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review 2019-10-26 02:38
Cold Moon Over Babylon by Michael McDowell
Cold Moon Over Babylon - Michael McDowell



Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook/Owned


One hot afternoon in July of 1965, Jim Larkin and his wife JoAnn were slowly paddling their small green boat upstream on the Styx river that drains the northwestern corner of the Florida panhandle.

- first sentence



Well, things only go downhill for the Larkin family after that. In the present, they are barely holding on to the farm and the blueberry crop keeps dwindling. After Margaret is murdered, things get even worse. This victim is not going to rest easy and she is determined to make someone pay. But... who killed her and why?


This book is well-written, suspenseful, and scary. I enjoyed the character development and trying to figure out who the killer was. I also liked seeing Margaret Larkin's ghost terrifying people. The final death is the best, well deserved, and perfect in the sense of irony and justice.


Well done and enjoyable. The middle was a tad slower, but the last quarter had me on the edge of my seat.


I read this one for the Terror in a Small Town square.

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review 2019-10-24 17:53
Gothic Square
Blackwater: The Complete Saga - Michael McDowell,Nathan Ballingrud

Audio version - read by Matt Godfrey - he did a damn fine job.  I don't think I will be able to read another McDowell audio book unless Godfrey is reading it.


Thanks to all the Booklikers who read this and posted it about it.  Picked it up because of you all.


This is so damn good.  It's Southern gothic.  It's got monsters and ghosts.  It's a family saga.  It has a flood.  It's really, really good.  Wonderful use of atmosphere.

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review 2019-10-07 19:28
The Amulet
The Amulet - Michael McDowell,Julia Whelan

The story of a haunted amulet, which is out to get everyone in the city of Pine Cone. 


This was gross, deeply disturbing, very creative in the way the people died and darkly comedic at times. Parts of this story I really enjoyed, but towards the end of the book it became a tad tedious, because the same happens all the time:


everyone dies.

(spoiler show)


And I would like to give a shout out to one of the most vile characters that ever has made an appearance on the page of a book: Jo Howell. What a vile person.



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text 2019-10-03 11:26
Reading progress update: I've listened 334 out of 641 minutes.
The Amulet - Michael McDowell,Julia Whelan

After having finished a book in which women didn´t have a significant or meaningful role at all (yes, I´m side-eying you, Red Rising), it´s so refreshing to read this book. All the power, whether it is used for good or evil, lies in the hands of the women in town.


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text 2019-10-02 16:34
Reading progress update: I've listened 303 out of 641 minutes.
The Amulet - Michael McDowell,Julia Whelan

"We gone get in trouble, Sheriff?" the farmer asked. "You know," he said piteously, "I didn´t mean to run the woman down."

"Well," Garrett replied, "wasn´t your fault, like you said. She wasn´t wearing white, and she ought not to be running up on bridges when the sun´s gone down. And she ought not be killing her husband with pine branches either."

"Ought not do that in any case," added the deputy. "No, sir," he added a moment later, for emphasis, when no one thought to second his opinion.

"It´s real peculiar," mused the sheriff.

"What is?" said Jack.

"Everybody dying like they are..." said the sheriff.

"You mean these two, and then the policemen and his wife?" asked Jack. "Not much family left, is there?"

"Wasn´t just them," said Deputy Barnes, "cause last Wednesday night seven people burned up on the other side of town."

"Well," said the farmer, "burning up´s a lot different from stabbing and shooting and getting run down on bridges and being hit on the head with pine branches in the middle of the creek."

"Maybe," saif the sheriff, "but I tell you, sir. I just can´t say I was suprised when you folks pulled up and said you had two bodies in the back of your truck, what with all these people dying. And if I had thought about it for twenty second I think I could have guessed that it would be Malcolm and Dorothy Sims."

"And you know what´s funny too?" said the deputy.

"What?" asked the sheriff, pulling the canvas back over the corpses; there wasn´t any point in examining them further now. 

"For the last nine dying," said the deputy, "we ain´t had one open coffin, and from the looks of these two, we´re not gone get it now."

"We not gone get them anyway. They was from Montgomery," said the deputy.

"You´d think she´d have waited till they got back to Montgomerey," said the deputy.

"I sure do wish she had," said Jack Weaver, shaking his head slowly.


The dialogue is pure gold and darkly comedic. These police men remind me an awful lot of the police people in the movie / tv-show Fargo.





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