Many of the stories in this collection are actually reworkings of stories from Dark Carnival. However, October Country is a more refined work than its predecessor: the revised stories are stronger, more mature, and more taut, and the later collection contains a lean nineteen stories, cut down from the twenty-seven originally published in Dark Carnival.
My second nephew was born this week (on the thirteenth, lucky boy) and it‘s October, which means rereading an October Country story, so obviously I‘m reading “The Small Assassin” on this chilly Saturday morning. 🍂
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I found this collection overall to be middling. Most of them were entertaining, but each has an air of modesty and predictability that kept them from hitting me hard emotionally. As far as small scale goes, his sentence are poetic, but sometimes unnecessarily long, and while I enjoyed almost every story, I often struggled to convince myself to keep reading.
I made a goal to post about a scary book 1/day this month and stumbled on the home stretch. 🤷♂️ Sunday we drank hot cider and listened to Kim Petras‘s Halloween album while carving pumpkins & Monday we watched Hocus Pocus. So it‘s been a good start to Halloween week! Today I‘m revisiting an October favorite and randomly picked “Jack-in-the-Box” to reread. A boy stuck inside the house with his mother feels like an appropriate pick for this year.
I know I‘ll get some more reading and watching done tonight, but want to post my week 2 totals before it gets too late.
With this participation post, my total for the week comes to 196 points. Not as good as last week, but also had less days counting. I have a bunch of shorter reads in the queue for the rest of the month, so should be able to boost my points next week.
#Scarathlon2020 #TeamHarkness @StayCurious
DNFing at ~100 pages. Bradbury is a master of depicting a slow unraveling of his characters‘ minds, but - in this collection - his endings are abrupt, unsatisfying, and leave me feeling frustrating. The longest story of the 4 I read (“The Next in Line”) was so good until that cheap ending. Ruined it for me. Still, one of my favorite short stories ever is by Bradbury (“All Summer in a Day”), is less than 5 pages long, and is free to read online.
It‘s here and I am back in my reading routine! My goals are to read at least 2 hours/day; finish my #LMPBC book The Switch by Beth O‘Leary, The Fairy-tale Detectives by Michael Buckley and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman! I‘m off to get started.
I'm currently scrambling to get through 15 prompts in the Dewey's pre-readathon challenge, so a choose-your-own-goals readathon in the run-up to the 24h readathon sounds like a good idea.
It should also get me posting more. I've been really letting my Litsy activity lapse!
I'm ready for another readathon. For a change, I'm going to attempt 3 at one time, #OutstandOctober , #October20in4 and #AudioAthon readathons. I'm sure I'll get confused and mess up my time but what the heck, as long as I have fun reading, who cares?
I‘m participating in Drawlloween, and the day 2 prompt was Mummy. In 1945, author Ray Bradbury visited Guanajuato, Mexico, and saw the disinterred mummies of residents whose families could no longer pay the rental fee for plots. This experience led to him writing the short story “The Next in Line,” which is part of the collection “The October Country.” I love reading this book every October #horror #art #raybradbury #halloween
Great collection of spooky tales by Bradbury. 👻 I've read more of his sci-fi, but after reading Something Wicked This Way Comes, I instantly wanted to read more of his creepy writing. He's such an incredible writer no matter what genre though.
#Scarathon2020 #TeamHarkness @StayCurious (296pts)
For those participating in #swapseason here‘s a reminder of opening dates, and an extra reminder to check your voter registration status, and if applicable early voting options 🧡
#tistheseason #cozyswap #happyhollowswap #basicwitchswap #allhallowsreadswap
🍁 I love the crispness in the air, the cool nights, the changing of the leaves colors.
📚 Something by Bradbury, like the tagged book or Something Wicked This Way Comes
📖 The Imperium Game, Alien Oceans and The Republic of Pirates (audiobook).
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I never thought of Bradbury as a scary writer, but this collection really changed my mind. These stories are creepy and unsettling and I loved them! I didn‘t have too much experience with Bradbury before this except for Fahrenheit 451 (which I also loved) and that‘s unfortunate because I‘ll be returning to him for sure! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#BookNBrunch! Accompaniment this crisp, gray day: 🎃 walnut 🥞, 🍳, 🥓, cinnamon raisin toast, and hot tea. MMMmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻
#BookNDinner! #Mongolian Grill Edition! Accompaniment this crisp and gray evening: noodles, green beans, zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms, bean sprouts, scallions, garlic, ginger, spinach, egg, chicken, beef, pork, bacon, shrimp, scallops, salmon, whitefish, crab, sesame seeds, teriyaki sauce, and bourbon sauce, aaallll mixed together! And hot green tea. MMMmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻
It‘s the first day of October, the #scarathlon has officially started and I am so excited!! So excited in fact that I don‘t have the first idea what I‘m going to read so here‘s a picture of most of my owned “spooky” books. This does not include the heap of spooky books I have checked out from the library that are currently taking over my nightstand. I know you can‘t see the titles very well, but any suggestions as to where to start? #teamslaughter
Some stories are better than others, but with Bradbury that means they range from excellent to fantastic. I like the three stories about the Elliott Family, an extended family of vampires with different abilities [cough-twilight-cough], of which "The Traveller" is particularly good. "The Skeleton", about a man at war with his own bones is a brilliantly twisted idea, with a creepy ending. "The Emissary" is a sweet story... ??
"More murders are committed at 92° Fahrenheit than any other temperature. Over 100, it's too hot to move. Under 90, cool enough to survive. But right at 92° lies the apex of irritability, everything is itches and hair and sweat & cooked pork. The brain becomes a rat rushing around a red-hot maze. The least thing - a word, a look, a sound, the drop of a hair and - irritable murder. Irritable murder - there's a pretty & terrifying phrase for you."
Next up, earlyish Bradbury. Horror, macabre and Southern Gothic stories rather than sci-fi. Bradbury does this type of story just as well as his generally better known stuff.
This one comes from close to the roots of Mount TBR, having been shamefully neglected and languished on my shelves for 39 years, as I bought it from the second hand book stall in my home town market while I was still at school! Hopefully, worth the wait!