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Books Read 2010, vol. 1

Ryan Costantino
 
Far Dark Fields
Far Dark Fields
"This guy is a must read if you're a Horror fan."
Under the Dome: A Novel
Under the Dome: A Novel
"This was probably the best buy of last year in terms of entertainment vs. price.  King still has the goods."
What's the Number for 911?: America's Wackiest 911 Calls
What's the Number for 911?: America's Wackiest 911 Calls
"This is some hilarious stuff.  Great for reading while on a lunch break."
The Five Greatest Warriors: A Novel
The Five Greatest Warriors: A Novel
"More insane preposterousness from the master of the preposterous.  This is fun stuff.  Shoom!"
Impact (Wyman Ford Series)
Impact (Wyman Ford Series)
"Now this was a tricky one, and while it was entertaining I found it really hard to suspend my disbelief all the way through.  Still, a good quick read that I'll ultimately forget."
Altar of Eden
Altar of Eden
"Rollins provides another fun jaunt, this one a stand alone set away from SIGMA force.  I hope he gets into a pattern of series book then stand alone.  Fun stuff."
The 13th
The 13th
"This guy is 3 for 3 with his books.  This one is extremely messed up and not for the squeamish!"
The Darwin Awards Next Evolution: Chlorinating the Gene Pool
The Darwin Awards Next Evolution: Chlorinating the Gene Pool
"These are disturbing little nuggets of object lessons, although too much filler was involved.  Kinda funny, kinda isn't."
The Seance
The Seance
"This was a really cool little book that seemingly could have been written back when Poe was cutting his teeth.  This would probably bore folks who need their stories spoonfed to them (ala Dan Brown).  An abundance of atmosphere."
A Dark Matter
A Dark Matter
"Lyrical, seeping horror that, as is Straub's trademark, takes its time to develop characters and reveal the darkness just beneath.  If you want literary Horror then Straub is your man."
The Shimmer
The Shimmer
"I read this in less than a day.  Fast paced and bloody as hell."
Damnable
Damnable
"For a first novel this is pretty darn amazing.  Nominated for a Bram Stoker Award."
Shadow on the Sun
Shadow on the Sun
"A Horror Western written by the master Richard Matheson, oh and it's awesome!  This could easily be a really good movie.  Loved it."
His Father's Son
His Father's Son
"Another twisted tale from Bentley Little providing a descent into madness that turns into an asteroid like plummet.  One of Little's nastier works."
Coyote Blue: A Novel
Coyote Blue: A Novel
"This is the second book I've read by Christopher Moore and so far he's 2 for 2."
Blasphemy (Wyman Ford Series)
Blasphemy (Wyman Ford Series)
"A strange mix of fast paced entertainment and ridiculousness rolled into one.  Probably not required reading in the Bible Belt."
Dark Channel
Dark Channel
"Pretty solid and unsettling."
Tower Hill
Tower Hill
"This was fun enough but had some irksome plotholes.  Still made me want to read more stuff by Pinborough."
Excavation
Excavation
"Kinda meanders but there are some creepy images that pop up here and there.  Real problems with geographical cohesion in this one.  If you want Horror with bears check out Crooked Tree by Robert Charles Wilson."
Eat the Dark: A Novel
Eat the Dark: A Novel
"A brilliant, lightning paced book with a simple premise.  A serial killer that's more than he seems stalks people trapped in a hospital.  Read Joe Schreiber, he's the real deal."
The Cellar
The Cellar
"Disgusting, disturbing, Laymon really turns on the jets with this one.  Some truly horrifying stuff in this book.  Not for everyone.  I read it in one sit."
Beast House
Beast House
"The continued adventures of the beasts of Malcasa Point.  Laymon's two for two in this sick, sick series."
Infected: A Novel
Infected: A Novel
"Absolutely, devastatingly brutally paced.  An Action/Horror/Sci-Fi hybrid that kept a smile on my face even as I cringed at its contents.  Now to read its sequel."
Contest
Contest
"Gawd dang do I love this guy's books!  They're almost always completely ridiculous, yet so compulsively readable.  Keep 'em comin'!"
Natural Selection
Natural Selection
"This was pretty entertaining and is a good beach read type of book.  Wicked premise."
I Has a Hotdog: What Your Dog Is Really Thinking
I Has a Hotdog: What Your Dog Is Really Thinking
"This and LOLcats make me laugh.  I'm not sure I'd ever see the need to buy these books, but they're a quick diversion."
Stupid on the Road: Idiots on Planes, Trains, Buses, and Cars
Stupid on the Road: Idiots on Planes, Trains, Buses, and Cars
"Another fun little trivia book, although Gregory is starting to cannibalize his other books.  Also, just to point this out, but Stephen King's name is not spelled "Steven"."
1,001 Facts that Will Scare the S#*t Out of You: The Ultimate Bathroom Reader
1,001 Facts that Will Scare the S#*t Out of You: The Ultimate Bathroom Reader
"This is another pretty funny (and somewhat disturbing) trivia book."
50,000,000 Pearls Fans Can't Be Wrong: A Pearls Before Swine Collection
50,000,000 Pearls Fans Can't Be Wrong: A Pearls Before Swine Collection
"A new Pearls Before Swine collection is a must buy, although this particular collection has a really ugly cover.  Nobody wants to see this, Pastis!"
LOLdogs: Teh Most Funyest, Cutest Internet Puppiez
LOLdogs: Teh Most Funyest, Cutest Internet Puppiez
"Again, these books are fun little diversions, just not necessary purchases."
Fail Nation: A Visual Romp Through the World of Epic Fails
Fail Nation: A Visual Romp Through the World of Epic Fails
"Some funny stuff, but you can get most of this stuff online, for free."
Signspotting III: Lost and Loster in Translation (Signspotting: Lost & Loster in Translation)
Signspotting III: Lost and Loster in Translation (Signspotting: Lost & Loster in Translation)
"A funny little book, the third in a series, although again, most of this stuff is available online for free."
Sharks Just Wanna Have Fun: The Thirteenth Sherman's Lagoon Collection (Sherman's Lagoon Collections)
Sharks Just Wanna Have Fun: The Thirteenth Sherman's Lagoon Collection (Sherman's Lagoon Collections)
"Sherman's Lagoon is a fun comic strip, so read it!"
Treasury of the Lost Litter Box: A Get Fuzzy Treasury
Treasury of the Lost Litter Box: A Get Fuzzy Treasury
"It's a Get Fuzzy treasury, otherwise known as instant awesome."
Snow
Snow
"I really liked this book, it seemed a kinda kissing cousin to Stephen King's Under the Dome.  Recommended."
The Bone Factory
The Bone Factory
"This is the first misstep by Kenyon.  I really didn't like this book at all.  This is what we call a phone in job."
The Ark: A Novel
The Ark: A Novel
"There's some interesting stuff going on in this book but Morrison isn't really the guy to pull it off.  A summer throwaway beach read and nothing more."
The Perfectly Useless Book of Useless Information: You'll Never Need to Know Anything That's in This Book...But Read It Anyway
The Perfectly Useless Book of Useless Information: You'll Never Need to Know Anything That's in This Book...But Read It Anyway
"These are fun little trivia time wasters."
Creepiosity: A Hilarious Guide to the Unintentionally Creepy
Creepiosity: A Hilarious Guide to the Unintentionally Creepy
"Kinda funny, but not really much to it.  Although I agree about the Anne Geddes stuff."
Pets Who Want to Kill Themselves: Featuring Over 150 Suicidal Pets!
Pets Who Want to Kill Themselves: Featuring Over 150 Suicidal Pets!
"Kinda funny, but pictures should speak for themselves."