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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (08/27/12)

I’m still hung over from a Bout of Books. Continuing to reading last week’s picks, but here’s what I added over the weekend.

This Week I’m Reading:

77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz

The Pendleton stands on the summit of Shadow Hill at the highest point of an old heartland city, a Gilded Age palace built in the late 1800s as a tycoon’s dream home. Almost from the beginning, its grandeur has been scarred by episodes of madness, suicide, mass murder, and whispers of things far worse. But since its rechristening in the 1970s as a luxury apartment building, the Pendleton has been at peace. For its fortunate residents—among them a successful songwriter and her young son, a disgraced ex-senator, a widowed attorney, and a driven money manager—the Pendleton’s magnificent quarters are a sanctuary, its dark past all but forgotten.

But now inexplicable shadows caper across walls, security cameras relay impossible images, phantom voices mutter in strange tongues, not-quite-human figures lurk in the basement, elevators plunge into unknown depths. (Goodreads)

Came across 5 Contemporary Horror Novels You Must Read ASAP yesterday. Which means that there was one book I was kinda sorta interested in. I haven’t read any Koontz in a few years and I’m always up for haunted hotel.

The Usual:

I’ve already finished up my “usual” reading aside from the chapter of A Clash of Kings.

What I Read Last Week:

Read “The Girl in the Funeral Parlor” by Sam Weller from Shadow Show and “The Swan” by Ray Bradbury. The former is a nice echo of the latter. “Wolf Trapping” by Kij Johnson, not quite as good as some of her stories, but still solid. Poem o’ the week was “The Staff and Scrip” by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Great throw-back to courtly love literature.