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post #41 of 52

Hunger Games

Do I really need to say anything more about this one??

Anansi Boys, Gaiman



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"Fat Charlie" Nancy leads a life of comfortable workaholism in London, with a stressful agenting job he doesn't much like, and a pleasant fiancée, Rosie. When Charlie learns of the death of his estranged father in Florida, he attends the funeral and learns two facts that turn his well-ordered existence upside-down: that his father was a human form of Anansi, the African trickster god, and that he has a brother, Spider, who has inherited some of their father's godlike abilities. Spider comes to visit Charlie and gets him fired from his job, steals his fiancée, and is instrumental in having him arrested for embezzlement and suspected of murder.

Really enjoyed listening to this...a nice complement to American Gods.



#1-World Without End, #2-Giada's Family Dinners, #3 When You Are Engulfed in Flames, #4 Her Fearful Symmetry, #5 First Among Sequels , #6 Under the Dome, #7 Look Again, #8 The Lost Symbol, #9 Sea of Monsters, #10 Protecting the Gift, #11 Titan's Curse, #12 Never Tell a Lie, #13 Man in the Dark Suit, #14 Battle of the Labyrinth, #15 An Abundance of Katherines, #16 Shanghai Girls, #17 Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, #18 The Last Olympian, #19 The Orientalist, #20 Labyrinth, #21 Shutter Island, #22 The Scarecrow, #23 The Road, #24 The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, #25 The Graveyard Book, #26 The Last Dickens, #27 City of Bones, #28 The Fate of Katherine Carr, #29 Just After Sunset, #30 The Last Town on Earth, #31 The Alexandria Link, #32 A Complicated Kindness, #33 The Revolution will not be Microwaved, #34 American Rust, #35 Lost:A Novel, #36 Lunatic Express, #37 Brimstone, #38 Overachievers, #39 The Empty Chair, #40 American Gods, #41 Push, #42 Don't Panic, Dinner's in the Freezer, #43 Children of God, #44 Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos, #45 Slow Fat Triathlete, #46 Ladies' #1 Detective Agency, #47 The Last Child in the Woods, #48 The Book of Lost Things, #49 Monster of Florence, #50 The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, #51 Random Family, #52 Skeletons at the Feast, #53 Hunger Games, #54 Anansi Boys, #55 Looking for Alaska, #56, Monster, #57 Devil's Labyrinthe, #58 Sacred Games


Edited by kofduke - 11/17/10 at 12:25pm
post #42 of 52
I've not been posting every book I read, as I've done in past years, but we'll say I'm on

#156 Khai of Khem by Brian Lumley
#157 Room by Emma Donoghue
#158 Salvation City by Sigrid Nunez
post #43 of 52
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I've not been posting every book I read, as I've done in past years, but we'll say I'm on

#157 Room by Emma Donoghue
How did you like this one? I'm 50 of 57 holds at the library.
post #44 of 52
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I've not been posting every book I read, as I've done in past years, but we'll say I'm on

#158 Salvation City by Sigrid Nunez
i usually cannot stomach postapocalyptic-style stories, but this sounds very interesting--the secular/religious conflicts etc. how did you like it? years ago i read Nuñez's A Feather on the breath of God, and more recently enjoyed (albeit imperfectly) The last of her kind.

i have been struggling with a review copy of The Mikvah Queen by Jennifer Natalya Fink. great ideas, but in the execution she loses me.
post #45 of 52
More Stories from the Twilight Zone edited by Carol Sterling

When I spotted this book at the library, I thought it was a book of short stories from the original Twilight Zone episodes but it is actually a book of new short stories written in the style of the Twilight Zone show. The collection was put together by Rod Sterling's wife and includes one of Rod Sterling's stories. Just like the show, some stories were better than others, but overall, I enjoyed it.
post #46 of 52
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Let me give it some thought and I'm sure I can come up with a list of recommendations for you.
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Yeah, I did like it. It was not such an engrossing book where you get lost in a fictional world, but the stuff on fossil collecting was interesting to me. For a creepy Halloween book, have you read Shirley Jackson yet? I read We Have Always Lived in the Castle last year around this time and loved it.
Thanks you two Kaliki, I'll check those out!
post #47 of 52
Thread Starter 
#48 Behind a Mask: Her Unknown Thrillers
by Louisa May Alcott
>>There are three here, but the best of those is Behind a Mask. I was really surprised by that one. You don't normally expect an amazing Gothic thriller from the writer of Little Women, but there you go. Really good.

#49 The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Writings
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
>>Really the centerpiece here is the short story "The Yellow Wallpaper." The rest of her stuff is good, but nothing beats "Wallpaper" for visceral thrills and chills.

#50 Goblin Market and Other Poems
by Christina Rossetti
>>Rossetti's poems are great. Love every one of them, but the titular "Goblin Market" is by far her best.


#1 Tales from Outer Suburbia, #2 The Men Who Stare at Goats, #3 Under the Dome (Audio), #4 Benito Cereno, #5 Doctor Who: The Rising Night, An Exclusive Audio Adventure (Audio), #6 UR (Audio), #7 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls, #8 Shutter Island (Audio), #9 Watchmen, #10 The Darwin Awards II: Unnatural Selection (Audio), #11 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, #12 Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy, #13 Lovecraft: Tales, #14 Hellboy: Oddest Jobs, #15 Danse Macabre (Audio), #16 Doctor Who: Ghosts of India (Audio) #17 The Iron Man: A Story in Five Nights, #18 The Pop-Up Book of Phobias, #19 The Pop-Up Book of Nightmares, #20 Horns (Audio), #21 Blockade Billy, #22 Titus Andronicus (Bantam Anthology), #23 Doctor Who: Dead Air, An Exclusive Audio Adventure (Audio), #24 The Puppet Masters, #25 The Body Snatchers, #26 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, #27 The Three Little Pigs Buy the White House, #28 Psycho, #29 The Silence of the Lambs, #30 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel, #31 Leviathan (Audio), #32 Android Karenina, #33 Mythologies, #34 The Short Secret Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (Audio), #35 America, #36 The Post-Modern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, #37 The Shining, #38 The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, #39 Rosemary's Baby, #40 Blood and Guts in High School, Plus Two, #41 Naked Lunch: The Restored Text, #42 Watchmen: Redux, #43 Lolita, #44 Beloved, #45 Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories, #46 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, #47 Dracula, #48 Behind a Mask: Her Unknown Thrillers, #49 The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Writings, #50 Goblin Market and Other Poems
post #48 of 52
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I have a hankering to read something that's scary since it's Halloween season, and even though I promised myself I wouldn't read anything but what's in my pile in the closet. (only about 30 or so more books left on that...maybe?)

Anyway, I was thinking of The Shining or Something Wicked This Way Comes, or hmmmm, not sure what else.....
I know its a little late in coming, but here it is anyway...

I always recommend The Shining and Something Wicked This Way Comes two of the absolute best! Other than that...

Of course there's Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Midnight by Dean R. Koontz
Off Season by Jack Ketchum
Psycho by Robert Bloch
The Return by Bentley Little
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
The Totem by David Morrell
'salem's Lot by Stephen King
Ancient Images by Ramsey Campbell
Bag of Bones by Stephen King
Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco
Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker
Ghost Story by Peter Straub
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving
"The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James
"The Wendigo" by Algernon Blackwood
and "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
post #49 of 52
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post #50 of 52
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Originally Posted by Bufomander View Post
I've not been posting every book I read, as I've done in past years, but we'll say I'm on

#156 Khai of Khem by Brian Lumley
#157 Room by Emma Donoghue
#158 Salvation City by Sigrid Nunez
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Originally Posted by kaliki_kila View Post
How did you like this one? I'm 50 of 57 holds at the library.
I like Room -- I wrote a tiny bit about it here. I was very interested in the idea of what one's assumptions would be if you'd spent your entire childhood in one small room. It wasn't as brutal as it could've been, considering the subject, which I was thankful for.

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Originally Posted by kangamitroo View Post
i usually cannot stomach postapocalyptic-style stories, but this sounds very interesting--the secular/religious conflicts etc. how did you like it? years ago i read Nuñez's A Feather on the breath of God, and more recently enjoyed (albeit imperfectly) The last of her kind.
Kanga, Salvation City was definitely interesting -- I've been reading lots of post-apocalyptic stuff lately, and this one was a good addition. It was sad to read about the main character's last days with his parents -- It's so hard to lose someone you love and know that the time you spent together in their last days was so full of difficulty. Like Room,
not as brutal as it could've been.
post #51 of 52
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

This book alternates between the 1991 about a graduate student research the Salem witchcraft trails era and an actual family involved in the trails. The writing was beautiful and the story was pretty good.
post #52 of 52

wow!  that's quite a list!  awesome!!!!  i'm prepared to be scared :)  thanks NCD :)
 

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Originally Posted by fremontmama View Post
I have a hankering to read something that's scary since it's Halloween season, and even though I promised myself I wouldn't read anything but what's in my pile in the closet. (only about 30 or so more books left on that...maybe?)

Anyway, I was thinking of The Shining or Something Wicked This Way Comes, or hmmmm, not sure what else.....
I know its a little late in coming, but here it is anyway...

I always recommend The Shining and Something Wicked This Way Comes two of the absolute best! Other than that...

Of course there's Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Midnight by Dean R. Koontz
Off Season by Jack Ketchum
Psycho by Robert Bloch
The Return by Bentley Little
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
The Totem by David Morrell
'salem's Lot by Stephen King
Ancient Images by Ramsey Campbell
Bag of Bones by Stephen King
Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco
Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker
Ghost Story by Peter Straub
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving
"The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James
"The Wendigo" by Algernon Blackwood
and "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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