Thursday, October 1, 2009

Spooky reading ahead...

So it is the time of year when I love to pick up a spooky book, sit back with a mug of hot cider and let the good frights roll...

Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book won the Newberry Medal last year and I can only agree that it was well deserved! This book about a boy named Nobody or "Bod" for short, it tells the tale of an unlikely childhood spent in a graveyard not unlike London's famed Highgate Cemetery.

John Connolly writes mostly mystery but he returns to a similar format which fans of his The Book of Lost Things will be happy to read about. The Gates takes place in a small English neighborhood where a young boy, Samuel Johnson, witnesses the creation of pure evil. Evil in the form of four bored neighbors who become possessed by demons intent solely on opening up the gates of hell before Halloween night has ended. With the unlikely help of his dachshund, young Samuel Johnson will try to put an end to evil's reign over his small village.

Lastly I have not yet picked up Audrey Niffenegger's new novel Her Fearful Symmetry but I have been told that it is not at all similar to her wildly popular Time Traveler's Wife. It is a fantastical plot about a ghost, two sets of twins, and one befuddled bachelor who becomes entangled in his own love triangle between the living and the dead. I've read an excerpt posted on the New York Times website and while it bears no real relation to her popular first novel I think it is more closely related to the macabre Niffenegger that I first discovered in her illustrated story The Three Incestuous Sisters.

I hope that the new chill in the air will inspire you too to sit back with a warm blanket and maybe get some chills unrelated to the weather!

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