RIP V is here!

1 September, 2010

When I started blogging last year, I joined two challenges, Dolce Bellezza‘s Japanese Literature Challenge and Stainless Steel DroppingsR.eaders I.mbibing P.eril (RIP) Challenge. Both were exciting, fun and made me some new bookish friends and although I’ve joined a lot of other challenges in the meantime, I’ve been particularly looking forward to joining these two again! I was just lamenting the end of summer as chill winds sweep across London, but R.I.P. V will surely cheer me up because 1) I get to make another list of books to read and 2) I get to read books in some of my favourite genres. So double yay!

This year I will be participating in Peril the First where I will need to read FOUR books from the following genres: mystery, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, gothic, horror, supernatural. I suspect I will be reading more mysteries, maybe a dark fantasy and possibly a gothic/horror/supernatural title in time for Halloween.

I’ve come up with the following for my selection which may change:

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (I’ve been waiting to read this for a year now)
Seeking Whom He May Devour by Fred Vargas (looks like I’m still on my French kick!)
Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson (the second volume in the Malazan Book of the Fallen sequence because it’s very, very dark fantasy)
Cemetary Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (lots of gruesome stuff but Agent Pendergast is so hot)
The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox (a Victorian, gothic mystery)
Black Water Rising by Attica Locke (murdery and mystery in 1980s Houston)

So, will you be joining us? And more importantly, what will you be reading?

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16 Responses to “RIP V is here!”

  1. Melody Says:

    I participated too, despite that I’ve my hands full on other challenges but I just couldn’t pass this! Ooh, I loved “The Woman in Black”! Can’t wait to hear what you’ll think of it.

  2. Carl V. Says:

    Thanks for joining in with us!

    I’ve heard a lot of positive praise for The Woman in Black. I should probably add it to my list of books to track down at the library.

    I’ve also heard a lot of good things about Erickson…and generally love the art on his book covers.

  3. Gavin Says:

    This is one of my favorite challenges. I hope you enjoy Seeking Whom He May Devour and Black Water Rising. I liked both of them!

  4. Mae Says:

    Oh, I’ve been wanting to read The Woman in Black for ages but strangely, none of the libraries seem to hold it. I also have The Meaning of Night – sadly, that’s been sitting on my shelves still waiting to be read, poor darling.

    I might join this challenge!


  5. Great list. Have a great time reading those.

    Please do check out the books I already read for RIP V.

  6. Bellezza Says:

    Such an honor it is, that you’ve joined two challenges including Carl’s and mine. As it happens, Carl’s RIP was the first challenge I joined as well, many years ago when I began blogging.

    I haven’t heard of the books you’re considering, but that doesn’t mean anything; this is a rather unfamiliar genre to me in the first place. That’s part of why it’s so wonderful: it expands my boundaries to no end.

    I look forward to your thoughts on whatever it is you choose!

  7. Kristen M. Says:

    The Meaning of Night is an absolute favorite of mine so I hope you get to it! I have books that I’ve been holding for almost a year too. I’m excited to finally read them!

  8. Nymeth Says:

    The Woman in Black will be on my list too – like you I’ve been meaning to read it for a long while. I hope we both enjoy it!

  9. Kate Says:

    This is a really fantastic list! I’ve only heard of one of the authors, and haven’t read any of them…which means I’m going to go look all of them up at my library! This is why I love the RIP, all the fantastic recommendations and new books to find. Happy reading to you!

  10. Pursewarden Says:

    The Vargas is very good, Sakura. Not one of her best, but still better than most people!

  11. chasing bawa Says:

    Melody: I think I went overboard with challenges too, but I definitely couldn’t pass this one. I’ll check your post on Woman in Black once I’ve read it.

    Carl V: Pleasure! I love the Subterranean Press’s cover of ‘Gardens of the Moon’. It’s so beautiful. Shame it’s only limited edition!

    Gavin: I read Vargas’ ‘The Chalk Circle Man’ for last year’s RIP IV and loved it. Looking forward to reading both hopefully.

    Mae: I’ve been wanting to see the play for ages until I found out it was a book. I can’t seem to find it in my library either so will be making a purchase soon:) I’m the same with The Meaning of Night. It’s been there for ages and I think it’s time I read it!

    gautami tripathy: Thanks. I’m impressed you’ve already posted reviews for RIP V!

    Bellezza: Maybe I should try and find a Japanese mystery too! I think I did that last year with Natsuo Kirino.

    Kristen M: Oh good! I’m glad you liked The Meaning of Night, it makes it easier for me to start it:) I’ve had it for years!

    Nymeth: Looking forward to reading your thoughts on it. I think there were a flurry of posts last year and Susan Hill seemed to be the topic of discussion for book bloggers. As always, I’m late to the ball, but I hope she scares me!

    Kate: I think that’s why we do challenges, so that we can be nosy and see what others are reading!

    Pursewarden: I’ve only read The Chalk Circle Man and The Three Evangelists so far. What was your favourite?

  12. Terri B. Says:

    I really look forward to this challenge each year! Thanks for reminding me about Woman in Black. I’d totally forgotten that one. I’ll put in on my unofficial list.

  13. Kailana Says:

    I really need to read Steven Erikson at some point and time.


  14. I have several of your books on my tbr list so I will be interested in your reviews. 🙂


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