A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Night of the Long Knives by Fritz Leiber

The Night of the Long Knives by Fritz Leiber
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paperback, 112 pages
Published July 15th 2015 by Dover Publications
first published 1960
Source: egalley via Netgalley

Dover Doomsday Classics

Written in 1960 this post-apocalyptic novella is sent during the fall-out of a nuclear bombing. The book has a western gunslinger feel to it as we follow the three characters through the Deadlands, the name given to the majority of the wasted, uninhabited land left on Earth. The three are Deadlanders, people with a natural urge to kill who spend their lives murdering others they find out here. Even though the book certainly comes from the Cold War era it's not a dated read at all. The story deals with many human characteristics and emotions which could be of great discussion. I didn't find it particularly thought-provoking myself though and the naive suggestion of a future promised land was a hokey ending.

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