Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag!

Halloween Creatures

Happy Halloween!!!

Therefore, a Halloween-esque tag today! I was tagged by Madge @CaffeineandBooks! Thanks friend, perfect timing! 😀


Rules:

  • Answer all prompts.
  • Answer honestly.
  • Tag 1-13 people.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
  • Have fun!

Witch
A Magical Character or Book.

Kings of the Wyld (The Band, #1)

I’m going with Moog from Kings of the Wyld. Moog is a wizard that’s a bit… goofy. He always get everyone out of a sticky situation just in the nick of time but man are there always weirdo consequences. He’s hilarious.

Werewolf
The Perfect Book to Read at Night.

Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts

Hungry Ghosts by Anthony Bourdain! This is a weirdo book, but it’s kinda creepy so perfecto for hot chocolate, a blanky, and a starry sky.

Frankenstein
A Book that Truly Shocked You.

Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon, #1)

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville! Just thinking about this book makes me wanna reread it. At the time I rated it a 4, but really, it could probably be a 5. The ending of this book, man. Wow.

The Devil
A Dark, Evil Character.

My Hero Academia, Vol. 1 (My Hero Academia, #1)

I always have such a hard time with this kinda question. Villains should be (and usually are) nuanced, meaning while they might be ‘evil’ there’s like… logic to it, I guess. Makes them more believable? Anyways, I choose All for One from My Hero Academia. He’s pretty bad, I think.

Grim Reaper
A Character that Should Never Have Died.

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

So… without giving spoilers, this one’s hard to explain. It’s not so much a death I wish didn’t happen, but… just… the fates of the characters? from The Queen of the Tearling. If you get to the end of the trilogy, you’ll get what I mean.

Zombie
A Book that Made You “Hungry” for More.

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

Because see above for reason. PLEASE WRITE ANOTHER.

Gargoyle
A Character that You Would Protect at All Cost.

Fool's Assassin (The Fitz and the Fool, #1)

The Fool from Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings world. I’m about 120 pages away from the end of the series and I’m SO SCARED AUGH. I CAN’T STAND IT. IF HE DIES I’M GONNA RIOT.

Vampire
A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You.

And I mean this in a negative way. This was a bit of a slog to get through for me. My poor soul, it’s mushy.

Ghost
A Book that Still Haunts You.

I’m just gonna keep sayin it ;~;

Demon
A Book that Really Scared You.

House of Leaves. This book was eerie, man. Honestly I didn’t care for it overall, but I still think about it a lot.

Skeleton
A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With.

Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle, particularly in the book. He’s just… augh he really grinds my gears. In the anime, he’s a bit more tolerable. A bit.

Mummy
A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time.

A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls. I think the themes in this book are timeless, past or future, everyone can relate.

Creepy Doll
A Cover too Scary to Look At.

Communion by Whitley Strieber. Cheesey cover? Yes. But when I read this question this is the first book that popped in my head because when I was little, my mom had it on her bookcase. It was before I could read, and I was pulling random books off being a little kid, you know. I remember pulling this one off and getting really creeped out by it. Honestly I couldn’t remember the name of the book for the question, so I called my mom, who told me, and went ‘and you know what, I actually got rid of that book because it creeped me out!’. So… I guess the content matches the cover. Ahaha

The Monster Mash
It’s Fun to Be with Friends on Halloween!
Tag Your Friends!

I tag Katy @Bookbinderway and allthingsmommablog (what is your name or nickname? I dun know!)

Happy tricking and treating!

Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag

Halloween Creatures

Hello, a tag today! I saw this tag on Anthony @KeepReadingForward‘s blog and thought it was neat. And hey, he created it too! So go check out his original. I don’t remember if I’ve ever done the original version of this tag or not – it’s been years if I have. But, as said, this one looked neato.

Rules are: Answers the questions, tag some friendos, link your tagger and the creator!

So here we go!

Witch
A Magical Character or Book.

Miryem from Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. In the beginning of the book, Miryem gets the reputation for turning silver into gold from her moneylending skills… and soon enough the rumor becomes true in the most literal sense.

Spinning Silver

Werewolf
The Perfect Book to Read at Night.

House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski. This book is eerie during the day. It’s about a house that’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside, and it’s told through almost a found-footage kind of way. It’s unsettling, and only more so when it’s dark out.

House of Leaves

Frankenstein
A Book that Truly Shocked You.

My most recent read, The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins, did that. Multiple chapters ended with me going ‘what the efffff’. It was great.

The Library at Mount Char

The Devil
A Dark, Evil Character.

I feel like I’m hard-pressed not to say ‘The Darkling’, so the Darkling, from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. He’s just so deliciously malicious, I love him.

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse, #1)

Grim Reaper
A Character that Should Never Have Died.

Spoilers for A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1: A Game of Thrones

Ned Stark. He was such a bean, and I was so sad when he was killed off. I feel like the books would be going very differently if he had survived.

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

Zombie
A Book that Made You “Hungry” for More.

Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat. Man I could read that series forever.

Captive Prince (Captive Prince, #1)

Gargoyle
A Character that You Would Protect at All Cost.

The Fool from Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings overarching series. The Fool appears in multiple series within the overarching one, each time showing up a bit differently. But he’s such a precious little pudding pop and I adore him.

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)

Vampire
A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You.

A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa. This memoir is draining, man. It’s really good, really important, and really humbling… but it just killed me.

A River in Darkness:  One Man's Escape from North Korea

Ghost
A Book that Still Haunts You.

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. The ending of this book, man. It just ripped my soul a bit. Every time I think about it I get sad. Ugh this is such a good book.

Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon, #1)

Demon
A Book that Really Scared You.

I don’t really get scared by books, fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you wanna look at it), so I have no answer for this one.

Skeleton
A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With.

Kvothe from Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles, particularly in book two. Book one, he’s okay. Book two, he drives me insane. Gah, can’t stand the guy. Really like the world/plot/etc etc. But Kvothe? Barf. I wanna grab him and shout ‘STOP IT YOU WEENER’

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

Mummy
A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time.

I mean, considering I already am preserving it, I’m picking this psychology manual I have that was published back in 1895. It’s in decent condition for how old it is, and seeing just the differences in ideologies and theories between then and now is fascinating.

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Creepy Doll
A Cover too Scary to Look At.

Again, books don’t really do much to my ‘fraidy cat’ psyche. Sorry friendos.

The Monster Mash
It’s Fun to Be with Friends on Halloween!
Tag Your Friends!

I am tagging people today!

Katy @bookbinderway! Sarah @WindsorWrites!
Meredith @AllBoutThemBooksAndStuff!
Kathy @PagesBelowtheVaultedSky!
Amanda @MetalPhantasmReads! Sionna @BooksInHerEyes!

And you! PEER PRESSURE DO IT.

Top 5 books featuring neato creatures

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Happy Hump Day! Today’s topic is Top 5 {insert paranormal creature here}, so I just decided to do all of them. Today’s post will feature creatures that when I came across them in my books, they struck me as being particularly interesting or uniquely designed. So no ‘vampires’ or ‘werewolves’ in here, but creatures that I feel are nightmare fuel in their own unique way. And actually, I’ve picked out six. I couldn’t narrow it down enough to eliminate one. I suppose it partially makes up for the ‘witches’ list I made two weeks ago that only had three in it. Pbtbt.

Also, this coming Friday, I’m moving to a different city. Therefore, my posts this weekend will likely be non-existent. So will likely disappear entirely until Wednesday or so. Apologies in advance for falling behind on reading all your thingies.

If you’d like to participate in T5W, you can do so here.


6. The monster from Monstress by Marjorie Liu

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening (Monstress, #1)This graphic novel series is a recent love of mine. So far, there are two trades of it out, so plenty of time to catch up if you’ve been planning to start. The monster in this book lives within our main character. It appears to be this dark, shapeless creature, ancient and difficult to control. At least, in the first volume, it’s shapeless. I haven’t read the second yet, so don’t tell me anything! The design of the thing is really neat. Being a graphic novel, you actually get to see it as opposed to reading about it.

The art in this graphic novel alone makes it well worth the read. The plot is pretty good too, but I’m definitely smitten with the dark art.

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5. The Mushi in Mushishi by Yuki Urushibara

Mushishi, Vol. 1The mushi, unlike the previous choice in this list, are relatively harmless. The lore is they existing long before life did, that they ‘live’ somewhere between a state of true life and a state of death. They come in all shapes and forms and only those sensitive to their presence can actually see them. This series is definitely more of a slow-going one, but the creatures in it are fascination. It’s a manga, again so you get the neat visual as well.

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4. The monster in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster CallsAnother illustrated book, you can actually see the monster in this one, too. Giant, dark and seemingly made from a tree, the monster in this book is not what you’d expect it to be. I went into this book without much expectation and came out of it loving this monster and having this book become one of my all-time favorites. There are editions out there without the artwork in it… skip those. Get the edition that I’ve shown here. The art in it is fantastic.

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3. The weaver from Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)My choice from this book is almost kind of arbitrary – there are so many fascinating creatures in this book. Giant bird men, vampiric slugs, humanoid creatures with bugs for heads, the list goes on. The one I’m highlighting though is the weaver, a giant, creeper spider thing that when I read about it gave me the heebie jeebies. I highly recommend this book, by the way. It was my first trip into ‘weird fantasy’ and I totally loved it.

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2. The anthropophagus from The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)I think that this series is the only YA horror series that has actually scared me. And by ‘YA’, I mean technically it’s marketed as such, but man, there’s a lot of horror in here. I don’t know if I’d qualify it as YA myself. I feel their reasoning is that the main character, an assistant to a mad scientist trying to catch these things, is in his teens. But don’t let that lull you. This book will give you the chills.

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1. The Shrike from Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)While this creature is nowhere near the scariest, it’s by far the neatest. This book reads almost like The Canterbury Tales where a handful of characters are on a pilgrimage to Hyperion, a planet that is home to The Shrike. All of the characters on their way tell their stories and all of them somewhere always relate back to The Shrike. This creature is revered as a diety by some, feared by others, but overall, it’s definitely unique in this list of monsters. I can’t even fully describe it. When I finished this book, I wanted to go see The Shrike myself.

No additional picture needed. It’s on the cover. 😛


And that’s it! In ten minutes, I’ll be off to work, then one more day until my life is piled into a truck and moved somewhere else. See you in a week!

Creatures of the Night Book Tag – Blogmas 12/5

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Hello! A tag today. :”D A very Halloweeny tag that I was tagged by Zezee for on Halloween. BUT GUESS WHO LIKES MIXING UP HOLIDAYS, YO. (thanks for the tag, btw)


Vampire

The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, #1)The Greyfriar by Clay Griffith. I haven’t read this one yet – it’s one of those books I borrowed from a friend a year ago and never touched (yes I’m one of those people). It takes place in an alternate history and is apparently pretty steampunky and gritty. Just writing about it now makes me want to read it, so that’s good, haha.

 

 

Werewolf

The Wolf TrialThe Wolf Trial by Neil Mackay. This is another gritty, dark book that I expect to love. It’s a historical fiction revolving around a man who after committing deranged murders, is being tried for murder as a werewolf from an equally deranged medieval court. At least, that’s what I’m picking up about it. I heard about this book from this review, and I had it on my ‘to read’ list before the review had even finished. I’m very excited for it.

 

Zombie

Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)Feed by Mira Grant. (Hey look, another book I haven’t read yet). This one I think is a bit of a different take on the ‘zombie apocalypse’ trope. Yes, zombies have spread all over… but apparently, society is still in tact for the most part. This book follows a couple of bloggers as they try to cover the story of their career. It definitely sounds interesting. I’ve never heard of a zombie book where the plot wasn’t ‘survive the zombies’.

 

Ghost

HorrorstörHorrorstor by Grady Hendrix. This is definitely the most entertaining horror I’ve ever read. The ghost in it is pretty creepy, too. Can’t recommend this one enough if you’re tired of the same old same old.

 

 

 

Witch/Warlock/Spellcaster

UprootedUprooted by Naomi Novik. I loooooved this book and all the characters. Spells and magic is wonderfulness. :”D

 

 

 

 

Fairy/Fae

Image result for ralph and the pixieRalph and the Pixie by G. S. Monks. This book definitely had an interesting take on fairies, particularly in a political drama, war-y kinda way. I dug it, it was good.

 

 

 

 

Demon

The MercilessOh oh, for this one I’m going with The Merciless by Danielle Vega. This book was unsettling, man. I really liked it. It had that feeling of ‘I know something’s going to happen, I know something’s going to happen’ hair standing up on your neck-ness. It was pretty great.

 

 

 

Angel

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. This was a pretty interesting book I think. I have the second and third ones but (as per usual) haven’t read them yet. I’ll get to it. What I liked most about this book was the setting and the lore – both were rich and detailed. Laini Taylor has a gift with words.

 

 

 

Alien

Saga, Volume 1Saga by Brian K Vaughan. I think this is the obvious choice here. There are characters with tvs for heads for goodness sake.

 

 

 

 

Superpowered Human

Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 1: The World's Greatest Team (Dragon Ball Z, #1)And I think is the obvious choice here, too! Dragonball Z by Akira Toriyama! Well, some of them are humans, at least. :”D

 

 

 

 

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D See you tomorrrooooowwwww