Weekly Mash-Up #85

There’s a hint of autumn in the air…and I couldn’t be happier!

Summer’s fine and all, but there’s something about the longer nights, the cooler temperatures, the changing colors that I just love.  Oh, and there’s also  Halloween!  Since 2020 has been one long horror movie I’ve been tempted to start bringing out my Halloween decorations a bit early.  Hmmm, I have no plans this weekend………..   😀

The Week In Books

Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones — 4.5 out of 5 stars!

Some friends find a mannequin and use it in a prank…then things start to go horribly wrong.    I can’t say too much about the plot without giving the story away but once again SGJ shows his skill at getting us into the minds of the characters while throwing in some twists and turns that will leave your head spinning.  Great horrific fun!

A Fine Dark Line by Joe Lansdale — 3.75/4 out of 5 stars

I totally get the hype behind Lansdale’s stories.  For this one, I think I read it too soon after Boy’s Life, as I couldn’t stop making comparisons in my head as I read.  Set in a small east Texas town in 1958, this is a coming of age story featuring young Stanley, his sister Callie, loyal dog Nub, and a wide variety of other memorable characters with a plotline involving small town politics, racism, and a couple of unsolved murders.  Overall a very good story, but there were times that things felt hurried or unfinished.

After Sundown edited by Mark Morris — 3.475 out of 5 stars

This anthology definitely offers a wide variety of stories, something that I always appreciate.  There were some strong showings, including my personal favorites Butterfly Island by C.J. Tudor and Swanskin by Alison Littlewood.  But many of the stories fell in the 3 star range for me, good but not something that stayed with me after I finished.  I’d still recommend this though, it’s a great introduction to a wide variety of authors and styles.


It’s almost September, what will be on your reading list?  My September theme is coming soon!

Stay safe and healthy, and Happy Reading!

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