literature, writing

Year of Mystery Novels, Part 4: The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler is probably my least favorite mystery novel of the year so far. Let's start with the good. Chandler's style of writing is amazing. It's full of sentences that contribute to the noir atmosphere. One of my favorite examples is: "Dead men are heavier than broken hearts." It obviously makes… Continue reading Year of Mystery Novels, Part 4: The Big Sleep

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Year of Mystery Novels, Part 2: Mystic River

For my second mystery novel of the year, I decided to do┬áMystic River by Dennis Lehane. I know this was a really famous movie when it came out, but somehow I went into this not knowing anything about the plot or mystery at all. I highly recommend this to anyone who can manage it. I… Continue reading Year of Mystery Novels, Part 2: Mystic River

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My 2018 Reading List

Two years ago I started to use a theme for my year of reading. This was an attempt to focus on one form or style for study. I did a year of giant novels and then a year of short fiction. This year I wanted to challenge myself to read something I have almost no… Continue reading My 2018 Reading List

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My 2017 Reading Awards

As usual, I'm going to do a best of 2017 books list. This does not mean the book came out in 2017; it means I read it this year. According to Goodreads, I read 55 books. Of course, many of those were novellas, and probably a dozen I listened to while on long runs training… Continue reading My 2017 Reading Awards

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Year of Short Fiction Part 0

If you're new to this blog, you might not know that 2016 was the Year of Giant Novels. I got kind of burned out on that by the end, so I decided to make 2017 the Year of Short Fiction. I thought I'd spend a post talking about my expectations for this and what I… Continue reading Year of Short Fiction Part 0

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Best Books I Read in 2016

I've finally finished my "book a week" challenge (meaning I've read, rated, and reviewed 52 books for the year). I actually read quite a few more than that but didn't mark them down (on my Shannara binge, I was getting through them every 2-3 days). This year I went through audiobooks more than any year… Continue reading Best Books I Read in 2016

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Year of Giant Novels Part 9: What I’ve Learned

I'm technically done reading giant novels for the year. I'm currently reading┬áThe Wizard Knight by Gene Wolfe, and if taken as a single novel, it qualifies, but the version I'm reading is two separate novels. It would probably make an interesting final analysis, because I've basically read two types of giant novels: literary and epic… Continue reading Year of Giant Novels Part 9: What I’ve Learned