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Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.-Fernando Pessoa
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Not much music this week, but I heard this song for the first time today & really liked it. I hope you do too:
*Laura Jane Grace: Birds Talk Too
https://open.spotify.com/track/4qcnEdOSgCLYgVK7BT5lug?si=6087db681a484eb1

Billypar Great song! And it's got an album cover that almost dares you not to listen. 1w
TieDyeDude I do like it. The album is short and sweet but some great lyrics. And great album art. Thanks for sharing! 1w
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Chain-Gang All-Stars: A Novel | Adjei-Brenyah, Nana K
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Book 3 of #Halfway2024 is one of the first books I read this year & one that I immediately knew would end up as a favorite of the year. My enthusiasm for this fantastic novel has not waned. Spec-fic with a great cast of characters that reads like realism a couple of years down the line depending on what day you are looking at the newspaper.

vivastory BONUS: Togawa's Master Key. My reading rabbit hole this year has been suspense novels, largely published in the 50s & 60s. One of the first I read this year is Tagawa's brilliant novel that utilizes a simple plot device of the titular master key in a boarding house for women to tell a twisting & twisted story. 1w
BarbaraBB I still have to read this one. Looking forward to it 1w
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The new King comes out tomorrow. The first story collection since “Bazaar of Bad Dreams“ in 2015. This constant reader hasn't bought a King since “Billy Summers“ due to backlog; however I will def be buying this. I have been reading a lot of story collections this year & a new King collection sounds right up my alley. Also, as I have posted previously it was through adaptations of works in “Night Shift“ that I fell in love with King.

Ruthiella When I read Night Shift, I was amazed at how many of the stories had been adapted. The story I remember most is The Mangler. 1w
vivastory @Ruthiella So many adaptations! 💙 1w
LeahBergen I may have to get this, too. I love his stories! 1w
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KathyWheeler His ability with a short story always astounds me given how wordy he often gets. 1w
AmyG Just picked this up! 1w
Aimeesue Other than The Shining, it‘s really been his short stories and novellas that have stuck in my mind. Huh. Must read these! 1w
sarahbarnes The Long Walk is a story of his I still think about even though I read it years ago. 1w
vivastory @sarahbarnes I was telling a co-worker about that a few days ago 1w
vivastory @Aimeesue I love all forms of his work personally but story collections are so rare esp late career ones. This one feels special 1w
vivastory @AmyG I almost swung by B & N today. Will def be stopping by this week! 1w
vivastory @KathyWheeler More to enjoy 😁 1w
vivastory @LeahBergen I feel that they are overlooked now. Glad to see the love for them in the comments 💙 1w
KathyWheeler @vivastory Yes. I bought it while I was out today. (edited) 1w
Reggie Crouch End from Nightmares and Dreamscapes is one of my all time favorite scary short stories. And I like his novella collection Full Dark No Stars. 1w
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Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds | Gerard Way, Mikey Way
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Book 2 of #2024Halfway is Doom Patrol. My introduction to the wild & thought provoking world of DP was via Gerard Way's terrific 3 vol. run. The exact same month I also read Grant Morrison's 6 vol. run. Although I found Morrison to be a bit too cerebral & experimental at times, I appreciated him pushing the boundaries of the form. IMO Way hit all of the right notes in his volumes & really illuminated what makes Doom Patrol so great.

vivastory BONUS: Hailey Piper's Benny Rose Cannibal King is one that I have vey recently read & posted about. At 160 pages, it's just a bit above what I would consider novella length but it is def one that you can read in a sitting or two. For those who like seasonal horror, I would recommend this as it takes place on Halloween. 1w
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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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As we have a couple of weeks left in the month, I am going to try to daily post my favorite books that I have read so far. I have read a lot this year, so I will be posting only those that I have given 5 stars to. But I will also be posting a bonus favorite in the comments section as well. The order of these is by number generator.
#2024HalfWay Book 1
I somewhat recently heard in a podcast that Kuang had described “Yellowface“ as a horror (CONT)

vivastory story of loneliness in publishing. I thought that was really interesting. “Yellowface“ is a dissection of the issues surrounding identity & appropriation in publishing. I was expecting to be hit over the head, but found this to nuanced in many ways. One of the big surprises of the year for me. 1w
vivastory BONUS: Kawaguchi's “Before The Coffee Gets Cold“ This was another real surprise for me & I was unexpectedly deeply moved by it. I'm not sure if I would have rated it quite as high, had I not read it when I did (during the winter & snowbound) but I think that our ratings are often impacted by environmental factors. While I have yet to read more in the series, I fully intend to. 1w
KathyWheeler Yellowface seems to be polarizing, but I loved it. (edited) 1w
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sarahbarnes I was really impressed by Yellowface, too. 1w
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your list, I‘ll join you towards the end of June, I haven‘t read that many 5⭐️ books (edited) 1w
Cathythoughts I‘ll look forward to your posts. I loved Yellowface. 1w
vivastory @sarahbarnes I was really surprised by it as I had mixed feelings on the other Kuang book I read 1w
vivastory @BarbaraBB I thought about waiting until June but I already had enough 5 ⭐books that it made sense for me to do it now. I look forward to your list📚📚📚 1w
vivastory @Cathythoughts Thanks! It was a lot of fun going through my reading log for the year 📚📚 1w
Reggie I love how even though at every turn June makes the wrong decision I was made to almost sympathize with her. Lol 1w
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This review is for Brown's “The Murderers.“ At the beginning of the story Willy Griff, a struggling actor in LA, is confronted by the spouse of the person he has been sleeping with. He vows to never see Doris again, but asks to say goodbye to her. At a bar they decide to kill him so they can be together. Yet, Willy is uncertain if he meant this or said this out of compulsion. Out of the 60s thrillers that I have read in the LOA volumes, (CONT)

vivastory this is without a doubt my least favorite. It drags in places & the plot device that makes it interesting is introduced 3/4 of the way through & not unique! I will admit that it has a great ending. Not enough to save it though. 1w
Cathythoughts Interesting, I have this little collection on kindle now. 👍🏻♥️ 1w
batsy @Cathythoughts Oh, nice! I'm going to go see if we can get them on Kindle, too. 1w
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In Blackwood, VT, there is one local legend above all: that of the Blackwood Hospital that burned down in 1953 & the several unaccounted bodies in the aftermath including Benny Rose. Gabrielle is new to Blackwood & a group of fellow classmates invite themselves over to her house on Halloween. As their new classmate, the group of friends decides to prank Gabrielle with stories about Benny Rose. Things go sideways quickly. This has been (CONT)

vivastory described online as a Freddy Kreuger retelling. There are def nods to Nightmare On Elm St, but I think it's a stretch to call it Nightmare On Elm St fanfic. I have had Piper on my TBR for years & am glad to have finally read this. Easily one of the best entries in the Rewind Or Die series. A relentless story with some great Final Girl energy. 2w
Bookzombie This was really good and I agree that it‘s a stretch to call it Nightmare On Elm Street fan fiction. 2w
Reggie I‘m more of the mind that it‘s an homage to Halloween and Michael Meyers. Also, there was something that hit me in the pit of my stomach when those girl ate him in the end. Like you have all these adult and it takes these girls to end it. Also props to the hammer fight. I swear I heard the Let the bodies hit the floor song when I read that part. Glad you liked it. 1w
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Eric LaRocca;s latest is a collection of 4 stories. Honestly only half of these stories worked for me & I really wouldn't recommend this book, unless you have a black morbid heart like me. People have said that LaRocca is the modern heir to Clive Barker & although I disagree with this assessment, I can see why they would say that. In “All The Parts of You That Won't Easily Burn“ (undeniably LaRocca is great at titles) a man goes into a (CONT)

vivastory nondescript store looking for a knife for an upcoming dinner party. The strange proprietor has an extravagant knife & offers it free of charge. Or at least monetary charge. This is without a doubt one of the more memorable body horror stories that I have read this year. It went places that I really was not expecting. The final tale “Prickle“ tells of two elderly men who reunite on a park bench & start playing a game that they used to play (CONT) 2w
vivastory they were younger of ruining a strangers' day. I think that it is to LaRocca's credit that he has brought a form of extreme horror to the mainstream. It is not to everyone's taste & that is perfectly fine; honestly it is not always to mine either. But LaRocaa is always an experience & literature doesn't always have to have a greater message but can just be an experience. And sometimes if you dig enough, his does have some uncomfortable truths. (edited) 2w
BarbaraBB Great review but I am not sure the book‘s for me 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
vivastory @BarbaraBB It is the most uneven of his books that I have read, I only really felt compelled to even write the review because of the 2 stories that I liked 2w
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Gone To The Wolves follows three friends who bond over music, specifically underground heavy metal music. Leslie, Kira & Kip first meet as teens in Venice, FL, in the mid 80s towards the end of high school. However the story follows them to LA & then to Scandinavia (specifically Norway). I heard an interview with Wray talking about the book where he said that he built the narrative so that the journey of the characters mirrors that of (CONT)

vivastory the history of heavy metal itself: from the youthful energy & devotion at the beginning to the theatrics when it was becoming more mainstream & then when it diverged into offshoots such as Norwegian Black metal & the problems this caused. I had a few narrative issues with this book, but this was an undeniable page-turner. Although the first concert I attended was Megadeth, I'm not really a fan of metal & you don't have to be to enjoy Wray's book. 2w
Reggie I was excited because I thought this was gonna be a heavy metal werewolves book. But alas…. Lol 2w
Branwen The cover alone is just phenomenal! 2w
vivastory @Reggie Lol that sounds like a book that would be in the Rewind Or Die series. I'd 100% read that 2w
vivastory @Branwen I love it. I'm glad to see that they are keeping the same design (but with different colors) for the paperback release 2w
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I have two contenders for worst song in the world (no offense if you're a fan):
*Chumbawamba's Tubthumping
https://open.spotify.com/track/22HYEJveCvykVDHDiEEmjZ?si=1066dda4696044e1
*Jamiroquai's Virtual Insanity
https://open.spotify.com/track/24SUWisv2lYQiB3bVpE1sn?si=280c625efc91480c
As far as songs that I'm digging at the moment & to end on a positive note, here are two that I love:
*Beirut's Postcards From Italy
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TheBookHippie Oh my word the first one listed 😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫🤣🤣 NO JUST NO. 2w
vivastory @TheBookHippie I've disliked it since it was released. A long time lol. I don't hear it very often but every so often it reappears & I'm reminded of its existence 😂 2w
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TheBookHippie @vivastory SAME. Never did I like this tune. 2w
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 I like both! Though I hear them infrequently, they are happy reminders of the ‘90s to me. 2w
vivastory @Ruthiella 😂 I'm glad you like them. They're just not my favorite 90s songs! 2w
julesG I admit that first one is on one of my playlists. Sentimental reasons. 😬 2w
vivastory @julesG Fair enough. We all have those songs on our playlists 2w
BarbaraBB I don‘t know the first one but Virtual Insanity I have heard way too often so I agree on that one. A band I really HATE are Dire Straits. Even hearing them in the background of a public space sours my mood. Always. 2w
vivastory @BarbaraBB I'd agree with you. Not a fan of Dire Straits 2w
Hooked_on_books I listened to a clip of Virtual Insanity and would tend to agree it‘s not great. However, I have always liked Tubthumping. I think it‘s ridiculous in a fun way. My vote for worst song would be Sheryl Crow‘s All I Wanna Do. Awful voice, glorifying day drinking, terrible all around. 2w
RaeLovesToRead Tubthumping is great!!!!!! (Although it just autocorrected to Tube humping 🤣🤣) 2w
batsy Tubthumping!! Nooo! Anthem of the 90s 🤣 2w
Fr3NcHtOaSt Oh man I love Virtual Insanity. No way lol. 😂 2w
RowReads1 No no not Tubthumping😆! 2w
Megabooks Virtual insanity?? Really?? I kinda like that one for dancing. Tubthumping can go though. 2w
TieDyeDude Ooo, this seems to be one of the more contentious choices 😂

Jamiroquai's Virtual Insanity reminded me of several, better tunes. Such a busy song.

“Thanks“ for playing 😉
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TieDyeDude “Postcards from Italy“ is a nice, chill tune. “What Did My Lover Say?“ has a solid, driving beat. Good stuff! 2w
CarolynM @BarbaraBB 🙌 I‘d be very happy if I never heard Dire Straits again. (edited) 2w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM 😀 So glad we‘re in this together. And you too Scott. Awful music. And that voice 🙉 2w
Reggie Omg yea to Tubthumping. We had to do it for marching band one year, just horrible. 2w
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This review is for “Gifts.“ Gifts is the first book in a trilogy completed by Le Guin towards the end of her career. It tells of bordering domains in the Uplands, ruled by brantors, some benevolent & some cruel. The brantors have hereditary powers (the Gifts of the title) which they use in practical ways & to also protect their lands, I really liked this initial entry; as with other LeGuin the world is immersive & convincing without pages (CONT)

vivastory of exposition & infodumps. As with her other works, LeGuin is interested in exploring philosophical concepts alongside interesting characters. This is described as YA, but to me didn't really read as such, I will definitely be reading the other entries. 2w
TheBookHippie I need to revisit her writings again. 2w
vivastory @TheBookHippie Any personal favorites? 2w
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TheBookHippie Left hand of Darkness & No time to Spare. Oh and Woman in the Edge of Time. When I was a teen they were so dark and soothing to me 😵‍💫 lots of heavy things but written so very well. I‘ve had good discussions with these books about feminism and gender. They are very thought provoking. 2w
vivastory @TheBookHippie Ive only read two of the ones you listed: No Time to Spare & Left Hand etc I really like NTTS & LOVED Left Hand etc There are certain scenes in Left Hand that I still think of years later 2w
TheBookHippie @vivastory I agree. Her writing sticks with you. 2w
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This review is for Highsmith's The Tremor of Forgery. Set in Tunisia in '67 during the 6 day war, this is the most political of the Highsmith books that I have read, It has a great premise: American novelist Howard Ingham is hired by a cameraman to travel to Tunisia to begin preparation on a script for an amateur film that will be filmed there. While waiting for the cameraman to show, he continues work on his novel about a conman w/ strong (CONT)

vivastory echoes of Highsmith's iconic character Tom Ripley. He also befriends an American who claims to be broadcasting American values & morals to communist countries through secret radio broadcasts & an acerbic Danish painter who is the polar opposite of the American. As he waits for the cameraman to show, mystery after mystery piles up. I really liked this one. There are few easy solutions in this story of someone who easily loses their sense of (CONT) 3w
vivastory personal identity & assumes an almost chameleon like attitude towards those around them. This was a stellar entry in this LOA volume, as the LOA site claims, “In the 1960s a number of gifted writers—some at the peak of their careers, others newcomers—reimagined American crime fiction through formal experimentation and the exploration of audacious new subjects and themes.“ I will def be reading the first vol. covering 61-64. 3w
LeahBergen Great review! Who are the authors for the other volume? 3w
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vivastory @LeahBergen Thanks! The other vol contains: Fredric Brown, The Murderers Dan J. Marlowe, The Name of the Game Is Death Charles Williams, Dead Calm Dorothy Hughes, The Expendable Man Richard Stark, The Score 3w
Cathythoughts The Name of the Game is Death. What a brilliant title. 👍🏻❤️ 3w
Cathythoughts Great review and post. I must investigate these. I never read The Doll. I have Expendable Man stacked, must get to it. 3w
BarbaraBB Sounds like a real Highsmith! 3w
vivastory @Cathythoughts It sounds like a pretty intense one from the description! The Doll was an interesting one, I will def be reading more Millar. I highly recommend The Expendable Man. I read it w/ the NYRB group. I very much recommend going in as blind as possible. 3w
vivastory @BarbaraBB One of a kind! 3w
Cathythoughts Thanyou! I‘ll go in blind to Expendable Man 👍🏻❤️ 3w
rwmg I wonder if it's the same Fredric Brown as wrote comedy thrillers such as (edited) 2w
sarahbarnes I‘m reading some of her collected short stories right now. Such a wide range of talent. 2w
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A bit of this..a bit of that:
*Eric LaRocca's new story collection “This Skin Was Once Mine“
*“Rikers: An Oral History“ This one has been hibernating for a bit, but will def be finishing this weekend
*Ursula Le Guin's “Gifts“ Book 1 in a trilogy she wrote towards the end of her life.
*Potentially Patricia Highsmith's “The Tremor of Forgery“ Considered one of her greatest & the last one I have to read in LOA's Four Classic Thrillers '64-69

Suet624 Your weekend is definitely full. 3w
vivastory @Suet624 It's a quiet weekend at home; so plenty of time for reading 3w
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BarbaraBB A new LaRocca? He writes fast. I think he just published 3w
vivastory @BarbaraBB I was surprised to see it at the library. I had no idea that he had a new one. 3w
Branwen I'm reading Bloom by Delilah Dawson and it's delightfully wicked! 🤭 2w
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Rouge | Mona Awad
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I have not yet read Rouge, so I am not going to watch the linked interview until I do; however I thought some might find the hour long conversation between Awad & Catriona Ward interesting:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0Vu9dYW238

tpixie Thanks!! 3w
Cathythoughts Thankyou. That looks like an interesting link. 👍🏻❤️ 3w
Branwen Ooooh this looks awesome! 2w
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*I picked up carry out at one of my fave BBQ restaurants after an appt this afternoon.
*Prior to my appt I stopped by the library where I checked out several books, all of them ones that I am really looking forward to.
*Found out that a couple of months ago Everyman;s Library released a volume containing 4 Chester Himes Harlem Detective novels w/ an introduction by SA Cosby. (I also discovered that Himes is a MO native!)
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vivastory *After being short-staffed for months, my department is now fully staffed!
*Mad Max: Furiosa AND Strangers Chapter 1 released by the end of the month.
#5joysfriday @debinhawaii
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Ruthiella Congratulations on being fully staffed! That makes a huge difference in your work/life balance. (edited) 3w
vivastory @Ruthiella Thanks!! It really does! More time for reading 😃 3w
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merelybookish What BBQ spot? 😃 3w
vivastory @merelybookish Jack Stack. I don't go often, but I do like it. 3w
DebinHawaii Wonderful list of joys! 💛💛💛 Library hauls & BBQ can‘t be beat! Thanks for joining in & sharing the joy! 🤗 3w
merelybookish @vivastory My husband's fave! 😋 3w
vivastory @merelybookish Really? It's great. It was my dad's favorite 3w
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“What does mesomorphic mean?“ she asked him.
It seemed like a word Kip should have known-the version of himself that Kira liked, at least, which was the version he was constantly trying to be,,...
“Cool name for a band,“ he got out finally.
#weirdwords @cbee

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Four new songs by four bands I love & actually posted while it's still Tuesday! First up is the new single “Starburster from Fontaines D.C. Their last album Skinty Fia was a favorite when it was released in '22:
https://open.spotify.com/track/1cg4xD453Wuol9fNsRDbsV?si=03a28256b8cc40f9
Next is “Tastes Like Metal“ by the outrageous, fun & outrageously fun band Man Man. Their album Life Fantastic is one of my favorites of (CONT)

vivastory all-time
https://open.spotify.com/track/18FZGiwoIgBEGZDEowcyTX?si=61479255543648fb
Arab Strap has recently released a few singles. Choosing one was difficult, but I'm going with “Bliss“ although I could have just as easily chosen any of their others. Their last album As Days Go Dark is a favorite:
https://open.spotify.com/track/3e1aIzoJVL0gqYHaHEIfrT?si=d3410681071f42d8
Finally, we have a new Tame Impala! When I saw this I listened to it a (CONT)
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AmyG Ooo new Tame Impala. I‘ll have to check out Arab Strap. Thanks! 3w
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vivastory @AmyG Curious to see what you think! I also really love their album The Last Romance 3w
AmyG Arab Strap…..I liked some of the songs. Not really what I listen to but very good. 3w
vivastory @AmyG Glad you liked it! They were on hiatus for awhile so I was pretty happy when they reunited 3w
TieDyeDude Thanks for sharing. The Fontaines D.C. song has a good groove. I like Man Man, good to see new music coming from them. 3w
vivastory @TieDyeDude Thanks for the link! Aug 23 sounds far away, but I know it will be here before I know it!! BTW: I 💙 World Cafe 3w
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American Psycho | Bret Easton Ellis
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SamAnne I mean, I can‘t “like” this post, but yeah. 3w
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Bookwomble Love the book tag ? I had to look up this "American Psycho". Wow! The Republicans sure can pick 'em! ?????? 3w
TheBookHippie 😳😵‍💫🤢🤮 3w
dabbe She has stated the dog was a “worker” and not a pet. Does that then mean she killed her employee? No words for this person. To me, she‘s a cipher in the snow of oblivion. 3w
Tamra Ugh - don‘t get me started. 3w
TieDyeDude It is amazing that she even made this admission. Who did she think would appreciate the story? That is something you shove in the back of our closet and hope it is never discovered. The mind boggles... 3w
marleed And the frustrating thing is that it may have little negative impact on her political trajectory as those extreme comments and actions are what her base loves. And right now the RNC may appreciate she‘s soaked up negative commentary for the last few days. 3w
Aimeesue @dabbe Owning a working dog who didn‘t work out for work, I‘m here to testify that you don‘t actually have to kill a working dog who can‘t do the job you want him to do. That‘s probably a far-out idea and all, but Charlie and I are sticking with it. 🐕 3w
dabbe @Aimeesue Add me to your “stick“y list! Hi, Charlie! 🖤🐾🖤 3w
Aimeesue @dabbe 🤎💛🤎 3w
Branwen I'm so sick over this! 😒 2w
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This review is for Chester Himes' Run Man Run. Regarded as a pioneer for being one of the first African American crime writers, Himes is most well-known for his Harlem Detective series featuring Coffin Ed Johnson & Gravedigger Jones. Himes has been on my TBR for years now & this did not disappoint. Opening a few days after Xmas, a very drunk detective accosts a porter outside of a diner & accuses him of stealing his car simply because of his CONT.

vivastory race. Things quickly escalate & end with the detective having killed two employees & wounding a third. This was a nerve wracking read of cat & mouse that although dated in a few places is far outweighed by how little has changed in terms of policing & race in America. The psycho detective in Himes novel is one of the most memorable I have read, but also completely believable. I will absolutely be reading more Himes. (edited) 3w
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This review is for Ed McBain's The Doll, an entry in his long-running 87th Precinct Series. This was not only my first 87th Precinct book, but my first time reading McBain. It was both what I expected & somehow better than I thought it would be. The Doll opens up with a grisly murder of a model while her daughter is in the next room. I figured out pretty early on one of the hows on the mystery solution but there were some clever twists. CONT.

vivastory This one read like a very dark episode of Law & Order. I don't think that McBain is an author I will be reading regularly, but I might read a few more of his works in the future. 3w
Cathythoughts Great review and post. I‘m going investigating all these. I‘ve never read The Doll … I have Expendable Man stacked, I must get it. 3w
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Scanlines | Todd Keisling
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In the 90s a group of teens inadvertently download a video of congressman Benjamin Hardy committing suicide during a press conference several years previously. Hardy is based on the true events of Budd Dwyer. Shortly after watching the video the friends start seeing Hardy's face, superimposed over the faces of others at random times. They also start having disturbing dreams, along with a compulsion to rewatch the video despite being (CONT)

vivastory enormously disturbed by it. This was a compelling, disturbing novella about a group of friends who would be haunted for the rest of their lives by this video, A pretty grim portrait of the power of video. I am using an image of the Filter single, which is about the Dwyer suicide, as I really dislike the cover art of the book. My only real complaint about the book. (edited) 4w
Billypar Definitely sounds disturbing - making it novella length was probably a smart move. I had this Filter album growing up but never knew that's what the lead single was about or even heard of the event itself. 4w
Branwen Aw man, this sounds AMAZING! 😱 4w
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vivastory @Billypar Apparently there was some controversy when this was released because some thought it was about Cobain & they had to clarify that it wasn't. 4w
vivastory @Branwen It's one of the best horror novels I've read this year. Really got under my skin. 4w
Hooked_on_books I looked at what the cover looks like and understand why you didn‘t want to post it. Sounds like a super interesting read. 4w
Suet624 Too creepy for me. 3w
Reggie Yeah, this book was great but what a downer. And then when his friends were like you were poor and all that other stuff that broke up their friendship. Oof 3w
vivastory @Reggie This had some great class commentary for sure. 3w
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Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies | Andrew DeGraff, A.D. Jameson
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I am usually a little behind on new releases, but having just finished “Late Night With The Devil“ I have now watched the 5 movies released this year that I have anticipated the most. Below is my ranking of the 5, all of which I enjoyed:
*Dune 2 (This was one of my most anticipated movies of the year. It lived up to my expectations in every way possible & occasionally I think that I might even like it more than the original.)
*Immaculate (CONT)

vivastory (Initially I thought that this would be a poor man's Rosemary's Baby. It's not. It's definitely a religious horror movie & not for the faint of heart, but nothing in it is gratuitous & it shows that horror is as adept at tackling social issues as other genres).
*Civil War (This is one of my least favorite Alex Garland movies, but I still loved how the focus of this was on the journalists & although I have heard complaints that it was too CONT
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vivastory vague regarding the politics involved, I can understand the reason why. I have been itching for a movie for a few years focusing on journalists & this movie scratched that itch)
*Monkey Man (I read an interview w/ Dev Patel saying that this was his most frustrating filmmaking experience. One thing that I appreciated about the movie was that it did not talk down to Western audiences, but the themes of religious extremists hijacking political CONT
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vivastory movements was def easy to understand. Dev Patel was a pleasure to watch as always.
*Late Night With The Devil (The streaming sensation of the year. I enjoyed this comedy/horror film that had a bit more horror than comedy in it. Not sure if it will make my best of the year list but what I found most interesting was that it showed that there is mileage left in the found footage film genre.)
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vivastory excellent “Dream Scenario“ starring Nicholas Cage & Julianne Nicholson. This was released last year but I only recently watched it. In my mind this is one of the best A24 movies that I have recently seen. Loved it! 4w
TrishB My daughter was desperate to see Dune 2 and no one wanted to go. So she went on her own (first time- aged 22). It‘s now her new hobby. She thought it was amazing too. 4w
batsy I enjoyed Monkey Man, too. I felt like he learned something from how to frame certain shots from being in Slumdog Millionaire (the city scenes). It was like a mix of that and John Wick with Indian politics held up to scrutiny. 4w
vivastory @TrishB I love going to the movies with a friend but I also love going alone,, especially during the weekday. Glad that your daughter loved it! 4w
vivastory @batsy That's a good comparison! It's always nice to get movies with a bit of a different perspective here. We can definitely use more of it. 4w
JamieArc @TrishB I discovered going to movies alone at the age and loved it. I wish I did it more (and that my husband didn‘t want to tag along all the time 😂) 4w
TrishB @JamieArc it can be very liberating! 3w
Reggie Have you seen the Hell House LLCs? They released and new origins movie last Halloween that was found footage and holy shit that scared the crap out of me so much so that I had to turn it off and wait until the sun came out to finish it. Glad you liked Late Night. 3w
vivastory @Reggie I have seen the first 2 & enjoyed them. I hadn't heard anything about the most recent one but will def check it out after yr recommendation! 3w
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Hell's Bells | Lisa Quigley
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Seventeen year old Sasha has had it. Her music idol Freddie Mercury has just passed & her bff is on a personal crusade to save her soul from the evils of the world. After said friend Hayley shows a Christian propaganda video about how rock is devil's music, Sasha along with her other friends decide to summon the devil to prove to her friend that he's not real. But this is a horror novel. So, of course things don't go as they plan. My teen (CONT)

vivastory music loving self strongly identified with Sasha's passion for music. I also appreciated how things didn't go as you would expect after the summoning & there were some truly gross body horror scenes towards the end. Overall a fun ride & a good Rewind Or Die entry, even if it did fall a little flat at times. 4w
Reggie Yeah I thought this one was a little meh too. 3w
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City of the Creeps | Ernie Kaltenbrunner, Jr
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Look at what I found at HPB yesterday @reggie There was quite the collection of Rewind or Die there. Even a copy of Who Will Save Your Soul? I ended up grabbing a few.

Reggie How awesome! I‘m so jealous of you. I don‘t think I‘ll ever see a real life Rewind or Die out in the wilds of New Mexico any time soon. 3w
vivastory @Reggie This is the first time I've ever seen one at a bookstore before. There were quite a few horror books I typically wouldn't see, even at HPB, including a Matheson I had never heard of. 3w
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I scored 48%, a bit lower than I expected but not too shabby either. Out of the movies on the list that I haven't seen that are at the top of my list are the ones by Miyazaki. Thanks for putting this together @dabbe #tlt

dabbe My pleasure! I admit I've now spent way too much time on the List Challenges website! Thanks for playing! 🤩🤗😘 4w
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Murder Road | Simone St. James
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Needing a mental rinse after the Cavanagh book (I was stuck somewhere yesterday for over an hour & had no other book to read lol), I saw @hooked_on_books positive review of the latest St. James & decided to give it a go. It does not disappoint. This is the third St. James that I have read & is my second favorite. Set in '95 (as a Gen X-er, this is catnip) newlyweds Alice & Eddie are on their way to their honeymoon when they pick up a (CONT)

vivastory visibly distressed hitchhiker. They take the hitchhiker to a local hospital & she soon dies. They quickly become suspects in a murder investigation & realize that the stretch of road where they picked up the hitchhiker has had many murders spanning decades & the police don't seem to be interested in solving the cases. I thought that this book was fantastic. Both of the leads: Alice & Eddie were on equal footing, but St. James did a great job (CONT 4w
vivastory showing that although they stand up for their principles, neither Alice or Eddie are Mary Sue characters. Also, this book had some great side characters with a pair of siblings that I would love to see in a future St. James work. 4w
Hooked_on_books Oh, that‘s great! And I totally agree about the sisters—they would be great characters to follow. 4w
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vivastory @Hooked_on_books I could see them opening up their own detective agency 4w
Hooked_on_books That would be a hoot! I‘d read that book/series in a heartbeat! 4w
Branwen YES! I'm so excited to hear that you loved this one! 4w
vivastory @Branwen It was one of those that I couldn't wait to return to. I think I read it in like 2 sittings 4w
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Murder Road | Simone St. James
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Really liking the latest by St. James. Read the first half tonight. I guess I haven't given up on American thrillers. Just not too pleased by the latest Steve Cavanagh.

ShyBookOwl Very excited for my hold to come in! 4w
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My slowest reading month of the year unfortunately, largely due to work issues. I still managed to read some real gems. I wanted to read at least 1 book of poetry this month & met that goal w/ the excellent “Diaspora Sonnets“ by Oliver De La Paz. Best reads of the month: Bora Chung's “Cursed Bunny,“ Witch Hat Atelier Vol 2 & 3, Kelly Link's “Magic For Beginners,“ Margaret Millar's “The Fiend“. Onwards to May!
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sarahbarnes I know how those months go! Here‘s to more reading time in May! 1mo
vivastory @sarahbarnes Fingers crossed! I hope you read some good books this month 1mo
Reggie I want there to be a picture where these books are fighting in the swimming pool where they‘re stacked on top of each other like the 2 on the left. 1mo
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batsy Not a great reading month for me, either. Onwards to May! 📚 1mo
vivastory @Reggie 😂 😂 1mo
vivastory @batsy April has strong bleh vibes. Looking forward to a better reading month📚📚📚 1mo
TieDyeDude @reggie I was thinking the same thing! 😅 1mo
Christine Relatable! I only read 3 books in April! 😭 Why is work?!? 1mo
Christine @Reggie 🤣❤️ 1mo
vivastory @Christine Work really cramps my reading style!! 1mo
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A great month of selections for #botm I have been curious about the tagged book since I first heard about it, so was pleased to see it as a main pick. Two of the add-ons have been books that I have been tempted by, so they were no brainers: Bardugo's The Familiar & the new Towles.

LeahBergen This sounds good! 1mo
Branwen Ooooh, yes! I'm so excited to hear that this is the one you picked! I just finished recently reading an ARC of this one and I absolutely loved it! I think it has a lot of really great thinking points! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it once you're done! 💕📚 1mo
Kristy_K I chose this one as well! I‘ve seen a lot of good reviews. 1mo
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vivastory @Kristy_K The reviews really intrigued me! So many different authors from various genres praising it 1mo
vivastory @Branwen I'm glad to hear that you liked it! I'm not really sure when I'll get to it, but hopefully it's soon 1mo
sarahbarnes I‘m very curious about this one too! 3w
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Because I can never seem to post my selections for #tuesdaytunes on Tuesday, I am posting them now. Here are 4 songs by 4 different artists. All 4 I have loved for years (w/ one exception: a recent discovery):
MF Doom: Old School Rules (I have been listening to MF Doom more than usual lately. Great stuff):
https://open.spotify.com/track/0cq0D853bAxP47bhFU9RKV?si=b08899cf77e84d1e
Dark Dark Dark: Flood (CONT)

vivastory (This is my recent discovery, due to a Spotify playlist. I have listened to their album Bright Bright Bright a couple of times & really dig it):
https://open.spotify.com/track/5VdKT95rLXBFYC7eNhsoYq?si=31a0200cc76a45a7
Bright Eyes & Nina Dinova: Rollerskating (One Jug Of Wine, Two Vessels is one of my recent musical obsessions. I was more familiar w/ Cassadega & I'm Wide Awake etc from a few yrs prior)
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Beth Orton: Something More Beautiful (I feel fairly confident that at the end of the yr Sugaring Season will show up as one of my most listened to albums. So, so good.)
https://open.spotify.com/track/1v6KlXQv5Y1kNS8gDlYjzJ?si=8a7a7c3a4f724239
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Suet624 I‘m with you on Beth Orton. 💕💕💕 1mo
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Billypar Great choices - I'm listening to Dark Dark Dark now and really enjoying it - very unique sound. And I don't think you can ever listen to too much Doom (RIP). 1mo
vivastory @Billypar Glad that you're enjoying Dark Dark Dark! MF Doom was def gone too soon,. At least there's a lot of great music left behind. 1mo
vivastory @Suet624 I have listened to a few of her other albums & enjoyed all of them but there's something really special about this one 1mo
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Kallocain | Karin Boye
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This little known novel by Swiss author Boye was published between Brave New World & 1984, Kallocain takes its title after the drug which is developed & is named after the creator/narrator. Kallocain will not only compel people to tell the truth, but will reveal their thoughts/feelings. Although I have read other explorations of individuality vs community in dystopians, Boye's poetic & mesmerizing monologues (CONT)

vivastory of those subjected to Kallocain injections & their visions of a better world made this stand out. (edited) 1mo
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TheKidUpstairs One of my favourite live music experiences was seeing Pearl Jam at Bonnaroo. They turned what was supposed to be a 1.5 hr set into an almost 3 hr love fest. 1mo
vivastory @TheKidUpstairs That sounds amazing! 🤘 🙌 1mo
Pogue Thank you for sharing this I love Pearl Jam! 1mo
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BarbaraBB Thanks for sharing. I haven‘t listened yet to the new album but I should. Love Pearl Jam! 1mo
TieDyeDude Who would doubt this album would be amazing?! After just a couple listens, Won't Tell really stands out for me. 1mo
vivastory @Pogue They have been a a fave of mine for many many years 🤘 (edited) 1mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I think you'll like it! Great to see a band from my youth still putting out wonderful music 💙 1mo
vivastory @TieDyeDude There are so many tracks I could have selected. I was not in the least surprised that it is incredible. I remember their last album was one of my most listened to in 20202 (edited) 1mo
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This review is for Margaret Millar's “The Fiend“ in the tagged collection. This is an existential mystery filled with damaged characters in unhappy & volatile relationships. Dark content matter that both unsettled & surprised me. A fantastic suspense novel.

LeahBergen I‘ve yet to read Millar but I have one of her novels (Beast in View) in a collected edition, too. 1mo
vivastory @LeahBergen I have that one too. I haven't read anything from it yet, but def will be. I have heard that the HIghsmith contained in that one & in this one are two of her greatest. 1mo
LeahBergen And they‘re two Highsmiths that I haven‘t read yet! 1mo
vivastory @LeahBergen Did you hear that the new Ripley miniseries w/ Andrew Scott adapts the entire Ripley series? 1mo
LeahBergen Oh, I didn‘t know it was the whole SERIES 😮 That‘s exciting! 1mo
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The Beguiling | Zsuzsi Gartner
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Zsuzsi Gartner, author of the story collection with the excellent title “Better Living Through Plastic Explosives“, has published a debut novel with a narrator that we see too little of. Lucy, a professional & a mother who does not feel guilt about the feelings she has towards her daughter who now lives with her ex-husband. Since the death of her cousin, & best friend, Zoltan the narrator has become a magnet for the off-beat & occasionally (CONT)

vivastory dark confessions of complete strangers. These confessions comprise the majority of The Beguiling, making the novel feel somewhat episodic. If I do have a complaint it is that I found Lucy & Zoltan to be among the most interesting aspects of the novel & was occasionally impatient to return to the narrative threads following their lives. Still, Gartner has a biting, black humor that made this one very compelling. 1mo
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Fury: A Novel | Clyo Mendoza
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This was a find while browsing at the library. What intrigued me were the number of blurbs by writers I respect (esp Catherine Lacey & Laird Hunt) but I was sold on the comp to Pedro Paramo. As to the latter, there are def elements in it that I think earn the comparison, despite the fact that Rulfo's novel is so sui generis that it's pretty difficult to get a direct comparison. This is a dark, compelling, hallucinatory novel. (CONT)

vivastory Not to detract from what Mendoza is doing, but I thought of both Schweblin & Fernanda Melchor while reading it. A great read, with some unsettling content, that almost demands revisiting to pick apart the narrative intricacies. (edited) 1mo
Liz_M Excellent review, onto the wishlist it goes! 1mo
vivastory @Liz_M Thanks! After I finished I was compelled to browse through the 7 stories site. Def. found some books I'm looking forward to. 1mo
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The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories | Jeff VanderMeer, Ann VanderMeer
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I have previously read certain stories from this door stopper of an anthology, however 2 weeks ago I decided to start it. From the end & read it towards the beginning. I'm reading it on my computer, which has made a massive difference as the double column print in the book is distracting. So far I have read 13 stories. The standouts have been:
*Micaela Morrissette's “The Familiars“: a boy & his mother together during the summer. The boy (CONT)

vivastory has an invisible friend, who might be real. The ambiguity in this story & the mom's reaction to the friend is what makes it work so well.
*Daniel Abraham's “Flat Diane“. This is about a father who makes a life-sized sketch drawing of his daughter, Diane, & mails it to their family around the world asking them to take a picture with “Flat Diane“ & tell about her adventures. Needless to say, things turn out very wrong. This one def got under (CONT)
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*Brian Evenson's “The Brotherhood of Mutilation“ Evenson later expanded this novella into a full-length novel “Last Days“. A man is recruited into a cult to investigate a potential murder. A lot of body horror in this. I couldn't help but imagine David Cronenberg, or his son Brandon, making this into a movie.
*Thomas Ligotti's “The Town Manager.“ The inhabitants of a dilapidated town are at the strange whims of their latest town (CONT)
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vivastory manager. Ligotti is absurd, claustrophobic, nightmarish & also one of the most realistic writers. This is one of the more memorable stories I've read about work lately. 1mo
RohitSawant Excellent overview. This one has been languishing on my wish list for a while now. I was putting off getting it since I was leaning towards getting a print copy (which is crazy expensive at my side, almost 3K INR!) but might just go ahead and get it on Kindle after reading your post. 1mo
vivastory @RohitSawant That's an insane amount! I def recommend the Kindle version for a couple of reasons: I found the double column print in the physical edition very distracting & the physical edition is honestly very unwieldy. It has been a lot easier for me to sit down & read numerous stories in a row on the kindle vs the print edition. 1mo
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Kill For Me Kill For You | Steve Cavanagh
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I read a decent portion of this thriller inspired by Highsmith & Hitchcock's Strangers On the Train yesterday but I am finding myself with zero motivation to return to it. I had a few issues with the novel itself, but I think this confirms what I have suspected for awhile. I am tired of American domestic thrillers. My jam now are suspense novels by international authors (Pushkin Vertigo is great resource; Jónasson; Higashino etc).

batsy Oh no, that's unfortunate. I hear you about certain types of thrillers wearing thin. There's one book of his in particular that I have on my list but I'm in no rush to get to it 😆 1mo
vivastory @batsy He had been on my radar since I first heard about Thirteen. I didn't care for his character work & the writing itself was clunky in weird places. I know that thrillers are supposed to be popcorn reads, but I found these things distracting lol 1mo
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Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies | Andrew DeGraff, A.D. Jameson
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In no order:
*Laura Dern (What a filmography! Here are just a few of my favorites: Wild At Heart, Blue Velvet, Jurassic Park, The Master)
*Amy Adams (Some favorites: Arrival, Sharp Objects, Vice)
*For relatively new talent, no doubt my favorite is Lily Gladstone based off of her incredible performance in Killers of The Flower Moon (the first Native American to win a Golden Globe for Best Actress in Motion Picture Drama & the first to ever (CONT)

dabbe 🖤 all 3! Thanks for sharing! 💜🧡💜 1mo
vivastory nominated for the same category in the Oscars.
Honorable mentions-Scream Queens would be a tie between Samara Weaving (for the excellent Ready Or Not & the fantastic Mayhem with Steven Yeun) & Sigourney Weaver (just for Alien). Anna Karina (esp the collaborations w/ JP Belmondo), Tilda Swinton (gloriously weird), Toni Collette, Helena Bonham Carter etc
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ImperfectCJ Laura Dern! I love her! 1mo
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AmyG My favorite is Laura Dern in Enlightened…the HBO series. 1mo
vivastory @AmyG I'll check it out! I just recently renewed my HBO subscription. I watched 1 excellent series & 1 atrocious series lol. 1mo
vivastory @ImperfectCJ I need to check out White Lotus. I saw that she's in it 1mo
ImperfectCJ @vivastory I loved her in the 2019 Little Women and the Star Wars Episode VIII. And Mask, from waaay back 1mo
vivastory @ImperfectCJ I need to check out Little Women. I wanted to read it first. I tried to do so a couple of yrs ago & I just couldn't focus at the time. 1mo
Leftcoastzen Laura Dern has such a range! 1mo
Cathythoughts I‘m a Laura Dern fan too. 1mo
Lesliereadsalot Have always loved Amy Adams since Junebug almost 20 years ago! 1mo
Billypar @AmyG I'm watching Enlightened now - it's so good! I found out about it via Emily Nussbaum's book that I just finished. I've never seen a disappointing Laura Dern performance. I even enjoyed the weirdest one - Scott, have you seen Inland Empire? 1mo
AmyG @Billypar I am a huge Mike White fan….so of course I loved this series. I was sad it was only 2 seasons. 1mo
vivastory @Billypar I did see Inland Empire. I was lucky enough to see the two most recent David Lynch movies when they were first released in theatres. I def need to revisit Inland etc as I recall little of it. 1mo
Billypar It's no Mulholland Drive, but it does have the distinction of being the only movie to make me yell out loud during one of the surprising nightmarish parts (luckily I was at home and not at the theater 😱😆) 1mo
vivastory @Billypar No shame yelling out loud during a David Lynch movie. I remember that happening when I saw Mulholland Drive 😂 1mo
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The Diaspora Sonnets | Oliver de la Paz
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Description from publisher:
In 1972, after Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law, Oliver de la Paz‘s father, in a last fit of desperation to leave the Philippines, threw his papers at an immigration clerk, hoping to get them stamped. He was prepared to leave, having already quit his job and having exchanged pesos for dollars; but he couldn‘t anticipate the challenges of the migratory lifestyle he and his family would soon adopt in America. (CONT)

vivastory Their search for a sense of “home” and boundless feelings of deracination are evocatively explored by award-winning poet de la Paz in this formally inventive collection of sonnets.“
In Diaspora Sonnets the sonnet proves to be a malleable form for his lyrical needs. Staying true to the tradition of 14 lines, the poems here are in couplets & encompass a wide range of topics & concerns. I thought that this collection was remarkable & will def (CON)
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vivastory be revisiting. Oliver de la Paz moves well beyond the front page & the editorial to highlight the quiet moments & everyday existence of immigrants. Here is a link to 4 Diaspora Sonnets. Several have been reworked, & improved, for the collection but they are still great even in their early stage:
https://losangelesreview.org/four-poems-by-oliver-de-la-paz/
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I have read, & loved, a few of Simenon's romans durs but this is my first experience with Maigret outside of a couple stories. It opens with Maigret shadowing a suspicious traveler who ends up committing suicide after having their suitcase switched, by Maigret himself no less. I really liked this propulsive suspense story that went to some really dark places. I will not be reading all of the Maigret books, but I will def be returning to them!

vivastory Have you read this one @bookwomble 1mo
BarbaraBB Maigret… that brings back memories. It doesn‘t feel outdated? 1mo
Bookwomble I haven't read this one. Although I had a Maigret binge last year, there are still loads I haven't got to yet! Sounds like a good one 😊 @BarbaraBB Obviously, I can't speak to this specific novel, but I haven't found the other books particularly dated, just atmospheric. By contrast, I've tried a couple of Christie's and thought them almost unreadably dated #UnpopularOpinion 1mo
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Cathythoughts I read Hatters Ghost and really enjoyed it. I must try the Maigret series. Where would I start with Maigret? I love the suspenseful stories. 1mo
Bookwomble @Cathythoughts The stories are all standalone, so I wouldn't worry too much about where you start. I just went with what the library had in and it was fine. I did find it took me a few books to get to know Maigret - he's a private man, but Simenon gradually builds up a fascinating portrait. If I was accused of a crime (I didn't commit!), of all the fictional detectives I've read, it's Maigret I'd want investigating. 1mo
Cathythoughts @Bookwomble 😂 Well if Maigret would be your detective that says it all. I must get moving on these books ❤️👍🏻 1mo
Bookwomble @Cathythoughts I do love #SherlockHolmes but he's about the intellectual challenge, solving the puzzle, and the game of pitting his wits against an antagonist (all fun to read), whereas Maigret is interested in the lives of both victim and preparator, and it's his compassion for both that is often the key to his success. He's got a strong moral centre, too, and is implacable when he sees thugishness or cruelty. Please forgive the fanboying! 😄 1mo
Cathythoughts @Bookwomble I love the fanboying and your description is excellent… I think that‘s exactly why I will like Maigret too 1mo
LeahBergen I need to try a Maigret, too! 1mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I didn't find it to be outdated. Simenon writes in an almost clinical, detached manner with very little emotional investment quickly moving from point to point. I was often reminded of Highsmith's Ripley novels while reading, or some of Hitchcock's early movies.. I do think that the Ripley novels are slightly better in terms of characterization, but this was a great time & I LOVE Simenon's romans durs (esp Dirty Snow) 1mo
vivastory @Bookwomble Care to share favorites from your Simenon binge? 😀 1mo
vivastory @Cathythoughts What I did was go to my local bookstore, grab all of the Simenon Maigret novels, read the synopsis & buy the one that intrigued me the most. I know that there are a few guides online of the best in the series, but I get the general impression that you can't go too wrong with what you choose. (edited) 1mo
vivastory @LeahBergen I think you'd like him! A quick read. I polished it off in a couple of hours! 1mo
Cathythoughts Oh good ! I‘ll just pick one so. Maybe this tagged one 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
Bookwomble @vivastory lt's hard to pick, so I'll mention three that are a bit different. Mainly they take place in Paris, and while "Maigret Takes a Room" does too, the setting is unusual and shows another side of the city and the man. Maigret comes from Normandy and a few of the stories see him back there: "The Misty Harbour" is a good one of those."Maigret Travels" sees him amongst the millionaires, travelling from the Côte d'Azure to Switzerland, and ⬇️ 1mo
Bookwomble @vivastory ... getting very uncomfortable. Horse you enjoy whatever you pick up 😊. 1mo
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History of Reading | Alberto Manguel
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1) A toss-up between Jason Pargin's “Zoey Punches The Future In The Dick“ & “I'd Rather Be Reading“ by Anne Bogel
2) Tagged!
@thespineview #two4tuesday

TheSpineView I'd rather be reading too. Just have not figured out how to get rid of the job and still eat! 🙃 1mo
vivastory @TheSpineView If I find out, I'll let you know 📚📚 1mo
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For this week's #tuesdaytunes I would like to highlight a musical passion that I've had since high school: classical music. Despite the flannel, baggy jeans,, chain wallet, smashing pumpkins zero t-shirt & backpack with favorite punk/alternative/indie bands written on them; there was a good chance that although side A of the tape in my walkman would be a mixed tape with Madness, Nirvana, Fiona Apple & Alice in Chains...when you turned it (CONT)

vivastory over to side B you'd be greeted by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Grieg...& more Tchaikovsky. A few years later I would learn of the delights of post-rock (bands like Godspeed You Black Emperor, Dirty 3, Explosions In The Sky etc), The sonic landscapes seeming to be a great modern example of what I fell in love with in epic classical composition yrs prior. Here are 5 of my favorites of the past couple years, all fantastic despite the category:
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vivastory *Debussy's “Suite Bergamasque“ played by Alice Sara Ott
*Do Make Say Think “The Landlord Is Dead“
*Ludovico Eniaudi “Wind Song“
*Vivaldi's “Viola D'Amore etc“ as played by Rachel Barton Pine
*Joy Wants Eternity “From Embrace To Embrace“
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TheBookHippie 💕💕💕💕💕💕 I love classical music. And Eddie Veddar 😊🙃 1mo
vivastory @TheBookHippie Yes! The world is richer with eclectic tastes, I think! 1mo
nanuska_153 I am too both a Nirvana and Debussy fan. And I get as excited buying tickets for a Tchaikovsky ballet as I get for Pearl Jam's concert, for example (last tickets I bought 😅). There's definitely a link between rock/punk lovers and classical music 1mo
batsy This post is fab 💜 I love the sounds of classical music, just not well-versed enough in it to explain what I like—but I know it when I hear it 😅 Stravinsky and Chopin especially got me through some periods of personal upheaval. 1mo
BarbaraBB Great post! Me and classical music are not a great match, I never have taken the time to really listen and let it take me away. Always a sucker for lyrics and beats… 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1mo
JessClark78 Same. I‘ve been a fan of mostly rock and instrumental/classical since I was a teen. I remember liking classical music when I was a kid, after I came across it while playing with the radio. 1mo
Gissy 😍🎹🎼❄️👌💙💙💙 1mo
TieDyeDude One of my favorite CDs growing up was “Mad About Piano,“ a compilation of piano-based classical compositions. I have always enjoyed classical music, but I've never been well versed enough to be able to name a composer based on sound; however, I know I like DeBussy, so I'm particularly interested in the Ott piece. I'm not familiar with post-rock, but I'm excited to listen to these suggestions! 1mo
Deblovestoread I love this post so much, but it kept me awake last night. I thought about when classical music became part of my listening life (high school) and then about when music made a solid appearance and became something I cared about (late elementary school). The Debussy is an all time favorite. 💜💜💜 1mo
Megabooks Thank you so much for sharing these! I‘m a bit intimidated by classical music, but I usually end up liking it more than I think I will even if I don‘t feel discerning about it. 1mo
Cathythoughts ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
vivastory @nanuska_153 👏 🤘 Hope you enjoy Pearl Jam! Looking forward to their new album. 1mo
vivastory @batsy Thanks! Classical music is def great at helping with emotions in a lot of different capacities. 1mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I understand about the lyrics. I don't listen to it as much as other genres of music I like, but I do love it. 1mo
vivastory @JessClark78 I think it was probably watching Fantasia as a kid that prepared the way for my love of it 1mo
vivastory @TieDyeDude I'll be curious to see what you make of post-rock! There's some really great stuff being made 1mo
vivastory @Deblovestoread Thanks! I love the Alice Ott album. It's one I play every few months. 1mo
vivastory @Megabooks It can be hard to find your footing in classical. There are some good spotify playlists. I really like the following one because it includes composers that fall under the traditional classical label (Bach, Tchaikovsky, etc) but also fantastic modern composers/instrumentalists (Mari Samuelsen, Arvo Part, Johann Johannsson etc). Plus most of the songs fall under 5 minutes :
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1h0CEZCm6IbFTbxThn6Xcs
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nanuska_153 @vivastory Same! We are almost there, just a couple more days to be released 😁👏🏻 1mo
CarolynM Wonderful! I‘ve never understood the divide that seems to exist between classical music and other genres. I don‘t pretend to like all classical music any more than I like all of any other genre, but there‘s lots in all of them that I enjoy. I‘m particularly fond of Schubert‘s Impromptus. 1mo
AmyG While I do not listen to classical….I am going to listen to these. But I love post-rock….If These Trees Could Talk, Exp in the Sky, Balmorhea, Sigur Ros (is that postrock?) and Godspeed are favorites. 1mo
Reggie I love Debussy- Claire de Lune, Prelude to an Afternoon of a Faun, La Mer. And though he‘s not classic but I just love him is Bernard Herrmann- he did a concerto macabre I love sooo much. 1mo
Centique Ha! Before i clicked on the comments i was thinking…. “But it wont be my fave Tchaikovsky” and then it was! Love Classical - im not knowledgeable about it at all but Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Debussy and some Mozart - are my recovery music when my brain is too fried 💕 1mo
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What Moves the Dead | T. Kingfisher
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T. Kingfisher's riff on Poe's iconic story begins with Alex Easton receiving a letter from Madeline Usher that she is sick. Easton travels to the dilapidated sprawling house, surrounded by a strange lake & animals who are acting unusual, that she shares with her brother Roderick. There were parts of this that I really loved, but I found Kingfisher's character work a bit off putting at times. It felt like a mashup between YA & adult, still a (CONT)

vivastory decent novella with some great horror elements. 1mo
Michael_Gee We got this recently at a Barnes and Noble. It was part of a $5 coffee + book deal. Could not not do it. 1mo
vivastory @Michael_Gee That's how I picked it up. Definitely a good deal 1mo
Branwen I liked this one a lot, but it's not my favorite Kingfisher book! 💕📚 Still a great read! 1mo
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I was just looking at books for a reading challenge when I came across the tagged book & I think the cover is the most disturbing one I have seen for a release this year, I can't wait to read it when it release this summer. I will share my trauma with you when it happens lol

TheBookHippie 👀🤭 1mo
rubyslippersreads Maybe I should bring a copy to my ophthalmologist appointment next week. 🤣 1mo
vivastory @rubyslippersreads Can you imagine? 😂 😂 1mo
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vivastory @rubyslippersreads Or take it out to dinner somewhere lol 1mo
vivastory @TheBookHippie It was one of those situations where I was simultaneously horrified & intrigued 😅 1mo
Addison_Reads I felt the same way when I saw this one. I'm hoping the book is as great as the cover. 1mo
vivastory @Addison_Reads It sounds very intriguing (fingers crossed!) 1mo
squirrelbrain Ew, it‘s a bit grim! 1mo
TheBookHippie @vivastory I take certain books to my mandatory visit with in laws every year or so… always looking for a fun one to bring 🤭🤭🤭😵‍💫🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
vivastory @TheBookHippie 😂 😂 I rec. this one & 1mo
TheBookHippie @vivastory well. I‘m set now. 🤭 1mo
LeahBergen Eww! 😆 1mo
DGRachel Oh. Oh no. I have a thing about eyes. Hard pass. 1mo
Soubhiville Oooo, freaky. 1mo
Aimeesue Gotta admit, my first thought was of the raven who hangs out with Susan Sto Helit in Hogfather. He LOVES eyeballs! This one probably has a very different vibe. 😂 (edited) 1mo
Branwen 😱😱😱 1mo
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Babel-17/Empire Star | Samuel R Delany
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Empire Star is the novella of this collection, written the same time as Babel-17. When I read this collection I did not know of the links between them, so when I was roughly halfway through “Babel-17“ & two characters started to excitedly discuss an adventure novel that they had read in their youth called “Empire Star“ I was glad to have read it in the order that I did. Calling it an adventure story is a bit of a stretch, as we encounter (CONT)

vivastory a narrator called Jewel, that is literally a jewel. Jewel has a multiplex consciousness, As Jewel states in the opening ““I'll tell a good deal of the story from the point of view called, in literary circles, the omniscient observer.“ Then there's Lump (linguistic ubiquitous multiplex). A computer, who shares April 1 as a bday with Delany, & is fond of pulling practical jokes with literary references. There's a devil-kitten who (CONT) (edited) 1mo
vivastory keeps growing. Clocking in a little over 90 pages this is one that is hard to describe but I found myself really engaged with & enjoying, not despite of but perhaps because of the strange ideas that Delany engages in a playful manner despite some very serious topics. 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Tomorrow I plan on reading the novella that is included with Delany's “Babel-17.“ The edition that I am reading is a tête-bêche (or head-to-toe) edition. Although, it is published by Vintage I wanted to link to the Wikipedia page for the incredible run by Ace Doubles:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ace_double_titles

vivastory Last week I stumbled upon a head-to-toe edition at HPB of Nicola Barker's “Reversed Forecast/Small Holdings“ Needless to say, I was surprised! 2mo
sarahbarnes Oh that‘s very fun. I really want to read more of her. I have a book of two of Laszlo Krasznahorkai‘s novellas in this format (but not one of these editions). 2mo
vivastory @sarahbarnes I should start looking at the SF paperback section at HPB. I could probably find some Ace Doubles. I love the cover art for some of them, too! It's such an unusual format to see anymore. 1mo
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Babel-17/Empire Star | Samuel R Delany
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Overall, babel-17 ended up as a bit of a mixed bag. I loved the first half of the novel with the contemplations on linguistics, the ideas & the dark world. However, I found the second half to be a bit uneven. There were some truly great passages in the second half, including a few pages where Delany experiments with formatting over a few pages that I found to be useful for one particular scene.

vivastory I found the ultimate mystery of Babel-17 itself both interesting & wish the philosophical implications had been explored a bit more. Some fantastic ideas here, but a little undercooked. Still glad I read Delany. 2mo
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Babel-17/Empire Star | Samuel R Delany
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Having started babel-17 this morning & now halfway through, I need to post a few thoughts. This is my first time reading Delany. Rhydra a poet & linguist with wide renown is approached at the beginning by a general to help solve what he thinks is a code. There have been a recent series of sabotage attacks at various important sites & during the attacks there was a radio frequency with what they assumed was a code. Rhydra informs them that it(CON)

vivastory is not only a code, but it is a language that IS information itself. There is discussion here of how the same concept is expressed much more succinctly by certain words than others, but there isn't really an ideal language for using it. Apparently babel-17 is the ideal language. So Rhydra gathers together a space crew to gather more info on babel-17. The info on when Delany was describing her crew was both fascinating & dark as well. 2mo
vivastory This is def. ideas-driven SF, along the lines of Le Guin & PK Dick. The frequent discussions of linguistics makes me think of Ted Chiang & Cixin Liu. However the dark & strange worldbuilding adds a whole new element to it. (edited) 2mo
Ruthiella Great review! I definitely want to try Delany again after DNFing (and scrubbing my brain from) 2mo
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AlaMich I own this and need to get to it. I am a linguistics nerd and this sounded right up my alley. 2mo
vivastory @Ruthiella I do want to try Dhalgren some point in the future but will probably tackle several others by him first. There were several points during Babel-17 where I had to reread them to get the science fully lol 2mo
vivastory @AlaMich For me the linguistics was by far the most interesting aspect 2mo
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An additional book to Vandermeer's Southern Reach trilogy feels entirely unnecessary, but I'm sure I'll read it. I do like the cover designs for the new editions.
https://www.theverge.com/2024/4/4/24120983/jeff-vandermeer-absolution-southern-r...

batsy Ooooh! That's exciting! 2mo
Jari-chan I need to pre-order this asap 2mo
vivastory @batsy I have yet to be really disappointed by Vandermeer, but I love the Southern Reach trilogy so much that I am a bit nervous lol 2mo
vivastory @Jari-chan It's a stunning edition 2mo
batsy I know what you mean! The trilogy is so perfect. 2mo
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The New Directions Storybook editions are a great way to sample authors that you have been meaning to try. This was the case for me with Ginzburg's Road to the City ( a 90 page novella in this edition). I was a bit sceptical at first as Ginzburg tends to move from character to character frequently. One aspect I was sold on immediately was the atmosphere, perfect for the warm evening in which I enjoyed it. Despite the grim atmosphere of the (CONT)

vivastory story, desperate situations & an existential tone, by the end I was a firm believer. My god, what an unremitting bleak tale. (edited) 2mo
LeahBergen Great review! I‘m intrigued. 2mo
vivastory @LeahBergen Thanks! I picked up another Ginzburg literally as soon as I finished it. 2mo
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