Tuesday, August 25, 2009

R.I.P. IV Challenge

As if to celebrate the fact that it's almost time for Carl's 4th annual R.I.P. Challenge, it's been slightly cooler here the last couple of days. It's certainly been a nice respite from the usual heat and humidity.

I can't wait to read some gothic, spooky, chilly reads so I'm signing up for Peril the First, of which the goal is to "read Four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose", including mystery, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, gothic, horror, and supernatural. I think I might also join in the Short Story Peril since I'm hoping to read some Poe. You can find out more about the challenge by clicking on the button.

I went ahead and ordered a few books from my R.I.P. Book Coveting post, so these are the ones I'm most likely going to choose from for the challenge.

A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle
This was a gift from Nymeth for guessing her favourite reads of 2008 and winning her contest back in December. I've been saving it specially to read this autumn.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
As I mentioned in that Sunday Salon post, I've never read this but have recently become quite interested to do so.

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings by Edgar Allen Poe
I decided to go with this Penguin Classics collection as my introduction to Poe, and I'm really looking forward to it. I have a feeling I'll be wondering what took me so long.

The Vampire of Ropraz by Jacques Chessex
I seem to be in the mood for vampires!

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
I'd forgotten about this one when I wrote the Coveting post, but I've heard great things about both the book and the movie so I added this to my order.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
This one has been sitting on my shelves for a few years now. The size of it scares me a little, so I'm not sure I'll get to it this year either but I'll add it to the pile, yet again, and maybe the mood will strike to just dive in.

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
I meant to read this one for last year's R.I.P. Challenge but didn't get to it. Hopefully this year.

Drood by Dan Simmons
Another chunkster, but I would love to read it. I really must get over my ridiculous fear of chunksters.

Be With You by Takuji Ichikawa
I'm not sure how spooky this one actually is, but it seems to be a ghost story of sorts, and I'd love to fit in a Japanese literature title this autumn.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
I'm not one of the lucky ones who already has an ARC of this but I'll be ordering it as soon as it's published later next month.

So many yummy books! Except for the last one, the problem is going to be choosing which one to read first! And I'm looking forward to hearing about everyone else's choices.

Are you planning to join the R.I.P. Challenge this year? You really should! But even if you're not, what are you looking forward to reading this autumn?


  1. Nice pool! DR. JEKYLL AND MR HYDE is good stuff, and I really think you'll like Poe. His stories have wonderful atmosphere.

  2. That is an awesome list! I love the R.I.P. Challenge! And don't worry about The Historian's size...it's a pretty quick read.

  3. I can't believe it's time for the RIP challenge again. I love it so yep, I'll be joining.

    You've got a great list of choices so hope you have fun!

  4. I love your pool! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on A Fine and Private Place. Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Historian and The Book of Lost Things were also great reads. And sigh, I want Let the Right One In and Her Fearful Symmetry, but...book buying ban and all that :( I actually have Drood, but I heard that it spoils The Moonstone so I'd like to read that first. It's another chunkster, though...wish me luck :P

  5. I'm definitely joining up. I already have sorted out my spooky reads from my TBR pile. Now I just have to choose which to read. I think I will do the short story challenge as well because I read Poe weekly and I also have Joe Hill's short story book and a book of Muriel Spark ghost stories.

  6. you have some chunksters there! I have drood on my list too..but it may be toooo long lol..

    I read the historian and book of lost things already and those were both really good books

  7. I really enjoyed Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

  8. Oh don't let The Historian intimidate you. I thought it looked huge too, but I ripped through it in a matter of days. It's a hard one to put down.

    The Book of Lost Things is amazing.

    Drood...well...Drood is intimidating. It took me a couple of weeks. I did love it though.

    I'm halfway through Her Fearful Symmetry and it is definitely perfect for RIP!

  9. Nice choices! Hope you enjoy them.

  10. Is this really your first introduction to Poe? Oh, I am so thrilled for you and envious of this first experience for you. I did a post on Poe during the last RIP Challenge and will love to hear if you have similar feelings after partaking of his works.

    Love the fact that you have a RIP Book Coveting list! Very cool. I wasn't lucky enough to get an ARC of my own for Her Fearful Symmetry, but a wonderful fellow blogger is sharing her copy with me so I'll be reading it by the end of this week most likely. Yay!!!

  11. I like a good vampire story myself- I thought The Historian was a wonderful bookish take on the myth but was disappointed by Let the Right One In. I'll be interested to hear what you think if you do read it- its morality (or lack therof) was quite troubling to me!

  12. I like this list. Mine has mostly Mystery/Suspense/Thrillers. I need to add dark fantasy!

    Here is my RIP IV read list

  13. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of my favorite books ever!

  14. I decided to jump back into blogging with this challenge. I'm tempted to revamp my entire blog actually. I've missed everyone!

  15. I swore off all challenges this year, but I'm very tempted to join in on this one. Carl always hosts the best. I can't believe it's time for the IV! If I do join, I'll probably go with Joe Hill's 20th Century Ghosts, The Woman in White and The Book of Lost Things. I've had these for far too long and really need a good push to finally read them!

  16. I'll be joining this challenge as well--even though I'm so over-challenged I'll be lucky just to read one. I'll probably add Drood to my list as well. Cask of Amontillado is another great Poe one if you can get to it. And The Pit and the Pendulum. Oh my--and The Cat. :) And OF COURSE Tell-Tale Heart.

  17. Great pool! I'll also be reading Her Fearful Symmetry and re-reads of some Poe stories will have to feature on Short Story Sundays.

    I also listed as much suitable Japanese literature as possible to combine Carl and Bellezza's challenges.

  18. Memory - My Poe book has arrived and I can't wait to dive in! I have a feeling I'll like his stuff too.

    Amanda - I love this challenge too! It's definitely one of my favourites. I'm glad to hear that The Historian is a quick read despite its size. Maybe this will be the year..

    Iliana - I'm so glad it's time for R.I.P. again, even though it is still hot here. Hopefully some chilly reads will help cool me off.

    Nymeth - Well, remember your reward system. So get reading and then you'll be able to get one of them. :)
    I didn't know that Drood spoils The Moonstone! Thanks for mentioning it. Now I'm going to have to read The Moonstone first too.

    Kristen M. - I think I'm going to try to read a couple Poe stories a week. Have fun with all your spooky reads!

    DesLily - I'm not sure whether I'll get to any of the chunksters or not. I want to but I'll just have to see how it goes.

    Becky - I'm really looking forward to reading it!

    Heather - I'll try not to let The Historian intimidate me. I do want to read it so I'll get there one of these days/years!

    mariel - Thanks, I wish I could read all of them at the same time!

  19. Carl V. - It really is! It's shameful, I know. I'll have to go back and re-read your Poe post, thanks for mentioning it.

    Sarah - Oh, you've made me curious to read Let the Right One In for myself to see what I think of it. Everyone seems to have loved The Historian - I really should try to finally read it.

    gautami tripathy - I kind of forgot about mysteries and thrillers when I was making my list but I do have a few that I might end up reading instead of these. We'll see.

    Amanda - That's high praise! I'm so looking forward to reading it!

    Heather - And we've missed you! It's a great challenge to get back into things with.

    Les - You can always sign up for just one book. (nudge, nudge) Maybe we should read The Book of Lost Things together to encourage each other on, and compare thoughts. :)

    Trish - I'm pretty over-challenged too but I can't NOT join! :P
    I just looked at the list of contents and the edition of Poe stories that I got includes both of those stories as well. Yay!

    Paperback Reader - I'm looking forward to reading Poe and chatting about the stories on Sundays.

  20. Hmm... Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde sounds like an interesting classic that I definitely should read. I actually think there's tons of classics that I simply must read as part of an education in literature. I'm thinking of saving them for next year, but I guess I at least have to read one or two before this year ends.

    Impressive list Tabanata :)

  21. Mark David - I agree, there are a lot of classics that I'd like to read, or feel I should read, because they've had a major effect on later literature, and culture in general. There's no way I'll get to them all anytime soon, but I figure reading one here and there can't be a bad thing. :)


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