Tuesday, September 4, 2012

August Reads

August was a good month of reading. I got a lot read and read a lot of good stuff.

She Wakes - Ketchum, Jack
The ex-pats-leading-a-life-of-leisure aspect really reminded me of JG Ballard.

The Devil Next Door - Curran, Tim
Reminded me of JG Ballard's High Rise, right down to the dog eating. Apparently I have Ballard on the brain.

City Infernal (City Infernal, #1) - Lee, Edward

Heart-Shaped Box - Hill, Joe
Never read Joe Hill before. Thought maybe he'd gotten to where he's at through nepotism. Was very pleasantly surprised to learn otherwise.

Fear Me - Curran, Tim
Great voice and tone.

Basilisk - Masterton, Graham

The Killing Kind - Smith, Bryan

Dweller - Strand, Jeff
A totally original delight! Highly recommended.

The Cellar - Laymon, Richard

The Half-Made World - Gilman, Felix
Like the Dark Tower series, but coherent and entertaining throughout. I usually don't read fantasy set in other worlds, because I find the transmission of that information really boring, but this was entertaining and inventive.

Vs. Reality (Vs. Reality, #1) - Northcott, Blake

Orgy of Souls - White, Wrath James and Maurice Broaddus

Kingdom (Tiber City, #1) - O'Donnell, Anderson

Fuckness - Prunty, Andersen

Attic Clowns Volume One - Shipp, Jeremy C.

The Day of the Locust - West, Nathanael
The biggest surprise of the month. I starting reading this only because it's in the Modern Library's Greatest Novels of the 20th Century list, which I've been slowly working at for the past decade. This book is crazy, and I highly recommend it. Though it was published in 1939, it totally has the feel of a modern transgressive novel. Disturbing and hilarious.

Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever: Stories - Taylor, Justin
Really enjoyed this short story collection.

Kissing You is Like Trying to Punch a Ghost - Martinez, Brian
Very clever and entertaining.

The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian (Conan the Cimmerian #1) - Howard, Robert E.
This is one of the two massive tomes of weird tales that slowed me down last month.

The Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes - Schiller, Dawn
I had no idea that a bunch of Boogie Nights was based on Holmes' life. The story is interesting. The writing is bad, and drags.

Buddha in Blue Jeans: An Extremely Short Simple Zen Guide to Sitting Quietly and Being Buddha - Sheridan, Tai

The Bleeding Season - Gifune, Greg F.
Aims high and achieves a lot. Very literary horror.

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