Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Breaking The Spell With RIP VIII

RIP EIGHT! Can you believe it? Time sure flies when you're having fun, huh? Just a couple of days ago I posted about the funk I've been in lately. How July and August always get to me and how I yearn for Autumn. And while Autumn isn't nearly here yet in suffocating New Orleans, Carl's RIP challenge certainly makes it feel much closer!!! Bringing out the spooky, eerie, gothic, thrilling books just puts me in a state of mind that makes my heart smile and makes me feel refreshed. And yes, I'm pretty sure that last sentence means there's something wrong with me, but we all knew that already, right? :p After all, just take a look at the ridiculous amount of books that I've pooled together for this challenge: 

Tales of Terror From the Black Ship by Chris Priestley
The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
Charmed Life by Dianna Wynne Jones
The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom
Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers
Bitten by Pamela Nagami, M.D.
The Sandman: Fables & Reflections by Neil Gaiman
Thessaly: Witch For Hire by Bill Willingham
The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley
The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
Sleeping in Flame by Jonathan Carroll
Wings To The Kingdom by Cherie Priest
Locke & Key Vol. 1 by Joe Hill

Verdigris Deep by Frances Hardinge
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King
Glass Soup by Jonathan Carroll
The Woman With a Worm in Her Head by Pamela Nagami, M.D.
Making an Exit by Sarah Murray
Wait Until Twilight by Sang Pak
Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo
Come Closer by Sara Gran
Hushed by Kelley York
The Axe-Man of New Orleans by Rick Geary
Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean

Thy Neighbor by Norah Vincent
Sister by Rosamund Lupton
The Face of Death by Cody McFadyen
The House of Discarded Dreams by Ekaterina Sedia
The Dreaming Vol 2 by Queenie Chan
Locke & Key Vol 2 by Joe Hill
Voice of Our Shadow by Jonathan Carroll
St. Lucy's Home For Girls Raised By Wolves by Karen Russell
The Elementals by Francesca Lia Block
The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones
Tales of Terror From the Tunnels Mouth by Chris Priestley
Wildwood Road by Christopher Golden

Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce
Reunion With Murder by Timothy Fuller
The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Lucifer: Book One by Mike Carey
The Longings of Wayward Girls by Karen Brown
Unnatural Creatures edited by Neil Gaiman
Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart
Dark Banquet by Bill Schutt
A Sleep and a Forgetting by William Dean Howells
The October Country by Ray Bradbury
Bedbugs by Ben Winters
The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson

AND I'm already about halfway through Dianne Setterfield's upcoming novel, Bellman and Black, which has a wonderful gothic feel to it so far, but I'm still kind of waiting for it to "kick in" >_> Surely I can read all of these by the end of October right? And these are just the books WITH ME at my apartment. I haven't even raided the shelves at my mom's house and maybe it's best at this point that I don't :p Hope you're participating as well and THANK YOU as always Carl!!


Cath said...

The two Chris Priestley books are fantastic so I hope you find time to read them. They're very quick reads... mainly because they're so hard to put down.LOL

Enjoy the challenge, Chris!

DesLily said...

lol ..I know many that would love to "book shop" at your book shelves! lol.. hey , I can't remember if you read it or not but Crooked Letter Crooked Letter works for RIP and that book is good and it's also not a big book.. fast reading.. just saying lol

Chrisbookarama said...

You have to read Bedbugs! So creepy!

Snowball said...

Are you sure you have enough? lol.

I've read all of Laurie R. King's Holmes stories. It's a hobby of mine, reading the tributes, take-offs, and re-imaginings of the Sherlock Holmes Saga as I find them. (with mixed results) :P

Vasilly said...

I love your stacks and stacks and stacks of books! :-) Maybe with R.I.P. starting, cooler weather will come to Louisiana and Cali. Happy reading.

Andi said...

Good Lord man. Look at those stacks! READ THE RED GARDEN!

Amanda said...

I definitely need to keep this post bookmarked! I listed out all my RIP books, but I have almost NONE in the modern fiction category!

Bookfool said...

I just realized I read this on my iPad and forgot to come to the computer to comment. Oops. Love those stacks! I've read exactly one of those: The Case of the Missing Books. I remember laughing a lot. It's stupidly funny. I'm coveting Bedbugs. So, so, loved The Last Policeman. I might very well be devoted to Ben Winters for life.

samantha.1020 said...

You have so many good looking books here! How exciting! I've read The Lantern and it was good...it would definitely fit in with this challenge pretty well. I hope you enjoy a bunch of these :)

Susan said...

I feel SO MUCH BETTER seeing your stacks! *whew* I'm not the only one with so many books to read for the challenge!!!! *wide grin*

Oh, what to read: The Haunting of Hill House (one of my favs)!! Some Kind of Fairy Tale (I have this too to read). The Uninvited (yaay, another one I've read on your list! lol quite good), The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (due for a reread, this is a delightful children's classic and a bit scary). I so want to read The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, and Verdigris Deep, and I've heard the short stories in the Joe Hill collection are very good. Charmed Life is FUN!!!

Chris - that is such a lovely, lovely selection/stacks of books.....have fun with this challenge, I hope it gets you out of your reading doldrums. My post about RIP is going up tomorrow. You're going to laugh, but I just bought two more books for it tonight :-D

Kailana said...

What a great haul of books!!! I wouldn't even know where to start. haha. I have a pool but there are always plenty more where that comes from. I could probably make these piles and then some.

Carl V. Anderson said...

I'm so glad your pictures blow up to bigger sizes so I can slobber much easier. So many wonderful looking books. Great to see the Priestly books in there. I want to re-read those.

Glad this can help get your out of your funk. If it is any consolation, we are having New Orleans style weather here now. Yay!!!

Melanie said...

hmmm, if i say maybe you have an unread book problem, will you promise not to point at the 2 hundred or so i own and haven't read? :P Read Sandman, you won't regret it! I'll plug Clouds of Witness too; it was good and for some reason English country house mysteries always remind me of cool weather too!

Debi said...

OMG--I LOVE your book piles!!! So many of them that I have and want to read too! And so many others I've never even heard of--and it's always exciting to learn about new books, right? RIP--*happy sigh*