I picked a terrible time to stop reviewing books over at Skunk Cat, because last week I discovered a great new author. I recommend Mike Carey's Felix Castor novels, starting with The Devil You Know. I'm on the fourth book (five available as far as I know, and I have the fifth waiting for me when I finish this one). They walk the line between fantasy and horror, with a main character who's an exorcist (and an atheist) who dispels ghosts using music.
So I've been reading steadily all week. I'm way ahead of my goal of reading 100 books this year. And I just realized, with a certain amount of embarrassment, that out of the 22 books read so far, seven have featured ghosts. But I can't get enough of books with ghosts, a trend I noticed a year ago. And I still sometimes watch Ghost Hunters.
Ghosts? They're the new vampires. Maybe I'll throw one into my next book.
That sounds very different... I like the idea of using music. Ghost stories are wonderful if they are told well.
Yes, he's a very inventive author. It's a nice change from a lot of the ghost stories I've been reading (not that they're bad, just a bit formulaic).
That's an interesting observation, Kate...ghosts being the new vampires. If you throw one in your next book, just make sure it doesn't sparkle.
Kate, you're turning into your mother.... :)
Alan--No sparkly ANYTHING for me. Except sparkly unicorns, of course, because everyone knows unicorns sparkle. But I won't write about those.
Tara--I learned it all at her knee. :)
The main reason I'll miss Skunk Cat is because I am still unable to subscribe to the blog! New Skunk Cat posts were always my reminder to stop by here, too. Stupid Blogger!
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