Let Her RIP!

It’s time, it’s time! If you’re a regular visitor to Bookish Dark, you know we’re careening joyfully into my favorite time of year, autumn, and with it, the Readers Imbibing Peril Challenge. Our obliging host, Carl, got the festivities underway a titch early again this year, bless his eager heart. He knows his audience, knows that we’re out here gnawing at our restraints in anticipation of his annual fright-fest. I’m ready to plunge headlong into 60+ days of madness, mystery and mayhem–how about you?

I’ve cleared the decks of all other bookish obligations, so I’m once again aiming for Peril the First: read four books of any length that fit into RIP’s generous categories:

Dark Fantasy

My shortlist (hah!) of targets includes:

1. Lying Dead, Aline Templeton
2. The Dark Room, Minette Walters
3. The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins
4. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke
5. Horns, Joe Hill
6. Luther: The Calling, Neil Cross
7. The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters
8. The Meaning of Night, Michael Cox
9. The Small Hand, Susan Hill

To be honest, I’ve already finished Lying Dead (an excellent read!) and will have a review of it up shortly. Now I’m deep into The Dark Room, and am relishing the familiar psychological torment and obsession Walters’ books inspire. I have high hopes that Wilkie Collins will be this year’s Shirley Jackson–the classic author whom I finally get around to reading, and thereby discover treasures.

Several items are on the list based on reviews they got during last year’s RIP–one of the best things about the challenge is discovering new authors to enjoy. I’m still following many bloggers whom I added to my feeds on the strength of their RIP reviews, and they’ve been enriching my reading experience all year.

I’m sure I’ll undertake one or two films for the Peril on the Screen challenge–once the days get short and the nights chilly, I crave horror movies. I will not repeat last year’s film-a-week experiment, however–I’m only just now feeling ready to face Vincent Price again, after wallowing in his films for the entire run of RIP V. Too much of a good thing, indeed!

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21 Responses to Let Her RIP!

  1. Stephanie says:

    I really want to read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and The Moonstone. The Little Stranger was one of my choices last year for RIP and I really wasn’t a fan, as much as I love Sarah Waters.

  2. deslily says:

    I recently read the Moonstone and I’ve read the Little Stranger and the Meaning of Night.. all very good books! sounds like you are in for some good reading!

  3. Ramona says:

    I’ll be interested in reading your Moonstone review. Kristina loaned me her copy one time and I just could not get into it. (And you know how I love moonstones.)
    Happy reading!

  4. kaizerin says:

    Deslily–they’re probably on my list thanks to your reviews. I follow and enjoy your blog very much!

    Ramona–let’s hope Moonstone turns out as well as Moon Tiger (another K recommendation) did!

  5. Kailana says:

    I read The Moonstone last year and really enjoyed it. I am toying with the idea of reading Jonathan Strange for the challenge, too, but I have to work my way up to that…

  6. Keith Spears says:

    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is one of my favorite books. Not something to read quickly, though, there’s ideally some savoring involved.

  7. kaizerin says:

    Kailana & Keith — I’ve wanted to read J. Strange since it was first published–in fact, I have a nearly-pristine first edition sitting on my shelves, patiently awaiting attention. I think I’ve let the sheer bulk of it scare me off. But I have a strategy! I have the unabridged audio version (32 hours!) and will devote all my commute listening time to it until it’s done. That way, I can’t rush it, and it has a nice chunk of time reserved for it alone. It’s really the big kahuna of my RIP plans this year.

  8. Keith Spears says:

    Ooo, nice. Who’s doing the reading? Hopefully someone appropriately British.

    I hope they include the footnotes somehow. The footnotes are wonderful.

  9. Bear says:

    Summer has turned her back on London some time ago now, and the trees are already turning. The nights grow cooler, and the cardigans are out. Inspired by your list, I got excitied about what wonderful dark machinations I might have on the shelves. You know I have a soft spot for horror! I also decided to formally join the R.I.P. Challenge “In the First” as well.

    I cannot wait to see what you think of Mr. Norell! It is a wonderful book, and I even lugged it across the pond in hardback a few times in the days before our Ipads!

    I am also anxious to see what you think of Luther. I hope that it pays off!

  10. kaizerin says:

    It’s read by Simon Prebble, who looks to be quite English and has won a lot of awards for his audiobook narrations, so I think I’m in good hands there. I’ll let you know how the footnoting is handled when I get into it.

  11. kaizerin says:

    Stephanie: Oh? Interesting. Were you disappointed by the book in comparison to other Sarah Waters books? Did fall short of a standard she’d set, or of your general standards for books? I haven’t read anything by Waters, and wonder if that will cast a different shade on things?

  12. kaizerin says:

    I’m so glad you’re joining in the fun, Bearsy! As is abundantly clear, this is my very favorite book-thing on the Internet. (Cute kittens probably still have a slight edge overall, but for book-stuff, RIP is IT!!)

  13. kaizerin says:

    Oh, this reads funny now—Stephanie and Bear, I found your comments in my spam trap and approved them, then replied belatedly. That’s why things are disjointed. Thank you both for stopping in and commenting!

    Bear, I meant to add–do have a click through the reviews as they go up–I have found both recommendations for interesting books to seek out, and some like-minded souls to add into my regular blog reading. Participating in RIP has many rich rewards!

  14. Carl V. says:

    As much as I was seeing R.I.P. mentioned on Twitter before I posted about it I am surprised someone didn’t just hijack my blog and write the announcement post for me, LOL!

    I’m always thrilled at the response this gets, simply because I love knowing we all have this shared passion for autumn and suitable autumn reads. Thanks so much for joining R.I.P. again this year. Your list looks delish, several books on there that I need to (and want to) read. I need to discover how to slow time down a bit so I can read more!

    Hope you enjoy R.I.P. this year, look forward to your reviews.

  15. kaizerin says:

    Don’t give ’em any ideas, Carl! Given the general shriek of joy that echoes around the blogosphere when RIP goes live, the temptation to ‘lend you hand’ might overwhelm someone next year. 🙂

    You have certainly tapped into something with your challenge. You do such a good job making it friendly and welcoming, and it’s clear you’re as big a fan as any of us, so it really feels fun. As the darkness lengthens, it’s comforting to be among so many like-minded souls–safety in numbers, and all!

  16. Bellezza says:

    I think your choices of The Little Stranger, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, and Moonstone are great selections; I loved them all. I have one of Joe Hill’s novels on my shelf (The Heart Shaped Box? I think that’s the title…) and I’m currently working through his father’s Under The Dome. Scary stuff, but more on that later in my post. In the meantime, happy RIP reading and thanks for visiting me!

  17. Amy says:

    The Meaning of Night and its sequel, The Glass of Time, are both books that I wish I could read again for the first time. I absolutely loved them.

    I also like Minette Walters, but I don’t think I’ve read The Dark Room. I should add something of hers to my list.

  18. kaizerin says:

    Bellezza–I didn’t realize Joe Hill is King-spawn! Not that it will make a difference–I think I can take the Hill book on its own merits.

    Amy–That is very high praise for a book, wishing you could read them again for the first time. When I get to Meaning of Night, I’ll remember to take it slowly and savor it.

    Happy RIP to you both!

  19. kaizerin says:

    Keef! I’m about a quarter of the way through JS & MN, and I’m enchanted, but have absolutely no idea where we’re headed with all this. Which is fine, I don’t mind being mystified as long as I’m entertained.

    Mr. Prebble is reading the footnotes as he comes to them, so I’m not missing out on anything. He’s the same reader who did the Baroque Cycle, so I’m spending something like 180+ hours (more than a week!) with him in my ears this year. At this point, his voice is so familiar that I swear, if I heard him ordering a sandwich at a deli, I’d know it was him.

  20. Marce says:

    What a great list. I enjoyed Horns and will be reading Heartshaped Box this year for the challenge. I also want to read Moonstone, not sure about this year though. I just added Dark Room to my Wishlist also from your review.

    Glad to have found you, new follower for sure.

  21. kaizerin says:

    Hi Marce, I’m so glad you found BookishDark! I have finished Horns and am working on my review of it. I really enjoyed it, and will also be seeking out Hill’s other work.

    I’m in Moonstone now, and while it started a little slowly, it’s got me completely hooked. I’ll be sure to write it up when I finish it.

    Thanks so much for your kind comments–I followed you back to your blog and see you’re all about tea, as well as books. I have a feeling we’re going to get along famously!

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