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Here is the release thread for the 2010 Chills & Spills Read & Release Challenge! To sign up and/or to see the rules, visit http://bookcrossing.com/---/40

Welcome aboard! Post your releases on this thread. How you post them is up to you, however, I would prefer that if you are doing release-only releases (after having done at least one read & release per month), you post all of those for a given month together on the same post (you can edit that post).


Read & Controlled Release = 1 point
1. The Mist by Stephen King
* Beware of the things in the mist!

Read & Controlled Release = 1 point
2. Life As We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer
* Massive climate change induced by the moon.



I really enjoyed this book, and have added the rest of the series to my wishlist. The horror comes if you start to think how you would live if electricity (and such) went away.


That sounds good.. yet another to add to my wishlist lol.


Do you think PD James' "The Children of Men" fits January's theme? Or would it be more suited to May & Gaia's Revenge? I lean towards January but I'd like a second opionion.







Wild release, newly-read, of a book that most definitely fits the January theme - and would also work for March (old legends - though you may not want to find out what happens to the unicorn; I wish I could forget it myself), April (animals/nature), or July (water).


Oh, good choice for January! Excellent book. I agree about the unicorn...



Controlled release, newly-read. It's a YA book, but none the less grim and engrossing for all that.


Does Gory get a bonus for re-releasing my Chills & Spills release? ;)


> Does Gory get a bonus for re-releasing my
> Chills & Spills release? ;)

Heh! Bonus points for using the same book multiple times per challenge! [Any other ways we can think of to complicate Jare's life? {grin}]


After the Bomb - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7359768
The title says it all.



*Titan A.E.* by Steve Perry and Dal Perry. A.E. stands for "after Earth", natch; and the Earth did indeed come to an end very early in this book. (Surprisingly, I enjoyed this one immensely. Will have to look for more SF by Steve Perry.)

I wild-released it near a community college that has a strong filmmaking program, and stuck our old VHS of the movie *Titan A.E.* in the bag for good measure.

ETA: My total = 2 points



This was a winner! (that makes 2 out of 3).

A controlled release for one point, so my new total is 5 points.


I had planned to use *The World Without Us* by Alan Weisman but my son wants it for school (Environmental Studies major). Even though he's a BCer, that would be warping the rules to count giving it to him as a "release", IMO.

ETA: Well, as Gory says, why not?


Once in a blue moon DS will release books, but he's not an avid journaler or release-note-maker. (I had to bribe him to post those one-sentence remarks about *Me and Mickie James* on your bookray, Gory.)

The book wasn't actually as "chilling" as I expected. For some reason, the most frightening thing for me was the persistence of the exotic plants!


I'd say go ahead and record it!


> I'd say go ahead and record it!

I agree. It's no longer in your possession, and he can do with it as he pleases when done, so while it's a stretch, it would still work :)



DS brought *The World Without Us* back home when school was over, and since I felt kinda cheater-ish about it anyway, I'll take myself out of the running for the 100% completion prize.

Also don't have time to read a book for May (and probably not June either) -- but I will be back by fall at the latest for more chills!


The Road ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7735344 ): wild release, newly-read

City at World's End ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7510344 ): wild release, newly-read



Yay, good one!



Wild release, newly-read.


Read & Controlled Release = 1 point
3. Telempath by Spider Robinson
* What would happen if everyone's sense of smell was suddenly thousands of times stronger, with no warning? Could we handle it?


Read and controlled release x bonus book = 2 points
4. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
* The Apocalypse, coming soon to a world near you...or is it?


1 point for read and controlled release: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/releasedone



Fabulous book; don't read it if you're depressed.


1. http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7562020 The Children of Men by PD James


Great book. I just wish I had more reading time and that it didn't take me almost the entire month to finish one book!



Revelations edited by Douglas E. Winter: http://bookcrossing.com/---/7708991

An interesting "collaborative novel", really just a collection of short stories, each about a different decade of the 20th century and a different apocalyptic possibility.. .flood, disease, etc. Some good stuff.



Wild release, newly read.

Later: Got a catch on this one, though the finder opted to pass it on - one of the drawbacks of releasing books on a downer of a theme {grin}.



Newly-read, controlled release.



A good read, but James should stick to mysteries, I think. :)


Meant to get this book released on Sunday afternoon but didn't get to the coffee shop as I had planned to do. Will get the release done tomorrow.


Left in Waldo's Coffee House in the magazine rack.



those are great prizes, Jare!



Recommended books for Feb (for double points) are: Cell by Stephen King, Monster Island by David Wellington, Risen by J. Knight, The Taking by Dean Koontz

I should have the new challenge info up online this week sometime, including the recommendations lists for planning ahead....

Have fun!!


World War Z :)

Instead of wings I have people running away from ZOMBIES (trying to get into the spirit of things and be creative here) hahaha


> Instead of wings I have people running
> away from ZOMBIES

Ha! Love it!


> World War Z: ) Instead of wings I have
> people running away from ZOMBIES (trying
> to get into the spirit of things and be
> creative here) hahaha

Oh, good one - wish I'd thought of that! I may borrow the idea...


> > I may borrow the idea...

Go right ahead! The more 'people running away from zombies' the merrier!!!


LOL, notice that they're running towards each other, which probably won't work well! "When in trouble or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!" :P

Haven't started my zombie book yet (Newfoundland sealing comes first) but I like this idea.



True, most zombies don't run, but there are exceptions. I'm reading about Marvel Zombies now, zombified superheros who can fly and shoot webs and the whole nine yards - not your mama's zombies!


Had the day off work yesterday and started an (abridged) audio version. After I finished it tonight I suddenly thought "Wait a minute, the creature is made from reanimated bodies, isn't it? Hm..."

I hadn't thought of Frankenstein's monster as a zombie before, but dead body parts brought to life....Jare, what do you think?


> I hadn't thought of Frankenstein's monster
> as a zombie before, but dead body parts
> brought to life....Jare, what do you
> think?

Well he's certainly not what we would traditionally think of as a zombie, you do make a good point about dead being brought back to life. Good enough argument to include it in this month!


... re-animated skeletons a la "Jason and the Argonauts"?


I was wondering about the what-is-a-zombie-anyway question too; I have a zombie-tale anthology in which some of the stories are about traditional zombies and others feature all manner of reanimated corpses, some of them closer to ghost-story subjects and others to mummy-tales. I think vampires are a pretty clear category of their own, but mummies might qualify... I'd been thinking of zombies as mindless, but there are so many zombie-tales out now with zombies that do have some amount of cognitive function left that this doesn't work as a guideline.

Does it matter if they're purely skeletal? I think of zombies as fleshy, even if the flesh is in the process of falling off [some amusingly-icky scenes of this in the Xanth book Castle Roogna], but "animated corpse" should cover skeletons too.

Ooh, and what about "The Beast with Five Fingers"? It's just a hand, but its owner was definitely dead, and it's definitely animated...

And wouldn't this be a fun topic for a panel at a fantasy convention!


My general rule of thumb with this challenge has been to leave the actual interpretation up to the individual participants.... so if you see something as fitting and can give me an explanation or argument for your case, then go for it ;-)

A horror/fantasy email list I belong to has had these discussions before, and they're always fascinating. A local sci/fi con apparently had some similar discussions in a panel this year... and yes, I think it would be great fun!


> I was wondering about the what-is-a-zombie-
> anyway question too;

Yeah -- I'm starting to worry that *The Black Cauldron* isn't about zombies -- not nearly as much as *The Book of Three* hinted it would be.

I think I'm just looking for an excuse to order this book with my Amazon Christmas gift card:



...but I say go for it! [Though, in keeping with Jare's "it's about zombies if you can make a decent argument that it's about zombies" rule, I think you can use The Black Cauldron too!]


If you start a book ring for it, I'll join. ;)


> If you start a book ring for it, I'll
> join. ;)

Only yesterday I noticed the pseudo-Roman zombie book is self-published -- I usually don't take a chance on those. So I've ordered the Adam Selzer book instead.

(I finished *The Black Cauldron* yesterday and it had such a short, peripheral reference to barrow-robbing and no actual cauldron-born action that I can't in good conscience count it. My son has a book about zombies that I considered snagging, but I noticed that he cut pictures out of it!


The cauldron-born are the sword of Damocles hanging over the characters for virtually the entire book, but the sword never falls. On the other hand, Taran does clearly say that he has fought the cauldron-born, so that must have happened in the Book of Three. Maybe I should go looking for a read-and-release copy of that one! (I don't want to break up my keeper set.)


A few of them, anyway. They do show up in The Book of Three and make a bit of a nuisance of themselves. :p

(Sigh. I don't seem to be able to manage the navigation/threading in the new forum. Even when I reply to a post it never shows up where I think it should.)


I thought you all might find this amusing: it's the TV Tropes page on "Zombie Apocalypse", with lists of titles from various types of media. For our purposes, the Anime-and-Manga and Literature categories are probably of the most interest, but you might find the rest of the page amusing. [Be warned: there's a rumor that viewing this site causes a kind of zombie-hood itself, forcing the reader to click on link after link after link... Not that this has happened to *me*. Ahem.]



Turns out the audiocassette box didn't arrive in time, so I didn't include this in my February count after all.


*I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It* by Adam Selzer. Full of grossness (body parts falling off; brain-eating) and ponderous observations on life vs. death. Wild-released in an overgrown bamboo hedge on a walking route to a local high school -- I don't want to be blamed for this one!

Probably would not have released this thing if not for this challenge; it was pretty bad in several ways:


My new total = 4 points


Several types of zombies (human & animal), ghosts, witches, mediums and werewolves. Needless to say, this book has a variety of supernatural beings. I give this book a thumbs up!!



Were wolves, were tigers and all sorts of other creepy creatures!




This book has a little bit of everything paranormal; werewolves, vampires, an evil genie, ghost hunters ...


http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7081279 Hammond: Extinction
I started reading this in january, but finished it yesterday and released it this morning - if last year's rules still apply this will hopefully count for January!

I just had real difficulties getting into any end of the world books this month until this one, and this one wasn't very good! Heh ho, maybe I'll have more fun with zombies!!



Controlled release, newly read. [And more zombies than you can shake a Stan Lee at!]


Whoa, that one sounds like a really wild ride. Fun. :)


Beyond World's End by Nina Beachcroft

This one doesn't strictly fit January's theme, but Jare says it's okay to use, thanks to the title. It is a children's book about a boy who finds a mysterious staircase in the woods and climbs them. At the top he finds a crumbling ruin with a family from another dimension, who needs his help (and that of a girl he knows) to save their child. I read this barely a month ago, and already I'm forgetting the details of the book. NOT the best children's book I've ever read! Will try to get some better books for the rest of the year!



Fair-to-middling. Could have been much funnier. I have just discovered that there's a zombie version of Huckleberry Finn, and am sorely tempted to check it out. I love a good parody.


Or for *me* anyway, so I can look for it.


> Or for *me* anyway, so I can look for it.

Here's the beast:



Wow... looks interesting... but if you scroll down to recommended titles... geez, looks like they're doing this with ALL of the classics. I see Oz, Alice in Wonderland, War of the Worlds, Robin Hood... once or twice is fun, but by now I just can't bring myself to read any more of these.


> Wow... looks interesting... but if you
> scroll down to recommended titles... geez,
> looks like they're doing this with ALL of
> the classics. I see Oz, Alice in
> Wonderland, War of the Worlds, Robin
> Hood... once or twice is fun, but by now I
> just can't bring myself to read any more
> of these.

I know, it seems to be the new fad. An odd fad, to be sure. I blame that wretched Twilight. Well, I blame it for a lot of things... :)


> I blame that wretched Twilight. Well, I
> blame it for a lot of things... :)

I'm with ya there!


Quirk Press is making more of these books - the newest one will be Android Karenina.


..but if it gets people to read "classics" that they wouldn't ordinarily pick up, it's not all bad. :s


Any suggestions?

I recently read The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue - it's about changelings, if anyone's interested. It was so good, not an extreme horror story but haunting in its own way http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7461536

Too bad I read it before signing up for this challenge or I would have saved it for March! DARN! Well still I can release it after I've read another, which is what I plan to do once I get your good suggestions...


Not Before Sundown, aka Troll ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/1698939 ) [this one's on the recommended/extra points list]

The Terror ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4763723 ) [no "woodland" here, but as the March theme includes creatures of legend this should fit]

Who Fears the Devil ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/249264 ) features lots of Appalachian legends. [Might be tricky to find, as it's been out of print for a while; Amazon shows a new edition due out in March ( http://www.amazon.com/---/ref=sr_1_1?... ), and if that date holds true you might be able to squeak it in. It's one of my favorite books, so I recommend it whether you want to try and fit it into the challenge or not!]

Machen's The Great God Pan might also do; might be available in anthologies as well as standalone.


I can't seem to find it. Thanks for the recommendations - I was wondering where The Terror would fit - it sounds great and I've been wanting to read it!



[I should print it out to take with me when book-shopping, just in case I come across one of the suggestions!]



Last year I read:


Quite enjoyable!


Unfortunately I've already given away both the paper & audio versions.

Books from my TBR stack thaty I'm considering for March:

Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
Faerie Tale by Raymond E. Feist

..or I could always dig out one of the Elfquest: Blood of Ten Chiefs collections. ;)


Challenge info, recommendations for each month, stats...


Wow, Gory is leaving the rest of us in the dust! I'd better go read. :p



i have read all the Anita books (just got book #18 in the mail) -- but I went back and re-read this one, and dang but I miss the old Anita (i like the new books...but...) She was just too awesome. And she raised Zombies. In fact, quite a lot of zombies in this book. Highly enjoyable, though not really scary.



Controlled release, newly-read. [This is a choose-your-own-path book, where a sizable percentage of the possible resolutions involve a zombie-apocalypse plot - and while the main tone is humorous, there are some chilling aspects as well.]


Lots of zombies in this one.


Haven't decided where to release this book. I'm thinking about going to a SciFi/Fantasy book club swap. Will decide by the end of the month.


You might want to change that link to this one: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7796440 - the other one gives the full BCID...




Wild release, newly-read (with some re-reads of stories I'd seen before), definitely has zombies {grin}.



Wormwood ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/4392834 ):

Wild-release. I read this one some time back so it's not a new read. Brite's stories often feature reanimated dead of one form or another, but the story "Calcutta, Lord of Nerves" takes the form of a bleak travel journal through a crowded city where the zombies are only one more group of the starving...

Books of Blood ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7726557 ):

Wild-release. While some of the stories here were newly-read, the zombie story was one I'd read before, so I'm not counting this one as a new read.

The Undead and Philosophy ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5079042 ):

Wild-release. This was one of many books I'd read some time back, so it's not a new read this month.





the finder has a sense of humor!


The Taking by Dean Koontz

Finally letting this go: wild release from the recommended list; double points! ;)


Read and controlled release

The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore

Complete with zombie Santa, as advertised. :)


Not read (couldn't get through it) but released as a wishlist RABCK.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith

I liked it better with zombies, but not enough. :s


buocl 10 yrs ago
Feb release #1
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7423802
Quite fun.


The Rising by Brian Keene: http://bookcrossing.com/---/2191568

I just LOVED this book! These were some creepy a** zombies too! Not a book for the faint of heart, though. Demonic zombies on a mission to wipe out all life on earth and take over... a man on a mission to find and save his son... a somewhat vague (reminiscent of King's work) ending.... leaves you wanting more and has you looking for the next book!


Several short stories, some with zombies




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