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His Hideous Heart, Part 12

Second to last stories to review in the collection.

“The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe

Published: 1839

Genre: horror short story

Length: 26 pages

Setting: a creepy old mansion in the countryside

Short summary: The narrator visits an old childhood friend in his creepy childhood home. The friend accidentally entombs his sister while she is still alive.

“The Fall of the Bank of Usher” by Fran Wilde

Published: 2019

Genre: thriller short story

Length: 38 pages

Short summary: Computer hacker twins are contacted by the Bank of Usher to complete a recertification test. They barely make it out of the test alive. Continue reading

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Agent Running in the Field by John le Carre

I heard this book discussed on a podcast and decided, since I haven’t read many spy thrillers lately, to add it to my TBR. I read this as an audio book.

Published: 2019

Genre: spy thriller

Length: 282 pages

Setting: present day London, England

Summary: Short version: Nat’s badminton partner tries to give state secrets to the Russians Continue reading

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The Killer Collective by Barry Eisler

I was looking for an E author to fill a slot in my alphabet reading challenge. This looked like an interesting option from the library shelves.

Published: 2019

Genre: thriller

Length: 393 pages

Setting: the U.S., Japan, and Paris, present day

Summary: Short version: It’s kill or be killed for all the characters Continue reading

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Need to Know by Karen Cleveland

This was our book club choice for October.

Published: 2018

Genre: thriller

Length: 306 pages

Setting: mostly around Washington, D.C., present day

SummaryShort version: Vivian discovers her husband is a sleeper Russian agent Continue reading

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The 47th Samurai by Stephen Hunter

The title caught my eye as I was wandering the library shelves, looking for my net book. I was intrigued by the samurai reference. It seemed like a nice change of pace from what I had been reading.

Published: 2007

Genre: thriller

Length: 368 pages

Setting: flashbacks on Iwo Jima, WWII, present day in Idaho and Japan

Summary: Short version: Swagger returns a samurai sword to Yano, touching off a fight with the yakuza Continue reading

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Oxygen by Carol Cassella

Mr. Curiosity came across this book as he was looking for something for himself and thought it sounded like a book I would enjoy. I was thrilled to put one of his recommendations on my TBR. I was looking for something non-fantasy to read, and thought this would fit the bill.

Published: 2008

Genre: medical thriller

Length: 288 pages

Setting: Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas, present day

Summary: Short version: A child dies under Marie’s care and she is devastated Continue reading

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The Never List by Koethi Zan

I was looking for an X, Y, or Z author to finish up my Author Reading the Alphabet Challenge. I picked this one because it looked like a thriller.

Published: 2013

Genre: sexual thriller

Length: 303 pages

Setting: NYC and Portland, Oregon, 2010s

Font: Sabon LT Std and Cresci LP

Summary: Short version: Sarah revisits the memories and locations of her horrific kidnapping Continue reading

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The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

This book was declared a gateway book for the post-apocalyptic genre by Tor (in this post) . I happen to love post-apocalyptic books, and yet hadn’t read this one, so of course I had to put it on my TBR list. I decided I needed a genre break and read it now.

Published: 2014

Genre: zombie thriller/post-apocalyptic

Length: 403 pages

Setting: near London, England, near future

Summary: Short version: The zombies always win Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #37: Mostly Nonfiction

I’ve been saving up new books for my reading list. I’ve been doing a good job of reading down my TBR list – time to add some new ones.

First up is If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating by Alan Alda. It certainly wins an award for the longest title. I listened to Alan Alda  on the ID10T podcast. The book seems to be all about communicating science to non-science people. That’s basically my teaching job. I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve my teaching, so on the list it goes.

My next addition is Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling. I learned about this one when doing some research for a new class I’m teaching in the fall about environmental issues and geography. For one of their assignments, I want my students to play around with data on Gapminder. When I went onto the website, I saw they had a book. It sounded interesting, so I’m putting it on my list.

One more nonfiction book for my reading list is Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story by Michael Rosen. I found this one in my library catalog as I was looking for versions of Beowulf that the library had. (I thought there was a graphic novel version of Beowulf, but if there is, my library doesn’t have it.) I love origin stories and learning about the origins of all of the Arabic letters sounds right up my alley.

And one last book, this time some fiction: Black Widow by Daniel Silva from The Modern Mrs. Darcy post on long novels. (I can’t write a post about new books without mentioning The Modern Mrs. Darcy at least once.) I don’t really care that it’s a long novel. I’m interested in it because it’s recommended as a high quality spy thriller (which is a genre I haven’t been reading much lately but do really enjoy) AND it gets me an S author (which I don’t have yet this year).

So, anything look good to you? Anything else I should add to my reading list?

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The Hunter by John Lescroart

I didn’t have a specific book I wanted to read next, so I decided to wander the library, for a thriller that provided a letter in my alphabet challenge. This book seemed to fit the bill. Turns out it’s the third book featuring the main character, but I didn’t feel like I was missing much from the previous books.

Published: 2012

Genre: thriller/mystery (sometimes I have a hard time telling the difference between the two)

Length: 381 pages

Font: ITC Berkley Old Style Std.

Setting: San Fransisco, present day

Summary: Short version: Hunt investigates how his birth mother died Continue reading

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