Barely worthy of a blog post, this smaller than a small novella was free. It was a prequel to another Allen book — I don’t remember which one. I only counted it because I was desperate for books on my reading challenge list.
Definitely read this because of the movie that got stellar reviews on the Washington Post — at least Glenn Close’s performance did.
Book was very good movie was okay. Glenn Close’s performance was not Academy Award worthy though, in my opinion — which is what the Post article was all about.
I may have decided to read this because of the HBO series or maybe because Amazon kept suggesting I read it because I liked Gone Girl. Whatever. I read it. It was fun and disturbing. HBO did a good job except at the end where they fucked it up and revealed the twist during the credits.
Good golly this book took me a long time to read — well, listen, actually since it was an audio book. I liked the idea — kid gets sucked into a different world where he meets scores of characters from fairytales.
Reading might have been better than listening, and reading it years ago might have been better than reading it at my age.
Not a bad book, just not my cup of tea these days.
I wrote about this here: 201/365 Lali’s Daughter’s Book
This was an Indiespensables selection and only the second one I’ve finished. It is a selection of short stories, all focusing on women. Many LGBTQ+ themes throughout with sci fi and mystic realism tossed in in for good measure.
I loved some stories (The Husband Stitch — a retelling of a children’s horror story with other horror stories thrown in), liked some and hated one (Especially Heinous — a 60-page collection of Law & Order: SVU episodes that pertained to Heinous crimes against women).
When I got to Especially Heinous I nearly quit reading the book, but since Clare wanted the book and I promised I would give it to her, I pushed on and finished by the time we visited her in Olympia.
This book kept being recommended to me by Amazon’s algorithms so I finally succumbed and either bought it or borrowed it from the library.
I enjoyed it. It was very Hitchcockian and also reminded me of Where’d You Go Bernadette.
If you want a light, yet suspenseful mystery — this book is for you.