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review 2017-10-13 20:31
DNF at 15 Percent-Forget This Noise
Interior Darkness: Selected Stories - Peter Straub

Did Not Finish at 15 percent.

 

Sorry, I own enough Stephen King to not have to put up with a bad collection of horror short stories. I started getting annoyed all over again yesterday when I tried to plow this. I think the main issue is that Straub doesn't draw me in at all. I felt like he was talking about made up people. We go from a fairly long short story to some kind of short essays and back again and I lost any interest in continuing this book.

 

I will just have to find another book to read for the Genre:Horror square for Halloween Bingo 2017. As I said, I have enough King books and I will just select one this weekend.

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text 2017-10-09 19:07
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
Interior Darkness: Selected Stories - Peter Straub

I never posted an update yesterday because this first story appalled me and I just decided to read Mercy Thompson instead.

 

"Blue Rose" made me pity poor Eddie and loathe everyone else in the Beever household.


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text 2017-10-08 15:04
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Interior Darkness: Selected Stories - Peter Straub

I haven't read this so going to read it for Genre: Horror square for now.

 

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text 2017-07-26 12:28
More Graphic Novels
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening - Marjorie M. Liu
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 4: Original Sin - Brian Michael Bendis,Ed McGuinness,Valerio Schiti
The Green Woman. Written by Peter Straub & Michael Easton - Peter Straub,Michael Easton,John Bolton

One of my workmates was looking at ordering Monstress 2 and it reminded me I had planned to read the first book in the series because I had heard a lot of good things about it, so I went upstairs to the public library and found it and two others that caught my eye.

 

Well, I have a problem resisting Guardians of the Galaxy, it's a lot of fun and I like how the characters interact with each other.  The Green Woman looked interesting but then I started to read it and nope, bounced hard.

 

Monstress was lush and interesting and I wanted more, I suspect there are a lot of hidden little things in this story that I didn't see the first time and I may invest in a copy for myself to read.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy was interesting too, revelation of secrets and finding out more about Venom and the future of his role. Where the symbiote came from is also revealed.

 

Both Monstress and Guardians of the Galaxy left me wanting more but I couldn't nope out of Green Woman fast enough, the plot and the artwork left me cold.

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review 2017-07-11 18:57
THE PROCESS Review
The Process (is a Process All Its Own) - Peter Straub

I believe my review of Peter Straub's latest novella, The Process (or, as it was originally titled, Hello Jack, which I much preferred!) is the first on Goodreads. I feel so honored!

 

Folks, I spent forty bucks on this book. It's a limited, signed edition and was published by Subterranean Press. They do good work, and this is no exception. This one is beautiful, and so nice to hold! Do I regret spending that much money on a ninety-page novella? Despite my 3-star rating, I would answer that question with an emphatic NO. Peter Straub is one of my favorite authors, and this is his first release of new fiction in seven years. And it's signed! No regrets here.

 

Despite Straub being one of my favorite authors, I must admit I've not read anything of his that was released after Floating Dragon. I haven't read the Blue Rose trilogy, or The Hellfire Club. Nothing. Nada. So reading this — a work released in 2017 — was a bit jarring because, naturally, Straub's voice has changed as he's gotten older. His language seems a bit more concise now, which is great . . . but this novella totally lacked the atmosphere of his earlier stuff. His '70s and '80s novels oozed with mood and feeling; Straub always put his strange and puzzling locations to good use. Here, he doesn't. Bummer.

 

This little story concerns itself with Tillman Hayward (a Straubian character name if there ever was one!), a fictional serial killer from the 1950s. Apparently this guy has appeared in a few other novellas by Straub, but I have not read those. For the most part, this story remains in the head of this guy — often referred to as "Tilly" — and I must say he's pretty darn creepy! I thought his association of words with smells was fitting, creative, and very well written. Unfortunately, at seemingly random moments Straub jerks the reader away from Tilly's first person narration and plunks said reader down into the happenings of other characters. Those moments bored me to tears, and I found myself racing through the pages to get back to what Tilly was up to.

 

Like all Straub stories, this is a bit of a challenge. It's a horrific mystery of the highest literary order. I cannot pretend to have totally gotten everything that was going on, and I'm sure that's the point. But it's a bit of a mess. I finished feeling more confused than anything. I will reread this . . . maybe soon? For now, though, I will give it three stars. I liked it, but it could have been so much more.

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