Oooh, I Want to Read This #10

Hello everyone, and welcome back once again to “Oooh, I Want to Read This”! Are you enjoying these compilations? ‘Cause I’m certainly having fun finding these books for these lists. Yes, even though I may not own most of them, and don’t have the funds to add them to my collection, but, it’s always fun to find new reads.  That being said, let’s get right on into the books, shall we?

Oh, and as a side not: Synopsis are taken from goodreads.com.  Remember, click the picture to go the book’s Goodreads’ page.

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“I had always imagined that my life story…would have a great first line: something like Nabokov’s ‘Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins;’ or if I could not do lyric, then something sweeping like Tolstoy’s ‘All happy families are alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’… When it comes to openers, though, the best in my view has to be the first line of Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier: ‘This is the saddest story I have ever heard.'”

So begins the remarkable tale of Firmin the rat. Born in a bookstore in a blighted 1960’s Boston neighborhood, Firmin miraculously learns how to read by digesting his nest of books. Alienated from his family and unable to communicate with the humans he loves, Firmin quickly realizes that a literate rat is a lonely rat.

Following a harrowing misunderstanding with his hero, the bookseller, Firmin begins to risk the dangers of Scollay Square, finding solace in the Lovelies of the burlesque cinema. Finally adopted by a down-on-his-luck science fiction writer, the tide begins to turn, but soon they both face homelessness when the wrecking ball of urban renewal arrives.

In a series of misadventures, Firmin is ultimately led deep into his own imaginative soul—a place where Ginger Rogers can hold him tight and tattered books, storied neighborhoods, and down-and-out rats can find people who adore them.

A native of South Carolina, Sam Savage now lives in Madison, Wisconsin. This is his first novel.

First of all, I LOVE this book’s design.  This is the most unique book that I have in my…closet storage space.  (Yes, I know.  It’s really weird…but, the image below is where I store my books at the moment.) Mind you, this isn’t all of them.

Anyway, I found the premise interesting when I first received this book as a present many, many years ago.  And one of these days, I’ll finally get to reading the book with a big chunk missing out of the side.

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This terrifying original fiction anthology is based on the critically acclaimed novella The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker, which has inspired the original “Hellraiser” movie and horror franchise.

Contents
xiii • Foreword (Hellbound Hearts) • (2009) • essay by Clive Barker
xvii • Introduction: Raising Hell, Again • (2008) • essay by Stephen Jones
1 • Prisoners of the Inferno • shortfiction by Peter Atkins
15 • The Cold • shortfiction by Conrad Williams
31 • The Confessor’s Tale • shortfiction by Sarah Pinborough
45 • Hellbound Hollywood • shortfiction by Mick Garris
60 • Mechanisms • shortfiction by Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola
85 • Every Wrong Turn • shortfiction by Tim Lebbon
99 • The Collector • shortfiction by Kelley Armstrong
108 • Bulimia • shortfiction by Richard Christian Matheson
110 • Orfeo the Damned • shortfiction by Nancy Holder
127 • Out Lord of Quarters • shortfiction by Simon Clark
143 • Wordsworth [graphic short story] • shortfiction by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
158 • A Little Piece of Hell • shortfiction by Steve Niles
172 • The Dark Materials Project • shortfiction by Sarah Langan
185 • Demon’s Design • shortfiction by Nicholas Vince
197 • Only the Blind Survive • shortfiction by Yvonne Nacarro
212 • Mother’s Ruin • shortfiction by Mark Morris
229 • Sister Cilice • shortfiction by Barbie Wilde
239 • Santos del Infierno • shortfiction by Jeff Mariotte [as by Jeffrey J. Mariotte ]
255 • The Promise • shortfiction by Nancy Kilpatrick
268 • However. . . • shortfiction by Gary A. Braunbeck and Lucy A. Snyder
281 • ‘Tis Pity He’s Ahore • shortfiction by Chaz Brenchley
297 • Afterword (Hellbound Hearts) • (2009) • essay by Doug Bradley

I enjoyed The Hellbound Heart.  It was a bit different than “Hellraiser”, which I watched before I read the story (which, to be fair, didn’t know that it was based on a story until years after my original viewing).  And now, I’m hooked on the mythos of “Pinhead” and the world in which he resides.  And, with a sequel novel out, I’m itching to step back into the realm.

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Something strange is going on in Jerusalem’s Lot … but no one dares to talk about it. By day, ‘Salem’s Lot is a typical modest New England town; but when the sun goes down, evil roams the earth. The devilishly sweet insistent laughter of a child can be heard echoing through the fields, and the presence of silent looming spirits can be felt lurking right outside your window. Stephen King brings his gruesome imagination to life in this tale of spine-tingling horror.

Oh look, it’s the second book that Stephen King ever published! It’s certainly interesting, and there’s a lot more to the book than meets the eye, after all.  All roads lead to the Tower after all.

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Three women, three men, connected through marriage or infidelity. Each is to blame for something. But only one is a killer in this nail-biting, stealthy psychological thriller about human frailty and obsession.
Just what goes on in the houses you pass by every day?
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and evening, rattling over the same junctions, flashing past the same townhouses.The train stops at the same signal every day, and she sees the same couple, breakfasting on their roof terrace. Jason and Jess, as she calls them, seem so happy. Then one day Rachel sees someone new in their garden. Soon after, Rachel sees the woman she calls Jess on the news. Jess has disappeared.
Through the ensuing police investigation, Rachel is drawn deeper into the lives of the couple she learns are really Megan and Scott Hipwell. As she befriends Scott, Rachel pieces together what really happened the day Megan disappeared. But when Megan’s body is found, Rachel finds herself the chief suspect in the case. Plunged into a world of betrayals, secrets and deceptions, Rachel must confront the facts about her own past and her own failed marriage.
A sinister and twisting story that will keep you guessing at every turn, The Girl on the Train is a high-speed chase for the truth.

So, I’ve always been intrigued by the premise of this book, but never really got around to reading it.  But, recently, I got to talking briefly with my coworker who is reading this book about it, and I have to say that I’m ready to dive into this book after I finish up with my current read.

Well, what do you think? Find a read that you like? Got any reads to recommend me? Until next time, I am the Baumeister, and I have been, obediently yours.

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