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June 18, 2012, 6:00 am
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Control by William Goldman © 1982
Synopsis: You could lose control. And in that microsecond between thinking a thing and doing it, someone else could take command, forcing you to commit a crime, take your own life, do the unthinkable… someone who has mastered the secret of manipulating the human mind… someone who understands that time os of the essence… someone willing to wreak havoc in a mad scheme to alter the past and change the future… someone who will stop at nothing to take… Control.
Comments: I’ve always been drawn to the cover of this book. I’ve also enjoyed some of William Goldman’s other books: No Way to Treat a Lady, Marathon Man, Magic. However, so far, this book is boring me to tears. I was anticipating some suspense and/or thriller action, but have yet to encounter any. I may have to put this one on the back burner. Continue reading



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February 2, 2012, 6:00 am
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More Bloody Horowitz by Anthony Horowitz © 2010
Synopsis: The No. 1 bestselling creator of ‘Alex Rider’ gives horror a whole new look in this mischievous collection of macabre tales, presented in an exciting new, larger format. Stories of ultimate revenge, from freshly sold human meat and uncontrollable robots, to life-sucking MP3 players and reality TV where death is the penalty – all told with dark humour and gruesome relish, and made even more flendish by retro illustrations, chilling facts and a puckish message from the author. This is Anthony Horowitz at his most wicked. Old-fashioned cover look that belies the gruesome interior: makes for a great marketing story. This is a deliciously macabre collection of horror stories told with retro illustrations and lashings of gruesome relish.
Comments: Though I’m not familiar with Horowitz’s books, with the exception of having heard of the Alex Rider rider series (the AR movie sat on our shelves collecting dust for years…the only thing that interested me was that they got Alex Pettyfer to portray Alex Rider…um, that might be worth the rental). However, for just $1 in the clearance section of Half Price Books, how could I resist? Though I haven’t started reading it yet, it appears to be very Creepshow meets Fear Street, or whatever is passing for ‘young adult’ fare these days. A light, fun read either way, I’m sure. Continue reading



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November 30, 2011, 6:00 am
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How To Lose Friends And Alienate People by Toby Young© 2001
Synopsis: In 1995 high-flying British journalist Toby Young left London for New York to become a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Other Brits had taken Manhattan–Alistair Cooke, Tina Brown, Anna Wintour–so why couldn’t he?But things didn’t quite go according to plan. Within the space of two years he was fired from Vanity Fair, banned from the most fashionable bar in the city, and couldn’t get a date for love or money. Even the local AA group wanted nothing to do with him.How to Lose Friends and Alienate People is Toby Young’s hilarious and best-selling account of the five years he spent looking for love in all the wrong places and steadily working his way down the New York food chain, from glossy magazine editor to crash-test dummy for interactive sex toys. A seditious attack on the culture of celebrity from inside the belly of the beast, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People is also a “nastily funny read.”- USA Today
Comments: I keep forgetting that this book was made into a movie, starring Simon Pegg. I need to check it out. I’ve read some reviews online that don’t seem to think this book is very humorous and/or that the author is patting himself on the back. On the contrary, the book is cracking me up and I think the author is just writing a book that he thinks will be entertaining, which is the whole point. Maybe some of the critics are jealous and/or have some highbrow expectations when it comes to what is deemed “humorous”. Whatever the case, I enjoyed it and would recommend it as some fun, light reading. Continue reading



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October 27, 2011, 6:00 am
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Some seasonal favorites sitting around the house:

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown [Read-Along Book & Record] © 1978
The Witch Next Door by Norman Bridwell © 1965
The Witch’s Vacation by Norman Bridwell © 1973

Jughead Double Digest: October © 2011
Synopsis: When Gladys tells Jughead he looks like teen vampire heartthrob, Basil Loverton, he wants to know more about the new movie craze. Taking it as a compliment, he plays into it on his date with her the next night. Unfortunately, Gladys isn’t the only one who thinks Jughead looks like her idol and a mob of fans swarm poor Juggie like wild animals. He manages to get away but must end his tortured romance before it even begins – just like a teen vampire!
Comments: From time to time (usually in the Fall and Winter), I’ll be seduced by an Archie comic at the checkout. Damn you, impulse buy! I only see them on occasion and usually it’s at one of the Tom Thumb stores. They’re a nice fluffy read while taking a bath, eating lunch or killing time during errands. Of course, this one enticed me because it was Halloween and this issue has a ‘vampire’ story in it. Continue reading



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August 11, 2011, 6:00 am
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Out of This World by John Macklin © 1972
Synopsis: For hundreds of years mankind has sought to explain the inexplicable. In this, John Macklin’s latest book, the author takes you on a mind boggling trip into the realm beyond reason and logic. Here are authenticated case histories that have long piqued the curiosity and credulity of theologians, historians and crime experts. Event he most confirmed skeptics will find themselves unable to apply the accepted tenets of rational behavior to these bizarre and spine-tingling Adventures into the Supernatural!
Comments: It was impossible to find a cover for this book online (something I sometimes do to save me some scanning time), so this may be the only time you ever actually see the cover of this book! These type of supernatural paperbacks were a dime a dozen back in the 60’s and 70’s, so I usually run across them now and again, while haunting the local used book store. They’re quick reads for me that I enjoy. Fun, exploitation-style books of their time. I think that’s why I enjoy books from the 40’s-80’s so much, because they really don’t make ’em like this anymore. Nice, quick, entertaining summer read. Continue reading



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July 26, 2011, 6:00 am
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The Young Punks by Leo Margulies © 1957
Synopsis: Why do they go wrong? These are the ordinary kids you read about every day – “ordinary” until they shoot a storekeeper, rape a girl, torture a bum or wind up dead in a ditch. IRISH, Age 16- He had to prove to the gang he wasn’t yellow, even if it meant putting his life on the line. JILL, Age 16- Her combat uniform was blue jeans, her vicious weapon a beer-can opener. JOHNNY, Age 17- He found that the vengeance of his own gang was more terrible than running from the cops.
Comments: I’ve always been a fan of the whole juvenile delinquent-as menace-type books. Most of the ones I own were written in the late 50’s, to mid 60’s, an over-the-top, obvious scare-tactic in a more modern form (paperback book) than the antiquated ‘parable’ that probably wasn’t shocking enough to garner a shudder from evolving teens. It almost feels like the books’ demographic was aimed more towards the adults who probably bought them, under the guise that they were keeping themselves abreast of the changing times, when in actuality, it was more like the equivalent of our (shocking) reality shows of today. Weird. Continue reading



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June 20, 2011, 6:00 am
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The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered by Tom Cardamone © 2010
Synopsis: Appreciations by 28 contemporary writers of significant books now out of print — on the gay experience during the 20th century. Includes an essay on reprints of gay literature by Philip Clark. With a dramatic cover illustration by Mel Odom.

Comments: Gay fiction is kinda scarce it seems. At least that’s been my experience. It seemed to be a little more accessible in the 90’s. I recently visited a Barnes & Noble, where they used to have a ‘Gay & Lesbian’ section. It’s now called “Women’s Studies.” whatever. ANYWAY, I looked at the two shelves it had been reduced to and 90% of it was lesbianlicious, 5% was dedicated to drag queens and/or transgender and the remaining 5% (in actuality, was more like 2%, considering there were only TWO books dedicated to the gay male; Matthew Sheppard being one of them, natch. Something for the teens to let them know “it gets better” (can you taste the sarcasm?). Naturally, there were 4-5 aisles (double sided) of “Religious Fiction” and “Christian Inspiration”, conveniently overshadowing the now defunct “Gay & Lesbian” section. I took pictures (here, here and here), it annoyed me so much.

ANYWAY, thanks to Barnes & Noble, I just ordered this via Amazon and I’m looking forward to receiving it. Hopefully it’ll be a little less gay porn than my last read (which I mainly bought because I judged the book by its cover…and it was a cheap e-book). I mean, I get it, okay? Gay men love the sex. It dominates their every waking moment. It’s just that good. Continue reading



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May 30, 2011, 6:00 am
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Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White © 1979
Synopsis: An affectionate, sometimes bashful pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. A prancing, playful bloke, Wilbur is devastated when he learns of the destiny that befalls all those of porcine persuasion. Determined to save her friend, Charlotte spins a web that reads “Some Pig,” convincing the farmer and surrounding community that Wilbur is no ordinary animal and should be saved. In this story of friendship, hardship, and the passing on into time, E.B. White reminds us to open our eyes to the wonder and miracle often found in the simplest of things.

Comments: I came across this and a few other childhood favorites, while cleaning recently. I decided to read it, some 30 years after I read it for the first time. I have fond memories of seeing the film at the library, during a “summer camp”-type event (hosted at the public library) that I used to attend as a child. I need some escapism right about now, and this is just what the doctor ordered. Continue reading



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March 18, 2011, 6:00 am
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Is It Just Me? Or is it nuts out there? by Whoopi Goldberg © 2010 (e-book)
Synopsis: Have you noticed that things aren’t as civil as they once were? Or that rudeness is no longer an exception but a lifestyle? Sure you have. All you need to do is set foot outside your door to see that bad manners are taking over everywhere. People are yakking on cell phones in restaurants, even at church. Folks in carpools wear enough cologne to make our eyes bleed. Complete strangers think it’s OK to rub a pregnant lady’s belly. Passengers abuse flight attendants, family outings to the ball park are ruined by rowdy drunks . . . a congressman heckled the President of the United States. Continue reading