Friendly bar chat on all manner of topics, but especially about great stuff on Kindle. Pull up a stool and relax a while.
Currently reading in print form (giving my Kindle a break):
"Batman: Hush", by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee
Current audiobook I'm listening to:
"Sharp Objects", by Gillian Flynn
My Kindle & audiobook Wish List (titles I'll be reading or listening to soon):
Antiques Bizarre, by Barbara Allan
Bright Orange For The Shroud, by John D. MacDonald
Chosen Prey, by John Sandford
Complex 90, by Max Allan Collins
Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
Life Itself, by Roger Ebert
Robert B. Parker's Damned If You Do, by Michael Brandman
Suspect, by Robert Crais
The Consummata, by Max Allan Collins
W Is For Wasted, by Sue Grafton
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Did you know that Kindle Taproom is nicely formatted for easy reading on your iPhone? Check it out the next time you're away from your computer and in the mood for a visit. Or, for a little loose change every month, you can subscribe to Kindle Taproom on your Kindle. I'm going to have to get one of those snazzy new Paperwhite Kindles just to see how it looks there!
This was recently offered for a cheap price on the Kindle, so I gave it a whirl. Joe Hill's Heart-Shaped Box is a scary, clever tale about an aging rock star named Jude who buys an actual ghost on an online auction site (the guy collects weird stuff), and soon discovers that he was manipulated into buying the ghost, which turns out to be not only real but quite malevolent, by someone who wants to get back at him for a past slight. Well, more than a slight, in the eyes of the sender.
Like I said, the book's clever. The initial revelations about the ghost and why it was sent were compelling and satisfying, but then we're given a second wave of revelations that add even more complexity and drama to the situation. Scary set pieces (reminding me a little of the kinds of things one sees in Japanese horror movies) and a nice dynamic between Jude and his girlfriend, who works with him to battle the ghost, nicely round things out.
Once could quibble and point out that the reason and motivation for every single supernatural event in the book is ultimately and completely explained from three different angles, instead of keeping a little mystery, ambiguity, and a "world of the unknown" flavor in place (we're talking about ghosts, after all). But again, that's a quibble; I guess I'd rather have too much explanation than not enough.
Anyway, Heart-Shaped Box is a solid little book, and I'll certainly check out some of Mr. Hill's other titles... even though he denied us regular online consumers a scene where Jude sits down and bangs out a review and star rating for his online ghost purchase! What a missed opportunity!
I just checked, and Heart-Shaped Box is still available on Kindle for the same $1.99 price that I paid for it.