Monthly Archives: November 2013

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

KingRemember little Danny Torrance from The Shining?  Think the book…not the movie….
Dan is now an adult with many demons still, but he needs to pull it together to stop a sinister group called the True Knot who are killing children that shine.  There’s plenty of “redrum” and suspense to go around.

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Death of the Black-Haired Girl,by Robert Stone.

StoneConsidering the title, it’s not a spoiler for me to tell you that the black-haired girl dies but (and I don’t want to spoil it for you), despite the set-up (or because of it), I was surprised when (or I guess I mean how) the death happens.

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Lies You Wanted To Hear, by James Whitfield Thomson.

ThomsonLucy spends the years of her young motherhood childless after her too stable or unstable husband kidnaps the daughter and the son.

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Margarettown, by Gabrielle Zevin.

Zevin(This is an “oldie,” (c. 2005) so check in the fiction stacks not in the new book area but definitely do check.  What a charmer.)

Margaret Towne comes from Margarettown.  Is she named for the town or is the town named for her?  The man who loves her and writes her (this) story never quite finds out.

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Stella Bain, by Anita Shreve.

ShreveShe’s waking up slowly– why do her feet hurt?  Where is she?  What is her name?  “Stella Bain” doesn’t feel exactly right.

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Where The Moon Isn’t, by Nathan Filer.

Filer(Interesting to compare the cover of this book with the cover of the last (Havisham) and consider the themes…)

Matthew Homes writes the story of himself and the story of what made him himself both in his small flat and from the ward of a mental institution.

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Havisham, by Ronald Frame.

FrameI’ve never read Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations but I am amazed at what this author did– taking one main character from Dickens’ tale and several supporting– and lifting (and creating) this wonderful current story out of it.  Miss Havisham (for those of us who know Dickens only in trivia-bits) is the one who wears only her white wedding dress.

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