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    Just finished "Chasing the Boogeyman" by Richard Chizmar. Been awhile since I've read a true crime novel (even though this one's fiction). This novel worked for me on all levels. The pacing was fantastic and there were times where I was legitimately creeped out by the story. Seeing that the story had metafiction elements to it, I was a little worried that the ending might be hokey; however, Rich definitely managed to stick the ending and I found myself a little choked-up by it. Overall, this is my favorite thing that Chizmar has written, (and yes, I have read his short story collections), and hope he considers doing more novels in the future. I also hope that Rich/CD will consider doing a limited edition of this book in the future. Overall, I would give this read 4.5 stars out of 5. If you haven't purchased/read this book yet, I recommend that you do so now!

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      Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post
      Just finished "Chasing the Boogeyman" by Richard Chizmar. Been awhile since I've read a true crime novel (even though this one's fiction). This novel worked for me on all levels. The pacing was fantastic and there were times where I was legitimately creeped out by the story. Seeing that the story had metafiction elements to it, I was a little worried that the ending might be hokey; however, Rich definitely managed to stick the ending and I found myself a little choked-up by it. Overall, this is my favorite thing that Chizmar has written, (and yes, I have read his short story collections), and hope he considers doing more novels in the future. I also hope that Rich/CD will consider doing a limited edition of this book in the future. Overall, I would give this read 4.5 stars out of 5. If you haven't purchased/read this book yet, I recommend that you do so now!
      I watched a recent interview with him, and he said that if sales of CHASING allow it, he has another BOOGEYMAN novel (sequel? continuation? new angle?) in mind and ready to go. Sounded like he really enjoyed the writing of that novel, and wants to stay in that motif for a while.
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        Originally posted by RonClinton View Post

        I watched a recent interview with him, and he said that if sales of CHASING allow it, he has another BOOGEYMAN novel (sequel? continuation? new angle?) in mind and ready to go. Sounded like he really enjoyed the writing of that novel, and wants to stay in that motif for a while.
        Thanks for that info RonClinton! I really hope that the sales of Chasing the Boogeyman allow him to write another Boogeyman novel. I really enjoyed this one and would love to have more in this series/style. Boogeyman did have a few loose threads that he could continue with if so inclined.

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          Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post

          Thanks for that info RonClinton! I really hope that the sales of Chasing the Boogeyman allow him to write another Boogeyman novel. I really enjoyed this one and would love to have more in this series/style. Boogeyman did have a few loose threads that he could continue with if so inclined.
          Pretty sure this is the interview I watched where he talked about it:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-mci0Gqu-A
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            Nearing the end of 'The Fade' by James Cooper. Still unsure where the story is taking me but I am enjoying the journey.

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              Originally posted by Martin View Post
              Nearing the end of 'The Fade' by James Cooper. Still unsure where the story is taking me but I am enjoying the journey.
              Well the journey was enjoyable as the story raised questions about what was happening without giving enough details for you to figure it out. The book concludes with a battle that raised more questions and provided no answers. Then end ruined what had been a pretty nice read.

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                A little over halfway through Ania Ahlborn’s new signed/limited from Earthling, DARK ACROSS THE BAY. It’s entertaining enough that I read the first half in a couple days, but the unlikability factor and repetitive self-absorbed whining of the four main characters (a family) is quite high and is making it difficult to empathize and connect with or care about their growing plight. I’ll finish the book, but not sure this a keeper for the collection.
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                  Originally posted by RonClinton View Post
                  A little over halfway through Ania Ahlborn’s new signed/limited from Earthling, DARK ACROSS THE BAY. It’s entertaining enough that I read the first half in a couple days, but the unlikability factor and repetitive self-absorbed whining of the four main characters (a family) is quite high and is making it difficult to empathize and connect with or care about their growing plight. I’ll finish the book, but not sure this a keeper for the collection.
                  That is an interesting observation. I think one of the thing that works for the story is how each person is completely self-absorbed in their problems as the family as a whole disintegrates.

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                    Originally posted by Martin View Post

                    That is an interesting observation. I think one of the thing that works for the story is how each person is completely self-absorbed in their problems as the family as a whole disintegrates.
                    You’re certainly correct and I do get that, and even understand and approve of Ahlborn’s inclusion of it as part of the story to underline their susceptibility of being ready prey…but it’s just so g’damn much…every chapter, again and again…it’s wearying and rather than make me better understand these characters that I otherwise would have zero interest in meeting in real life, the chronic droning of their selfish self-misery and petulance makes me simply not care what happens to them.
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                      Originally posted by RonClinton View Post

                      You’re certainly correct and I do get that, and even understand and approve of Ahlborn’s inclusion of it as part of the story to underline their susceptibility of being ready prey…but it’s just so g’damn much…every chapter, again and again…it’s wearying and rather than make me better understand these characters that I otherwise would have zero interest in meeting in real life, the chronic droning of their selfish self-misery and petulance makes me simply not care what happens to them.
                      I agree with this. Though I wasn't as quite as turned off by it as you seem to be, it does make it feel like it's a YA novel perhaps. The ending is certainly interesting and the bones of the story are typical wonderful Ahlborn. I just think it needed a heavier hand at editing. I felt like she was repeatedly making the same point and the story stalls.

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                        Originally posted by jeffingoff View Post

                        I agree with this. Though I wasn't as quite as turned off by it as you seem to be, it does make it feel like it's a YA novel perhaps. The ending is certainly interesting and the bones of the story are typical wonderful Ahlborn. I just think it needed a heavier hand at editing. I felt like she was repeatedly making the same point and the story stalls.
                        The retelling of an event from another persons view without adding to the story did feel excessive at times.

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                          Originally posted by Martin View Post

                          The retelling of an event from another persons view without adding to the story did feel excessive at times.
                          Yes, that was yet another issue I had with the story. A story which I just finished a few minutes ago, and without getting into spoilers, the outcome of the climax made zero sense. Along with the climax scenes being a nesting doll’s worth of coincidence worthy of an implausible soap opera, the final chapter made no sense. I can’t say more without giving things away, but surely I can’t be alone in thinking the two characters’ post-climax actions are inexplicable and without logic and reason…?

                          I dig Earthling’s stuff and have enjoyed Ahlborn’s work to varying degrees in the past (BROTHER is brilliant, the other two I’ve read less so), but like the other two this one isn’t a collection keeper. Too disappointing. Off to eBay it goes, I’m surprised to say, unless someone wants to throw me an offer.
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