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R.I.P. II Challenge

R.I.P. II Midway through Carl V’s R.I.P. challenge last year, I decided that I had wished I had joined it. I didn’t, but it certainly gave me something to look forward to this year. For the past few months, I’ve been keeping my eyes open for books I want to read for the challenge, and huzzah! Now that it has been announced, I’m quite excited for the next two months. Gothic fiction is something I go in spurts with, and this year it seems like I’m getting back into my love for it, so most of what I’m reading for the challenge will be somewhat gothic in nature.

R.I.P. II is a September 1st through October 31st celebration of all tales gothic, eerie, creepy, and dark. Tales that one reads in the dark of night, experiencing delicious shivers of terror and suspense at each creak of the floorboards or each gust of wind.

I’ve decided to go with Peril 1 for the challenge, and I will be reading the following books:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (a re-read)
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Prowlers by Christopher Golden

Possible Additions:
Among the Shadows by L.M. Montgomery
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
Mirrormask by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean
Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

In all honesty, I want to read all of my possible additions for this challenge, but I doubt I’ll have the time… but if not for the challenge, definitely soon. One of the main reasons that they’re in the additions list, and not one of the books I’m definitely going to read for the challenge is that I already own all of the ones I’m going to read for the challenge, and have to go on a hunt for the rest.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 6:06 pm August 20, 2007.
Category: Challenges

  • Chris

    Great list Court! Frankenstein is a favorite of mine and I’ll be reading The Historian and Something Wicked This Way Comes as well, so we can compare notes ;)

  • Quixotic

    Great list! Frankenstein is great, and I thoroughly enjoyed The Historian when I read it earlier this year. Will be interested to see what you make of it!

  • Nymeth

    We are both re-reading Frankenstein. I haven’t actually read the Mirrormask book, and I really should. Something Wicked This Way Comes is great! I look forward to your reviews.

  • Court

    Chris – Frankenstein is also one of my favourites, but I haven’t read it since…. oh, too many years ago now. A lot of people look to be reading very similar books. I’m looking forward to seeing what you think on all the books you have on your list!

    Quixotic – I definitely hope to enjoy The Historian as much as everyone else has. It’s been sitting on my TBR pile for about 6 months now!

    Nymeth – Thanks!! :)

  • Stephanie

    Some great books listed!! I’m excited for this challenge! It’s my favorite time of year, with my favorite genre of books!

  • Andi

    Excellent choices! Now I’m wishing I’d added The Historian to my pile, but the size is so daunting to my miniscule attention span.

    Good luck with the challenge!

  • Court

    Stephanie – One of my favourite genre of books as well. :) Yay for being excited for challenges!

    Andi – THanks! I agree, the size of The Historian does seem a little daunting. I’m hoping that it doesn’t take me a really long time to get into it, because otherwise I’m going to have a VERY hard time finishing it!

  • Lisa

    Great list! I read The Phantom of the Opera two years ago and loved it. I hope you enjoy it. I read The Invisible Man in AP English as Summer Reading in high school and I don’t remember it at all. In fact, it’s sitting in my TBR stack, maybe your reading it will get me to pull it out of the stack. ;)

  • Ex Libris

    Great list! The Invisible Man is on my challenge list, too. Will look forward to your reviews.

  • Court

    Lisa – Are you going to be participating in the challenge? You should – it’s a lot of fun. :)

    Ex Libris – Thanks!

  • Heather

    Great list! The Historian does seem long, but once you get into it, it goes pretty fast. I found it very hard to put down! Good luck!

  • booklogged

    Wonderful list and additions. Last year I read Dracula and The Historian for this challenge. Loved them both and I highly recommend reading them back to back.

  • Court

    Heather – Oh, I’m happy to hear that!

    booklogged – I love Dracula, but I’m already doing one reread, and there are so many other books that I want to read that I think I’ll have to skip that one for the time being…. sadly… :(