R.I.P. IX

Misery by Stephen King

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Paul Sheldon, you poor man.

Apparently Misery is quite a popular Stephen King book. I completely admit to not even hearing of it until it was mentioned in the Stephen King vs Edgar Allan Poe Epic Rap Battle of History. And there’s even a movie of it, which I’ve never seen but now I kind of want to. I mean, come on, Kathy Bates. She’s pretty great.

Paul Sheldon is an author, famous for writing a series of regency romantic books about a character called Misery Chastain. Sheldon has grown to hate the Misery series, and gleefully kills her off at the end of the final book of the series. He’s now finished his newest book, a “serious” work of fiction, and celebrates by driving cross-country. In a snow storm, his cars slides off the road in a horrible accident. When he awakes, it’s in the hands of Annie Wilkes. She saved him from the wreckage of his car, and has been nursing him back to health because she’s his #1 fan. She has not alerted the authorities. When she finishes the newest Misery novel, she flies into a rage and demands that Paul write a book to bring Misery back, just for her. And if he doesn’t… well, she has ways of making him.

Annie is mother-fucking CRAZY. Whole numerous baskets of crazy. Paul spends most of his days writhing in agony from his horribly mangled legs, and becomes hooked on painkillers. Eventually he starts to write the Misery novel that Annie wants, using the act of writing as a way to escape his horrible reality.

Sooooo. Misery was good. Kind of your typical disturbing thriller book. The villain was crazy, the things that happened to Paul were terrible… but overall, I can’t say I actually really enjoyed the book, or even the characters. This might be why I don’t read this genre often – after the book is done, my only real comments is “Well that was messed up.” and I go on my merry way. It was a good distraction read, easy to kind of sink in to – but nothing to write home about.

On the plus side, I officially completed my R.I.P IX challenge! And a month early at that. I may fit in another King novel or some darker comics before Halloween, but we’ll see. I’m looking forward to some more light-hearted reads right now.

Sarah Says: 3 stars

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October Monthly TBR

Holy crap on a cracker, I can’t believe it’s already October. Wasn’t I just writing the TBR post for September???

Soooo September. I managed about 6 books, including an audiobook and some comics. I blame it on the honeyman. He lures me into hanging out with him re-watching TBBT and playing Borderlands. But now he’s started binge re-watching Dexter, so if I can manage to ignore that playing in the background, I should be able to read more this month. I am seriously considering some fancy noise-cancelling headphones, since I seem to have the concentration powers of a freaking squirrel lately.

 

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So let’s look at what’s on here…

In the book stack:

  • A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean – Seriously, I think a fluffy romance read is in order right now.
  • Bag of Bones by Stephen King – I admit it. This one probably isn’t going to happen, but I’m throwing it in here anyways. I want to read it… but I also just finished Misery by Stephen King, completing my R.I.P IX goals, and let’s face it – I’ll probably want a break.
  • What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund – This came in my BookRiot Quarterly box and I am REALLY excited to read it.
  • 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino –  Leah says this book is awesome, I have trust her. On the downside, I think it’d due this weekend, so I REALLY need to start it or face lots of library fines.
  • Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach – Finally going to read this one! I just had the sample on my Kindle last month, but now I have the library copy AND an e-copy. It’s happening.
  • Season to Taste by Natalie Young – I feel like a book about a lady killing and eating her crappy husband will be perfect right around Halloween, right?
  • Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday- I have the first volume from the library, and I’m really excited. Joss Whedon wrote these! On the down side, I took a peek inside and I HATE the way John Cassaday drew Beast. He looks like a cat, it’s horrible. But I hear this is a decent place to kind of jump into X-Men, so I’m doing it.

On the Kindle:

  • Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer – I’ve been intrigued by this book series (The Southern Reach trilogy) for a while whether due to hearing praise for it or because of the awesome covers, I don’t even know. But it was like $3 on Amazon so I snapped it up.
  • The Gunslinger by Stephen King – Yeah, more King… The e-book finally became available on Overdrive, so it’s on there. I really do want to start the Dark Towers series.
  • Sad Robot Stories by Mason JohnsonKatie wrote about this and convinced me that I needed it. It’s about a robot (named Robot) who is fond of humans.

Comics:

  • Well, the Astonishing X-Men that I already mentioned…
  • Rat Queens #8 by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch – This is a carry over from last month, because the release date changed. It SHOULD be coming out today, and omg omg omg I can’t wait to go to the comic shop this weekend and get my hands on it.
  • Damsels in Excess #2 by Vince Hernandez and Mirka Andolfo –  I read issue #1 and I’m not sure about it yet… It’s kind of like Y: The Last Man, but set in a mythical kingdom kind of setting, and there are five princesses, and yeah. It’s interesting, but we’ll see.
  • Legenderry #1 and #2 by Bill Willingham and Sergio Davila – I am SO excited to try these. There’s just something about a steampunk comic series that makes me feel like it would ring all my bells, you know?

Audiobooks:

  • You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney – This is super interesting listen, and I’m already several hours into it. I’m realizing more and more that non-fic and comedy are my JAM on audio.
  • ? – I have an Audible credit, just begging to be spent. Still debating what I want to choose though…

 

As always, this seems like a lot. And as usual, I’m sure I won’t get to them all. But I remain excited anyways. And don’t forget – Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon is October 18th! And my boss just approved my vacation time for the three days before that. ALL THE READING!

Anything special on your radar this month?

~Sarah

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

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Alriiiight, completed my first R.I.P. IX read!  Joe Hill is a delightfully creepy dude.

Jude used to be a famous rock star. Now, getting older and tired of the rock star life, he’s just a guy who maintains a stream of out-of-state girlfriends, takes care of his dogs, and has a collection of weird. He has a trepanned skull, a noose from the 19th century, a snuff film. One day his assistant points out that a website has a suit-inhabited-by-a-ghost for sale, and Jude jumps at it. Of course, he doesn’t believe that the suit he purchases actually comes with a ghost. At first…

This was, weirdly, an enjoyable read. It creeped me the hell out at times, but it was evenly paced with enough really disturbing, anxious moments to keep me interested. Jude is a generally likable character, which I didn’t expect. He has a dark story, and despite his initial, kind of gross attitude towards women, I ended up cheering for him and wanting him to be happy. That’s asking a bit much when there’s an angry ghost after you and anyone who’s close to you. The ghost is that of Craddock McDermott, and he’s blaming Jude for his stepdaughter’s suicide. But things aren’t always what they seem, and Jude needs to figure out how to save himself – both literally, and figuratively.

Unfortunately, the coolest twists and the things that gave me the shivers are the exact things that I’m not going to mention, because it wouldn’t be as fun a read if you went in knowing so much. If you’re looking for something dark and haunting for Halloween-time, this is a good pick. The only reason I’m rating it as average is because it might be my least favorite Joe Hill so far – It’s hard to beat Horns.

 

Sarah Says: 3 stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall Readin’

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Oh how I miss the joy of making lists on Tuesdays. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, and this week’s topic is Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List – somewhat delayed I feel, since it’s almost the end of September, but ah well. There’s a little over two more months of fall. Is it likely that I’ll read all ten of these, or even five? Probably not, but I do love just making lists of books, so how could I resist?

 

1. Think Like a Freak by Steven D.  Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner – I really feel like the authors of these books should just list themselves as “The Steves”. From the Steves that brought us the other Freakonomics books, comes a book about how to think more analytically about the world around you. I feel like this will be really interesting to listen to on audio. Perhaps I’ll actually get around to it before it’s due at the library. That, or I’ll maybe make it an Audible pick some time. Mayyyyybe.

2. Misery by Stephen King – It was Stephen King’s birthday on Sunday! Which has nothing to do with anything, really. This is one of my RIP IX picks that I’m hoping to start soon.

3. A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean – Because sometimes the cozy weather in fall needs a little romance reading.

4. Bag of Bones by Stephen King – It was Stephen King’s birthday on Sunday! Which has nothing to do with anything, really. This is one of my RIP IX picks that I’m hoping to start soon. (Why yes, I did just copy and paste that…)

5. 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino – I have to be honest, I just grabbed this at the library because I saw a lot of hype about it around the blogosphere, but I really have no clue what it’s about. Any one want to convince me to actually get around to reading this one?

6. Season to Taste by Natalie Young – A charming housewife kills her crappy husband and decides to dispose of the evidence by eating him. I feel like only good things can come from this.

7. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay – Because I heart Bad Feminist and need to see if Gay’s fiction is equally fabulous.

8. Fortune’s Pawn by Rachel Bach – Some sort of sci-fi space opera book about a lady spaceship mercenary. I’m in.

9. Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique – I’ve heard soooooo many good things about how wonderful and beautifully-written this book is. You guys better not let me down here.

10. Black Widow volume 1: The Finely Woven Thread by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto – Well let’s be honest; I have a crap ton more comics on the to-read list right now. But this in particular is a series I’m really looking forward to starting.

 

Let’s hope Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon in October REALLY helps me make a dent in this!

 

~Sarah

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril IX – Yeah, I’m doing RIP again.

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Reading Laura’s post reminded me – It’s RIP time! Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings give us all an excuse to read those horror/mystery/thriller/dark fantasy books that we’ve been meaning to get to. It runs from now until October 31st. My lack of reading time is a concern, so I’m going to aim for Peril the Second, which means I’m going to aim to read two books. If I read more than that, then hooray for me.

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My possible reads (some pictured here, some not):

  • Misery by Stephen King – I was planning to read this in September anyways.
  • Red Planet Blues by Robert J. Sawyer – It’s a detective story that takes place on Mars. Win.
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Because I STILL have not read this, and hey wouldn’t it be nice to finally make some progress on that Classics Club list? Yes it would be.
  • Bag of Bones by Stephen King – Another King novel I’ve heard great things about and should really finally get to. I believe it was on my pile last year, but I never started it.
  • Locke & Key comics by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  • random Joe Hill novellas / short stories I have on my Kindle (are we seeing a pattern here?)
  • The Walking Dead comics by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore
  • Kill City Blues by Richard Kadrey (part of the Sandman Slim series, I really need to catch up on it)

Well, I’m going to try! We’ll see what I can fit in. This along with some pumpkin lattes should get me in the mood for autumn 🙂 Are you signed up?

Any other creepy books or comics I should try out?

~Sarah