Friday, November 26, 2010

Sandkings, by George R Martin

  • Title:  Sandkings
  • Author:  George R Martin
  • Received from PaperbackSwap
  • Started:  11/21/2010
  • Finished:  11/23/2010

This book was actually a collection of Martin short stories (I was into the second story before I realized this).  The title refers to the last of the stories in the collection, and by far the best of the bunch.  While I had to force myself to finish the other stories I couldn't put the book down when I finally got to Sandkings.  It was worth the wait.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Church of Dead Girls, by Stephen Dobyns

I had this book on my holds list at the library for a couple of months, hoping to get it before Halloween.  I wanted something scary to read, and had heard this was good & scary.  Well it didn't become available until after the 31st, but it was a good ready.  Scary?  Not the kind I was expecting, and not as gruesome as the title would have you believe.  I still have a few unanswered questions, but overall I did like the book a lot. 

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Kiss Before Dying, by Ira Levin

I mistakenly listed A Kiss Before Dying back in April of this year in a long list of books I'd previously read.  When I read the plot of A Kiss Before Dying I thought it was the book A Place In The Sun.  Very different books, but with similar plots when boiled down to a blurb.  I have read A Place in the Sun which has a great plot but  in my opinion is way too long, and I liked A Kiss Before Dying a lot more.  I've read several of Levin's novels (Stepford Wives, Rosemary's Baby), and seen just about every movie based on one of his books (aside from the two I just mentioned, Boys from Brazil, No Time for Sergeants).
I see that there was a follow up to Rosemary's Baby, as well as a few other books of his I've never read.  I really enjoyed the Levin books I've picked up so far so I think I'll add those to the list.