Tuesday, August 25, 2009

R.I.P. Challenge IV

It's that time of year again!!! The R.I.P Challenge IV, hosted by Carl V. at Stainless Steel Droppings, officially begins September 1st and runs through October 31st (but Carl says "... let's go ahead and break the rules. Let's start today!!!").

R.I.P. stands for Readers Imbibing Peril and the reading for this challenge can come from any of the following genres:

Dark Fantasy

One of the things I love about the R.I.P. Challenge is that Carl wants this challenge to be fun, so there are two simple goals to the Readers Imbibing Peril Challenge:

Have fun reading
Share that fun with others

I will most likely want to read more than one book for this challenge, but what I will commit to is:

Peril the Third
Read One book of any length, from any of the subgenres listed earlier in the post.

Here is the pool of books I'll be drawing from (pool may become larger with time!):

The Ghost Writer by John Harwood
The Seance by John Harwood
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
The Vampyre by John Polidori
The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters by Gordon Dahlquist
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (re-read)
Tales of Moonlight and Rain by Ueda Akinari (also reading for Bellezza's Japanese Literature Challenge)
The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Sunshine by Robin McKinley


  1. That's a big list! You are about the 4th person with The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters on it and I am curious about this one. I hope you all read it and give me reviews to make me want to get it!

  2. I've seen a few lists that make me froth with book lust from top to bottom and yours is one of them. Wow, what a fantastic list of books, a few of which I've read and many more that I would love to read.

  3. Ooh, SUNSHINE is a great book! I think Robin McKinley did an amazing job of developing her alternate world.

  4. Hi Terri...your blog is new to me, but i was happy to see you joined this challenge --IT WAS SO MUCH FUN LAST YEAR.

  5. I can't wait to read your reviews! I'm most curious about The Haunted Hotel and The Vampyre!

  6. Oh what a great list! I have the Harwoods on my list too!! The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters is one crazy ride, I hope you enjoy it. I forgot about The Monsters...since I'm hoping to read Frankenstein, maybe I should read that one too. If I can find my copy....

    Good luck and have fun!!

  7. The Little Stranger! I should have put that on my list!

    Fun list! I particularly liked Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  8. It seems like everyone's done We Have Always Lived in the Castle! I'd never heard of it until I started looking through peoples' RIP lists. It sounds fascinating. Tales of Moonlight and Rain also sounds interesting.

  9. We Have Always Lived in the Castle and Something Wicked This Way Comes are so good! The Monsters wasn't for me, but hopefully you'll enjoy it more than I did!

  10. Great list! I'm looking forward to reading what you thought of The Little Stranger. I just read it this summer & loved it.


  11. Oooh--shiny new things! I haven't heard of Haunted Hotel by Collins. I plan on joining this one too--I love this time of year (as long as the weather starts cooling down soon). I did get your email--am a little backlogged right now, though. :(

  12. I recently read a book by the Hooblers; if Monsters is anything like that one, I hope you thoroughly enjoy the subject, because they track down every little detail, and their prose can be a bit thick (but they are academics). Also listened (eleven CDs!) to Girl with the Dragon Tatoo; think I would have liked it better on the page...am writing down several of your titles for the List. Thanks (I think ;) )!

  13. I've been wanting to read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo all summer. Hopefully by fall I can get to it! Your list looks great, Terri, you've given me lots of ideas.

  14. Yay, Terri! So good to know you're joining in the fun! I'm participating too. :D

  15. Great pool! I was going to put The Little Stranger in mine, but I'm trying to read Waters' books in published order. :) I really enjoyed both of the Harwoods!

  16. Oh, great list of books! I'd like to read some of those too. Tales of Moonlight and Rain is perfect for autumn. Hope you enjoy it.

  17. Interesting list! I might check out a few books from this!

    Here is my RIP IV read list

  18. Hi Terri! Your book list is fantastic; many selections I'd like to read myself. I'll also be reading The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters and I look forward to reading your thoughts.

    Oh, I'm also a fellow Japanese Literature challenge participant. :)

  19. I, too, can't wait to hear what you think about The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters. I've heard such good things about it--but I must admit, I'm kind of intimidated by its size:)