RIP Challenge IV: Completed

Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings is doing his RIP challenge again.

RIP stands for Readers Imbibing Peril.

The R.I.P. IV Challenge is a 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. The definition for what type of books fit into this category will be very broad.

Carl writes:

There are two simple goals to the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge:

1. Have fun reading.
2. Share that fun with others.

R.I.P. IV officially runs from September 1st through October 31st. But lets go ahead and break the rules. Lets start today!!!

I hope you’ll consider joining us on this more eerie road less traveled.

Walk this way.

Dark Fantasy.

The desire for the thrill that comes with this kind of reading drifts in on the autumn winds. You breathe it in and it takes hold of you, tempting you to late nights, book-in-hand, turning pages and starting at every unknown noise. Something wicked this way comes…

I find that kind of melodramatic fear to be a delicious intoxication, one that makes this time of year an especially enjoying time to be a reader. There is enough bad fear in the world: fear of losing one’s job, fear of the state of the world, fear of failure…the list is endless. It is time to reject that fear, embrace hope, and while doing so embrace the fun kind of fear–the kind that had us sitting around camp fires as children, listening to adults tell us ghost stories. The kind that made you want to stay up past your bed time to peek at the late night scary movie on television.

All we need to do is read books that fit the above description, choose a Peril and then review them here.

There are different levels of Peril to choose from, you can do one – or all of them:

Peril the First: Read Four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose.

Peril the Second: Read Two books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose.

Peril the Third: Read One book of any length, from any of the subgenres listed earlier in the post.

I am committing to Peril the First – and have been sitting on some books especially for this challenge.

1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – Review is here
2. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – Review is here
3. Charmed to Death by Shirley Damsgaard – Review is here
4. Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror by Chris Priestly – Review is here

3 out of the 4 books were ‘A’ reads – and the other was a very enjoyable B – not a bad challenge result.



Filed under Completed: 2009

8 responses to “RIP Challenge IV: Completed

  1. Carl V.

    Ooo….The Graveyard Book! Is this your first time? I always envy people their first reads of books I love.

    I am so glad you've been hoarding books in anticipation of the challenge. Thanks once again for being a part of the community, I appreciate it so much.

  2. Heather

    You have two fantastic books there to read! I adored The Graveyard Book and The Forest of Hands and Teeth is very good as well. Good luck and have fun!!!

  3. DesLily

    ohhh the graveyard book will be on my list too!!

  4. Becky

    Your list looks great. I hope you enjoy Forest of Hands and Teeth. 🙂

  5. Amanda

    I"m doing the Graveyard Book too!

  6. Kristen howe

    This is a new challenge I never heard of Sally. I might try it next year. Ho hum. Good work and nice blog.

  7. Stephanie

    The Graveyard Book is wonderful. Truly wonderful. And I'm also reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Can't wait to read all your reviews!

  8. hmsgofita

    These look great!

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