R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, VIII

  I can't believe fall is almost here. I'll admit it, I'll miss summer when the temperatures start falling, but there are some good things about fall - apple cider, pumpkin pie, lovely leaves, and, of course, Carl's R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge, now in its 8th year. September 1st is right around the corner.  It is time to begin. 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.  As time has wound on he's honed this event down to two simple rules: 1. Have fun reading (and watching). 2. Share that fun with others. As he does each and every year, there are multiple levels of participation (Perils) that allow you to be a part of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril without adding the burden of another commitment to your already busy lives. There is even a...
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Thursday’s Tale: The Willful Child

Thursday’s Tale: The Willful Child

I have a few irrational fears, but only one is relevant to today's tale, "The Willful Child" by the Brothers Grimm. I don't know when it started, but I was young and I think we had read a story in school that somehow contributed to it, but I've always been afraid of being buried alive. I'm not talking about being in a cave or tunnel and having it collapse, I'm talking about being buried like I'm dead when I'm not. I know it's impossible now, with all the modern science and chemicals they pump into you, and I've only recently given up the idea of being cremated when I die, but only because my husband doesn't like the idea. I doubt I'm the only person with this fear, which probably explains both why stories like this one were told and why they can still strike us with terror. "The Willful Child" is a short story, scary in its simplicity. In the...
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Review: The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg

Review: The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg

I pick my audiobooks by what's available through my library and as I was browsing the website one day I came across The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg. I vaguely remembered reading the first in the series, The Ice Princess, and not hating it, so I went ahead and decided to listen to this one. The story is once again set in a small fishing town in Sweden, Fjällbacka, and the two main characters are back. Patrik Hedström, the local police detective, is more the focus this time around. His girlfriend, Ericka Falck, who was a major actor in the first in the series, is now pregnant and very much stuck at home on the sidelines, feeling miserable and entertaining horrible houseguests. Actually, the whole home part of the story rather annoyed me this time around. I don't think I was in love with them as a couple in the last one, either, and it's even worse here, since Ericka doesn't get to...
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R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII

Autumn is in the air. Soon, the leaves will start changing, the days will get cooler, and I'll be craving hot chocolate and apple dumplings. It's also the season for Carl's annual reading event, R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril.  As he says, "There is a wistful scent upon the air and the mood generated by this time of year turns my thoughts toward the mysterious, towards stories with gothic undertones, towards darkened streets and death and the men and women sent to detect those who do these dastardly deeds." September and October are all about the darker stories, mysteries, thrillers, dark fantasies, Gothic novels. This year I'm signing up for Peril the First: Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. I'll keep a list here, in addition to marking my reviews as part of the event. The Preacher by Camilla Läckberg Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach by Colin Cotterill How to Date a Henchman by Mari Fee The Beautiful Mystery...
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RIP IV Challenge

Fall just seems the perfect time to curl up on the couch under an afghan with a cup of coffee and a spooky, mysterious, scary, thrilling, eerie book. I'm giving in to the urge and joining the RIP challenge, hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings.  I'm only committing to Peril the Third, which is one book, but hopefully I'll read more that fit these categories: mystery, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, gothic, horror, supernatural. The challenge runs through October 31. Here is a list of books I may be pulling from. Of course, I might read entirely different ones altogether. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón Salem's Lot by Stephen King Frankenstein by Mary Shelley The Ghost Writer by Josh Harwood The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken ...
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