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33. “The Road,” Cormac McCarthy

October 31, 2011 Leave a comment

A father must protect his son as they try to scrape together a life in this sparse post-apocalyptic tale.

I think it is pretty well established that I get a little too involved with dystopic novels and might sometimes get confused about whether or not they are really happening. But I read most of this book in the cold on my front stoop while I was locked out of my house and smoking to keep warm, and, yeah, I kept thinking I was the only person carrying the fire. Even as parents with toddlers and small dogs strolled past me.

Page count: 287
Total pages: 10,452

15. “I am Not A Serial Killer,” Dan Wells

May 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Fifteen-year-old John Wayne Cleaver is not a serial killer– but he feels the monster deep inside that tells him he will be one if he lets his vigilance down. When bodies start turning up in his small town, he is thrilled to get to see the work of a serial killer up close as he helps his mortician mother to prepare the bodies. But soon his interest begins to go too far as he tries to find out more about the killer and how he does his work, John can feel his rules decaying. And finally he must decide whether he wants to be the killer he can feel inside.

This was a quick read. A fifteen-year-old protag makes it feel like young adult lit, but it was in general circ. One good thing about this book: No one tried to speak to me on the train while I was reading it.

Page count: 271
Page total: 4,108

12. “White Tiger,” Aravind Adiga

April 14, 2011 1 comment

Took me a while to get into it because it is “tricky.” The narrator is slick and dances around things a lot. Suddenly at around eighty pages, I was completely engrossed and I don’t know how it happened.

Page count: 304

Page total: 3,305

8. “Misery,” Stephen King

January 14, 2011 4 comments

Big time author Paul Sheldon celebrates finishing a new book– the first since he killed off the character, Misery CHastaine, who made him famous, but whom be grew to hate– with a bottle of champagne behind the wheel of his car in a blizzard. When his car spins out of control, he is pulled from the wreckage by Annie Wilkes, his number one fan. Annie nurses Paul carefully back to health, treating him as best she can with his badly mangled legs. Soon, though, Paul realizes that she is a dangerously ill woman and as her mental health slips, he finds himself more and more under her power. The two are locked into a battle of minds and wills Paul cannot afford to lose.

I meant to go to sleep more than an hour and a half ago. But I still had that much time left in this audio book and I could. not. stop. I legitmately let out a small, dry sob of terror somewhere near the end of the book. Okay, twice. Maybe three times. And there was one moment where I was so dizzy with fright I thought I might faint. I sunk my entire day into this book and don’t regret it.

If you listen to this audiobook, which I highly recommend, definitely listen to the version read by Lindsay Crouse, which is really well done and gives Kathy Bates a run for her money.

Page count: 352

Page total: 2,217

61. “First the Dead,” Tim Downs

August 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Forensic entymologist Nick Polchek is one of the first responders of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT), who help in cases of mass fatalities. The day before Hurricane Katrina hits, Nick and DMORTs from around the country are dispatched to Louisiana to await the empending disaster. Their orders are clear, if unusual: first, save the living. Then return for the dead. But Nick isn’t great with the living, and when he comes across bodies showing signs of foul play, he violates the orders of his team leader, of over-involved DEA agents and, oh yeah, the psychologist keeping tabs on him.

This is in a similar vein to the previous Tim Downs book I read. I found it slightly more enjoyable, even if Nick himself is sort of insufferable with his constant slick stand-offishness.

Page count: 368
Page total: 16,857

45. “The Road,” Cormac McCarthy

July 12, 2010 Leave a comment

A father must protect his son as they try to scrape together a life in this sparse post-apocalyptic tale.

This was part of the extremely anxious night I had. I played “Resident Evil 4” for like nine solid hours, to the point that it was all I could see when I shut my eyes. Then I read this book in my empty apartment and I was pretty sure the world had ended– except for a handful of rogues who would attempt to catch me and chain me in their basement so they can slice off and consume slices of my flesh.

Page count: 305
Page total: 11,583
LOC call number: PS3563.C337R63 2006

29. “Those Who Walk in Darkness,” John Ridley

May 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Page count: 310
Page total: 7,273