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January 21

Book: Vicious

First in a duology (possibly expanding to a trilogy), V. E. Schwab's story of best friends who become enemies. Which one is the villain and which is the hero? [more inside]
posted by soelo at 7:34 PM - 3 comments

January 19

Book: My Heart is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

In her quickly gentrifying rural lake town, Jade Daniels sees recent events for which only her encyclopedic knowledge of horror films could have prepared her. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 11:35 AM - 2 comments

January 17

Book: The Final Girl Support Group

Marilyn survived a massacre in Texas. Adrienne barely overcame a maniac who targeted a summer camp. Dani had to defeat her own homicidal brother when he turned into a killer at Halloween. Heather escaped a killer called The Dream King. Julia outwitted her boyfriend and his best friend when they turned their love of slasher films into a real life killing spree. Lynette was the only survivor of an escaped lunatic dressed as Santa. They meet in secret with their therapist for a very specialized support group... Until all at once, it seems someone wants these "final girls" turned middle-aged survivors dead.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 1:13 PM - 8 comments

January 15

Book: Crossed Skis by Carol Carnac

Crossed Skis, published in 1952, tells the twin stories of an enthusiastic group departing by train to ski the Austrian Alps, while in dreary London a mysterious fire leads to the discovery of a body. As both threads of the story progress, it seems that the lighthearted travelers have someone in their group who may be hiding a terrible secret.
posted by PussKillian at 8:19 PM - 8 comments

January 12

Book: Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism

Kirkus describes Amanda Montell's Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism as "[a] scrutiny of the social science behind cult communication. With the same verve demonstrated in her debut on feminism and language, Wordslut (2019), Montell explores how language can manipulate masses of people in detrimental ways. Using accessible prose, the author discusses the varied definitions of the word cult, the dangers of universally demonizing its terminology, and its murky history as society’s relationship with spirituality has evolved." [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 4:12 PM - 1 comment

January 3

Book: Mythos

From the US Publisher's website: "Here are the thrills, grandeur, and unabashed fun of the Greek myths, stylishly retold by Stephen Fry. The legendary writer, actor, and comedian breathes life into ancient tales, from Pandora's box to Prometheus's fire, and transforms the adventures of Zeus and the Olympians into emotionally resonant and deeply funny stories, without losing any of their original wonder. Classical artwork inspired by the myths and learned notes from the author offer rich cultural context."
posted by Ipsifendus at 1:46 PM - 8 comments

Book: Murder After Christmas

"A war's on and a murder has been committed―and we sit here talking nonsense about almond whirls and mince pies!" [more inside]
posted by scorbet at 12:24 AM - 2 comments

December 29, 2021

Book: The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires

Steel Magnolias meets Dracula in this New York Times best-selling horror novel about a women's book club that must do battle with a mysterious newcomer to their small Southern town. Written by Grady Hendrix (Final Girl Support Group).
posted by DirtyOldTown at 4:03 PM - 5 comments

December 28, 2021

Book: The Lost Village

Documentary filmmaker Alice Lindstedt has been obsessed with Silvertjärn since she was a little girl. The old mining town's residents all abruptly disappeared in 1959, including her grandmother’s entire family. Ever since, unanswered questions surrounding the only two people who were left—a woman stoned to death in the town center and an abandoned newborn—have plagued her. She’s gathered a small crew of friends in the remote village to make a film about what really happened. They quickly begin to realize the lost village may not be so empty after all. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown at 7:34 AM - 2 comments

December 23, 2021

Book: Ghosts

"Nina Dean has arrived at her early thirties as a successful food writer with loving friends and family, plus a new home and neighbourhood. When she meets Max, a beguiling romantic hero who tells her on date one that he's going to marry her, it feels like all is going to plan. A new relationship couldn't have come at a better time - her thirties have not been the liberating, uncomplicated experience she was sold."--Goodreads [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:42 PM - 2 comments

December 12, 2021

Book: WE HEREBY REFUSE: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration

We Hereby Refuse captures not only the wave of uncertainty that swept through the Japanese American incarceration camps during the second World War under Executive Order 9066, but also the remarkable surge of defiance that proliferated in response. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 7:40 AM - 1 comment

December 9, 2021

Book: Defekt

Derek is LitenVärld's most loyal employee. He lives and breathes the job, from the moment he wakes up in a converted shipping container at the edge of the parking lot to the second he clocks out of work 18 hours later. But after taking his first ever sick day, his manager calls that loyalty into question. An excellent employee like Derek, an employee made to work at LitenVärld, shouldn't need time off. [more inside]
posted by Literaryhero at 4:37 PM - 4 comments

December 7, 2021

Book: Finna

When an elderly customer at a Swedish big box furniture store ― but not that one ― slips through a portal to another dimension, it’s up to two minimum-wage employees to track her across the multiverse and protect their company’s bottom line. Multi-dimensional swashbuckling would be hard enough, but those two unfortunate souls broke up a week ago.
posted by Literaryhero at 4:47 AM - 6 comments

December 6, 2021

Book: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Then, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose. But the evening post brought Roger one last fatal scrap of information. Unfortunately, before he could finish reading the letter, he was stabbed to death. Over ninety years after its initial publication, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd still stumps readers as a methodical, detailed, and suspenseful whodunit. When King’s Abbot resident Roger Ackroyd is found murdered in his study, the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is called in to help solve the mystery. As the clues and suspects add up, Christie masterfully weaves several possible scenarios, only to surprise readers at the end. Voted by the British Crime Writers’ Association as the best crime novel ever written — and said to be Christie’s favorite of her novels — it is the third book following detective Hercule Poirot. SPOILERS [more inside]
posted by bq at 1:36 PM - 18 comments

December 4, 2021

Book: No One Is Talking About This

Patricia Lockwood's No One Is Talking About This is a compact, poetic, and partially autobiographical novel about the meeting point between Very Online Life and the brief and intense experience of her newborn niece living with, and dying of, Proteus Syndrome. There's the before, and then the life-altering texts--"Something has gone wrong" and "How soon can you get here?"--and the after, six months and a day of focus on one tiny life before its bell is stilled. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 7:17 AM - 4 comments

December 1, 2021

Book: Jade Legacy

Fonda Lee's newest book (just out a few days ago) continuing the story of the No Peak Clan. Society is changing around the clans, with external pressures and personal relationships coming to bear on the Kaul family.
posted by PussKillian at 1:41 PM - 3 comments

Book: Jade War

The second book in the Green Bone Saga, continuing the story of the Kaul siblings who run the No Peak clan and who are battling for survival against their rival the Mountain. Everyone is older, some are thrown into new situations in foreign countries, and the battles occasionally get very personal.
posted by PussKillian at 1:39 PM - 2 comments

Book: Jade City

The first book of the Green Bone Saga, Jade City introduces us to the Kaul family, leaders of one of the powerful jade clans who run the country with a mafia-like grip. The story is a collision of Asian-inspired old codes of honor set in a world not far technologically from our own (closer to the 70s and 80s than 2021). [more inside]
posted by PussKillian at 1:30 PM - 4 comments

November 30, 2021

Book: In Other Lands

In Other Lands is an exhilarating novel from bestselling author Sarah Rees Brennan about surviving four years in the most unusual of schools - friendship, falling in love, diplomacy, and finding your own place in the world — even if it means giving up your phone.
posted by Literaryhero at 8:49 PM - 10 comments

Book: Leviathan Falls (The Expanse Book 9)

The last of the nine novels following the crew of the Rocinante, Leviathan Falls chronicles their final showdown with both the Laconian Empire and the dark gods who killed off the protomolecule engineers, with the entire human race hanging in the balance. (SPOILERS for the entire series inside, don't click this thread if there's the slightest possibility you'll read it).
posted by Ryvar at 6:59 PM - 11 comments

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