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not_nadine

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Night Shift is such a fine collection of stories! I almost forgot about this one.
Time for yet another re-read.

I don't remember my mom reading to me. We did watch lots of scary movies.

She did used to sing 'Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte' to me. Sometimes before bed. Creeped me out, and she knew it.
My name's not Charlotte.
 
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Nomik

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I read Night Shift when I was really young, like nine or ten (my mom is a psychologist and my dad was everything else) and I just purchased it again. All I know is that everything that I was exposed to as a child and as a young adult had a profound impact on <this ride>. I also read Helter Skelter within that time frame. I wrote to Tex Watson. He wrote back from prison . . .and I do not condone anything about cults. I had that revelation while reading The Cell.
 

Nomik

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Night Shift is just about a perfect book. Not a weak moment to be found. Strawberry Spring is great. That line about the ID is a doozy. It's the moment in the story that makes you go "uh oh". Beautiful.
Thanks for this! I'm reading while working and stopped to revel in a memory of an L.L. Bean trip from college. If I may comment on the writing itself: these little snippets of literary perfection, including all of the onomatopoeias, allusions and alliterations are not easy to replicate. Writing like this consistently with voice and style must be read constantly.
 
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I like the place they go to called the 'Grinder', some hangout where the students can get hamburgers and beer. Also seen in 'I Know What you Need'. I always thought 'Springheeled Jack' was a 19th English mystical figure who had a weird laugh and was seen jumping over high fences. But in the story, he is suppose to be some English serial killer.