I haven't stayed up late to finish a book in a few years. Having children cuts down one's desire to be groggy the next day. They're always on, and a parent isn't really allowed a day off.
Joe R. Lansdale weaves stories I would cringe to write (and give my left pinkie, to boot). The cringe comes from his subject matter--he doesn't shy away from awful race relations, lynchings, and rape. But damn, can this man write. My Saturday night became Sunday morning, but I had to finish The Bottoms.
The Bottoms (2000) is beautiful and thrilling, and a fine companion for an older audience looking for a read in the vein of To Kill a Mockingbird.The subject matter is challenging, but realistic, and man... Mr. Lansdale keeps the pages turning.