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Saturday, September 1, 2012

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII

Hi, everyone! Time for another 2012 Reading Challenge!!

The challenge is being hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings.

Here are the details copied from Carl's blog:
R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII

The purpose of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII is to enjoy books and movies/television that could be classified (by you) as:

Dark Fantasy.
Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.

I have removed the word “challenge” from this event because it has never really fit. “Challenge” was the lingo back when I first discovered book blogs thus its previous addition to the reading events I host. While I don’t have any personal grudge against folks challenging themselves to read a certain number of books, or books outside their comfort zone, this event is primarily about the great pleasure that can be found in embracing this type of fiction/non-fiction during this season of the year.

There are two simple goals for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII

1. Have fun reading.

2. Share that fun with others.

As I do each and every year, there are multiple levels of participation (Perils) that allow you to be a part of R.I.P. VII without adding the burden of another commitment to your already busy lives. There is even a one book only option for those who feel that this sort of reading is not their cup of tea (or who have many other commitments) but want to participate all the same.

R.I.P. VII officially runs from September 1st through October 31st. But lets go ahead and break the rules. Lets start today!!!

Multiple perils await you. You can participate in just one, or participate in them all.
These are the perils that I am planning to participate in:

Peril the First:

Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be King or Conan Doyle, Penny or Poe, Chandler or Collins, Lovecraft or Leroux…or anyone in between.
  1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (Anna, Book 1) 
  2. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (Anna, Book 2)
  3. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh (Nevermore, Book 1) 
  4. Loose Gravel by David P. Holmes 
  5. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami 
  6. The Gunslinger by Stephen King (The Dark Tower, Book 1)
  7. Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh (Nevermore, Book 2)
  8. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters 
  9. The First Days by Rhiannon Frater (As The World Dies: A Zombie Trilogy, Book 1) 

Peril on the Screen:

This is for those of us that like to watch suitably scary, eerie, mysterious gothic fare during this time of year. It may be something on the small screen or large. It might be a television show, like Dark Shadows or Midsomer Murders, or your favorite film. If you are so inclined, please post links to any R.I.P.-related viewing you do on to the Review Site as well.
  1.  The Walking Dead, Season 1

Peril of the Group Read:

This Peril was added last year and was a lot of fun. As a new twist this year I am getting others in on the act. We will be doing two group reads during R.I.P. VII, one in September and one in October. The September Group Read selection is:

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters.

This group read is being hosted by Heather and Andi of The Estella Society. All the details and the sign up can be found here. They also created the fun banner picture above. Love the little skull and crossbones background.

As a quick preview though:

We’ve decided to keep this loosey-goosey. It starts September 1st, just as RIP starts. We’ll meet up here, to discuss around the halfway point, on September 10th, and end on the 17th. The book may look long, but I promise, it’s a quick read if you can get into it. And honestly, I don’t see how you can’t get into it. The audiobook is read by Simon Vance. I’ve already listened to some of it and can tell, it’s going to be a stellar listen. So download it, plug in, crack open that spine and join us starting September 1st.

I’m signing up, I hope you consider doing so as well.

My review:
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

The second R.I.P. Group Read will begin October 1st and it is:

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

This one will be hosted by me along with help from a few others and details and a sign up will be posted at a later date. This is a wonderful book to read or to listen to on audio (narrated by the author) and I wanted to get the word out now in case you wanted to join in and needed time to track it down.

My Review:

Both of these will be great, moody reads dripping with just the right atmosphere for R.I.P.
As always there is a R.I.P. Review Site for you to post links to any book or screen posts you do related to this event. Please post links there if you have them throughout the next two months as we would love to come visit you on your site. The Review Site can be found here, and also by clicking on the image to in my sidebar to the right.

If you would like to join me in the challenge, just click the challenge badge at the beginning of the post. 


    1. This sounds like so much fun! I may have to sign up.

    2. Yes Heather, join the fun!

      Great to have you in for number 7, Darlene. I hope you have a great time with whatever you choose to read and watch this time around. I'm hoping you can join us for the group reads. I'm enjoying the heck out of The Little Stranger thus far and it will be a delight to talk about The Graveyard Book, one of my favorites.

      1. Thanks, Carl! I'm glad to hear how much you are enjoying the Little Stranger. That one is next on my iPod.


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