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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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1SomeGuyInVirginia
Edited: Nov 14, 5:14pm Top

It begins.

January

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)

February

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)

March

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)

April

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)

May

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)

June

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)

July

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)

August

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)

September

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)

October

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)

November

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)

2richardderus
Jan 1, 5:03pm Top

So it does.

3drneutron
Jan 1, 7:31pm Top

Yes it does. Happy new year!

4thornton37814
Jan 2, 12:03am Top

Hope your 2018 is filled with lots of great reads!

5PaulCranswick
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.

6FAMeulstee
Jan 2, 4:12am Top

Happy reading in 2018!

7karenmarie
Jan 2, 7:39am Top

Found you!

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

8The_Hibernator
Jan 2, 10:11am Top



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

9mstrust
Jan 2, 1:00pm Top

Starred and here's my admission fee-



Happy reading in 2018!

10mstrust
Jan 6, 2:22pm Top

Hey! *kicking front door* Are you home?

11SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

12richardderus
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.

13SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

14richardderus
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.

15mstrust
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.

17karenmarie
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.

19richardderus
Jan 17, 7:18pm Top

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

20SomeGuyInVirginia
Jan 17, 11:09pm Top

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

21SomeGuyInVirginia
Edited: Jan 17, 11:13pm Top

Ghost Stories by Michael Arlen (January 17)

22SomeGuyInVirginia
Jan 19, 10:37pm Top

How to Archer, by Sterling Archer (January 19)

My new favorite fake name, 'Elvis Roosevelt'.

23mstrust
Jan 20, 4:26pm Top

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

24SomeGuyInVirginia
Jan 22, 4:13pm Top

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

25SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

27mstrust
Jan 24, 12:18pm Top

>25 SomeGuyInVirginia: That hurts even from over here.

28SomeGuyInVirginia
Jan 24, 12:36pm Top

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

29richardderus
Jan 24, 1:44pm Top

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

31ffortsa
Jan 29, 10:39am Top

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

32SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

34richardderus
Feb 3, 6:09pm Top

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

35SomeGuyInVirginia
Feb 3, 10:12pm Top

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

36richardderus
Feb 4, 4:02pm Top

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

37SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

38richardderus
Feb 4, 4:32pm Top

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

39karenmarie
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.

40SomeGuyInVirginia
Feb 5, 9:13am Top

Every day!

42karenmarie
Feb 7, 9:59am Top

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

43SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

44SomeGuyInVirginia
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?

45karenmarie
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!

46mstrust
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.

49karenmarie
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.

50SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

51SomeGuyInVirginia
Edited: Mar 15, 12:30pm Top

52SomeGuyInVirginia
Feb 24, 3:47pm Top

Clay, by David Almond (February 24)

53richardderus
Feb 25, 9:29pm Top

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

54SomeGuyInVirginia
Feb 26, 2:46pm Top

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

55richardderus
Feb 26, 2:49pm Top

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

56SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

57richardderus
Mar 3, 11:36am Top

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

60SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 7, 9:04pm Top

Skulldoggery, by Fletcher Flora (March 8)

Agreeable trash.

61mstrust
Mar 8, 10:41am Top

>60 SomeGuyInVirginia: Excellent review!

62SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 14, 12:17pm Top

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

63richardderus
Mar 14, 2:13pm Top

Hi Larry. That is all.

64karenmarie
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.

*smile*

65SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 14, 5:14pm Top

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

66SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 15, 12:23pm Top

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

Boy's own thrilling adventure.

67richardderus
Mar 15, 1:06pm Top

Concise, accurate, and tempting. Admirably done.

68SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 15, 11:03pm Top

>67 richardderus: Mercy buckets, mon ami.

69SomeGuyInVirginia
Edited: Mar 17, 11:06am Top

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

The Goth Bambi.

70karenmarie
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.

71SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

72karenmarie
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...

73SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

74mstrust
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.

75SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

76SomeGuyInVirginia
Edited: Mar 21, 2:14am Top

The Watcher, by Charles Maclean (March 21)

Ultimately, not satisfying.

77SomeGuyInVirginia
Edited: Mar 25, 2:49pm Top

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

I could just eat this book up.

78Deedledee
Mar 25, 3:04pm Top

>77 SomeGuyInVirginia:
With a nice chianti?

79SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 25, 3:17pm Top

And fava beans!

80richardderus
Mar 25, 4:03pm Top

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

81karenmarie
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.

83SomeGuyInVirginia
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!

84SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 25, 7:48pm Top

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

Cartoonish.

85richardderus
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.

86karenmarie
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.

88SomeGuyInVirginia
Mar 28, 2:22pm Top

>85 richardderus: Nyet!

>86 karenmarie: That's good advice.

89SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

90mstrust
Mar 30, 12:17pm Top

Easter is coming, Larry.

Hope it's a good one!

91Deedledee
Mar 30, 3:01pm Top

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

92karenmarie
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.

93mstrust
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.

94SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

95SomeGuyInVirginia
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!

96karenmarie
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!

97SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

98drneutron
Apr 6, 8:02am Top

Maybe he only read the first half. 😀

99richardderus
Apr 6, 7:46pm Top

Fifteen books in March is outstanding! Congratulations!

100PaulCranswick
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.

101SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

102SomeGuyInVirginia
Apr 9, 10:29am Top

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

103mstrust
Apr 9, 10:47am Top

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

104SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

105karenmarie
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.

106SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

107SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

108SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

111mstrust
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.

112SomeGuyInVirginia
Edited: Apr 15, 4:20pm Top

Snort!

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.

113SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

114karenmarie
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.

115SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

116SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

117SomeGuyInVirginia
Apr 21, 10:55pm Top

Bad Ronald, by Jack Vance (April 21)

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

118SomeGuyInVirginia
Apr 30, 10:54am Top

One Deadly Dawn, by Harry Whittington (April 29)

Hard boiled noir goodness.

119mstrust
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?

120SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

121PaulCranswick
May 6, 8:53am Top

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday, Larry.

122SomeGuyInVirginia
May 6, 1:20pm Top

Thanks buddy!

123SomeGuyInVirginia
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...

125SomeGuyInVirginia
May 11, 10:22pm Top

Dreamcatcher, by Stephen King (May 11)

Jeffrey DeMunn's narration made this book sing.

126mstrust
May 12, 1:02pm Top

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

129SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

130SomeGuyInVirginia
Edited: May 29, 4:27pm Top

131karenmarie
May 30, 8:18am Top

Hi Larry!

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

132mstrust
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.

133SomeGuyInVirginia
May 31, 11:00pm Top

134SomeGuyInVirginia
May 31, 11:00pm Top

Pics or it didn't happen!

135SomeGuyInVirginia
Jun 2, 11:25pm Top

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

So damn good.

136mstrust
Jun 3, 3:57pm Top

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

138drneutron
Jun 7, 8:26am Top

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

139SomeGuyInVirginia
Jun 7, 8:39pm Top

Hey doc! Totally fun reads, yes indeedy.

141karenmarie
Jun 8, 3:29pm Top

Hi Larry!

I really liked TGotT, hope you did too.

Give Parker skritches from me.

142SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

144karenmarie
Jun 13, 2:48pm Top

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

145mstrust
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.

146SomeGuyInVirginia
Jun 14, 9:43am Top

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

>145 mstrust: OK, review soon.

147SomeGuyInVirginia
Edited: Jun 14, 9:53am Top

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

149SomeGuyInVirginia
Jun 19, 8:47pm Top

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

150mstrust
Jun 20, 1:56pm Top

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

151SomeGuyInVirginia
Edited: Jun 22, 9:32pm Top

152SomeGuyInVirginia
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!

153mstrust
Jun 23, 11:58am Top

I hope you're having a great day!

155SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

158mstrust
Edited: Jul 4, 11:10am Top

Happy 4th, Larry!

159SomeGuyInVirginia
Jul 4, 1:59pm Top

Thanks Jennifer, and to you too!

161SomeGuyInVirginia
Jul 6, 10:37pm Top

Calypso, by David Sedaris (July 6)

162mstrust
Jul 10, 11:29am Top

How'd you like Calypso?

163SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

164SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

165SomeGuyInVirginia
Jul 13, 12:36am Top

166mstrust
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.

167karenmarie
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.

168SomeGuyInVirginia
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!

169mstrust
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.

170SomeGuyInVirginia
Edited: Aug 2, 8:40pm Top

Pressure, by Jeff Strand (August 2)

Sort of a YA Silence of the Lambs.

171SomeGuyInVirginia
Edited: Aug 2, 10:48pm Top

172karenmarie
Aug 5, 8:07am Top

Hi Larry! Happy Sunday to you and Parker.

173SomeGuyInVirginia
Aug 5, 4:57pm Top

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

174SomeGuyInVirginia
Edited: Aug 8, 12:47pm Top

Croc, by David James (August 8)

176karenmarie
Aug 11, 9:44am Top

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

177SomeGuyInVirginia
Aug 12, 3:57pm Top

Mercy buckets, ma'amzell!

178SomeGuyInVirginia
Edited: Aug 15, 10:31pm Top

Childmare, by Nick Sharman (August 12)

Crap. The story is better than the writing.

179mstrust
Aug 12, 7:45pm Top

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

180SomeGuyInVirginia
Aug 15, 12:12pm Top

Pshaw! I'm just a cranky dude.

182mstrust
Aug 15, 8:12pm Top

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

183SomeGuyInVirginia
Aug 16, 9:44am Top

Wait!

There's more cake, right?

Thanks Jennifer.

184mstrust
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.

185SomeGuyInVirginia
Aug 20, 2:45am Top

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

186SomeGuyInVirginia
Edited: Aug 27, 10:46pm Top

Hell Hound, by Ken Greenhall (August 23)

187SomeGuyInVirginia
Aug 25, 4:09pm Top

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

Astonishing.

188mstrust
Aug 27, 6:48pm Top

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

189SomeGuyInVirginia
Aug 27, 10:49pm Top

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

190SomeGuyInVirginia
Edited: Aug 27, 10:52pm Top

191karenmarie
Sep 1, 10:03am Top

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

192mstrust
Sep 8, 11:58am Top

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

193SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

194SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

195karenmarie
Sep 19, 10:22pm Top

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

196SomeGuyInVirginia
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!

197karenmarie
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.

198mstrust
Sep 21, 2:04pm Top

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

199SomeGuyInVirginia
Sep 21, 4:27pm Top

It's a mystery!

200mstrust
Sep 21, 4:49pm Top

Me!!!

201karenmarie
Oct 4, 1:51pm Top

Hello? Anybody home?

203SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

204mstrust
Oct 4, 3:36pm Top

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

205drneutron
Oct 6, 8:01pm Top

*snerk*

206SomeGuyInVirginia
Oct 8, 10:28am Top

House on Fire, by Arch Oboler (October 7)

Vile, not worth reading.

207SomeGuyInVirginia
Oct 8, 10:29am Top

>204 mstrust: It was a mercy torching.

208SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

209mstrust
Oct 9, 3:52pm Top

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

210SomeGuyInVirginia
Oct 12, 3:26pm Top

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

211FAMeulstee
Oct 12, 6:33pm Top

>206 SomeGuyInVirginia: Congratulations on reaching 75, Larry!

212karenmarie
Oct 12, 10:08pm Top

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

213SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

214SomeGuyInVirginia
Oct 14, 8:10am Top

>211 FAMeulstee: Thanks Anita!

215mstrust
Oct 14, 5:38pm Top

Yay Larry! 75!

216SomeGuyInVirginia
Oct 18, 10:40pm Top

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

217SomeGuyInVirginia
Oct 18, 10:40pm Top

218karenmarie
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...

219SomeGuyInVirginia
Oct 22, 10:24am Top

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

220SomeGuyInVirginia
Edited: Oct 22, 10:25am Top

221SomeGuyInVirginia
Oct 29, 10:26pm Top

222SomeGuyInVirginia
Oct 31, 9:31am Top

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

Great narrator, crummy book.

223karenmarie
Oct 31, 11:29am Top

Sorry it was a dud.

224SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

225mstrust
Oct 31, 3:37pm Top

226SomeGuyInVirginia
Oct 31, 4:29pm Top

Happy Halloween!

227karenmarie
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.

228SomeGuyInVirginia
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!

229mstrust
Nov 2, 2:56pm Top

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

230SomeGuyInVirginia
Nov 2, 5:01pm Top

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

231karenmarie
Nov 2, 5:33pm Top

Drugs is good...

232drneutron
Nov 4, 2:25pm Top

Better living through chemistry!

234richardderus
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?

235SomeGuyInVirginia
Nov 10, 10:50pm Top

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

237SomeGuyInVirginia
Edited: Nov 12, 6:39am Top

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238SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

239SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

240mstrust
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...

241SomeGuyInVirginia
Nov 14, 5:14pm Top

Wassamatter hon?

242SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

243mstrust
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.

244karenmarie
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?

245thornton37814
Nov 17, 8:06am Top

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

246SomeGuyInVirginia
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.

247karenmarie
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.

248richardderus
Yesterday, 9:31am Top

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

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