Thursday, January 1, 2009

2008 Reading List

I kept track of this throughout 2008 on my Horror World message board (which I'm about to deep-six, by the way). The list isn't extensive. I work a full-time day job and in 2008 I wrote two full-length novels and several short stories. As you can see, between those things and other obligations, I couldn't possibly have a lot of spare reading time. But here's what I did read in 2008:

The 2008 Reading List:

Slash, by Slash with Anthony Bozza
Preacher: Alamo
The Midnight Road by Tom Piccirili
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 issues 1 through 10
Duma Key by Stephen King
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 issue 11
Money Shot by Christa Faust
A Diet Of Treacle by Lawrence Block
Dead Man's Walk by Richard S. Prather
House Of Sorcery by Carter Brown
Find This Woman by Richard S. Prather
Queenpin by Megan Abbott
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 issue 12
Darling, It's Death by Richard S. Prather
A Devil For O'Shaugnessy/The Three-Way Split by Gil Brewer
Cuts by Richard Laymon
The Shotgun Rule by Charlie Huston
Half The Blood Of Brooklyn by Charlie Huston
The Velvet Vixen by Carter Brown
Fires Rising by Michael Laimo
The Name Of The Game Is Death by Dan J. Marlowe
Working For The Devil by Lilith Saintcrow
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 issue 13
The Vengeance Man by Dan J. Marlowe
The Blue-Haired Bombshell by John Zakour
AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll by Murray Engleheart and Arnaud Durieux
The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx with Ian Gittins
The Sure Thing by Richard S. Prather
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 issue 14
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 issue 15
Small Favor by Jim Butcher
So Nude, So Dead by Richard Marsten (aka Ed McBain)
The Score by Richard Stark (aka Donald E. Westlake)
Double In Trouble by Richard S. Prather and Stephen Marlowe
13 French Street by Gil Brewer
Bright Orange For The Shroud by John D. MacDonald
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 issue 16
The Woods Are Dark (restored and uncut version) by Richard Laymon
Dead Man Rising by Lilith Saintcrow
Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 issue 17
Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler
Gypsies Stole My Tequila by Adrienne Jones
Transmetropolitan: Back On The Streets by Warren Ellis
Slab Happy by Richard S. Prather
The Max by Ken Bruen and Jason Starr
Brides Of The Impaler by Edward Lee
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 issue 18
Home Is The Sailor by Day Keene
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
Nuclear Jellyfish by Tim Dorsey
The Jigsaw Man by Gord Rollo
Every Last Drop by Charlie Huston
Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris
The Hong Kong Caper by Carter Brown


thebonebreaker said...

Great list Bryan!

I have a couple questions:

1) My 15 year-old son is learning the guitar, and is a fan of GNR - I always try and encourage him to read, and I almost bought him Slash's book - would it be appropriate for a 15-year-old to read?

2) Just curious as to your thoughts on Lee's Brides of the Impaler
[I enjoy Lee, however I was disappointed by this one] :-(

Also, I LOVE Laymon! [the un-cut The Woods Are Dark was Great - I thought - and I am looking forward to reading Cuts!]

Happy New Year to you and I have enjoyed reading your Blog!!

Bryan Smith said...

Hey, Bonebreaker. On the Slash book, it's hard to say, not having any kids myself. I do recall at least one or two (my memory on it's a bit fuzzy at this point--it was the first book I read in '08) slightly explicit descriptions of sexual situations. And then there's all sorts of accounts of Slash's drinking, drugging, and general bad juvenile behavior. I found the book very interesting, but, again, no idea what kind of call I'd make as a parent.

I liked Brides of the Impaler. It wasn't as explicit as some of his stuff, and isn't my favorite, but I liked it well enough. An old one by him, Coven, is my favorite.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Hey, Bryan. I wonder if you'd care to write about a forgotten book for my blog project. You can see it here:
It's been going for eight months now.
I'm looking for reviews for January 23rd or 30th.

thebonebreaker said...


Thanks for the response.

About Slash - that is exactly what I was afraid of.
[I am tempted to get the book, to read myself, as I enjoy autobiographies as well]
As for my son - I do not feel that he is mature enough, at this point, to read that sort of material [he thinks its all cool already!] :-(

Also, thanks for the Lee recommendation! [I haven't read Coven - I will look that one up]

P.S. I am so looking forward to Depraved!

Thanks again Bryan!

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