Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist

Let the Right One In is the story of Oskar, a lonely, bullied 12-year-old boy who lives in Stockholm. One day, Oskar notices a girl of about his age hanging around his apartment complex's playground. They become fast friends; and, as is evident from her perching on the jungle gym — RIGHT-SIDE-UP-BAT-LIKE  she is a vaaaampire. The story focuses on Oskar's struggles at school and his friendship with Eli, evolving as it does when he discovers that she is a vampire, with secondary plot lines and characters that are affected by Eli and Oskar.

This book alternates between calm, regular-type fiction and AAH, HOLY CRAP moments. 

A veritable roller coaster of emotions.

While there were scary scenes, it didn't crawl under my skin and keep me up nights. (Although creepy young girls are the creeeepiest, 

You remember these bitches.

which I did appreciate.)

There are fun, vampire-fact tidbits that I enjoyed. For example, Eli can put her mouth over Oskar's and transmit a memory to him, so that Oskar relives this memory as if he were Eli. These memories made for the eeriest parts of the book, for me. 

I enjoyed reading this, but I kept my socks on. (Because they were not knocked off, you see.) Still, a fun one for R.I.P., and refreshingly devoid of the emo-sexy vampire with his stupid hair and his ruining Cedric Diggory ... None of that, here.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Room - Emma Donoghue

Well that wasn't as bad as I though it was going to be. 

This book sets itself up to be one of those "why did I do this to myself?" books. The kind that are so upsetting that every now and then they still keep you up at night with their ickiness (I'm looking at you, Fall on Your Knees). The problem is that those books can also be amazing. The nice thing about Room is that it didn't get into that part of my brain, but it was still fairly excellent. (To be clear, though, Fall on Your Knees, with all its awfulness,

 is h'way better than Room, but it will take part of your soul as payment.)

Told from the perspective of a five-year-old boy named Jack, Room is the story of a Mom and her kid. Seven years ago, a man abducted Ma and locked her in a highly secure, 11-by-11-foot room. Five years ago, she had his child. For Jack, Room is the whole world: nothing exists beyond its walls. His perspective is so unique (thank God), and watching its development is captivating. Donoghue goes into great detail about the Room and Jack's relationship to the objects in it. How Jack sees the world, the significance of the games that he and his Ma play, these kept me turning the pages even more than the action.

This book holds back from exploiting its readers emotions, even though it would have been so easy to up the Awful Factor to unbearable levels. As it stands, it keeps it to terrible freaking subject matter, written up as a thriller. One scene actually had me drenched in sweat. I got very invested in Jack and I felt strongly about his well-being. (Also, it gets hot in this apartment.) SO. A good read, a quick read, and recommended. 

This books is a R.I.P.ping good suspense/thriller. 

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Classiest Rick Roll Ever

For me, Mad Men is the greatest thing on television. I'm waiting with baited breath for season 6, but in the meantime, this is tiding me over:

Sunday, 2 September 2012

To declare my intentions

I have a love/hate relationship with scary things. I love them before I consume them and I hate them afterward, when they keep me up for months on end. That being said, it's time for R.I.P. VII!!! I never learn, is what I'm saying. This will be my first time participating, and I'm, you know, reasonably excited.

Reasonably excited dance.

ALL the creepy books! So far, after stealing Laura's reading list at Devouring Text (sorry, Laura), I've got Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist, The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters, and We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver (been meaning to read that one forEVER) all on hold at the library. And now also Raych's White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi is on hold too because I don't know what to read until you people tell me. Also, LOOK AT THE COVER:

Tell me you spooky ways, pale one. And after Octavius "Damn Your Eyes" Guy, I know I'm going to be watching Young Frankenstein again soon. But, but what else? I'd love to know what movies and books you guys like this time of year. I like the psychologically creepy stuff, and demon stuff tends to get in my head too much, so I'd probably avoid it unless it was really, really highly recommended. Guide me, oh wise ones.