Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

It’s no secret that I love Stephen King, and I will support him in all of his endeavors. That being said, I was not particularly enthused when I read the synopsis of Mr. Mercedes. King’s detective novels can go either way: I hated The Colorado Kid, but I couldn’t put Joyland down. Mr. Mercedes isn’t a Hard Case Crime novel, but it might as well be since it is a detective story that lacks supernatural elements. Taking all of these things into consideration, I was prepared to hate it. For a while, I did hate it. Then I became intrigued. And then I was just kindof ambivalent. The novel was compelling enough to make me finish it, but I don’t think I would read it again. Continue reading “Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King”

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A Good and Useful Hurt by Aric Davis

Mike owns a tattoo parlor, and he just hired the quirky and beautiful Deb to work as his piercer. Mike is increasingly asked to tattoo people with the ashes of deceased loved ones. So people randomly stop in the shop and request that Mike mix some ashes with the ink and go to town. As it turns out, this type of tattoo magically enables the individual to interact with the dead person through dreams. Yeah. Continue reading “A Good and Useful Hurt by Aric Davis”