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About meEditor and graphic artist. Favorite genre is really hard-hitting in-your-face noir, sometimes labeled neo-noir and psycho-noir. Really love some of the small presses out there: Capital Crime Press, Bleakhouse, Stark House, New Pulp Press, Tyrus Books, Busted Flush Press, Permuted Press, Delirium Books (changed to Dark Fuse in Fall 2011) just to name a few. Since I wrote this ~2010, some of these small presses have not done much or gone under, e.g., Capital Crime and Busted Flush, while others have done increasingly well, e.g., Delirium/Dark Fuse, New Pulp Press. Not really into "best sellers" or popular books, though in my reading history I have read almost any genre.

Sometimes I like to sneak a little nip from the Zombie bottle when no one is looking…so don’t tell anyone…but Zombie stories are such a fun diversion. What a hoot.

In late 2010 developed an interest in horror books -- having become a member of Dark Fuse's(nee Delirium) limited (to 150) book club. Tend to delve into genres for a while, reading little else outside the genre, but seems that once that thirst is quenched, I rarely return to it; e.g., science fiction was read nearly exclusively during the late 90s and now I hardly touch it. Crime/noir, though, seems to be my constant companion; it was Westlake/Stark that got me into continuous reading back in the 60s. That stuff is as comfortable as an old friend.

About my libraryEclectic collection. Have been collecting books since about 1972. Have most books uploaded now; about 50 older books yet to go. Then again, I also keep getting more. Enjoy reading much more than cataloging so who knows if this process will ever end.

GroupsCrime, Thriller & Mystery, Hardboiled / Noir Crime Fiction, Horror Book Club, Most Disturbing Books, Name that Book, Once a Month Zombie Reads, Post-apocalyptic Literature, Science Fiction Fans, Thing(amabrarian)s That Go Bump in the Night, Weird Fictionshow all groups

Favorite authorsBill Cameron, Mark Coggins, Reed Farrel Coleman, Troy Cook, Colin Cotterill, Robert Fate, Gillian Flynn, Greg F. Gifune, Victor Gischler, Charlie Huston, Craig Johnson, Joe R. Lansdale, Iain Levison, Ronald Malfi, Joe McKinney, Tom Piccirilli, Jeff Strand, Charles Willeford, Don Winslow (Shared favorites)

Real nameAnsley M. Pigg

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Currently readingThe Bitch by Les Edgerton
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Good morning. Thanks again for the help, suggestions,and clarifications.

Re the Low Countries, I'd read in some of the trafic with your correspondents that you'd been to Belgium. And Luxembourg - the first burg we haunted when we came over. We lived acros from the Palais Ducal in the old city. Very nice, but a bit off the beaten path for most - though it is kinda in your way getting from Frankfurt to Brussels. Sounds like a nice family trip, and post-9/11 theair was cheap, if I remember correctly.

As to God is a Bullet - well, that's complicated. As a lifelong athiest, I can't vouch for the subject, but I did in fact have it on fairly good authority that this would be worth spending my milk money on:

'I would put this on the very short list of the best books I have read. It is simultaneously horrific and beautiful. (*****1/2)

I jumped the gun and ordered it before your personal recs came along. I will read it anyway, and pass it along to Oxfam. Or to someone I don't like.

I will take some time and order a few from Amazon. I see that you've become an artist. Good career move: everyone feels they can argue the toss with an editor, but they don't generally venture into INDD and AI and PhotoShop and animations.

I need help. I've just found this site and am humbled to see the world of what I've been missing. I also see that I'll have to learn how to read faster if I still have to have the time to work.

Generally I read non fiction - though I recently found a Loius Lamour that someone left in my house in London (two short novels about the size of one normal one). A little too much padding and tough talk for me.

I see your comment about going on a tear through an author - I too have done that, gone through Westlake, and de Vries, and King and Mailer and Vonnegut and Updike and others, but never enough.

Always looking to break out from the non fiction pile next to the bed, I would welcome suggestions in any of the above areas - I seem to recall that your movie recs were pretty good - having grown up in rooms with sticky floors.

BTW: nice dog. Somehow looks familiar. We have three English springer spaniels. Comes witht he territory.
Thanks in advance for any advice you can give.
Shadows has its moments, but I agree that there are way too many plots and cliffhangers. I'll still read the last book though. Also, if you would like more steampunk recommendations, just let me know.

I am teaching music at the middle and elementary school levels. I have finished 2 degrees (one in music and one in comparative world literature) and I will complete the separate single subject credential when I am done with student teaching in June. It's not a career change; I've just taken a long time getting my 2 degrees and making my way through the credential program. I've been working towards this for 9 years now, mostly dragging my feet to allow the job market to improve. I'm thinking of either going back and getting another credential in English or getting a Library Sciences masters to be a librarian depending how things pan out in the future.

Editing sounds fun. It's cool that you have a lot of talent in art. It sucks that the state of things are terrible, but I hope you get to work with dogs. You totally weren't rambling and I finally had to time to read the whole thing. :)

Let me know how you like Ashfall!
Sounds like me more and more. I'm 53 and most likely have nearly 1,000 unread books here. Like you my interests change without notice. I even tend to have several books going at once. Currently I am on a suspense/action/crime drama kick. Interspersed with the usual mix of horror, sci-fi, etc. Toss in a few non-fiction books to even things out.
I suffered a major financial setback and rarely get to buy new books. The library is my friend. Lol. They have a great system of inter-library loans and are able to get nearly any book currently in print and some that aren't.
I also volunteer at a local used book store for book credit which works out quite nicely. I am doing something I enjoy and they are generous in their rewards.

BTW, I also follow some of the same small press imprints you do and others such as Angry Robots, eos, Solaris, Orbit and Medallion. Of course some of these are owned by some of the monster publishers.

I have a few more recommendations for you if you haven't already seen them.These aren't strictly horror, but an interesting mix of genres.
Tim Akers -
1. Heart of Veridon
2. Dead of Veridon

Stefan Petrucha -
1. Dead Man Walking
2. Dead Man Running

Tim Waggoner -
1. Nekropolis
2. Dead Streets
3. Dark War

Jonathan Mayberry - absolutely everything. He's in my top 10.
1. Ghost Road Blues
2. Dead Man's Song
3. Bad Moon Rising

Mario Acevedo - Same as Mayberry. Horror with a humorous touch. Start with,
1. The Nymphos of Rocky Flats

You mention Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and Resnicks work. Both are excellent with The Dresden Files another of my favorites ( I have many). If you like him, you MUST look at Simon Green's 'Nightside' series. Similar genre but completely different world which is equal to Dresden.

For a dark, dark hero read John Connolly's Charlie Parker series.

I could go on for pages, but will leave with one more. This guy is a genius. He writes everything. Horror, action, western, etc. He too is in my top 10, near the top, and is Joe R. Lansdale. All good, but you must look at his 'Hap Collins and Leonard Pine' series.

Enjoy.
Thank you for the compliment. I'm just a book nut (fanatic) that simply can't give up my books. My permanent library is actually much larger than represented here on LibraryThing. I'm behind in entering them. I've been reading and collecting all my life. Started with Science Fiction and Fantasy then progressed to now. Which means I read nearly everything.
We have similar tastes especially in the Noir and small press releases/authors.

While my main interest remains Science Fiction, Horror is rapidly closing in with an emphasis in all things HP Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos.

Seeing what you have and what you have mentioned, I have to recommend that you look into Bizarro fiction ( http://bizarrocentral.com/ ), if you haven't already. It is a relatively new genre (about 12 years or so) and is amazing. Much of it is extremely shocking, some just extreme, but it all makes you think.

A couple of my favorites are;
Carlton Mellick III, John Skipp, Bradley Sands and ...well...nearly all of them. Lol

I great introduction to the genre are the three anthologies;
The Bizarro Starter Kit (Orange), The Bizarro Starter Kit (Purple), The Bizarro Starter Kit (Blue).
I could go on and on so you should go look for yourself. Lol.

You mentioned Joe McKinney's zombie series and I agree it is one of the best to come out in some time. A few other authors/novels you might like;
James Knapp's 'State of Decay' and 'The Silent Army'
Mira Grant's 'Feed', 'Deadline' and 'Blackout'
Brian Keene - anything and everything of his. But try 'Rising', 'City of the Dead' and 'The Conqueror Worms'

And so, you may regret getting in touch because I tend to talk and talk and .....
Neat , now I am gonna look forward to reading it! Did you read any of Rhiannon Frater's Zombie novels yet? They are awesome!
Neat , now I am gonna look forward to reading it! Did you read any of Rhiannon Frater's Zombie novels yet? They are awesome!
I for sure will. It might take a little ,only because I can't read back to back series sometimes!Right now I just finished The Pack by Jason Starr. That book was good. But I need more in my life ,like more scary action. But it definitely intrigued me enough to go look for the 2nd in the series!!!! You should check him out.
Ansely
Thanks for contacting me. I'm so glad you enjoyed The Sex Club. It was a work of passion for me, a story I had to tell. (Thank your daughter for me for the work she does!)

I'm also fortunate that the story launched a successful series. Writing these Detective Jackson stories has been the most rewarding work I've ever done.

I'm working on the 7th now.
Cheers.
L.J.
Thanks for the note. If I could list all the books I have checked out from the library - our lists might be much more alike! I read fairly fast and most of my reading is from the library. I used the What's your library worth to you link on our library website and found out I would owe the library over $8,000 a year if I bought everything I read. Whoops!

All the posts in the section called Mystery Column on my blog are articles that I wrote for our library newsletter so they tend to be short blurbs about all sorts of mysteries. (I'm not Jewish either, but I didn't want to do another 'Christmas article' - they are almost always cozies - and while I have nothing against cozy mysteries one can overdose on sugar!)

My favorite p.i.'s are Sheriff Walt Longmire, Harry Bosch, Jesse Stone, and Jack Reacher.

My newest reading has taken me into new fields - Harry Dresden novels, Mike Resnicks Fable of Tonite series (LOVE those!) and Resnick's Buntline Special. Now reading the Curious Case of the Clockwork Man.

And I'm glad to find someone who even knows who Colin Cotterill is!
thanks for the heads up. I'll go reply to the thread now!
Magnum you're a genius! Spoken in Darkness is indeed the book and I can now look forward to being reunited with it.
"Tusind tak", as they say in Copenhagen whence I've just returned.

Jack Feathering
Hi Magnum,

Thanks for taking the time to give me the reference to the NESFA publishing site. I may have a book or two of theirs, but I had not been actively watching their publications. Perhaps I shall.

I do follow the publications of Wildside Press, which publishes great old and new fantasy works. As you noted, I actively collect and read early sci-fi (which to me means the 1900's through the 1950's). But I also fell in love with the works of early fantasy and macabre writers -- most notably Robert E. Howard and Lovecraft.

-Shawn Dawson
Ahhh! So *you're* the other person with the "Dead Earth" books :-) I love zombie books - good, bad, new take on a old(er) genre - it doesn't matter to me. I'll read it. Luckily a lot are self-published and only .99 for the kindle. Fav zombie book? "World War Z" hands down. It breathed new life into a fast disappearing genre.

Sorry I'm not the Lori you're looking for - but from just our shared books, it looks like we have very similar reading tastes. For smacking-you-in-the-face noir, have you read Andrew Vachss?

I haven't read either of your two favorites, but will go check them out on amazon. I'm in the "waiting for favorite authors to release new works" period, so I've been branching out even more to discover new books I've not heard of. Like you, I'm going to have to check out your library!

Lori
And a good day to you, too, Mr. Pigg!

Thanks for all those book recommendations. Just as soon as I'm done with this message I'll start checking availabilities at my local bookstore haunts. I've heard good things about God is a Bullet and have memories of looking at it at least twice over the years at B&N, but I guess I never pulled the trigger (pardon the pun) and bought it; that will be remedied.

I don't really have anything cutting-edge (as far as mysteries go) to recommend to you in-turn, much to my regret, but I do note you don't own (or at least don't have them on LT) Barry Eisler's John Rain series, starting with Rain Fall. I'm just getting back into the series after reading book 1 several years ago and I think you'll really like them, though they're more espionage/thriller than straight-up mystery. I was also reminded that Rick Riordan (of The Lightning Thief fame, etc.) wrote mysteries that have won the Barry, Shamus and Edgar awards, so I picked up a few of those and read the first one a couple of weeks ago; I thought it was pretty good, though not great (the hero is a "Tequila drinker, Tai Chi master, and unlicensed P.I. with a penchant for Texas-size trouble"). I'm a bit of a sucker for martial artist protagonists; add kicking redneck @ss to the story and I'm pretty well hooked.

Take it easy,
bookstothesky
Hi again!

I must have missed your note pop-up I only just saw it...

Thank you I'll check out the Parker Gang recommendation , I have a Richard Stark Omnibus waiting to read but that title isn't in it.

...and 'God is a Bullet' arrived in the mail today :-)

LOL!re - utah??? Good grief. Is that even a real place :

Isn't Utah also one of the 'four coners'? (NM / AZ / CO / UT)I wonder if it crops up in any of the Hillerman books ... I'll have to check, I may already have it covered.

Thanks again
Hi there Magnumpigg

Thanks for the note and thanks for the recommendation for 'God is a Bullet', I've added it to my wishlist.... it's always a pleasure to discover a good new book!

Since you are into crime fiction and like hard-boiled rather than cosy crime novels, I wondered if you might have any other recomendations for books based in particular US states?

I'm reading my way across the US and am stuck trying to find books set in Delaware, the Dakotas or Utah?

Any sugggestions welcome

Claire (Littlemissbashful)
Hey magnumpigg,

Thanks for pointing out the book: Sleepless, by Charlie Huston. I had not heard of it, but it definitely looks like my type of book.

Cheers!

Rachel (the_hibernator)
Hello, magnumpigg,

So, I just ran across your name on your review of Jo Nesbo's The Redbreast and was reminded of my first post to you where I had a psycho noir publisher to tell you about. Well, I finally found the publisher again and it turns out, after re-reading your profile, that you've already heard of it (New Pulp Press), so no joy in Mudville on that one (I'll keep my eyes peeled and let you know if I find any other publishers that would seem to fit your interests).

By the way, The Snowman by Nesbo comes out in just a few days in the UK if you don't want to wait; I know I don't. But, if you--by chance--are not caught up on your Nesbo such that you want to dive right into his latest book, may I recommend to you Walter Mosley's The Long Fall? I just finished this first PI Leonid McGill mystery and thought the writing was flat out excellent. For some reason I'd never gotten around to reading Mosley's Easy Rawlins books, but that is now going to change quickly.

Let me know if you've been reading anything good, will you?

Take it easy,
bookstothesky
Hey, Magnumpigg,

Sorry for the long delay in getting back to you. It's been a busy month with two illnesses, work and ongoing jury duty, and I simply forgot about you for a while until I saw one of the Harlequin novels you mentioned in the store and was reminded. I actually had already seen (and purchased) some of those books, but I really do appreciate you bringing them to my attention.

Talk to you later,
bookstothesky
That would be kinda fun shelving books according to favorites. My own shelving is fairly haphazard, with the exception of my writing books. I keep them mostly separate from my other books.
Ans- This place keeps your head spinning like a top, doesn't it? But in a cool way! Thanks for the rec on Nesbo, I had never heard of him and have added "The Redbreast" to my heavily burdened wishlist. I also liked your review of it. Have you read "Faceless Killers", speaking of Scandinavian thrillers? You were mentioning Irish crime writers, I have the 1st one by Declan Hughes, which I've heard great things about. Have you read it? I need to get back to "Jar City", what a terrific book...

Mark
Hi Ansley:

I just saw your note on Mark's (msf59) profile page. Have you read anything by James Sallis? He's the author of the Lew Griffin mystery series among others. A very fine writer.
Hi Ans- I saw your comment on the Crime & Thriller thread, about the books you are reading. I have "Iron Lake" sitting in my tbr pile. I've heard such good things about Krueger. I need to get to him soon. I heard Craig Johnson on a podcast a few weeks ago and his series sounds quite good. I'm trying to track down the 1st one. I'm currently reading an excellent police procedural, set in modern day Iceland. It's called "Jar City" and it's the 1st in an ongoing series. Take care!

Mark
Howdy, magnumpigg (liking that username, I have to say),

Thanks very much for the link to Out of the Gutter magazine. It looks very cool and I've bookmarked it for further review. The fact that Victor Gischler gives it a positive blurb jumps it way up on my list of things to explore and I'll be passing the link along to a couple of my like-minded friends here on LT (jackanaples and bibliorex). Speaking of Victor Gischler, about 5-6 years back he posted on plotswithguns.com that he was looking for stories with really, really hard-boiled protagonists (I'm paraphrasing liberally there, but it was something like that). I recommended he read Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan and he totally loved it. Every time I see him now (usually once a year at a book convention held at UCLA) he tells me how much he likes that book and how he continues to recommend it to people he meets. So, on the off-chance that you haven't read it, check out Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan. I think you'll like it.

Looking over your profile, we appear to have pretty similar reading tastes. I have read and enjoyed at least some books from all of your profiled "favorite authors" except Troy Cook and Robert Fate. I own one of Cook's books (as well as his dad Bruce Cook's book called Philippine Fever) that I picked up at a book signing a few years ago, but despite hearing good things, I haven't yet read them. I've repeatedly looked at Fate's books at various bookstores over the years and have been slowly inching closer to buying one of them. Given that it's on your list and our tastes seem so closely aligned, I plan to snap up the first book the next time I see it.

I have to sign off and run some errands now, but I'll be back in the next few days. I ran across a new publisher of, perhaps, psycho-noir books a few weeks ago, but as the name escapes me right now, I'll have to dig up the link and pass it on to you.

Take it easy,
bookstothesky
Ans- Hey thanks for taking the time to supply all this cool info! I've jotted names and titles down. I'm nearly finished with "The Killing of the Tinkers", the 2nd Jack Taylor book and it's been fantastic. Have you read the others or did you stop at "The Guards"? And yes, I've heard of the co-authored ones too, "Bust".ect and I'm keeping an eye out for 'em. No, I have not heard of Millar, Gischler (I heard he has a new fantasy/vampire series out) or Fate but all look promising.
Have you read Pelecanos or Lehane?
As far as the Joe Pitt books go, I admire the fact you are considering a re-read and I have to say "Already Dead" is a minor classic. The vampire stuff is almost incidental to the excellent hard-boiled prose. Take care, my friend!
Mark
Hi Ans- Sorry it took me a little time to get back to you. Long day at work today. Thanks for all the helpful info. I took copious notes and even though I have a hard time keeping up with my own series books (since joining LT, it's a constant battle with an avalanche of books!), I still like to be turned onto more quality authors. Have you read Ken Bruen? If not, start with "The Guards". Incredible stuff. Glad you enjoyed the Hank Thompson books by Charlie Huston and btw, I loved the Joe Pitt books! I recently started a Charlie Huston thread, in the Crime & Thriller Group, stop by and leave a comment: http://www.librarything.com/topic/76122
Let's stay in touch and I'll let you know if I score any of those books you mentioned!

Mark
Hi Ansley- I saw you listed as having books by Reed Farrel Coleman. I found out about him through the crime writer Ken Bruen (who is also Irish and fantastic). I have not read Coleman but I plan on it. I see you love hard-hitting noirish crime novels, which I do also, have you heard of Charlie Huston? Incredible stuff!
Mark
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