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Happy Evil Nemesis Day!

February 14, 2015

All you enemies out there, groan! Yes, I still declare Evil Nemesis Day A Thing, especially since I’ve been reading books that fit it perfectly. So, to celebrate the day where you give your evil nemesis a gift they’ll remember, here’s some books to get your evil on.

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LoveToni Morrison has written the book equivalent of a shade of lipstick to put the fear of God in men’s heart. And by “God” I mean, a woman’s obsession. And by obsession, I mean “thwarted obsession,” which of course means “wrath.” Hell hath no fury like a woman’s wrath. That’s what I’m saying. I’ve never read Morrison before, so I picked up the audiobook of Love with a blank slate. It was bit confusing at first, mostly due to the audiobook format—Morrison has a lovely voice, but POV switch breaks don’t translate well over CD no matter what you’re reading—but I soon figured out that this story focused on the duality of love, how it’s the other side of the hate. With an extra helping of hate on the side. The story centers on all the women touched on by Bill Cosey, a hotel owner with so much charisma it lasts after death. The characters struggle over his estate and memories, fighting and backstabbing each other, and through all this, Morrison explores humanity’s capacity to love, destroy, and, ultimately, powerfully, connect. There’s no denying it’s a beautiful, powerful novel. It wasn’t my cup of tea, but it’s an excellent way to sharpen your inner villainess to a razor edge.

Murder After Hours by Agatha Christie

Murder After Hours by Agatha Christie

Murder After Hours—Also titled The Hollow, this Agatha Christie mystery is a lovers’ nightmare. Hercule Poirot is invited to a country lunch and finds himself in a vicious love quartet. While the characters of Love were openly and subtextually nasty, these four are almost worse because they’re repressed and trapped in their heads. I wanted to shake them so much. Rest assured there’s corpses and while yes, there’s one marriage at the end, it’s only after an attempted suicide, so there you go. Enjoy cackling.

  1. Is it just me or is it a real coincidence that the character name “Bill Cosey” is one letter different from Bill Cosby?

    • I’m unsure if there’s a correlation. Cosey wasn’t known for his humor, so much as his smooth social charm, overflowing charisma, and keen business sense. LOVE was published in 2003, so it’s possible that Cosby was an inspiration and/or influence.

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