rip 2007 r.i.p.
pooky and columbus helping me read
what a time i’ve had! 🙂
doing this rip challenge has really helped make the transition from summer to interminable winter in this country a lot nicer! a conspiracy of circumstances, however, has meant that i haven’t been able to be as present in internet-land, but i have nevertheless felt connected to all the participants through the chills and thrills of the books we shared.
the funny thing about reading these books is that at times i’ve had adapt my reading habits. my favourite times for reading are at night before bed and when i’m in the bath and there were a few books that i found that i couldn’t read at those times…
it was in the early stages of “world war z” and i was reading happily in the bath about an apocolypse that was sweeping civilization and of how there was this mass (attempted) evacuation. people would be escaping through seemingly empty buildings… and then, suddenly, they’d hear a scratching at a door, or the shuffling of feet, a deathly moan, or, if they were really unlucky, feel the snatch and grasp of a hand on their arm!
anyway, so i finish the chapter and decide its time to finish up and get out… and then i notice how quiet it is! i knew charlotte was studying in the lounge, but i couldn’t hear her. my audio senses were also masked by the humming of the ventalator extractor fan thingie… quiet enough to frame the silence, but just loud enough to mask any moanings, or shufflings… !
i was very unnerved. just the thought that there might just be zombies outside the door…! i didn’t read about zombies in the bath again.
as for reading these kinds of books at night, well, i’m such a scaredy-cat when it comes to night-time that if i was afraid in the bath, i’m definitely not going to read about zombies before i lay my head down. i did have to put in a few chapters of “world war z” towards the end there and predictably i had apocolyptic nightmares…
so it was “dracula” and “the rest falls away” for me in the bath and in bed.
overall i really enjoyed all the books. my first two of the challenge were “dorian gray” and “the claw of conciliator”. dorian gray i enjoyed immensely and found it a subtle and thoughtful examination of the human mind. claw continued my very enjoyable journey with severian in his dark fantasy futuristic world, so i loved that.
thereafter i climbed into “the zombie survival guide”, “world war z”, “the rest falls away” and “dracula”. sadly i didn’t manage to finish dracula, as i ran out of time towards the end. i could’ve, i guess, squeezed it in, but as i had already completed the challenge by then i didn’t want to rush through a book that i am currently enjoying tremendously. there was a moment when i pushed through a few pages and then i just thought no, thats not the way i want to experience this book. also, this way my rip reading continues beyond october 🙂
the rest falls away was okay at first. smooth and easy, but nothing spectacular. and then… slowly… the story started weaving and twisting… and before i knew it was locked into the gaze of a vampire and i could not, no matter how i tried, put the book down.
the zombie survival guide was pretty good, but overal a bit too dry and factual. i know its a survival guide, and, as such, has to be based in fact… but still. wwz i enjoyed a lot more. wow. very very cool. full reviews will be coming up soon for both of those…
so thats the end of rip for this year (although, as i said, i’ll be cheating and extending my rip reading beyond the limits of ye poor mortals…). i had a great time! a big thank you to carl for hosting it once again and for making it so cool as always!!