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I just picked up American Elsewhere at the library, mostly on the strength of its description, and it is a brick! I believe we were just discussing our feelings about very long books in another thread. I'm wondering if anyone has read it or anything by Robert Jackson Bennett and whether you would recommend it. Obviously, I'm reluctant to commit. Reviews seem to be mixed.
I've never heard of the author either but the description is intriguing. Has the author written anything shorter that might be worth trying first?
*ETA: I take that back. I just looked at the author's bibliography, and I recognized the title and cover of Mr. Shivers from work. It gets checked out fairly often, so maybe that's a good sign? Anyway, best of luck if you try American Elsewhere.
(Copied and pasted from a post originally made my Monkey...)
Let Me In - John Ajvide Lindqvist
Perfume - Patrick Süskind
I Remember You - Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Dark Water - Koji Suzuki
Out - Natsuo Kirino
The Black Spider - Jeremias Gotthelf
The only one I've heard of it Perfume, so maybe I'll look that one up...
However, Let The Right One In (aka Let Me In) does. I thought maybe I Remember You, as well, but my library doesn't have it (at least not as an ebook, which is all I've checked at the moment). My library Does have Let The Right One In, so that will likely be the one.
>9 luvamystery65: I might read Perfume too, since that's the only one I own in that group.
>10 LibraryCin: & >11 LibraryCin: Well, that's aggravating. Hopefully they'll get you an ILL copy at least before February's over.
>12 sturlington: Everyone's reading Let Me In, huh? :D
>13 saraslibrary: Sorry to hear The Rats was a disappointment; at least it's reasonably short, or I remember it being a quick read.
Yeah, I was kind of bummed out about The Rats (there were just too many characters, almost no suspense, etc), but oh well. I did like the end fairly well, enough that I may be on the lookout for the sequels. You are right, though: it was a short book. :)
Anyway, I didn't see much, so instead of using "horror" and "nonfiction", I tried "murder" and "nonfiction". I found a couple that I want to read... but my library has neither! Sigh.,.
There is also King's Danse Macabre which isn't horror itself but is about horror (which is one I'm considering for it) and along those lines I also have on my shelves Horror Films, and Vampire Films (Pocket Essential) & George A. Romero (Pocket Essential) that I could consider. Going the nonfic about horror is a possibility for those who have that interest as well.
Or I might read The Devil in the White City: murder, magic and madness at the fair that changed America by Erik Larson. It's two stories during the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. One is about the men who built it. The other is about a sadistic serial killer who was using the busy fair to take advantage of people.
I also found that it's hard to find a list. I tried searching for nonfiction crime on my library's website and I couldn't get much to display.
I'm thinking of reading That Lonely Section of Hell by Lori Shenher. It's a memoir written by the detective who led the investigation into serial killer Robert Pickton.
How about searching true crime? Also, what about collections of ghost stories or urban legends? Folklore is usually shelved with nonfiction, I believe.
Here's an idea, not really fiction or nonfiction either so it could fit: the Amphigorey books by Edward Gorey. I love those. In fact, I just might reread one!
I am probably going to read about the I-45 murders. Very scary to me because I live in Houston. William Reece was interviewed for the book I'll read. He just confessed to the murder of Jessica Cain and led police to her remains.
These are some good ideas - thank you! I actually like reading about "true crime". Not sure why I didn't think to search that, as well!