Books that deal with the quirky, the crazy, the weird, the odd, the uncomfortable, the taboo. 3-5 stars.
The 60 most essential books to understand modern India, from Indian authors and translators.
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BONUS BOOK: "The Turn of the Screw" (1898) a gothic novella by Henry James. This book doesn't completely fit with the rest of the books in this list, it's one that I feel certain helped spawn them. Without Henry James' then ground-breaking psychological suspense novel, we probably wouldn't have had a razor-sharp Shirley Jackson. A young governess, caring for two kids begins to see ghosts that mean to corrupt them.
"The Haunting of Hill House" (1959) by Shirley Jackson. Shirley's novel is the seminal haunted house story of the twentieth century. Read it as a ghost story, as a psychological suspense novel or as both, it's a different story each time. How cool is that? It has influenced, I think for the better, some of the best haunted house novels that followed.
"Hell House" (1971) by Richard Matheson. Of all the books in the list, Matheson's fierce tale of haunting seems most in direct contrast with Shirley's classic story. Hill House may have one ghost, Belasco House has many -- that kind of contrast. Reading them one after another was enlightening. A physicist and two mediums, tackle Hell House and discovers that every question answered lead to new mysteries.
"The Shining" (1977) by Stephen King -- This book is often cited as one of two truly scary Stephen King novels. Jack Torrance is the new off-season caretaker of The Overlook Hotel. While snowed in, he hopes to break through his writer's block and begin his next story as he reconnects with his family. The Overlook seduces Jack, not unlike Hill House, but the hotel doesn't really want Jack -- it wants his son Danny.
"Soulstorm" (1986) by Chet Williamson. If "Hell House" contrasts against "Hill House", "Soulstorm" contrasts against them both. A billionaire seeking proof of life after death has five people sealed up in the mansion on Pine Mountain. They soon discover that it's haunted. Why it is haunted and by whom will surprise the reader. The story works great on its own but is richer if you read Jackson and Matheson first.
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This was a great book but I just don't think my heart could take all the emotions again.
This story was amazing! It's unlike anything I've ever read before. But some of the subject matter is hard to stomach and I don't know if I could read it again because of that.
My heart was BROKEN after reading this book. If I hadn't been at work when I read this, I would have sobbed like a baby!
I was a stanch defender of this book--and then DNF'd its sequel. I've read stronger High Fantasy series after the fact and this one just doesn't compare for me.
Again, this is simply do to the mature subject matter. This is a great book to read and appreciate but it has a lot of hard truths that will rip your heart apart.