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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,
Hell House - Richard Matheson I had high hopes for this book. I've been wanting to read something of Matheson's for a long time and this was all that my library had so I grabbed it. I am somewhat disappointed with it. Maybe its because I've seen Rosemary's Baby and the thought of being raped by an entity, ghost, or whatever just doesn't scare me. Gross, yes. Frightening and realistic, nope. Maybe its because I've seen too many Horrorfest films by now. I just needed something more realistic. Also, what made this less of an enjoyable haunted house story (which I usually love) is that it was just too technical/too much parapsychological jargon. You could tell that Matheson was into the science behind hauntings but I think that all of the technical aspects took up more pages than anything else. I DID like that the book was arranged to give each character their own timeline and that Matheson jumped from one to another so the tension built between the characters. In fact, I wish the focus had been there. The predictability of the final showdown and who was haunting the house wasn't a surprise either, well...maybe his legs were. But otherwise, meh. I guess I'll give I AM LEGEND a try.