BOO! Books & Movies to get your scare on- a Top Ten List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish. It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists! Check out what others have posted by going over there!

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This week’s topic is –

Top Ten Books and Movies to get ready for Halloween

Now, I have always LOVED Halloween, especially when my kids were little.  Had so much fun watching them get all excited.  BUT_ I do not like scary movies, or even books for that matter,  I did start reading Stephen King last year, but aside from him, I am pretty much horror free.  So, here is a list of some sort of scary books and movies!

Books

1.  Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Love the Gothic story!

2.  Salem’s Lot  by Stephen King

Great vampire book from King, with garlic and stakes and coffins

3.  The Shining by Stephen King

Scared the %$#@ out of me.  I wouldn’t read it when it was dark.  Or I was alone. I kept thinking of Joey from Friends hiding it in the freezer when it got too scary!

4.  Frankenstein  by Mary Shelley

Who is the real monster?

5. Interview With the Vampire  by Anne Rice

The book- NOT the movie.   I loved this so much when I was a teenager.

6.  The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

Witches, Spirts, New Orleans-oh my!

Movies

 7.  Carrie

Sissy Spacek creeps me out a little too much.

8.  Scream

I love how they make fun of the whole genre, yet still give you a good scare!

9.  Nightmare on Elm Street

I watched this in the middle of the afternoon when I was 11- didn’t watch another scary movie for about ten years.

10.  The Nightmare Before Christmas

I love this movie- we still watch it every year.

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King’s March- The Stand by Stephen King

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The Stand

by Stephen King

published 2008

Random House

 

Summary

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.

And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides — or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail — and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.

In 1978 Stephen King published The Stand, the novel that is now considered to be one of his finest works. But as it was first published, The Stand was incomplete, since more than 150,000 words had been cut from the original manuscript.

Now Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil has been restored to its entirety. The Stand : The Complete And Uncut Edition includes more than five hundred pages of material previously deleted, along with new material that King added as he reworked the manuscript for a new generation. It gives us new characters and endows familiar ones with new depths. It has a new beginning and a new ending. What emerges is a gripping work with the scope and moral complexity of a true epic.

For hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King’s gift. And those who are reading The Stand for the first time will discover a triumphant and eerily plausible work of the imagination that takes on the issues that will determine our survival.  (goodreads)

My Review

I consider myself a King newbie.  I read my first King book just a few months ago-The Shining-which I loved.  I proceeded to read Doctor Sleep  immediately after finishing, but then decided to take a King break.  I was so happy to sign up for King’s March with Fourth Street Review and Wensend,  and decided I would tackle The Stand.   This scared me because it is SO big, and I downloaded the newly (2008) published version, which is actually longer than the original at over 1,200 pages!  Put very simply, I loved it.  I thought The Shining would be my fav, since I enjoyed it so much, but it is now The Stand.  I couldn’t stop reading, and it was not scary at all, so if you are like me (a big baby) and don’t read horror- this is one you definitely can read.

When I first started, I was a little overwhelmed by the sheer number of characters that were constantly being introduced.  It was made worse by not having a large chunk of time to sit and read and I even stopped skiing to read in the lodge for a while just to stay in stride.

I honestly don’t even know how to go about giving a summary here, but would rather talk about the characters, so if you haven’t read it-go read it NOW-then come back here!  I loved all the characters- good and bad.  Frannie was awesome, but I really wanted her to be just a little more kick ass-even pregnant!  Stu Redman- do they really make them like that?  I had to keep reminding myself he wasn’t older- he seemed too kind to be that young.  Larry- becoming a better man that he originally was- and I will never forget his travels through the Lincoln Tunnel..  I could obviously go on, but I am sure it will all sound very annoying especially if you haven’t read it yet.  I would definitely recommend this book to absolutely anyone who enjoys to read.  And is there really going to be a movie?  Who should star in it?  Suggestions?

I couldn’t resist moving on to another King, even though I don’t want to let go of this one.  I just got The Green Mile and The Long Walk.  Not sure which I will grab first!

Top Ten Tuesday!

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke & the Bookish.  It’s awesome. Every Tuesday, the lovely ladies over there give us book bloggers wonderful and fun topics to create our lists!  Check out what others have posted by going over there! http://brokeandbookish.blogspot.com

This week’s topic is:

Top Ten Societies You Would Never Want to Live in/ Characters You Wouldn’t Want to Trade Places With

I decided to do a little of each!

Societies

1.  Brave New World

Just too creepy.

2.  Game of Thrones

It all sucks in this world- except the dragons.  Dragons are very cool.

3.  The Handmaid’s Tale

A world were women are subjugated in this fashion is horrifying.

4.  Mordor

While I would love to spend time with Aragorn and Elrond, I don’t want to go anywhere near this place.

5.  Narnia

Although I would love to have talking animals, the White Witch scares me.  And the never-ending winter??  I feel like we are having that now.  It’s freezing!

Characters

6.  Katniss Everdeen- The Hunger Games

She is very cool and saves the world and all.  But she pays too high a price.

7.  Wendy Torrence- The Shining

Stuck in a hotel for MONTHS.  With a husband and small child???  Oh yeah, someone was going to crack.

8.  Dolores Price-  She’s Come Undone

This poor girl.  Why couldn’t someone help her?  I couldn’t stand this book.

9.  Lisbeth Salander- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I love her strong character, but so much bad crap happens to her.

10.  Charlotte Lucas Collins – Pride & Prejudice

Was he really her only option?  Be an old maid.  Or pray for early widowhood.