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text 2019-08-11 22:05
Halloween Bingo Preparty - Horror Reads
Uncle Silas - Victor Sage,Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
In a Glass Darkly - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
2666 - Natasha Wimmer,Roberto Bolaño
The Five Jars - M.R. James The Five Jars - M.R. James
Watership Down - Richard Adams

1. Out of the Night #5 - which there isn't a cover for.  It's one of those horror comic books from the 1950s.  


2. Uncle Silas and A Glass Darkly - if you haven't read Le Fanu, you haven't read horror, and Uncle Silas is just that hook filled book.


3. 2666 - not strictly horror, but I was reading this book and when I came home late, I was frightened when walking the half block from the trolley stop to my house, so that has to count for something.


4. M R James - he makes jars scary.


5. Watership Down - not horror I know, but you get to that chapter about the black rabbit of death and the rabbit poker game when you're like seven, and you sleep with the lights on.


I may I also suggest 50 Shades of Grey which I don't like but it is truly frightening when you read this and wonder why so many people think it is good.

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review 2019-07-05 21:45
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Watership Down - Richard Adams

There's no way I can do justice to this book, 'Watership Down' was one of my favorites growing up. My mother's copy is giving up the ghost - even the rubber bands holding it together are aging out - so I'll be hunting for a nice edition of it soon, because I'm going to be reading it again. The book is an epic travel saga, a high fantasy, a folklore primer, incorporates immersive and enchanting nature writing, and includes my personal favorite fictional language of all time (Lapine)


I have read this often, but this last time around it was a read-aloud with my husband. With one long hiatus we made it though in good time. As a reader I have a terribly limited repertoire of voices (Hyzenthlay and Thethuthinnang ending up being played by Katherine Hepburn and Bette Davis), but it was so much fun to experience this book again. My husband's experience had been limited to the scarring animated film from the 70s.


The characters are also amazing, while Adams made an effort to keep the rabbits rabbit-y with their perceptions, walking patterns, habits, and the like, they have a diverse range of voices (when I'm not reading aloud - my British accents are limited to posh, posher [Claire Foy], Nigel Thornberry, Christopher Lee, and Dick Van Dyke as Bert in 'Mary Poppins') that easily lets the reader keep up with the large cast.


Adams produced a follow-up many years later that was a collection of additional rabbit folklore and a story-arc about Hazel and co.'s experience with a female Chief Rabbit and her warren. It wasn't impressive when I first read it, and it didn't hold up when I tried a few of the stories this past week to get over our Watership withdrawal. The big point missing was the nature writing.


And 'Watership Down' has one of the best endings of all time, there's no room for more.


Watership Down


Next: 'Tales From Watership Down'

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review 2019-05-02 03:25
Tales from Watership Down, Richard Adams
Tales from Watership Down - Richard Adams

Heavily relies on the reader having read the novel Watership Down prior.


The first two parts focus on the bunny folk-hero, El-Alhrairah and his adventures. The last part is a story sequence cum novella about events in and around Watership Down after the close of the novel.


If you hankered for more rabbit adventures after the novel, this is the book for you. I liked the folk tales more than the new adventures of Watership Down. As I've no doubt mentioned before, language, history and legend are prime elements of convincing world building and Adams grasped this.

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text 2019-05-02 00:20
Reading progress update: I've read 211 out of 262 pages.
Tales from Watership Down - Richard Adams

Final part: tales of the rabbits on Watership Down after the end of the novel.

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text 2019-04-27 17:50
Reading progress update: I've read 133 out of 262 pages.
Tales from Watership Down - Richard Adams

A grim discovery allows the rabbits to outwit Brock the badger.

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