Tag Archives: Undead

Scary reads for Halloween

Today I thought I’d pick out a few books from my archive that would make scary reading for Halloween tomorrow. I know, more recycling of posts, but it’s fun for me to look back at my blog, and maybe you’ll find a book you might like to read too. The links are to my reviews in the text, and where… Read more »

Telling it from the monster's side …

Sad Monsters: Growling on the Outside, Crying on the Insideby Frank Lesser. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been having a chuckle dipping into this book of humorous short pieces, which are written from monsters’ points of view. Almost any monster you can think of puts in an appearance – let me give you a flavour of some of my… Read more »

Becoming human

Annabel   21st January 2011   17 Comments on Becoming human

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman This book has won the top awards for children’s fiction going – the US Newbery, the UK Carnegie, plus a Hugo for SF/Fantasy amongst many other awards and nominations. The Graveyard Book is Gaiman’s first full length novel for children since Coraline, (which I loved and reviewed here). Would it live up to my expectations… Read more »

Bah Humbug!

Annabel   22nd December 2010   4 Comments on Bah Humbug!

I Am Scrooge: A Zombie Story for Christmas by Adam Roberts Given that Yellow Blue Tibia by Roberts was both the maddest and best SF book I read this year, I had high hopes of this zombie take on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol as a bit of fun this festive season.  Would it live up to the fun I had… Read more »

Sookie Stackhouse #2

Annabel   25th October 2010   10 Comments on Sookie Stackhouse #2

Living Dead In Dallas by Charlaine Harris Living Dead in Dallas is the second in the hugely successful Sookie Stackhouse series of vampire novels by Charlaine Harris. If by any chance you’ve not encountered them before, either as books or in their TV incarnation True Blood, I suggest you start here. In this second novel, Sookie is developing and deepening… Read more »

Gaskella’s Midweek Miscellany #17

Bits and pieces today … I would like to read one of Howard Jacobson’s novels soon, but don’t know where to start. Although The Finkler Question won the Booker, it doesn’t feel like the right book to meet an author new to me with. I’ve heard that The Mightly Walzer is good, but am slightly put off by the coming… Read more »

A ghostly story for autumnal nights

The Small Hand by Susan Hill. Susan Hill is justly renowned for her ghost stories – her best-known one is The Woman in Black which is both chilling and a darned good read.  The Small Hand is her latest, and I thoroughly enjoyed it too. It starts off simply.  Adam Snow, an antiquarian bookseller is on his way home from meeting a… Read more »

Return of the Living Dead …

It’s that time of year again when I fit a few spooky novels into my October reading plans.  Last year I read only vampire stories – this year I’m ranging more widely for fearsome creatures and I’ve started off with a ‘Teen Gothic’ novel about werewolves… Claire De Lune by Christine Johnson Claire is just a normal teenager and she fancies… Read more »

Another OK-ish teen paranormal romance

The Immortals: Evermore by Alyson Noel Let me tell you what I liked in this book: + There is a ghost that steals every scene she’s in; + The heroine has psychic powers that she struggles to control; + There are no vampires; + The heroine is not quite as squeaky clean as a certain other heroine; + The language… Read more »

All Angst and No Action

The Hollow by Jessica Verday I liked the fact that The Hollow doesn’t have vampires or angels, but is linked to the ghostly apparitions of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and the book itself is set in the town of that story. Then I started reading, and was immediately irritated by Abigail aka Abbey, who emphasises words in… Read more »