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T.H. White
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Irène Némirovsky, Sandra Smith

Phantom Prey (Lucas Davenport, #18)

Phantom Prey (Lucas Davenport, #18) - John Sandford The antagonist f'ed a ghost.

Not the worst police-procedural book I've read. But the main character drives a Porsche and the antagonist f'ed a ghost. That is all.

The Last Unicorn

The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle, Peter S. Beagle Wow! An amazing read. The words and the language that Beagle uses just comes to life and paints pictures on the page. Other than the Red Bull and Momma Fortuna's death early on, this is a great book for both children and adults.

I saw the Rankin/Bass cartoon ages ago. And while my sister's watched it endlessly, I don't remember too much about it. I do know that Peter Beagle wrote the screenplay for it and I do remember it being mostly faithful to the book, except (and this caught me by surprise) Schmendrick the Magician seems much more like a jerk in the book, instead of an aloof, clumsy magician.

A must-read for everyone.

Exit Music (Inspector John Rebus Series #17)

Exit Music (Inspector John Rebus Series #17) - Ian Rankin Not the worst book I've read. Not even the worst police-procedural book I've read. But did not make me want to read any more of Rankin's Inspector Rebus books.

That's basically the nicest thing I can say about it.

Night Watch

Night Watch - Andrew Bromfield, Sergei Lukyanenko Wow. This book SUCKED. Totally NOT AT ALL about vampires, which I thought it would be about. Also, after 450+ pages of plot twists, what's-going-ons, and double- & triple-crosses we find out that the most powerful "Other" in all of Russia did everything because he loves some chick who is trapped in an owl's body. THIS ISN'T FUCKING TWILIGHT!

Sucked. Sucked. Sucked.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium Trilogy)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium Trilogy) - Stieg Larsson Awesome! A fantastic end to a fantastic trilogy!

Alias Grace

Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood Another great book from Atwood. Starts off a little slow (compared to her other books) but once you figure out there might be more to the story than you're seeing, it really takes off. Recommended for Atwood fans!

The Likeness

The Likeness  - Tana French Good (murder mysteries/cop procedurals are still not my cup of tea), but not as good as In The Woods. I think it's because In The Woods had an eerie/supernatural undercurrent to it because of Ryan's missing friends. This seemed, from the description, to have the same sense of something-isn't-right that keeps the reader off balance, but Tana French squashed that in the beginning. The rest, while still good, didn't have that off-putting charge to it and was just a police story.

Still, will probably read her next book, Faithful Place.

The Blind Assassin

The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood Another great read and phenomenal book from Margaret Atwood! Quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her vocabulary and descriptive turns-of-phrases are levels above anyone I think I have ever read. And for the third book in a row (that I have read), Atwood does a fantastic job of crafting a story that entertains as well as making you think.

While The Blind Assassin starts off slower than other Atwood books that I have read, it is in no way less exciting that the others. Once things start to fall into place for the reader, it becomes a page-turner that you don't want to put down until you know the truth about everything and see if your hunches are, indeed, correct.

I would recommend either Oryx & Crake or The Handmaid's Tale for first time Atwood readers, but The Blind Assassin is definitely a must read for anyone who is a fan of hers.

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood I just don't have words to describe what a phenomenal book this is. Margaret Atwood is one of (if not THE) best living authors today. This book sucked me in from the beginning and pulled me along, voyeuristicly through Offred's story, to a conclusion that had me wanting more.

A scary look at a possibly future (especially in America) that everyone should read.

Oryx and Crake

Oryx and Crake - Margaret Atwood I LOVED Oryx & Crake! The way it was set up had me longing to get to the next page/next chapter/the end. It was gripping, thrilling, taught, and very sarcastic about the world we live in. It also really makes you think. Overall, I think a book that EVERYONE should read, no matter where your tastes lie.

Let the Right One In: A Novel

Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindquist Wow! An amazing book! Keeps the vampire mythos cemented by Bram Stoker and expands on it, bringing it into the present. Some surprises and plenty of creepy mood to keep you feeling freaked out if you're reading this at night. The best compliment I can give it is this: The best vampire book I've read since Stoker's Dracula. That includes all of Rice's Lestat novels AND Stephen King's Salem's Lot. Not an easy feat...


Mania - Craig Larsen Before I begin, I won this from a Goodreads free-giveaway contest. It got mailed to me from the author (Craig Larsen) and was signed with this in the front: "Tom, Hope you enjoy the read! Craig"
I'm putting this up front because, basically, I wouldn't feel comfortable giving this book a bad review if it sucked. Fortunately, for me, it doesn't.

It was quite good! To call this the best book I've won from Goodreads isn't saying much and does the book a disservice. It's better than that.

The murder mystery plot isn't my favorite. There are more than a few murder books that I just can NOT get into at all. And while there are parts that I felt were predictable, the book was still a good read and intriguing and interesting.

I would recommend it only to murder book fans, but recommend it I would.

Absolute Death

Absolute Death HC - Neil Gaiman I just love everything by Neil Gaiman that I've gotten my hands on so far, and The Absolute Death is no exception.

Best read AFTER Gaiman's The Sandman, the stories of Death are alternately: scary, sad, funny, and touching. Much like, his Sandman stories, you don't know what you'll get when you start reading and could get all these emotional responses in a single story!

While the standalone Death stories (Death:The High Cost of Living and Death:The Time of Your Life) could be read on their own, this is a book that should be saved for after The Sandman.


Horns - Joe Hill I like Joe Hill and all of his books/stories so far. With a premise that, on the front, sounds weak (a man wakes up with horns - now people tell him their darkest secrets), he manages to write an interesting, fast-paced novel on Satan, God, and human nature. Along the way, he does give us a horned person who is slowly turning into the Devil, complete with all the fire-based powers and abilities one would assume the Devil possesses.

Not as good as Heart-Shaped Box or 20th Century Ghosts, the sophomore slump for Hill's second novel isn't that big of a drop-off from Heart-Shaped box and I'll look forward to his next work.

In the Woods

In the Woods  - Tana French Very good book. Heard good things about it and picked it up, even though the mystery/police-procedural story isn't my thing. Quite liked and will definitely pick up the author's next book (The Likeness).

More of a psychological who-dun-it, then a strict this-is-how-the-police-solve-crimes case study. Also, the book does NOT follow the basic A,B,C steps of other murder stories. I was guessing, confused, and led in circles many times by the different twists and turns. Plus, the almost supernatural aspect of the aforementioned "Woods" plays with the genre and makes the book a solid read.

I'd recommend it, definitely to people who like murder mysteries, but also to people who don't.

The Girl Who Played With Fire: A Novel

The Girl Who Played With Fire: A Novel - Stieg Larsson Wow! This was INCREDIBLE! A phenomenal follow-up to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I thought there might be some let down, cause the first good was so good, but Played With Fire might be better! Still the police/mystery thriller is not my favorite genre, but Larsson has created stories that just suck you in from the beginning.

One thing that I'm wary of however... The end of Dragon Tattoo clearly leads into Played With Fire. And the end of Played With Fire is almost like a cliffhanger into The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest. Considering that Larsson died while the 4th book was an outline and while he was planning 10 books, I'm afraid there won't be any really ending to the next book.

But that won't stop me from reading it as soon as I get my hands on it.