Rumble Tumble

This one was on loan and unavailable for a long time. Finally came free, so I snatched it up and devoured it in two days. In the next book that talks about Brett pistol-whipping a dwarf. Here she does it. I enjoyed it immensely. I’ve also noticed that either Hap or Leonard gets seriously hurt in every one of these stories. It’s Hap’s turn this time. He takes a bullet and a bunch of shotgun.

Now I think I’m down to just one or two more of these things. Need to go back to the checklist and see which I’m missing.

Somebody Owns Me Money

Here’s the other book I read after Cujo. Finished this yesterday in about two days, maybe three. It was a fun book. A cabby wins a bet and when he goes to collect, his bookie has been murdered. What follows is everyone wanting to kill the cabbie, because they think he did it and him just wanting his winnings, Great, fast-paced story.

i hadn’t heard Of Donald Westlake, but he has a lot more books out there. I’ll be trying some more out.

The Thicket

Again, I’m falling behind with these posts. I finished a couple of books since Cujo. The first, a stand-alone novel from Joe Lansdale. The Thicket is a novel set in East Texas, in the early part of the 20th century. I don’t think it is ever specified the year, but he talks about automatic pistols and cars, so my guess would be somewhere around 1915 give or take half a dozen years. It was a good read.

It painted a picture of a rural area that hasn’t caught up to the rest of the world. This is still the old west of outlaws and taking the law into your own hands. A colorful cast of characters with the aways great dialog I expect from Lansdale.

Cujo

I stayed up way past my bedtime finishing this last night. The ending made me want to grab Stephen King and shake him, screaming “Why!”. The novel was an enjoyable read, but it amazes me how he puts in so much detail and writes about so many different characters, getting into their lives and thoughts. There doesn’t seem to be much point to a lot of the side stories, except to pad out the book. But really it’s the little world-building that makes the book. This exact story could be told in about a fifth as many words, but then it wouldn’t be a Stephen King novel.

Apparently, this has a tie-in to The Dead Zone with regard to the frequent mention of serial killer Frank Dodd. I’ll have to put that on the list, although I think I’ve read it already. If I did it would have been twenty-five years ago. And of course it is set in Castle Rock, so ties into a lot of his books.

The Twenty Year Death

This was a trilogy within a novel. Three separate, but linked stories written in the style of three different Noir writers. It was interesting premise and I enjoyed it. The third part left me a little cold, but only because the first two were so well done.

I feel like I missed a book. I don’t think it took me nine days to read it. Maybe it did though.

Doctor Sleep

The sequel to the Shining. This follows what happened after Danny Torrence survived the horrors of the Overlook Hotel. A lot of the novel is following Dan in his descent into alcoholism just like his father before him. And then following him on his recovery, so that he can help a young girl who has attracted the attention of a roving group of Shining vampires. Stephen King has a consistency that even 30 years on allows him to continue writing great novels. Seems to me there is a third novel that could be written to make it a trilogy if he wanted.

Something that was a little interesting and different about this book and I wonder if it was deliberate, was that the bad guys, while evil and scary, were never particularly dangerous. Dan and Abra seemed to be a far more dangerous pair than the group of True Knot that were hunting them. Possibly because they were so used to hunting unaware children, that when confronted with someone ready to fight back, they were outmatched, but throughout the story, I never felt that they were in any danger. They could have lost, but they seemed like the stronger force.

I liked the last little bit at the end when a familiar face showed up and gave a little wave.

Witness to Myself

Usually, the hard case novels I read are older, so it’s weird having them use computers, cell phones, and the internet. It was enjoyable, but not my favorite. There was a strange back and forth between two different view points. Both 1st and third person. It threw me for a loop a few times. Still, a quick and enjoyable read.

The Bottoms

I keep falling further and further behind. I finished this a few days ago, as well. This was one of Lansdale’s stand alone novels and it was excellent. An engaging mystery that’s really about life growing up. The whole thing is just sad. I guessed the killer, mostly because in my modern sensibilities, he was kind of creepy even if it was presented as him being just nice and friendly. I don’t much trust nice and friendly people.

Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve

I finished this a few days ago. It was really a very interesting look at the details of what writers, write. I found it interesting that there are enough patterns in how people write, that if you have enough examples you can pinpoint who wrote a particular piece with very high accuracy. It was an easy, fun read as well. I might try more nonfiction books to break up the pulp fiction I’ve mostly been reading.

Hap and Leonard Ride Again

A collection of short stories, interviews, essays, and a chili recipe. It’s interesting reading about Lansdale’s life and how he writes. It’s a struggle to find the right place to sit down and get the work done. An old table in the bedroom works, but having a whole floor of the house to store all your books sure sounds better. I’d like to see his office some day. Nothing I like better than seeing what a person who loves books displays.

I’m going to try that chili recipe, although, from the looks of it, it’s just add a bunch of stuff, give it time, and don’t add to much water or not enough.

I’ve about run out of available Hap and Leonard books. I’ll move on to some other things for awhile.