Friday, October 1, 2010

The Books of September (or at least the ones I can remember)

The Best
Horns by Joe Hill. I can't decide whether I like this story about a young man who wakes up with devil horns sprouting out of his head better than Hill's first novel, Heart-Shaped Box. But trust me. It's good.

The Good
The Passage by Justin Cronin. I had to push myself to get through the first hundred pages or so. It's not that they were boring to me, it's more that the first part lays down the groundwork for the rest of the novel, and while it is interesting groundwork, it's still... groundwork. But as the book progresses and we move into the future, the story begins to move along, and the plot takes off wonderfully.

The Scapegoat by Daphne Du Maurier. It's by Daphne Du Maurier. Enough said.

The Rest

Inferno, edited by Ellen Datlow.
The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris. Man can't stop walking. Very nicely written. Didn't really speak to me though.
Ring by Koji Suzuki. As opposed to pretty much every other book/novel duo out there... I think I liked the movie better. Both Japanese and US versions.

I didn't read quite as many books as I usually do. I blame The Passage.

On the writing front, I am trying to perfect the old standard of writing something everyday. Even/especially on the days when I find myself counting how many times the cursor blinks.


  1. I had a mixed feeling about Inferno. Some of the stories were great. Some out there. Some just plan WTF this isn't "horror".

  2. Nice post, Samantha. Horns is collecting dust on my to read pile, and I have The Passage in my to buy book.

  3. I really need Joe Hill's books--and yeah, I was thinking of The Passage too. Nice to get an opinion on em (and a warning about the beginning of the latter.)

  4. Aaron - yeah I'm on the fence. I really liked Christopher Fowler's "The Uninvited" and John Grant "Lives," but the others didn't really touch me, and there were a few I just didn't even finish.

    Cate and Katey - yay for Horns! er then yay for Passage!

  5. I loved Horns just that little bit more than Heart Shaped Box. And I hear ya about The Scapegoat. I love that book.