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text 2020-05-29 14:06
The Deep - 17%
The Deep - Alma Katsu

This book is just all over the place. The combination of timeline-jumping and character-jumping and retrospectives during the character-jumping leave you with no coherent narrative to follow. A few of the characters are at least mildly interesting, so I'll keep soldiering along, but if things don't start settling down and coming together and telling a single story, I'm out of here. 

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text 2020-05-25 15:51
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories - 70/512 pg
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories - Gary Raisor,Richard Chizmar,Al Sarrantonio,Avram Davidson

This anthology has been the perfect palate-cleanser between books for me. None of the stories are more than a few pages long, and it's a fun mix of classic and modern authors, with very few duds so far. I just finished stories by Henry Slesar, Richard Chizmar, Avram Davidson, and Gary Raisor. Chizmar is the only one I'd even heard of. 

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review 2020-05-03 14:57
If It Bleeds ★★★★☆
if It Bleeds - Stephen King,Danny Burstein,John Steven Gurney,Will Patton

Of the four novellas in this collection, the title story is unquestionably the best, and not only because we get to spend more time with Holly Gibney from the The Outsider and the Mr. Mercedes series. It's probably the most complete of the stories.  Mr. Harrigan's Phone and The Life of Chuck were classic SK "what if" games for the imagination. The last one, Rat, was not his strongest, but another "being a writer is hard" navel gazer mixed with Faust.

 

Audiobook via Audible, read by Will Patton, Danny Burstein, and Steven Weber. All do a fine job, but I was delighted to have Patton back and voicing Holly again. 

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text 2020-04-30 14:01
If It Bleeds - 76%
if It Bleeds - Stephen King,Danny Burstein,John Steven Gurney,Will Patton

"I love you, Mom," Holly says and ends the call. Is that true? Yes. It's liking that got lost, and love without liking is like a chain with a manacle at each end. 

 

Oh how this struck me. It is so painfully true. 

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text 2020-04-29 19:50
If It Bleeds - 51%
if It Bleeds - Stephen King,Danny Burstein,John Steven Gurney,Will Patton

I'm so happy to be spending time with Holly again! I finished "Mr. Harrigan's Phone" and "The Life of Chuck". Loved the first, liked the second. 

 

So glad I picked up this book, I've been through a string of DNF audios and I was getting discouraged. 

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