will never conquer, precariously placed stacks in my apartment that occasionally fall, & having spent a small fortune on books...I must say, this is truly a #wonderfullife & I wouldn't want it any other way.
It's books like this that make me wish for a more nuanced ratings system. If I rate it as a so-so I'd be ignoring what I liked about the book, there's plenty to praise & it is more than mediocre. By rating it as a pick I'm ascribing a brilliance that Auerbach is capable of, as demonstrated in "Penpal", but honestly isn't fully on display this time around. So, a pick. With reservations.
A solid psychological thriller/ police procedural. I've seen mixed reviews on this one. Some seem disappointed that it wasn't more creepy or scary. This could be a marketing problem (Goodreads has it mistakenly labeled as horror fiction) & a lot of people have (justifiably so imo) pointed out that there are a lot of unsettling moments in this book. It's along the lines of JD Barker's 4MK series, or Thomas Harris. There's even a nod towards a 👇
It is extremely rare when I visit Reddit, but the above gems were prompted by a post from yellowdragon17, asking for advice on how to handle her non-reader husband who told her that "reading isn't the same as doing something." #GroundsForDivorce
If the cover doesn't give you #panic & the title doesn't, try the warning on the back cover: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. THIS IS NOT A METAPHOR.
I loved this book, as well as John Dies at the End. I have yet to read his two following books, but definitely plan on doing so sooner than later.
I'm a little bit sceptical, but I feel like this is fairly promising. As far as I know this is the first time a month & year have been named by Martin for Winds of Winter. At least in recent memory.
Recently unemployed & newly single, Jules Larsen answers a mysterious ad as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew. There are plenty of peculiar rules & mysterious residents, but #moneystootighttomention for Jules. I've read every Sager book & this is easily the best one. One of my favorite thrillers of the year.
Dear Ms. Ware,
It is with sincere regret that I write my first Litsy Pan review in ages. I anticipated this book, especially when it was spoken of with the same hushed tones & reverence as Riley Sager's "Lock Every Door." Just because you have managed a twist, & I'll admit, I was surprised doesn't mean it saves an otherwise muddled mess. Ask M Night Shyamalan. If you haven't already, please read Tana French's "Broken Harbor." Similar ideas. Hers?
For all of my fellow CoD fans, there's an article well worth reading about Toole's alternative vision of modernity:
I went book shopping...not pictured is book 1 of Slaughter's Will Trent series.
I read this several years ago & although I have forgotten a few of the details, the seaside setting was unforgettable. Greene dubbed this as one of his entertainments, & while it undeniably contains elements of the contemporary thriller, the issues raised of morality & sin add a bit more heft than one would expect from his term.
In our depressing political situation, it is incredibly uplifting to remember that 2 of the greatest living English language authors, treasures really, are not only still publishing but are releasing their books on the same day.
Civil rights leader John Lewis is an inspiration & a true icon. March is his autobiography, told through a graphic novel trilogy. Still TBR, I will definitely be reading this by the end of the year.
A pile of #History books in Mount's book. Although I read several nonfiction books a year & am fascinated by it, history is one of my least read genres. A few of these are on my TBR.
Although an occasional miss in this collection, Growing Things is another fine entry in Tremblay's catalogue. Formally innovative (there is a haunted house story with a choose your own adventure format & I have previously posted about the format of Notes from the Dog Walkers) & emotionally varied. Out of the 19 stories in this collection, 7 are first rate. Several of these (including the aforementioned Notes etc which at 40 pages is the longest 👇
Notes from the Dog Walkers is entirely new territory for Tremblay. It's sent me scrambling for his other books to look things up. Very meta. Inserted into the story is a convincing argument about the class bias of those who give poor writing/cliched writing in so-called lit fic/MFA fic a pass, yet consistently condemn genre (especially horror) literature as inferior.
I'm usually annoyed when a book is different from my expectations. I picked this up after reading Stephen Graham Jones' "Night Cyclist" imagining it would be similar: a long short story (Tor calls them novelettes) with a horror element. Set in a London asylum, a feline named Jeoffry is busy chasing away creatures from the human inhabitants when the devil attempts to make him a deal. Should appeal to fans of Gaiman. Although more whimsical than I?
Jeff Guinn has been on my radar for awhile now due to his Jim Jones book. I was immediately intrigued when I heard about this Guinn & it's safe to say I've found a new favorite nonfiction author. Go Down Together is a much needed corrective for the Bonnie & Clyde myth. Guinn masterfully demonstrates that the real lives of the tattooed, poetry writing, fiercely loyal & incredibly (un)lucky criminal couple doesn't need embellishment. While reading👇
1) Matthew Desmond's Evicted is an important book. In fact, I really think everyone should read it. But it's infuriating.
2) Arrested Development, Kids in the Hall, Community.
3) Probably a cereal bar.
5) Gray Together
I have a lot of respect for authors who account for the fates of a large cast of characters. Human or otherwise.
Out of all of the detectives in the Dublin Murder Squad, I think that Frank Mackey is the one with the strongest appetite for #chippytea And in case you are wondering, yes that is my DMS t-shirt.
Congratulations Scott! It's been great getting to know you on Litsy.
Litsy has become a part of my routine. Even if I am busy with work or haven't had time to read, I still enjoy checking in nearly every day & catching up on other people's posts. As I have mentioned before, I have never really felt the urge to engage in social media prior to Litsy. Although I am only halfway through the series, I'm guessing that Dark Tower is my favorite book(s)👇
I'm a day late, but thanks for the tag @madamereadsalot1 !
1) Where the Sidewalk Ends, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
2) I think I have only posted about the tagged book one or two other times, but I remember it was pretty funny. Anything by David Sedaris. I always get a good chuckle out of the Miriam Black books.
3) Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad, Slaughter's Grant County, Christie's Poirot, Cormoran Strike, Megan Abbott.
4) I ♥ danish
I might be the last one to know, but I had NO idea that Lippman's spouse is the creator of The Deuce & The Wire, aka one of the greatest shows of all time. Mind. Blown. I really do want to check out Lippman's books. I've heard nothing but good things.
A murder mystery set in a dystopia with vague ambitions of social commentary. Laszlo Ratesic is a Speculator, someone who can detect untruths in a future where lying is one of the most serious criminal offenses. The core murder mystery is a solid story. Winters excels at writing offbeat characters & the surreal nuances of this world (when people greet each other they express a scientific truth, making for some memorable non sequitirs) sets this 👇
#EverybodysHappyNowadays in The Blinds. The inhabitants of this rural Texas town are either witnesses or perpetrators of a crime, but are unsure which due to having their memory of the crime erased. A clever concept with a solid execution, I really enjoyed Sternbergh's book & look forward to catching up on his backlist before his next book is published.
Lethal White is still TBR, but I have read the rest of Galbraith's excellent Cormoran Strike series & there is no shortage of pub scenes in any of them. Especially in the second entry, The Silkworm, where it seemed like a significant portion of the dialogue/sleuthing happened over a drink or two.
After checking the votes numerous times, I can safely say that Tryon's book is the #NYRBBookClub selection for October. Thanks to @LeahBergen for varied & fascinating nominations. I believe this is the second month so far where the winning book has only had one more vote. In the future, if we end up with a tie for first, then the person who nominated the book will vote as tie-breaker. Thanks to everyone for another successful round of voting!
Since novels as we know them don't exist in this world, I'm guessing I'd spend most of my free time watching "People Searching for Small Things They Lost." Although it'd get boring watching myself on TV for awhile, so I'd switch to "Arguments in Restaurants." ?