The goals for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII are simple, Carl says:
1. Have fun reading.
2. Share that fun with others.
Louisa May Alcott’s A Long Fatal Love Chase (1866)
Louisa May Alcott’s A Modern Mephistopheles (1877)
These have been on my shelf for ages: Jo’s pot-boilers!
Dorothy Sayers’ Five Red Herrings (1931)
Just picked up the next Wimsey last week: ready to go!
Muriel Spark’s The Bachelors (1960)
Muriel Spark’s Not to Disturb (1971)
Because nobody is better at disturbing, really.
Charles de Lint’s The Dreaming Place (1990)
Charles de Lint’s From a Whisper to a Scream (1992)
I’m new to these dark fantasy novels: look good!
Peter S. Beagle’s Tamsin (1999)
My friend, Carra, says this is the best book ever: I believe her.
Catherynne M. Valente’s In the Night Garden (2006)
Why haven’t I read one of her novels before?!
Kate Atkinson’s When Will There Be Good News? (2008)
I miss Jackson Brodie: it’s been too long. We should catch up.
Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book (2008)
Who can resist a read-a-long? I’ve got this one on audio.
Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger (2009) Re-read, read-a-long details here.
Chevy Stevens’ Still Missing (2010)
This sounds incredibly creepy: Misery-creepy.
Lauren B. Davis’ Our Daily Bread (2011)
Saw her at the IFOA last year and have been wanting to read this ever since. Billed as backwoods-gothic. Curious?
Joe Hill’s Locke & Key: Volume 5 (2012)
But then it’s all done, right? Sigh. Not fair.
Benjamin Wood’s The Bellwether Revivals (2012)
Wow: this sounds like the absolutely perfect novel for me. You too? Like its school setting wasn’t enough to pique my interest…
Will Ferguson’s 419 (2012)
And now it’s long-listed for the Giller Prize, too, as if I needed another reason to want to read it.
Stories to maybe-read:
Ladies of Fantasy: Two Centuries of Sinister Stories by the Gentle Sex
(Edited Seon Manley and Gogo Lewis)
Behind a Mask: The Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott
(Edited Madeleine Stern, four 19thC novellas)
13 Films in October, shared with Mister Buried In Print
Some books that I enjoyed in 2011, that would have made great RIP reads:
Henning Mankell’s Kurt Wallander series
Louise Penny’s Gamache series
Suspense. Louise Doughty’s Whatever You Love
Thriller. S.J. Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep
Joey Comeau’s One Bloody Thing after Another and Tony Burgess’ Ravenna Gets
Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead series
John Steffler’s The Afterlife of George Cartwright (Narrated by a ghost, but it’s largely a meditation on history and the gap between what we seek and what we achieve and what is left behind.)
Are you reading for this event too? What book(s) are you most excited about?
If you’ve read for this event in the past, what were some of your favourites?
Are there any on my list that you think I should nudge up (or down) the stack?
1. Lauren B. Davis’ Our Daily Bread (2011) Backwoods Noir.
2. Hiromi Goto’s Darkest Light (2012) Dark Fantasy.
3. Ann-Marie MacDonald’s The Way the Crow Flies (2003) Mystery/Suspense.
4. Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book (2008) Supernatural.
5. Joe Hill’s Locke & Key: Volume 5 (2012) Horror.
6. Muriel Spark’s The Bachelors (1960) Supernatural/quirkily mysterious.
7. Will Ferguson’s 419 (2012) Thriller.
Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White (1859) Gothic.