7 Favorite Books I Read In 2016
Every book is a new book if you haven't read it yet! And so, let us begin.
"Doctor Sleep" - Stephen King (2013)
...I was just sure I knew how "The Redrum Kid" would turn out. And, honestly, I was expecting King to fuck it up. I mean, why play Jenga with The Shining anyway. But I was wrong on both counts. Now look, I don't know if I'll ever catch-up with the human printing press...but Lordy, ain't it fun trying.
"Unbroken" - Laura Hillenbrand (2010) ...Holy Schnikes! How much shit can the human spirit handle? Page-turning non-fiction about WWII survival and POW brutality. Truly inspiring and hard to imagine.
"Zero Cool" - John Lange (aka Michael Crichton) (1969)...This is pulpish fiction from early Crichton. A slice of pulp, now and then, is great for occasionally breaking up the more pompous-ass novels that require just a tad more effort...if you get my drift. Easy, fun read.
"The Family" - Ed Sanders (2002)...This is Charles Manson's world. Graphically detailed and filled with head-shaking "almosts and what-ifs." The author is counterculture ex-Fugs member, Ed Sanders, who is a trip unto himself. Plenty of celebrity name-dropping and hints of satanism and sado-whateverisms. If you are the least bit interested in the Manson tribulations...you'll have a hard time putting the book down. (Note to self: add Fugs album to my collection.)
In a Glass Darkly - J. Sheridan Le Fanu (1872)...A solid short-story collection of wonderful Victorian creepiness. The last two stories (novellas actually) are especially cream. "The Room in the Dragon Volant" is a dark mysterioso and "Carmilla" is a fantastic vampire story that beat Bram Stoker to the punch by 20 years. (This is an Amazon freebie for Kindle readers.)
"Altar Of Eden" - James Rollins (2010)
...Let me be up front by saying I'm a big fan of James Rollins. His books are always thrill-rides that take off before you barely have time to say, "hey, hi you!" This one is about genetic experimenting gone south, wrapped around scientific facts and possibilities. Not his best, but it scratched my itch.
"Raptor" - Gary Jennings (1993)...One of the strangest historical novels I've ever read. It follows the life of a hermaphrodite back in the 5th century of Eastern Europe, who rises to importance while trying to keep it all on the down-low. Despite the taboo goings-on, Jennings hands us quite an adventure.
And once again, "Every book is a new book if you haven't read it yet!" Go out and get you one.
"I'm Reading A Book" - Julian Smith
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