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Michael_Gee

Joined May 2016

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Katie | Michael McDowell
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Ok, so Percival Everett‘s James may be the BEST book I will read this year, but McDowell‘s Katie could be my favorite. It has everything I could want in an entertainment: melodrama, romance, gore, humor, revenge. There‘s a boarding house of young women that reminds me of Stage Door, a Pride&Prejudice style romance, and of course, the psycho psychic Katie, terrifying in her brutality, stupidity, and love of blunt force trauma. Loved it. 🔨 🩸 💰

Cathythoughts Great review! Stacked. 4d
khooliha I own a couple McDowells, but I need to get around to actually reading one! 4d
Michael_Gee @khooliha of the ones I‘ve read, I think you would really enjoy! 4d
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Katie | Michael McDowell

Just when Philo‘s plight was becoming unbearable, McDowell really introduces us to the Slapes and damn if I don‘t like them (or at least, reading about them!). They may be dumb as bricks (I love the way he writes their dialogue) and mean, but there‘s something endearing about their love of theater and unambitious pleasures.

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Katie | Michael McDowell

“Hasn‘t the sense of a creeping baby” is a phrase I want to work into conversation.

LiteraryinLawrence Nice 😋 1w
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Open Secrets | Alice Munro

In her big, neglected house in Carstairs, she had entered a period of musing and drinking, of what looked to everybody else like a slow decline, but to her seemed, after all, sadly pleasurable, like a convalescence.

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The Devil in a Domino | Chas L'Epine
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Men are very finite in the interest they take in things, and if a fellow creature were to rise from his grave to-morrow, he would be speedily forgotten, and have to resort to the variety stage if he wanted to make resurrection pay.

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Nightblood (Paperbacks from Hell) | T. Chris Martindale
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And in that moment he saw her, really saw her as she now was. Her empty eyes were suddenly afire, and her panting was hot and noxious on his face and neck, and her lips, those full pouting lips he‘d always loved so, were thinned to translucence over the multitude of teeth behind them. It was a mockery of her, a Gahan Wilson portrait of his beloved. And it was going to kill him.

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Nightblood (Paperbacks from Hell) | T. Chris Martindale
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Reading Nightblood along with a friend. I only brought vampire books on vacation. 🧛🏻‍♂️ 🦇 ⚰️

KathyWheeler You look so comfy and cozy! 4w
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Addison_Reads I'm reading volume 1 again while I wait for my hold at the library for this one. 4w
Michael_Gee @Addison_Reads Good idea! I didn‘t, but only because I didn‘t even know volume 2 was out when I saw it at the library and snatched it up! 4w
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Mr. Putter and Tabby Catch the Cold | Cynthia Rylant, Arthur Howard
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ADORABLE! I love Mr. Putter‘s cozy life.

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“She was last seen in a Los Angeles bar smoking cigarettes and talking about moonlight and why you could find so much of it in Hollywood.”

#goals

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Dang, Johnny gets a lot (“alot” as he‘d write) of action. He‘s gotta be so brooding lank-haired 90s boy hot, a real sexy tortured package.

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To Kill a Mockingbird on Herbert Anthony Eastman‘s grave marker in Calvary Cemetery. Celebrating a friend‘s 60th in the cemetery.

Bookwomble 💗🫂 2mo
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I really like Ellis‘s work and am so excited he‘s released this collection of horror comics. The book is gorgeous (I love the green ribbon bookmark, referencing a classic story he adapts here), the stories are creepy, and the art slick and lush.

psalva My partner just borrowed this from a friend. It looks good! 2mo
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Orris is a curmudgeonly rat who must decide between self-protection & mercy when an owl gets trapped near Orris‘s nest. What sways him is literature, or, reading, to be more exact. His conscience has been built up by fables like the lion & the mouse and the slogan from a treasured can of sardines. I love what that implies about the nests we make around ourself & how they can remind us of our better selves when faced with a crisis. Sweet & clever.

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“It is still the truest rendering of love in marriage that I know. Call me a romantic.”

Yes! My Sant Jordi‘s day gift from the man I love and married, @Howardsimmons

This is one of my top favorite movies, I love to rewatch it. So excited to read this book.

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Savages | Shirley Conran
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Like my bookmark and cocktail pick?

Paired with tonight‘s reading: Technicolor Paradise exotica album.

It‘s a steamy night in Missouri. Nine o‘clock and still almost eighty degrees. 🥵 Great night to read this book.

Leftcoastzen Nice! 3mo
lazydaizee Both look nice. 3mo
Reggie I like the cocktail napkin. Very colorful. 3mo
Michael_Gee @Reggie It‘s actually a coaster! My parents made it. They made three sets with different color patterns and split them among the three kids. 3mo
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Jawbone | Mnica Ojeda
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[…] made her shudder as if a gorilla were caressing her gums with one finger.

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Jawbone | Mnica Ojeda
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[Her] biggest problem was the unwanted thoughts that—like cockroaches—laid eggs inside her head.

Reggie Oof. Lol 3mo
Michael_Gee @Reggie Yeah, this and the gorilla line made me shudder. 3mo
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Jawbone | Mnica Ojeda
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Teenage secrets. 👂

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James: A Novel | Percival Everett
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So it‘s only April but I‘m pretty sure I already read the best book I‘m going to read this year. It‘s my first Everett novel (though I loved American Fiction) and damn, this man does not waste a word. I was completely invested from the first sentence and his story telling did not let me go until the last line, and honestly, not even then.

Readergrrl I‘m on vacation and forgot my copy at home which is killing me! I want to finish it now!! 3mo
Michael_Gee @Readergrrl oh no!! Well, it might give you a chance to actually look around on your vacation. 😂 I finished it on my (belated) honeymoon and I will say once I got towards the end there was NO way I was putting it down. 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review. I‘m looking forward to starting this one. 3mo
MaGoose I REALLY want to read this one. And of course, there's a huge waiting list at the local county library, even though they own 21 copies of this book. Guess I'll be buying this one soon. This will be great book mail to look forward to. 😁 3mo
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Jawbone | Mnica Ojeda
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This book is fantastic. It‘s so dense I am certain I missed a lot and I want to reread it already. A book club friend described the writing as “resisting momentum.” It utilizes structure and language in unusual ways to create a disorienting narrative full of references to creepypastas and horror lit that is about so much, but mostly how absolutely feral, powerful, and frightening teen girls are and how thin the line between clique and cult.

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Emmett | L C Rosen

These teens sure have a lot more sexual experience than I did!

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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Terrible glare, but it‘s read Tolkien day!

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Happy St Patrick‘s Day! I normally hide out during the day‘s bacchanalia (I went to a single St Patrick‘s Day parade and realized with such clarity it was not for me) but it‘s nice to observe the day through literature. Anyone else feel the same?

Bookwomble Yeah, I can do without people having fun, too, when they're being noisy and lairy 😏 I love the title of that book, though. It brings a feeling of calm tranquility just thinking of it 😌 4mo
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@Howardsimmons reading with the newest member of our household, Gracie!

She‘s about ten, ended up at the shelter when her person died. She‘s about as sweet as can be! Not the temperament we expected from a chihuahua. Just wants to cuddle and nap. 💤

LeahBergen Ohhh, she‘s so sweet!! 🥰 5mo
quietjenn She's adorable. 😍 5mo
Bookzombie Aww, so sweet! 5mo
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LiteraryinLawrence Congrats on the new family member! 💗 5mo
Reggie Awww, 🥰 5mo
batsy Adorable 🥰 5mo
Chelsea.Poole She‘s adorable! And looks like she‘s enjoying the book ☺️ 5mo
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Savages | Shirley Conran

Ok, this book is more intense than I expected. Couldn‘t put it down the other night and then I couldn‘t sleep because I was so keyed up. 😳

Reggie Great, now I have to get it. Thanks a lot Michael. Lol 5mo
Michael_Gee @Reggie 🙈 😆 5mo
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Savages | Shirley Conran
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I need something frivolous after finishing Anthony Seasana So‘s Afterparties, so this is next up for me, courtesy of my library‘s discard cart.

Five upper-class corporate wives are stranded on a tropical island after a terrorist attack. They have known each other in the “slightly bitchy atmosphere of genteel suburban competition” but now are each other‘s only hope!

LeahBergen Ha! I remember reading this waaaay back in the day. It was a hoot! 5mo
vivastory I loved Afterparties. I saw that there's a new release of So's essays & a few stories 5mo
Michael_Gee @vivastory Oh, good. It was just so sad reading that collection knowing we wouldn‘t get to read more of him as he aged. I guess you never really know if you will, but his death is just such a sad part of that reading experience I couldn‘t shake. 5mo
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Saunders is teaching me how to read again and it is a beautiful, exciting experience. Loving this so far.

vivastory He's so great 5mo
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Book of Accidents | Chuck Wendig
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There‘s a lot going on in this: a relocated family, a serial killer, animals in suicidal death spirals, ghostly visitations, but even in 500+ pages it doesn‘t quite meld. Side characters, motivations, events (my interest), got lost along the way as the book shakes out.

The writing was loaded with references, similes, and onomatopoeia, which works for some (but not for me).

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Dominic Chambers “Palace” 2023 on exhibit at the STL contemporary art museum. Chambers “sees the library as a literary palace filled with prescient voices housed in books.”

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The Dare | R.L. Stine
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You can‘t go back on a dare! Especially when the guy who dares you is “really GREAT looking.” 👀 🥵 👅

Even when that dare is to kill your teacher and next door neighbor! 😱

Is Johanna desperate and unstable enough to follow through?! Is she?!

Reggie lol, was she????!!!!!! 6mo
Reggie Part of me thinks you gave this a so-so because she didn‘t go through with it. 6mo
Michael_Gee @Reggie lol 🤭 maybe! It‘s classic Stine so there are SO many fake outs. 6mo
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The Basement | Bari Wood

Gosh, I wish I had a group of friends who would spend a thousand dollars buying supplies and perform an exorcism of my basement with me if I needed it.

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The Basement | Bari Wood
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My current read. Bari Wood wrote one of my favorite horror novels (The Tribe) and when this came up on the weed list at the library I decided to check it out.

Myra is a gentle, nervous housewife with a group of devoted friends. The book starts right after she has her basement remodeled in hopes of erasing the evil atmosphere she hoped was due to “sour earth” and mice. But money and decor won‘t banish whatever taints her basement.

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Tom Lake: A Novel | Ann Patchett
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After reading 2 debut novels, there was a mental relief in returning to Patchett, whose narrative ability is like a warm, strong hand guiding you confidently through the cherry trees, youthful memories, and that early pandemic experience. For the first 1/3rd I found I was unconsciously smiling, charmed by her wit and gift at conveying familial love. Loved it, obviously.

Bookzombie Great review! 6mo
Suet624 Lovely review. 6mo
Reggie We were book Twinkies I finished this yesterday. I love her characterization of Emily. ‘When she said fine it sounded like eff you.‘ ‘ ‘I never talked to my mother like that. Like I could eat her down to the bone.‘ ‘ So often in life it is us four turning to look at her.‘ I loved this so much. Great review. 6mo
Centique Just finished this a few days ago and youve summed up how i felt about it so perfectly 😍 5mo
Michael_Gee @Centique oh wonderful! I‘m reading This is the Story of a Happy Marriage now. She is such a gift! 5mo
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The Push | Ashley Audrain
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A simple, satisfying domestic horror novel. Blythe‘s affluent life is socially limited before she has a baby, and afterwards she only becomes more isolated. There seems to be an intractable animosity between herself and her newborn, and this was my favorite part of the novel, the sheer claustrophobic horror of that dynamic.

monkeygirlsmama Your candleholders are truly horrifying! LoL 5mo
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Yay! A new “winter solstice” anthology. We read this for book club and I was happy it was a pretty solid collection with a good range of what can make up this sub-genre. The writers that I thought nailed the assignment were the ones that did something relatively simple very well. There were a few duds (and no Krampus, even though he‘s on the cover!!), but overall I thought it was a solid collection! Check it out.

Bookzombie Very cozy photo! 6mo
LeahBergen A perfect reading setup! 😀 6mo
Reggie Love the black fingernails. lol one summer I had green and black. I‘ve never done them again. 6mo
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Birthday gift from two beloved friends, read today (1/1/24).

Beautiful and unsettling, this graphic novel adaptation conveys through its art the sense of memories, sometimes vague, other times sharp and clear. The confines of their upbringing is felt perhaps most in the focused moments of glimpses of sky, the sea.

This brought back memories of reading the quartet years ago, the poignancy and the drama.

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The Basement | Bari Wood

“She was a weak, silly woman with a mind like loose pudding.”

Damn!

LeahBergen 😂 7mo
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Recommended by our children‘s librarian for a variety of reasons, one being to show children a depiction of community helpers. It‘s a beautiful story about appreciating what‘s around you. I found it moving. Getting it for my nephew this Christmas.

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Saints of the Republic | Chip Livingston
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Parasocial | Alex De Campi
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Great cover, old story. She‘s this sci fi series actor‘s “number one fan.”

Felt pretty meh about it tbh. Maybe went in expecting it to be more sexy and psychological (I mean, that cover!).

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Jayber Crow: A Novel | Wendell Berry
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I imagine I will think of Jayber after an hours long nap in the woods, futilely trying to piece together a spiderweb he destroyed upon waking. 🌲

Though it is over 300 pages and there‘s no plot to speak of, it passes smoothly like a comfortable, meandering story heard while sitting in a barbershop (an experience I don‘t have but can imagine through this telling).

My sister‘s fav book, and what a one to live with resonating inside of you.

Leftcoastzen Wendell Berry is superb! 8mo
jlhammar Great book! Love Berry. This one was my first and favorite 8mo
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Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma | Claire Dederer
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What to do with the art of monstrous men?

This hooked me. It‘s a book I knew I was reading too fast but I also didn‘t want to put it down. Love her voice, her slippery writing. It‘s smart and thought provoking but also beautiful and personal.

This question comes up so many times with my friends I kind of want to have this book on hand to give out.

Oh, maybe that‘s what I‘ll do for Christmas. 🎄

Leftcoastzen I just put it on hold at the library, looks interesting! 8mo
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Jayber Crow: A Novel | Wendell Berry
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This has been on my TBR for about four years, since my sister was pregnant and said she wanted to name her son Jayber.

My husband and I had a lot to say about that and I‘m relieved to report my nephew‘s name is Abe (jAyBEr). Here he is pictured giving thanks for that.

Reggie Lol, omg whata cutie! 8mo
Bookzombie Adorable! 8mo
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I don‘t get the ecstatic hype? I listened to the audiobook because of a bookstore staff rec that called it a “haunting” story of “heartbreak” with the “best character I‘ve ever read.”

Darcie. 🤨

Nonhuman narration is an opportunity to really look at our world through new eyes. I don‘t know that I got that with this story of a lonely, quickly tamed wild animal. What we did get was an imagined trip to Disneyland.

BkClubCare Interesting. . . I am excited to be able to use this title for a category in a reading challenge. Hoping I can get to it this year yet. Thank you for sharing your take on it, I am all the more intrigued. 8mo
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Blackwater | Michael McDowell
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A family drama with a river monster? Yes, please.
I read it over 6 months as it was originally published, and I think that is the ideal way to take in the Caskey saga. Savor it! I want to recommend it to my horror-loving friend who lent me Buddenbrooks, if that tells you anything. McDowell brings the characters to life with his descriptions and dialogue and I was invested in each of their stories. I wanted to restart it before I was finished.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds good! Stacked! 8mo
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It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succor of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.

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Clown in a Cornfield | Adam Cesare
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Reading in a park between movies at the Telluride Horror Show. 🤡 🌞 🏔️

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Clown in a Cornfield | Adam Cesare
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In flight entertainment. The folks who recommended this know me well. The author will be at the Telluride Horror film festival this weekend so it was bumped up on my reading list! 🤡

wanderinglynn Have a great trip! 9mo
LeahBergen That sounds like a fun trip! 9mo
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On this reread, I was struck 1st by the challenge of the writing. Reading aloud, we stumbled and would try multiple times to understand what was being said but sometimes had to move on, content with our confusion. The second impression I have is how unnerving the story remains. The governess‘s anxiety, suspicions, and retelling of events sufficiently unsettles.

batsy Great review. I've read it only once but loved it—definitely a book I'd like to revisit. 9mo
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