Thursday, August 25, 2022

I have no sox

 They were knocked off when I read The Killing Hills by Chris Offutt

Have you lost your sox recently? Do tell us!


  1. A fun vacation read (or rather listen) for last week was Dennis E Taylor's new one "Roadkill". It's an Audible exclusive, unfortunately, but that works because Ray Porter is the absolute perfect match to perform Taylor's writing voice. Nothing deep, just pure fun.

  2. I stretched out reading Ada Calhoun's memoir, Also a Poet, because it was so wonderful.

  3. I'm on a bit of a winning streak right now:
    1) LOOK CLOSER - David Ellis
    2) MORE THAN YOU'LL EVER KNOW - Katie Gutierrez
    3) WOMAN WITH A BLUE PENCIL - Gordon McAlpine (2016 Edgar nominee, and a stunning, twisty, experimental take on a mystery novel... a def sox knocker)

  4. "Final Girl Support Group" by Grady Hendrix was a really good action/thriller, especially if you like 80s slasher movies.

    "His & Hers" by Alice Feeney was great if you want a thriller with a bit of mystery.


  5. The Thursday Murder Club and its sequel The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman. Murder mystery featuring septuagenarians in a British countryside retirement village who possess quirky personalities and Skills.

    Super fun reads!

  6. TBH, my sox haven't been knocked entirely off for a few years now. (When I re-read backlists they are, but I'm talking about recent books). I haven't read THE KILLING HILLS, or possibly many of the books my fellow commenters have, so please don't start slinging arrows at me.
    I read regularly and broadly, but of course I can't get to every book. Even with the best of the books I've read lately (I'm talking fiction here) while I've had one sock off, the other has been left dangling, half still on.
    I have very much enjoyed much of the fiction I've read, but OTT plotlines, gaping holes in said plots, and reveals/endings that wrap everything up in one chapter, leave me dissatisfied. The books I have loved most in the last couple of years have had great voice, wonderful writing and intriguing characters, but their plots (and sometimes obvious "twists" and red herrings for the sake of being red herrings) have lessened my reading experience.
    That said, I'll keep reading and hope i find myself barefoot soon. (Ordering THE KILLING HILLS from my library the minute I hit send on this comment).

  7. Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson. I'm a sucker for well-rendered worldbuilding that keeps surprising you because it's so beautifully thought-out. The plot that comes from worldbuilding like that is both inevitable and infinitely surprising. Wish I could write that way. Sighhhhh. My feet got cold.

  8. I second Cecilia with the Thursday Murder Club (I've read #1 but am just starting #2 - have #3 on pre-order though). Sadly my reading time recently has been limited to 2am when I can't sleep and I tend to find something on my kindle I've read before to try and help the zzzz's return. Something new and exciting wouldn't help at all!

  9. Aftershocks: A Memoir by Nadia Owusu, which I'm reading now. It's about her Ghanaian Armenian parents, her cultural heritage, and her uprooted childhood as daughter of a U.N. worker in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Italy, and Britain, and a blue chair.

  10. Actually, if I'm allowed to go all retro on your asses: Anything by Evelyn Waugh. Books that shocked like the works of William Burroughs. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess. Even more contemporary books that are now considered backlist like FIGHT CLUB by Chuck Palahniuk or ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST by Ken Kesey. These are books that that didn't just knock your sox off, they took your feet off with them. Why are we all playing it so safe these days?


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