Tag Archives: Challenges

RIP VII

Just this morning, I was exulting that August is nearly over, which means my favorite time of year is just days away. Then I checked my feeds and saw that Carl has raised the curtain on R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII. … Continue reading

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2011

I don’t know the last time I was so happy to see the backside of a year as it slugged its way out the door. 2011 was the worst year I’ve had in a long time–much worse than 2007, when … Continue reading

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RIP Remainders

I let the end of October whoosh right by without comment, and with it, the end of RIP VI. Before we get too much further down the road, I want to take a minute to review. It was a great … Continue reading

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

Magic shall be written upon the sky by the rain but they shall not be able to read it; Magic shall be written on the faces of the stony hills but their minds shall not be able to contain it. … Continue reading

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Horns

“Ignatius Martin Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things.” Most of which he can remember the next morning, though one thing eludes him. He remembers visiting the shrine at the site of his girlfriend’s horrific murder a year … Continue reading

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The Dark Room

Jane “Jinx” Kingsley emerges from a coma in an exclusive private clinic, unable to remember the previous two weeks. She doesn’t believe the doctor when he tells her she attempted suicide–twice–after her fiancĂ© announced he was canceling the wedding and … Continue reading

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Lying Dead

The silence of the deep forest is broken by the insistent ring of a cell phone. The forester who investigates is horrified by the discovery of a dead woman–not only because she’s been murdered, but also because he knows her, … Continue reading

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Let Her RIP!

It’s time, it’s time! If you’re a regular visitor to Bookish Dark, you know we’re careening joyfully into my favorite time of year, autumn, and with it, the Readers Imbibing Peril Challenge. Our obliging host, Carl, got the festivities underway … Continue reading

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Basecamp Crypto

We are well underway in our attempt to scale Mt. Stephenson–i.e., read Neal Stephenson’s massive, approximately 3600-page Baroque Cycle in one long go. Strictly speaking, The Baroque Cycle is eight novels printed in three volumes: Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The … Continue reading

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Electronica

All the reading I’m getting done while commuting is actually listening; I’m getting back into the audiobook habit. It’s a lot more convenient to switch on the iPod and go, rather than lugging a book along, having to stop reading … Continue reading

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