Once upon a time, I used to read damn near constantly. I mean, all the damn time! It was rare for a week to go by without me finishing a book, and not uncommon for me to finish two or three.
I have no idea how I managed to do that, apart from the fact that I didn't spend 129 hours per day on my PC, fucking about in way or another. Whatever the case, I miss those days; for any number of reasons, really, but the reading-like-a-champ thing is one of the biggies.
Anyways, I'm hoping to make 2018 a better year for reading than 2017 was. And my first act of 2018 reading has been to begin making a dent in my to-be-read shelf. There are some books that have been sitting there for far too long, among them a number of books I was given as gifts. It always makes me feel like a prick to not read a book somebody gives me.
So, a resolution has been made: get them motherfuckers read, not because I feel obliged, but because I want to AND feel obliged. I had no initial intention of blogging about it; but then I thought hey, why not? Some of these might be of interest to y'all, and anyways, there'll be some King (and King-adjacent) reading sprinkled in there, as well.
We begin with something that's at least more or less in the horror genre:
Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice
My friend Randy gave me this for my birthday all the way back in 2016, which shows what a piece of shit I am. He also gave me Job by Robert Heinlein, which I read in a more expedient fashion (but will not cover here, great read though it was).
I'd never read anything by Anne Rice before this, and part of me found it weird to dive into a series in the middle. This is the fifth novel in Rice's Vampire Chronicles, and left to my own devices, I'd never consider skipping the first four. But it's not a bad idea to occasionally shake up one's preferred method of doing such things; and anyways, Randy assured me that it would read fine on its own.
He wasn't wrong. I sense, after finishing Memnoch, that I'd probably benefit from reading the other novels, but I sense also that this is a singular novel, and that it was of benefit to read it in isolation.