Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Books Read January 2023

I want to keep track of the books I read this year, on a month to month basis. Here are the books I finished in January, 2023.

Progeny of the Adder - Leslie H. Whitten, Jr. (January 5)
Another great vintage release from Valancourt Books. Written and set in the early 1960's. From the perspective of a cop hunting down a vampire!

The Lost Village - Camilla Sten (January 10)
Horror novel set in Sweden. Didn't quite live up to its potential. I wouldn't really even call it horror. 

Dead Silence - S.A. Barnes (January 15)
Started off promising but eventually felt stretched too thin. Would have been better as a short story or novella.

In A Lonely Place - Karl Edward Wagner (January 19)
An obscure yet highly renowned collection of short stories. Originally published in 1983 and just now put back into print courtesy of Valancourt Books. This was one of the best short story collections I have ever read, horror or otherwise! I had never heard of Karl Edward Wagner before. The writing style reminded me of Ron Rash. Kind of like a writer's writer.

Comeback: A Parker Novel - Richard Stark (January 23)
This is the book where Donald Westlake (AKA "Richard Stark") resumed his infamous Parker series after a 20+ year hiatus. Parker books are unlike anything else and are always a solid 3.0 or 3.5 stars out of four. This one was no different, thankfully. Opening sentence reads: “When the angel opened the door, Parker stepped first past the threshold into the darkness of the cinder block corridor beneath the stage.”

Out on the Cutting Edge - Lawrence Block (January 27)
Book 7 in Lawrence Block's Matthew Scudder series, but the first one I had read, and first book by Lawrence Block, I think. I checked it out because Lawrence Block had written the introduction to the Parker book I had just finished. I liked it a lot and hope to read more. The writing style reminded me of Denis Johnson, but in a detective/mystery format. 

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