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SomeGuyInVirginia and the Mystery of the Brass Hatchery: Another thrilling installment of the 75 Book Challenge, 2018!

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Edited: Nov 14, 5:14pm Top

It begins.


1) I'll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip, by John Donovan (January 7)
2) The Asylum: True tales of madness from a life in fashion, by Simon Doonan (January 17)
3) Ghost Stories by Michael Arlen (January 17)
4) How to Archer, by Sterling Archer (January 19)
5) When You Are Engulfed In Flames, by David Sedaris (January 27)


6) The Lost World, by Arthur Conan Doyle (February 2)
7) Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, by David Sederis (February 6)
8) Talking to the Dead: A Novel, by Harry Bingham (February 18)
9) A Shadow on the Wall, by Jonathan Aycliffe (February 22)
10) Clay, by David Almond (February 24)


11) Help for the Haunted, by John Searles (March 1)
12) A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel, by Paul Tremblay (March 2)
13) One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing, by David Forrest (March 4)
14) The Other Passenger, by John Keir Cross (March 4)
15) Skulldoggery, by Fletcher Flora (March 8)
16) Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977 - 2002), by David Sedaris (March 11)
17) The Thirty-Nine Steps, by John Buchan (March 15)
18) Ratman's Notebooks, by Stephen Gilbert (March 15)
19) Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie and narrated by Tim Curry (March 18)
20) The Watcher, by Charles Maclean (March 21)
21) The Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris (March 25)
22) Soon I Will Be Invincible, by Austin Grossman (March 25)
23) Step Right Up!: Memoirs of a Sword Swallower, by Daniel P. Mannix (March 28)
24) The Con Season: A Novel of Survival Horror, by Adam Cesare (March 29)
25) If Wishes Were Hearses, by Guy Cullingford (March 31)


26) The Loch, by Janet Caird (April 4)
27) Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder, by Samuel Wilson Fussell (April 8)
28) Blood on the Motorway: Book one of the apocalyptic British horror trilogy, by Paul Stephenson (April 10)
29) Pet Sematary, by Stephen King (April 12)
30) Night of the Crabs, by Guy N. Smith (April 14)
31) Night of the Living Trekkies, by Kevin David Anderson and Sam Stall (April 14)
32) Ghoul, by Marc Alexander (April 17)
33) The Last Days of Jack Sparks, by Jason Arnopp (April 21)
34) Bad Ronald, by Jack Vance (April 21)
35) One Deadly Dawn, by Harry Whittington (April 29)


36) Help I Am Being Held Prisoner, by Donald Westlake (May 9)
37) Dreamcatcher, by Stephen King (May 11)
38) Under the Skin, by Michel Faber (May 13)
39) I Shudder: And Other Reactions to Life, Death, and New Jersey, by Paul Rudnick (May 15)
40) Gentlemen of the Road, by Michael Chabon (May 19)
41) Don't Let Go, by Harlan Coben (May 23)
42) The Outsider, by Stephen King (May 31)


43) The Woman in the Window, by A.J. Finn (June 2)
44) This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It, by David Wong (June 6)
45) The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins (June 8)
46) City of Endless Night, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (June 11)
47) Uncle Dysfunctional: Uncompromising Answers to Life's Most Painful Problems, by A.A. Gill (June 13)
48) Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie and narrated by Kenneth Branagh (June 13)
49) Under the Harrow, by Flynn Berry (June 16)
50) Great Classic Stories: 22 Unabridged Classics, by Various (June 19)
51) The Chalk Man, by C.J. Tudor (June 22)
52) The Wife Between Us, by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (June 24)
53) The Talisman, by Jonathan Aycliffe (June 30)
54) Wicked Stepmother, by Axel Young, aka Michael McDowell (June 30)


55) The Transgressors, by Jim Thompson (July 4)
56) Calypso, by David Sedaris (July 6)
57) Carter & Lovecraft, by Jonathan L. Howard (July 12)
58) Day of the Arrow, by Philip Loraine (July 13)


59) Pressure, by Jeff Strand (August 2)
60) The Death of Mrs. Westaway, by Ruth Ware (August 2)
61) Croc, by David James (August 8)
62) Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry, written by Jules Verne, narrated by Tim Curry (August 10)
63) Childmare, by Nick Sharman (August 12)
64) Nightshade and Damnations, by Gerald Kersh (August 15)
65) A Jade in Aries: The Mitchell Tobin Mysteries Book 4, by Donald Westlake, writing as Tucker Coe (August 20)
66) Hell Hound, by Ken Greenhall (August 23)
67) Swish: A Quest, by Joel Derfner (August 24)
68) No Doors, No Windows, by Joe Schreiber (August 27)


69) Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books, by Michael Dirda (September 6)
70) The Last Time I Lied, by Riley Sager (September 8)
71) The Coming of Bill, by P.G. Wodehouse and narrated by Frederick Davidson (September 12)
72) The Cabin at the End of the World, by Paul Tremblay ( September 16)
73) The Fungus, by Harry Adam Knight (September 22)


74) House on Fire, by Arch Oboler (October 7)
75) A Matrix of Angels, by Christopher Conlon (October 9)
76) On an Odd Note, by Gerald Kersh (October 12)
77) Bryant & May: Strange Tide: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery, by Christopher Fowler (October 18)
78) Strange But True, by John Searles (October 21)
79) Voices in an Empty Room, by Philip Loraine (October 29)
80) The Templar Legacy, by Steve Berry, narrated by Paul Michael (October 31)


81) Disappearance at Devil's Rock, by Paul Tremblay (November 7)
82) Something in the Sea, by Yves Bonavero (November 10)
83) Less, by Andrew Sean Greer (November 11)

Jan 1, 5:03pm Top

So it does.

Jan 1, 7:31pm Top

Yes it does. Happy new year!

Jan 2, 12:03am Top

Hope your 2018 is filled with lots of great reads!

Jan 2, 12:55am Top

Happy New Year
Happy New Group here
This place is full of friends
I hope it never ends
It brew of erudition and good cheer.

Jan 2, 4:12am Top

Happy reading in 2018!

Jan 2, 7:39am Top

Found you!

Happy New Year, Larry. Give Da Floof a skritch from me.

Jan 2, 10:11am Top

Happy New Year! I wish you to read many good books in 2018.

Jan 2, 1:00pm Top

Starred and here's my admission fee-

Happy reading in 2018!

Jan 6, 2:22pm Top

Hey! *kicking front door* Are you home?

Jan 6, 3:35pm Top

ms! I'm here. I just got back from my round of anonymous good deeds, as is my wont.

This is my big decision this weekend, because going outside again is off the table. Do I 1) want to pay 20 bucks to watch IT, which I haven't seen or b) read and watch free stuff on Netflix? It's just me and Da Peeb until Monday and I'm all of a-tither.

Your Bernard and I have been working out. We've been casting aspersions and hurling invective and NOW I find out that isn't an Olympic sport.

Jan 6, 3:49pm Top

Option B, of course, as though it was even a question you silly man.

Heavens, these Southerners. So fatuous. Pay $20 for a film! It is to laugh.

Jan 6, 4:17pm Top

I know! It galls me that the price is so steep. But if I'd seen it in the theater it would have cost around that (movies are ridiculously expensive here.)

Eh. I balk at 20 bucks but I paid almost 8 for espresso and hot chocolate this morning.

You know what's cheap this week? Ice cream. Yooge sale at the local Safeway.

Jan 6, 4:26pm Top

>13 SomeGuyInVirginia: Then what's the issue? Back to the Safeway for sale ice cream, Netflix and "chill". Then a tasty selection of books from which to choose your pillow book.

And for the record: I'd balk a LOT harder at $8 for drinks than $20 for movies.

Jan 6, 5:38pm Top

>11 SomeGuyInVirginia: Oh good. I'm sure you were spreading sunshine all 'round. I still haven't seen IT, but I'll wait until it's on Netflix. Apparently nothing is wonderful enough to make me go to a theater these days, which works out for everyone. I'm the person who turns around and tells people to stop talking.
Mike goes to his yearly convention in two weeks, and every year I declare this Noodle Week! He's not a fan, so when he leaves I load up at the Asian market and eat noodles nearly every day. Egg noodles with tofu, pineapple, mushrooms and green onions are my favorite, all cooked in a packet of a season I can't identify but it's good. I also change something about the house while he's gone. Like the locks.
The bitching with Bernard in itself may not burn calories, but lifting the wine that much counts as bicep curls.

Jan 7, 9:48am Top

Hi Larry!

Huh. I made my own hot chocolate yesterday to ward off the cold even though I've got the propane stove going in the Sunroom. It worked for a while and didn't cost me any additional money to what I had in the house.

I hope you and Da Floof stay warm and cozy. No to IT because.... clowns..... and yes to reading and Netflix.

Jan 17, 7:18pm Top

Crazy Simon! Good company, Simon. The TV show based on his life was cute, too.

Jan 17, 11:09pm Top

I enjoy his writing, but prefer his earlier work. Yeah, he's good company.

Edited: Jan 17, 11:13pm Top

Ghost Stories by Michael Arlen (January 17)

Jan 19, 10:37pm Top

How to Archer, by Sterling Archer (January 19)

My new favorite fake name, 'Elvis Roosevelt'.

Jan 20, 4:26pm Top

Mike loves "Archer". If he read anything more than work manuals I would get this for him.

Jan 22, 4:13pm Top

The book's tone exactly matches the show. Pretty snarky. And good luck buying Aleppo soap these days.

Jan 24, 11:02am Top

My goal of jetting 700 books is well underway. I've withdrawn 177 so far, and have about 30 more on the dining room table ready to be de-listed.

Jan 24, 12:18pm Top

>25 SomeGuyInVirginia: That hurts even from over here.

Jan 24, 12:36pm Top

I have to do it. Even delivery people bring up the full-to-bursting bookcases. And I hate clutter.

Jan 24, 1:44pm Top

>28 SomeGuyInVirginia: Get a bigger house. Silly man.

Jan 29, 10:39am Top

Do you really remove them from your LT library? or just mark them as read but not owned?

Jan 29, 11:52am Top

Hey Judy,

I put them in the collection 'Great Purge' then haul them to the local library and donate them. It doesn't currently even cause me pain because, lets face it, a lot of the books I'm getting rid of I bought thinking that I wouldn't read it until I retired, if then. 'Wouldn't it be nice to have this ALREADY at hand in the event of 1) I'm snowbound, 2) I win the lottery, 3) I'm living in Vermont.' It will hurt more shortly because I've gotten rid of the dead wood and am now going to have to jet books that I really would like to read asap.

Whatever, it's an age of marvels and there will always be another book I want to read.

Feb 3, 6:09pm Top

^^^Please tell me that one's slated to be purged.

Feb 3, 10:12pm Top

Nay, it's an audiobook. You have no love for Lost World?

Feb 4, 4:02pm Top

None whatsoever. Professor Challenger made me gnash my teeth, which isn't any fun.

Edited: Feb 4, 4:31pm Top

Weeping and wailing? I thought both scientists came off as clowns. I bet the scene where the pterodactyl escaped and flew around the hall, eventually flying out an open window stuck in many a manish boy's or boyish man's mind.

Feb 4, 4:32pm Top

Heh, yes indeed re spoiler. No weeping or wailing to accompany my gnashings...shrieking of imprecations, hurling of curses.

Feb 4, 5:20pm Top

I never even knew that Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle had a series/character called Professor Challenger. Ya learn something new every day.

Feb 5, 9:13am Top

Every day!

Feb 7, 9:59am Top

David Sedaris is always such fun. Snarky, insightful, vivid.

Feb 7, 4:24pm Top

I agree. I almost never re-read a book, but I've read this one two or three times, so far.

Feb 9, 9:15pm Top

223 books out the door, another 500 or so on deck. Even though I'm getting rid of them, I really enjoyed buying them. The last couple of times I've gone book hunting, it was catch and release. I bought a bag of used books and donated them to Operation Paperback. Didn't even get cataloged. That's growth, right?

Feb 9, 10:03pm Top

You've done it! Gotten rid of even more than you said you would.

Major growth, not even cataloging them. Congrats!

Feb 10, 11:01am Top

>44 SomeGuyInVirginia:

O.k., part of me is horrified, but then I get that you're working towards something. And donating them is very nice. There, I'm coming to terms with it.

Feb 19, 4:33am Top

Good morning, Larry!

>48 SomeGuyInVirginia: Did you like it? I have read all 6 and can't wait for #7.

Feb 19, 9:33am Top

I really liked it. It's not the kind of book I'd usually pick up (damn long, part of a series), but I read it because of such strong recommendations. I almost bought The House of the Dead (title?, it's book 4, I think,) but remembered that I'm getting rid of so many books already.

Edited: Mar 15, 12:30pm Top

Feb 24, 3:47pm Top

Clay, by David Almond (February 24)

Feb 25, 9:29pm Top

Sir Larry. Silence, in your case at least, is NOT golden.

Feb 26, 2:46pm Top

Yeah, work is a total grind. Hardly have time to come up for air.

Feb 26, 2:49pm Top

Soon-come leisure hours *whammy* headed your way.

Mar 3, 12:31am Top

Help for the Haunted, by John Searles (March 1)

A Head Full of Ghosts: A Novel, by Paul Tremblay (March 2)

Both books were much better than I thought they would be, going in.

Mar 3, 11:36am Top

Tremblay's writing surprised me with how not-awful it was.

Mar 7, 9:04pm Top

Skulldoggery, by Fletcher Flora (March 8)

Agreeable trash.

Mar 8, 10:41am Top

>60 SomeGuyInVirginia: Excellent review!

Mar 14, 12:17pm Top

Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977 - 2002), by David Sedaris (March 11)

Mar 14, 2:13pm Top

Hi Larry. That is all.

Mar 14, 4:22pm Top

>62 SomeGuyInVirginia: Well, Larry, and what did you think of it? Good, bad, meh, yowza? It's on my shelves just waiting for me to crack it or let it stew in its own juices for a while.


Mar 14, 5:14pm Top

I liked it a lot. It's very similar to his essays, just shorter entries.

Mar 15, 12:23pm Top

The Thirty-Nine Steps, by John Buchan (March 15)

Boy's own thrilling adventure.

Mar 15, 1:06pm Top

Concise, accurate, and tempting. Admirably done.

Mar 15, 11:03pm Top

>67 richardderus: Mercy buckets, mon ami.

Edited: Mar 17, 11:06am Top

Ratman's Notebooks, by Stephen Gilbert (March 15)

The Goth Bambi.

Mar 16, 9:03am Top

I was vaguely disappointed with The Thirty-Nine Steps - I seem to recall thinking it dated in a hysterical-sort-of way. I gave it 3 stars.

Mar 16, 1:00pm Top

I think I know what you mean. I remember thinking it would pair nicely with The Man Who Was Thursday, which also has a fantastic, cartoonish quality.

Mar 17, 8:11am Top

I haven't read The Man Who Was Thursday yet. It's on my shelves, along with my other 1815 tbrs...

Edited: Mar 18, 4:11pm Top

Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie and narrated by Tim Curry

A miraculous book, and Tim Curry's narration is astonishing. Seek it out.

Mar 18, 5:19pm Top

I'd listen to Curry narrate anything. He did a superb job on some of the Lemony Snicket books too.

Mar 19, 4:30pm Top

I'll check them out. Curry's always been a favorite of mine, but after hearing him narrate Peter Pan I'm a true fan.

Edited: Mar 21, 2:14am Top

The Watcher, by Charles Maclean (March 21)

Ultimately, not satisfying.

Edited: Mar 25, 2:49pm Top

The Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris (March 25)

I could just eat this book up.

Mar 25, 3:04pm Top

>77 SomeGuyInVirginia:
With a nice chianti?

Mar 25, 3:17pm Top

And fava beans!

Mar 25, 4:03pm Top

>77 SomeGuyInVirginia: Red Dragon scared me witless. After that, NO.

Mar 25, 4:39pm Top

Happy Sunday, Larry and Parker D!

>77 SomeGuyInVirginia: Har-dee-har. Better you than me. I read it and then got rid of it.

>80 richardderus: Me, too. RD. My daughter loves the movie, was amazed that it was based on a book.

Mar 25, 7:47pm Top

>80 richardderus: I thought Red Dragon was scarier than Silence of the Lambs. What's really interesting is how Thomas Harris was able to make Hannibal Lecter a sympathetic character.

>81 karenmarie: I felt like that about a Japanese horror movie I watched one time, I won't give you the name. It frightened me so badly that I took it out to the car and left it there overnight, rather than have it in the house.

>82 drneutron: Doc!

Mar 25, 7:48pm Top

Soon I Will Be Invincible, by Austin Grossman (March 25)


Mar 25, 7:48pm Top

>83 SomeGuyInVirginia: The Ring! I bet it was The Ring! Scariest goddamned thing I've ever experienced, watching The Ring.

Mar 25, 10:02pm Top

There's a movie my daughter has told me to never watch, under any circumstances, but I can't remember what it is. Not The Ring, though.

Mar 28, 2:22pm Top

>85 richardderus: Nyet!

>86 karenmarie: That's good advice.

Edited: Mar 29, 8:06pm Top

The Con Season: A Novel of Survival Horror, by Adam Cesare (March 29)

An audiobook, and in this instance the narrator might have hurt the book.

Mar 30, 12:17pm Top

Easter is coming, Larry.

Hope it's a good one!

Mar 30, 3:01pm Top

>90 mstrust:
That bunny looks like it will kill you in your sleep.

Mar 30, 4:12pm Top

Hi Larry! I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend.

The movie my daughter told to never watch is Oculus.

Mar 30, 6:17pm Top

>91 Deedledee: It's thinking about it. But Larry likes scary books, and the bunny looks someone has just pulled something sharp out of its clenched paws.

Apr 1, 3:25pm Top

>90 mstrust: Holy cow! Some bunny's trying to kill me!

>92 karenmarie: Happy Easter! Just back from Dad's, he's doing well.

Edited: Apr 2, 9:27am Top

If Wishes Were Hearses, by Guy Cullingford (March 31)

Fun, I'd never heard of her before. I bought one or two others as well and am looking forward to reading them.

15 books in March, that may well be a personal best!

Edited: Apr 1, 10:25pm Top

Happy Easter, 1 hour and 36 minutes before it's over. Glad to hear your Dad's doing well. *smooches* to Parker.

And congrats on reading 15 books in March. You da man!

Edited: Apr 5, 12:13pm Top

The Loch, by Janet Caird (April 4)

Blech, I can't believe Stephen King recommended this. I enjoyed the first half, but the second is rushed and unsatisfying.

Apr 6, 8:02am Top

Maybe he only read the first half. 😀

Apr 6, 7:46pm Top

Fifteen books in March is outstanding! Congratulations!

Apr 6, 8:07pm Top

I am having the productive April that you had in March, Larry. Five books so far in six days for me and am back with a spring in my LT step.

Have a great weekend.

Apr 9, 10:25am Top

>99 richardderus: Thanks RD. I was sort of amazed that I could pull it off.

>100 PaulCranswick: Way to go, Paul! And thanks, I had a super quiet weekend and it was pretty awesome.

Apr 9, 10:29am Top

Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder, by Samuel Wilson Fussell (April 8)

Apr 9, 10:47am Top

Hi, Larry! You're moving along at quite a clip. The sugar rush of Easter candy?

Apr 9, 11:21am Top

Send Peeps! I'm going to try for 10 this month. Last month was a fluke, but a nice fluke.

Apr 11, 3:30am Top

Do you like your Peeps fresh or left to dry out for a couple of days? Enquiring minds and all that! Give Parker D a few skritches from me.

And good luck on getting 10 this month.

Apr 11, 9:13am Top

Thanks Karen. Parker is feeling neglected lately, over the weekend he even gave with the plaintive meows while I was reading in bed. Usually that's reserved for computer time, which he hates and calls 'Time spent with Not Me.' Poor little guy. I wonder if it would cheer him up to learn that I have his picture at work? Probably not.

Apr 11, 9:23am Top

Blood on the Motorway: Book one of the apocalyptic British horror trilogy, by Paul Stephenson (April 10)

Written with an agreeably brisk and ingratiating style, it fizzles with an abrupt ending. It's a trilogy and, although I didn't mind reading it, I have no urge to read the next book. A Mysterious Force kills 90% of Britons. As many of the living spring into murderous anarchy, various bands of survivors try and find their own well lighted place. There are serial killers even in the apocalypse, and two of the last police in the country try and track a particularly nasty specimen down. Mayhem ensues. Jonathan Maberry has this sort of book down cold, and David Wellington is better at it.

Apr 12, 8:04pm Top

Pet Sematary, by Stephen King (April 12)

An audiobook, and Michael C. Hall rocked it. Probably King's darkest novel.

Apr 15, 2:15pm Top

>109 SomeGuyInVirginia: Sounds uncomfortable. What'd you think? I haven't checked, but that one just has to be in Paperbacks From Hell.

Edited: Apr 15, 4:20pm Top


It's spectacularly bad, but it's oddly compelling and I finished it. In a way, it works and I wanted to see why. It's written with a vivid, swift cinematic style and, for 1976, extreme gore. There's no sense of the written word in it, it's just an extreme gore bead, then a sex bead, then an opposition to authority bead strung along a word string and repeated for 150 pages. It's the kind of thing that would appeal to a nine year old, extreme YA horror, but it was written for adults. Check out the reviews for it on LT, it's kind of popular.

I never was one of those people who praised something because it was so bad it's good. And like hell do I praise Crabs, and I'll never read another in the seven-book series, but I'm ok with having read it.

I'm pretty sure it is in Paperbacks From Hell, and I know the author, Guy N. Smith, is.

Edited: Apr 17, 9:37pm Top

Ghoul, by Marc Alexander (April 17)

Crap. There's no story, it's just a setup for Ghoul 2: The Ghouling. Alexander is a good writer, he must have known the ending was not satisfying. Got bored I guess.

Apr 17, 10:03pm Top

Hi Larry!

>113 SomeGuyInVirginia: Cynic that I am, I would imagine that he saw visions of dollar signs for a sequel.

Apr 18, 12:21pm Top

Could well be- he might have floated this to see if it took off. I read his Plague Pit and it wasn't truncated like this one.

Apr 21, 1:05am Top

The Last Days of Jack Sparks, by Jason Arnopp (April 21)

The right reader would be floored by this book.

Apr 21, 10:55pm Top

Bad Ronald, by Jack Vance (April 21)

Creepy, and the more I think about it the creepier it gets.

Apr 30, 10:54am Top

One Deadly Dawn, by Harry Whittington (April 29)

Hard boiled noir goodness.

Apr 30, 12:06pm Top

>117 SomeGuyInVirginia: The only review is in French, but is that the Bad Ronald of early 70's psycho horror movie fame?

Edited: Apr 30, 1:21pm Top

One and the same. The light tone of the narrative doesn't match the crawly ickness of the story, so that it kind of snuck up on me.

May 6, 8:53am Top

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday, Larry.

May 6, 1:20pm Top

Thanks buddy!

Edited: May 6, 8:07pm Top

I'm halfway to my goal of jetting 20% of the books on my shelves. You can't tell from looking at the piles, but the numbers don't lie.

Of course, there are all those books in storage...

May 11, 10:22pm Top

Dreamcatcher, by Stephen King (May 11)

Jeffrey DeMunn's narration made this book sing.

May 12, 1:02pm Top

I didn't know Dale was doing book narration, but he has the perfect voice for it.

May 19, 9:56pm Top

Gentlemen of the Road, by Michael Chabon (May 19)

Wonderful. Chabon and George Saunders are the most interesting writers working today. Donna Tartt, too.

Edited: May 29, 4:27pm Top

May 30, 8:18am Top

Hi Larry!

Don't Let Go sounds good. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

May 31, 4:09pm Top

Hi Larry! We got back last night, and as you've seen, I have pics! I'll get to the cocktail pics soon enough.

May 31, 11:00pm Top

May 31, 11:00pm Top

Pics or it didn't happen!

Jun 2, 11:25pm Top

The Woman in the Window, by A.J. Finn (June 2)

So damn good.

Jun 3, 3:57pm Top

>134 SomeGuyInVirginia: I've got pics, so it did happen!

Jun 7, 8:26am Top

I finished up the third of the David Wong books not long ago - really fun reads for me!

Jun 7, 8:39pm Top

Hey doc! Totally fun reads, yes indeedy.

Jun 8, 3:29pm Top

Hi Larry!

I really liked TGotT, hope you did too.

Give Parker skritches from me.

Jun 11, 9:50pm Top

City of Endless Night, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (June 11)

For the sake of those of us who adored Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities, I urge Preston and Child to stop writing. The last several have been really disappointing.

Jun 13, 2:48pm Top

Buy David Sedaris's new book, Calypso, and read it immediately.

Jun 13, 3:30pm Top

>143 SomeGuyInVirginia: A.A. Gill! You have to post a review of this to the page, it's doesn't have any.

Jun 14, 9:43am Top

>144 karenmarie: Now THAT'S a recommendation. Done!

>145 mstrust: OK, review soon.

Edited: Jun 14, 9:53am Top

Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie and narrated by Kenneth Branagh (June 13)

Jun 19, 8:47pm Top

Great Classic Stories: 22 Unabridged Classics, by Various (June 19)

Jun 20, 1:56pm Top

Dropping by to say hi and hand you a cocktail. Just pull the straw out of his nose.

Edited: Jun 22, 9:32pm Top

Jun 22, 9:33pm Top

>150 mstrust: That looks like Karl, my first boss in advertising. He had a straw stuck in his nose, too!

Jun 23, 11:58am Top

I hope you're having a great day!

Jun 24, 7:54pm Top

>153 mstrust: Thanks! It was quiet and restful. So that's something else I can check off my bucket list.

Edited: Jul 4, 11:10am Top

Happy 4th, Larry!

Jul 4, 1:59pm Top

Thanks Jennifer, and to you too!

Jul 6, 10:37pm Top

Calypso, by David Sedaris (July 6)

Jul 10, 11:29am Top

How'd you like Calypso?

Jul 10, 4:35pm Top

I loved it, but it's his darkest work so far. His most powerful, as well. I think Sedaris is still going to be read in 500 years.

Edited: Jul 12, 10:09pm Top

Carter & Lovecraft, by Jonathan L. Howard (July 12)

Not the first entertaining author to crash into the wall of the cthulhu bathos. Still, I enjoy Howard's voice and he's got a nice pop culture vocabulary. Even though this book is only the first story in a series and incomplete, I'd read the others without someone having to put a gun to my head. Not right away or anything.

Jul 13, 12:36am Top

Jul 13, 2:03pm Top

>163 SomeGuyInVirginia: I wouldn't argue, he's so funny and I like that the weirdness runs in the family.

Jul 17, 10:36am Top

Hi Larry!

>153 mstrust: and >155 SomeGuyInVirginia: I missed your birthday? Aaack. Happy Belated Birthday.

Yay for Calypso. I'm excited that I get to see him on August 21st.

Jul 20, 1:15pm Top

No worries, I'm glad you got the time to relax- it sounds like it was wonderful!

I'm going to see Sedaris, too! I just bought tickets at the Strathmore theater for- APRIL 3, 2019! Hol-ee crap!

Jul 20, 1:54pm Top

That's going to be so much fun! Congrats! And it feels weird that we're already thinking about 2019, but I'm sure the tickets for Sedaris are going fast, if not sold out already.

Edited: Aug 2, 8:40pm Top

Pressure, by Jeff Strand (August 2)

Sort of a YA Silence of the Lambs.

Edited: Aug 2, 10:48pm Top

Aug 5, 8:07am Top

Hi Larry! Happy Sunday to you and Parker.

Aug 5, 4:57pm Top

Thanks Karen! Just back from Williamsburg, got my get propped up and about to enter the chill zone.

Edited: Aug 8, 12:47pm Top

Croc, by David James (August 8)

Aug 11, 9:44am Top

Another weekend, another wish to you and Parker for good times in the chill zone.

Aug 12, 3:57pm Top

Mercy buckets, ma'amzell!

Edited: Aug 15, 10:31pm Top

Childmare, by Nick Sharman (August 12)

Crap. The story is better than the writing.

Aug 12, 7:45pm Top

>178 SomeGuyInVirginia: I love it when you tell it like it is.

Aug 15, 12:12pm Top

Pshaw! I'm just a cranky dude.

Aug 15, 8:12pm Top

I'm just going to leave this here and walk away.

Aug 16, 9:44am Top


There's more cake, right?

Thanks Jennifer.

Aug 16, 11:56am Top

There's always more cake. Let me know when you want more and I'll rock myself out of a chair to get it.

Aug 20, 2:45am Top

A Jade in Aries: The Mitchell Tobin Mysteries Book 4, by Donald Westlake, writing as Tucker Coe (August 20)

Edited: Aug 27, 10:46pm Top

Hell Hound, by Ken Greenhall (August 23)

Aug 25, 4:09pm Top

Swish: A Quest, by Joel Derfner (August 24)


Aug 27, 6:48pm Top

Three books in four days? You're like lightning!

Aug 27, 10:49pm Top

Thanks, I've got tons to do, it must be avoidance.

Edited: Aug 27, 10:52pm Top

Sep 1, 10:03am Top

Hi Larry! Safe trip home, and I hope you and Parker have a totally relaxing Monday!

Sep 8, 11:58am Top

Yoo-hoo! I thought I saw the lights on here...

Sep 12, 10:39am Top

The Coming of Bill, by P.G. Wodehouse and narrated by Frederick Davidson (September 12)

An audiobook, and Frederick Davidson's narration made it sing. He's perfect for Wodehouse, especially the stories set in America.

Sep 16, 9:08pm Top

The Cabin at the End of the World, by Paul Tremblay ( September 16)

I liked A Head Full of Ghosts better, although this was good, too.

Sep 19, 10:22pm Top

Hi Larry! Did you get much rain while we were Florence-it down here?

Sep 20, 3:53pm Top

Heya kiddo! Not really, although the George Washington Parkway was partially flooded. That directly affects my commute, so I noticed that.

I'm so glad you didn't get pounded!

Sep 20, 9:50pm Top

Thanks, me, too. Jenna's situation is different - she's still at home with no idea when she can return. She's worried but handling it well.

So glad you didn't get flooded out.

Sep 21, 2:04pm Top

Oooh, who's going to be your 200th post?

Sep 21, 4:27pm Top

It's a mystery!

Sep 21, 4:49pm Top


Oct 4, 1:51pm Top

Hello? Anybody home?

Oct 4, 2:11pm Top

I'm here, I promise. Things are kind of heavy right now, but I'm working my way through the pile.

Oct 4, 3:36pm Top

>202 SomeGuyInVirginia: Ha! How was I to know someone didn't want their car to explode?

Oct 6, 8:01pm Top


Oct 8, 10:28am Top

House on Fire, by Arch Oboler (October 7)

Vile, not worth reading.

Oct 8, 10:29am Top

>204 mstrust: It was a mercy torching.

Edited: Oct 9, 2:24pm Top

A Matrix of Angels, by Christopher Conlon (October 9)

Oh my god, I desperately wanted something to happen in this beautifully related story. Reading it, I felt like I was a little kid again. This is some kind of miracle, maybe not my kind of miracle.

Oct 9, 3:52pm Top

I think that may be the most mysterious review you've ever done ;-)

Oct 12, 3:26pm Top

On an Odd Note, by Gerald Kersh (October 12)

Oct 12, 6:33pm Top

>206 SomeGuyInVirginia: Congratulations on reaching 75, Larry!

Oct 12, 10:08pm Top

We are exactly tied at 77 books each on Oct 12th, Larry!

Oct 13, 10:52am Top

Wow, I can't believe it, you're so much a better reader than I. I guess a lot of mine have been audiobooks. God I love audiobooks.

Oct 14, 8:10am Top

>211 FAMeulstee: Thanks Anita!

Oct 14, 5:38pm Top

Yay Larry! 75!

Oct 18, 10:40pm Top

I'd like to thank all of the little people who made this accomplishment possible.

Oct 18, 10:40pm Top

Oct 21, 9:19am Top

>215 mstrust: That's a riot Jennifer.

>216 SomeGuyInVirginia: Left-handed compliment indeed.

Smooches to Parker, hugs to you. We're finally getting a bit of fall weather - yay - and I plan on staying inside and reading and watching the Panthers today. Of course, I stay inside and read most days...

Oct 22, 10:24am Top

Oh man, I can't wait to retire. Maybe in 30 years...

Edited: Oct 22, 10:25am Top

Oct 29, 10:26pm Top

Oct 31, 9:31am Top

The Templar Legacy, by Steve Berry, narrated by Paul Michael (October 31)

Great narrator, crummy book.

Oct 31, 11:29am Top

Sorry it was a dud.

Oct 31, 2:55pm Top

>223 karenmarie: Great news! My GP gave me Requip for my restless legs. I can sit down and read ANY TIME I WANT TO! First time in years I haven't had to worry about pedaling a bike while I was reading. Miracle medicine.

Oct 31, 3:37pm Top

Oct 31, 4:29pm Top

Happy Halloween!

Nov 2, 10:32am Top

Oh my, Larry! Fantastic news. I didn't realize you suffered from RLS. Yay for not having to pedal a bike while reading.

Bill has very mild RLS at night and has started taking a specific type of magnesium that seems to help.

Nov 2, 10:43am Top

It really is a life-changing event. It seems stupid of me, in retrospect, but it never occurred to me to ask my doctor about available meds. My brother has serious neurological issues and when I told him about my RLS he said 'Ropinerole. Miracle medicine.' Ropinerole is generic Requip. It worked from the very first night. I still get an occasional tug in my right foot, but it's nothing and passes. I can't tell you how happy I am to be able to just sit down and read whenever. I. want. to. YAY! Happy dance, happy dance, dance to the muuusic!

Nov 2, 2:56pm Top

I'm so glad you've found some relief! Hooray for you!

Nov 2, 5:01pm Top

Thanks Jennifer. Now I wonder why I didn't do this years ago. It's pretty groovy.

Nov 2, 5:33pm Top

Drugs is good...

Nov 4, 2:25pm Top

Better living through chemistry!

Nov 8, 8:32pm Top

Hey there Sugar Dumplin, so very pleased that the RLS is remitted by ropinerole. Have a revoltingly overstuffed and fat-laden Thanksgiving. That's next week, isn't it? Midterms were three weeks ago, right?

Nov 10, 10:50pm Top

Oh, I can never remember to keep that stuff straight!

Edited: Nov 12, 6:39am Top

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Nov 11, 9:46pm Top

Less, by Andrew Sean Greer (November 11)

I enjoyed it as much as the books that I read as a kid.

Nov 14, 3:58pm Top

Aawww! Here is the proof of life photo of Mojo, a kitten at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. As a Christmas present to my brother, who doesn't need any more stuff, I've cunningly masterminded her liberation into a forever home by shelling out for her adoption. Super kewt! I hope she is always happy with whomever got her.

Nov 14, 4:10pm Top

Adorable! I hope she's very happy in her new home! Oh, if only I could work up a tenth of the charitable feelings as you have...

Nov 14, 5:14pm Top

Wassamatter hon?

Nov 14, 5:16pm Top

Aak! I discovered an accounting error. I've only read 83 books so far this year. I had 84. Corrections have been made. Appropriate people have been counseled. Heads have rolled where needed.

Nov 14, 6:47pm Top

>241 SomeGuyInVirginia: Nothin', just that I know that after I paid for that cute kitty I would yell out, "Mine!"
>242 SomeGuyInVirginia: Caught! Don't let this happen again. Actually, I've had that happen nearly every year and have to go through and sort it.

Edited: Nov 14, 7:01pm Top

>239 SomeGuyInVirginia: You're a good man, Charlie Brown. I know why she's black with gorgeous yellow eyes. You want someone to have a Parker clone, right?

No cat thoughts. No. No. No. I will not consider getting a kitten at this time. Nope. I am currently in attrition mode, no new kitties for me. Not this year. Not yet. Two is good. Three is bad.

I've already picked out a name for a new girl kitten - Delilah. Care to guess why?

>242 SomeGuyInVirginia: Sorry about the accounting error. Ignorance was bliss, right?

Nov 17, 8:06am Top

>239 SomeGuyInVirginia: I hope that sweetie will be happy in her new home.

Nov 17, 7:21pm Top

>244 karenmarie: because you're getting a kitten called Delilah!

>245 thornton37814: I'm sure she will. Black cats can be hard to place because of the superstition. That said, Mojo was adopted the next day. When Eric eat married he bad a female black cat called Snicki, who was a demon to everyone except Eric. She'd stir in a window and wait for the him to come home. When he came in Snicki would purr around his ankles until Eric's freaky wife showed and the cat would then attack her with real brutality and chase her out of the room. Eric loved that cat and divorced his wife.

Yesterday, 8:09am Top

Hi Larry!

Not getting a kitten yet, but if I do, Delilah because, fangirling again, Freddie Mercury's favorite cat was named Delilah. Sad, isn't it? The name does roll nicely off the tongue though.....

Snicki was a cat of discerning taste. I never thought about black cats and superstition.

Have a lovely Sunday and give Da Floof some skritches from me.

Yesterday, 9:31am Top

Delilah and Tallulah, sadly underused names for females. Lovely orotundity in both.

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