Tuesday, November 03, 2009

R.I.P. IV Challenge Wrap Up

I can't believe that this year's R.I.P. Challenge, hosted by Carl V., is over. It went too fast for me to get to all of the books I wanted to read. I only committed to read and review one book for this challenge, but I was having too much fun and ended up reading seven and reviewing three.

Here are the books I read:

The Ghost Writer by John Harwood [review] - I liked this one well enough, but what I really enjoyed were the ghost stories within the story.

The Seance by John Harwood [review] - Out of the two Harwood books, I liked this one best. The author seemed to do a better job developing and pacing the story with this one.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson - Disturbing. Very disturbing. In a good way of course! I can't recommend this one enough.

The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, volumes 1 and 2 by Gordon Dahlquist - Total steampunk. Probably didn't need to be quite as long as it was, but I still enjoyed it a lot. I will forever have images in my head from this book!

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters [review] - Wonderfully atmospheric. I didn't really like any of the characters in this book, but that didn't keep me from enjoying it anyway.

Sunshine by Robin McKinley - McKinley manages to cover some new vampire territory with this one. Has one of the most tense human/vampire scenes I've ever encountered.

I only read part of this collection of short stories, but hope to finish it:
Tales of Moonlight and Rain by Ueda Akinari (also reading for Bellezza's Japanese Literature Challenge)

These are the books I didn't get to, but will definitely be reading in the future:
The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
The Vampyre by John Polidori
The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (re-read)


  1. Congrats on finishing! You read some great books :)

  2. I will have to read We Have Always Lived in the Castle. So many loved it. And that short story collection sounds most interesting.

  3. WOW...you really did great in this challenge and read some terrific books as well. I managed to read 4, so I was pleased too :)

  4. Congrats for completion. I find some wonderful books ghere!

    RIP IV Wrap-up

  5. Congratulations on finishing!

    I did round two wrap-up and end up reading 2 more before the deadline. All in all, I finished 4 books for the challenge. :)

  6. Congratulations - it was a fun challenge wasn't it! I love the cover of The Ghost Writer and We Have Always Lived in the Castle sounds so good.