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Leah's Bookshelf

Likes: Horror, macabre, fairy tales, ghosts, hauntings, serial killers, zombies, werewolves, shapeshifters, vampires, time travel, orphans, clones, thrillers, classics, gothic


I like to read anything that tells a good story, duh ;) Genre doesn't really matter much but I tend to read dark fiction and fantasy the most. I skip chick lit and romance novels with a few exceptions for the extraordinary.


My ratings system:

5 stars - ADORED; plan to read over and over and over.

4 stars - ENJOYED; will likely read once or twice more.

3 stars - LIKED; may or may not read again ... someday.

2 stars - MEH; no plans to read again.

1 stars - I didn't enjoy the story and was lucky to finish.

0 stars - I couldn't or wouldn't finish for reasons that may or may not be listed in the review box.

Currently reading

The Oxford Book of American Short Stories
Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Washington Irving, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Ray Bradbury, Charlotte Gilman Perkins, Willa Carter, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Stephen Crane, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty, Nath
Progress: 225/768 pages

End of the Night

The End of the Night - John D. MacDonald NOTE: The details about this book (listed above) are not accurate as of 10/12/11. This ISBN (0-449-13195-5) has 219 pages, is a Fawcett Gold Medal book, by Ballantine Books, published in 1966. Its first date of publication is 1960.Now that that's out of the way :DWhoa! The End of the Night by John D. MacDonald grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go until the last. What makes that so amazing? We know how the story ends from page one. Plus, this book was published in 1960 yet it felt totally relevant. I'm in awe. And talk about prolific...MacDonald wrote over 500 short stories and 78 books in 40 years! Man, how inspirational is that?What MacDonald did so skillfully with this book was dig deeper than any crime thriller I've read to date. He brought up issues and questions and dilemmas I think about all the time. How many have not questioned the seeming randomness of tragic events? Asked why those events happened? Or asked how someone became a "monster" capable of such acts of pure "evil"? I daresay very few because humans by nature want everything to make sense. For there to be an easily explained motive.I can't wait to read this book again. My full review is on my blog.