Current Reads: Wise Man’s Fear

This post is linked at “It’s Monday, what are you reading?”, a weekly meme that tells us what the blogosphere is currently reading. It is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. The links in the cover images take you to GoodReads.

I am currently reading

The Wise Man's Fear Hangsaman Punainen kuin veri
The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2) by Patrick Rothfuss
Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson
Punainen kuin veri by Salla Simukka (“As Red As Blood”)

I’m currently reading a couple of different books since I’m feeling a bit restless. I continued with the high fantasy series The Kingkiller Chronicle right after finishing the first book. That book is huge, though, and I’m also currently reading the modern classic horror Hangsaman, as well as a Finnish YA crime novel. I’m making slow progress with each, and reading graphic novels whenever I pause with these.

Last week I posted

January Book Haul

Last week I finished reading

Chew Vol. 7
Chew Vol.7: Bad Apples by John Layman & Rob Guillory
Last week I only finished one comic trade paperback, the latest volume of Chew. It was ok, but pretty clearly an in-between volume before the plot gets back going again.

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Halloween Reads

Happy Halloween! Did you gift someone a scary book in honor of All Hallow’s Read? I didn’t (maybe next year), but I thought I’d celebrate Halloween by recommending some scary/creepy/atmospheric Halloween reads to you! The links take you to GoodReads.

Classics

Great horror classics that rely more on atmosphere than cheap scares or disturbing imagery.
Frankenstein The Haunting of Hill House
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Children/Middle-grade

The imagery in these books will capture the imagination of children and adults alike. Yes, they are both by Gaiman, so sue me.
Coraline The Graveyard Book
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Modern horror

Kiernan’s second book, Threshold, could be argued to be more dark fantasy than horror, and the prose in it might not be for everyone, but I loved it. Heart-Shaped Box is the purest horror novel on this list – it’s more disturbing, and will scare you.
Threshold Heart-Shaped Box
Threshold by Caitlín R. Kiernan
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Hope you like these recommendations, and have a creepy Halloween!

Current Reads: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Like I wrote about in my last post, I’ve been doing an abbreviated version of Nerdintranslation‘s 30 Day Reading Challenge, where I’m trying to read a 100 pages a day for 23 days (I started the challenge a week late). Here is my progress so far!

I am currently reading

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
By: Neil Gaiman
From: My bookshelf

o(^▽^)o A new book by Neil Gaiman dance! I will start reading this today. I’ve already read a two chapter preview that I got with a free short story of Gaiman’s that I downloaded for my Kindle, and from that snippet I can say that I enjoy the almost storybook-like narrative focused on small village life with a bit of the supernatural thrown in, and can’t wait to keep reading and find out what the more fantastical elements of the book are about.

I’m also continuing with A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin.

I just finished reading

Doll Bones The Restaurant at the End of the Universe We Have Always Lived in the Castle
In the past week I’ve finished three books for the challenge. Doll Bones by Holly Black was an enjoyable middle-grade coming-of-age story with some horror/creepy tones thrown in, about three friends going on a quest to bury a doll. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams was a re-read of the second book in Adams’ hilarious sci-fi adventure series – my favorite part of this book was the Total Perspective Vortex. And earlier today I finished We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, a wonderfully creepy gothic horror novel filled with the great atmosphere that is always guaranteed by Jackson’s writing.

I previously posted

My 23 Day Reading Challenge
The Best Books of 2013 So Far
My Summer Reading List

 

This post is linked at “It’s Monday, what are you reading?”, a weekly meme that tells us what the blogosphere is currently reading. It is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.