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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

R.I.P. IV Challenge

Woohoo! It's time for Carl's R.I.P. IV Challenge. For all you who haven't heard of Carl over at Stainless Steel Droppings, go check him out. You can also check out what I read last year for the R.I.P. III Challenge. It was a blast.

Here's what Carl says:

Readers Imbibing Peril, that is what it is all about. I hope you’ll consider joining us on this more eerie road less traveled.

Walk this way.

Dark Fantasy.

The desire for the thrill that comes with this kind of reading drifts in on the autumn winds. You breathe it in and it takes hold of you, tempting you to late nights, book-in-hand, turning pages and starting at every unknown noise. Something wicked this way comes…

I'm choosing Peril the First: Read Four books from any sub-genre of scary stories that you choose.

Since I'm on a self-imposed no buying no borrowing kick (to make some room on my shelves), I'm only reading books that I own but haven't read. Here's my list:

The Meaning of Night: A Confession - Michael Cox
Drood - Dan Simmons
The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Charles Dickens (Finished October 20, 2009)
The Monsters of Florence - Douglas Preston, Mario Spezi
The Black Tower - Louis Bayard
The Last Dickens - Matthew Pearl (Finished October 04, 2009)
Dark Star - Alan Furst (Finished September 05, 2009)
Bridge of Sighs - Olen Steinhauer
Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris
Voyage of the Narwhal - Andrea Barrett
Smilla's Sense of Snow - Peter Hoeg
The Monsters of Templeton - Lauren Groff
**Found two more:
The Harrowing - Alexandra Sokoloff (Finished September 01, 2009)
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
**Borrowed from Library
The Strain - Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan (Finished October 21, 2009)
Real Murders - Charlaine Harris (Finished October 26, 2009)

You can see what everyone else is reading over at The Review Site.


  1. It certainly doesn't look like your 'no buying, no borrowing' policy is going to hurt your reading any, you've got some great books in that pile. You read some really great stuff last year too, kudos to you!

    Yay, I'm happy that you are back in this year!!!

    In response to your comment on my site regarding pictures, I am wondering if it is possible for you to change the width of your post area on your site. I chose a template on purpose that had a much larger body for posting and then went in and set the width of images allowed to the maximum size.

  2. I'm about 70% through "The Monsters of Templeton" according to my Kindle. I'm quite liking it, although as a native of upstate New York who spent a lot of time in Cooperstown, it's still jarring to see it constantly referred to as "Templeton" in the book!

  3. It is a fab challenge and i cannot wait to take part too!

  4. I love this time of year! Even though you're not buying any books right now you've got some great ones to choose from.


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