Yes, yes, y’all! It’s TBT time! Clueless and knee-highs, discmans and guys with hoop earrings…and the Foo Fighters singing this week’s throwback jam!
Yes, make me feel eleven again!
I have loved the Foo Fighters since the first moment I saw this video on Much Music in 1996. And today I get to fulfill a bucket list item of seeing them live in concert. Me and the husband have a date tonight in Toronto to see the Foo Fighters at the Rogers Stadium. I can’t even fully explain what it means to me to be doing this, so I won’t even try.
Just know that Dave Grohl is my one and only god. I literally have a picture of him framed on my wall in my living room. Not a poster. No. This is art. Framed art of Dave Grohl.
I love him. And I also love books (talk about a segue.) Here’s a look at books I’ve read and still love, and at books that have been on my TBR for a while but still get me hyped.
Shadowman (Smoky Barrett, #1) by Cody McFadyen
Published: June 2006
Read: May 2016
Back of the Book: Once, Special Agent Smoky Barrett hunted serial killers for the FBI. She was one of the best–until a madman terrorized her family, killed her husband and daughter, and left her face scarred and her soul brutalized. Turning the tables on the killer, Smoky shot him dead–but her life was shattered forever.
Now Smoky dreams about picking up her weapon again. She dreams about placing the cold steel between her lips and pulling the trigger one last time. Because for a woman who’s lost everything, what is there left to lose?
She’s about to find out.
In all her years at the Bureau, Smoky has never encountered anyone like him–a new and fascinating kind of monster, a twisted genius who defies profilers’ attempts to understand him. And he’s issued Smoky a direct challenge, coaxing her back from the brink with the only thing that could convince her to live.
The killer videotaped his latest crime–an act of horror that left a child motherless–then sent a message addressed to Agent Smoky Barrett. The message is enough to shock Smoky back to work, back to her FBI team. And that child awakens something in Smoky she thought was gone forever.
Suddenly the stakes are raised. The game has changed. For as this deranged monster embarks on an unspeakable spree of perversion and murder, Smoky is coming alive again–and she’s about to face her greatest fears as a cop, a woman, a mother…and a merciless killer’s next victim.
#TBT Review: This is the kind of book that I know I’m going to love before I ever read a single sentence. A super tough female heroine, with a traumatized past, who has become the main target of a twisted serial killer’s bloody game that gives you lots of gore. I mean sure, it’s a tale as old as time in this genre. It’s been done to death, but when it’s done well? Who gives a fuck? It’s a wild, tense, dark and twisty ride. Extra points for making me cry into my wine because of a dog, though. I hardly ever cry when I read. It’s a true victory to make it happen. I wouldn’t necessarily call this a mystery, as the police drama/thriller aspect overshadowed who Jack Jr was. By the time he was revealed I felt I didn’t care all that much, I just wanted to see him die and see Smoky win.
#TBT: WANT TO READ🔪
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
Published: June 2015
Read: May 2015
Back of the Book: The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia.
To her parents’ despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie’s descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession. He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts’ plight. With John, Marjorie’s father, out of work for more than a year and the medical bills looming, the family agrees to be filmed, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legend.
Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie’s younger sister, Merry. As she recalls those long ago events that took place when she was just eight years old, long-buried secrets and painful memories that clash with what was broadcast on television begin to surface–and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed, raising vexing questions about memory and reality, science and religion, and the very nature of evil.
#TBT Review: As you can see from my shelved date, I’ve wanted to read this book since before it was published. Now that Tremblay has a new book out, The Cabin at the End of the World, that is picking up some buzz it reminded me of how much I wanted to read his first novel. It won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First novel, b-t-dubs. The “is she mentally ill or possessed by demons” question is one as old as time, quite literally. Actually, for the longest time, everything was chalked up to demons and magic because mankind didn’t know any better. Where does the sun go at night? Must be magic. But now that we’re more versed in the true-life horrors of mental illness, things get a little more interesting with a novel like this that poses the question. I’m not a believer, but I definitely love a good exorcism.
Until next time, Booknerds…