Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Legacies, by F Paul Wilson

Title: Legacies
Author: F Paul Wilson
Purchased from used book store in Sacramento, CA Paperback
Started: 118/2022
Finished: 11/15/2022

Took a work trip to Houston in mid October that morphed into a three week travel adventure. Most of that time I was in northern California, in and around Sacramento.  Hadn't brought my Kindle and my eyes were straining to read the Kindle app on my phone. 

Found a used book store one day while out hunting for a place to buy lottery tickets (this was the week of the 1 to 2 billion dollar jackpot).  

Years ago I had started but never continued Wilson's Repairman Jack series.  Since this bookstore had the next book in line, I grabbed it.  

Liked it well enough -- dated for sure, but not offensive.  The fear of being near aids/hiv patients is the most dated piece of the book. Having grown up in the 80s/90s, I recall the very real fear of those with HIV.  Seems crazy now, but of course we were all recently terrified of COVID positive folks...

Anyway I'm off topic. Book wasn't great but a decent way to pass time on flights.  

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Hide, by Kiersten White

  • Title: Hide
  • Author: Kiersten White
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 11/14/2022
  • Finished: 11/15/2022
The elements were all there, but this one didn't come together for me.  I liked it enough to blow through it in two days, but overall it wasn't right for me. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

The Bullet that Missed, by Richard Osman

  • Title:  The Bullet that Missed
  • Author:  Richard Osman
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library
  • Started: 11/ 2/2022
  • Finished: 11/9/2022
Another in the Thursday Murder Club series.  These are extremely silly, but easy & satisfying to read. 

Friday, October 28, 2022

Split Image, by Robert B Parker

Title: Split Image
Author: Robert B Parker
Borrowed from DC Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 10/25/2022
Finished: 10/28/2022

Another late Jess Stone novel, Parker really phoning these in near the end. But easy comfortable books to pick up/put down at will.  

Monday, October 24, 2022

Night and Day, by Robert B Parker

Title: Night and Day
Author: Robert B Parker
Borrowed from DC Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 10/23/2022
Finished: 10/24/2022

Pretty terrible Jesse Stone novel, but damn these are so easy to read and good time killers.  

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Duma Key, by Stephen King

Title: Duma Key
Author: Stephen King
Borrowed from DC Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 10/10/2022
Finished: 10/22/2022

Not scary, but being from the area I enjoyed the first two thirds as a fun book about the main character on the gulf coast of fla, overcoming his injuries after an accident.  But the last third with the horror part wasnt scary at all. 

Sunday, October 16, 2022

No One Gets Out Alive, by Adam Nevill

Title: No One Gets Out Alive
Author: Adam Nevill
Borrowed from DC Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 10/12/2022
Finished: 10/16/2022

Another Nevill horror book. Harder to read with the rape/sex slavery stuff. 

Thursday, October 13, 2022

The Reddening, by Adam Nevill

Title: The Reddening
Author: Adam Nevill
Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library Audiobook
Started: 10/11/2022
Finished: 10/13/0222

Not my favorite Nevill book, but still good & scary, or maybe more anxiety producing, but enjoyable. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Comfort Me with Apples, by Catherynne M. Valente

  • Title: Comfort Me with Apples
  • Author: Catherynne M. Valenta
  • Borrowed from
  • Started: 10/10/2022
  • Finished: 10/11/2022
Very short & enjoyable novella.  Didn't know what to expect from this one and that made it all the more fun. 

Monday, October 10, 2022

Powers of Darkness, by Bram Stoker & Valdimar Asmundsson

  • Title: Powers of Darkness
  • Author: Bram Stoker & Valdimar Asmundsson
  • Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 10/8/2022
  • Finished: 10/10/2022
Interesting take on Stoker's Dracula, a very different story in this retelling/translation.

Friday, October 7, 2022

Stolen Tongues, by Felix Blkackwell

  • Title:  Stolen Tongues
  • Author:  Felix Blackwell
  • Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 10/4/2022
  • Finished: 10/7/2022
Wanted to like this one more than I did -- some good creepy stuff at times, but too long, disjointed, and overall not great.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Holy Chow, by David Rosenfelt

  • Title: Holy Chow
  • Author: David Rosenfelt
  • Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library Audiobook
  • Started: 10/3/2022
  • Finished: 10/4/2022
Another very silly, but entertaining, Andy Carpenter book.

Monday, October 3, 2022

The Fisherman, by John Langan

Title: The Fisherman
Author: John Langan
Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library Audiobook
Started: 9/30/2022
Finished: 10/3/2022

Very enjoyable, loved the story-within-a-story writing.  

Sunday, October 2, 2022

The House of Small Shadows, by Adam Nevill

Title: The House of Small Shadows
Author: Adam Nevill
Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library Hardback
Started: 10/1/2022
Finished: 10/2/2022

Scary little dolls.  Cover of this one is a nightmare. Good scary read for October. 

Friday, September 30, 2022

Last Days, by Adam Nevill

Title: Last Days
Author: Adam Nevill
Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library Paperback
Started: 9/28/2022
Finished: 9/30/2022

I enjoyed Neville's "The Ritual" enough to want to read more of his work. This one was tight up my alley with the found footage/documentary angle.  I liked it, less moody than TR, but enjoyable scary. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The Cabin at the End of the World, by Paul Tremblay

  • Title:  The Cabin at the End of the World
  • Author: Paul Tremblay
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Kindle Edition
  • Started: 9/25/2022
  • Finished: 9/27/2022
I generally like Tremblay's books, but am always disappointed by the end.  This one was no exception.  

Monday, September 26, 2022

Fugitive Telemetry, by Martha Wells

Title: Fugitive Telemetry
Author: Martha Wells
Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 9/25/2022
Finished: 9/26/2022

Another entry in the Murderbot series, cute and enjoyable. 

Saturday, September 24, 2022

The Ritual, by Adam Nevill

Title: The Ritual
Author: Adam Nevill
Borrowed from DC Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 9/24/2022
Finished: 9/24/2022

This was a pretty good, claustrophobic, anxiety ridden lost in the wood horror novel.  Had a hard time putting it down. 

Friday, September 23, 2022

Network Effect, by Martha Wells

  • Title:  Network Effect
  • Author:  Martha Wells
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Kindle Edition
  • Started:9/20/2022
  • Finished: 9/22/2022
Awww, Murderbot Diaries has turned into a love story.  Ok, it was obvious it was going that way, but still cute and fun.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Best in Snow, by David Rosenfelt

  • Title:  Best in Snow
  • Author: David Rosenfelt
  • Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library (audiobook)
  • Started: 9/19/2022
  • Finished: 9/20/2022
Two of these Andy Carpenter books in a row is a bit much, but they're always entertaining, even if plots/jokes are largely identical.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Dog Eat Dog, by David Rosenfelt

  • Title:  Dog Eat Dog
  • Author:  David Rosenfelt
  • Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 9/14/2022
  • Finished: 9/19/2022
Another in the Andy Carpenter series -- while I do enjoy these very silly novels, I honestly picked this one because I was looking to listen to something narrated by Grover Gardner -- it had been a while.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Exit Strategy, by Martha Wells

Title: Exit Strategy
Author: Martha Wells
Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 9/15/2022
Finished: 9/18/2022

Another short, silly, but very fun entry in the Murderbot Diaries series. 

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Rogue Protocol, by Martha Wells

  • Title:  Rogue Protocol
  • Author:  Martha Wells
  • Borrowed from Fairfax County Public LIbrary Kindle Edition
  • Started: 9/14/2022
  • FInished: 9/15/2022
Yes, another in the Murderbot Diaries series.  What can I say -- they're short, silly, and stupidly enjoyable. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Artificial Condition, by Martha Wells

Title: Artificial Condition
Author: Martha Wells
Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library Audiobook
Started: 9/12/2022
Finished: 9/14/2022

Haven't been in much of an audiobook mood lately, but the wait times for the Kindle edition at the library were nuts so I went with what I could get.  Fun story, so-so narration.  Second in the Murderbot Diaries series.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell, by Nathan Ballingrud

  • Title:  Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell
  • Author: Nathan Ballingrud
  • Purchased from Amazon.com Kindle Edition
  • Started:  9/11/2022
  • Finished: 9/12/2022
After reading Ballingrud's North American Lake Monsters and loving that collection of short stories, I was really interested to read Wounds.  As a dedicated public library user (and not a collector of books) I try my hardest not to purchase books, but I made an exception on this one because I wanted to "skip the line" and get it asap.

It was worth the money.  I'm torn on which I liked better, NA Lake Monsters or Wounds.  I had never read Ballingrud before (unless he had a story in a horror anthology I've read previously) so the first story in NA Lake Monsters was such a surprise to me, in a good way.

But the stories in Wounds relate more (or maybe I just noticed it more), the first & last being true bookends to the collection.  

All in all, a great collection of stories that I will no doubt revisit once enough time has passed that they'll be new to me, again (with my memory that won't take very long).

Friday, September 9, 2022

Meddling Kids, by Edgar Cantero

Title: Meddling Kids
Author: Edgar Cantero
Borrowed from DC Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 9/6/2022
Finished: 9/9/2022

Mixed bag, but overall enjoyable.  A very gen-x pop culture horror-ish novel. 

Monday, September 5, 2022

All Systems Red, by Martha Wells

Title: All Systems Red
Author: Martha Wells
Borrowed from
Started: 9/5/2022
Finished: 9/5/2022

A very cute novella, but felt like an incomplete draft -- still I enjoyed it enough to continue with the series. 

North American Lake Monsters, by Nathan Ballingrud

Title: North American Lake Monsters
Author: Nathan Ballingrud
Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library eBook
Started: 9/3/2022
Finished:9/5/2022

Several  online recommendations for Ballingrud's work.  I've had this one flagged at the public library for a while, but it was only on Hoopla, which doesn't export to Kindle -- can only read it through the Hoopla site/app, and it is not as easy on my eyes as the Kindle.

Anyway, have a flip chromebook that works pretty well as an e-reader so devoured this one over the last few days.  True to the recs, Ballingrud is good.  I'll be reading his other stuff, moving onto Wounds next.

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Home Before Dark, by Riley Sager

Title: Home Before Dark
Author: Riley Sager
Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library Kindle edition
Started: 8/30/2022
Finished: 9/3/2022

Fun and easy beach read.  Good end of summer quasi-haunted house book. 

Monday, August 29, 2022

Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Title: Mexican Gothic
Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library Kindle edition
Started: 8/26/2022
Finished: 8/29/2022

Enjoyable horror melodrama. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

The Elementals, by Michael McDowell

Title: The Elementals
Author: Michael McDowell
Purchased from Amazon.com Kindle edition
Started: 8/21/2022
Finished: 8/24/2022

Enjoyable southern haunted house book, fun summer read. 

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Penpal, by Dathan Auerbach

Title: Penpal
Author: Dathan Auerbach
Purchased from Amazon.com Kindle edition
Started: 8/3/2022
Finished: 8/21/2022

Started this one on a cross country flight then put it down until today. I liked it, but I had read the original reddit posts years ago and this didn't pack the same punch as those did at the time. 

Friday, August 19, 2022

Devil's Canyon, by Ralph Compton

Title: Devil's Canyon
Author: Ralph Compton
Second hand store in Monticello, UT paperback
Started: 8/14/2022
Finished: 8/19/202

Forgettable western novel. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The Magus, by John Fowles

Title:  The Magus
Author: John Fowles
Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library Audiobook and Kindle Edition
Started: 7/29/2022
Finished:  8/9/2022

Wanted to like this one more than I did.  It was good, but I wasn't completely absorbed.  Suspect I would have liked it a lot more when younger, immediately post-college.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Come Closer, by Sara Gran

  • Title:  Come Closer
  • Author:  Sara Gran
  • Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library (Audiobook)
  • Started: 7/26/2022
  • Finished: 7/27/2022
I wanted to like this one more than I did -- it was good, but not as great as I thought it might be.  For a very short novel, it repeated some things too much, and didn't develop when I thought were interesting asides.  But it was told first persons, which would have made some of those harder for the narrator to know or tell.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Fortune's Favorite, by Colleen McCullough

  • Title:  Fortune's Favorite
  • Author:  Colleen McCullough
  • Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library Audiobook (Abridged)
  • Started; 7/20/2022
  • Finished: 7/26/2022
This is the third in the Masters of Rome series, and I liked the story quite a bit, but for the first time the abridging was obvious.  Too much nuance was missing.  Going to take a break from these, the abridgement is growing frustrating.  

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

The Grass Crown, by Colleen McCullough

  • Title:  The Grass Crown
  • Author:  Colleen McCollugh
  • Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library Audiobook (Abridged)
  • Started: 7/14/2022
  • Finished:  7/18/2022
Didn't enjoy this as much as the first in the series, and I really hate to read abridged works, but these are good time-killers and the series is readily available via the library...

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

The First Man in Rome, by Colleen McCollough

Title: The First Man in Rome (abridged)
Author: Colleen McCollough
Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library Audiobook
Started:. 7/8/2022
Finished: 7/11/2022

Abridged version of the boon but I'm stuck away from home for a while and needed something to listen to. Pretty good, but would rather have the unabridged version. Feels too much like reading cliff notes. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

The Collector, by John Fowles

Title: The Collector
Author: John Fowles
Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 7/4/2022
Finished: 7/6/2022

Deeply disturbing and engrossing novel, surprised I had not read this before.  

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Convenience Store Woman, by Sayaka Murata

Title: Convenience Store Woman
Author: Sayaka Murata
Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 6/24/2022
Finished: 6/26/2022

Interesting, somewhat crazy story. Glad I read it. 

Friday, June 24, 2022

The Hike, by Drew Magary

Title: The Hike
Author: Drew Magary
Borrowed from DC Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 6/20/2022
Finished: 6/24/2022

This one was a pleasant surprise. I think a recommendation from a reddit group on book suggestions.  Really enjoyed this, had a hard time putting it down. 

Monday, June 20, 2022

The Night Strangers, by Chris Bohjaliam

Title: The Night Strangers
Author: Chris Bohjaliam
Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 6/17/2022
Finished: 6/20/2022

I kept waiting for this one to get scary, or good, or both.  Never happened. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Rise to Rebellion, by Jeff Shaara

  • Title: Rise to Rebellion
  • Author:  Jeff Shaara
  • Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library Kindle Edition
  • Started: 6/9/2022
  • Finished: 6/15 2022
Extremely enjoyable historical fiction account of the lead up to the declaration of independence.  I could read this kind of stuff all day long, just love it.Up next is the second book in this series...

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Ring, by Koji Suzuki

Title: Ring
Author: Koji Suzuki
Borrowed from Queen Anne County Public Library Hardback
Started: 6/7/2022
Finished: 6/8/2022

First book in the ring series of horror movie fame.  Liked it, having seen the movie long ago in the theaters.  I'm a big chicken when it comes to movies, so I will admit the movie really frightened me.  The book was more of a ticking time bomb mystery than horror,  which I preferred.  

None of the libraries near me ha e the rest of the series so I may end up purchasing those. 

Monday, June 6, 2022

Lock Every Door, by Riley Sager

Title: Lock Every Door
Author: Riley Sager
Borrowed from Fairfax County Public Library Audiobook
Started: 6/3/2022
Finished: 6/6/2022

Silly but overall enjoyable urban horror.  

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The Case of the Missing Servant, by Tarquin Hall

  • Title:  The Case of the Missing Servant
  • Author: Tarquin Hall
  • Borrowed from Queen Anne's County Public Library Hardback
  • Started: 5/26/2022
  • Finished: 5/31/2022
Very enjoyable India-based detective story.  

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Troy, by Stephen Fry

  • Title: Troy
  • Author: Stephen Fry
  • Purchased from Amazon.com Kindle Edition
  • Started: 5/10/2022
  • Finished: 5/26/2022
My choice for my book club group -- Ioved it, as I have the others in Fry's series, but not sure how much my BC folks will like it.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Birthright, by A.G. Kelly

  • Title:  Birthright
  • Author:  A.G. Kelly
  • Purchased from Amazon.com Kindle Edition
  • Started:  5/18/2022
  • Finished: 5/22/2022
An entertaining medieval adventure story, despite the setting, a more modern take (no thees and thous).   Ends with a cliffhanger! 

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Devourers, by Indra Das

Title: The Devourers
Author:  Indra Das
Borrowed from Queen Anne's County Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 5/13/2022
Finished: 5/16/2022

I liked this one overall, but some of it was a slog. But overall, a unique reading experience. 

Friday, May 13, 2022

Dry Bones in the Valley, by Tom Bouman

Title: Dry Bones in the Valley
Author: Tom Bouman
Borrowed from DC Public Library Kindle Edition
Started: 5/11/2022
Finished: 5/13/2022

Pretty entertaining mystery.