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  • Martin
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    Finished Let the Right One In. Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Great character development.

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  • brlesh
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    Nearly finished with The Caller of the Black by Brian Lumley, his first short story collection published by Arkham House by in 1971.

    I would describe the stories in Caller as more fun than good. Without exception, the stories are all firmly in the territory of Lovecraft pastiche.

    As a fan of Lumley's short fiction, it provides an interesting starting point for an author who went on to publish much better work, especially in the Lovecraft cannon.

    B

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  • RonClinton
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    I love Matt Haig’s work and was really looking forward to THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY, but found it far too heavy-handed and obvious, with little of the clever nuance of his other recent works. I admire the intent of the work, but the execution fell flat for me.

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  • HumphreyBear
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    I recently finished To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini. A slightly different take on the other Space Opera stuff I have read. At times it was a little slow, and it's a big book. But I stuck with it and am glad I did. It's well-positioned to t be the first in a series.
    I never read any of his Dragon books but one of my kids read them all. I'd say 4/5

    Prior to that, I read Firewalkers by Adrian Tchaikovsky. A nice little novella set in a near-future ravaged by climate change. Also 4/5

    I am currently reading The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, and I'm loving it. Yet another take on the alternate lives thing, but handled with grace. I have only read one other of his novels but will definitely read more.

    Next will be Later.

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  • sholloman81
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    Just finished Jack Ketchum's "Cover". While not quite as good as Offseason and the Girl Next Door, I still found this to be a very good book. Author used a lot of genre tropes and managed to still make them seem fresh and the character choices surprising. Oodles of tension in this story. Overall, a very satisfying read.

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  • sholloman81
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    Originally posted by RonClinton View Post
    I'm finally jumping back into the Matthew Corbett series from Robert McCammon...I thought I was on the fourth book, but it turned out I'd only read the first two (massive) volumes, so am starting MISTER SLAUGHTER.
    Love the Matthew Corbett series and can't wait to hear what you think of this one. I think Mister Slaughter might be my favorite book in the series so far.

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  • RonClinton
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    I'm finally jumping back into the Matthew Corbett series from Robert McCammon...I thought I was on the fourth book, but it turned out I'd only read the first two (massive) volumes, so am starting MISTER SLAUGHTER.

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  • dannyboy121070
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    I started reading Owen King's LITTLE BRONZE BOOK today, and I'm really enjoying it. Also reading an omnibus edition of the three SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK books.....As a 50-year-old, these stories aren't that great, but they do have a certain bland charm, and the illustrations are nightmarish.

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  • Martin
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    Originally posted by sholloman81 View Post
    Just finished the SST limited of Stephen Graham Jones' "The Only Good Indians". Really enjoyed this book. It began a little slow, but it picked up around the quarter mark and never let up. Great characterization, fantastic dialogue, and a very literary style. It also has one of the better endings that I have read in quite awhile. Would recommend this one very highly to those of you who haven't read it yet.
    I have avoided this story due to the fact that the other works I have read from this author failed me. I may try it at some point.

    I am about 100 pages into Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Really enjoying it so far.

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  • sholloman81
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    Just finished the SST limited of Stephen Graham Jones' "The Only Good Indians". Really enjoyed this book. It began a little slow, but it picked up around the quarter mark and never let up. Great characterization, fantastic dialogue, and a very literary style. It also has one of the better endings that I have read in quite awhile. Would recommend this one very highly to those of you who haven't read it yet.

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  • c marvel
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    I finished reading The Fair Grounds by Tobias Seamon and a Dollar Double sleaze consisting of The Sherwood Scandal by March Hastings/Oh, Sweet And Gentle Harlot by Nancy Dean as told to Jack Powers. Now I'm reading Antioch by Jessica Leonard.

    Cap

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  • brlesh
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    Originally posted by bookworm 1 View Post

    Rust Maidens is another really great book. I loved it
    Agreed. I really liked The Rust Maidens a lot.

    After finishing The Rust Maidens, started Weird Women: Classic Supernatural Fiction by Groundbreaking Female Writers: 1852 - 1923 ed. by Lisa Morton & Leslie Klinger.

    It hasn't grabbed me like their classic ghost story anthology from a few years back, but only 3 or 4 stories in so far.

    B

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  • sholloman81
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    Originally posted by bookworm 1 View Post
    It's women of horror month so that has been my focus this month.
    Lots of great women writing horror and thriller fiction .
    Didn't realize that it is currently Women in Horror month until I saw the article that CD posted today (Mother Horror's Top Twenty Indie Horror Books Written by Women). In the past, I have enjoyed almost all of Mother Horror's reading recommendations; so, I was very excited to see this post. After reading it, I went online and purchased "The Bone Weaver's Orchard" by Sarah Read. Have never read anything by this author but the synopsis sounded good; so, I've decided to give it a go. A lot of the other titles mentioned sounded very cool as well. My only complaint is that it looks like a majority of them are paperback only (so far) releases and I don't purchase paperbacks anymore. I much prefer hardcovers at this point in my reading/collecting although I know that it has caused me to miss out on some very good authors/tittles (for example, am still bummed that Andy Davidson's "The Boatman's Daughter" is a paperback exclusive).

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  • bookworm 1
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    I’m currently reading When Darkness Loves Us by Elizabeth Engstrom
    also White Pines by Gemma Amor
    and a long overdue reread of Frankenstein
    It’s women of horror month so that has been my focus this month
    I just finished The Girls by Emma Cline and gave it 4 stars
    malls finished We Did Everything Wrong by C.V.Hunt also 4 stars.
    Lots of great women writing horror and thriller fiction .

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  • bookworm 1
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    Originally posted by brlesh View Post
    Finished Phantom Limbs by Margo Lanagan.

    Liked the first half of the collection a good bit. Thought the second half was quite a bit weaker.

    Started The Rust Maidens by Gwendolyn Kiste las night.

    75 pages in & liking it a lot.

    So far I really like her style of writing. The story just seems to flow, even though at this point (nearly 1/3 in) very little has actually happened.

    B
    Rust Maidens is another really great book. I loved it

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