Mike has worked at Snowbound only a few years, as he had been previously distracted by tacos.
Do you judge a book by its cover?
Absolutely. The next time I see the back of some trenchcoated orphan staring at the Eiffel Tower I'm going to set something on fire.
Dogear or bookmark?
Bookmark almost 100% of the time. But a bookmark might be a gas receipt.
Monogamist or polygamist reader?
My intentions are good, but I've been led astray from time to time.
Morning reader or night owl?
Why would I choose one if I can have both?
First book that made a big impression on you?
Age 5: Mystery of the Missing Red Mitten
Age 8-10: Lord of the Rings
Age 17: Going to Meet the Man
Do you eat while reading? If so, what's your favorite reading drink or snack?
Coffee, tea, whiskey... whitefish pate or cheeze whiz.
Your mission as a bookseller?
Like I imagine my coworkers would say, connecting the right reader with the perfect book. Also to celebrate the work of living authors, trying to get them paid!
The best authors are guides. If I’m going somewhere as dark and terrifying as this story, I’m glad Gabino Iglesias is taking me there. If you’re new to his work, get ready; he’s got both hands on the wheel and knows exactly what he’s doing.
Too many trigger warnings to list.
That said, this book blew me away. One of the most fascinating authors today, at the top of her game.
It's hard to pinpoint exactly why I can't stop thinking about this beguiling book. It's full of detail and paper-dry humor, and it makes me want to travel everywhere and read everything.
I only put this down to go out for a Vernors. I hate the phrase "all-the-feels" but holy Halo Burger, this one packs em in!
"This dark, sly, humorous novel should be absorbed slowly, but I defy you to set it down once you get started. My favorite book of 2021." - Mike
A spectacular dive into introspective imagination. I am in awe of how Moshfegh can make the mundane shine.
I read this twice in two weeks, and I never do that. I can't stop thinking about it. Tragic, hilarious, bizarre...
I wish I could read it again for the first time.
I am so glad this book exists-- I actually cried tears of laughter. Tragically endearing. I can't wait to read everything else she's written!
WOW. This book sizzles like a fuse. So much heart and passion. I could not put it down.
This book rumbles and moves like the Chevy big-block your friend had in high school; it's a little scary but it gets there in a hurry and not without a little noise. His prose swings like a hammer, and it's here that he brings humanity and sympathy to characters others might leave behind to wither and die.
Gritty and suspenseful, I could not put this down! Virgil Wounded Horse is the hard-boiled hero I've been waiting for.
These stories are tragic, funny, scary, and a little bit romantic. This collection scarred me, but left me wanting more.
Looking for an out-of-the-box crime thriller?
Diamond heist? Check!
High speed chase scenes? Check!
Anti-hero "Bug" will pin you to the back of your seat and keep you there.
One shock after another kept my eyes wide and glued to the page. I could not wait to get this onion peeled. One of the best mysteries I've read in years.