RIP VII: Intro Post & Reading Pool

Grace Troxel 29 August, 2012 Reading Challenges and Events 21 comments

It’s that time of year again!  From Sept. 1-Oct 31, Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings hosts the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril challenge.

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII  focuses on reading novels from the following genres to set the mood for fall and Halloween:  Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, Supernatural, and anything otherwise creepy.

As far as reading ideas go, I’ve been saving up some books for a while now.  Here’s what I have to choose from, in no particular order:

  • “Freak” by Jennifer Hiller – Generally I don’t read thrillers, but I won this one in a Name That Author contest over at BookRiot, and it seems like a good place to start.
  • “The Twelve” by Jasper Kent – Russian history paired with vampires.  I’ve been impatiently waiting to read this one because I wanted to wait to review it till RIP.  It seems like the perfect book for me.
  • “Ironskin” by Tina Connoly – A re-telling of Jane Eyre, but with more fae.
  • “Ripper” by Amy Carol Reeves – YA novel about Jack the Ripper. Buahahaha!
  • “Drood” by Dan Simmons – I didn’t get to this one during last year’s challenge, so maybe this year will work out better.
  • “Galilee” and/or “Imajica” by Clive Barker – I read Barker’s Weaveworld last year and was very impressed with his writing.  Clive Barker is a horror writer who also dabbles in dark fantasy.
  • “Lucretia and the Kroons” by Victor LaValle – Horror novella that I picked up from Netgalley.  It appears to be a nightmarish tale of two children who discover a shadowland.
  • “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” – This was the book that everyone was reading during last year’s RIP, but I didn’t get a chance to pick it up from the library/bookstore.  Luckily, I now have a copy sitting on my Kindle, and I hope to read it this year.
  • “The Dirty Streets of Heaven” by Tad Williams – Urban fantasy involving angels, demons, and body-snatching.
  • “The City & The City” by China Mieville – Another one that I’ve been saving for a while.
  • “The Vampire Lestat” by Anne Rice – I love Anne Rice’s writing, even though her vampires are a wee bit emo.
  • “The Spindlers” by Lauren Oliver – Spiders that abscond with children and steal their souls.  It seems like it might have a Neil Gaiman-like aesthetic to it.
  • “Splendors and Glooms” by Laura Amy Schlitz – Victorian Gothic about children being kidnapped.  There are also puppets.

Mind you, these are all rather loose ideas; I probably won’t get to all of them, but it’s a starting point and gives you a general idea of what I have to choose from.  It’s also not an exhaustive list, but rather the books on my shelf that seemed to jump out at me and shout “It’s RIP time again!”  Just from glancing at my list, evil creatures stealing children seems to be a bit of a theme.

This year’s RIP also includes two groupreads.  The first is of “The Little Stranger” by Sarah Waters, and it begins right away.  The signup is here and the first posting should be around Sept. 10.  The second readalong is Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book,” which begins in October.  I’m definitely participating in the Gaiman readalong.  I’m leaning towards doing “The Little Stranger” as well, but I’m not 100% decided because I am scheduled to participate in two blog tours at the end of the month and don’t want to overburden myself too much.  C’mon, somebody be a bad influence and convince me!

Has anyone read any of these, and if so, what did you think?  What are you looking forward to reading this fall?


21 Responses to “RIP VII: Intro Post & Reading Pool”

  1. deslily

    well that’s quite a list! lol I do hope you get to Drood. It was quite a book! It’s supposed to be Wilkie Collins telling the story of himself and Dickens leading up to Dickens death and the book he was writing at the time… a lot of good history written between the lines!

  2. L

    great list. I am still cobbling mine together, and you have a few I am going to have to seriously consider. looking forward to RIP and your sharing of your experience!

    • Grace

      Thanks! Mine started as a couple books set aside for this time of year, and then it just kind of exploded into some kind of giant monstrosity. I’m hoping to get to as many of them as I can. I can’t wait to see which you decide to pick!

  3. Christina

    I saw your post and literally could not believe it was time for R.I.P. already! Time to go put some sort of TBR list together — looks like you’ve got some good ones there!

    • Grace

      It’s technically supposed to start on the first of September, but luckily this year we’re cheating and starting a few days early! :)

  4. Moo

    Clive Barker’s Weaveworld is one of my favorite horror books. I enjoyed Imajica but not as much as Weaveworld, probably because it seemed more fantasy than horror. I enjoyed Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles especially the early ones, including Vampire Lestat. I also absolutely loved the City & the City and highly recommend it. I have wanted to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children but as it sounds like the photos play an important part in the story I was reluctant to read it on my kindle and I don’t tend to buy/read many paper books anymore. I look forward to hearing whether you would recommend it on the kindle. You have a great list and am looking forward to reading your reviews.

    • Grace

      Weaveworld was one of my favorites that I read last year. I even named one of my video game characters after Immacolata because she was one of the craziest creepy villains that I’ve ever read encountered.

      I’m not minding the photos on the Kindle version of Miss Peregrine thus far, but they are a bit smaller than I’d like. I’m dealing with it because I bought the Kindle version when it was on sale for only a couple dollars.

  5. WutheringWillow

    Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Impressive lists! I have a very sketchy idea about the books I may read for R.I.P VII but nothing permanent. My books would mostly be classics/vintage horror as I am not much into contemporary lit.

    Oh and thanks for following! I appreciate it. :-)

  6. Caroline

    I was wondering when it will start. I’ll join as well but without a list. Every time I post possible choices I read something else. Both readalong titles have been on my piles for a long time…. Temptation.

    • Grace

      I’m going to be incredibly busy this September, but the readalong looks wonderful, so I might cave and do it anyway. If I’m going to overschedule myself, I might as well do it royally.

      I like lists for some odd reason, even if I do always end up deviating from them. I’ll probably end up reading a bunch that aren’t on there, and some of the ones that are will end up in my pile for next year.

  7. Carl V.

    Great list of books. Thanks so much for joining in again this year. I certainly don’t want to pressure you to read The Little Stranger with us, but it certainly does look good as I stare at the cover next to me here on the desk. :)

    A friend told me that he read that the Kindle version of the photos in Miss Peregrine aren’t the best. Of course I supposed that depends on what Kindle you have. Definitely is a big part of the experience when reading Miss Peregrine so I hope you can see them clearly as you read the story. It is a good one. Hard to believe that was only last year.

    Besides the two group reads and the remaining 3 books in Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series I’m not sure what I’ll end up reading. I do want to go ahead and read The Night Circus since I bought it when it came out and then didn’t read it with everyone else who was doing so. I’ve got a collection of Steven Millhauser short stories that is aching to be read so I’ll probably try to get to that.

    • Grace

      Thanks! I love your reading events; they attract such a fantastic community of book lovers.

      I started Miss Peregrine earlier today, and even though the photos on my Kindle aren’t the greatest, they still get the job done. I picked it up a couple months ago when it was one of Amazon’s monthly Kindle deals and was only a couple dollars, so I can live with it. The physical book is probably better for this one, but I’m still enthralled by it thus far. It’s got that wonderfully creepy atmosphere where you aren’t quite sure whether monsters are real, but where you’re inclined to believe in them even if they aren’t.

      I keep hearing such wonderful things about The Night Circus. I’m curious to see what you think of it.

    • Grace

      I’m excited to read that one. I’m way behind on reading this month, or I’d have gotten to it already… it sounds so cool though!

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