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keithlafo

keithlafo

Joined May 2021

Writer from Vermont. Horror enthusiast. Coffee addict.
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Taking selfies with books is hard, so here‘s a picture of me with some whiskey instead 😂 Needless to say, I‘m enjoying this entry in The Expanse series.

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Desperation | Stephen King
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Scanning the aisles of a bookstore while actively listening a Stephen King book. My life in a nutshell.

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The Other Me | Sarah Zachrich Jeng
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Mehso-so

I really loved the premise, but found the execution lacking. The second act is largely comprised of similar scenes that amount to the same character revelations/anxieties. I also wasn‘t entirely in love with the ending. Still, it‘s well-written and engaging. There‘s a lot of good here. It just didn‘t come together for me in the end.

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1984 | George Orwell
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Considering the tumult of anti-democratic behavior and the terror of January 6th, this book feels more relevant than ever before.

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

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1984 | George Orwell
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It‘s -20 degrees outside right now, so I‘m hiding inside and reading about Big Brother.

AkashaVampie It's super cold here too!!! My kids had like an emergency snow day becuz they could get frostbite if they were out for long periods of time. 1w
BookDadGirlDad It's cold here in Florida, too. I don't think we broke 70F today. 😂 😂 😂 1w
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2001: A Space Odyssey is my favorite film, so reading this was a thorough delight. Michael Benson wrote a heavily researched book that both captures the scale and majesty of this movie while also detailing the bitter fights that defined its production.

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Persepolis Rising | James S. A. Corey
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2 books are left in this series, and it shows. This entry is considerably darker, and it leaves readers with a more dour ending than usual. Excited to see how the final 2 books wrap things up.

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Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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My first book of 2022 is this enduring masterpiece of science-fiction. Heartbreaking and tragic. So happy I revisited this book.

BarbaraBB Great pic! 2w
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Atmospheric and dark. There‘s a lot to like here, and while some choices struck me as odd, I really loved this book. Definitely a great choice if you like ghost town stories.

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Nocturnal | Scott Sigler
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A potent blend of crime thriller and horror. For some reason, I thought this would be about vampires. I was very wrong 😂

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Lagoon | Nnedi Okorafor
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I largely enjoyed this mix of sci-fi and drama. It utilizes aliens and a “first contact” story to draw attention to various social issues. The pacing sometimes bothered me, as it would shift violently at times, and the prose didn‘t always hit home. But the story is strong and unique.

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Babylon's Ashes | James S A Corey
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Every Expanse book follows a cycle of death and rebirth, sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively. This entry is no different. Lots of action, lots of suspense, and a sign that there are further stories to explore. I‘m excited to see how the final three books wrap up this story.

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Largely enjoyable. Not all of the characters worked for me, and the story seems to sag in the middle (and the Lydia subplot felt odd) but it‘s funny, fast-paced, and unique. Definitely a book to check out if you want something light to read.

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We Eat Our Own | Kea Wilson
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A fascinating, lyrical exploration of violence, depravity, and our penchant for it — both as artists and consumers. As a former filmmaker, I also appreciate the parallels to the film, Cannibal Holocaust, which is understandably divisive.

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We Eat Our Own | Kea Wilson
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Talk about killer cover design. Love the title, too. A great read with my morning coffee. #horror

Reggie I love this book. 2mo
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I had a lot of fun with this book! Great characters, breakneck pacing, some devilish murders — all involving college-aged psychopaths. What‘s not to be entertained by?

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Nemesis Games | James S.A. Corey
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Another great entry in the series. This book is full of action, and the stakes couldn‘t be more dire. Really excited to tackle the next book (and for the final season of the show).

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Bag Of Bones: A Novel | Stephen King
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One of King‘s most underrated books. What starts as an intriguing legal thriller quickly unravels and turns into a rumination about trauma, revenge, and racial violence. Mike is a great protagonist, too. I‘m really happy I revisited this book.

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Sad to say this one didn‘t land for me. There‘s a cool concept in here, but the prose was way too purple for my taste, and the story spins its wheels for a long time before ending abruptly. Just wasn‘t for me in the end.

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Imaginary Friend | Stephen Chbosky
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Mehso-so

I really loved the first 200 pages or so. Crisply written, eerie, engaging. But then it just kept…going. And when the final act arrived, I lost all immersion (especially when some of the twists were revealed). It‘s well-written, but didn‘t end up working for me in the end.

Reggie This book could have been 300 pages shorter and it would have been good. 2mo
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Cibola Burn | James S.A. Corey
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A bit slower paced then the prior three books. However, this also expands the universe in a dramatic way and has some really interesting conflict at its core. My least favorite in the series so far, but still really good.

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Needful Things | Stephen King
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I‘ve always been intrigued by the fact that King considers this a comedy — especially considering how dark it gets in spots. From my perspective, this is a great example of rising tension, and proves King‘s ability to tear apart the world he‘s created in a grotesquely entertaining way.

TrishB One of my faves. 2mo
Cathythoughts This is the first SK I read & I loved it 2mo
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The prose won‘t be for everyone, but I really enjoyed this devilish haunted house story. Some great horror in here. And this is one of my favorite book covers that I‘ve come across recently.

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Peril | Bob Woodward, Robert Costa
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An unsettling book, but one that captures the tumult of 2020-2021 well.

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The Blade Between | Sam J. Miller
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Definitely won‘t be for everyone, but I loved this. Such a unique blend of human themes (gentrification, love, loss, pain) and supernatural elements. Give it a shot.

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Night Shift | Stephen King
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Not as cohesive or strong overall as some of King‘s other short story collections, but there are some great stories in here. Quitter‘s, Inc. is one of my favorites. #horror

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Janis: Her Life and Music | Holly George-Warren
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A must-read for fans of Janis‘s music and free spirit. It feels deeply tragic to read, knowing how it all ends, but there‘s also something emotionally satisfying in this biography‘s intimacy. For a time, you feel like you know Janis, and that‘s a special feeling, indeed.

Soubhiville Great review! 3mo
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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Gorgeous atmosphere and incredible prose. The first 100 pages are a little slow, but the final act more than makes up for it. Well worth the hype.

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Carrie | Stephen King
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It was fun revisiting this; I haven‘t read it since high school. Definitely rougher around the edges than later King books, but there‘s also a level of raw intimacy here that he‘s never replicated. #horror

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Abaddon's Gate | James S.A. Corey
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An action-packed third book in the series. I‘ve really fallen in love with these characters, and can‘t wait to see where the story goes from here.

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Follow Me | Kathleen Barber
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There‘s an interesting book in here, and I was pretty hooked throughout the first half. There‘s no denying that Barber is a talented writer. But everything falls apart in the final act, as characters make ridiculous decisions and the writing hinges on bombastic twists.

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Carrie | Stephen King
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Happy almost October from Patchy and I! #horror #stephenking

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My Heart Is a Chainsaw | Stephen Graham Jones
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My favorite book that I‘ve read in 2021. A wholly original horror premise, that is steeped in film history and defined by a witty and memorable protagonist. Definitely check this book out ASAP. #horror

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The Current: A Novel | Tim Johnston
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One of the best thrillers I‘ve read in a very long time. Memorable, nuanced characters; jaw-droppingly gorgeous prose; nail-biting suspense. It has it all. Definitely check this one out if you haven‘t already.

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Abaddon's Gate | James S.A. Corey
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A cozy, Fall night. #sciencefiction #cats

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The North Water | Ian McGuire
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Brutal, chilling, and thrilling. This icy thriller succeeds largely because of its precise character work, its impressive pacing, and the overall power of its story.

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Caliban's War | James S.A. Corey
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Does exactly what a good sequel is supposed to do — expands the universe, deepens the characters, and escalates the stakes. A great book in a great series.

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Getaway | Zoje Stage
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Really enjoyed this! Zoje Stage is a talented writer, and “Getaway” continues an impressive streak for her. This book is taut, suspenseful, and dark. Definitely not for the squeamish.

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Infinite | Brian Freeman
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A gripping thriller. Very reminiscent of Blake Crouch‘s book, DARK MATTER, while also incorporating its own unique twist on the “parallel worlds” theme. Definitely worth checking out.

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Prey | Michael Crichton
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Crichton has been a favorite of mine, ever since I discovered him in my high school library. PREY is an intoxicating blend of thriller and sci-fi, and it remains one of my favorites that he wrote.

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Prey | Michael Crichton
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Snuggles in the morning. #cats

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Mehso-so

There‘s some good stories in here (At the Mountains of Madness is a personal favorite). But this is largely a mixed bag. So many stories are either complete misses or largely forgettable.

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An eerie and gripping horror story, steeped in history and told in a direct and affecting way. Highly recommended! #horror

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Billy Summers | Stephen King
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I was conflicted about the first 150 pages, to the point I was almost worried. But then, everything clicked. And this is definitely one of the better endings that King has written. #thriller #stephenking

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A deeply tragic and impressive biography. While some may take issue with the way Cross interprets certain events, I think this book gives the best and most honest perspective on who Kurt was — a son, musician, husband, and dad.

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Billy Summers | Stephen King
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Two Stephen King books in one year? It feels like Christmas morning. #stephenking #thriller

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A fascinating deconstruction of the Dyatlov Pass Incident. This book serves both to exclude some popular theories as to what happened, and his eventual conclusion is compelling. But what actually happened will always remain a tragic mystery.

Reagan Omg that book was top notch! Excellent reporting. 6mo
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Leviathan Wakes | James S.A. Corey
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Wow. An brisk read that manages to include everything from interplanetary politics, to vomit zombies, to space battles. I loved every second of it, and can‘t wait to read more of this series.

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Some spooky vibes on this Saturday morning.

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A magnificent ending to a unique and propulsive series. Every page oozes finality, which is ironic given the book‘s final twist. #stephenking