Wednesday, August 29, 2012


I have been thinking about Carl’s RIP Challenge event for the past couple of weeks and it is finally here!  So I am prepared.  And this is a good opportunity to get back into the swing of things.  For information on the challenge event go here, for the review site go here.

I am signing up for Peril the Third which requires one book because I appreciate the flexibility and lack of stress - but I hope to read more.  And I will try and do some short stories as well and perhaps some screen (I have been enjoying Lost Girl). 

I have the Night Circus audio loaded on my ipod ready to go and I have had Something Wicked This Way Comes sitting on my coffee table at the ready.

I also have some short story collections on my kindle to dip into:

THE WEIRD: A Compendium of Dark & Strange Stories, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
The Essential Works of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The Best of Arthur Machen: 15 Tales of Horror  

Update: What would RIP be without some Lovecraft?  I just discovered (how had I missed it!) that there is a Kindle ebook Complete Collection for only $2.99 on Amazon which I immediately downloaded.  And a very helpful reviewer even provided a list of the works in chronological order if you are anal about such things, as I am.          

And someday I would also like to try these short story collections:

Little Black Book of Stories by A.S. Byatt
Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edogawa Rampo
Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

But as I prefer novels to short stories if I have the time I would like to try:

The Seed by Ania Ahlborn - on my kindle
The Reckoning by Ama Katsu - on my kindle
The Stain by Chuck Hogan - on my kindle
Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey - on my kindle   
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Vlad by Carlos Fuentes
The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
World War Z by Max Brooks
Great and Secret Show or Damnation Game by Clive Barker - I loved his Weaveworld.
The Stand by Stephen King - cannot believe that I have never actually read it.
We Have Always Lived In the Castle by Shirley Jackson - I loved Hill House.
The Ghost Writer by John Harwood - has been on my shelf since it came out.

I look forward to reading everyone’s reviews and thanks for hosting again Carl!

P.S.  In preparation for RIP VII I was looking back at my posts from last year and discovered that I never did a wrap up post.   I had signed up for reading one book and that is all I managed to do, although I didn’t review it.  The one book was the Historian and I enjoyed it but didn’t wow me.  I found it very atmospheric and loved the scholarly research story line more than the scary parts.


Carl V. said...

I was hoping you would join in again and was thrilled to see your name in the sign up list.

I'm planning on reading The Night Circus as part of this year's RIP. I bought it when it came out and then couldn't get away from whatever else I was whim-reading and so missed out on all the discussion of my friends who were devouring it.

The Bloody Chamber is a fantastic short story collection.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle has some really nice atmosphere. I think it may be my favorite Shirley Jackson.

Anonymous said...

"Weaveworld" was one of my favorite books that I read last year. When I started reading the intro I thought that Barker was incredibly conceited and pretentious when talking about his own work. Before two chapters were through I realized that he really is that good, and that the way he talked about his writing wasn't an exaggeration or wishful thinking. It's bloody brilliant. I'm hoping to read another of his books this year, most likely "Imajica" or "Galilee"

Moo said...

Hey Carl! Thanks for the warm welcome. I hope to be more active this time and I am really looking forward to diving in to some great books and short stories.

Hi bookswithoutanypictures. Thanks for stopping by. Maybe I will have to do a Weaveworld re-read - it was great. I did read Imajica and enjoyed it but haven't tried Galilee yet.