The pornbrarian hooked me up. Jun 24, Jun 27, Lying in Wait. I just appreciate any time someone is dead and I am given an early copy to read. Turns out I was right because this is the author of Unraveling Oliver. Go brain! You is smart sometimes! I love an author whose voice is so distinct that you can recognize it without a Google search. But if you did????? Oh such good times in a story that reminds us all that. Jun 08, Jun 13, Our Little Secret.
That was enough for me. Having now read it, is it wrong that I would lean toward putting this on the romance shelf???? Oh stuff it, God Warrior. The book even says. Our Little Secret is the story of what takes place during the hours while Angela is being interrogated regarding a missing person. As Angela states. Angela tells the story of how she met HP, and their friendship and eventually their love. And even better? Thanks for the rec, pornbrary! You never steer me wrong.
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May 13, May 15, The Line That Held Us. Perhaps the most ironic thing of all when it comes to this author is his name. Carol Brewer to be doing some poaching of his own — digging ginseng to be exact. You know there is not going to be a happy ending or that the characters will magically escape the superbadawful they have set themselves up for. I love how his stories are all different, but touch on similar themes of love, loyalty, family, friendship and religion in the most shuddery way possible.
He blurs the lines between what is right and what is wrong effortlessly. Not to mention, he really makes you feel like you are truly in the heart of the south. Every Star. Many thanks to NetGalley for approving me for this one before I stormed your offices! May 09, The Woman in the Window. I don't know why authors especially talented ones choose to shoot their own feet off. Best guess? Undiagnosed or untreated mental issues. The upcoming Agatha-Christie-inspired follow up was sure to be an auto request. Hell, who am I kidding, it probably still is - assuming dudebrah doesn't lose his book deal and I can get it from the library in order to not pad his pockets.
I won't be removing my rating or review, but definitely won't be shouting his praises from the rooftops either. Credit goes to debra and Trudi and Melissa and Liz and Deanna and Diane S whose mediocre ratings helped lower my expectations. Credit to myself for putting my name on the looooooooong wait list and then nearly forgetting all about this one until it was due to be returned.
I is one. Said woman was housebound for some reason and also liked more than her fair share of the drinky drinky. And almost everyone thought it was too long and slow-going for their liking. I am quite pleased, however, to see proper credit given to A.
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I think that is why this one worked so well for me. I am a Hitchcock superfan. I appreciate Hitchcock the same as I appreciate a book — for the entertainment value it provides me. From the obvious selection. Which is brilliantly the one mentioned the least by our leading lady, Anna. To the twists and turns that serve as an homage to. For me, though, it was the perfect mystery. Not only due to the Hitchcockian shout-outs, but also because Anna was a phenomenal unreliable narrator.
Bonus was she even had a sense of humor about how fucked up she was. Grape fumes. Some things were foreseeable because they were events that followed their movie inspirations and some were just things that an avid mystery-thriller reader is going to pick up on. It obviously worked out great Mar 11, Mar 12, The she is Polly. When Polly meets Adam they both claim to be simply passing through town. Somehow they both end up working at the High-Ho. Their attraction to each other is impossible to hide. Who they each truly are appears to be easier to conceal. Someone is pulling a long con.
Laura Lippman is a new-to-me author. I'll definitely be checking out more of her stuff in the future. Many thanks to my favorite curmudgeon for being my book fairy on this one and saving me from the endless library wait list! Mar 17, Apr 17, I know, I know. Guess what? Meet Imogene. She also has a pretty severe case of arrested development.
No relation. Imogene spent her high school days dreaming about leaving her ho-hum, middleclass life behind in order to attend a prestigious boarding school. When offered a job as a teaching apprentice at Vandenberg School for Boys after college, she jumps at the chance. Luckily, ARCs were available for request over on NetGalley and trust me when I say I clicked that button so quick smoke was probably flying off my fingertips. But when it comes to a work of fiction???? I love reading about the taboo. And this one? What a debut! You know who you are. Jan 30, Feb 02, Our Kind of Cruelty.
If you enjoy reading about truly awful humans, you don't want to miss out on meeting Mike. I spent the next 24 hours waiting with bated breath to see if I would be approved an early copy while simultaneously trying to lower my expectations. I mean, really, there can only be one You well, actually there are two and supposedly another in the works and also a television program, but you know what I mean. I keeeeed. So what was the end result?????
The story here is of Mike and Verity. Theirs is a classic love story — they met at university and were together for seven years while each became quite the success in their respective industry. Unfortunately Mike engaged in an indiscretion of sorts while living abroad for work. That was when Verity stopped returning his calls and e-mails.
Mike is not deterred, however, and knows he can win Verity back once he returns to London. Mike knows the whole thing is a ruse — a game they play. After all, how can two people who Crave each other so much ever stand to be apart? Mad props to Araminta Hall for going balls to the wall when it came to Mike. Oh, one other note. Jan 23, Jan 25, Baby Teeth. Did you fall for that????? When I received an e-mail from St. Mitchell was happy to see me take a leap off the porn wagon and had much excite about our potentially stabby windfall as well.
Hanna loves Daddy. Hanna does not love Mommy. Now, before you even start naysaying about how this story has been told before I need you to kindly STFU. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same old pieces of colored glass that have been in use through all the ages. And before that.
And even before that back in the olde days of yore by a dude named Longfellow. When she was good, She was very good indeed, But when she was bad she was horrid. But maybe Marie-Anne does????
If you did enjoy those others, Baby Teeth will be a sure winner. Neither is her mother. Hanna giggled and kept writing. When she was ready, she held up her masterpiece. She is week and stupid. Then all you fellow weirdos have to go get a copy, read it and come back so we can talk about Hanna and Mommy under spoilsie code because I have sooooooo many things I want to barf out all over here about my thoughts and feelz. Endless thanks goes to Jordan at St. Jan Best Day Ever. If you have children whose brains you have allowed to rot in front of the television like me motheroftheyear , you should be able to relate.
Meet Paul. Paul has decided to whisk Mia away for a weekend alone at their lake house. Stuff like this. And this. Uhhh, Paul????? You okay there????? And also this. Just kidding. I just threw that one in there for shits and giggles. And if you like sociopaths you might need it too because Paul?????
Oct 15, Oct 17, Darkly Dreaming Dexter Dexter, 1. Not only have I never read Dexter , but I have never seen an episode of the highly acclaimed television series either. Yeah yeah yeah. Instead, it will probably read like a love letter to my Darling, Dreamy Dexter. Boy is THAT an understatement!!! In case you too have recently emerged from cave dwelling and now mingle with the masses, the story here is of Dexter Morgan.
Meet your Unmaker, Father. See, this is one of those priests that you sometimes see on the nightly news who totally had it coming to him. You see, a superbadawful happened to Dexter when he was a wee little boy.
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What happened to you when you were a little kid has shaped you. But you can channel it. Control it. Choose —. There are plenty of people who deserve it, Dex. Dexter solves crimes by day and rids Florida of human waste by night. Sep 30, Safe With Me. Slater, K. At least as far as the unreliable narrator goes. Meet Rachel I mean Anna. When by coincidence she witnesses the person from her past get in a car vs. Or that just when she thinks things are progressing quite nicely with Liam here comes his dang grandma. And that bitch Carla.
Plus WTF is up with her apartment?!?!?!?! Aug 23, Nov 03, Child of God. However, just in case you think Mitchell and I are slipping, please note that this title was added to the TBR once we discovered it was about a necrophile, which is basically our literary equivalent to. As I said before, the story here is about a man named Lester Ballard. Much like other experiences with Cormac McCarthy, we readers are kind of plunked down in the middle of the goings on.
You know his mother left when he was a boy and that his father hung himself. To say things go downhill for Lester from there would be the understatement of the century because by Part II. As for me? I'm also haunted by the question that begs to be answered — was the man born a monster or was it man who turned him into a monster? Sep 04, Sep 05, She Rides Shotgun. Upon finishing that one Friday afternoon, I was at a loss for what to read next. And then? Well, then I got smacked right in the face with what turned out to be the sleeper of the year.
When I finished I had one thing to say. She Rides Shotgun is the story of Nate, a man who is set to be released from prison after serving time for armed robbery. Something goes wrong, you run. And maybe she was all he had anymore, and maybe that meant she mattered. I had a very rare experience with She Rides Shotgun. This sucker played out like a film in my head.
And they were so three-dimensional that the actors cast themselves in the roles. As for my feelings for you? Or you can take us up on our offer and stay in our dungeon guest room. Just ask Adam Howe. We let him out every now and again. Sometimes long enough for him to even be the one who finally wears us down and makes us pick up a new release - like what happened here. Best book of for me. Aug 11, Aug 14, All children, except one.
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Okay, so as a kid I was terrified of Peter Pan. I mean, for realz, dude was a straight up kidnapper FFS. I never believed he was a child, I always thought he was a little person or had some disease no one else knew about where he never looked older or something. As I got older and learned more about the church stranger danger, I also figured he was probably a pedophile. Not to mention the fact that at least in the Disney version he was a ginger, which would totally explain the fascination with Captain Hook.
If you are like me and figured Peter was a supercreeper, all I have to say is. While Lost Boy has tidbits of the original story. OH MY! Easily my favorite read so far in Every star. Even the second one to the right. Look at me getting my timing perfect on this read. So stupid. But yay me. Now give me a participation medal Aug Aug 03, The Collector. The theme has become a fairly common one. And it tends to be a winner for me — the most recent example I can think of being The Butterfly Garden.
Unfortunately it can all be blamed on Miranda. Yeah, she was the worst. I would have never been interested in her viewpoint to begin with, but to make her an insufferable asshole was just the icing on the cake.
The magic in The Collector is held by Frederick alone — changing the narrator for the middle portion of the story made the wheels fall off a bit for me. That ending saved things, though. Jul 14, Jul 16, Little Stalker. So she starts writing letters to Arthur Weeman, pretending to be a thirteen-year-old-girl and through these letters she deals with something bad that happened to her when she was almost thirteen and.
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Also probably sounds like Rebekah is some seriously damaged goods and you should feel sorry for her, right? For me it was, but I am a super fan of all things dark and grisly — especially when those things somehow manage to end up being black comedy brilliance. As for the second statement? And good lord did I love reading everything about her. A hobo is a migrant worker or homeless vagrant , especially one who is impoverished. The term originated in the Western —probably Northwestern — United States around The origin of the term is unknown. According to etymologist Anatoly Liberman , the only certain detail about its origin is the word was first noticed in American English circa Mencken , in his The American Language 4th ed.
Tramps and hobos are commonly lumped together, but see themselves as sharply differentiated. A hobo or bo is simply a migrant laborer; he may take some longish holidays, but sooner or later he returns to work. Lower than either is the bum , who neither works nor travels, save when impelled to motion by the police.
It is unclear exactly when hobos first appeared on the American railroading scene. With the end of the American Civil War in the s, many discharged veterans returning home began hopping freight trains. Others looking for work on the American frontier followed the railways west aboard freight trains in the late 19th century. In , Professor Layal Shafee, after an exhaustive study, put the number of tramps in the United States at about , about 0.
The number of hobos increased greatly during the Great Depression era of the s. Life as a hobo was dangerous. In addition to the problems of being itinerant, poor, and far from home and support, plus the hostility of many train crews, they faced the railroads' security staff, nicknamed "bulls", who had a reputation of violence against trespassers. British poet W. Davies , author of The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp , lost a foot when he fell under the wheels when trying to jump aboard a train.
It was easy to be trapped between cars, and one could freeze to death in bad weather. When freezer cars were loaded at an ice factory, any hobo inside was likely to be killed. According to Ted Conover in Rolling Nowhere , at some unknown point in time, as many as 20, people were living a hobo life in North America. Modern freight trains are much faster and thus harder to ride than in the s, but they can still be boarded in railyards. Many hobo terms have become part of common language, such as "big house", "glad rags", "main drag", and others.
To cope with the uncertainties of hobo life, hobos developed a system of symbols, or a visual code. Hobos would write this code with chalk or coal to provide directions, information, and warnings to others in "the brotherhood". A symbol would indicate "turn right here", "beware of hostile railroad police", "dangerous dog", "food available here", and so on. Some commonly used signs:. Louis, Missouri.
There are numerous hobo conventions throughout the United States each year. The ephemeral ways of hobo conventions are mostly dependent on the resources of their hosts. Some conventions are part of railroad conventions or "railroad days". Others are quasi-private affairs, hosted by long-time hobos. Still others are ad hoc —that is, they are held surreptitiously on private land. Some of these conventions are held in abandoned quarries along major rivers. Most non-mainstream conventions are held at current or historical railroad stops.
Since the Convention has been held annually in Britt, on the second weekend in August. The Britt Hobo Museum exhibits a smattering of hobo history and lore. Initially just a "Hobo Convention" museum, in the late s it evolved into a fuller Hobo History museum. LeAnn Castillo, a local artist and the hobo painter, exhibits her portrait collection of hobo kings and queens since All of her paintings are made from photos.
Formal entertainment at the annual Convention begins before dusk, and is provided by a mix of active hobos, extended hobo families and non-hobo wannabees. Late after dark, the crowd leaves and the campfire becomes more informal. Satellite groups spring up. Stories are told—small and tall, poetry is recited, and cants are sung to the muted vibrations of banjos , guitars and harmonicas. Activities officially begin the Thursday of the convention weekend with a lighting of the campfire and exercise of some hobo cultural traditions Honoring the Four Winds before the opening entertainment.
On Friday morning many visit the hobo-corner of the cemetery to pay tribute to those who have "Caught the Westbound", with a hobo memorial service preceded by a local contingent of ex-military colorguard. Names of deceased hobos are recited Roll Call. At around five o'clock on Friday afternoon a poetry reading attracts participants and a small crowd of onlookers.
Hobo-king candidates are screened the days before the annual King and Queen election and coronation. They are expected to have knowledge and experience in riding trains, and are evaluated for how well they would represent the hobo community. A quasi-qualified candidate is occasionally allowed to run.
Any woman who is part of the hobo community may run for hobo Queen. Following the parade, Mulligan stew is served to hundreds of people in the city park, cooked by local Boy Scouts.