I read 18 books in June!
Criminal Deluxe Edition 5*
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger-Last Shots 4*
American Vampire 5 4.5*
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger- The Man in Black-3*
Empire Falls by Richard Russo 5*
The Fever by Megan Abbott 3.5*
The Memory of Running by Ron McClarty 5*
Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo 4*
The North Water by Ian McGuire 4*
Ascent by Luke Walker 4*
The Halloween Children by Norman Prentiss and Brian Freeman 4.5*
Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones 5*
The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey 3.5*
The Changeling by Victor LaValle 4.5*
Hoodoo Harry by Joe R. Lansdale 4.5*
Dis MeM ber by Joyce Carol Oates 4*
Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar 4*
The Summer Job by Adam Cesare 3*
Total books read in June: 18
Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:
(Horror Aficionados Group on Goodreads)
Goal: Read 40 books I already own in 2017
January Count: 1
February Count: 2
March and April Count: 0
May: 2 (Boo! and The Well)
Running Count: 5
Graphic Novel Challenge:
(Paced Reading Group on GR)
Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017
January count: 5
February count: 2
March count: 5
April count: 5
May count: 3
June count: 4
Running count: 24
I'm ditching the Coolthulhu Crew 2017 challenge. It just seems to be too much work for me right now!
Keep Calm and Read On!
Dis Mem Ber is an excellent collection of stories previously published elsewhere. The only threads they have in common is that they are all from a woman's point of view, (except for WELCOME TO FRIENDLY SKIES!), and they are all unsettling.
My favorite had to be the first story, DISMEMBER, in which a young girl narrowly escapes what could have been a nasty end.
HEARTBREAK was the story of two sisters, one beautiful and the other, not so much. Sometimes jealousy can get out of hand, before we even realize we are jealous.
I also enjoyed BLUE HERON quite a bit. This is the story of a widow dealing with her grief while trying to avoid her scummy brother-in-law who wants her to sell her lake-house.
Lastly, WELCOME TO FRIENDLY SKIES! had to be one of the funniest stories I've read in years. I'm not going to say anything further about it, as I think it's best to go into it cold.
Overall, this was a satisfying collection of stories from one of the masters of American short fiction. Highly recommended!
You can get your copy here: DIS MEM BER and Other Stories of Mystery and Suspense
*Thanks to NetGalley and Mysterious Press for the free e-ARC in exchange for my honest review. This is it!*