Catch-Up Reviews

Hoo boy, it has been way too long since I’ve done a little set of reviews, especially considering when the last one was and how many dang books I’ve read since then.  These will be just short thoughts, with a couple of books probably getting full reviews later.

Library Books

OK, so, first thing:  I vastly overestimated my ability to read books in a timely manner.  Most of the books listed from last time (which was posted in June??? oh sweet jimmy jams) ended up returned unread as I had more coming in and was not feeling them.  I’ll get to them eventually, but, ah, not for a while yet.

Anyway, on to the books!

The Killers by Ernest fuck off Hemingway

You might be able to tell that I really hate Hemingway.  I only read this because it was included in a list of great film noir based on books.  Let me just say now, the movie is way better than the story.

Knife Creek by Paul Doiron

  • Incredibly good
  • Like, 10th in series or something
  • Picked it up without knowing anything and followed fine
  • Need to find the rest to read them all
  • Author offers signed hardback pack and I NEED

Final Girls by Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire)

  • Different
  • Wasn’t really a fan
  • Short enough I could finish it fine
  • Would probably not check out again

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf

  • Cool from a logistics perspective
  • Watching where everyone is and how things lead to others
  • Narrator was annoying
  • Wouldn’t buy, but didn’t feel I wasted time

The Field of Cloth and Gold by Magnus Mills

  • The bitter satire I’ve been missing
  • So very British, in a good way
  • Looking forward to reading more from him

The No.2 Feline Detective Agency by Mandy Morton

  • THIS piece of shit
  • Will post full (Goodreads) review (but with swears)
  • So racist
  • It’s cats, how do you fuck that up
  • So very British, in a bad way

Ragdoll by Daniel Cole

  • Holy shit, this was my jam
  • Totally thought about this plot before, tho
  • Just saying
  • Loved all the characters of the team
  • Heart-wrenching yet so damn fun
  • I can’t wait for the next one
  • (why tf did the paperback screw up the cover)

I Am What I Ate and I’m Frightened by Bill Cosby

  • Nice short afternoon read
  • Listen, I still make “Why is there air” jokes, I can’t stop

Revenge by Yoko Ogawa

  • Oh my god this was my everything
  • I desperately need to own this
  • Eleven short stories and every one ties into the others
  • Just fucking beautiful

My Books

I actually did read some of my own books, go me!

Illness as Metaphor by Susan Sontag

  • Very good
  • A bit rambling at times, but coherent
  • Still very relevant, esp to chronically ill me
  • Great historical reference

Medea trans. by Rex Warner

  • Anyone who doesn’t come out loving Medea is a fool and a liar
  • BAMF
  • Seriously, she’s like my #lifegoals
  • Really great translation, very easy to follow

Shit, I’ve actually read a lot.  Go me.

Current Library Books

These are all the ones I’ve checked out as of now.  We’ll see what I make it through.

See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

  • Really enjoyed Part 1
  • Returned because I really need to start reading my own books
  • Will definitely check out again, if not buy

Dead on Arrival by Matt Richtel

  • “Eleanor listened to the wheels unfold–a sound that reminded her of a baby’s hum.”
  • What the fuck is a baby’s hum?
  • Does it not know the words?
  • So anyway, your honor, that’s when Death of the Author became accurate
  • Hard pass on the rest of the book

And all the rest I haven’t started yet.

Burning Your Boats by Angela Carter

Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

The Ready-Made Thief by Augustus Rose

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer

That’s it for this quick update!  I’ll be making a longer review about The No. 2 Racist Feline Book probably around next week, because the end of this week is busy with, shall we say,

Long Beach, here we come!

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