R.I.P. – The Conclusion

“Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we’ve lived. After all Number One, we’re only mortal.”

~Jean Luc Picard

It feels like just days ago that I began reading for the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge, hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings.  Over the course of two months, a group of readers and bloggers gathered to read spooky, mysterious, or otherwise dark stories to set the mood for fall.

Of course, I didn’t read everything that I’d planned.  I still have a copy of Drood sitting on my shelf saying “Read me!  Read me!”  I still haven’t gotten as far as Cthulhu in the volume of H.P. Lovecraft that is sitting beside my bed.  Even so, I’ve still read some amazing books for R.I.P. during the past two months.

Two of the books that I read for R.I.P. were read as parts of group reads.  I love group reading because it allows for some great discussions, and we all come away from the books with a greater sense of perspective.  Deborah Lawrenson’s The Lantern made for a great Gothic read, and the author even joined us for some dialogue.  I also was introduced to Neil Gaiman’s writing during a readalong of “Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders.”  It was great to be able to read the book in small pieces, as there was so much to discuss about each story or poem!

I only got around to reading two individual books, unfortunately, one of which I still need to finish.  Even so, I would highly recommend Clive Barker’s Weaveworld, which is an excellent example of dark fantasy that reminded me of a more nightmarish version of Narnia.  Seriously, Clive Barker’s writing is phenomenal, and you should all read this.  It’s that good.  The second book, which I have yet to finish, was a volume of H.P. Lovecraft’s stories.  I still plan on finishing this before the library demands its book back.

To get a feel for what everyone else read for the challenge, you can check out the R.I.P. VI Review Site.  A lot of the books that people read looked quite interesting!

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8 comments

  1. Wow…I really love that quote you began with! I like Picard’s way of looking at time. 🙂

    I haven’t read Narnia as yet. I’m hoping to remedy that next year. Nevertheless, having watched the first couple of movies, Weaveworld sounds very intriguing. I like reading dark fantasy once in awhiel…and it has been awhile!

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! 🙂

    1. You’re welcome! I don’t watch Star Trek often, but I’ve found that Picard has some amazing quotes on life.

      I think that you’ll love Narnia, and you had a great blog!

  2. I’m so glad you quoted Picard. I just watched one of the most terrible “horror” movies the other night. It was based on Lovecraft’s “Beyond the Wall of Sleep”. I still can’t figure out if it was trying to be serious or not.

    I don’t feel like it’s asking much, but all I want is for someone to actually make a decent movie out of a Lovecraft story.

    1. That would be cool if someone could. I did find some entertaining Lovecraftian Christmas carols on Youtube. “Carol of the Old Ones” was particularly nice.

  3. I alos love that quote.
    I would alos have loved to write a R.I.P. wrap up but German Literature Month has started and there was so much to announce and what not.
    I managey to read as many books as I wanted but not the ones I wanted to read which is OK.

    1. I ran out of time more than I thought I would. I think that part of it is that I started my blog after the semester ended last spring, so it was just a lot for me trying to read everything I wanted in addition to everything that was required for classes. I’m okay with that though, since I only have around one more year left of grad school.

      I’m excited for German Lit Month. I dug out my Kafka and Brothers Grimm earlier this afternoon. =D

    1. I just wish that I’d have had time to finish more books, lol. Ah well, it was great fun while it lasted, and I’m looking forward to the sci-fi non-challenge.