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About meI'm married with one son, one daughter, one dog, two cars and a house. I work for a small software development company in the healthcare industry and spend most of my free time watching youth sports or driving to them. The rest of the time I like to read. Mostly horror, but I do like westerns, humor and southern fiction. And other stuff, but mostly horror.

About my libraryI own very few of the books in my library. I used to keep all of my books, but boxed them up and donated them years ago. I'm now trying to add what I've read by memory, which seems to have sprung a leak. The problem is I know I read a book by Whitley Strieber years ago. I just can't remember which one. I think it's the one with the cat. Anyway, there are a lot of books like that and if I can't remember which one it is I don't add it. It has been kind of fun finding books I've read in which I can't remember either the author or title but only plot details.

For the books I read now, we have a very good library system in Jacksonville and I take advantage of it. Although I am sometimes an impatient consumer and buy the book if not available. My family knows a gift card to our local bookstore is considered gold to me, so I'm pretty easy when birthdays come around. Usually if I buy a book, I donate it.

Reviews
I've begun to review and rate books as I read them, so my reviews only go back to last year. Books I've read in the past won't have reviews. I try to stay away from rehashing the plot and only give my impression of how well I liked the book. I try very hard not to include spoilers as that is a pet peeve of mine.
It's funny, but when I go back to read some of my reviews I think, "THAT'S not what I meant to say". Oh well, that is why I read 'em and not write 'em. Hopefully I can pass on some tid bit of information that will help you take the plunge and try a good book.

Ratings
I struggle with ratings. I think my average rating is somewhere around 3 stars but the distribution isn't that widely dispersed. That seems to indicate that I can't make up my mind if a book is good or bad. So I'll try and explain how I've rated them here.
1 * I have not and probably will not give a 1 star. That's because I get a lot of good recommendations from fellow LT'ers. Enough to keep me reading good books and away from duds. Thanks guys:)
2 * Ditto on 2 stars, but sometimes you get a book that's too predictable or with poorly developed characters.
3 * Generally means I enjoyed the book. The plot could be predictable but with characters you care about. Or shallow character development with good pacing of the plot. Or fun and full of action. It just wasn't memorable and I wouldn't re-read a second time.
4 * These are keepers with fully developed characters and good pacing of the plot.
5 * I find it very hard to give 5 stars. I'm not sure I can adequately articulate why. These books just leave a lasting impression and it's generally the characters that drive that impression. It and Lonesome Dove fit the bill for me here. I loved both of those and I always will.

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Hi Tim. I hope all has been well. I am at a crossroad on whether to continue the series by Veronica Roth at the moment. I really liked her first book Divergent. It had that same dark world feeling of dread that you experience with Hunger Games. In comparison, it still fell short but it had huge potential. The main female heroes were introduced equally well, although this one had more of a romantic (or should I say girl crush) undertones. But it was still bearable. Insurgent, on the other hand, did a complete 180 from I thought where it was going. It became more about the drama and the plot became driven what felt more like high schoolish rumours. The romance became more high schoolish too and really temperamental on par with Stephanie Meyer, which I despise. I am on the fence if I will continue. Chances are that I will drop the series. But give the first one a try. It was a decent effort.
Great! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I had to chuckle at your comments about A Game of Thrones. Now do we not only like to read the same material, but we are thinking alike and reading the exact same books! Ha! I just started reading A Game Of Thrones as well and really enjoyed the HBO series. I had read the novel already years ago, but never got around to reading the sequels. The HBO series rehashed my enjoyment of the novel. I decided to read the first instalment again, prior to reading the next one before April in preparation for the TV show. My memory is not the best when it comes to remembering names and given the vast cast, it is almost mandatory that I revisit the first book or might feel a little lost or will find myself having to go back to figure out the characters. The first season of the show is indeed very faithful to the book. So, you will not lose much of the story at all if you do decide to skip ahead.
2012 has been a very good reading year for me so far. In terms of quantity, I will likely slow down with Martin’s couple of books. But I aim for quality over quantity when it comes to reading at all times.

Happy Reading!
Oh man, Tim! If you like hardcore horror without the supernatural (books like THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, OFFSPRING, PRODIGAL BLUES), you are in for a treat with THE SUMMER I DIED. Amazingly good, and it will leave a scar for life.
Wow, Nightjack sounds really trippy. I don’t think it would be my cup of tea at all, but being that it is Pic, I will likely get around to reading it sometime down the road.

On letting the A LOWER DEEP fester a little bit, I demoted its rating from three to two stars. I do not think that I am being harsh. But I am sure many will disagree. Just take a look at the ratings for it on Amazon: 4.5 to 5 stars for the most part.

Although not horror, I just started reading a dark fantasy novel Lord Foul’s Bane written in the seventies. I think that it would appeal to horror fans. Have you read it?

Hey Tim,

Given you read my spiritual suspense thriller THE LAST DAY, I wanted to let you know that my new book THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD & EVIL was released last week by MacMillan.

Publishers Weekly says: "Kleier's undeniably gripping second spiritual thriller is bound to provoke just as many arguments as his controversial first novel, THE LAST DAY. THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD & EVIL is the first of a trilogy, and Kleier's many fans will only hope they won't have to wait long for the next installment."

If you enjoyed LAST DAY, I think you'll find KNOWLEDGE an even more engaging read.

Thanks, and best wishes,

Glenn Kleier
gkleier@gmail.com
http://www.kleier.com
Hi Tim,

As a friend of mine here, will you also do me the honor of joining the Facebook page for my new novel, THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD & EVIL (MacMillan, July 2011)? The page will feature upcoming events that I think you’ll find interesting.

To kick things off we'll be issuing major updates starting June 18th, including the premier of the KNOWLEDGE video trailer. It's unlike any I've ever seen, and I trust you'll feel the same.

Please follow this link and click "Like"--

http://on.fb.me/kRb95M

Hope to see you there!

With much appreciation,

Glenn Kleier
Author of THE LAST DAY (Warner Books)
Hey Tim,

I see you added Midnight Cowboy. I just finished and reviewed it. Curious to see what you think of the book.
Hi Tim,

I have the same problem with my co-workers laughing at me. I just look at them gravely and say you won't be laughing when ya'll are trying to eat each other. Thanks for joining in.

Tesse
Hi, Tim,

No wonder you forgot the title, it's taken me so long to complete this next novel. It's been ears in the researching and writing, but I hope to make it worth your while. Another spiritual suspense thriller like "Last Day." Feel free to drop me a line at gkleier@gmail.com, and I'll give you a sneak preview.

All the best,

Glenn
Hey Tim,

I see you just rated In Silent Graves. I just finished that one today. I guess we were reading it at the same time. Neat coincidence, huh?
Hi Tim,

I'm sorry that I didn't see your note sooner -- thanks so much for writing to me, and I'm really glad you liked the book.

Being an unknown author with an independent press has made the book's progress on a national level a bit slow, but thanks to kind people like yourself, word appears to be spreading little by little.

I really appreciate your enthusiasm -- thanks again, most sincerely.

all best,
Louie
Hey Tim--
thanks for the note about my review; I always find it harder to review the books I really love, so that one for The Sound of Building Coffins took some time. After I read it and wrote a review, though, I was reading all of the reviews for the book and glancing around the libraries who'd also pulled it in since there were so few. When I saw what a fan of horror you are, I wanted to keep an eye out for your future reviews :)

We actually share quite a few more books than it appears, just from the glances I made at your horror collection; I have a lot of books in storage at my mom's house, and that's where most of the mainstream lit & horror I've read is (most everything by John Saul, Bentley Little, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, some Straub, etc.). So, yep, I was curious and thought I'd keep an eye out on what you're reading. There's so much Bad horror out there, I'm always on the look-out for good horror writers, and based on your reviews, I trust your taste :)

Good reading, and thanks for the note!

--Jennifer
Tim,

If you are looking to try Longarm, I'd recommend picking up Longarm Double #1: Deputy U.S. Marshal and Longarm Double #2: Longarm of the Law. These two omnibuses collect the first four Longarm novels. I've only read the first omnibus so far. The books are crap. But I liked them anyway. Also, many, many different authors have knocked out a Longarm book or two over the years (I've decided to find the actual author name for each book I read and review), so picking up one book is no guarantee of the quality of any other Longarm book.

Trevanian... didn't he write The Treasure of the Sierra Madre? (Nope. That was B. Traven...) Anyway, I've looked into Incident at Twenty-Mile. It sounds pretty good. I think I'll order a copy.

Speaking of western novels that also have some sort of literary merit, have you ever read Oakley Hall's Warlock? It's a retelling of the OK Corral (with renamed characters, town, etc.) that for some reason Thomas Pynchon praised. The reviews here at LT aren't so hot (I think they were Pynchon fans who were expecting something Pynchon-esque), but reading reviews elsewhere it has a good reputation. I have it, but haven't read it yet.
I was at a used book store today and picked up my own copy of Grave Men. Lord only knows when I will read it though...

By the way, I think the Whitely Strieber book you mentioned was Cat Magic. I'm no expert on Whitley, but I remember him trying to plug that book way back when and Oprah just kept asking him about Communion.
Hey, thanks for the heads' up on Grave Men. It sounds okay, but not something I will rush out to get. Maybe if I spot a copy at Half Price Books or something.

It's funny. I was just on here to post a review of a western I finished: .45-Caliber Revenge. It was interesting, because it sort of took the 'reformed bad-ass is done wrong and seeks revenge' story and stand it on its head. Instead, Cuno Massey is a young kid who can't shoot or ride a horse, but swears vengeance anyway.

On the one hand I want to say it wasn't well written. The author reused phrases like 'ground eating gallop' and 'naked as a jaybird' too many times in a 250 page book. Also, the book was pretty un-PC. Usually that is a good thing. But the treatment of the Indians, not by the characters but by the author, I didn't like. They were almost always leering devil-faced savages.

At the same time I enjoyed the story enough that I kept wanting to find an odd moment to pick up the book and read just a few more pages. I'd read more of his westerns.

Ah well. I think I'll look for an Elmore Leonard western or two.
Hey Tim,

I was trying to read Consumed but it's a little too scholarly and deep for me right now. Instead I'm going to try and tear through Peter Brandvold's .45-Caliber Revenge.

I haven't read enough westerns to be sure of what I do like, but I don't mind the gunslinger/man in black type of story. At least not if it has that spaghetti western, morally ambiguous flair to it.

I do need to read some Elmer Kelton. The Day the Cowboys Quit is a required read for a few schools here in Texas.

I've been curious about Elmore Leonard's westerns. Have you read any of them?
Hello Tim Taylor,
When you happen to read "Christmasville", please share your impressions.
Regards,
Michael
Thanks for the warm welcome, Tim. I'm still trying to find my way around here but the guys at St. Martin's love LT, so I expect to learn a lot here.
Tim, I'm a fan of the Hap Collins books. it has been quite a while since he has writen any. The two books of his that I have re-read areSunset and Sawdust and The Bottoms. I feel like those are my all time favorites. I also enjoyed Tarzan last Adventure that he finished for the estate of ERB.
Now, just in case you haven't enough to read, you must try George Chesbro. His first Mongo book is ' the shadow of a broken man'. His series has been described as' stephen king meets raymond chandler'. Also his stand a lone novel "Bone" is worth the price of the admission. give him a try.
thanks bob
Hi Tim, Noticed you are Lansdale fan. Heve you read his newest? Just wondering what youn thought of it. Thanks, bob
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