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WWW Wednesday- May 11, 2022

I’ve never done a WWW before so I thought I might give it a go.

What are you currently reading? Dead Lake by Darcy Coates.

Summary:

Sam is excited to spend a week at her uncle’s remote lake cabin. It’s a chance for her to focus on her art without distractions: no neighbors, no phone, and a small radio as her only contact with the outside world.

But there’s something deeply unnatural lingering in the lake.

The radio’s news reports talk about disappearances on a nearby hiking trail. The car won’t start. And Sam starts to believe she’s being stalked when she catches glimpses of a tall, strange man standing at the end of her dock, staring intently into the swirling waters below.

I’ve done quite a few haunted house stories lately so I thought I would do a haunted lake story. So far, I’m loving the setting of this book. There’s something inherently creepy about being out in the middle of nowhere (even if it’s beautiful) so I love when writers take advantage. One day I will read a horror novel in the light of day and not wait 10 minutes before bed time to tuck into it and scare myself.

I’m also reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson.

Summary:

For decades we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F*ck positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is – a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up. 

Manson makes the argument, backed by both academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited – “not everybody can be extraordinary; there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault”. Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek. 

I technically might be cheating with this one since I’m not “reading” it, I’m merely listening to it on Audible while carrying out a litany of tasks.

Self-help books really aren’t my bag, but I’m vibing with this one. The title is misleading in that it doesn’t try to teach you not to give a f*ck. More like it’s trying to teach you what to give a f*ck about, you know?

The narrator, Roger Wayne, does a decent job as well. As I’ve stated in previous posts, I’m picky about audiobooks because listening to the same person drone on and on for hours on end can be grating.

I might write a review on this one once I’m done with it.

What did you just finish reading? The House Next Door…..also by Darcy Coates.

Summary:

I live next to a haunted house.

I began to suspect something was wrong with the gothic building when its family fled in the middle of the night, the children screaming, the mother crying. They never came back to pack up their furniture.

No family stays long. Animals avoid the place. Once, I thought I saw a woman’s silhouette pacing through the upstairs room… but that seems impossible; no one was living there at the time.

A new occupant, Anna, has just moved in. I paid her a visit to warn her about the building. I didn’t expect us to become friends, but we did. And now that Marwick House is waking up, she’s asked me to stay with her.

I never intended to become involved with the building or its vengeful, dead inhabitant. But now I have to save Anna… before it’s too late for the both of us.

This is the second book by Darcy Coates that I’ve read and I’m pretty sure she’s my best friend now. No, it wasn’t as good as The Haunting of Leigh Harker, but it still kicked ass.

I love that Coates is able to create such haunting atmospheres with peril and intrigue without resorting to nihilism. So many horror writers out there aren’t scary, they are just flat out depressing.

Plus, there are actual ghosts in these books! There’s none of this Scooby-Doo bullshit and the bad guy isn’t just some loser in a latex mask!

The only thing I didn’t particularly like about this book is the big “twist” more than half-way through. I don’t feel like it truly adds anything and it seems to exist purely as a way to thwart your expectations for the sake of thwarting your expectations. It doesn’t add another layer to the story, nor does it offer any explanations. I think people who have read it will know what I mean by this.

I still consider it an 8/10, though.

What will you read next? Bro, I don’t know. There are so many books I want to read I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve shared my TBR list in a previous post, but as I explained, it’s much longer than I let on.

I’m thinking I might read The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime by Judith Flanders.

I love things relating to the Victorian era and the evolution of criminology during that time period (read His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet, do it now). But I’m on the fence because I am terribly picky when it comes to reading non-fiction.

I’ve also considered reading Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. I enjoyed the novel so I suspect I will enjoy the book even more. I need a good adventure read for a long car ride.

2 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday- May 11, 2022”

  1. So, “The Subtle Art etc.” is basically the old Christian doctrine that people are sinful and the world is a fallen place? How refreshing …

    OMG, Jurassic Park! My friend and I read the novel together when it came out (I was in high school). Then the movie came out (that same year maybe?) and we all watched it. Oh my gosh, good times! I love the franchise, but there was something uniquely scary about the book and the first movie because you see how the people think they have nature under control, and then you see the safeguards fail one by one. Sort of like the Titanic. By the time my kids started watching the franchise, 30 years later, the feel was totally different. They were rooting for the dinosaurs. 🙂

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  2. The Subtle Art is more like a poor-man’s Jordan Peterson. I enjoy it. It’s snappy and pretty funny. Like I said, might do a review about it.

    Lol I might be putting this on the back-burner as I ran into some Agatha Christies I want to dig into. Yeah, I think the book might be a bit scarier (book normally are). The feel is different. Now the humans are so dumb you think “eh, let the dinos have the world” XD

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