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The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
The Shining by Stephen King
The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill
Carnacki the Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson
The Haunted Hotel & Other Stories by Wilkie Collins
What does everyone plan on reading, if they choose to join this month's challenge? Any suggestions for those of us who may be stuck?
I haven't finished my June reading because my dog was sick and I had to put him down but I will be reading The Haunting of Hill House at some point.
Best of luck finishing up your June read (I'm still wrapping up the last few chapters, too), and good luck with The Haunting of Hill House! :)
>3 LibraryCin: Weird. I just got done putting The Winter People on display at work. :D Good luck with any of the three you have listed. I've heard Locke & Key is really good, too. I didn't know Orson Scott Card wrote anything in the horror vein. I thought he was pretty much a science fiction writer.
I may take the easy route and read some ghost manga--the xXxHoLic series by Clamp, Eerie Queerie by Shuri Shiozu, etc--or some other teen fiction--The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, for instance. It all depends on what I find first and really draws me in. :)
>2 luvamystery65: So sorry to hear about your dog. It's never easy but I hope you're looking after yourself and taking comfort in the fact you gave him as good a life as possible.
For July I have The Woman in Black and The Little Stranger. Another possibility is Haunted by James Herbert.
Haunted by James Herbert is another book I own but haven't read yet. Good luck with all three if (what am I saying "if?" you'll probably soar through all three ;) you read them all.
>7 luvamystery65: You're so welcome. And I love the photo of Freddy! :) So sweet. My first dog was a Silky, too, so I immediately fell in love with your pic. I'm glad he had a good death and didn't suffer much, and thank you for sharing him with us. :)
>9 sturlington: Good luck with Burnt Offerings. :) Ooh, and it takes place during the summer. Perfect timing!
Luke, who supposedly died 30 years ago, is recognized by a few people, looking just like he did then. He is pretending to be a cousin to the woman who was once his girlfriend. Bode Locke has discovered another key – this one opens up his brain, where he can look at and pick out memories. Unfortunately, the older Locke siblings trust Luke and he learns of this key...
It was good, but I didn't like it as much as the first one. It ended on a “cliffhanger”, but I was already planning to read the next one in the series, anyway. The illustrations are very well done. There is a section at the back where the illustrator explains his process, which was kind of interesting. It ends with a beautiful gallery of illustrations, as well.
If that's typical then yes, the illustrations are extremely well done!
>18 sturlington: Good job finishing Burnt Offerings! :) Any others lined up for this month?
>20 sturlington: That is one nice things about ebooks. :)
>21 saraslibrary: You've never read James Herbert yet you keep buying his books? And I thought my book buying was bad :D
I don't want to give anything away, but I found the ending quite unnerving, especially as I should have seen it coming. Reading reviews here on LT, it seems the main complaints are that it is too long (it is, if the reader was expecting JUST a ghost story), and that there was no ending or explanation (I guess it depends on how literally the reader was taking the story). The book is as much a social commentary and character study as anything else, and really enjoyable if you read it with that in mind.
It's funny but about halfway through I was still not completely buying the 'decaying house as metaphor of mental illness and decline', but then it dawned on me why this might be so. It's very clever, chilling, but missed by some, it seems. I'd still recommend the book for it's readability. 5 stars.
PS - More on my own thread, but be warned, there are spoilers, which in this case really will ruin the book if you haven't yet read it (to be honest I only post on my own thread for the benefit of anyone who wants to compare their own reading experience of a particular book with mine).
>23 Moomin_Mama: Nice review! :) That one does sound very good.
I finished the first volume of xXxHoLic by Clamp. Most of the tags describe it and the series as YA fantasy, so it's definitely not scary. The ghost and haunting part of it weren't in the forefront, but maybe there'll be more spookies in the volume 2+. I had planned on reading 1-5 straight through (those are the only ones I own so far--oh, and #8), but I have somehow misplaced volumes 2+. :/ Anywho, recommended for anyone at any age.
>26 sturlington: No worries; vacations are necessary. :) Good idea. I haven't looked at next month's topic, because I'm ridiculously optimistic I'll find volumes 2+ of xxxHolic in a stroke of luck and finish as many as I can by the end of July. *fingers crossed* Anyway, best of luck getting ready for...(I have to look)...psychological horror. Oh, that should be a fun one! :)
>27 nrmay: Oh, good choice! :) I own that one and wish I had more time to fit it in, because it's been years since I've read anything by Mary Downing Hahn. Did you like it?
>28 Moomin_Mama: :D That says a lot when the pet in the story is more interesting than the human characters. How does it compare to the movie version of it?
I finished Tesseracts Seventeen: Speculating Canada Coast to Coast, an anthology of short stories. Though it's a broad mix of speculative fiction, the book includes several ghost stories. In particular, I enjoyed one by Mark Leslie, who seems to specialize in ghost stories. I haven't read any of his non-fiction books, but he has written several about ghost-related folklore in various Canadian cities. One that sounds interesting and includes places outside of Canada is Tomes of Terror: Haunted Bookstores and Libraries.
re: Look for Me by Moonlight by Mary Downing Hahn. I did like it. It's a quick YA read.
I liked the references to one of my favorites - the romantic ballad The Highwayman!
"Then look for me by moonlight,
Watch for me by moonlight,
I’ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way.”
There seems to be a lot of love for this book over on Goodreads - I cannot understand it. Did I miss something?