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23 September 2010 @ 05:13 pm
R.I.P. Challenge V  

Lately I've been trying very hard to get my reading mojo back, and it looks like I've finally succeeded. Not a moment too soon, because it turned out there is an R.I.P. Challenge being held after all. Carl's announcement for R.I.P. V was just a little later than usual.

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Not wanting to scare my r.m. away again by being overly ambitious, I've decided to do Peril the Third: reading one book between now and 31 October that fits into one (or more) of the following categories: mystery, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, gothic, horror, supernatural.

Most of the books on my provisional list appeared on last year's list as well. I picked these because they do not seem too challenging (and also because I hope to be able to free some much-needed shelf space):

Christie, Agatha: They Came to Baghdad — personally I tend to associate Christie's cosy mysteries with comfort reading rather than with nail-biting tension, but IIRC (I read this a looong time ago, in Dutch) this is one of her espionage stories, a genre I find more confusing than anything

Homes, A.M.: The End of Alice — third time lucky?

Krabbé, Tim: De grot (The Cave)

Verhoef, Esther: Erken mij ("acknowledge me") — a short thriller


I like the newly added Peril on the Screen. In previous years I have already unofficially watched films in keeping with the theme, so this year I intend to participate in this Peril as well. My provisional list:

Images (Robert Altman, 1972) — I watched this at least 30 years ago and the only thing I remember about it is Susannah York looking into a mirror and being very, very confused

Memento mori (Tae-Yong Kim & Kyu-Dong Min, 1999) — Korean horror

Tideland (Terry Gilliam, 2007) — one of the blurbs calls this a poetic horror film


Looking forward to starting the challenge. The first month is almost over already, so I'd better get cracking.


 
 
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myreadingbooks.blogspot.com on September 23rd, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
If my reading is slowing down, this challenge usually gets it going again! I hope you enjoy!
Mnemosyne: gilbert fun_lethe_ on September 23rd, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you for cheering me on! I see that you have already completed the challenge, but happy continued reading to you too!
heartofdavid: bookshoppeheartofdavid on September 23rd, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm glad you're participating as I've found your past commentary about the experience very entertaining and interesting. :D

The Cave sounds good, I checked out the Amazon link. Might look that one up at the library.
Mnemosyne: thinking_lethe_ on September 23rd, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your support! :D

It does sound good, doesn't it? I received it as a free book at the time (1997/98) due to some promotion in a bookshop and I was under the impression it was a fairly regular thriller. Looking forward to reading it now.