11/22/63 – Stephen King

For a moment everything was clear, and when that happens you see that the world is barely there at all. Don’t we all secretly know this? It’s a perfectly balanced mechanism of shouts and echoes pretending to be wheels and cogs, a dreamclock chiming beneath a mystery-glass we call life. Behind it? Below it and around it? Chaos, storms. Men with hammers, men with knives, men with guns. Women who twist what they cannot dominate and belittle what they cannot understand. A universe of horror and loss surrounding a single lighted stage where mortals dance in defiance of the dark.

I believe this is my 53rd King, if I counted correctly. My math isn’t the greatest. I would be remiss if I didn’t comment on the missed opportunity at this being my 63rd book, but that is neither here nor there. The fact of the matter is, it took me WAY too long to finally read this! What was I thinking? Oh, that is right. My younger, more rebellious self was an ass that thought that because non-King fans (including someone I used to work with who hated King) absolutely loved this, I would purposefully avoid it for awhile until it wasn’t so popular. It was almost a fuck you. But enough time has passed. I have smartened up! I regret waiting so long. But I am ever so grateful that I get the chance to read this epic masterpiece! Better late than never. Continue reading “11/22/63 – Stephen King”

Mockingbird – Chuck Wendig

Ghosts, restless and sad, stir inside her.

If you are now considering book two in the Miriam Black series & you ask yourself “Self. Can Miriam Black BE any more badass?” HOW DARE YOU?! OF COURSE SHE CAN, SHITBIRD! OF COURSE SHE CAN! She is something else in this sequel. For real.

This picks up a year after where book one has left off & Miriam has been.. suppressing her powers. For those unfamiliar with this series, Miriam can see how someone will die just by touching them. One year later sees her somewhat settled down. But not for much longer! Continue reading “Mockingbird – Chuck Wendig”

Prince of Thorns – Mark Lawrence

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“When cutting out a heart-and I speak from experience here-expect to be crimson head to toe.”

This is the first book in Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire trilogy, and my first-ever Mark Lawrence book! And fuck, it was awesome! It’s a first-person narrative, and centers on Jorg Ancrath, a 14-year-old prince, coming of age on the road with his merry band of murderous and treacherous brothers. Continue reading “Prince of Thorns – Mark Lawrence”

Right Behind You – Lisa Gardner

Releases: 1.31.2017

Synopsis: Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.
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The Thicket – Joe R. Lansdale

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“The man was as big as Grandpa, easily half his age, and he had a face that looked to have been shaped with a rock and a stick wielded by an angry circus monkey. He was scarred up and his nose was bent and one of his eyes had a lid that drooped over it about halfway, so that his peeper seemed sneaky all the time.”
-Joe R. Lansdale, The Thicket
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Damn, if Joe R. Lansdale isn’t one of the best writers of first-person fiction, I don’t know who is. This story follows the misadventures of Jack Parker, a 16-year-old boy from East Texas, as he enlists a ragtag group of trackers to help him find his kidnapped sister, Lula. Continue reading “The Thicket – Joe R. Lansdale”

Dark Run – Mike Brooks

Of all the ways I could choose to die, being blown into hard vacuum by an explosive device was a long way from the top of the list.

Mike Brooks’ debut novel, Dark Run, is an unabashedly fun space-Western!

This book moves fast! It is a quick page-turner about a lovable crew of misfits aboard a spaceship. Their relationships; their pasts; their misadventures. Most of the crew is looking for a second chance. They are inherently good people that have gotten into bad situations previously. Working on the Keiko is a new beginning. Somewhere they can get their footing again & make something of a life for themselves. Mercenaries, smugglers, engineers, computer hackers.. this is a ragtag crew, indeed! Continue reading “Dark Run – Mike Brooks”

Blackbirds – Chuck Wendig

Miriam snorts. “That’s me. My fair fuckin’ lady.”

Well fuck me, what a ride! Miriam Black is like a modern day badass femme fatale.. a whiskey drinking, tough, foul-mouthed, self-loathing, standoffish, flawed & yet absolutely ENDEARING character. My kind of chick! I was drawn to her immediately. Continue reading “Blackbirds – Chuck Wendig”

The Heroes – Joe Abercrombie

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“No need for discussion or justification, for introductions or etiquette, for guilt or excuses. Only the incredible release of violence. So powerful that he felt this golden-armoured man must be his best friend in all the world. I love you. I love you, and that is why I must smash your head apart.”
-Joe Abercrombie, The Heroes

Fucking hell, Joe Abercrombie. I am running out of superlatives to describe these books. This is the fifth book in Abercrombie’s series of brutal and brilliant fantasy novels, The First Law. The Heroes is unapologetically a war novel, grisly, horrific, and frequently hilarious. While this book is technically a standalone, reading this before the previous four books would be a grievous mistake. Continue reading “The Heroes – Joe Abercrombie”