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Bertha_Mason

Bertha_Mason

Joined March 2017

At least there are books in this attic.
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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
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Helpmeet by Naben Ruthnum
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"His skin breaks in great wailing punctures like he‘s made of small animals, how did he not see all the kittens, hamsters, stoats, ferrets, mink he was made of?"

[The book is Low Kill Shelter by Porpentine Heartscape]

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"What a thing it is for a family to lose their teeth together. Gathered in the bedroom, around a bloody puddle of teeth. Crying. Louder and louder."

[The book is Low Kill Shelter by Porpentine Heartscape, which isn't in the database]

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"Jess‘s hair feels like the saltwater caught in sun-scorched plastic bottles in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch."

[The book is Low Kill Shelter by Porpentine Heartscape, which isn't in the database]

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"Jess‘s hands paw the floor awkwardly, his bipedal body confused by whatever limb-mapping his brain uses now. It must be so frustrating."

[The book is Low Kill Shelter by Porpentine Heartscape, which isn't in the database]

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I thought I'd packed all my books, but I just found these on the table behind a stack of other shit. I wish I hadn't already used all the shoeboxes.

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The Boy in the Earth | Fuminori Nakamura

"I don't know what bothered me about it, but the idea of falling to one's death in those depths gave me a bad vibe."

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson

""When I was a child," Theodora said lazily, "—'many years ago,' Doctor, as you put it so tactfully—I was whipped for throwing a brick through a greenhouse roof. I remember I thought about it for a long time, remembering the whipping but remembering also the lovely crash, and after thinking about it very seriously I went out and did it again.""

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Helpmeet | Naben Ruthnum

"The fittings, the floors, everything was brilliantly clean, though Louise thought she could smell the decades-old smoke, perhaps in the very plaster of the walls. It was mild, as though a cigarette-sized wildfire had gently blazed in the room for an hour before burning itself out."

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I'm packing my books to move. I've filled two suitcases, and a box for the thrift store, and I still have an entire shelf left. How are small, plain, rectangular-prism objects so hard to pack?

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Desperation | Stephen King

"In Steve‘s experience, some guys simply couldn‘t keep their hands off their horns or their dicks. They were always honking one or the other."

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Desperation | Stephen King

""Third, thou shalt not score women for him . . . and he‘s apt to ask you, particularly if some good-looking babes show up at the receptions I‘m setting up for him along the way. As with the booze and the drugs, if he scores on his own, that‘s one thing. But don‘t help him." Steve had thought of telling Harris that he wasn‘t a pimp, that Harris must have confused him with his own father, and decided that would be fairly imprudent."

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Desperation | Stephen King

""I see holes like eyes," the cop said. "My mind is full of them.""

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Rose Madder | Stephen King

Is it terrible that I mostly just want to hear about Norman's wacky, blood-soaked adventures? He's shirtless in his third stolen car, consulting with the arguing voices of his dead father and a hand puppet, and then we cut to a fifth-rate lifetime movie again.

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Rose Madder | Stephen King

"It wasn't dark yet, but getting there. The shadows under the trees were thick and velvety, somehow luscious."

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Rose Madder | Stephen King

It's hilarious to me that Norman is a slasher whose friends all call him "Normie."

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Rose Madder | Stephen King

This romantic subplot is the blandest I've ever read. I'm bored to tears by it.

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Rose Madder | Stephen King

"Huge sunflowers with yellowy, fibrous stalks, brown centers, and curling, faded petals towered over everything else, like diseased turnkeys in a prison where all the inmates have died."

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Rose Madder | Stephen King

""Everything in the Store Priced Under $5.00!" the store‘s motto read. It was printed below a wretchedly executed drawing of Abraham Lincoln. There was a broad grin on Lincoln‘s bearded face, he was dropping a wink, and to Norman Daniels he looked quite a bit like a man he had once arrested for strangling his wife and all four of his children."

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Rose Madder | Stephen King

"His asshole had contracted until it felt roughly the size of an inner tube valve."

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Rose Madder | Stephen King

I love getting off work and remembering I'm reading something really good. It's like xmas, except I don't have to be drunk.

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Rose Madder | Stephen King

"Suddenly it‘s as if she is sitting in a sitz bath full of warm, thick liquid. A kind of blood gravy."

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Dolores Claiborne | Stephen King

"She had her first stroke in the summer of 1968, while she was watchin the Democratic National Convention in Chicago on her television. That was just a little one, and she used to blame it on Hubert Humphrey. "I finally looked at that happy asshole one too many times," she said, "and I popped a goddam blood-vessel. I should have known it was gonna happen, and it could just as easily have been Nixon.""

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A Dream of a Woman | Casey Plett, Arsenal Pulp Press

"Peace fills every pore of her at once, as if she‘d stepped out the window to walk on the sky and a wind of stardust had swirled through her body and shot her higher, like she was nothing, nothing, nothing."
-"Enough Trouble"

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A Dream of a Woman | Casey Plett, Arsenal Pulp Press

"Gemma doesn‘t hate herself. She used to, of course, but she came up against the hard limits of that hatred‘s usefulness over the years, bumped along its ceiling like an aquatic creature in a tank, and somewhere in the sea of sweaty, trembling mornings, that hatred faded."
-"Enough Trouble"

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A Dream of a Woman | Casey Plett, Arsenal Pulp Press

"She‘d never know. Perhaps she might not want to. *Be careful not to practice your righteous acts before men to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.* Mennonite secrets often covered for cruelty and evils banal. But sometimes, every now and then, they could contain an intentional kindness."
-"Enough Trouble"

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Audition | Ryu Murakami

"He was immersed in pain, as if he'd fallen into a vat of the stuff."

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Audition | Ryu Murakami

"Aoyama was naked, his shrunken penis hanging limp and matted with strands of semen-caked pubic hair."

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Audition | Ryu Murakami

"Any man over forty who's still bad in bed might as well stop breathing."

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Needful Things | Stephen King

Impractical things I wish had made it into the movie:
-Myra Evans pegging Elvis Presley
-"You know what a butt is, Brian? It's the place shit comes out of."
-"Open that gorgeous, metal-filled mouth and GOBBLE MY CRANK!"
-"Maine Bureau of Kaka. Maine Bureau of Assholes."
-Squeebles the cat

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Tampa | Alissa Nutting

"Then she rubbed her nose with the back of her palm several times and squinted at the prosecutor as though his head was rapidly shrinking and she could hardly make out his face anymore."

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Tampa | Alissa Nutting

"Two police cars were turning the street corner, approaching us but not seeming to slow down whatsoever. I knew I should produce a look of worry or strain, but habit prevented me from forming any facial expression that might aid in the development of fine lines."

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Tampa | Alissa Nutting

My day was shit, but at least my dad has never hit on my teacher in front of me at the dinner table.

tpixie Hugs and lol but ew! 4mo
Bertha_Mason @tpixie Right? All her characters are so grimy. 4mo
tpixie 🌺 4mo
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Tampa | Alissa Nutting

"The only bona fide nut who showed up was Frank Pachenko's mother, who introduced herself simply as Mrs. Pachenko, though I knew she was Frank's mother even before she spoke. The two of them had the same bulging eyes. Their resting expression was one of squeezed panic, like a ferret dressed up in a miniature corset."

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Tampa | Alissa Nutting

"The feeling of my lips touching stubble brought an instant and dropping hotness to my bowels, a sensation I can only liken to a forced enema."

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Tampa | Alissa Nutting

"Her abdominal bumpers extended out against the gear shift. When we began to drive, each time I went into third, my hand disappeared into the borders of her stomach."
???

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Tampa | Alissa Nutting

Celeste is a local teacher who lets her personal car be seen parked for hours by her student's house, in full daylight, with the license plate uncovered, by all of her student's strolling neighbors. That's Patrick Bateman sloppy and impulsive, not Humbert Humbert neurotically cautious.

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Tampa | Alissa Nutting

I waited too long to reread this. People always compare it to Lolita, but it reminds me more of American Psycho.

catiewithac Love this book so much! Alissa Nutting is a fearless writer! 4mo
Bertha_Mason @catiewithac Me too :) She seemed to write less like this in her later books, and I hope she wasn't bullied to that by all the backlash Tampa got. 4mo
batsy I'm so intrigued by that comparison to American Psycho. I still need to read this. 4mo
Bertha_Mason @batsy I hope you like it :) 4mo
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Fugue State | Brian Evenson

"Life without father began some few weeks before he actually died, at the moment when he started encasing his head in orange plastic mesh held shut with twine."
-"Life Without Father"

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Fugue State | Brian Evenson

"Let‘s turn out the light and—despite the soft gleam of her open eyes in the darkness, despite the sounds of her tossing and turning within her box, despite, as night deepens, her little groans of frustration—let‘s smile and, lying, tell ourselves yes, everything is all right, yes, shhh, yes, she‘s finally asleep."
-"Invisible Box"

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Fugue State | Brian Evenson

"There is, in every event, whether lived or told, always a hole or a gap, often more than one. If we allow ourselves to get caught in it, we find it opening onto a void that, once we have slipped into it, we can never escape."
-"Desire With Digressions"

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Fugue State | Brian Evenson

"Were my inquest (assuming there is to be an inquest) to take place before a group of starved men, I might at least accrue some sympathy. But to the well-fed, necessity must surely appear barbarity. And now, again well-fed myself, I regret everything. Would I do it again? Of course not. Unless I were very hungry indeed."
-"An Accounting"

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Fugue State | Brian Evenson

"Nevertheless, I grew to love Finger and it was for this I was sorry and even wept when later I had to eat him."
-"An Accounting"

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Fugue State | Brian Evenson

"I named the dog Finger for reasons obscure even to myself."
-"An Accounting"

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Fugue State | Brian Evenson

"I have been ordered to write an honest accounting of how I became a Midwestern Jesus and the subsequent disastrous events thereby accruing, events for which, I am willing to admit, I am at least partly to blame."
-"An Accounting"

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Needful Things | Stephen King

Nothing about Stephen King is more personally relatable than the obvious pleasure he takes in fictionally destroying a small town much like his own.

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Needful Things | Stephen King

"The slate roof lifted off intact like some strange gabled spaceship, rose on a cushion of fire, then shattered into a hundred thousand jagged fragments."

tpixie Oh my! 4mo
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Needful Things | Stephen King

"A stench that strong would kill you ... but first your eyeballs would pop and your hair would fall out and your asshole would seal itself shut in outraged horror."

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Needful Things | Stephen King

Steve, quit referencing "song of the south," it's the gawddamn nineties.

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Needful Things | Stephen King

I forgot Lester Pratt's middle name was fucking IVANHOE. 🤣🤣🤣