SomeGuyInVirginia and the Mystery of the Brass Hatchery: Another thrilling installment of the 75 Book Challenge, 2018!
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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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
>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.
>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.
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.
The Asylum: True tales of madness from a life in fashion, by Simon Doonan (January 17)
Crazy Simon! Good company, Simon. The TV show based on his life was cute, too.
I enjoy his writing, but prefer his earlier work. Yeah, he's good company.
Mike loves "Archer". If he read anything more than work manuals I would get this for him.
The book's tone exactly matches the show. Pretty snarky. And good luck buying Aleppo soap these days.
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.
I have to do it. Even delivery people bring up the full-to-bursting bookcases. And I hate clutter.
Do you really remove them from your LT library? or just mark them as read but not owned?
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.
None whatsoever. Professor Challenger made me gnash my teeth, which isn't any fun.
Weeping and wailing? I thought both scientists came off as clowns. I bet the scene where
Heh, yes indeed re spoiler. No weeping or wailing to accompany my gnashings...shrieking of imprecations, hurling of curses.
I never even knew that Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle had a series/character called Professor Challenger. Ya learn something new every day.
I agree. I almost never re-read a book, but I've read this one two or three times, so far.
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?
You've done it! Gotten rid of even more than you said you would.
Major growth, not even cataloging them. Congrats!
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.
Good morning, Larry!
>48 SomeGuyInVirginia: Did you like it? I have read all 6 and can't wait for #7.
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.
>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.
I liked it a lot. It's very similar to his essays, just shorter entries.
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.
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.
I haven't read The Man Who Was Thursday yet. It's on my shelves, along with my other 1815 tbrs...
I'd listen to Curry narrate anything. He did a superb job on some of the Lemony Snicket books too.
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.
>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!
>83 SomeGuyInVirginia: The Ring! I bet it was The Ring! Scariest goddamned thing I've ever experienced, watching The Ring.
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.
Hi Larry! I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend.
The movie my daughter told to never watch is Oculus.
>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.
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!
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.
Muscle: Confessions of an Unlikely Bodybuilder, by Samuel Wilson Fussell (April 8)
Hi, Larry! You're moving along at quite a clip. The sugar rush of Easter candy?
Send Peeps! I'm going to try for 10 this month. Last month was a fluke, but a nice fluke.
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.
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.
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.
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.
>113 SomeGuyInVirginia: Cynic that I am, I would imagine that he saw visions of dollar signs for a sequel.
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.
>117 SomeGuyInVirginia: The only review is in French, but is that the Bad Ronald of early 70's psycho horror movie fame?
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.
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...
I didn't know Dale was doing book narration, but he has the perfect voice for it.
Hi Larry! We got back last night, and as you've seen, I have pics! I'll get to the cocktail pics soon enough.
This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It, by David Wong (June 6, 2018)
I finished up the third of the David Wong books not long ago - really fun reads for me!
I really liked TGotT, hope you did too.
Give Parker skritches from me.
Uncle Dysfunctional: Uncompromising Answers to Life's Most Painful Problems, by A.A. Gill (June 13)
Shocking, gorgeous language.
Great Classic Stories: 22 Unabridged Classics, by Various (June 19)
Dropping by to say hi and hand you a cocktail. Just pull the straw out of his nose.
>150 mstrust: That looks like Karl, my first boss in advertising. He had a straw stuck in his nose, too!
>153 mstrust: Thanks! It was quiet and restful. So that's something else I can check off my bucket list.
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.
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.
>163 SomeGuyInVirginia: I wouldn't argue, he's so funny and I like that the weirdness runs in the family.
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!
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.
Thanks Karen! Just back from Williamsburg, got my get propped up and about to enter the chill zone.
Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry, written by Jules Verne, narrated by Tim Curry (August 10)
Another weekend, another wish to you and Parker for good times in the chill zone.
There's always more cake. Let me know when you want more and I'll rock myself out of a chair to get it.
Hi Larry! Safe trip home, and I hope you and Parker have a totally relaxing Monday!
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!
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.
I'm here, I promise. Things are kind of heavy right now, but I'm working my way through the pile.
>202 SomeGuyInVirginia: Ha! How was I to know someone didn't want their car to explode?
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.
I'd like to thank all of the little people who made this accomplishment possible.
Bryant & May: Strange Tide: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery, by Christopher Fowler (October 18)
>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.
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.
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!
Thanks Jennifer. Now I wonder why I didn't do this years ago. It's pretty groovy.
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?
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.
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...
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.
>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?
>239 SomeGuyInVirginia: I hope that sweetie will be happy in her new home.
>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.
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.
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