Showing posts from January, 2019

Books Read in 2018: Five Star Books

Five Star Rereads The Book of Lost Things  by John Connolly -  High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own -- populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book,  The Book of Lost Things . Taking readers on a vivid journey through the loss of innocence into adulthood and beyond,  New York Times  bestselling author John Connolly tells a dark and compelling tale that reminds us of the enduring power of stories in our lives. I first read this in August 2011, and reread in May of this year. I really like Connolly's regular series - dark mystery/thrillers

Books Read in 2018: Four Star Horror, Non-Fiction and Fiction

Four Star Horror Best Horror of the Year Volume 10  edited by Ellen Datlow -  “Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year series is one of the best investments you can make in short fiction. The current volume is no exception.”  ?   Adventures Fantastic For more than three decades, Ellen Datlow has been at the center of horror. Bringing you the most frightening and terrifying stories, Datlow always has her finger on the pulse of what horror readers crave. Now, with the tenth volume of the series, Datlow is back again to bring you the stories that will keep you up at night. Encompassed in the pages of The Best Horror of the Year have been such illustrious writers as: Neil Gaiman Kim Stanley Robinson Stephen King Linda Nagata Laird Barron Margo Lanagan And many others  With each passing year, science, technology, and the march of time shine light into the craggy corners of the universe, making the fears of an earlier generation seem quaint. But this light creates its own shadows.  The Bes