Halloween Book Tag!

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Happy Halloween! I’m doing a tag today! I wasn’t tagged, but I linked the creator above, if you’re interested. The last time I did this tag was I think in 2015, so I figured it was okay to repeat at this point.

1. Carving pumpkins- what book would you carve up and light on fire?

Honestly I don’t think I’d do that, unless it was necessary to stay alive. Five years ago I had an answer, but now it’s just… I don’t know, I don’t feel the hate anymore, haha. Even for books I hate, if that makes sense.

2. Trick or treat- what character is a treat, what character is a trick?

Trick: Erik from The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. I read this very recently and this guy is such a sneaksy person!

Treat: Spink from Forest Mage by Robin Hobb. Spink is such a wholesome little button, I love him.

3. Candy corn- what book is always sweet?

 

A Man & His Cat by Umi Sakurai – This is such a nice, wholesome story about exactly what the title says. It’s such a joy.

4. Ghosts- what character would you love to visit you as a ghost?

To be honest I’d rather do without a ghostly encounter of any kind, thanks.

5. Dressing up in costume- what character would you want to be for a day?

Honestly I’m going to go with the same thing I said five years ago: Someone from Dragon Ball Z by Akira Toriyama. It’d be cool to be that strong and be able to fly and stuff.

6. Wizards and witches- what is your favorite Harry Potter moment?

Proooobaby the whole time-turner business at the end of the book three. I really like how that played out.

7. Blood and gore- what book was so creepy that you had to take a break from it for awhile?

Apologies again for duplicate answers, but there’s really only ever been one book I had to put down because of too much gore, and that’s MPD Psycho by Eiji Otsuka. It was just a tad too much for me.

And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged! Happy spooky day!

Spoopy Memes Book Tag v2! [Original]

Around this time last year, I created the original Spoopy Memes Book Tag, and I think it went over pretty well – I got to see a lot of answers and found a bunch of new bloggers to follow! So this year I’m re-creating it with all new questions and memes!

If you’d like to check out the original tag, go here! If you’d like to do that tag, do it!

  • If you do this year’s tag, please link back to me so I can see your answers!
  • Feel free to use the banner (and I highly recommend also copying the memes. That’s the whole point!)

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Name a character that keeps repeating the same mistakes, despite having multiple opportunities to prevent them

I’m choosing Fitz from Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy (and every other book he’s in by her). Fitz has this habit of getting an idea in his head and going with it, despite those around him making other well thought out plans. He consistently feels like his impulsive actions will have better results than anything anyone else comes up with. He’s annoyingly consistent with this, despite his impulsivity often being his downfall.

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Name a book where the characters got their just desserts

I’m definitely going with Goblin Slayer by Kousuke Kurose, and the characters I’m referring to are the goblins themselves. I mean, what did they think was gonna happen after consistently stealing people and killing people and doing terrible things to people?

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Name a book that tries to put a positive spin on something terrible

Hands Off! by Kasane Katsumoto does this pretty well I think. One of the characters in this series can see images of the past. For instance, he avoids hospitals and the like because every time he’s in there, he just sees and hears people dying and the cries of the families around them. He’s a rather disturbed character as a result of always seeing these phantoms of past violent acts, understandably. The book spins it though, as because of this skill, this character is often also able to track down people that have gone missing and prevent further acts of violence, by seeing where they were beforehand and who they were with. This is a pretty interesting series, honestly.

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Name a book that delves into an existential topic

I chose I Want to Eat Your Pancreas by Yoru Sumino, because despite the title of the thing, this is a pretty serious manga. The main character comes across the journal of a girl who has terminal pancreatic disease, and knows she is going to die. The story deals with the mentality of someone who knows their life is almost over, and also deals with being that person’s loved one. Obviously this book is a tear jerker, and it’s definitely worth reading.

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What trope or theme in a book do you really like that you don’t feel gets enough attention?

It’s kinda hard to put it into just a few words to give this trope an actual name, but I really love it when a book dives into the thought process of a character that originally you feel like is going to be a hero, but then turns out to be an anti-hero. I get that the anti-hero trope is pretty common, but I haven’t really read too much where you can see them turning into one enough so that the character themselves realizes they fully aren’t ‘good’ anymore, and has to deal with the mental crisis that they themselves might be a monster. I’ve chosen The Traitor Baru Cormorant as my example here, because I’m seeing heavy, heavy hints of this in books one and two. Three is out now and I haven’t read it yet, but my hopes are high man.

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Name a characters whose humor is consistently underappreciated by those around them

I chose Kip from Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer series. Now, Kip is written to be funny. I think he’s hilarious and I’m sure so do many others, but a lot of the characters don’t really react to his sense of humor, which is rather self-deprecating. Personally, I think he’s a hoot. Most of the characters things he’s weird.

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Name a book (or two or three) that has helped you get through this year

Black Butler, The Harp of Kings and Shaman’s Crossing all have. This year obviously has been a rough one for everyone, but I gotta tell ya, I’ve read some really good books this year. The three I’ve named here are really up there among them. They’re just so engrossing and I got obsessed with them to the point where it helped me pass the time. And boom, now it’s October. There are so many more books I could name here as well, but honestly that might be a separate post.

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What are your plans for Halloween this year if you celebrate it? How do you plan on spending what’s left of October?

I decorated my house this year, moreso than just putting up a pumpkin, which I’ve never done before. I will also likely going to be seeing a buddy and watching a scary movie. Other than that, nothing really. I haven’t decided if I’m gonna give out candy for trick or treat or not this year because of the plague. Maybe I’ll just throw snickers at children from the second story window? :”D

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And that’s it! I’m going to tag people below, but if I miss you and you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!

I tag (also, you should follow):

Peer pressure, do it

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!

Hocus Pocus Book Tag!

Good morning, a tag today! I was tagged by Katy @Bookbinderway. Thanks friend!

Rules:

There are no rules. It’s YOUR blog. But it would be nice if you linked back to Never Not Reading (tag creator), and maybe the person who tagged you too. Share the love folks.
Feel free to use the GIFs used by Never Not Reading, the graphics made by Flavia the Bibliophile if you would like, both, or make and use your own visuals!

This is my favorite trilogy out of Robin Hobb’s Elderling series. The first one was 4 stars (in retrospect it should have been five. I’ll fix that on the reread) and books two and three were both five stars. If you wanna read this though, you’ll have to read the first two trilogies in the world first that set this up. (But trust me man, it’s worth it)

 

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

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – This was a difficult prompt, and I didn’t realize it until I started looking. Even this book doesn’t fully fulfill it. Turns out, I don’t read a lot of books that have ‘truly evil’ characters. There’s usually some nuance or something that gives logic to their actions, and they end up being something else. So for this book, I think the villain here fits the prompt for… one and a half or two books out of the trilogy. Then she gets some development and you start to feel for her. PS Read this.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – Copying Katy’s answer because duh.

What's Michael?, Vol. 3: Off the Deep End

What’s Michael by Makoto Kobayashi – Apparently this is vol 3, but I didn’t know this until recently. It reads like a standalone because none of the comic skits are related. Basically this is just about a cat being a cat. It’s cute and completely goofy.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Unpopular opinion here but Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Don’t get me wrong, I like this book. But I didn’t love it, and one of the reasons I didn’t love it because it felt like.. well it felt like the prompt says to me. I did write a spoiler-free blabber if you’re interested.

The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang – Like Katy said about her choice, ‘this book pulls no punches’.

One Piece: Romance Dawn (One Piece, #1)

One Piece by Eiichiro Oda – Now I’ve only read a few volumes of this, but man did this series take forever to finish. …I heard it had finished anyways, but looking at goodreads, volume 95 is expected to be published in 2020, so…

Demon Diary, Volume 01

Demon Diary by Kara – This main character in this is a bit of an idiot.. he’s a lovable idiot, but an idiot nonetheless. This series is so cute.

Saiyuki Reload Volume 1

Saiyuki Reload by Kazuya Minekura – I believe this series was actually finished in Japan (I think) but it was dropped by US publishers one volume before completion. Kills me. If you live in Europe and randomly come across vol 10 of Saiyuki Reload in English (hell, even German, I’ll learn, dammit) SEND IT TO ME PLEASE.

The Nature of Monsters

The Nature of Monsters by Clare Clark – I chose this because it has a 3.16 avg rating on Goodreads, which is pretty low, and I rated it 4. It’s been a while since I’ve read it, but I remember rather enjoying it. There are some graphic scenes, which looking at reviews from readers, but them off, but going by the title and theme of the books, it fits. You gotta be ready for uncomfortable stuff in here.

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – This has a cameo of a place, and I chose it because I’ve been there! Midway through the book, the main character goes to Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, which is a tea farm. I went there back in 2016 and when it showed up in the book, I went ‘hah!’. So I’m picking this.


And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!

The Spoopy Memes Book Tag! [Original]

Spoopy Memes Book Tag

Happy Spoopy Season, I’ve made a tag! I don’t know about you, but to me, memes are my favorite part about any cultural phenomenon, so I figured I’d incorporate them into a book tag. Buckle your butts, here we go!

  • If you’d like to do this tag, please link back to this post so I can see your answers!
  • Feel free to use the banner above if you’d like, and I highly suggest you copy over the memes, as they give the questions context.

Time to get spooky! What books will you be reading to celebrate this time of year?

I hope to get to the three above books, which are also the last three remaining books on my 10 in 2019 list. The first, Deathless by Catherynne M Valente was actually also on my Five Star Predictions list, so I’m hoping I’ll love it. The other two I also hope I really like, but if I end up not liking Deathless I think I’ll be crushed, haha.

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Do you put up decorations for Halloween? If so, describe them! Even better, show them!

Right now I only have the one decoration. I’m spoopy, dammit.

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What is the scariest book you’ve ever read? What made it so scary?

House of LeavesHouse of Leaves by Mark. Z Danielewski – While I didn’t end up loving every aspect of this book, the horror elements were on point. There weren’t any huge jump scares or anything like that, but this book made me feel weird. Unsettled. You read the writings about found footage of a man who lived in a house that was bigger on the inside than it was on the outside, and the rambling of the man who found the footage. You seem him, as he goes through it all, slowly succumbing to it. It’s just… unsettling. I know I said that already but it’s really the best word for it.

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What’s the last book you read that truly shocked you, made your jaw drop, or made you chuck the book across the room?

Saga, Vol. 9 (Saga, #9)Saga vol 9 by Brian K Vaughan – Since it’s volume 9 and obviously a spoiler, I can’t tell you what shocked me exactly, but man. MAN. I finished this volume and immediately started pining. I was not expecting that. And now the series is on haitus and it makes me sad.

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What’s a book that’s fallen out of the spotlight that you still really like and try get people to read?

Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)Scar Night by Alan Campbell – I picked this book up back when I was a teenager and loved it. I’ve been able to talk a few people into reading it, but I don’t think it ever got the recognition it deserved. This book follows a young angel, an assassin, false gods, a seemingly bottomless abyss, and the city suspended over it by chains. It has hints of steampunk as well. Really, read this.

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Are you dressing up this year? If so, what as? If not, what would be your costume if you were?

I am not dressing up! But if I was, I’d be oatmeal.

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What is your opinion on the word ‘spoopy’, and memes that follow its theme?

I think it’s all great, personally. Memes, dumb stuff, I love it all.


And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tagged and I haven’t tagged you, please consider yourself tagged!

Otherwise, I tag:

Peer pressure, do it.

 

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!

Top 5 Creepy Settings

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Hello! Guess what day it is! Today’s topic is creepy settings. And with Halloween looming near, I suppose I should read creepy books. Maybe. We’ll see. 😛

I always get so excited about that camel, man.
If you’d like to participate in T5W, you can do so here.

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5. The slow descent into madness seen in Diabolo by Kusunoki

Diabolo: Volume 1I suppose this one is more of a plot point than it is a setting, but the entire book revolves around it, so it fits I think. This series follows the slow progression into insanity the main characters fall into after selling their soul to the devil. It has been a few years since I’ve read it, but I remember being thoroughly creeped.

This is a three-volume-long series so super quick if you’re looking for a chilling read for Halloween.

 

4. The neato and chilling art seen in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster CallsAgain, not fully ‘setting’ but the art in this book is so atmospheric that it sets the tone for the whole book. It’s really lovely.

 

 

 

3. The abandoned, burned-out building in the movie Mirrors

Image result for mirrors movieAn actual setting! This movie takes place in an old shopping mall, years after it burned out and was abandoned. It follows a security guard who patrols it – he keeps it and the place’s hundreds of mirrors safe.

I couldn’t brush my teeth while looking in the mirror for a week after the first time watching this one.onlythrow

PS. Don’t watch the second one. Only the first –>

2. The creepy cultish world in The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)This book was unsettling. You have the zombie apocalypse, right. But then you also have this band of super culty-religious people running likely the last stronghold of humanity. It. Was. Weird.

I really liked this book.

 

 

 

1. The terrifying idea of a sadistic AI ruling over what remains of humanity found in I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison

I Have No Mouth and I Must ScreamThis short story was really really disturbing. It follows a small group of people. The last ones? Who knows. They certainly don’t, as they try to live while being the plaything of an AI gone rampant. They’ve no way to get out, even killing themselves will result in the AI just bringing them back for more torture. This seriously gave me the heeby-jeebies and I totally recommend it.

 

 

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And that’s it! Creepy things, creepy things. Happy reading!

Halloween Book Tag (v2)

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Hello, a tag today. :”D I wasn’t tagged but I needed to do something festive for the creepy day on Monday. So here it is. This tag was created by Naomi TheBookLover. Also, totally did this tag last year. Doing it again.


Carving Pumpkins – What book would you carve up and light on fire?

I feel like there aren’t many books I hate with reckless abandon, and even then, burning books in general to me seems a bit excessive. If I had to choose one though… I’d choose Encyclopedia Britannica, purely because it’s effing huge and will keep me warm for hours. :”D

Trick or Treat – Which character is a treat and which is a trick?

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)Treat: Nighteyes from Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy. This character is a wolf bound with the main character and he was a constant source of entertainment and joy throughout the series, even when he was a vicious little puppy. He’s so cute and I want a Nighteyes.Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, #1)

Trick: Kennit from Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy. I’m currently buddy reading this series with Zezee and it took three whole chapters for me to despise this guy. He’s just such an asscrack. Goodness gracious. I like the book, but wanna deck this guy in the head.

Candy Corn – What book is always sweet? What book was a huge let down?

RumbleI hate candy corn so I’m changing this question to something more suitable to my tastes. And now that the question is more accurate, I’m going to go with Rumble by Ellen Hopkins. I wrote a review on this book, detailing my dislike for it. I went into it hearing the Ellen Hopkins’ books were fantastic wonderful things and I was rather severely disappointed. Granted, I haven’t read anything else by her, so I’m probably assuming too much. I would totally be up for trying another, I just don’t know which to pick.

But yeah. Rumble was bad. Icky ick.

Ghost – What character would you like to visit you as a ghost?

I’m assuming the question isn’t trying to encourage spoilers, but it’d be way too easy to drop a few without thinking on this one. So to just avoid that altogether, I’m going with Nearly Headless Nick from Harry Potter. He’s already dead to begin with so no spoilers. :”D

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Wizards and Witches – What is your favorite Harry Potter moment?

Image result for time turner bookProbably the time paradox at the end of the third book. The whole time-turner thing was such a huge missed opportunity and what little they did do with it was pretty great. So it’s my favorite part. :”D

 

Blood and Gore – What’s a book that was so creepy that you had to take a break from it for a little while?The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey. This is a YA horror novel and therefore going into it I didn’t expect nearly as much gore and grossness as I got. It was a great book, don’t get me wrong, it just caught me completely off guard. I’ve heard the next one is even grosser so it’s intimidating me now.

 


And that’s it! I tag Ace, the Orang-utan Librarian and Zezee to do it (if you’ve done it, ignoring my poking).

Happy reading. :”D

Top 5 Wednesday: Spooky Settings

Top 5 Wednesday

First time in a long time that I’ve done a Top 5 Wednesday post (or posted regularly at all, whoop). This week’s theme is spooky settings, both ones I’ve seen in books and one I would like to see in books. So this is going to be a more… wordy post. If anybody knows a book that fits any of the settings I describe, do let me know, won’t you. The T5W group can be found here if you’d like to participate.


FiveThe Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)

I really enjoy settings with cultist or religion-gone-crazy overtones, especially if the entirety of exactly what this group of people is doing doesn’t come to light right away. I love that moment of horror, of realization that I get when I see what is truly happening within the group. It’s unsettling and the reason I love it so much is because it’s the most real. People join groups and do horrible things all the time – I’m not condoning or encouraging people to join a cult or anything, but knowing that it could happen makes the book all the more chilling. A good example of this is The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. The main character lives in a town surrounded by fences. On the outside of those fences are the rest of what once was humanity. As the book progresses, the reader sees that the horrors outside the fence might be matched by the horrors within. It’s so good, it’s so unsettling, it’s so goooood. Another example could be the latest season of American Horror Story: Roanoke. I’m not going to go into detail, but it’s the first season that’s actually frightened me in a long while.

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Pitch Black PosterThe fear of the unknown is an excellent driver of horror in my book. Anything where the characters are surrounded by potential horror but they don’t know for sure. The movie Pitch Black is a good example of this. The characters find themselves on a planet covered in darkness and they can’t see or know what lies within it. Jump scares are common in this kind of writing/viewing and are usually super effective on me.

This could also apply to horrors that aren’t supernatural at all – being stranded in the ocean for example or lost in space. The movie Gravity terrified me even though it wasn’t technically a ‘horror’. The fear of getting lost or abandoned kept crawling up my skin while watching it and I couldn’t shake it for a while afterwards. Yuck, I love it.

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Monsters. I know that’s a cop-out in general to say ‘Monsters’ but I mean it. Monsters! Big ones, vicious ones, ruthless ones. Ones that don’t see humans as anything but prey. That’s what scares me. The thought of being devolved into nothing but meat. Three good examples of this are Attack on Titan, both the manga and the anime (watch it, oh my gosh – it’s available on Netflix), Troll Hunter (also on Netflix) and The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey. All three call into question my humanity in the sense that… I may be a person, have my own thoughts, feelings and ideas, but there will always be something that doesn’t see that, that only sees the flesh on my bones. It’s creepy, I don’t like it, but I can’t get enough.

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Paranormal Activity PosterOne of my favorite horror elements is something that Paranormal Activity captures pretty well. Camera feeds. It’s always so nerve-wracking for me to watch a still feed and just have to wait for something to happen. I know it’s going to happen, but it still scares the doody out of me.

Another thing the camera incorporates is the low-pitched sound when something is approaching. A lot of testimony of people who claim to have seen ghosts or demons or whatever often mention hearing that sound and I think it’s great when it’s incorporated.

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My absolute very creepy setting is when the audience is involved in the horror. You the reader are involved. The best example I have of this is actually from an ongoing series written on the /r/nosleep subreddit on reddit (btw, /r/nosleep has a lot of spooky stuff on there if you want scary things to read). This series I’m talking about in particular is simply called ‘Correspondance‘ and was written by a user named ‘bloodstains’. It starts as a simple email correspondance and slowly devolves into horror. The writer involves the reader through technology. Pictures mentioned that have been ‘attached’ to the emails are linked in the posts, videos are linked. It allows the reader to see what the characters are seeing, hear what they’re hearing. It’s really unsettling, especially if you’re reading it in the dark by yourself. It’s like… do I really want to click on this link? Do I really want to see what’s being talked about? It’s creepy, it’s unnerving and it’s wonderful.

If you decide to read this one and are unfamiliar with reddit, know that after you finish the first bit of the series, you can click on the username that wrote it to access the next bits.

This is my favorite method of horror. It allows me to be in it but still at a safe distance.


Happy reading