July 12th, 2016

cataloging

Summer Reading...?

I was recently looking through my shelves and realized I have a few books that bear some strong similarities to a certain TV show....

- Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury - This is probably the classic--a couple of boys trying to figure out what's going on when a carnival arrives in town and weird stuff starts happening. One of them yearns, the other is content. Sound kinda familiar?

- The Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix - A family line who goes around killing dead things that have been raised by necromancers. Mostly girls, if you'd like to balance things out a little. (One of the main characters works for a while as a 'third assistant librarian"--basically living in a gigantic archive full of books and things locked away under protective magic.)

- Dracula by Bram Stoker - Okay, this is the real classic: a bunch of civilians have to turn themselves into Hunters in order to take down the incredibly powerful vampire Dracula. There's newspaper clippings, witness testimonies, a Texan with a pile of guns, and a desperate race to find and kill the monster before it's too late.

- The Human Edge by Gordon R. Dickson - Sort of the odd one out of the bunch, as it's SF instead of fantasy, this is a collection of short stories where humans keep going up against other beings that theoretically have every advantage--and the humans always come out on top. Ranges from laugh-out-loud humor to pretty deep philosophical considerations.

- Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells - Mystery, monsters, protagonists on dubious terms with the law, intense family loyalty and the burning need for revenge, lots of running around in the sewers....

- John the Balladeer by Manly Wade Wellman - A guy with a silver-stringed guitar goes wandering around Appalachia, dealing with various supernatural creatures and threats; music plays a pretty important part. (There are also four novels, which even more strongly resemble certain episodes of a certain show.)