Don't you just hate spoilers? I do, too. That's why I always try to include warnings. However, I sometimes ramble a bit too much here or there and maybe a few (or many) key plot points slip without me giving proper notice. So I'd like to include a blanket spoiler warning for the weary internet travelers of the world: Here There Be Spoilers. You've been warned.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Reading Conquests Thus Far Part II

God, I suck at reading this year. Since I made this list back in April I have just barely doubled the amount of books I have read for the year so far. 

However, my list for the amount of books I have read this year is already bigger than last year's list (I might have read five books last year, I'm not sure). So that's something. And I admit that between working, watching flicks and anime to review here (as well as for my own enjoyment), trying to create some music every now and then, and actually trying to write when I can... 

I don't feel like I should apologize for how little I've read. But it's something I need to do more. Internet be damned. Kindle apps be damned. I need to read more before my brain completely turns to mush. 

Anyway, here is my paltry continuation of the previous list. 

  • High Adventure by Donald E. Westlake
  • Gleefully Macabre Tales by Jeff Strand
  • Kayla and the Devil by Bryan Smith
  • NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
  • Blood on the Page by Brian Keene
  • Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary) by Jeff Strand
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa
I am currently reading The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya (the second book in the series, of course) and I've got Single White Psychopath Seeks Same by Jeff Strand as well Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite on the backburner of my Kindle. 

I should also mention that I read Bryan Smith's Some Crazy Fucking Shit That Happened One Day, but that's more of a short story so I won't really count that. It was brainless fun and worth the $0.99 I paid for it, though. 

Didn't I also say I was going to read Bryan Smith's 68 Kill

Yeah, I suck this year. 

Honestly, I haven't been looking forward to Stephen King's Doctor Sleep because... well, I really haven't been looking forward to much of anything. Outside of season two of Valvrave the Liberator, anyway. And each weekly episode of Attack on Titan. But outside of that I don't really have any dates circled on my calendar now that the Alabama/Texas A&M game is over with. 

I think I'm in a serious slump and have been for a while. Or maybe it's the stunning realization that my life can easily be summed up in two phrases: I go to work. I go home. 

Granted that's a nice change-up from the "I stay home" of old and I'm making money, but my life is currently about as interesting as a bucket of fish bait. 


I need something new and exciting to look forward to. Something to get pumped about. 

Anyway, this is my reading list. How dreadfully awful it is. If I can reach twenty books before the year ends I'll be happy. Or marginally less unfulfilled. 


  1. I've had a pretty good reading year but it's football season now and the reading slows down quite a bit. Anyway here are a few good ones I've read since the last list.

    To Wake The Dead - Richard Laymon - Very good but it really goes off the rails at the end. I think this book was published after he died and he may not have been finished with it yet. That might explain the chaos at the end. Another strange thing about this book is that there are two parallel stories that really have nothing to do with each other. That makes me wonder if he was working on two things and someone combined them after he died. I can overlook that because the book is really fantastic for a good stretch before it falls apart. Since he died, I'll give him a pass.

    Crooked Letter, Crooked :Letter - Tom Franklin - I was expecting something like Smonk but this was totally different. Two boyhood friends (small town Mississippi) that haven't spoken to each other for years come back into contact with each other because one is accused of a murder and the other is a cop. The cop is black and the other guy is white and there are a whole bunch of secrets about to come out that have been buried for a long time. A great book about friendship, broken friendships, race, small towns and a whole shitload of other stuff. I highly recommend this but just don't expect the brutal, hilarious adventures of Smonk.

    The First Quarry - Max Allan Collins - I snatched up a few Hard Case Crime books in one of the Kindle Daily Deals and this is a guy I'm going to be reading some more of. There is a series of Quarry books. Quarry is an anti-hero hit man. Great stuff. Max Allan Collins wrote The Road To Perdition which was an excellent Tom Hanks flick.

    The Moonshine War - Elmore Leonard - Excellent Prohibition era tale of a moonshine war.

    1. Even to me Laymon is kind of hit or miss. I haven't read To Wake the Dead, but I generally try to stear clear of posthumous releases anyway. He's certainly got some good ones, but at times you got to work for them by sifting through some less than stellar efforts.

      The UK editions from Headline are better than the US Liesure editions when it comes to Laymon, btw. That's my experience, anyway.

  2. I forgot to add that I found the Richard Laymon book at the dollar store. It was well worth the dollar. There were some more people being abused in cages in this book. I think he like the cage abuse theme. I've only read two and there have been people in cages in both.

    1. In The Cellar he had people trapped in a cellar. So it's not always cages. :)