December 2016: Contemporary/modern Gothic
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Some suggestions for this month include:
A Bloodsmoor Romance
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Interview with the Vampire
After Me Comes the Flood
Titles of Clive Barker's
Titles of Stephen King's
So what has everyone got planned to send out the year?
ETA: I just remembered that the second book in Kelley Armstrong's Cainsville series, Visions, is on my shelves, waiting to be read. Her own Website refers to the series as "modern gothic", so I guess that fits the bill!
>2 mathgirl40: & >5 sturlington: Best of luck with Daphne du Maurier. I hate to say it, but I've never read anything by her.
>4 Moomin_Mama: Good luck with that one. I like the title. :)
>6 mathgirl40: Oops, I just saw you changed your mind. Either book you go with, I hope you enjoy it! :)
>7 .Monkey.: I'm glad I'm not the only one kind of undecided. :)
>8 Bookmarque: I'm also in favor of Patrick McGrath. I like his writing. :)
>9 Moomin_Mama: Same here: I also liked Asylum.
>10 .Monkey.: Couldn't hurt. ;) Some of his books have been made into movies, if you want to go the lazy route and watch those instead. (I tend to do that sometimes.)
>11 Bookmarque: Too bad it's not gothic, because I'm going through my books tonight, and I stumbled across my unread copy of it.
Oh, I had no idea you had two more ahead of that one. But I'm sure you'll find a way! Some of us are like that. Let us wait until the last minute, and we'll speed through half a dozen books on the eve of the new year. ;) Good luck! I'll send you my procrastination mojo your way.
>14 Moomin_Mama: Indeed it does! :) A lot of the different country's covers are beautiful, but I particularly like these two:
I'm guessing Rapunzel from the cover?
I just started reading:
Vittorio the Vampire by Anne Rice last night for this one.
Vittorio is telling a tale of his life 450ish years ago, in the mid-15th century in Italy, before he was turned into a vampire. His family was slain, but he was left to live by a beautiful vampire, Ursula.
Not great. Initially I thought it might be ok, but with the angels and such, boring. In fact, I kind of missed when he became a vampire (that is, I thought he had before he actually did). Between this and Memnoch the Devil, I think I'm finished with Anne Rice. At least it was quick and I can get the book out of my house.
>19 sturlington: Congrats on rereading The Bloody Chamber. It sounds really good!
>23 LibraryCin: No worries. I'm really behind, too. :)
>25 LibraryCin: I think I own an old beat-up copy of Rebecca...somewheres. So I'm sure I'll get to it eventually. :)
>26 mathgirl40: Which movie version of Rebecca? I just realized on IMDb there are several... (Daphne Du Maurier's page)
>27 .Monkey.: I would do the same thing--just call Garnethill your December gothic read. :)
>28 LibraryCin: I'm doing an Anne Rice book, too, for December: Interview with the Vampire, which I've been putting off and putting off for years. I'm about halfway done, and have been alternating between reading my copy of the book and listening to the library's audiobook of it while at work (though I really don't like audiobooks at all). I like that the book and movie are so similar to each other, especially the dialogue between characters. But to be honest, I like the movie a little better than the book, probably because there was more action, etc. Unfortunately, I don't know where I put my IWtV soundtrack; otherwise, I'd be listening to it while reading. :)
Sorry to hear you're finished with Anne Rice though. :(
ETA: I forgot to mention a few small books I also read this month, though they don't fit the gothic bill at all:
1) The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Dark of Deep Below by Patrick Rothfuss - This was the sequel to The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed (I read that one in Nov.), and, no, you don't have to read them in order. It's a great graphic novel for adults (though kids can read it, of course; there's nothing really inappropriate about it), and is considerably longer than the first book, which I appreciated. I would really love it if a third--and fourth...and fifth, etc--book would come out.
2) In Odd We Trust by Dean Koontz - I haven't read the Odd Thomas novels this manga/graphic novel was based on. Even without doing so, it was fairly easy to get into. Recommended if you like psychic/ghost stories.
3) Goosebumps: HorrorLand #3: Monster Blood for Breakfast! by R. L. Stine - Definitely for the kiddies. Another series that doesn't have to be read in order to understand. Each book is a stand-alone story.
I love the first two Odd books, and the third was still great but he was starting to change the established rules so I was a little irked, but the story made up for it. The next two, though, started completely throwing out all the rules he had set out in the beginning, so while I still enjoyed them, I was pissed that he changed things up. He should have figured out a way to do it while sticking to what he had written, and done the other stuff in a different series. YOU set the world's rules, buddy, you stick to them! Grr. I will read the rest, eventually, though, because I adore Odd.
>19 sturlington: A must read indeed - I'll be reading The Bloody Chamber next year. Have never read it before, or anything by Angela Carter, but love 'The Company of Wolves'.
>29 saraslibrary: >31 LibraryCin: Interview with the Vampire is, and will be, my only Anne Rice read. I hope you enjoy it better than I did, Sara!
I'll definitely keep the rule-changing in mind with the Odd Thomas books when I get around to them. That would drive me absolutely insane, too!
>31 LibraryCin: I know what you mean. I have some books I've given 5 stars, and then when I've gone back to them, I go, "Wth was I thinking??" But so far, I'm still liking Interview With the Vampire. I have maybe 100 pages left, but with Christmas coming up, I expect I won't finish it for a few more days.
>32 LibraryCin: Ouch! :o
>33 Moomin_Mama: LOL! IWtV was that disappointing, huh? It's certainly not my favorite vampire read, but I'm still liking it. Have you tried her erotic books? Those are pretty good, imho.
>34 mathgirl40: No worries. :) And thanks for letting me know which one. I'll have to see if we have that one at work so I can watch it. Thanks! :)
A young family moves into a rambling, isolated house with the intentions of fixing it up as an inn but immediately encounter all kinds of weirdnesses. Duffy basically stuffs every possible element of gothic horror into this one. Ramshackle old house with a history -- check. Creepy woods hiding someone (or something?) who watches -- check. Small village filled with ornery, suspicious villagers -- check. Old chapel with angel statue AND morbid art -- check. Naive family in over their heads -- check. Winter storm -- check. Catholic priest -- check. Despite that, this story grabbed me and kept me reading. A fun potboiler, good for a vacation read, just don't take it too seriously.
Btw, I did finish Interview with the Vampire (phew! just in time!). I gave it 4 stars, because it wasn't the easiest to read. In fact, I switched between the audiobook and my own copy of the book to get me through it. As I mentioned somewhere above, I loved how close the book and movie are to each other, right down to many lines between the characters. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it, but I'm glad I finally finished reading this one after nearly 20 years. :D
>41 Moomin_Mama: Yeah, I'm just as surprised I finished it before the end of the year. :) Oh man, big question. It's only been about four days since I finished it, but I can't think of any major strong points offhand. I liked some of the characters, no matter how evil they were (even Claudia I was mesmerized by). And can I count the movie as a strong point? :D Honestly, I saw the movie in my head as I read it and listened to the audio than creating my own versions of what the characters looked like, their homes looked like, etc. What was it that made you decide to rate it a 2? (One minus for me was how long-winded Louis was. That bored me at times; and I think that's why I stopped reading it years ago.)
Best of luck finishing The Town that Forgot ow to Breathe. :) I'm eager to start my January read, too, but I got sidetracked with a I-should've-read-this-years-ago Early Review book: Dawn of the Dreadfuls by Steve Hockensmith.
Oh yes! Lestat dancing with the dead mother was pretty nasty, and I'm "glad" the script included it, just to prove how unfeeling he was. The same with the prostitute scene where Louis "plays with his food."
I forgot about the Carpathians! I can't believe I've forgotten so much of it so fast. *shrugs* But I loved your review of the book. :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it!
Before I forget, one of Anne Rice's erotic novels, Belinda, kind of falls into that pedophile category again. (You mentioned not liking that in IWtV.) I believe Belinda is in her mid to late teens, and the guy she has an affair with is old enough to be her dad. Just a heads-up. I don't remember any of that in the Sleeping Beauty series, just that the SB books were more along the sex trade line. That was the only reason I gave the first three SB books 4 stars. It bothered me nobody had consented to be sex slaves. Anyway, sorry for derailing a bit there. :)
>46 Moomin_Mama: That's too bad about The Town That Forgot How to Breathe. :( But hopefully you'll finish it this month. I have one like that from last fall's category (I forget which one): Skin by Kathe Koja. I'm still struggling to finish that between books.