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#ourkindofcruelty by #aramintahall been touted as the nastiest and most disturbing thriller by #gillianflynn, so obviously I had to read this…AND I find myself pretty disappointed for the following reasons: 1) another unreliable narrator, although this one is a crazy man as opposed to an alcoholic woman 2) we never get a break from what's inside his head to see what's really going on 3) way way too much prose with very little dialogue 4) read YOU by #carolinekepnes if you want a crazy man narrating his fantastically scary, mind-bending story for you. – – (A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It’s been a while since I picked up a Christopher Moore book, even though Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal is one of my all-time favorite books. I’m so glad I picked up this new Moore book!
Set in San Franscico after WWII, Sammy finds himself serving drinks to Stilton (hereafter referenced to as the Cheese – LOVE IT), a beautiful dame who starts all the trouble. A very diverse cast of characters inhabit this story from all walks of life (obviously and as always with Moore, if you are easily offended, this is not the right book for you – just saying). My favorite character ended up being the Kid, who was terrible and sweet and awesome in his use of the English language.
There were many many giggles and quite a few laugh-out-loud-in-a-room-by-yourself-whilst-reading-a-book moments. Moore is just as fun as I remember him to be!
(A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.)
So, I usually tweet quotes from worthy books and while reading Noir, this happened:
A Head Full of Ghosts
by Paul Tremblay
This book! So smart, so clever, so unnerving.
Merry’s older sister, Marjorie, has begun to act strangely. Marjorie watches 8-year-old Merry while she sleeps, tells her increasingly disturbing secrets and threatens to cut out her tongue if she tattles. Meanwhile, Merry’s mother shuttles Marjorie to a string of doctors while her father drags in a priest.
After a denouement of serious weirdness, the parents decide to sign up for a reality television show (The Possession) – this decision, of course, goes terribly awry.
I found this book to be incredibly clever. We only know what a protected youngest child would know; the parents try to keep things as normal as possible when, in reality, the entire family is skidding off the tracks. Then, when we think we know exactly what happened, we are treated to the viewpoint of the grown-up Merry and a blogger who works very hard to discredit everything shown in The Possession. We are constantly, and delightedly, kept a little off balance.
I mean, what could be more frightening than a trusted family member turning against you, the exploitation of reality television and a demon-possessed teenager? This book definitely deserved it’s 2015 Bram Stoker award.