The Haunting of Hill House

Author: Shirley Jackson Type: Fiction, novel Published: 1959 I read it: October 2017 “Let us go and open doors,” says Theodora, the livelier of the two women invited to stay at Hill House. The other is Eleanor, the lonely protagonist, and they are joined by two men, Luke (who will inherit the property) and Dr.…

It

Author: Stephen King Type: Fiction, novel Published: 1986 I read it: February 2011 There used to be a bookshelf that took up an entire wall in my childhood home. It was built into a recess, and made up of dark brown wood. The edges were carpeted—the same rough, tight-knit blue carpeting with specks of green…

Borne

Author: Jeff VanderMeer Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2017 I read it: May 2017 Jeff VanderMeer returns to the wonderfully weird. His latest novel is set in a not-too-distant future or a parallel now, after the collapse of most of society. Rachel is a scavenger in an unnamed city, “a damaged city, a city that could…

The Dark Tower

Author: Stephen King Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: The Dark Tower (#7) Published: 2004 I read it: July 2017 (re-read) This is a review of the final book in The Dark Tower series, and contains plot details. For a summary of each book up until now (including spoilers), start back at The Gunslinger, may…

Song of Susannah

Author: Stephen King Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: The Dark Tower (#6) Published: 2004 I read it: June 2017 (re-read) As Roland tells Eddie (and as King tells the reader): “It’s the end-game now. All I’ve worked for and waited for all the long years. The end is coming. I feel it. Don’t you?”…

Wolves of the Calla

Author: Stephen King Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: The Dark Tower (#5) Published: 2003 I read it: May 2017 (re-read) Book five is where things start to fold inward at a noticeable clip. Famously, it’s the first Dark Tower book that came out after a driver struck King while he was walking along a…

The Wind Through the Keyhole

Author: Stephen King Type: Fiction, novel Part of series: The Dark Tower (#4.5) Published: 2012 I read it: March 2017 (re-read) An intermission. We have to back up just a bit. I love Wizard and Glass, but my recap of it stuck to the core story. Other stuff was going on though. The first 100+…