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>1 majkia: Great suggestions! :) I've read Neverwhere and would recommend that one as well to anyone who's looking for a February read. Old John Saul's definitely a guilty pleasure of mine from middle/high school. :)
>4 Moomin_Mama: Best of luck with Interview With the Vampire and The Strain! :) I have yet to finish Interview (the movie was awesome though), and I've never read The Strain, so, sorry, I'm no help there. And you're right--reading horror at night is the best way to go! :)
>5 whitewavedarling: Nice choices! :) I've never heard of Christopher Buehlman, but I love the cover for The Lesser Dead. Best of luck with both books!
>6 majkia: That one looks good. :) I own it, but I've never started it, because I try to read books in order. Is that the sort of series where you have to read them in chronological order to understand the next one?
If anyone has read it, no spoilers! I'm not done with it yet!
(And yes, I've started early AGAIN - I'm not always this eager).
Sara, I do remember you saying you didn't finish the book. I was aware of her Sleeping Beauty novels but didn't know she wrote about witches. Whether I read any more of her books will depend on what I make of Interview with the Vampire once I finish it, I guess.
>15 Peace2: I've kept your recommendation for Night Watch in mind; I saw the first film a few years ago and agree with Sara, it was very good.
>22 Moomin_Mama: I know, sorry to confuse you about Anne Rice's other books. Opinions will always differ on every book. I just say read what you want. :) Here's the list of Lives of the Mayfair Witches books. I'm surprised there are more titles on there than what I was used to. I always thought it was a trilogy--1: The Witching Hour, 2: Lasher, & 3: Taltos. *shrugs* Good luck with Interview with the Vampire! How's it going so far?
If I have time I'm thinking of also reading either Justin Cronin's The Passage or some Stephen King, maybe It or Pet Sematary.
Also, I'm just going to throw some books out there that I read last year that would fit this challenge for anyone who's stuck looking for something:
Red Hill by Jamie McGuire is a quick and easy read depicting the outbreak of the zombie apocalypse, for anyone into that kind of thing.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. You really can't go wrong with anything by Gaiman, an old man goes back to his childhood home and is confronted by the memories that have been repressed all these years.
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson - Robert Neville is the last human living after the outbreak of an illness that begins turning the world's population into vampires. Matheson is a master and the book is a million times better than the movie which was based on it.
Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin - Rosemary gets pregnant but is it her husband's baby? Or the Devil's?
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson - The supposed true story of The Lutz's and their experiences after moving into their new home in Amityville, New York. This house was the site of a gruesome murder where a young man slaughtered his entire family and was supposedly haunted. If half of the things that are claimed in this book actually happened... I don't know why they stuck around as long as they did!
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty - The source material for the movie of the same name, the book is pretty terrifying in its own right.
When Charles Baskerville is found dead at his home, his next of kin, Henry, returns home. Watson accompanies Henry in hopes of figuring out what happened to Charles. The rumours include the mysterious ghostly hound that haunts the grounds.
The book was ok. Unfortunately, I just can't say I enjoyed it any more than the Sherlock Holmes short stories I've read. I'd hoped I'd enjoy a Holmes novel more. I just couldn't really seem to focus much on the story, so I was never completely pulled in or all that interested, though parts were interesting. However, writing this review only a day after finishing, I've forgotten even the parts I was finding interesting at the time.
I just finished Night Mary by Rick Remender last night in the dark with a flashlight. No, the power wasn't out; I was just super tired, but I wanted to finish the book asap. Yes, it is a graphic novel, so that helped it be such a quick read, but the story was very compelling--a girl helps her doctor father by entering his patients' dreams, until those patients start committing murder-suicides--moreso than the artwork, imho. 5 stars from me. Recommended!
>42 LibraryCin: Yeah, it was a lot of fun to read! :) And I was surprised it got such good ratings/reviews on here and Amazon as well. I thought I was just being kind of biased because it takes place up here in Seattle, WA. ;)
I would definitely read it again with the different ending - you've reminded me that I must get hold of a copy.
Reading notes in my thread, if anyone's interested.
The quote at the beginning of the book is from 'The Gold Bug', which coincidentally is the first story in one of my March reads, Tales of Mystery and Imagination.
>45 JonHutchings: I'm glad The Jewel of Seven Stars was such a good read. To be honest, I don't know any other books Stoker's written other than Dracula. I really need to expand my reading habits. :)
>46 Morphidae: Good choice! :) Yeah, I don't remember The Green Mile being very horror-ish, but what the hey, right? ;) And if I remember right, there is a supernatural element to it, so it fits right in with February's supernatural theme. How's it going so far?
lol @ 51. Yes, please be honest! ;D I was thinking of reading Interview With the Vampire along with you, but now I'm really hesitant. The movie was great at least, imho.
>52 Moomin_Mama: Well, definitely an interesting cover for The Merciful Women. ;) I've never heard of it, but short is always good! If I stumble across it at HPB, I may give it a go. Thanks! :)
And what do you mean, 'reminds'? Is there a bat-toy of that sort on the market? Something for the Goth gentleman, perhaps? I am intrigued.
I remember seeing various sex toys for women. A couple were on Amazon--this one and this one--though they weren't the ones I specifically remember seeing. And, yes, there are most certainly goth-oriented strap-on what-nots. Bats wouldn't be unheard of. :D
>65 Morphidae: Yeah, that was one thing I liked about The Green Mile movie: it was pretty true to the book. Good luck with reading Ender's Game. I haven't read that one or seen the movie yet. I hope the book lives up to your expectations. :)
I was in a silly Goosebumps mood, so I read Revenge of the Living Dummy by R. L. Stine yesterday. I never read R. L. Stine when I was a kid, but I can see the appeal. The chapters are super short, it's action-packed, and it's scary (for kids) without being gory. Still, my adult brain kept thinking: "Just toss the doll in the fire, kids. End of problems!" Oh well. 3 stars from me.
Sara, I have been (sometimes) "playing" the music in my own head, though, thanks to your suggestion!!! ;-) And good thought on the reason someone might have tagged it supernatural.
When a girl is killed by a shark at Amity, Long Island, the chief of police, Martin Brody, wants to shut down the beach, but he is pressured by the mayor to keep it open, so as not to lose the summer residents altogether, as they keep the small town alive. Until more people start dying...
I really liked this. It was quite suspenseful. I listened to the audio (but had to provide my own Jaws theme music!) and it was done quite well, I thought. It's been too long since I've seen the movie to compare. There was one extraneous part in the middle of the story that I didn't think was necessary and wasn't really interested in, but overall, I really enjoyed it. I hate to see sharks (or any animals) vilified this way, but it was definitely an entertaining story.
I'm glad it was a good "read." :) There are plenty more shark books out there, too, but like you said, they tend to vilify the sharks and make them "super evil."
I also liked the explanation of how the book came to be, and how long the idea had been with him - for those who may have noticed that The Simpsons had their own Dome storyline beforehand? I'm sure he meant nothing of the sort but it did make me chuckle.
>100 LibraryCin: I really liked NOS4A2 as well. I didn't think that one was particularly scary either, but I was totally absorbed by the story.