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Revival – Stephen King

Revival – Stephen King

Stephen King himself described his much-awaited new novel, Revival, as a “nasty, dark piece of work,” claiming, “It’s too scary. I don’t even want to think about that book anymore.” He said much the same about his classic novel Pet Sematary, which he consistently names (until now, perhaps?) as the scariest book he has ever … Continue reading

Joyland – Stephen King

Joyland – Stephen King

For the longest time, I had it in my head that Joyland was a graphic novel (aka, a glorified comic book), so I never seriously considered reading it. That impression was corrected one day when I was wandering through Target and saw it on the shelf. Curious, I picked it up, and discovered, to my … Continue reading

Above – Isla Morley

Above – Isla Morley

I got Above through Netgalley. I wouldn’t have even seen it had I not received an email suggesting it as a good fit for me. As soon as I saw that it was in the vein of The Lovely Bones and Room, I was definitely intrigued. Blythe Hallowell is sixteen when she’s abducted by her … Continue reading

The Dinner – Herman Koch

The Dinner – Herman Koch

I’ve had The Dinner on my Amazon wishlist for a while, but I don’t actually remember why. I remember reading some list a long time ago of book recommendations; it might have been on Slate.com. I put a bunch on my wishlist and promptly forgot about them. Every once in a while I would go … Continue reading

Dr. Sleep – Stephen King

Dr. Sleep – Stephen King

Guys, Dr. Sleep was awesome. I mean, I knew it would be, but I was also afraid a little because this is the first true sequel (other than the Dark Tower series, I suppose) that Stephen King has ever written, and I was worried it might spoil the stand-alone-ness of The Shining, or even Dr. … Continue reading

The Passage – Justin Cronin

The Passage – Justin Cronin

Title: The Passage Author: Justin Cronin Published: 2010, Harper Collins Length: 771 pages (on iPad Kindle app) Summary A twist on both the vampire and zombie fads, The Passage is a story of human genius quickly gone awry; of a manufactured virus that does not kill those it infects, but rather transforms them into something … Continue reading

The Uninvited – Liz Jensen

The Uninvited – Liz Jensen

So, for those of you who don’t know, NetGalley is just about the greatest thing ever. If you’re a reviewer or blogger, you can get FREE e-galleys of books you’re interested in, some of which haven’t been published yet (as is the case with The Uninvited). All you have to do is sign up and … Continue reading

#67: House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski

#67: House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski

I first read House of Leaves during the summer of 2007. In my AP Literature class my senior year of high school, we had to choose outside reading books each quarter from an approved list that our teacher provided, and we were allowed to do “modern” literature for one of those quarters. House of Leaves fell … Continue reading

Bag of Bones – Stephen King

Bag of Bones – Stephen King

Bag of Bones is my favorite kind of Stephen King novel: chunky (at least six hundred pages), with several different intertwining storylines. It’s reasonably recent, published in 1998, and as usual has a unique and haunting premise. Four years after the untimely death of his beloved wife, Jo, from a brain aneurysm, novelist Mike Noonan … Continue reading

Carrie – Stephen King

Carrie – Stephen King

Carrie White is a familiar figure to all of us: the perpetually teased outcast, the one who has never fit in and never will. Carrie’s particular brand of “strangeness” comes mostly from a fundamentally religious mother, who often banishes Carrie to a closet chapel to pray. Continue reading

Misery – Stephen King

Misery – Stephen King

Misery is one of Stephen King’s novels that I’ve always considered “canon”—like I mentioned back in this post—basically his better known novels. Many of you have probably seen at least part of the iconic 1990 Kathy Bates/James Caan movie, particularly the famous hobbling scene, which I’ve posted below. (It’s actually very different in the book, … Continue reading

World War Z – Max Brooks

World War Z – Max Brooks

I bought this book for my boyfriend several months ago. He loved it, so I thought I would give it a try, despite being rather annoyed at the whole preponderance of the zombie genre (it’s totally not my thing, although I do fully intend to read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies one day, just so … Continue reading

Tick Tock – Dean Koontz

Tick Tock – Dean Koontz

Tick Tock tells the story of Tommy Phan, a successful Vietnamese-American novelist who, despite his success, is often consumed by familial guilt. His traditionalist family disapproves of the path he’s taken in life—namely, away from his culture and heritage, shunning even his native language to fully assimilate into his idea of the “American Dream.” Tommy’s … Continue reading

Midnight – Dean Koontz

Midnight – Dean Koontz

I think Midnight is the second Dean Koontz novel I ever read, after Watchers. I’m pretty sure that the copy I read was my dad’s or possibly my stepmom’s; I’m also pretty sure that it’s that same copy that’s now in my possession. Whoops. Yeah, I steal books. Don’t lend me books because you’ll have … Continue reading

The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells

The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells

I’ve been dying to read War of the Worlds for quite some time now. I actually bought a copy at one point from a book fair without realizing that it was the large-print, illustrated, abridged version. Oops. So I eventually downloaded it on my iPhone and read it with iBooks, and it was just as … Continue reading

Bossypants – Tina Fey

Bossypants – Tina Fey

I don’t know about you guys, but I knew absolutely nothing about Tina Fey until she began to portray Sarah Palin on SNL. Then she became a huge thing (and rightly, since she’s hilarious) and everyone loved her, but I never really watched SNL enough (or, later, 30 Rock) to know much about her. But … Continue reading

The Regulators – Stephen King

The Regulators – Stephen King

The Regulators is the “companion novel” to Desperation, which I posted about last week. Let me just tell you, it was very strange reading them back to back. It’s a mid summer afternoon in Wentworth, Ohio. Poplar Street is your stereotypical suburban block, populated by young families, older couples, and the occasional loner/hermit. The residents … Continue reading