KonMarie thoughts

First thing, a disclaimer.  I have not read Marie Kondo's book.  My sister, however, loved it. This morning, my friend, Tom, posted a link to an essay about KonMarie tidying and how it affected her when she got to the part of dealing with her 1,127 books.  I suspect that Tom is a little bit…

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Reading list

I am reading Haruki Murakami's 1Q84. Murakami writes a kind of magical realism that is quite languid and rambling. I never have any idea of where his stories will end up. This one is 2 separate story lines in alternating chapters that don't seem to have any point of convergence. At least not yet, and…

Wheel of Time

I just finished listening to Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. The series is 14 volumes and they are all over 20 hours long; some over 40. I had started them when they first came out, but got frustrated by the need to reread them when the new ones were released in order to remember…

That smile

Yesterday, I was listening to Clive Barker's The Scarlet Gospels.  I've really been enjoying it.  It's incredibly grizzly and completely over the top.  (It's about Pinhead, of Hellraiser fame; so, that's to be expected.) One of the characters was described as having a "Gioconda smile." I like Barker's use of language as much as I…

Paste magazine’s list of 30 of the Best Horror Books

Yes.  I realize there are 31 books on the list.  Not my fault Paste is a little tweaked. This is the list from the article found here: http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2015/04/required-reading-40-of-the-best-horror-novels.html Bold means I've read it.  Italics means I only saw the movie.  Both means I read it AND saw the movie. American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis…

MY book list

There was another "100 Books to Read Before You Die" list on FaceBook last year, and, of course, I took the quiz and, of course, I've read a bunch of them.  I have always read a lot and I have made a point in my life of trying to see what They think is worthwhile…