Sunday, December 2, 2012

November Reads

Readin' readin' readin' readin' readin'


Stripping Down: A Memoir by Sheila Hageman
Even though it contains every memoir cliche (cancer, abortion, lack of a positive male figure leading to issues with sex), Stripping Down would have worked if it weren't so completely humorless. I can't believe I'm saying this, but it's still not bad.

The Hoard by Alan Ryker
Seriously, I read it. And I highly recommend it!

Apartment Seven by Greg Gifune
Probably the best Christmas-themed horror I've ever read.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Okay, the guy is definitely self-satisfied, but it's still a worthwhile read.

Barbed Wire Kisses by Scott Colbert

It seems like I should have liked this more than I did. I think it's because the protag is so hard to identify with. The problem with having a completely confused / mostly amnesiac protag is that--while their struggle may be interesting--there's not much for the reader to get a hold of. There's a lot of other good stuff going on here, though, especially the structure, which is very impressive.

Darkness Visible by William Styron

Come Into Darkness by Daniel Russell

Infernus by Mike Jones
WAY over the top take on Dante's Inferno. I didn't like it initially, but the voice and general craziness grew on me. The writer ripped out all his guts and put them on display in a unique way.

The House that Jack Built by Graham Masterton
Man, what an original haunted house story.

Snowblind by Michael McBride

Too light, especially compared to the last book I read on comics, Supergods.

Manhattan Grimoire by Sandy DeLuca
Such a haunting, surreal voice. I enjoyed the telling as much as the tale.

Dark Highway by Dan Thomas
I stepped into this thinking it was straight horror. It's total bizarro wackiness, which I have a soft spot for. Took a moment to adjust, but then I enjoyed it quite a bit.

The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson
Amazing!

Children of Chaos by Greg Gifune
Also amazing!



Rapper Krispy Kreme has written this year's Christmas jam. LOVES IT.


But Krispy Kreme, I got a John Cena watch for my wrist for Christmas--two years ago! Who's winning the race now?