August 23, 2007

Carl's R.I.P. II Challenge

Last year I decided to skip Carl's R.I.P. Challenge, but not this year! I've had my list ready for several months and am anxious to get started. I'm not sure which of the Perils I'll participate in, but here's the list from which I'll be working. Go here for more details.

1. Brother Odd by Dean Koontz

2. Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King

3. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

4. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

5. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

6. New Moon by Stephenie Myer

7. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

8. Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

9. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

10. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

11. Coraline by Neil Gaiman (sure hope I like this author!)

12. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

13. The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne


Dracula by Braum Stoker

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


  1. Great list! I adored Coraline and Practical Magic. I like to think of them as "cozy creepy." lol


  2. You've got lots to choose from. It should be a fun challenge. I plan to finally read 'Twilight' for it. I'll have my list up today or tomorrow.

  3. Some great books on that list! I especially like A Great and Terrible Beauty (I am anxiously awaiting book 3) and Stardust. Glad to see you joining in this time around!

  4. That's quite a list, Lesley! I have read three of the books from your list at least. The Harry Potter book, Stardust and Dracula. There's a few others on your list I want to read-I look forward to seeing what you finally settle on and what you think!

  5. Anonymous5:12 AM

    I am curious so see how you like A Great and Terrible Beauty. I read it while on vacation in Jamaica, but never had the chance to write a review after I returned home.

  6. I'm so looking forward to this and have been waiting for it since finishing the challenge last year! Love reading everyone's lists...especially as I can't find the one I've been working on since last year!

  7. Anonymous6:19 AM

    This looks like a really fun challenge. I hear Heart Shaped Box is supposed to be very good. Dracula, of course, is fantastic.

  8. I like your list! I look forward to discussing the Stephen King short stories with you!

  9. What a great list Les!! And all the books are so different! I love, love, loved Stardust, but I still haven't seen the movie! I liked the movie Practical Magic, but I hear the book is pretty different. One of these days....

    My brother pilfered my copy of Heart-Shaped Box!! I MUST get it back!

  10. I'm reading Something Wicked by Bradbury as well
    I've already read Everything's Eventual (really liked), The Woman in White (adored), Stardust (adored), Heart Shaped Box (incredible), Practical Magic (hated), and Neverwhere (enjoyed). So, from the ones I've read, you've put together a great list here!

  11. Your list looks wonderful. I'm still working on mine. I hope I'm not too busy to join this challenge. Carl is such a great host for his challenges.

  12. My boys and I LOVED Coraline. We listened to it on audio, and it was read by Gaiman. He did a wonderful job.

    I liked Stardust, but not nearly as well as Coraline. Coraline is spookier, too!

  13. What a great list :) I love all of the Gaiman, he's one of my favorite authors. Hope you enjoy them! I'm reading Dracula, Heart Shaped Box, and Something Wicked This Way Comes too, so we can compare! I've got a Koontz on the list too in fact...look forward to your reviews!

  14. Andi - Thanks! I tried to pick as many from my TBR stacks, but the Gaiman books won me over. I'll have to get them from the library or work. Can't wait to start this challenge!

    Nat -I think it'll be a fun challenge. Now if it'd only get cold and autumnal for us!

    Kailana - I picked up a copy of A Great and Terrible Beauty last December while visiting Half Price Books in Fort Worth. I've been holding off on it until now. Wanted to save it for the challenge.

    Literary Feline - Yah, I know. I'm such a list-maker. I would love to read all 13 by the end of the challenge, but I'll be happy with just 4, I suppose. It'll be hard to figure out which to start with!

    Stephanie - Your comment has me curious. I wonder if you didn't care for it as much as you had hoped.

    Jenclair - I did a little blog-hopping prior to compiling my list, hoping to find some titles that appealed to me. There sure are a lot of participants for this challenge! Should be fun.

    Jen - Rod was pushing for Dracula and Frankenstein. We'll see... I am excited about the Joe Hill book, however. I hear it's very creepy!

  15. Great list - I'll get mine posted later today - I'll be reading The Woman in White and Something Wicked This Way Comes :-)

    I read Dracula and Frankenstein for last winter's Classics challenge. I was really glad I finally read both of those. Dracula was the scarier of the two and made me realize that none of the movie version I'd seen was really true to the book.

  16. Wendy - The King book is high on my list. He's definitely a favorite of mine.

    Stephanie - Glad to hear so many positive remarks about Stardust. It's going to be difficult to pick just four! I know I can read more, but other challenges beckon, as well.

    Eva - I haven't read anything by Bradbury since junior high (Dandelion Wine). I hope I get Something Wicked... Thanks for all your remarks about the books in my list!

    Booklogged - I am too busy, but I'm going to go for it anyway! ;) Hope you can join in the fun. I'll keep an eye out for your list.

    3M - Spooky is good, but maybe I'll read Coraline during the daylight hours and save Stardust for the evenings. Thanks for the heads-up! ;)

    Chris - Gaiman seems to be a beloved author by many. I'm anxious to read some of his works for the first time. Looking forward to your reviews!

    SuziQ - I picked The Woman in White last year after hearing everyone rave about it. I'm excited about this challenge!! I'll have to give Dracula a read sometime if I don't get to it in the next two month. Thanks for the recommendation!

  17. I have Woman in White and Neverwhere on my list for this challenge. Your other choices look great.

  18. Anonymous9:01 PM

    Yay, you are jumping in this time! I still can't decide on which books but I need to soon so I can post my list. One that I'm thinking of as a bonus would be Dracula.

  19. Framed - I'd never heard of The Woman In White until last year when everyone was reading it for the first RIP Challenge. It sounded too tempting to pass up.

    I'll be interested in your thoughts on The Historian. That's another I keep hearing good things about.

    Iliana - I see you have Libba Bray's book on your list, too. I think I first heard about it from Heather. Ah, I should put Colleen's book on my alternate list since I forgot about it!!

  20. Ooh, I've picked The House of Seven Gables for one of my choices, too. Last year I read Neverwhere and really enjoyed it. I just finished Stardust and saw the movie (which I thought was better than the novel). It's going to be so fun to talk Nathaniel Hawthorne, of whose works I've only read The Scarlett Letter.

  21. Bellezza - I may not get to the Hawthorne book. I've already started Brother Odd and have a copy of Heart-Shaped Box ready to go next. I really want to read The Woman in White and all the Gaiman books, so I'm fairly certain I won't get to The House of Seven Gables, especially since I've already read it (oh, way back in 1976, I think!). We'll see...

  22. Anonymous6:34 PM

    Wow. You've got a lot of books on that list! A lot of really good ones too! :)

  23. Court - Yah, well, I'm a big list-maker. We'll just see how many I actually read this fall! ;)


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