Carl says: Time for gothic tales and things that go bump in the night.
I've been looking forward to this challenge, and have been planning some books to read. There are several perils you can take for this one. This is part of what makes Carl's challenges so much fun; it's an adventure just deciding which peril to take.
A man [Ed. note: or woman] who limits his interests, limits his life.~Vincent Price (editorial addition by Carl V. Anderson)
I'm chosing Peril the First, read four stories of your choice. I had planned to read:
- Among the Shadows by LM Montgomery
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Seterfield
- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (alternate)
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
- The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason
I also thought I'd read Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman, which turns out to be An Additional Peril. It is being released as a paperback in Canada on September 19. Perfect. Aaand, I am considering reading that giant tome, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke for an online reading group, which almost becomes Peril the Third, a scary sandwich peril. I don't want to commit to that, as I may be committed trying to read that giant book. But I might. The option of a book list, with choices, is there too. I am in favor of this, because once the reviews start, I will see books I really want to read, and I want to be able to change my mind.
The book list of choices right now will include:
- Twilight by Stephanie Myers
- Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro
- The Talented Mr Ripley
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- Lisey's Story by Stephen King
- The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
- Everything's Eventual by Stephen King
So, four books it is, plus Fragile Things. Let the spooky fun begin!