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Old 03-23-21, 01:44 AM
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Vengeance is Mine by Mickey Spillane. He was proud of writing a twist ending where the twist wasn't until the very last word. But when I re-read it, the twist isn't really justified by what happens before. It's hyper-masculine, violent, and sexist, as are all these books.


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Old 03-26-21, 10:45 AM
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I have had this book for awhile but upon reading it I discovered it was previously published in two volumes in 1976 so its best, worst, and most unusual are rather dated. Like...

Best Stand-up Comedian: Henny Youngman (see also Most Unusual Stand-up Comedian and Worst Stand-up Comedian). p.68
Best Cinematic Special Effects: The El Rey Theater, in Manteca, California, burst into flames shortly after a showing of The Towering Inferno. The fire, of undetermined origin, gutted the theater before firemen could put it out. pp.318-319
Most Unusual Campus Fad: United States college students are reproducing wildly, according to recent reports. Since 1974, photostating of bodily organs and extremities has become fashionable on several East Coast college campuses, and at Princeton's Firestone Library, one undergraduate couple had themselves illicitly photostated by a coin-operated Xerox machine while they made love. Copies of the "pornostats" sold for fifteen dollars each. p.413
Most Unusual Theft: A native of Fergus, Ontario, was busted by police for stealing four and a half quarts of bull semen. He told reporters, "I am not what they call a kinky." p.400
Worst Cure for the Common Cold: Sniffles got you down? One way to unclog a stuffed head, according to nineteenth-century Indiana folk remedy, is to inhale deeply nine times from a dirty sock. (Incidentally, catching a weasel and barehandedly squeezing it to death was considered a sure cure for arthritis of the fingers.) p.440
And finally this much more somber than originally written entry.
Worst Office Building: The world's worst office building was also, until recently, the tallest -- the twin towers of New York City's World Trade Center, 110 stories of steel-and-concrete mediocrity on Manhattan's nether tip. Besides blighting the skyline and affronting the eye, the World Trade Center is also a wretched place to work. "When I approach the building, I just don't want to go in there," says one employee. Says another, "Sometimes I just walk out, intending to get out for an hour for lunch, and can't make myself come back."

The Center's horrors are many -- inexplicably sealed mail chutes, hopelessly snarled telephone lines, centrally controlled office lighting that can be controlled after hours only by means of a written request submitted at least a day in advance -- but the building's denizens reserve a special place in their spleens for the elevators. Plummeting downward so fast that their walls shake audibly, they break down frequently, spilling over with humanity during rush hours. "Sometimes I feel like a lemming -- or a salmon swimming upstream," says a New York State employee who works at the building. "If I can't leave at 4:45 I wait until a quarter past five or I walk down stairs rather than be squeezed into the elevator." A woman whose office is on the eighty-second floor describes the noontime trip to the cafeteria: "I have to take a local elevator to the seventy-eighth floor, then an express to the first floor, then an express to the forty-fourth, then an escalator to the forty-third, where I get a lousy meal."

Many workers have complained of the pyschosomatic ailments that are directly traceable to the Center -- one Manhattan physician has treated five such patients. Leonard Levin, a staff member of the New York Racing Board, whose office is in the Center, says, "There is one wonderful thing about the World Trade Center. It feels sooooooooo good when you get home at night!" pp. 278-279
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I just finished Ponti, by Sharlene Teo. I liked it, and I especially liked the device of having three narrators tell the story from different time periods of their interconnected lives. The ending was surprisingly moving.

Up next--another Stephen King re-read, Night Shift:




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Old 03-27-21, 11:16 AM
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The Continental Op by Dashiell Hammett. A posthumous collection of hardboiled detective short stories from the 1920s. There's a surprising amount of police procedural in what I remembered as being pulp action stories. I haven't read them since the 1980s. They hold up very well.



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A book from my friend's house that I read earlier this year. It took awhile for me to get into the story given the multiple characters and their agendas. I can see its influence on books like previously read Leviathan Awakes and Babylon 5 TV series. I kept searching online to explain terms like armscomper to discover that the author does not explain these tech terms. Also it seemed odd the many times a group landed at the space station or the planet's surface, would leave, and then quickly return -- I guess planning and resources for space travel are easier in the future. I definitely need to read this book again.
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Old 03-29-21, 01:01 PM
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Old 03-29-21, 01:28 PM
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After spending a month on a big fantasy epic trilogy, I wanted to read a couple of shorter atmospheric horror books:



This reminded me a lot of the style of recent Simone St. James books (Sun Down Motel, Broken Girls) ... an atmospheric character-driven ghost story that alternates between the past and present. And ultimately there's a mystery in the present that is answered by the past (which the reader doesn't put together until the end). I'd say if you liked those books, you'd like this. Maybe not quite a ghost story, but gets into witchcraft and a riff on Pet Semetery. My criticism is that it didn't stick the landing ... plotwise it was fine, but too much happened "off screen" and payoff horror scenes just didn't happen like I was hoping for.



I read this was a Lovecraftian story, but in actuality this was a strong homage to Arthur Machen. There's not a lot of that, so I liked that idea. Although I could've done without a good bit of the book being a half-assed summary of Machen's The White People. I guess the goofball humor and characters appeals to some, but for me it took away from the horror and atmosphere that I thought was supposed to be the point of this. Overall it was alright though (I ended up rating it 3/5 on goodreads).

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I read those in the 1980s. The first few books were good, but then maybe the author lost interest or maybe they got a less interested ghostwriter. Since they were written during the Cold War, any Russian from any century is evil.
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I’m working through this trilogy, just finished up #2. It’s about a police detective living on an Earth that only has a few months left before an extinction-level asteroid hits the planet. He’s taking these cases that really don’t matter much anymore (possible murder faked to look like yet another suicide, a husband running off and leaving his wife behind) as a way to distract his mind from dwelling on the inevitable.



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Just started a re-read of this classic:

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Old 03-31-21, 10:38 AM
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started King's "Carrie" a few weeks ago and could not finish it. finished "Later" it was a good book but man, his stories seem to keep getting shorter and shorter these days. It was about 222 pages with a chapter of Joyland tacked onto the end of the Kindle so it was about 15 min shorter a read than I had expected. Nice twists and turns but not scary per see and it almost seemed not to belong in the Hard Case series either as it feels like a stretch to call it a crime story.

I think Carrie is the only full-length story I did not finish. Sometime last year I read some of the Skellington Crew stories but did not read all of them as I found them a bit uneven.
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Started 1984 the other day. Never read it, so I'm looking forward to experiencing all the tropes that came from it.
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I saw the film adaptation many years ago but I only remembered a few parts while reading. Brisk novel with chapters Sea, Land, and Air. Putting on a flight suit sounded arduous at best.
Brubaker started in shorts. First he climbed into long-handled woolen underwear, then into a skintight g-suit, which applied pressure on vital parts of his body so that when he pulled out of steep dives the enormous drag of gravity, the g's, would not suck all the blood from his head. He covered the g-suit with inch-thick quilted underwear, two pairs of short bulky socks and a third which reached his knees. Then came the rough part, for even though the watertight rubber poopy suit had already saved his life once, getting into it was always murder.

Since the neck band had to be tight to keep out freezing water and since no zippers were allowed, he had to get into the poopy suit in a special way. A long slash ran from the left shoulder across the chest and down to the right hip and he climbed in through this hole, pushing his feet down into the massive boots and his head up through the impossibly tight neck band. Then he grabbed the two flaps of extra rubber along the slash and rolled them together into a bulky, watertight seal which fattened him like a watermelon. As soon as he closed this final seal he began to sweat like a pig and every minute he wore the poopy suit he was smelly and wet and uncomfortable. From time to time he pulled the neck band out and blew fresh air inside to get some relief. That's why the ready room was kept so cold, to keep the pilots from sweating, but all the same they sweated. pp. 70-71
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Currently reading 'Becoming' - Michelle Obama, and 'If You Tell' - Gregg Olsen (true crime, and while not a great or even fun read, what a story! :-O )

On deck: 'The Left Hand of Darkness' - Ursula LeGuin (first time for this one).
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The Judgement of Eve by Edgar Pangborn. A 1960s post-apocalyptic novel. A beautiful woman lives in an isolated farm with her mother. She's never seen a man, like Prospero's daughter. Three suitors arrive at her door, friends who are traveling past. She tells them to go away for six months and when they return, she'll decide which of them she'll marry. Each man goes a different direction and has an adventure in the ruins of America. Melancholy, but not bitter or depressing.


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This is the 4th book I've read by Ruth Ware. She has an easy-to-digest style, and the mysteries are fun (with twists and turns). I'm noticing that she tends to miss hitting the landing, and key events in the climax can be skimmed over or not even shown at all. While not horror, this book comes closest to the genre with hints of ghosts, an isolated creepy mansion, and (potentially) evil children. Probably not a coincidence that the title is so close to the classic ghost story The Turn of the Screw.

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