Night Shift

Author: Stephen King Type: Fiction, short stories Published: 1978 I read it: September 2018 Now that’s the kind of paperback that’s fun to find at Goodwill! Spine-battered and yellow and smelling of age, with creepy cover art to boot (from the story “I Am the Doorway”). In continuing the pendulum swing from trying out King’s…

Thornhill

Author and artist: Pam Smy Type: Fiction, comics Published: 2017 I read it: September 2018 Almost the entire vibe of Thornhill can be experienced by its cover—who is this figure in the window? The derelict historical building occupies an overgrown lot in the present day, and Ella, a curious and solitary girl, has moved into…

Nightbooks

Author: J.A. White Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2018 I read it: September 2018 J.A. White has coined a nifty new term with “nightbooks,” which in his story are the journals that the protagonist, Alex, uses to house his scary stories. Predictably, the boy is made fun of for his interest in horror, which spurs him…

The Grownup

Author: Gillian Flynn Type: Fiction, short story Published: 2014 I read it: August 2018 I haven’t been caught off guard by opening lines like that in a while, but maybe it’s because I’ve read only one previous book by Flynn (the smash hit) and haven’t gotten used to her style and characters. I wondered if…

Home Time: Under the River

Author and artist: Campbell Whyte Type: Fiction, comic Part of series: Home Time (#1) Published: 2017 I read it: September 2018 The first thing anyone notices about Home Time is the artwork. Campbell Whyte’s talent is undeniable, and it’s because he’s so good that he gets a pass for what could come off as gimmicky:…

The Naked Sun

Author: Isaac Asimov Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: Robot (#2) Published: 1979 I read it: August 2018 After the events from The Caves of Steel, the setup for The Naked Sun has the basic serial elements required to continue the regular installments: the reluctant duo of Elijah Baley (human) and R. Daneel Olivaw (robot),…

Case Histories

Author: Kate Atkinson Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2004 I read it: September 2018 I’d only read Atkinson’s more recent pair of WWII stories, Life After Life and A God in Ruins, and didn’t know much of her past work. But Case Histories was one that my wife had recommended, and at some point I found…