Reading Hard Stuff

sleepersHaving just finished Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra, I was eager to see what others thought of the book.  I discovered an interesting phenomenon.  Some people enjoyed the book but gave it a low rating because of the dark and disturbing subject matter.  Others did not enjoy the writing, but gave it high marks because of the dark and disturbing subject matter, the thinking being that if it’s a true story and it makes you uncomfortable, it has to be “good.”  I think I fall somewhere in the middle.

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House of Leaves

House_of_leavesI can’t remember the last time a book scared me like this (actually, that’s not entirely true.  Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God scared the crap out of me, as no doubt will the movie, coming soon to a theater near you, nightmares guaranteed).  But this book really, really terrified me.  I’m not entirely sure why.  It kept me up all night, several nights, both because I wanted to know what happened next, but also because there was no way I was turning off the light. Continue reading


The last strains of sunlight lingered in the corners, grasping every available point of refraction.  She slid her fingertips along the glass wondering if this was all there ever was. Or could be.
But no.  Un-alone, her mirrored shadow had company in her pantomimic otherworld.  With the beckoning, tenebrous gloom, an apparition, dark and menacing, approached.  She shivered with delighted terror and settled in to watch.

A Dirty Job, by Christopher Moore- Book Review

Everything I was reading was feeling the same.  Sounding the same.  And (I feared) making me WAY TOO serious.  Wanting a purely fantastic, purely fictional escape, I asked a friend what she would do.  And she suggested A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore. Continue reading