Este tópico está presentemente marcado como "inativo" —a última mensagem tem mais de 90 dias. Reative o tópico publicando uma resposta.
William Hope Hodgson
M. R. James
We decided to also add New Weird and Slipstream as well so we can include:
Mark Z. Danielewski
I started a Lovecraft thread over in 75 Group for anyone reading him this month. Please come by if you decide to read him.
I've just finished Granta 131: The Map is Not the Territory and it ended on a short story by China Mieville, of all people. Very apt, I thought.
I'm still thinking of Authority, the sequel to Annihilation, for this month. However, I just heard that a new work of Mark Z. Danielewski, The Familiar: One Rainy Day in May, has just been published. I really liked House of Leaves and am tempted by this one. On the other hand, the fact that this is an 800-page first volume of a planned 27-volume set is somewhat daunting ....
>4 mathgirl40: & >5 luvamystery65: Did I understand it correctly? Volume 1 of a plannd 27-volume set is 800 pages?? Does he plan on writing that many pages for each volume? If so, double WOW from me, too! o.o
- Joyland / Stephen King
It's tagged pulp.
>8 sturlington: That's interesting about the genre. It sounds very science fiction-y, but I've never read it. I'm glad it's a fast read. :)
>11 Peace2: No worries. :) Read what you want; when you want. And best of luck with Day Watch! :)
>12 Moomin_Mama: Maybe you could read it at night with the lights off and it'll have the same effect. ;) Anyway, I'm glad you're enjoying the book! :)
>14 LibraryCin: Joyland looks like fun. Plus it's short. Always a plus. :)
I started My Work is Not Yet Done by Thomas Ligotti at the beginning of this month (sadly, I'm only on page 8), but then I got sidetracked with life and other books--the nature of my reading habit. ;) I had never thought of certain employees and employers as having swine blood in them, but now it's stuck in my head whenever I'm at work. I wonder how I'm going to start viewing work and my coworkers after I finish this one. o.o
>13 sturlington: It is short! I'd recommend it if anyone's still stuck for choice, it won't take long to get through.
>15 saraslibrary: I'm reading most of my horrors with the lights off, getting the most out of my reads :)
Love it!!!! :-)
My husband gave me a copy of the new Danielewski book for my birthday. I did leave a few hints for him ... :) The 800+ pages don't look so intimidating after all. There are graphics throughout the book and there are a good number of pages containing only a few words on them.
A slave talks to the captured God that he is caring for. I thought Mieville's books were more modern in setting; this could have been set during one of our ancient civilisations, although it doesn't make it clear which one, if any. I was impressed - it was an interesting story for one so short (17 pages) and was intriguing right up till the end. I'd read more of his work based on this.
In 1973, when Devin's girlfriend breaks up with him in the summer between years at university, he is crushed. He takes a job at an amusement park, Joyland, and tries to forget Wendy. A few years earlier, at Joyland, a girl was murdered and her ghost is said to still haunt the ride where she was killed. The murderer was never found. Devin makes some good friends at Joyland and one of them helps him try to figure out what happened to the murdered girl.
This one is actually pretty short for a King novel. Even so, Stephen King is so good at characters and atmosphere. Right from the start, I was pulled into Joyland. King does an amazing job describing it all and we even learn some of the carny vocabulary while we're at it! Most of the first half of the book does not actually focus on the mystery of the murdered girl, but introduces us to Joyland and the characters and gives us some background. The mystery becomes more of a focus in the second half, but I really enjoyed all of it.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children / Ransom Riggs
Jacob's grandfather used to tell Jacob fairy tales when Jake was a kid, but he presented them as being real. His grandfather, as a (Jewish) child, was sent away from Poland at the start of WWII to a home for children on an island in Wales, where he would be safe. After his grandfather dies, due to some things he said to Jacob as he was dying, Jacob feels he must get to Wales to find this orphanage his grandfather lived at.
I really enjoyed this. I love that it was based on real old photographs and I loved that they were included in the book (a bit dark in the ebook, but I could make them out). I loved the creepiness of the old house when Jacob first comes upon it. It's not action-packed (though there's more of that at the end), but I really liked the story, overall.
>25 LibraryCin: Another awesome read! :) I've been wanting to read that series for a long time. And they already have a graphic novel version of it out, too. Everything seems to have a graphic novel nowadays. ;)
I'm very sloooowly getting through My Work is Not Yet Done. It's not entirely the book's fault--I've been super busy--but nothing "weird" has gone on yet. I'm about 1/3 through it, so fingers crossed something unusual happens.
About halfway through The H.P. Lovecraft Omnibus 3: The Haunter of the Dark and Other Tales. Enjoying it hugely but stalled somewhat reading The Whisperer in Darkness, which was a decent enough story but was too long and really dragged. Everything after that is shorter and I hope to get through the second half fairly quickly. So far, so very weird :D
So far, so very weird - That's always good to hear! :)
>30 LibraryCin: Yeah, I haven't looked at the graphic novel version yet, but I just saw it on LT. If it's done well, it should be beautiful. :)
Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter / Seth Grahame-Smith
This is the story of Abraham Lincoln as a vampire hunter. As a boy, when he learns both his grandfather and his mother were killed by vampires, he vows to hunt every vampire in America down and kill them. When he meets a vampire who is willing to train him, he becomes the best vampire hunter in America.
I really liked this. I will admit that I don't know American history very well, so what I know about Lincoln is only the very basics. I do suspect much of what was in the book did really happen (but I can't say for sure) – except, of course, all the stuff about vampires! I didn't find it fast-paced, as it followed him on his travels for both work and vampire-hunting, but I really enjoyed it.
Disturbing but ingenious horror, with the fear of being driven mad particularly prevalent throughout the stories. 5 stars.
>39 Moomin_Mama: I hope you can finish it. :) I never pegged H.P. Lovecraft as "gruesome and horrific." I always heard he was very wordy and "archaic," like you said, so I never tried anything by him. Hmm, maybe I should. Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed the book so far.
I'm doing the last-minute finish-up of My Work Is Not Yet Done by Thomas Ligotti. I have no idea why it's taken me so long to finish such a short book. I guess I never really got into the main novella. *shrugs*
Be warned, he's also very racist, and a snob, but that somehow fits in with the world-view of the typical Lovecraftian protagonist - that anything beyond a very narrow range of experience and standards is somehow degenerate and corrupting, and to be feared.
Yes, I have heard the racist and snob things about him. I also read he was a woman-hater. But I wonder how much of it is really him or what he wants to create. I had a friend who read a Stephen King book once (I can't remember which one), and she said, "He's such a bigot! All those gay slurs!" But it was just a certain character that was the bigot, not the author. Or at least that's what I tell myself when I read an author's work and am turned off by certain behaviors, opinions, language, etc--it's the character, not the author.
Oh, and, no, I still haven't finished My Work Is Not Yet Done. That title is starting to become very apt for me. :D I will finish it soon, I promise; and I'll probably still count it for June.
ETA: Speaking of which, did anyone want to start July's? I could start a new thread....
ETAA: Ta da! July's thread: https://www.librarything.com/topic/192784.
>45 Moomin_Mama: Slugs don't bother me either, although I wouldn't want to step on one with bare feet! They're pretty harmless things really, unless you're a lettuce :)
Oh, yeah. Stepping on anything barefoot is... *shudders* And slugs do make gardening a bit of a problem. But we have chickens, so I'm guessing that's why I haven't seen any in ages.
The picture of the chicks is sweet, and I see what you mean about the size difference between chicken and dog. Chickens are not silly - four-legged furry things with pointed teeth can do serious damage to a chicken, your dog is just a funny shaped fox to them!
I didn't get very far with The Familiar: One Rainy Day in May, not because it wasn't appealing, but I got distracted with reading from my Hugo Award Voter's Packet last month. Also, I've been doing a lot of travelling, and this big heavy tome wasn't the right thing to take along. Anyhow, I will definitely continue with it eventually, and I've certainly enjoyed following this thread. I've picked up a few book bullets along the way.
They were adorable when they were babies. :) When we did have our rooster before we had to get rid of him, I was always protecting my dogs, because he'd go after them, even though they'd never done anything to him. Without him, now the dogs tend to chase the hens, until all four get together and puff up their feathers.
>52 mathgirl40: & >53 Moomin_Mama: Oh yikes! That is some heavy reading. I forgot that's the series that plans on going on forever.... Best of luck, Paulina! :)