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Reading Slade House by David Mitchell #RIPXII

RIPXII Group Read — Slade House

I’ve started listening (again) to Slade House by David Mitchell (Random House Audio, 2015) for the RIPXII Group Read with Andi of Estella’s Revenge and Heather of My Capricious Life. I started it once before – thinking it came before The Bone Clocks (which I read back in January in a readalong with Care of Care’s Books & Pie) – and have been wanting to get back to it.

So far I’ve noticed a few references to people/things from The Bone Clocks but Slade House seems to be a companion novel rather than a sequel, so far. I think I understood the events early in Slade House sooner because I’ve read The Bone Clocks, but it’s not necessary to read them in order, unless you’re a stickler for that sort of thing. (Which I do happen to be. Obviously.)

Slade House
so far is a haunted house story like you’ve never read before. The narrators of the story change frequently. Some of the characters who tell their stories of visiting Slade House are more likeable than others, but all have been desperately unhappy. Hope for the best, but expect the worst could be their words to live by.




My Misery-able Month of June @BkClubCare #MiseryRAL

The June Misery Read-along hosted by Care’s Online Book Club  officially ends today!

Stephen King’s Misery was his 14th published book, placing it well within his “early” period. The only other one I’ve read from then is The Shining (for another readalong).

I guess the answer is no. I didn’t know what I was getting into. #MiseryRAL

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I started out strong, listening to the audio edition of Misery narrated by Lindsay Crouse. An unexpected choice (having a female narrator) – since the book is entirely from the perspective of bestselling popular author Paul Sheldon and takes place half inside his head – but a good one, I thought.

I zipped through the first half, feeling confident that I could take whatever misery King was planning to dish out. After all, I like dark books, and I like books with writers as the main characters, even arrogant SOBs like Paul Sheldon, because under the alcohol and ego and bluster, artists are all tormented, pitiful souls.

I was trying not to listen to the whole thing at once, though, so I took a break. And right after coming back to it, I had to stop again, because I went into shock. Not like Paul in the book, but still.

In the time it took for me to rally – when I was still only halfway through the audio – my download from the library expired, so I read the second half in print, the regular old way, and finished over the weekend.

I can’t really say that I liked the book, because it was pretty sickening at points. I wondered how people snacked while they read the library copy I was reading, which they obviously did, from the stains and spots left on the pages.

By the end, I realized I was gripping the book so tightly that my forearms were starting to hurt. Very suspenseful, even without its being horror in the purist sense (no woo woo).

Check Care’s Misery Round-Up and Playlist and #MiseryRAL on Twitter for different takes on Misery. From what others in the #MiseryRAL told me, the book is different from the movie (which I haven’t seen and don’t plan to watch.)

Misery badge with scared woman's face and #MiseryRAL hashtag

My favorite Stephen King book is still Lisey’s Story! I’d love to listen to it again for a readalong sometime!!

Who Else Is Going to Be Misery-Able in June? @BkClubCare #MiseryRAL

The Misery Read-along kicks off today at Care’s Online Book Club blog, with an original Dorothy Parker-inspired poem, no less!

Misery_readalongThe book is shorter than a lot of Stephen King’s books, I’m told, so we’ve been admonished not to read it too fast. (Remember being told not to read ahead of the group in school? No worries there for me, as I can’t even start it right away.)

It’s very casual, with no checkpoints, etc., but it will be fun, so if you’re on Twitter, just join in with #MiseryRAL, and check Care’s Online Book Club for more details!