September through October marked the R.I.P VII "challenge", hosted by Carl V. over at Stainless Steel Droppings. Carl is seriously good at hosting these things and has very few quibbles about participation (which is partially why they are so fun), so if you are looking for book challenges, his are pretty boss. This was my first time participating in RIP but I was shocked and amazed that the final tally for reviews was somewhere around 600!
Sadly, I only managed one entry. Lame. I know. But it was also a film I'd been meaning to get around to for years, so I was still pretty happy for the opportunity. If you missed it, it was especially nasty and had me double checking our door locks. I watched Jean Rollin's The Living Dead Girl. It was certainly an experience.
Since I wasn't able to participate I wanted to do a good wrap-up like I did for the 2012 Sci-Fi Experience and always mean to do for the other challenges I've participated in, but never get around to. This time, though I wasn't able to follow along with everyone's posts, I took a look through for titles or reviewers that caught my attention. While I probably missed some really great reviews, I've linked a few of my favorites below:
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness - Reviewed @ omphaloskepsis. L is one of my favorite book reviewers and she didn't disappoint here; this one had me really wishing for a little extra time to fit in a book that looks FOR REAL.
Evil Dead 1 & 2 - Reviewed @ Lynn's Book Blog. I remember talking to Lynn a lot during the read along for The Lies of Locke Lamora and seem to have totally lost touch, so I was really excited to see her review one of my favorite movies ever. I'll let you guess which I liked better :-)
We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver - Reviewed @ Devouring Texts. I remember seeing trailers for the film and not much else. Was surprised, happily, to find it was a book first. And a good review to boot!
Run by Blake Crouch - Reviewed @ The Guilded Earlobe. I like zombies and I liked Phil Gigante's reading of The Stainless Steel Rat, so I was pretty psyched to hear about what sounds like a pretty sweet combination!
This New & Poisonous Air by Adam McOmber - Reviewed @ So Many Books. I was brought here by what looked like a really interesting title. The review was good too :-)
Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King - Reviewed @ Page Plucker. Here again I saw a title I liked. Another interesting review of SK that makes me feel even more like my 10+ year hiatus needs to end.