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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Mary Roach
Stories: All-New Tales
Lawrence Block, Richard Adams, Roddy Doyle, Jeffery Deaver, Chuck Palahniuk, Joyce Carol Oates, Diana Wynne Jones, Peter Straub, Michael Marshall Smith, Michael Swanwick, Tim Powers, Joanne Harris, Gene Wolfe, Michael Moorcock, Stewart O'Nan, Jeffrey Ford, Walter Mosley,
Darkly Dreaming Dexter  - Jeff Lindsay I liked this book. I found Dexter to be darkly disturbing and believable in his descriptions of how he functions in society as a sociopathic serial killer. I chuckled several times during the story as well, but I just wasn't crazy about it. I don't know if the humor was maybe too much, like Lindsay was trying to counterbalance Dexter's killer side with his "tortured childhood victim" side or what, but it seemed a little forced. And I got tired of hearing how he didn't feel emotions and wasn't a human, and didn't have human emotions. Okay, you're a sociopath. You're a serial killer. Repetitive explanations not necessary. I think about 50 pages could have been cut by chopping those repats and the sotry would have been improved. I think that I will probably like the show better than I did this novel and I realize that many series novels have to do some setting up in the beginning, so I am eager to begin the second book. I liked Deobrah, I even liked, dare I say, Dexter. I'm just wondering if I might not like him a whole look more if he really WAS acting like a sociopath, instead of the back and forth internal dialogue about "am I a monster or not?". A true sociopath wouldn't care. The whole aspect of him learning his trade from a police officer/foster dad angle was very interesting and I like that he kills the bad guys, but that once again lends him a humanistic sense of right and wrong, which sociopaths do not possess...??? And if he DOES kill the "bad" guys, why didn't he kill his brother?? Am I reading too much into this? Too many psychology courses? It's just a story, Michelle, just enjoy it, right? Okay, 3 stars with hopes for more in the remaining 3 books. I already have the next 2.