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October 2021 TBR

Happy Spooky Season y'all! I'm woefully behind on my reading these days - life has been pretty busy - but I always look forward to reading some creepy books. This year, I have to admit, I had a lot of trouble finding the exact type of spooky books I wanted to read. So this list will probably look at little strange from the outside looking in. 

Semiosis - Sue Burke

Forced to land on a planet they aren't prepared for, human colonists rely on their limited resources to survive. The planet provides a lush but inexplicable landscape - trees offer edible, addictive fruit one day and poison the next, while the ruins of an alien race are found entwined in the roots of a strange plant. Conflicts between generations arise as they struggle to understand one another and grapple with an unknowable alien intellect.

This is the pick for book club this month! I've had this on my to-read list for awhile, so I was happy that this was the book that was ultimately selected. It gets mixed reviews, so we'll see how things go.

Snowblind: The Killing Grounds - Michael McBride

For the past seven years, John Avery has been combing the wilderness for any sign of his missing girlfriend, who set out upon the ski trip of a lifetime and was never seen again. The discovery of a video camera prompts Sheriff Wayne Dayton to dispatch a search party into one of the most remote areas of the Rockies in hopes of learning her fate. When a freak blizzard strikes, they find themselves wandering blindly into the killing grounds of a predator they can't even see.

I read the first book in this series many years ago, and though I really enjoyed it, for some reason I never continued on with this second book. This seems like the perfect time to continue!

The Burning Girls - CJ Tudor

A dark history lingers in Chapel Croft. Five hundred years ago, Protestant martyrs were betrayed—then burned. Thirty years ago, two teenage girls disappeared without a trace. And a few weeks ago, the vicar of the local parish hanged himself in the nave of the church. Reverend Jack Brooks, a single parent with a fourteen-year-old daughter and a heavy conscience, arrives in the village hoping for a fresh start. Instead, Jack finds a town rife with conspiracies and secrets, and is greeted with a strange welcome package: an exorcism kit and a note that warns, “But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed and hidden that will not be known.”

I don't remember how I came across this one, but when I read the description it sounded like the perfect match for Spooky Season. It also gets good ratings. Let's hope it lives up to the hype!

Verità Sepolte - Sonia Ognibene

A woman with extrasensory powers, on vacation in Vieste for a week, is found murdered in her home with five stab wounds. Who killed her and why? Inspector Barbara Costa investigates.

If you've been around these parts for awhile, you know my love for Sonia Ognibene's novella thrillers. They're creepy and fun and help me work on my Italian.

Immobility - Brian Evenson

When you open your eyes things already seem to be happening without you. You don't know who you are and you don't remember where you've been. You know the world has changed, that a catastrophe has destroyed what used to exist before, but you can't remember exactly what did exist before. And you're paralyzed from the waist down apparently, but you don't remember that either. A man claiming to be your friend tells you your services are required. Before you know it, you're being carried through a ruined landscape on the backs of two men in hazard suits who don't seem anything like you at all, heading toward something you don't understand that may well end up being the death of you. Welcome to the life of Josef Horkai….

In my searches for "literary" horror, Evenson's name came up again and again. This is less of a horror novel than a post-apocalyptic tale, but I decided to start here and see what his writing was like.

Dead Leaves - Kealan Patrick Burke

Strange text messages portend a strange kind of apocalypse...Two brothers find themselves drawn to the only house in the neighborhood not decorated for Halloween…A man returns to his hometown to bury his overbearing mother, and finds more than memories awaiting him in the shadows of his childhood home…A young girl walks a lonely country road, recalling a rhyme that brings with it memories of death…A teenager hoping for romance gets more than he bargained for when the object of his desire introduces him to the object of hers…An aging millionaire awakes buried in a cheap coffin with only a lamp and a bell for company…The son of a woman accused of being a witch accepts the villagers' peace offering at her funeral, but all is not quite as it seems…A woman with a violent past realizes that this year's Halloween party may be coming for her…and a lonely trick-or-treater awakes in a house rumored to be a place of death.

I started reading KPB earlier this year and he's fantastic! He writes truly chilling stories and is able to nimbly leap from genre to genre. Nine tales from the witching season written by KPB? Sign me up!

The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the 10 consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them and won by them.

I'm still working my way through this one and still loving it! I'm a little less than halfway through, but I'm really savoring the journey. We'll see if I finish it this month!