Wednesday, September 4, 2013

R.I.P. VIII is Underway!


It's R.I.P. time again! From now through the end of October, Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings  encourages us to read...
Mystery.
Suspense.
Thriller.
Dark Fantasy.
Gothic.
Horror.
Supernatural. 
Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above. That is what embodies the stories, written and visual, that we celebrate with the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril event. 
There are just two simple rules:
1. Have fun reading (and watching).
2. Share that fun with others.
Carl offers many levels of participation - just pick the "peril" that's right for you.
I've chosen Peril the Second: read two books of any length that you believe fit within the R.I.P. categories.

The possibilities include:

Lady Audley's Secret by M.E. Braddon  - ready to go on my kindle

Wilkie Collins - possibly The Haunted Hotel  or  The Dead Secret 

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Dracula by Bram Stoker -  perhaps a read/listen combination?

The Ivy Tree by Mary Stewart - for Anbolyn's Mary Stewart Reading Week September 15-22. This quiz helped me select the perfect title.

The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer  - because I've been meaning to reader Heyer and this one is Lisa's favorite.

The Likeness by Tana French  - I enjoyed Into the Woods  on audio earlier this year.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson - because I don't want to be the last person on earth to read it!

Laura Lippmann - Her stand-alones are great, but maybe I should start at the beginning with the Tess Monaghan series.

Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear - it's high time I returned to the Maisie Dobbs series!

Night Film by Marisha Pessl -  Ti's review convinced me, but it's doubtful I'll reach the top of the library hold list in the next two months.

Let the Perils Begin!!

39 comments:

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    1. Kathy - I will. This is always a great event!

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  2. That's a great list - and not just because we have books in common :) I've been thinking I need to add Wilkie Collins to my list - I read The Woman in White many years ago but I cannot remember anything about it, and it's time for a re-read. Have you read Heyer before, or would this be your introduction?

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    1. Lisa - This would be my introduction. Georgette Heyer has been on my 'authors to try' list for ages, and I hope the time is finally right!

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  3. Yay! So many good choices. RIP is such fun!

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    1. Andi - It sure is! Trying to remember if this is my third or fourth year...

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  4. I love this time of year! My favourites are Dracula and Haunting of Hill House. Both are super creepy. Good luck with your Peril!

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    1. Trish - I read We Have Always Lived in the Castle a couple of years ago for RIP, and then added The Haunting of Hill House to my list right. Hope this will be the year!

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  5. Good luck! I have Night Film on audio and I hope to listen to it soon. I'm looking forward to all the reviews on scary books. My wishlist always gets longer. Lol.

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    1. Darlene - You just gave me an idea... wonder if the audio list at the library is shorter ;-)

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  6. That's a wonderful list. You can't go wrong with Collins or Braddon, and 'The Likeness' is my favourite of Tana French's books.

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    1. Fleurfusher - The description of The Likeness is so enticing... my biggest decision will be whether to read or listen to this one!

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  7. I can heartily recommend Lady Audley's Secret (as you know) and Birds of a Feather. I couldn't stand The Girl -- it was just too gory for me. But I can see why it was so popular, and the mystery was good! I'm looking forward to reading your reviews!

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    1. Col - Your review was fresh in my mind when I made this list! I really miss Maisie Dobbs, but don't have Birds of a Feather on my shelf yet. Picked up the tattoo book at the library sale over the summer. I'm such a wimp though- it may not be for me at all. We'll see...

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  8. So fun! I'm joining in on The Historian read-a-long!!!! I've been meaning to read this one forever and I'll be picking up a ton of zombie books and movies and maybe a short story or two :)

    I also have not read the Girl With a Dragon Tattoo series. I've seen all the Swedish and the U.S. version. Both were fantastic, though I am partial to the Swedish version.

    Good luck. Look forward to your "scary" posts :)

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    1. Heather C. - I may just opt for the movie over the book of The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo. I also heard that the Swedish version was better.

      Hope you enjoy The Historian readalong. I'll look forward to your posts.

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  9. I loved The Likeness!!

    I'm terrible about challenges, but I may try to read The Woman in White sometime this fall. I've had it forever!

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    1. Les - Did you read or listen to The Likeness? I really liked the audio of Into the Woods and am considering sticking to audio for the rest of the series.

      The Woman in White is a great book and Count Fosco is one of the best villain around. Enjoy!

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    2. I read The Likeness. Actually, I've read all of her books. Someday, when I'm ready for re-reading, I'll listen to the audios.

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    3. Les - Guess I'll see how my listen vs reading time shapes up, and then decide...

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  10. Such a fun challenge, I never miss -- Night Film is on my list as well --enjoy

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    1. Diane - I just noticed that Night Film is on the cover of this month's BookPage. I may never get to the top of the list now!

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  11. The weather here has finally cooled down so I am tempted to participate. I definitely have a few in my TBR that would fit the bit.

    You won't be the last person on earth to read Steig Larsson. I can guarantee that I will hold that title. My natural disinclination toward the book was reinforced by some brave online reviewers who finally admitted that the writing is pretty crappy.

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    1. I did it. I took the plunge. Next stop Peril the First.

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    2. Thomas - Yay! I thought it might be a while before you signed up for another challenge though ;-) You've got a great list ... hope you enjoy it!

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  12. Great possibilities you have there. Dracula, Haunting of Hill house and Lady Audley's Secret are pretty good. Quite surprising I think. Enjoy the challenge :)

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    1. Jenny Girl - I know I won't possibly get to all of them, but it sure will be fun trying!

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  13. Oh Lady Audley's Secret, why do I always forget that one when RIP rolls around!

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    1. Melissa - Lady Audley has been on my list for a couple of years. Now that it's on my kindle, I hope I will actually read it!

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  14. Great list! I'm looking forward to all the Dracula posts people have been planning in their sign-up posts...

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    1. Marveloustales - The new audio version of Dracula won quite a few Audie awards this year. I'm looking forward to reading and listening!

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  15. I did this challenge 2 years ago, and loved reading some spooky stuff and reading reviews. Haunting of Hill House is on my list--Shirley Jackson is amazing. I loved Dracula (which amazed me), and The Ivy Tree is one of Stewart's best (and I am a long-time Stewart fan--I remember my mother reading her stories when they were serialized in Women's Day in the 1960s). I've only read one Tess Monaghan, but it was so well-done, I want to read more of this series.

    Happy choosing!

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    1. JaneGS - I'm hoping Dracula will be equally surprising for me, too! Just picked up The Ivy Tree at the library today. It will be my introduction to Mary Stewart - how have I never read her?? Didn't realize she had been serialized in Women's Day. Wonder if my mother read her then, too...

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  16. I've been curious about the Dracula multi-narrator audio for a long time. Keep hearing great things! I enjoyed Lady Audley's Secret a few years ago--a fun one. I love RIP but am not making a list this year. Don't think I'll be reading much this fall. ;)

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    1. Trish - I've been curious since Dracula won the Audie Award. If you download the kindle book, it makes the audio version only 99 cents with Whispersync. Sounds like a pretty good deal! And, no, there definitely won't be much reading time for you this fall.... but for a very happy reason :)

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  17. Great list! I read Dracula last year and loved it and Mary Braddon is great fun. Enjoy!

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    1. Cat - I've never been sure about reading Dracula, but the read/listen combo may be perfect!

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  18. I will be reading Dracula too in October. It will be the first time I read the book.

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  19. I will be reading Dracula too in October. It will be the first time I read the book.

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