Tag: horror

Review: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

I had mixed feelings about this book, which generated a lot of buzz when it came out, but I continue to think about it.  It’s an unusual blend of character-driven horror, something like Station Eleven. It’s a book where not much happens, but it’s… Continue Reading “Review: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam”

Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

If you’re a fan of gothic horror, you will love this book. I’m not a huge fan of the gothic novel, although I did enjoy Rebecca and I like seeing how other authors take on this genre. I read it mainly because it’s by… Continue Reading “Review: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia”

Why do we read books that scare us?

As Halloween approached, I’ve been thinking about scary books and why we read them.  With all the horror in the news, my work colleagues have been increasingly asking for “lighter” book recommendations (I’ve been recommending Less). I’ve written several posts with recommendations of good… Continue Reading “Why do we read books that scare us?”

R.I.P. XIII: Readers Imbibing Peril

One of my favorite annual blog events is Readers Imbibing Peril, or RIP.  Because let’s face it, the real world is scary enough. This event runs from September 1 to October 31, and is all about reading things that are spooky, whether they are… Continue Reading “R.I.P. XIII: Readers Imbibing Peril”

October Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews

I read these books in September but didn’t have a chance to post any reviews, so now here we are at Halloween and these are three perfect Halloween-time reads. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire This series has been around for a while (since… Continue Reading “October Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews”

Top Ten Authors To Read This Halloween

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I love reading scary books, and I’m clearly not alone in that.  What makes horror so attractive?  People who study children’s literature say that scaring ourselves is a way to process what’s truly… Continue Reading “Top Ten Authors To Read This Halloween”

Slade House by David Mitchell

David Mitchell is one of my favorite writers, and this book didn’t disappoint. If you’re looking for a creepy haunted house story, this one is eerie and at times terrifying. This short novel is also a companion to his recent The Bone Clocks, and… Continue Reading “Slade House by David Mitchell”

My Fall TBR List: brought to you by RIP X and Sci-Fi Month

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish, is our Fall To-Be-Read (TBR) List.  I thought about not doing a Fall TBR List because I’ve had list burn-out lately, but there are two events this fall I want to participate… Continue Reading “My Fall TBR List: brought to you by RIP X and Sci-Fi Month”

Joyland by Stephen King

This is my last review for Halloween and the R.I.P. IX Challenge. Happy Halloween! Joyland is part murder mystery, part ghost story, part coming of age novel. There’s nothing ground-breaking about Joyland, but it’s the kind of novel that shows King at his best.… Continue Reading “Joyland by Stephen King”

Top Ten Books to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’ve always loved fantasy, and while I don’t always say I’m a horror fan, fantasy and horror are pretty similar genres. I practically grew up on Stephen King novels —… Continue Reading “Top Ten Books to Get You in the Halloween Spirit”

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Haunting of Hill House was written by Shirley Jackson in 1959. A finalist for the National Book Award, it’s considered by many to be one of the best horror stories out there, at least in the ghost story/haunted house category. It’s been remade… Continue Reading “The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson”

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

This book has received a lot of critical acclaim in 2013, and it was as good as I expected it to be – although I have to say it was a book I appreciated but wasn’t riveted to. Still… I can best describe Vampires… Continue Reading “Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell”

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