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February 2015 Horror Reads - Supernatural

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1majkia
Editado: Jan 22, 2015, 7:27pm

The February topic is Supernatural!

Some suggestions from the original thread:
Night Watch series
Christine
Neverwhere
World War Z
Lost Souls
Pet Sematary
Blackbirds
John Saul

I've read Blackbirds and was blown away by it. Another couple of suggestions:

London Falling
Sandman Slim

2Morphidae
Editado: Jan 22, 2015, 6:19pm

Can you give the author of Night Watch? I can't figure out what book or series you are referring to. The touchstone points to Terry Pratchett which is fantasy humor.

3majkia
Jan 22, 2015, 6:37pm

#2 by Morphidae> I didn't write the original post listing those, but I'm pretty sure she meant Sergei Lukyanenko 's series

4Moomin_Mama
Jan 22, 2015, 6:55pm

FINALLY decided on Interview with the Vampire, and possibly The Strain if I finish the first early - this might not happen as vampires terrify me and I might be putting the book down more often than not (I'm reading these horror books at night for full effect, the only way to read a good horror)!

5whitewavedarling
Jan 22, 2015, 7:51pm

I have tons of choices, but I think I'm going to end up reading Doctor Sleep, which I've been meaning to read for ages. If I veer elsewhere, it will probably be toward The Lesser Dead, since I rather fell in love with Christopher Buehlman when I read his The Necromancer's House.

6majkia
Jan 22, 2015, 8:02pm

I'll try to read the next Preston and Child that I'm up to: Still Life with Crows.

7saraslibrary
Jan 22, 2015, 9:07pm

Yay! Finally, a month I think I'll enjoy. :) I haven't set aside a book (or books, depending on how much time I have), but I probably won't start browsing through my books until February hits.

>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?

8Peace2
Jan 23, 2015, 2:11am

I'm planning on tackling Sergei Lukyanenko's Day Watch, the second in the Night Watch series which I read last October/November time. Not sure that I'll get to more than one horror book for the month but if I do I might continue the series.

9majkia
Jan 23, 2015, 7:37am

#7 by saraslibrary> WRT Preston and Child, The Cabinet of Curiosities the one before Still life with Crows should be read before this one, I'd say, because of actions in that one. There is, as the series goes on, more and more revealed about Agent Pendergast. So it sort of depends on you.

10Moomin_Mama
Jan 23, 2015, 4:19pm

>5 whitewavedarling: Christopher Buehlman looks worth a read; I like the sound of his Between Two Fires. Not for February though - if I start changing my mind at this point I'll never get started on anything...

11saraslibrary
Jan 23, 2015, 8:02pm

>9 majkia: Cool. Thank you for the info! :) I'll probably try and read them in order. I'm kind of weird like that.

12Moomin_Mama
Jan 26, 2015, 8:46am

I've started Interview with the Vampire early. Has anyone here read it? I'm nearly a third of the way through and I've not been creeped out yet (unusual for me, with vampires) but I have been grossed out. I've heard it described as a forerunner of the modern, urban vampire novel so I was sceptical - Twilight came to mind, which is judgemental of me because I haven't read it - but I've been (un)pleasantly surprised.

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).

13majkia
Jan 26, 2015, 11:46am

I've read Interview with a Vampire. I thought it very well done. Better than her later books which I thought overwrought.

14saraslibrary
Jan 26, 2015, 4:42pm

>12 Moomin_Mama: No worries about starting early. :) That just means it's a good topic/book for you. Enjoy! (I think I already answered, but no, I haven't finished Interview. I started it in high school, but never finished. Instead I moved on to Anne Rice's witch books, which I really enjoyed.)

15Peace2
Jan 26, 2015, 6:55pm

My plan is to read Day Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko, the second in the Night Watch series, but I'm not yet sure when I'll get to it.

16saraslibrary
Jan 26, 2015, 7:35pm

>15 Peace2: Good choice. :) I only own Night Watch, the first in the series. Too bad I couldn't let you borrow it, huh? That way you could read it in order. Btw, have you seen the movies? They're really good!

17Peace2
Jan 26, 2015, 7:58pm

>16 saraslibrary: Thanks for the offer - lol! I've got and already read the first part - read it for the Hallowe'en ReadaThing (well started it then but it took a while to get through it due to other commitments as well). I've also got parts 3 and 4 so I may well continue with them if there's a month when I don't have anything that fits the theme. I haven't seen the movies at all but will start keeping an eye out for them as I've heard mention of them being good a couple of times now.

18saraslibrary
Jan 26, 2015, 8:01pm

>17 Peace2: No problem. :) I'm glad you have the first book. I forgot about the Hallowe'en ReadaThing. Which thread is that on? I would think the horror one, but I must be wrong. Good luck finishing the 3rd and 4th as well, if/when you're able to squeeze them in. I know how that goes. :) And good luck finding the movies, too. I'm not sure how true they are to the books, but I thought they were fantastic on their own.

19Peace2
Jan 26, 2015, 8:17pm

Just found the link to the thread :D

20saraslibrary
Jan 26, 2015, 8:19pm

>19 Peace2: Awesome! Thank you so much. :) I just joined the ReadaThing group. As if I need another reading assignment. ;) No, really, it looks fun!

21LibraryCin
Jan 27, 2015, 12:05am

I'm excited about Supernatural month, too! I have a few options, and the ones I'm more likely to get to also fit for RandomCAT. :-)

- From Hell / Alan Moore
- Jaws / Peter Benchley
- Horns / Joe Hill
- The Hound of the Baskervilles / Arthur Conan Doyle (I've been trying to get to this for months!!)

22Moomin_Mama
Jan 27, 2015, 8:21am

>13 majkia: >14 saraslibrary: Well that's two conflicting views as to whether Anne Rice's other books are worth a read!

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.

23saraslibrary
Jan 27, 2015, 3:40pm

>21 LibraryCin: Cool! That's always a plus when your books fit in with your other categories. :) I haven't read any of those yet, but the movie adaptations to them were really good (I only saw bits of Horns & The Hound of Baskervilles).

>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?

24luvamystery65
Editado: Jan 27, 2015, 5:49pm

I'm going to read Death of an Ordinary Man by Glen Duncan. It's a ghost story.

ETA: If I have time I will finish the Bloodlines/The Last Werewolf Trilogy, By Blood We Live also by Duncan.

February is such a short month!

25saraslibrary
Jan 27, 2015, 6:06pm

>24 luvamystery65: Death of an Ordinary Man looks interesting, especially since it's not full-out horror. I hope you like it. :)

*fingers crossed you'll be able to finish By Blood We Live as well* I know what you mean--February's so short, and so many books to choose from!

26luvamystery65
Jan 27, 2015, 6:08pm

>25 saraslibrary: I know Death of an Ordinary Man is not full out horror but I am doing a shared reading of it so I figured I would count it. I do hope I get to By Blood We Live.

I'd love to read Horns too but I don't hold out much hope for getting to it this month.

27saraslibrary
Jan 27, 2015, 6:27pm

>26 luvamystery65: Oh, yeah, it definitely counts! :) Ghosts = supernatural.

That would be awesome if you could fit Horns in as well. I own it, but I haven't read it. Maybe I'll do that for February. We'll see. I haven't really planned what I'll read yet.

28JonHutchings
Jan 30, 2015, 7:17pm

I have many reads in mind, but I think that I'm going to start with The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker, as I was looking for something to fit my Irish author category for my Category challenge, and I've already read Dracula. This one isn't about vampires though, its about mummies, showing Edwardian England's predilection for all things ancient Egyptian.

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.

29JonHutchings
Jan 30, 2015, 10:41pm

Oh, don't know how I forgot this one, but The Woman in Black by Susan Hill is also a great ghost story.

30saraslibrary
Jan 31, 2015, 7:23pm

>28 JonHutchings: & >29 JonHutchings: Perfect recommendations! :) Thank you for putting them out there. I'm still shuffling through some of my own books, trying to figure what I want to start tomorrow.

31Moomin_Mama
Fev 1, 2015, 10:02am

I'm finding Interview with the Vampire a bit of slog. I've reached part 3 and I need a break, so I'm starting The Strain, which is a much easier, fast-moving read. The writing is fairly pedestrian and I've a feeling I'll be switching between them; hopefully the contrast between the two will make each one more bearable. Not that either are terrible, each has its merits... but disappointing compared to last month's reads. Of course much can change between now and the end of each book, so I keep an open mind.

32majkia
Fev 1, 2015, 11:15am

I finished Still Life with Crows for this challenge. Definitely creepy!

33saraslibrary
Fev 2, 2015, 7:35pm

>31 Moomin_Mama: Good luck balancing Interview with the Vampire and The Strain. :)

>32 majkia: Good job! :)

34chiliihead
Fev 2, 2015, 9:02pm

No clue if it considered supernatural but I am reading Revival by Stephen King because it has been sitting beside my bed for three months.

35saraslibrary
Fev 2, 2015, 10:04pm

>34 chiliihead: That one looks really good. And, honestly, who cares if it's technically supernatural or not? ;) I do see one paranormal tag, so sure, it fits in with February's read. Enjoy! :)

36majkia
Fev 3, 2015, 8:15am

>34 chiliihead: Genre is in the eye of the reader.

37LibraryCin
Fev 4, 2015, 11:02pm

The Hound of the Baskervilles / Arthur Conan Doyle
3 stars

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.

38saraslibrary
Fev 4, 2015, 11:40pm

>37 LibraryCin: Thank you for the honest review! :) I have yet to read an Arthur Conan Coyle book (maybe a short story or two over the years, without realizing it), but I doubt I will. I'll probably just stick with his Sherlock Holmes movie spin-offs instead. :)

39Moomin_Mama
Fev 5, 2015, 5:18pm

I've finished The Strain. The writing was pretty average but it was enjoyable enough and an easy, quick read. And it did have some very scary scenes, always a bonus in a horror! Now back to Interview with the Vampire...

More on my own thread, but there will be a lot of spoilers.

40saraslibrary
Fev 5, 2015, 8:30pm

>39 Moomin_Mama: Congrats on finishing The Strain! :) I'm glad it was worthwhile. And good luck with Interview with the Vampire. I'll have to look for your thread. I've probably visited it, but everything's a blur lately.

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!

41LibraryCin
Fev 5, 2015, 8:45pm

>38 saraslibrary: Yeah, the movies are probably a good bet, though plenty of people like the books, as well. I think I still have one more Holmes novel on my tbr that I'd like to try, as well. but that might be the end of it. :-)

42LibraryCin
Fev 5, 2015, 8:46pm

>40 saraslibrary: Oooh, that sounds good!

43saraslibrary
Fev 5, 2015, 8:50pm

>41 LibraryCin: That's a fair go. Sometimes just one book will be bad by an author, but more than two, then it's worth moving on. :)

>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. ;)

44Moomin_Mama
Fev 6, 2015, 6:17am

>40 saraslibrary: Night Mary sounds interesting. I might try and find a copy for April.

45JonHutchings
Fev 6, 2015, 11:48am

I just finished reading The Jewel of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker. While I have to say that it wasn't quite as good as Dracula, I did really enjoy this novel. There are no vampires in this one though, the supernatural element in this one is provided by a mummy. The book starts off as a classic whodunit kind of mystery when a prominent Egyptologist is found bleeding and in a coma in his bedroom, but as all rational explanations are ruled out, only supernatural ones are left! The only knock against this one is that it ends too abruptly.

46Morphidae
Fev 6, 2015, 12:04pm

I'll be reading The Green Mile by Stephen King. I don't consider it all that horrific but it has a big 'ol horror tag so it qualifies.

47Moomin_Mama
Fev 6, 2015, 2:55pm

>45 JonHutchings: There are two endings to The Jewel of Seven Stars. I can't remember why there is a different ending but one of the reviews on LT explains. I read it years ago and enjoyed it, but I didn't read the recommended version, which is the darker of the two (I have a feeling I read the same version as you).

I would definitely read it again with the different ending - you've reminded me that I must get hold of a copy.

48JonHutchings
Fev 6, 2015, 3:38pm

>47 Moomin_Mama: Oh really? I'll have to look for the alternate ending as well. In the ending that I read everybody winds up living happily ever after, so I think that you're right. Any idea how to differentiate between the two versions?

49Moomin_Mama
Fev 6, 2015, 3:52pm

>48 JonHutchings: The version with the darker ending has 20 chapters, while the version we read has 19. At least I think that's it, from what I've read.

50LibraryCin
Fev 6, 2015, 8:11pm

>45 JonHutchings: Oh, that does sound interesting!

51Moomin_Mama
Fev 7, 2015, 7:28pm

Finished Interview with the Vampire, which sucked :D

Reading notes in my thread, if anyone's interested.

52Moomin_Mama
Fev 8, 2015, 7:35pm

I couldn't resist it - reading Frankenstein whetted my appetite for a re-read of The Merciful Women, a supernatural and ironic interpretation of the writing of The Vampyre which took place at the Villa Diodati, at the same time as Frankenstein. I highly recommend it, and it's short too, so won't outstay its welcome if it's not your usual cup of tea.

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.

53saraslibrary
Fev 9, 2015, 1:17am

>44 Moomin_Mama: I had to look to see what April was, but you're right: Night Mary would be a perfect fit for graphic novels and short stories. :) Good luck finding a copy!

>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! :)

54Moomin_Mama
Fev 9, 2015, 7:30am

>53 saraslibrary: The cover is a good match for another book by the same author, The Anatomist, which is about the discovery of the clitoris...

55saraslibrary
Fev 9, 2015, 3:46pm

LOL @ 54. Well, ok, you caught me off guard there. ;) You're so right, too. This guy's face on the cover just doesn't make me think of clitorises if I were to pick it up. The other editions do a little more, though. The Merciful Women's cover kind of reminds me of a sex toy for women that attaches kind of like that bat does. But anywho...kind of getting off topic there. Sorry. :)

56Moomin_Mama
Fev 9, 2015, 6:49pm

>55 saraslibrary: Sara, what are they putting in the water where you are? What with our conversation about GIMP, too...!

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.

57saraslibrary
Fev 9, 2015, 8:15pm

>56 Moomin_Mama: LOL! I don't know. Spanish fly and arsenic? Actually, I usually drink a lot of bottled water, so I think the problem lays perfectly with me and the books/movie I read/watch. ;)

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

58Moomin_Mama
Fev 10, 2015, 10:01am

>57 saraslibrary: The things one learns here on LT! The green one looked like a strap-on scale insect, and the pink one like a very well-hung butterfly, so I guess a bat wouldn't be out of the ordinary!

59saraslibrary
Fev 10, 2015, 2:18pm

>58 Moomin_Mama: I know. Information is dangerous. ;) I haven't found a bat one yet, but I'll let you know if/when I do. The things people invent. Or google for that matter. :P

60Morphidae
Fev 10, 2015, 5:50pm

>53 saraslibrary: Not only read it in one day but then watched the movie.

>57 saraslibrary: With vibra-wings.

61saraslibrary
Fev 11, 2015, 2:44am

>60 Morphidae: Are you serious?? Wow! I am seriously impressed. :D Which version of The Green Mile did you like better--the book or movie?

Yes, with vibra-wings. ;) Makes me wonder if the bat versions make echolocation noises. :P

62majkia
Fev 11, 2015, 7:57am

I've started Foxglove Summer. Sadly, then I'll be caught up and have to wait on that series...

63saraslibrary
Fev 11, 2015, 4:28pm

>62 majkia: I've heard a lot of good things about that series. Nice choice. :) Isn't the next book (The Hanging Tree) out yet?

64Moomin_Mama
Fev 12, 2015, 5:16am

Finished The Merciful Women. It's not really horror but is about the writing of The Vampyre, and references Frankenstein and The Gold Bug, as well as briefly mentioning The Monk. It made, for me, a link between my January and March reads and I enjoyed it just as much second time round. It's also not too long if any one on here wants to try something a little different.

65Morphidae
Fev 12, 2015, 12:39pm

>61 saraslibrary: I don't think I can compare them. The movie was true to the book and I enjoyed them both in different ways. I'm about to do the same thing with Ender's Game but the other way around. We watched it last night and I'm going to read it today. From what I remember, I'm pretty sure I'm going like the book better though. While the movie was true to the book, the book is considerably richer and complex. King is more of a straight-forward writer.

66saraslibrary
Fev 13, 2015, 10:48pm

>64 Moomin_Mama: Congrats on finishing The Merciful Women! :)

>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.

67Morphidae
Fev 13, 2015, 11:01pm

Ender's Game was a reread so I knew I'd like it.

68saraslibrary
Fev 14, 2015, 6:49pm

>67 Morphidae: Oh, gotcha. :) Yeah, I'm sure you'll like it again if it's a reread.

69LibraryCin
Fev 15, 2015, 1:32am

hmmm, interesting. I am almost finished listening to Jaws, but I'm not sure where the "supernatural" comes in there. I believe it's tagged with it (at least over at shelfari), so that's where I came up with it for this month. Oh, well. I already read The Hound of the Baskervilles (which definitely fit) and I might still get to Horns, as well. If not, Horns fits AlphaCAT next month.

70LibraryCin
Fev 15, 2015, 1:33am

Yeah, Jaws doesn't have the supernatural tag here, and even over at shelfari, it's pretty small font, so I'm thinking maybe one person tagged it that way. Oh, well...

71saraslibrary
Fev 15, 2015, 2:01am

>69 LibraryCin: & >70 LibraryCin: Whoever tagged Jaws supernatural probably figured the shark was extraordinary in its killing. Sure, sharks kill people, but not as ruthlessly as in the movies. Who knows why it got a supernatural tag. *shrugs* Hopefully the audiobook was good at least? :)

72Moomin_Mama
Fev 15, 2015, 8:22am

>69 LibraryCin: Is Jaws any good? How does it compare to the film?

73LibraryCin
Editado: Fev 15, 2015, 1:08pm

>71 saraslibrary: >72 Moomin_Mama: I'm quite liking it. There is one little background thread that I could have done without, but otherwise, I'm really liking it. It's been too long since I've seen the movie to really compare the two, though.

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.

74saraslibrary
Fev 15, 2015, 5:28pm

>73 LibraryCin: That's good to know. I have seen Jaws (the book) for sale a few times at HPB. Now I may have to pick it up. Thanks! :)

LOL! You won't be thanking me when you can't get the Jaws theme out of your head, but you're welcome for now. :D

75whitewavedarling
Fev 15, 2015, 7:52pm

Finished Doctor Sleep today. King's at the top of his game with this one. Absolutely great.

76saraslibrary
Fev 16, 2015, 2:46am

>75 whitewavedarling: Good job finishing it! :) I'm glad it was an excellent read.

77LibraryCin
Fev 17, 2015, 11:23pm

Jaws / Peter Benchley
4 stars

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.

78saraslibrary
Fev 19, 2015, 1:45am



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."

79whitewavedarling
Fev 20, 2015, 10:27am

>77 LibraryCin:, >78 saraslibrary:, I remember being really surprised by how much I enjoyed it, even with practically knowing the movie by heart! And, I love that graphic lol!

80luvamystery65
Fev 20, 2015, 10:47am

I finished Death of an Ordinary Man and while it is supernatural it isn't scary. It is very sad though.

81LibraryCin
Fev 20, 2015, 8:11pm

>78 saraslibrary: Yup, it's a great graphic!

82saraslibrary
Fev 21, 2015, 4:49pm

>79 whitewavedarling: & >81 LibraryCin: Thanks! :) It made laugh, too, when I saw it.

>80 luvamystery65: Yeah, I saw the book page for Death of an Ordinary Man and it didn't appear scary. Did you like it?

83luvamystery65
Fev 21, 2015, 4:59pm

>82 saraslibrary: I did like it a lot. I do have to say fair warning that Glen Duncan is not for everyone. There was definitely some uncomfortable moments in reading but over all a very well written novel.

84saraslibrary
Fev 21, 2015, 5:11pm

>83 luvamystery65: I'm glad you liked it. :) Are his books too graphic? Is that why they're not for everyone?

85luvamystery65
Fev 21, 2015, 6:04pm

>84 saraslibrary: Yes definitely that but it's not just the actual sex the characters are having but what his characters are thinking. Duncan holds nothing back.

86saraslibrary
Fev 25, 2015, 4:09pm

>85 luvamystery65: I like that about books--honest writing, even if it's uncomfortable at times. I'll have to try Glen Duncan sometime. Thanks for the rec! :)

87Moomin_Mama
Fev 26, 2015, 5:42pm

>83 luvamystery65: I've just realised that you're talking about the same Glen Duncan who wrote I, Lucifer, which I have somewhere but have never gotten round to reading. Have you read it? Would you recommend it?

88majkia
Fev 26, 2015, 6:05pm

well, I'm thinking The Midwich Cuckoos sort of fits.

89luvamystery65
Fev 26, 2015, 6:12pm

>87 Moomin_Mama: I have not read I, Lucifer yet. AHS-Wolfy has been giving me tips on which Duncan to read. He is a huge fan of Duncan's. He says that I, Lucifer is Duncan's weakest work but still a good novel. I'm going to finish the Bloodlines (The Last Werewolf) Trilogy and then read it after.

90Moomin_Mama
Editado: Fev 26, 2015, 7:03pm

>89 luvamystery65: I must get round to it - I'll fit it into the 'light reads and humour' month.

>88 majkia: Earth to Majkia - fits what?

91Moomin_Mama
Mar 2, 2015, 1:16pm

I did manage a fourth horror - Under the Dome. A friend of mine was reading it and wanted me to follow along. I wouldn't say it was one of his best, but it was still very readable and a lot of over the top fun. The explanation for the Dome seemed silly to me and the ending seemed rushed, but I kept going back to it and wanting to know what happened next, despite any flaws (and its length). Entertaining.

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.

92sturlington
Mar 2, 2015, 2:05pm

>91 Moomin_Mama: There is a tv series based on that book, if you weren't aware already. It is much, much sillier than the book. My husband and I think it's fun in that over the top way.

93Moomin_Mama
Mar 2, 2015, 6:02pm

>92 sturlington: I had high hopes for the series when I watched the first episode, but after three or four I got bored of it. Sorry I did really; I've heard how silly it gets. It's into its second or third season, isn't it? I'm guessing the Dome comes back or can't be gotten rid of at all...

94sturlington
Mar 3, 2015, 6:59am

I think the second season is when it really goes off the rails. Also it doesn't follow the book at all. You're not missing much if you decided not to watch.

95mathgirl40
Mar 11, 2015, 10:29pm

I'm a little bit late in updating this thread, but I managed two supernatural books for February. One was H. P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, which I did not like all that much, even though it was atmospheric and suspenseful. The other was Horns, which I loved. It wasn't all that scary but it was a great read. Joe Hill is quickly becoming one of my favourites.

96saraslibrary
Mar 11, 2015, 10:34pm

>95 mathgirl40: Good job! :) I really have yet to meet anyone who hated Horns, so I'll have to try it. Though to be honest, I'll probably end up watching the movie first. ;)

97Moomin_Mama
Mar 12, 2015, 7:14am

>95 mathgirl40: H. P. Lovecraft is one of my choices for June. I've been trying to finish H. P. Lovecraft Omnibus 2: Dagon and Other Macabre Tales for months now, which is a collection of lesser known stories, and I was hoping to have better luck with The H.P. Lovecraft Omnibus 3: The Haunter of the Dark and Other Tales. We'll see. Have you read any of his stories before Mountains of Madness? I'd heard so much about his stories but they weren't what I was expecting at all - I thought of them as more fantasy than horror, and found them a little dry.

98mathgirl40
Mar 12, 2015, 7:57am

>97 Moomin_Mama: I'd not read any of Lovecraft's stories before At the Mountains of Madness. In retrospect, I might have enjoyed Mountains more if I had. Apparently, it fills in some of the background that the other stories refer to. I only started with Mountains because it was a book-club selection. My main complaint with it is that it is overly long and detailed for the little plot it had, but I can understand that those familiar with Lovecraft's worlds would probably enjoy it much more.

99Moomin_Mama
Mar 12, 2015, 4:12pm

>98 mathgirl40: That's good to know - maybe I'll find them more rewarding the more familiar I become with his work. I'm only about half-way through the second omnibus and they're not all bad, but some are mostly descriptions of fantastic landscapes, with not too much plot. I'm prepared to stick with Lovecraft and see what all the fuss is about, he's such a big horror influence.

100LibraryCin
Mar 12, 2015, 10:37pm

>95 mathgirl40: I meant to get to Horns for supernatural in Feb., but I didn't get there, so I just finished it last week instead. I also really enjoyed it and agree that it wasn't really scary. (I did mention it to a friend who doesn't like scary. I suggested if she wanted to try Joe Hill, Horns would be the one to go with).

101LibraryCin
Mar 12, 2015, 10:38pm

I found At the Mountains of Madness really boring. I've never read any other Lovecraft, but wanted to try something because I love the board game, Arkham Horror, so I'd hoped to get some of the "background" on the places and such for the game. :-)

102mathgirl40
Mar 13, 2015, 10:26pm

>99 Moomin_Mama: "Some are mostly descriptions of fantastic landscapes, with not too much plot". Yes, that's a good description of At the Mountains of Madness. He does the descriptions well, though. :)

>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.