Monday, September 03, 2012


Oh, yes, my ghoulish friends, it is that time of year again! Time to return to the wonderfully spooky RIP (R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII), hosted once again by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings.

This is a perennnial favourite: as Carl states,

The purpose of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII is to enjoy books and movies/television that could be classified (by you) as:
Dark Fantasy.
Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.
There are two simple goals for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII
1. Have fun reading.
2. Share that fun with others.

 Autumn is the perfect time to pick up some autumnal reading -- especially when you're a mood reader. I love the dark, spooky feeling of late autumn, and it's true that I turn more to these kinds of reads in the fall. Carl's "challenge" is more of a reading celebration, and as such, there are no lists to made or strict rules to follow. He creates "perils" for various levels of participation, though, and this year I'm going with

Peril the First:

Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be King or Conan Doyle, Penny or Poe, Chandler or Collins, Lovecraft or Leroux…or anyone in between.

I know there's no requirement to make any lists but I love to make lists so here is my tentative, possible reading for this Peril:

1. Alchemist & the Angel by Joanne Owen (I read her Puppet Master for a previous RIP and adored it: creepy puppets!)

2. Splendors & Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz - just what I need! Another YA tale of creepy puppets that crossed my desk serendipitously... the book, not the puppets...

3. Shadow Show: all-new stories in celebration of Ray Bradbury Because I have a copy and I love Ray Bradbury and there are some fabulous contributors to this volume!

4. Something by Ray Bradbury himself. Which one? Not sure yet.

5. Wonders of the Invisible World by Patricia McKillip - if I can get my hands on a copy I'll be reading this one by one of my favourite fantasy writers

6. Aurorarama by Jean-Christophe Valtat -- some intriguing steampunk plus an alternate Arctic....sounds right up my alley

Are you joining the RIP VII? Do you have any recommendations for this year's thrilling reads?


  1. Yikes!
    This list alone [full moon] scares me.
    I can't wait to hear your reviews of these hair-raisers....

  2. Fun selection! Creepy puppets would be too much for me but I look forward to hearing what you think about it should you read that one!

  3. I like the image of creepy puppets crossing your desk, though. :)

    Great to have you in again this year. It is so fun to make the lists, isn't it?

    I bought Aurorarama a few years back but still haven't read it. It sounds great though. I want to snag a copy of Shadow Show and definitely the McKillip when it comes out.

    I'm hoping to actually read some Bradbury too during the autumn.

  4. Cip - I do love some spooky reading at this time of year :)

    Stefanie - I've started "Splendors & Glooms" and so far it's great!

    Carl - I wouldn't be too near to my desk if creepy puppets were making their way across it!

    I do love making the lists -- all of these are books I've been meaning to read so this is a great time for it

  5. Uh oh...I haven't heard of most of these and they all sound intriguing, which is disastrously thrilling for my TBR list.

  6. Most of these are new to me - love the sound of Aurorama, I shall have to look for that, and The Alchemist and the Angel sounds very tempting too. Disastrous for the TBR list, as ever :-)


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