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Down the TBR Hole #5


This is a meme started by Lia at Lost in a Story. The “rules” are:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’m modifying this a little since my to-read shelf is a mess of books that are mostly in storage. Instead, I’m going to look at my wishlist—all those books I add on a whim during my travels around the book blogging community—and weed out the ones that don’t quite sound as good now. The “keepers” I’m going to look for at online libraries or add to my Amazon wishlist.

alt text Thirteenth Night by Alan Gordon

Shakespeare. A secret guild of jesters. Yeah, this still sounds good. KEEP.

alt text Edge by Kōji Suzuki

On one hand, this sounds a lot different than something like Ring. On the other hand, it might be more like stories from Dark Water, which I prefer. KEEP.

alt text A Polish Book of Monsters by Michael Kandel

I thought this was more on the folklore end of things, instead of contemporary sci-fi/speculative. That makes it less interesting since I haven’t even read much classic eastern European sci-fi. GO.

alt text The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder

Rereading the summary on this one, it seems like a little too much. Historical personages as investigators, magic, Spring-Heeled Jack, and werewolves? Plus, I still have The Map of Time to read. GO.

alt text House of Mystery: The Magic Science of David P. Abbott by Teller & Todd Karr

*grumbles about stupid limited-edition small-press nonsense*


Anyone have any experience with any of these? Any arguments for KEEP or GO?