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keithlafo

keithlafo

Joined May 2021

Writer from Vermont. Horror enthusiast. Coffee addict.
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A devastating story, and one that manages to beautifully blend human and supernatural horror.

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An interesting perspective into Obama and Biden‘s relationship — its ups, downs, and how it deepened over the years.

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One of King‘s more endearing books, and one that‘s perfectly suited for younger readers looking to begin their horror journey.

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Bite-sized insights into every President — including their major successes, their failures, and their legacy. It doesn‘t explore their rankings in much detail, but it does give you an idea of who each president was, both in and out of the office.

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A fascinating behind-the-scenes look at The Godfather, exploring the tension between Coppola and the studio, all the drama that went on behind the scenes, and the film‘s overall importance. Highly recommended — especially for film buffs and fans of both the book and the movie.

5feet.of.fury That sounds really neat! 2w
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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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I‘ve always loved King‘s fantasy books, and this is no exception. Perhaps a little bloated in the back half, but one of the most imaginative and heartfelt books King has written in the past decade. A tonic for the soul in a lot of ways.

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Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Don‘t mind me — just knee deep in the new Stephen King book.

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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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Not an easy read, but one worth your time. So full of pain, anger, perseverance, frustration, and — ultimately — hope. One of my favorite memoirs that I‘ve read.

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Nightshift: A Novel | Kiare Ladner
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Honest and authentic, if not entirely successful. The characters worked for me, warts and all, and Ladner‘s prose is effective — both lyrical and page-turning. The ending left me underwhelmed, but that was ultimately the story‘s point, which I respect.

allureofbeauty I love that cover. 3w
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If ever a story felt like a warning, it's this one. Brutal, bloody, grim. Full of anger and despair and sadness. This is a book focused on violence in every sense of the word, particularly the bite of its double-edged sword.

I loved it.

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If you like science and astronomy, you‘ll like this. A fascinating, dense, and thorough history of Mars — our sightings and visits to it, and our future with it.

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Season of Storms | Andrzej Sapkowski
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I love this world and these characters, so of course I loved this story. Still, it felt very tacked on, and it was hard to get into it given the severe difference in stakes. A good story, but not one of my favorite Witcher books.

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Hide | Kiersten White
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Imperfect in a lot of ways, with way too many POVs and erratic pacing, but I appreciated the thematic elements at play here. The action is great, too.

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The Lady of the Lake | Andrzej Sapkowski
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I raced through this one! An incredibly bittersweet ending to the series, though not without its beauty. It‘s open enough, too, that Sapkowski could return to it, but I honestly prefer this to be the ending. I still have one more book to go, the last prequel book, but I‘m glad to have spent the past few months deep in this world.

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The Tower of Swallows | Andrzej Sapkowski
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Yen and Ciri really go through the wringer in this one. Lots of meaty character moments. Not a ton of plot development, beyond some sequences with Geralt and Yen, but I‘m excited to see what the next book has in store.

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The Island | Adrian McKinty
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A fast-paced, brutal, bloody thriller. Definitely easy to inhale this one in a few sittings. The final 100 pages didn‘t totally work for me, but I appreciate the twists and turns they contained.

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As a fan of both Conan and Sona (especially on the podcast) I enjoyed this. It‘s very light, and it definitely feels padded in parts to add to its length, but I liked Sona‘s anecdotes and the glimpses into her and Conan‘s relationship.

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While it‘s a little on the shallow side occasionally in terms of details, this is a really good entry-level exploration of the New Horizons mission and its importance.

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Baptism of Fire | Andrzej Sapkowski
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A slower entry in the Witcher series, but one that is full of interesting character moments. Milva is the standout in this entry. Since so much of the book is told from Geralt‘s POV, I loved whenever she was on the page.

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Lapvona: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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A deconstruction of faith, told through an almost misanthropic lens, coupled with a sour, biting wit. It‘s almost ridiculous, the story of what happens to Marek and Jude, but through that ridiculousness it‘s easy to see the mirror Moshfegh is holding up to our current day-and-age, warts and all.

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A great follow-up to the prior book about the 2012 election. This one breaks down what fed into Hillary Clinton‘s loss in 2016, with statistics and data to back up the claims (hint: Trump supporters were not driven by “economic anxiety” as some would have you believe).

BarbaraBB That hint 🤣 2mo
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I‘ve read a lot of books about Trump and the 2016 & 2020 elections, so nothing in her surprised me. Still, it is well written and offers clarity that some other books don‘t.

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An in depth and exhaustive history of what led to the Apollo 11 moon landings — from the key engineers and scientists involved, to JFK‘s importance, to the sheer improbability of the feat, and everything in between. Highly recommended for history nerds like me.

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An unbiased, statistics-driven deep dive into the 2012 election, detailing what actually mattered, what didn‘t, and what led to Obama‘s re-election. A fascinating book. Highly recommended if you want a nonpartisan book about the election.

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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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A taut, gripping speculative thriller. Engaging in a way only Blake Crouch can achieve — that delicate balance between page-turning and thoughtful.

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The Time of Contempt | Andrzej Sapkowski
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This entry in The Witcher series ups the ante in every way. More action, more romance, more spectacle, more twists and turns. I loved it. Yen/Geralt/Ciri and their relationship remain my favorite aspect of the series.

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A fun, informative breakdown of the Solar System, with plenty of scientific knowledge to digest. Whether you‘re just getting into astronomy or a professional in the field, this book should prove fun.

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A gripping record of the intense efforts that went into the creation of the lunar rover & the stunning feat of human engineering that it became. I didn‘t expect to rip through this as quickly as I did, but it proves to be a page-turner.

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Dickerson doesn‘t spend a ton of time proving his title (I guess he presumes we understand its truth regardless). That was frustrating for me, because I was curious how bogged down the presidency was/is with bureaucracy. Still, this is an engaging political history with a unique viewpoint and some good insights into the breakdown of modern presidential politics.

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An interesting look at both the history of our trips to the Moon and what the future could look like. David is more optimistic than I — I‘m not sure I foresee this level of collaboration between nations given the state of the world — but it‘s fascinating to consider what lunar colonies, mining moon water, and building a space elevator could look like (among other things).

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Blood of Elves | Andrzej Sapkowski
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A bit slower paced than I was expecting, though still full of action and magic. I loved the character-focused sections, particularly the chapter where we get to see Ciri and Yen‘s relationship blossom.

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Cohen‘s extensive and exhaustive history of the sun — both in cultural and scientific senses — is clearly a labor of love. As someone fascinated by astronomy and Space, a lot of this was right up my alley. It‘s probably much longer than it needs to be, but it was still very interesting.

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Vessel: A Novel | Lisa A. Nichols
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Surprised to say this one didn‘t click for me. It has all the right elements — Space horror, realism, psychological suspense — but it didn‘t work for me. The reveal was underwhelming and I never felt fully connected to Catherine. Good prose, though.

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Blood of Elves | Andrzej Sapkowski
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Constantly reading.

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Lincoln | David Herbert Donald
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A well-researched biography that manages to paint a vivid and nuanced picture of Lincoln - as a boy, as a man, as a president, and as the revered historical icon.

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Sword of Destiny | Andrzej Sapkowski
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Book #51 of the year! Loved the emotional depth in this collection. “A Shard of Ice” was probably my favorite story. Great set-up for the rest of the series, too.

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The Unseen World | Liz Moore
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One part family saga, one part thriller, one part speculative sci-fi. What anchors this book is its characters. Even when it teeters into odd territories, you feel compelled to follow Ada‘s journey. The ending will hit you like a sledgehammer.

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Room to Dream | David Lynch, Kristine McKenna
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A fascinating book. As a cinephile and a fan of Lynch‘s work, this book works both as a straightforward biography and a lens into his thought process.

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Off Season | Jack Ketchum
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A disturbing slice of horror fiction that is fast-paced, brutal, and uncompromising. Be warned — this is not for the faint of heart.

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Since I recently finished another playthrough of The Witcher 3, I figured I‘d start reading the series. This first book is engrossing, intriguing, and fast-paced. Can‘t wait to continue the rest of the series.

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The Night Shift | Alex Finlay
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Not the most original crime thriller, but what it lacks in uniqueness it makes up for with fast pacing, dynamic characters, and precise prose.

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Deathless Divide | Justina Ireland
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Well-written and engaging, but the plot fell flat for me. A lot of the issues I had with the first book also remain here, making it a mixed bag. Still, the characters and interesting, and Ireland‘s prose is definitely readable.

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Dread Nation | Justina Ireland
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Didn‘t really know what to expect from this. I don‘t read much YA fiction, and I honestly expected a cross between historical fiction and The Walking Dead. Thankfully, Ireland subverted these expectations and created a story that is largely engaging, despite some clichéd elements (I never understand why zombies can‘t be called zombies in fiction, but that‘s a small quibble).

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Sundial | Catriona Ward
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A masterpiece of literary horror. It climbs into your bones and gnaws at the marrow. A must-read.

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The House on Abigail Lane | Kealan Patrick Burke
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Another fantastic novella from Kealan Patrick Burke. “Sour Candy” is still my favorite, but I really like the structure and writing in this one. Kind of like true crime meets cosmic horror.

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Ghoster | Jason Arnopp
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Talk about a book that grabbed me by the throat for about 200 pages only to lose me in the final third. There‘s so much about this book I like. It‘s the definition of a page turner, it‘s spooky, it‘s got a sense of humor. But the final 100 pages lost me. Can‘t explain why without spoilers.

BarbaraBB Great pic nevertheless! Sorry the book was underwhelming! (edited) 5mo
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The Violence: A Novel | Delilah S. Dawson
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An incredible book. Weaving together speculative horror with character drama, this book is both a page-turning thriller and an exploration of feminine perseverance, strength, and power — that which is buried deep, and that which can be reclaimed.

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Told with Maddow‘s trademark wit, this book is a remarkable exploration of the oil and gas industry — particularly the way it has contributed to the erosion of American democracy and the election of a particular orange man. Also included is a lengthy insight into Putin, which rings eerily prescient as we follow his unjust war in Ukraine and Europe‘s attempts to cut off his dominance over their energy grid.

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The Fervor | Alma Katsu
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A dark, terrifying, and confidently told story. With a combination of gruesome history and Japanese folklore, Katsu explores the grim and horrific reality for Japanese-Americans in the 1940s. Her best book so far.

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Waif | Samantha Kolesnik
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Disturbing, enthralling, and uniquely eerie. Kolesnik‘s characters and prose shine in this novella. Truly one of a kind.