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Two short but very disturbing books:

Nothing by Janne Teller

This is supposed to be a book for 12 and up but it's pretty heavy and disturbing. It's by a Danish author and translated into English. A 13-year-old boy decides life has no meaning so what is the point of school, work, dating, or anything. A group of his classmates want to prove him wrong so they start the "heap of meaning" in which each of them must add their most meaningful possession. Each kid chooses something for someone else to add and the choices get more horrible as the book goes on. I could see this book opening quite a discussion with teens.

A Special Place by Peter Straub

Uncle Till takes his nephew Keith under his wing . . . unfortunately the uncle is a cold-blooded sociopath. God was this creepy.
I'll have to keep an eye open for both of these, especially Nothing, that one sounds fascinating!

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I'll have to keep an eye open for both of these, especially Nothing, that one sounds fascinating!
Yeah, I thought of you for both of them.

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Tapping the Dream Tree by Charles De Lint
http://www.sfsite.com/charlesdelint/tapping-desc01.htm
Is a collection of short stories from De Lint’s Newford Series.(Urban Fantasy or Magical Realism)
Like a lot of his short stories, there are some I really like and some I don’t. I am a diehard De Lint fan however, so I read all his Newford series books because many of the characters in his short stories appear again in his novels. The more background stories I have about all the characters, the more I enjoy the actual novels.
A Circle of Cats by Charles De Lint
http://www.sfsite.com/charlesdelint/circle-desc01.htm
Is a picture book for children. Thought DS 12 might like it, but it is definitely more for younger girls although I enjoyed the story.
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Sorry, I have a lot of books to post because I haven't posted them yet.

76. Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
She wrote Girl with a Pearl Earring and this is her latest. It's based on a true story of two women who collected some of the first dinosaur fossils that were studied.

77. Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis
I marked this all over the sticky notes and I need to get my own copy because this is from the library.

C.S. Lewis' personality completely resonates with me... the way he describes his enjoyment of being alone: "entering into a deeper solitude than I had ever known." How he describes participating in school sports: "to exchange work... for work." How he describes reading a good book: "I suppose I reached as much happiness as is ever to be reached on earth." His discovery of beauty and magic in the most everyday things: "a farmyard in its mid-morning solitude, and perhaps a grey cat squeezing its way under a barn door, or a bent old woman with a wrinkled, motherly face coming back with an empty bucket from the pigsty."

I really don't think you can fully understand the Narnia books unless you have read this book. He talks about his lifelong interest in fantasy and what it means to him. It really was more than just an idle interest for him... it helped him find the meaning of life.

78. The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
About a doctor who makes house visits to an old, crumbling mansion and some eerie things happen. It could have been a good book and there were so many opportunities for the author to put in a cool twist in at the end, but the book was so straightforward as to be boring.

79. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Bartlett
I liked some of the information on collecting rare books. I didn't think the man who stole all the books was particularly interesting although he seemed pretty full of himself.

80. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

81. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
I didn't like the end to the series. Seemed like she wrote it in a hurry or didn't have any particular ending in mind when she began writing the first book. I could tell early on which guy Katniss would pick.

82. Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
I read this because the movie is coming out soon. They are changing a lot of the story around in the movie and I can kind of see why. The storyline is all over the place in the book and might not translate into a good movie.

83. Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons
I loved this. It was a lot like Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. It's about a German/Jewish refugee who wants to be a true Englishman and he tries to do everything the proper way. He wants to join a golf course, but none of the clubs will take him and so he attempts to build his own course. The writing is terrific. The book dips into some magical realism which might not have been a good idea. I think it would have been better without the blatant magic - just hinting about magic in the woods and the local legends is enough.
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Two short but very disturbing books:

Nothing by Janne Teller

This is supposed to be a book for 12 and up but it's pretty heavy and disturbing. It's by a Danish author and translated into English. A 13-year-old boy decides life has no meaning so what is the point of school, work, dating, or anything. A group of his classmates want to prove him wrong so they start the "heap of meaning" in which each of them must add their most meaningful possession. Each kid chooses something for someone else to add and the choices get more horrible as the book goes on. I could see this book opening quite a discussion with teens.

A Special Place by Peter Straub

Uncle Till takes his nephew Keith under his wing . . . unfortunately the uncle is a cold-blooded sociopath. God was this creepy.

I went to put these two on hold and then decided that maybe I have enough darkness in my life right now.
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They are definitely dark . . . . you need to be in the right mood. My 6th grade daughter just read Nothing . . . we had a good conversation about it.

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Hey, do we have a Mothering group on Goodreads or anything? It might be fun to do an online book club.
We do have one It hasn't been updated in awhile.



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I'm way behind on posting my books. And I'm not here to catch up

I have a hankering to read something that's scary since it's Halloween season, and even though I promised myself I wouldn't read anything but what's in my pile in the closet. (only about 30 or so more books left on that...maybe?)

Anyway, I was thinking of The Shining or Something Wicked This Way Comes, or hmmmm, not sure what else.....


Nothing sounds interesting Cathe....although yes Bufo, maybe a little too dark for right now. It's dark enough in Seattle these days
And I love Cornelia Funke. She does some of my favorite children's books.

Kaliki, I love Tracy Chevalier. Did you like her new one?
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I'm way behind on posting my books. And I'm not here to catch up

I have a hankering to read something that's scary since it's Halloween season, and even though I promised myself I wouldn't read anything but what's in my pile in the closet. (only about 30 or so more books left on that...maybe?)

Anyway, I was thinking of The Shining or Something Wicked This Way Comes, or hmmmm, not sure what else.....


Nothing sounds interesting Cathe....although yes Bufo, maybe a little too dark for right now. It's dark enough in Seattle these days
And I love Cornelia Funke. She does some of my favorite children's books.

Kaliki, I love Tracy Chevalier. Did you like her new one?

Yeah, I did like it. It was not such an engrossing book where you get lost in a fictional world, but the stuff on fossil collecting was interesting to me. For a creepy Halloween book, have you read Shirley Jackson yet? I read We Have Always Lived in the Castle last year around this time and loved it.
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Anyway, I was thinking of The Shining or Something Wicked This Way Comes, or hmmmm, not sure what else.....
Let me give it some thought and I'm sure I can come up with a list of recommendations for you.

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Hunger Games

Do I really need to say anything more about this one??

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"Fat Charlie" Nancy leads a life of comfortable workaholism in London, with a stressful agenting job he doesn't much like, and a pleasant fiancée, Rosie. When Charlie learns of the death of his estranged father in Florida, he attends the funeral and learns two facts that turn his well-ordered existence upside-down: that his father was a human form of Anansi, the African trickster god, and that he has a brother, Spider, who has inherited some of their father's godlike abilities. Spider comes to visit Charlie and gets him fired from his job, steals his fiancée, and is instrumental in having him arrested for embezzlement and suspected of murder.

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I've not been posting every book I read, as I've done in past years, but we'll say I'm on

#156 Khai of Khem by Brian Lumley
#157 Room by Emma Donoghue
#158 Salvation City by Sigrid Nunez
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#157 Room by Emma Donoghue
How did you like this one? I'm 50 of 57 holds at the library.
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#158 Salvation City by Sigrid Nunez
i usually cannot stomach postapocalyptic-style stories, but this sounds very interesting--the secular/religious conflicts etc. how did you like it? years ago i read Nuñez's A Feather on the breath of God, and more recently enjoyed (albeit imperfectly) The last of her kind.

i have been struggling with a review copy of The Mikvah Queen by Jennifer Natalya Fink. great ideas, but in the execution she loses me.

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More Stories from the Twilight Zone edited by Carol Sterling

When I spotted this book at the library, I thought it was a book of short stories from the original Twilight Zone episodes but it is actually a book of new short stories written in the style of the Twilight Zone show. The collection was put together by Rod Sterling's wife and includes one of Rod Sterling's stories. Just like the show, some stories were better than others, but overall, I enjoyed it.

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Yeah, I did like it. It was not such an engrossing book where you get lost in a fictional world, but the stuff on fossil collecting was interesting to me. For a creepy Halloween book, have you read Shirley Jackson yet? I read We Have Always Lived in the Castle last year around this time and loved it.
Thanks you two Kaliki, I'll check those out!
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#48 Behind a Mask: Her Unknown Thrillers
by Louisa May Alcott
>>There are three here, but the best of those is Behind a Mask. I was really surprised by that one. You don't normally expect an amazing Gothic thriller from the writer of Little Women, but there you go. Really good.

#49 The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Writings
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
>>Really the centerpiece here is the short story "The Yellow Wallpaper." The rest of her stuff is good, but nothing beats "Wallpaper" for visceral thrills and chills.

#50 Goblin Market and Other Poems
by Christina Rossetti
>>Rossetti's poems are great. Love every one of them, but the titular "Goblin Market" is by far her best.


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I have a hankering to read something that's scary since it's Halloween season, and even though I promised myself I wouldn't read anything but what's in my pile in the closet. (only about 30 or so more books left on that...maybe?)

Anyway, I was thinking of The Shining or Something Wicked This Way Comes, or hmmmm, not sure what else.....
I know its a little late in coming, but here it is anyway...

I always recommend The Shining and Something Wicked This Way Comes two of the absolute best! Other than that...

Of course there's Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Midnight by Dean R. Koontz
Off Season by Jack Ketchum
Psycho by Robert Bloch
The Return by Bentley Little
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
The Totem by David Morrell
'salem's Lot by Stephen King
Ancient Images by Ramsey Campbell
Bag of Bones by Stephen King
Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco
Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker
Ghost Story by Peter Straub
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving
"The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James
"The Wendigo" by Algernon Blackwood
and "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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And ... here is November's Thread: http://www.mothering.com/discussions...php?p=16005953

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#156 Khai of Khem by Brian Lumley
#157 Room by Emma Donoghue
#158 Salvation City by Sigrid Nunez
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How did you like this one? I'm 50 of 57 holds at the library.
I like Room -- I wrote a tiny bit about it here. I was very interested in the idea of what one's assumptions would be if you'd spent your entire childhood in one small room. It wasn't as brutal as it could've been, considering the subject, which I was thankful for.

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i usually cannot stomach postapocalyptic-style stories, but this sounds very interesting--the secular/religious conflicts etc. how did you like it? years ago i read Nuñez's A Feather on the breath of God, and more recently enjoyed (albeit imperfectly) The last of her kind.
Kanga, Salvation City was definitely interesting -- I've been reading lots of post-apocalyptic stuff lately, and this one was a good addition. It was sad to read about the main character's last days with his parents -- It's so hard to lose someone you love and know that the time you spent together in their last days was so full of difficulty. Like Room,
not as brutal as it could've been.
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The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

This book alternates between the 1991 about a graduate student research the Salem witchcraft trails era and an actual family involved in the trails. The writing was beautiful and the story was pretty good.

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wow!  that's quite a list!  awesome!!!!  i'm prepared to be scared :)  thanks NCD :)
 

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I have a hankering to read something that's scary since it's Halloween season, and even though I promised myself I wouldn't read anything but what's in my pile in the closet. (only about 30 or so more books left on that...maybe?)

Anyway, I was thinking of The Shining or Something Wicked This Way Comes, or hmmmm, not sure what else.....
I know its a little late in coming, but here it is anyway...

I always recommend The Shining and Something Wicked This Way Comes two of the absolute best! Other than that...

Of course there's Dracula by Bram Stoker
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Midnight by Dean R. Koontz
Off Season by Jack Ketchum
Psycho by Robert Bloch
The Return by Bentley Little
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
The Totem by David Morrell
'salem's Lot by Stephen King
Ancient Images by Ramsey Campbell
Bag of Bones by Stephen King
Burnt Offerings by Robert Marasco
Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker
Ghost Story by Peter Straub
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving
"The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James
"The Wendigo" by Algernon Blackwood
and "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman


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