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Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper - Case Closed
What a phenomenal and utterly disturbing book. I learned:

1) The identity of Jack The Ripper, with 98% certainty, is the British artist Walter Sickert,
Apr 23, 2010
Mar 19, 2008
If There Be Thorns (Dollanganger, #3)
I didn't think this series could get more disturbing, but it most certainly does. Unlike the first two installments of this tragedy, this volume is to ...more
May 20, 2012
May 20, 2012
The Brief History of the Dead
This was an incredibly profound book, and I have a feeling that it will shape the way I see the world and death from now on. I really wasn't expecting ...more
May 24, 2015
May 19, 2015
Change of Heart
This was, quite simply, one of the best books I have ever read and the first time I have seen someone take a Stephen King idea and make it so much bet ...more
Jun 11, 2008
Jun 11, 2008
The Casual Vacancy
This muggle sure can write. And does she ever know how to make me cry, even when she's not writing about Harry Potter.

I thought this was a marvelous
May 2015
Apr 30, 2015
In Cold Blood
I can't even begin to describe how conflicted I feel about the events in this book.

Occasionally, I would get so caught up in Capote's beautiful storyt
Mar 12, 2012
Mar 08, 2012
Duma Key
Feb. 17, 2011:

I have a real thing for stories about artists who make "live" paintings. Man, this book was creepy and not just because I'm scared of th
May 24, 2008
Mar 19, 2008
How to Make an American Quilt
What a beautiful novel. I couldn't believe how much she packed into such a slim volume. The decades, the history, the intimate details of a group of q ...more
Jun 22, 2010
Jun 25, 2010
Contract of Defiance: Spectras Arise Trilogy, Book 1
I'm really not a big fan of the sci-fi genre as in most of those narratives I find myself completely alienated in the worlds the author created, and f ...more
Jan 29, 2015
Nov 26, 2012
A Clash of Kings  (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)
I did not like this book. For about five hundred pages in the middle I honestly thought I wouldn't even make it through. It's boring. The plot is mudd ...more
Aug 17, 2013
Aug 12, 2013
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
This book started off really slow and I wasn't sure what all the hype was over, but once Lisbeth Salander entered the story I was in love. The way Sti ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Oct 05, 2011
When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection
This is easily one of the most important books I've ever read in my life.

Once I've read it a few more times and understand the science a bit better I
Dec 30, 2014
Dec 27, 2014
Contract of War: Spectras Arise Trilogy, Book 3
Seeing that the majority of my exposure to sci-fi has been of the horror film ilk — the Alien series, Pitch Black, Species, Resident Evil, etc. — I ha ...more
Feb 07, 2015
Feb 06, 2015
Contract of Betrayal: Spectras Arise Trilogy, Book 2
Such a fantastic follow-up to the thrilling "Contract of Defiance". Continuing in Salyer's style of incredibly visual writing, I kept being reminded o ...more
Feb 02, 2015
Jan 30, 2015
The Assassination of Marilyn Monroe
This book is a punch in the gut. If I were to find out that my beloved River Phoenix had not died of a drug overdose, but rather somebody had poisoned ...more
May 06, 2010
Apr 26, 2010
Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book
Oh my Fairy Goddess! What a wonderful and creative book. I recommend it with all the fairy love I have in my heart, that certainly grew bigger upon re ...more
Aug 23, 2009
Aug 23, 2009
This is Gregory Maguire's first book that isn't a retelling of a fairy tale, and it's really wonderful. While it is definitely and openly inspired by ...more
Jun 11, 2015
Jun 07, 2015
The Night Circus
My love affair with magical realism thusly rekindled. I adore this book. I would marry it, it's so good.
Oct 2013
Sep 04, 2013
Hannibal Rising: (Hannibal Lecter)
2015 - I ended up bumping this book from 1 star to 4 stars upon second reading. Methinks reading the entire Hannibal Lector series in order of publish ...more
Dec 2007
Mar 19, 2008
A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire, #4)
Seven hells, could these books get any more tedious? I start to understand why it takes the dude 5+ years to write one of these novels. I'd be bored a ...more
Sep 09, 2013
Sep 02, 2013
The Book of Lost Things
I absolutely devoured this book and loved every moment of it (even the grotesque and uncomfortable ones). There's something about stories with and/or ...more
Sep 14, 2014
Mar 09, 2014
The Silence of the Lambs
This is the fourth time I've read this book. Such a creepy story. I still remember vividly the first time I read it when I was nine years old, over tw ...more
Feb 14, 2015
May 09, 2014
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
This book was fantastic! Well, other than the whole romance angle, which I don't find to be an interesting way to drive plot, especially when these ch ...more
Jun 06, 2015
May 30, 2015
A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits
Handy little primer on several different species of supernatural creatures and their roots. I was hoping it would have more a demonology bent to it, b ...more
May 31, 2015
May 31, 2015
Garden of Shadows (Dollanganger, #5)
What VC Andrews has done with this book is quite brilliant: She's gone to the beginning of the Flowers in the Attic saga and told how things started f ...more
Jun 07, 2012
Jun 03, 2012
I, the Jury
I've been reading the classic hard-boiled crime writers as inspiration for my own version of a crime novel, American Monsters II, so I had to read the ...more
Apr 10, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
I hate to admit this, but I was expecting something more like True Detective than the kind of hardboiled crime noir this ended up being. That aside, i ...more
Sep 06, 2014
Sep 11, 2014
The Strain (The Strain Trilogy, #1)
This is essentially an e-book in print version. Let me explain: I don't read e-books, but I've seen that you can download sometimes 25% of the book to ...more
Mar 09, 2014
Mar 09, 2014
The Leftovers
First off, I did watch the brilliant HBO adaptation of this novel and it was hands down one of the best shows I've ever experienced in my life, not to ...more
Jun 07, 2015
Jun 06, 2015
Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (Persepolis, #3-4)
This sequel resonated with me on so many more levels than the first book, probably because Marjane and I went through some very, eerily similar things ...more
Sep 30, 2012
Sep 30, 2012
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