A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Short Story Monday

#3. Solid Wood by Ann Beattie - An elderly man and his sister have dinner with the recent widow of his best friend. There are some undercurrents that come to light for the reader as the dinner progresses. I didn't enjoy this one at all. It basically had no plot and, frankly, was boring. There is more to the story than appears at first but I prefer to read and think "wow, that was good" rather than "hmm, I wonder what this means".

#4. Balto by T.C. Boyle - A man and his 12-year-old daughter are on their way to court. This story recounts the events that lead up to the trial. The plot is more involved but any further description would contain spoilers. I was eager to read this story as Boyle is on my list of authors I'd like to read one day and this was my first sampling of his. I wasn't disappointed. This was a compelling story with a fast-paced read. I loved this one.


  1. Man. I miss reading my short stories for Short Story Monday's!! I've been trying to get a copy of Gaiman's Smoke and Mirrors from the library, but they are having troubles find a copy for me.

  2. I really like this idea of reading short stories periodically. I have a collection of 2006 stories that I haven't opened yet. This might be a good way for me to dive in. :)

  3. TC Boyle is different, I'll give him that. I've read one of his books and did like it but it was nothing what I expected! That can be a good thing.

    I'll have to check out Fingersmith. And oh no! I scored so low on the Readability quiz! My delusions are shattered.

  4. stephanie, Hope they find a copy for you soon. I'm enjoying dipping into the short stories very much.

    joy, definately sounds like a good idea to me!

    carrie, I hope you do get around to Fingersmith, it's a fabulous book.

  5. I picked it up at the library last night and put the movie in my Netflix queue.

  6. Carrie, I'm thinking you meant your comment for the Brighty post below this one. I checked my library and they don't have the movie :-( I'd love to see it!

  7. I like using short stories to get a feel for an author as well. Much more accurate than blurbs on the cover.