Saturday, November 5, 2011

Books Read 2011

The number of books I've read this year is drastically down from the 100 (give or take) from last year.  In 2011, I managed only 52 titles so far.  With two months left, I expect to add another 6 or 7 to the list.

2011 was different because I don't think I've ever read as many thousand pagers has I have this year.  The entire 5 books of The Song of Ice and Fire series, The Passage, Swan Song, and I reread The Stand and It--third time each.

Friday, November 4, 2011

DISPATCH by Bentley Little

This book felt a lot like Little's 'The Ignored', mostly by the narrative, I think, but overall a more satisfying read, IMO.  'Dispatch' follows Little's normal tendency of real world, mundane things going wildly, vividly, fantastically, and horrifically out of control.  This is what places Little firmly near the head of the class when it comes to good, fun, deviant horror.
Few writers can go from a typical, normal moment to jaw-dropping, shiver inducing anxiety quicker.

4 out of 5 gravestones!