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My usual for this style is Dean Koontz, he writes a lot of lighter "horror" with a main character who is delightfully witty and has hilarious banter with other characters, they're some of the most fun things I've read, hahaha. I might take a look at my shelves though if I have anything else that will fit, since I tend to like to keep his for those times I want something lighter to zip through and I don't have many left! xD
Some suggested titles mentioned eons ago were
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
YA (therefore on the lighter side)
Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events
RL Stine's Goosebumps series
LJ Smith's Vampire Diaries series
I haven't started my November book yet, though I finished Zipangu Night by Hideshi Hino yesterday (a short story manga collection, which I liked; the stories more than the artwork). What I might read is Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore or The Nymphos of Rocky Flats by Mario Acevedo or Monster by A. Lee Martinez, but I'm really liking the idea of reading children's horror instead. I think I still have some unread R. L. Stine and Point Horror books around. Good idea!
>2 si: That one looks great. I love the cover. :) And good luck with the Gail Carriger book. I've heard good things about that series.
>3 mathgirl40: I remember checking that one out at work. I never got to read all of it, but I liked the idea of a haunted IKEA. I love a lot of IKEA's stuff, though I can't afford to re-furbish my place every time they add something new.
>5 majkia: Great choice! :) It definitely fits the light/humorous bill. And it's book 1 in that series, if you're like me and have this almost obsessive habit of reading books in order. ;)
I decided to go for Nekropolis since it's been sitting on my shelf a couple years. I was mainly putting it off because it's the first of a series and the only one I have. But I figured eh, might as well just read it! It's interesting and amusing and certainly has my attention.
What would you do if you ever found yourself trapped in a horror movie? First, you must determine that you ARE in a horror movie, then determine what subgenre of horror it is (and Grahame-Smith helps with all of this). Then, he has all kinds of tips that will help you make it all the way to the end credits (then you just have to hope you don't end up in a sequel!).
This was hilarious!!! I found myself smiling, giggling, laughing, and even nodding in agreement! It's a quick read. I was reading the ebook ; there were a few cartoon illustrations here and there, and I would be curious to know if they are in colour in the print book. It would have been nice to see them a bit larger, as well, but it didn't take away from the hilarity of the rest of the book! So much fun!!
Good choice btw! And I'm glad it's an attention-grabber. It looks like it's only a trilogy for now, so maybe(?) you won't miss much until you can get your hands on the following two books.
>8 LibraryCin: I loved that book, too! :D I think I gave it 5 stars, too; it was hilarious.
>9 LibraryCin: It looks like it might be a Christopher Moore month. ;) And Charlaine Harris books are always fun to read, too.
This is kind of late for October (and not really funny or light for November), but I just found out I can loan my ebook copy of Header by Edward Lee to someone with an email account for 2 weeks. (It's a novella, so it shouldn't take that long.) And yes, it's free to whomever I lend it to. Anyone interested? Let me know. :)
Anyway, I got totally sidetracked on what I was going to read for this month, but somehow managed to read two picture books that fit this month's challenge: The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed by Patrick Rothfuss (more for adults or older children; I just loved this book--the humor, the story, the illustrations--and have my fingers crossed the sequel I ILL'd will come in soon)--and The Little Shop of Monsters by R. L. Stine, which is definitely marketable for children. Nothing spooky or gory like his Goosebumps or Fear Street books, so the youngin's will be ok with this one. Out of the two, I'd highly recommend Patrick Rothfuss's first!
Ooh The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle sounds delightful!
The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle was delightful, though I do have to warn a few cat lovers out there, because something nasty does happen to the kitten. :( Still, a totally awesome picture book (or graphic novel, if you don't want to think of it as a children's book).
Found a pic of it on his blog!
"As always, I feel a slight twinge about this sticker, which on casual inspection makes my book look like a Caldecott Award winner. But then I remind myself that any parent that buys a book for a child based on an award sticker they don’t even read, deserves what’s coming to them."
Lmao. I love this guy!
I haven't read anything for this category yet and probably won't be able to fit one in, in the remaining time. However, I really liked this book that I'd read last year: Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier. It's a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure type of book, where there are various outcomes depending on which path you choose.
By the way, if anyone would like to have this book for next year's challenge (maybe for the Short Stories category?), send me a message. It's a BookCrossing book. I've been a dedicated BookCrosser for years and have sent books all around the world and wild-released some in local spots. However, this one is a tough one to give away, as it's so different. I don't want to leave it in a Little Free Library or the like because, even though it looks like a children's book, the content is inappropriate for kids. By the way, if you do want the book, there is no obligation to join BookCrossing; that's totally optional. My only request is that you try to pass the book onto to another reader when you're done.
>23 mathgirl40: & >24 .Monkey.: & >25 mathgirl40: That books looks awesome; I'm glad it found a good home. :)
The advantage of registering a book at BookCrossing is that, if people add journal entries on the book's Web page, you can see where the book has travelled. For example, this book is my most well-travelled one. It has been in 17 sets of hands in a dozen different countries.
My attitude is: once a book has left my hands, the recipient is free to do whatever he/she wants with it. Most of the books I wild-release (i.e. leave somewhere rather than give to a specific person) don't get journal entries, but I'm happy enough knowing someone else is enjoying the book.
Sorry, that was a long-winded way to say: don't be scared of taking a BC book because you're not a member. There's no commitment except to enjoy the book and hopefully pass it on. :)
>33 sturlington: Well sounds like you mostly enjoyed it, at least, so that's good! I know I've seen a lot of talk about the podcast over the past few years, but I'm not much for them either, so I don't really have any idea what it's like either, aside of super popular. xP
>3 mathgirl40: Horrorstor looks a lot of fun, a future read for sure.
>5 majkia: >6 saraslibrary: How are both of you getting on with Bloodsucking Fiends? No spoilers though...
>17 saraslibrary: The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle looks my kind of read - thanks for introducing us to it :)
>23 mathgirl40: I love Choose-Your-Own-Adventures! Thanks for the recommendation. I want to get hold of a copy of Life's Lottery by horror author and critic Kim Newman, which is a CYOA style book, for next year.
>34 .Monkey.: I tend to hold on to my books, too. :)
>38 Moomin_Mama: Well, you needn't worry about spoilers from me, because I never got around to reading Bloodsucking Fiends. :) And you're welcome re: The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle. It was my favorite horror read in November. Oh, and I was able to read the sequel this month (December)--The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Dark of Deep Below --which I also highly recommend. It was much longer than the first and had a little more story to it.