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I plan to do this, to begin, I was reading
' Blood and Chrysanthamums' by Nancy Baker over the Old Year/New Year weekend. That's a tale of vampires, the conflicted kind really, and I enjoyed it far more than my sentence synopsis might suggest. It was exactly right to read when one is satiated with food and drink and desire nothing more demanding than a foot rub.

On the last day of my holiday I read 'The Dead of Winter' by Chris Priestley. I read it in one sitting as the rain lashed the window panes & wind howled down the chimney. This book sounds like an awful parody - orphans in desolate houses, insanity, locked in secret rooms, at least one is the opening line to give you a taste "I looked into that grave with as much a sense of dread and despair as if I had been staring into my own." Gracious! Isn't that wonderful? Doesn't it make you long for a wintery day alone to read it as I did, hoping the hairs will stand up on the back of your neck? I suspect it might be intended for younger readers. Otherwise I'd give in 5 stars out of 5 on a chart of High Gothic Camp!

I struggle to read for pleasure when I am working...but it is the weekend now and I will read 'House of Silk' by Anthony Horowitz. Tim says there is a twist, so I hope I don't guess it.

Date: 2012-01-06 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Chris Priestley's work is fabulous. I've not read Dead of Winter yet, but absolutely love Uncle Montagues's Tales of Terror and the follow ups, Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth and Tales of Terror from the Black Ship.

Date: 2012-01-07 09:25 am (UTC)
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I've read 'Tales of Terror' - i must keep an eye out for the others.

love Chris Priestley too

Date: 2012-01-07 12:31 pm (UTC)
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Tales of Terror from the Black Ship is in my son's drawer at school at the moment, I got it out for me!

Re: love Chris Priestley too

Date: 2012-01-07 08:42 pm (UTC)
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Sons are so useful!

Date: 2012-01-06 10:13 pm (UTC)
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Oh I might tag along for this one, last year I didn't read a lot at all. But I think I can do 50 - at least if I count all the books on tarot and magick I read :-p

Date: 2012-01-07 09:26 am (UTC)
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yes do! I was wondering if I can count short stories & graphic novels too...the kind of thing one reads in the bath tub!


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