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Read Joel Lane's five story crime collection "Do Not Pass Go". Started, but not finished, loads of other things, including Robert Jackson Bennett's "The Company Man".

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I'm back at work, so reading again in my lunch break...

Tim Butcher, Blood River - A Journey To Africa's Broken Heart


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Last night felt in the mood for something trashy and so consumed "Friday Night in Beast House". I haven't been impressed by the posthumous Laymon's that I've read, and this was the least impressive of the lot. 120 pages of tease leading up to a brief burst of sexual violence as plot resolution and one of the author's ickiest subtexts, though calling it a 'subtext' might be stretching things. With the exception of King I've read more by Richard Laymon than any other horror writer. It's not great literature, not even at his very best, more pass the time reading matter that occasionally hits a higher note, but at the same time his misses are spectacularly bad, and this was one of those.

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I read loads in my teens as trashy reads but got rid of most of them when I was old enough to realise what was going on in them. I did keep a few, something about a rainy night and also stake, maybe the first beast house one. Gave up after Island.


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My favourite line from one of my own book reviews is this one from a review of Laymon's "Bite" - 'There are a lot of unspeakable things in this book. Sometimes the characters talk about nothing else.'

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And this evening I read "Nowhere Hall" by Cate Gardner and "Taxidermied: The Art of Roman Dirge", though looked at might be more accurate than read for the latter.

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Have now read "The Zombie Autopsies" by Steven C. Schlozman and "The Joy of Technology" by some guy called Roy Gray. The latter is packed with rude and sexually explicit material, and should be avoided by all right thinking people, but the rest of us can tootle on over to Pendragon Press.

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Finished the Carver short story collection, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love". I love the craftsmanship in these stories, although often they left me wanting just a little bit more.

Picked up a crime novel by John D McDonald: "The Deep Blue Goodbye".

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I enjoyed 'What We Talk About...' as well, particularly 'Why Don't You Dance?' and 'Tell The Women We're Going'. I think there was one, though, about a neighbour getting rid of slugs that left me feeling a bit like the reader was supposed to do everything.

Currently loving The Prestige, by Christopher Priest. I saw the film first but it hasn't ruined the experience at all.


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Just finished "Bricks" by Leon Jenner, which is a nicely packaged book but possibly the worst thing I've read all day, week, month, year, this century.

Now half way through "Isis Unbound" by Allyson Bird.

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I've read the Carver stories years ago, and I must admit I was very impressed with the clipped austere style of writing. His stories spearheaded what became known as Gritty Realism in American fiction. But Carver was well ahead of the field, I thought.

I've finished the People Next Door by Christopher Ransom and need to write a review of it. Its very fast paced.

Next up is The Ritual by Adam Nevill. It seems hot on the heels of his last one Apartment 16 which was very good indeed, in an Arkham House style for the 21st Century.

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Two days ago I finished Gary McMahon's Pretty Little Dead Things.I enjoyed it tremendously, non-stop. It is the first contemporary horror book I have read. One reviewer said that it was filled with 'vengeful angst.' I partially disagree. The book is so well-written, and the plot so increasingly absorbing, that I would rather say that it gave me a claustrophobic sense of being more and more surrounded and threatened by angst-causing Horrid Big Bad Things. It's a fine book.


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Andrew Hook wrote:
Finished the Carver short story collection, "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love". I love the craftsmanship in these stories, although often they left me wanting just a little bit more.



Have you read any John Cheever, Andrew? I found I preferred him over Carver and maybe even John Updike... Then there's Richard Ford (closer to Carver again), so called dirty realism. Oh, and then there's Bukowski's Post Office of course... the ultimate realism.


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