Hard Freeze by Dan Simmons: The second of three Kurtz novels, gritty, hardboiled fun. Why did Simmons pull the fourth Kurtz novel? I can’t remember. I’ll have to track down Hard As Nails. And on the horizon is Carrion Comfort, which intimidates me to no end.
The Colorado Kid by Stephen King: Some people hate this novel since it has no real ending. Must be the same people who panned Keene’s Rising. I, for one, don’t need spoon feeding, and I enjoyed this quickly unfolding yarn.
Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon: Richly wrought, this novel is a gothic horror classic. At points it was difficult plodding through because the prose can be dense, but it was a welcome change from most of the recent horror novels that totally lack atmosphere.
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond: a bit dry and repetitive, this sociology book plots out exactly what the title says it does. Diamond, of Guns, Germs and Steel fame, is at times preachy.