yahoo! the rip challenge is finally here!! 🙂
i am particularly excited about the rip challenge because it has a special significance for me. it was this time last year that i really got into carl’s blog and through it discovered the blogging world in general. i remember looking on with such envy at all the fun everyone was having reading these books and talking to one another about them. there was such a wonderful sense of camaraderie – it looked like such fun to be a part of it all.
i’m really looking forward to being a part of it this time around. its already been fun thanks to the fantastic way in which carl launches his challenges! he really is a pro at this. and did i mention incredibly generous?
so what will i be reading? its been really hard to decide, hence me taking so long to post about it! 🙂 1. my first choice is the easiest one: “the claw of the conciliator” by gene wolfe.
i recently read “the shadow of the torturer” and enjoyed it, and with “claw” sitting there on my book pile, winking at me, this one was a no-brainer. 2. now the difficult ones. there were 2 precious spare slots in my list – i was incredibly swayed by the choices of the other participants and really wanted to squeeze in natasha mostert’s “season of the witch” but finally settled on a zombie-double with max brooks’ “world war z” and “zombie survival guide”. i love zombies – i don’t know why. its such a weird thing…
its not just zombies though, its also the apocolypse that i like. so i’m looking forward to reading about the world ending and all that…
4. i have carl to blame for this choice – “the rest falls away” by colleen gleason.
not only has he enticed me to read these books with his reviews, but he also managed to organise a very enticing giveaway; for those who read one of gleason’s novels for the challenge – with one of the prizes being a stake!!! oooh! 😮
i really like the gothic genre, there is something so warmly thrilling about it. i love how it is sexy and thrilling at the same time! i always have time for a good old vampire or werewolf story…
5. i’ve always wanted to read “the picture dorian gray”.
its one of those stories that i’ve always known of and have seen numerous references to, so this is the perfect opportunity to finally read it! i really like the concept and the idea of that painting is wonderfully macabre and haunting.
6. my final choice was decided long before the challenge even started: “dracula”. thats not the cover i have – i have no idea how my cover will look… i tried to find one today, but i didn’t like any of them!
i’ve chosen this for similar reasons to “the picture of dorian gray”, but with the added reason that it is (in my mind) the flagship book of the rip challenge. reading this is a way of reminding me that i am at last taking part in the challenge!
on top of all that, charlotte also loves “dracula” and has been talking about it ever since she read it last year – so i just have to read it!! 🙂
the horror won’t stop there, either. to celebrate rip the bagman is going dark!
this will be my new icon during the rip challenge. and i will be playing “resident evil 3” as well. i’ve had it for a while, but haven’t gotten around to playing it. i really love this particular installment of “resident evil”, the mood is so cool. i find it incredibly spooky and melancholic!
ooh! look at that. so cool!
you know what? i think i’m going to have a go on it right now!
scarya later! 🙂
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