Friday, 25 October 2013

I can't believe I'm actually managing to post something...

Book Blogger HopI have been incredibly busy between doing reading for University (which has increased exponentially from last year and includes the much despised Wordsworth) and working, while freaking out about essays which are due in 3 weeks (who came up with a mid-November deadline?), but I really wanted to do a Friday meme post because, to be honest, I miss them and everyone's answers to the questions. Also, I am looking for book ideas as a gift for my sister, so who knows what I'll find today!


The Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Billy over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and this week is a Halloween special:
What is your favourite horror novel and why?

I don't actually think I've read that many horror novels. I think 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley counts, no? I really like that book, despite its occasional theatricality which usually turns me off other books. There is just something about Viktor Frankenstein that I dislike so much that it becomes fun to read him go paranoid. And it is an amazing text to know here at University because you can always compare it to other novels, somehow.

To my shame I have to admit I've never read any Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft, but I definitely want to get onto the latter because a friend of mine swears by his books. I am actually quite easily scared by things I read, I have had two nightmares related to Carlos Ruiz Zafon's novels (don't judge).


Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and Friday 56 by Freda's Voice. This week I'm using 'The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' by Robert Louis Stevenson. I'm using it for one of my essays and discovered that I actually quite liked it while rereading it.

BB:
'MR. Utterson the lawyer was a man of a rugged countenance that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary and yet somehow lovable.'
How a man like that could be lovable I'm not quite sure, unless it's in that surely, grumpy kind of way where you can't help but enjoy how much he hates everything and stumbles over his words in social situations.

F56:
'Small indeed was my appetite.'
That has never really happened to me so this might be the true point in the book where I found it hard to relate to Dr. Jekyll. We've all felt a little bit evil in our own time, but I've always been hungry afterwards.

So, what did you pick? And what is your favourite horror novel? Has it terrified you to tears?

13 comments:

  1. I love the line, somehow loveable! I'm with you, my imagination runs wild with scary books. Although I haven't read Stephen King, my hubby is a fan. Good luck with the essays. Happy weekend!

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  2. Great excerpts! I have yet to read this one, but have seen various movies about the strange ones. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  3. Love your Friday 56, I too have never had a small appetite. :-)
    My Friday 56
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  4. I just realized I've never read THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE! How could that be? Actually, I don't enjoy horror books or movies. I'm a big chicken. So Stephen King isn't on my list of favorite authors.
    Here's my Friday56/Book Beginning post.

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  5. I agree with you. I expected any word but not lovable.

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  6. I wrote a big thing and it screwed up... so I'll just say happy weekend!

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  7. Love your beginning..thanks for sharing.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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  8. I think Frakenstein is rather scary as well. Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to reading your posts.

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  9. I enjoyed Frankenstein and I think that counts!

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  10. Frankenstein does count and it's a great book! Good luck with your papers!

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  11. I can't remember if I read The Strange Tale of Jekyll and Mr. Hyde this year or last year but I remember enjoying it :) Happy reading!

    My Friday Book Memes

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  12. Like you, I don;t read much horror. I've read some of the old ones. Dracula was my favortite.

    Thanks for joining in on Book Beginnings on Fridays!

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  13. I think this novel would count as a horror novel though I haven't read it. There are so many classics I haven't read yet.

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