Help me find the perfect book(s) to make my summer complete. I've got a strong preference for almost realistic horror and things that might creep me out. Bonus points for books that involve old school sanitariums. Of course you'll find more specifications in the
First & foremost, I have read this thread
, but it doesn't do it for me. Why?
- I hated House of Leaves. I wanted to like it, but it was neither scary nor engaging.
- I've read most of the common suggestions in that thread already.
However, I'm really desperate to find something new & exciting to sink my teeth into this summer. It's been a long year and now all I want is a sunny spot, a glass of iced tea, and a good book. Unfortunately, all my friends either like cheese (Anita Blake!), historical fiction, or stories that are more about people than an exciting plot.
Here is what I do like:
- Suspense! and/or dread.
- At least one character who is interesting.
- A short leap away from reality.
- Zombies, but only if done sort of believably.
- Bonus Point Settings: Hospitals or Mental Hospitals. I don't know why.
- Medical or biology related stuff.
- Psychology related stuff.
- Stephen King, especially The Shining, Pet Semetary & Cell*.
- Some fantasy, e.g. George R. R. Martin.
- Some sci-fi, e.g. 1984, Never Let Me Go, Brave New World, Ender's Game
- Smooth but long reads - I read for fun, not to get my eyes crossed trying to read spiraling footnotes.
Here is what I do not like:
- Chick Lit.
- Vampire-themed chick lit.
- Other stupid monsters including werewolves, mystery beasts, aliens, etc.
- Flat, yawn-inducing characters.
- All character, no plot.
- An extremely long leap away from reality.
- Totally reality-based and/or non-fiction.
- Murder mysteries, government/military thrillers, etc.
- House of Leaves**.
- Historical fiction.
- Oprah book club fodder
Thanks for any suggestions!
** I have to reiterate that I hated House of Leaves, because I picked it up expecting to love it. Unfortunately, it seemed to me that the author was more concerned with playing with formats and voices, leaving the story, when you break it down, pretty bland and yawn-inducing. IMHO. Also, I know it's everyone's favoritest book ever and I'm probably just an idiot who doesn't "get" it. But that doesn't make me like it. ;-)