Before that read You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: And Other Stories by Alan Cumming
Before that read Isabella Blow by Martina Rink
Before that read Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star by Tab Hunter and Eddie Muller
Before that read Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel I by RH. Sin. Don't bother with this particularly meh and pointless short book of poetry. Wasted money no thanks to the Amazon bookstore.
The Fuller Memorandum (Laundry Files, #3) by Charles Stross. This book series could make for a great SyFy tv series.
Peter Cline's The Fold (which I was unaware that it may be a sequel or spinoff to his novel, 14).
Also carrying around a small paperback of short stories... Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory.
I haven't updated this thread for too long.
Spooky New York: Tales of Hauntings, Strange Happenings, and Other Local Lore by Schlosser, S.E.: Easy bedtime reading. Not really spooky.
Heart-Shaped Box by Hill, Joe. Recommend this one. Will try and read more of his work. He definitely has his own voice (completely separate from his iconic horror father, Stephen King).
Harrow County, Vol. 3: Snake Doctor by Bunn, Cullen: Definitely not scary. Will not go out of my way to read the first two volumes or any new ones that come out. Not bad. Just shrugworthy. Love the art style.
Lifeformed: Cleo Makes Contact by Lowery, Matt Mair . I really liked it. Most likely, further volumes read via the NYPL.
Spill Zone (Spill Zone, #1) by Westerfeld, Scott: Really mesmerizing and utterly mindsshattering read. DEFINITE RECOMMENDATION
The Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker
Down the River Unto the Sea by Walter Mosely.
Ring (Ring, #1) by Koji Suzuki. Will be reading the second book (Spiral) soon enough.
Touristy/coffee table book:
No Access New York City: The City's Hidden Treasures, Haunts, and Forgotten Places by Jamie McDonald. Not really deserving of its New York Times mention.
Joyride Vol. 1 (reread) and Vol.2 by Jackson Lanzing.
I am currently readin an anthology of short stories by Anton Chekhov.
Before that I read 'Aquí volverá a temblar' a book by Ricardo Becerra, the man that was responsible for handling the emergency of 2017 earthquake in Mexico City and to whom I own coming back to my home after three months in the street. Its a collection of all the things he saw and the recomendations to face the next eartquake of the City.
And before I read a marvelous novel called The Man Who Loved Dogs a marvelous work by Cuban novelist Leobardo Padura about Lev Trotski assasination in Mexico.
The Book of Light (poems) by Lucille Clifton (re-read to the nth power)
The War by Margeurite Duras (memoir unlike any other memoir) (third re-read in many years as I first read it as a teenager: one of my very first favorite adult books)
I'd strongly recommend all three (and I think even people who don't like poetry could like Clifton; she's very accessible yet still very lyrical and musical; this book moves - one could read it in an hour and feel like a even less time went by))
Dark Days by James Baldwin.
Truth and Politics by Hannah Arendt. It's always great to read Hannah Arendt. She also gave a legendary interview to German journalist Günter Gaus, which can be found on Youtube with English subtitles.
Mike Nelson's Mind Over Matters - MST3K's star hilariously and relatably weighs in on life's issues: everything from T.V. to social situations to childhood dreams to spa days to an uncle's "wisdom." Same wit but but somehow more enjoyable than Movie Megacheese.
To Have or To Be?, Erich Fromm.
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee. What a sweet depiction of childhood events. But I basically have to agree with Roger Ebert's review of the film: this is a story from a more naive time that uses the black people as props for a white savior/coming of age arc. The book is better because it is more suited to give a wider range of characters depth and complexities. The strength of the story lies in its little incidents and characterizations, not in the big events.
At the end I was like, "and that's it - all is fine again? Does no one raise any more questions about how Tom Robinson was treated?"
Finished The Golden Tresses of the Dead (Flavia de Luce #10) by Bradley, Alan. Love this series though this, the latest book seemed kind of rushed to the publisher. Still enjoyable.
Homesick for Another World: Book of well written short stories about really repugnant monstrous, unlikable people. By Moshfegh, Ottessa. Can't recommend. Really hesitating now if I want to continue reading her much hyped recent work as the novels seem to possibly feature similar characters to her short stories.
Norse Mythology by Gaiman, Neil. One can easily see Neil's personality through his interpretation of the Norse myth stories. But I didn't really enjoy them like I would his original fare.
Rosewater by Thompson, Tade. A great original work of science fiction and the opening volley to what should be a necessary read trilogy (regardless of whether one is into science fiction or not).
Impossible Fortress (on sale on Audible) Jason Rekulak. Think Stephen King's Stand By Me ... but takes place in the 80s and the dead body is a Playboy Magazine and our protagonist is a nerdy video game programmer/prodigy.
All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1) (sci-fi novella that could be allegory for slavery) by Wells, Martha
Giant Days: Not On the Test Edition Vol. 1, 2, and 3 by Allison, John. I can't get enough of cheeky, slice of life graphic novels like this.
Tales from the Inner City by Tan, Shaun (surrealist illustrated book of short stories). Really quick and mildly interesting.
Royal City, Vol. 1: Next of Kin: Can't recommend this critically praised dirty, gloomy, dysfuctional family drama based graphic novel with no likable characters to be seen.
The Rhesus Chart (Laundry Files, #5) by Stross, Charles *
Dangerous Household Items Poetry by Orr, David
Reset by Andrews, Brian
Casanova: Acedia, Vol. 1 by Fraction, Matt
Pretty darn good stuff:
We Are Legion (Bobiverse, #1 by Taylor, Dennis
Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Larson, Hope
Dead Moon (Threshold, #3) by Clines, Peter
The Annihilation Score (Laundry Files, #6) by Stross, Charles The first of the series to not center around usual protagonist, Bob Howard but centers on his wife, Dr. Domonique "Mo" O'Brien
Dreadful Company (Dr. Greta Helsing, #2) by Shaw, Vivian
On A Sunbeam by Walden, Tillie
Strange Practice (Dr. Greta Helsing, #1) by Vivian Shaw
Stalled on rereading The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon.
Space Battle Lunchtime Vol. 2: A Recipe for Disaster
Space Battle Lunchtime Vol. 1: Lights, Camera, Snacktion
Part of It: Comics and Confessions
Schrag, Ariel *
Lost and Wanted
Currently reading (and enjoying) A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher.
Since my previous post:
The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson.
The Broken Vow (Spill Zone, #2 after rereading Vol.1) by Scott Westerfield
The manga version of I Want to Eat Your Pancreas by Yuro Sumino
Heavy Vinyl, Vol. 1 by Carly Usdin
As Old as Time: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell
For those of you who are not familiar with it, these books tell classic Disney movie stories with unexpected and dramatic twists. I will review each one now, if anyone cares: :)
Once Upon a Dream is, of course, about Sleeping Beauty. The big twist is, "What if she never woke up?" and is now trapped in a dream-world controlled by the evil Maleficent, but she doesn't know it yet. The second chapter was quite intriguing and made me really into it. The story aims to show that Aurora needs to buck up, because in the scary and high-stakes situations of her story, she can't trust just anyone. It also points out the stupidity of some of the plot senarios (like why would someone let three strange fairies just take their daughter?), which is refreshing, but in trying to make Aurora "brave" and give her lines for cryin' out loud, the author actually makes her unbelievable. Instead of just changing her thought process to make her not an idiot, Aurora's personality changes, and she begins acting and talking nothing like our Briar Rose would. It is exciting, but the middle (after the epic first act but before the epic third) it gets predictable and kinda drags. So I give it 6/10 stars.
As Old as Time tackles Beauty and the Beast, and this one, in my opinion, does a much better job. It asks the question, "What if Belle's mother cursed the Beast?", so it gives a lot of backstory about Belle's parents, their friends, and the turmoil of the kingdom (presumably France) at that time. It does a much better at not dragging during the second act, and it keeps the characters believable during the terrifying non-Disney-type situations they are put in. Mystery after mystery unfolds to reveal a scary but realistically triumphant ending. It too points out the dumb stuff of the original movie, like "these adorable talking objects are actually people trapped in a shell so it's more sad than cute." I also liked Belle and the Beast's relationship better in this one. So I give this 8/10 stars!
The City & the City by Miéville, China;
Borne (Borne, #1) by VanderMeer, Jeff;
The Strange Bird: A Borne Story by VanderMeer, Jeff
The Avant-Guards, Vol. 1 by Usdin, Carl
Space Boy Volumes 1, 2, 3 by McCranie, Stephen
Waves by Chabbert, Ingrid
Novel currently reading: Embassytown by China Mieville.