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Oooh this does sound a good Shirley Jackson! I love her too, and think her prose is amazing, so clever and chilling and engrossing. As for the New Yorker, I don't know if it's just me, but all the published stories I read lately seem to be there for the sensational value of the content. I can't think when I read a story that was about an ordinary occurrence but just very well written.


Shirley Jackson is so understated yet she knows how to deliver a wallop, too! I really do need to read more of her work--even if it is just more of her short stories. I don't know how many she wrote, but I am sure I have more of them in other collections. I did read a really good short story several weeks back in the New Yorker by Irish author, Danielle McLaughlin that I really liked--just ordinary average people with ordinary average problems--it was well done. The more recent stories have been well written--only I have not been able to relate to them very well. The next one I'll be reading is by Haruki Murakami, who I have never read before so I am looking forward to it!

vicki (skiourophile / bibliolathas)

You've completely hooked me with that short story - I have to know! (Yes, another addition to a menacingly large wishlist now - you'll be able to feature it soon as a minor horror story in its own right!)

Liz F

Still haven't read any of Shirley Jackson's work despite having a couple of books of her stories on the shelves, which is very remiss of me (but absolutely typical!)
I will make a point of at least getting them off the shelf when I get home tonight although it might be a oouple of days before I get round to them as I am against the clock to finish a couple of library books which can't be renewed! Wish I didn't get myself in these situations!


Ooh that Jackson story sounds yummy! I really have to plan on reading Jackson for next year's RIP Challenge. Too bad it was another meh New Yorker story. Hopefully the Murakami will be good. I like his novels but have never read any of his stories.


It's a good one and not too long at all. I pulled out another of her books just a little while ago--Come Along with Me, which is more short stories and an unfinished novel. She's so good! Ha!---My wishlist is scary territory, too. Actually you might freak out if you saw all the many piles of books I have stacked all over the place (then again, maybe you might not... ;) ).


You have to read her! I think her most famous short story is The Lottery, which even now is sort of shocking! I have loved everything I have read by her. Her stories are a great place to start. I think I have so many stacks of books sitting all over my room for this very same reason--I hear about a good story or novel, go dig it out and think I must read it next....Just tonight I pulled out another Shirley Jackson novel and three others! Including a Lacey Flint (SJ Bolton) mystery as I just noticed she has yet another new one out...I am falling behind!


She is classic RIP reading I'd say. She does the macabre so very well. I rank her up there with Daphne du Maurier! The New Yorker stories are always good--well written that is, but it is just the content/subject I don't seem to be getting on very well with. I am hoping for good things with the Murakami, too. I have not read any of his work, so this will be new for me! Maybe I'll give the story a go tomorrow...

Liz F

The Lacey Flint novels are all consistently good and very fast reads (for me anyway) because once started I find it hard to put them down! The latest, A Dark and Twisted Tide, is particularly good and very atmospheric!
I have The Lottery so I will definitely go and retrieve it tonight, so long as I get back before my granddaughter is in her cot as the bookshelf is in the room which is currently her nursery!


Is her latest a Lacey Flint mystery? Must go and look it up! I have just started the previous book by her--she is indeed very good at getting your attention! By any chance have you read Lawless and the Devil of Euston Square by William Sutton? I stopped by the bookstore--wanted a Laurie King novel but they didn't have it, and this one sounded interesting so I picked it up instead but the reviews seem so-so (some good and others very tepid) so now I am second guessing myself. It is a Victorian murder mystery--I should at least give it a go without having other's reviews in mind! The Lottery is excellent--I hope you manage to retrieve it. Maybe your granddaughter is a good sleeper? Or does shifting of books make too much noise (considering what my piles are like--as long as nothing topples over in the moving...).

Liz F

I have never heard of William Sutton I'm afraid so I will have to look him up. I read and highly recommend The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson which is set in 18th century London though!
Iris is quite a good sleeper when she finally settles but I don't think my daughter would be impressed if I disturbed her so I tend to only go in the room when she is up and about as I have to squeeze past her cot to get to the shelves and always end up either dropping something or knocking a book off!


I do hope I made a good choice with the Sutton. I must say I showed considerable restraint by buying only ONE book! I did, however, end up with four magazines in my bag. How in the world did that happen. When did they start making magazines so very pretty--I was so tempted by some of them, though they looked hugely fluffy--they were so nicely designed with gorgeous photography. In some cases almost more expensive than books! I am absolutely going to read the Hodgson--though it might be a bit later on...

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