Saturday, May 21, 2011

On My WishList (#3)

On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more click here.

I'm not so active on my blog as much as I want to. The reason is that I have finals these upcoming weeks so I don't have a lot of time to read books. I'm trying to read in some books between the readings I have to do for school but that's not a lot 'cause there are a lot to read for my finals. Right now I'm really looking forward to summer vacation. I have so many books waiting for me and books I'm really excited about. And here are a list of books I don't have but really wish I had:)

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barralough

A chilling, beautiful debut novel inspired by a haunting folk song about murder, witchcraft and revenge. Beware of Long Lankin, that lives in the moss ...When Cora and her little sister Mimi are sent to stay with their elderly aunt in the isolated village of Bryers Guerdon, they receive a less than warm welcome, and are desperate to go back to London. But Auntie Ida's life was devastated the last time two young girls were at Guerdon Hall, and now her nieces' arrival has reawoken an evil that has lain waiting for years. A haunting voice in an empty room ...A strange, scarred man lurking in the graveyard ...A mysterious warning, scrawled on the walls of the abandoned church ...Along with Roger and Peter, two young village boys, Cora must uncover the horrifying truth that has held Bryers Guerdon in its dark grip for centuries - before it is too late for Mimi. Intensely atmospheric and truly compelling, this is a stunning debut.

Random thoughts
Isolated village, witchcraft. Do I have to say more? And the Book Trailer I watched on youtube makes this book sound very atmospheric and eerie. I hope I'll get my hands on this one someday. The plot sounds really exciting. And it's been a while since I've read something really scary.

The Thief of Always by Clive Barker


Mr. Hood's Holiday House has stood for a thousand years, welcoming countless children into its embrace. It is a place of miracles, a blissful round of treats and seasons, where every childhood whim may be satisfied...

There is a price to be paid, of course, but young Harvey Swick, bored with his life and beguiled by Mr. Hood's wonders, does not stop to consider the consequences. It is only when the house shows its darker face--when Harvey discovers the pitiful creatures that dwell in its shadows--that he comes to doubt Mr. Hood's philanthropy.

The House and its mysterious architect are not about to release their captive without a battle, however. Mr. Hood has ambitions for his new guest, for Harvey's soul burns brighter than any soul he has encountered in a thousand years...

Random Thoughts

I'm ashamed to admit that I've never ever read a book by Clive Barker (I know!) Especially by the thought of that I'm a horror freak. But I've seen movies based on his books. Better than nothing, right? Anyway, I think this book looks promising and the story kind of bizarre (just the way I like it). I have always been curious about Barker's books is like. And I really hope to read this one sometime in the future.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski


Danielewski's eccentric and sometimes brilliant debut novel is really two novels, hooked together by the Nabokovian trick of running one narrative in footnotes to the other. One-the horror story-is a tour-de-force. Zampano, a blind Angelino recluse, dies, leaving behind the notes to a manuscript that's an account of a film called The Navidson Report. In the Report, Pulitzer Prize-winning news photographer Will Navidson and his girlfriend move with their two children to a house in an unnamed Virginia town in an attempt to save their relationship. One day, Will discovers that the interior of the house measures more than its exterior. More ominously, a closet appears, then a hallway. Out of this intellectual paradox, Danielewski constructs a viscerally frightening experience. Will contacts a number of people, including explorer Holloway Roberts, who mounts an expedition with his two-man crew. They discover a vast stairway and countless halls. The whole structure occasionally groans, and the space reconfigures, driving Holloway into a murderous frenzy. The story of the house is stitched together from disparate accounts, until the experience becomes somewhat like stumbling into Borges's Library of Babel. This potentially cumbersome device actually enhances the horror of the tale, rather than distracting from it. Less successful, however, is the second story unfolding in footnotes, that of the manuscript's editor, (and the novel's narrator), Johnny Truant. Johnny, who discovered Zampano's body and took his papers, works in a tattoo parlor. He tracks down and beds most of the women who assisted Zampano in preparing his manuscript. But soon Johnny is crippled by panic attacks, bringing him close to psychosis. In the Truant sections, Danielewski attempts an Infinite Jest-like feat of ventriloquism, but where Wallace is a master of voices, Danielewski is not. His strength is parodying a certain academic tone and harnessing that to pop culture tropes. Nevertheless, the novel is a surreal palimpsest of terror and erudition, surely destined for cult status.

Random Thoughts

Very curious 'cause I've heard a lot of crazy things about it.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


the cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.

the heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.

the shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

Random Thoughts

Yeah, I must be one of the few people in the world who hasn't read Shiver yet. The reason? 'Cause there are so many series out there that I really want to read and so little time. But I promise I won't miss it. I'm a little tired of girls falling in love with other creatures that really seems to be very popular in literature these days but hey, who doesn't love wolves??!! I mean, I wouldn't run into them but they are mysterious and beautiful animals so I have high hopes for Shiver.

Well, that was my list.What do you think? Have you read any of the books on my list and would you recommend any of them? I would like to know. Thank you.


  1. I definitely want to read Shiver and Long Lankin! Your list looks great.

    I'm a new follower. Here's my Wishlist: Cheers!

  2. Hi Kristyn. And welcome as my new follower. I appericate it:)

    I've always been curious about Shiver and hope to read it someday soon! I'm gonna check out your list:) I'm a big fan of lists esp when i's about books)


  3. I have Shiver, Its totally sat on my TBR looking at me but I never seem to get round to reading it! :( It sounds great though doesn't it!
    I kinda wanna read Long Lankin too, but im not sure!
    I will have to look into the others! :)
    I'm a new follower! my wishlist is here:

  4. Hello new follower:)

    You are lucky to have Shiver. Go ahead. Read it. What ae you waiting for? If I had it on my shelf, I would read it now no matter what. 'Cause I've seen many youtube videos about it and it sounds like a very beautiful story. And who doesn't love wolves? I would read the book now if I were you;)

    Gonna check out your list:)

  5. My husband read House of Leaves and loved it. It's on my TBR.

    This week I actually crossed more wishes off my list than I added. Come see what I've read.

  6. Cool. I was sneak reading in The House Of Leaves once at the book store and it was written in a really weird way. At one page I had to spin the book around while I was reading cause the text was written in a circle and on another page it was written in a other weird way. It's not a book you read in a normal way, is it?

  7. You're not alone - I haven't read anything by Clive Barker either! I can't say I'm too ashamed, he's never really appealed, I don't know why.

    Long Lankin, however - that's another matter! I haven't read it (yet) but it's gotten amazing reviews everytime I've stumbled across it on blogs.

  8. Yeah, it’s a mystery that I haven’t read anything by Clive Barker yet. I love horror writers like Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Richard Laymon, Douglas Clegg and many more. But hey, it’s never too late to try something new;)

    And Long Lankin is a book that I really have been drooling after the past few weeks after I saw the creepy and atmospheric trailer. So, I’m really excited to get it when that time comes. Esp after all the great reviews the book sounds very promising

  9. Long Lankin sounds like such a good read...I must give it a try myself. These all sound interesting..hope you get the chance to read them soon!

  10. Thanks, Samantha:) I hope so too.Some books are hard to get but hopefully I'll get them someday:)


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