Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Zombies, vampires, haunted houses: a reading list for June 15

I don't have a lot going on right now, so I have plenty of time to watch movies and read books. My movie watching, thanks to Netflix, is rather random. Something will pop out and demand to be watched. Reading, because it takes longer, is only slightly less random.

I can't buy every book I want to read and I'm sure you can't, either. Thankfully, I have a public library just down the road (with a 7-11 in between). It doesn't have the greatest selection in the world, but it will do.

Today's trip to the library offered five mostly random selections. I plan to read each of these. Each book could get it's own review, but most likely a couple will be lumped together.

1. "Siren" by John Everson. I picked this up because it seemed like a good summer read. It's set on a beach with a man who becomes obsessed with naked woman singing on the shore.

2. "Urban Gothic" by Brian Keene. Keene is one of the better straight-to-paperback horror writers currently working. I've heard good things about this book. It's about a group of friends who decide to stay overnight in a row house they think is abandoned. It isn't.

3. "The Loveliest Dead" by Ray Garton. With so many weird, random and offensive Facebook posts, it's a wonder Garton has any time to write. This book haunted house book was first published in 2006, which means I'm behind on his work.

4. "Cirque du Freak: A Living Nightmare" by Darren Shan. My wife suggested I look into genre alternatives for teens who don't want to read the "Twilight" series. I could not have agreed more. I enjoyed the movie based on the first two books in Shan's series, so I will start reading book number one. Warning Signs wants your children to get the best scares they can.

5. "How To Be a Zombie," by Serena Valentino. As the title states, this is a guide on how to determine whether you are a zombie and how to get the most out of being a member of the living dead. Picked this up to help me prepare for Red, White and Dead, the upcoming zombie walk in Seattle.

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