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My bookies

I've liked and love a lot of books. And these are some of them.

The Moon in the Gutter

The Moon in the Gutter - David Goodis, Adrian Wootton Dark as only a man who lived this kind of life could have written it. Not a hard boiled type of noir, this one's filled with the kind of dread that wakes you up at three in the morning.


Bright Lights, Big City

Bright Lights, Big City - Jay McInerney Read this for the second time and it got better the second time around. What was life like in 80s New York, in a fashionable publishing house, for a self-destructive guy not too far out of college? I just love the writing on this one. A keeper.


Cathedral - Raymond Carver Extraordinary writing, so simple and wonderfully crafted. If nothing else, read this just to enjoy great writing.

Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion - Janet Reitman From Amazon's review:

Whatever your opinion of Scientology, the truth is more extreme.

An in-depth overview and exploration of the Scientology religion, and its effects on some of the people who've been sucked into its world.

I'm not a fan of religion and I wanted to see how deep goes the craziness. Thing is, Scientology is crazier and more dangerous than you could have imagined. I recommend this book highly. It is a somewhat weighty tome; be prepared to slog through some chapters that detail the inner workings of a group of people who truly believe that all our problems come from an alien visitation million of years ago.

8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: Natural Posture Solutions for Pain in the Back, Neck, Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Foot

8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: Natural Posture Solutions for Pain in the Back, Neck, Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Foot - Esther Gokhale I've had back pain for some months due to a sagging mattress. Started reading this, and though it has good info (how to sit, stand, and carry yourself), the author inserts many plugs to buy her products.

I've been seeing a chiropractor which has done more for my back than this book. That being said, there is good info in here.

Strange Tales

Strange Tales - Becky Cloonan, Paul Pope, Molly Crabapple, John Leavitt, Junko Mizuno, Dash Shaw, James Kochalka, Johnny Ryan, Michael Kupperman, Nick Bertozzi, Jason, Nicholas Gruewich, Becky Cloonan, James Kolchalka, Stan Sakai, Nicholas Gurewitch A collection of riffs on the Marvel universe. Darker and less family friendly than the Bizarro compilation for DC. Not bad overall, but inconsistent.

Machine Man (online serial)

Machine Man (online serial) - Max Barry I love Max Barry, I've read all his books. This one's the best. It's a first person story about a reclusive scientist who decides to replace his biological parts with more effective cybernetic ones.

There's dystopic elements, a love story, and lots of dark subtle humor.

Very recommended!

Apathy and Other Small Victories

Apathy and Other Small Victories - Paul Neilan A good quick read that, like some of the reviewers below said, falls apart at the end.

Kill the Boss Good-Bye

Kill the Boss Good-Bye - Peter Rabe A tight short thriller. Written in 1956 it isn't anywhere as shocking as it was (I assume) when it first was published. The psychological talk isn't that far out either. It does wind up nicely.

The Shining

The Shining - Stephen King I had avoided this book for quite sometime, being a film snob and a Kubrick devotee. It's much much better than I thought. Highly recommended!

Burnt Orange Heresy

Burnt Orange Heresy - Charles Willeford A nasty well written little piece of business. The best stuff is at the end. Recommended especially for people who are involved or interested in how the art world operates.