{reading} the hammer of witches

‘Tis the season to begin thinking of the dark and scary! “Reader’s Imbibing Peril” (RIP) is all about the Autumnal mood of suspenseful tales and snuggling into the crackling, dank, and pumpkin spiced. I hate missing out on these kinds of community events because of coursework, so imagine my joy upon perusing my Dark RenaissanceContinue reading “{reading} the hammer of witches”

{challenges} Readers Imbibing Peril–VIII

{banner art by  Jennifer Gordan} It’s that most wonderful time of the year! no, not Christmas. It is that Nightmare before Christmas, okay: It is time for Readers Imbibing Peril–the Eighth! “All these years later we are still going strong, welcoming September with a time of coming together to share our favorite mysteries, detective stories, horror stories, dark fantasies,Continue reading “{challenges} Readers Imbibing Peril–VIII”

{challenge} & that’s a RIP

{The Evil Snowman by Zeeksie (aka Serj)} Before we move onto Winter cheer, R.eader’s I.mbibing P.eril VII has come to a close. Carl V. at Stainless Steel Droppings is an awesome host—thanks for putting it all together, friend—and I look forward to The Sci-Fi Experience coming up next. If you can only manage a fewContinue reading “{challenge} & that’s a RIP”

{book} a monster calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd Illustrated by Jim Kay Candlewick Press, 2011. hardcover, 206 pages (ages 12+) I had been warned and still I read it before bed. I had been warned that hankies would come in handier than a well-lit room. That terror subsides for grief,Continue reading “{book} a monster calls”

{book} mister creecher

Mister Creecher by Chris Priestley Bloomsbury (2011). The most successful read is to go in without synopsis or review; that said, it is still really good anticipating a few things as well. Billy is a street urchin, a pickpocket, and a petty thief. Mister Creecher is a giant of a man whose appearance terrifies everyoneContinue reading “{book} mister creecher”

{book} dillweed’s revenge

DAY 26 Dillweed’s Revenge: A Deadly Dose of Magic by Florence Parry Heide Illustrated by Carson Ellis Harcourt, 2010. I found this in the children’s picture book section at the Tattered Cover Book store as I was browsing. I was drawn to Carson Ellis’ as illustrator, and after reading it ooked around the room atContinue reading “{book} dillweed’s revenge”

{book} frankenstein takes the cake

DAY 25 Frankenstein Takes the Cake by Adam Rex Harcourt, 2008. I saw Adam Rex’s name, so…I had to show it to Natalya every three minutes (and that was me being restrained). Finally, N set the Isabel Allende book she’d been reading in Spanish and humored me only to be completely sucked into the readContinue reading “{book} frankenstein takes the cake”

{television} wallander, series 3

PBS Masterpiece Theater presented the third season/series of BBC’s Wallander through the end of September and Sean and I were happy to be able to catch them on-line. I tried to not give too much away, and I think I succeeded. For those unfamiliar, Wallander is adapted from a series of Swedish mystery novels byContinue reading “{television} wallander, series 3”

{life} a memory of a cemetery

  Carl V. at Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting a fun activity called “A Grave Tale” to accompany the RIP (Readers Imbibing Peril) read-along of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. As ‘graveyards’ are the theme of this book and we will be in the month of October, I am proposing that anyone who wants toContinue reading “{life} a memory of a cemetery”

{book} skary childrin

In Widowsbury, an isolated village where people believe “know is good, new is bad,” three outcasts from the girls’ school join forces with a home-schooled boy to uncover and combat the evil that is making people disappear. –publisher Have you seen that Care Bear television episode or movie where there is a boy who isContinue reading “{book} skary childrin”