Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Favorite Paranormal Book

With Halloween coming up, we're choosing our favorite paranormal books this week!

I want to tell you about Good Omens or American Gods or The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman... but you're probably sick of hearing about those. And you know, technically, Harry Potter falls under paranormal... but we already talked about our favorite Harry Potter books. Peeps is another great one, but we actually reviewed that one!

The problem is, I don't read a lot of what can be classified as "paranormal" fiction, and what I do read, I don't much care for (namely, Twilight and Blood and Chocolate come to mind). So you might disagree that this one is "paranormal," but...

One time, when I went to visit my mom, her public library was selling off a lot of their weeded books to help raise money to move into a new library. So I got a whole bag full. A lot of them were from this series of Robert Cormier's books (I mean "series" as in "this set from the same publisher with similar cover aesthetics," not that the stories have anything to do with each other). Fade was among them, and while I remember enjoying it cover to cover.

That Stephen King quote on the front cover ("Imagine what might happen in Holden Caulfield stepped into H. G. Wells's The Invisible Man, and you'll have an idea how good Fade is... I was absolutely riveted.") isn't far off... though I've never read The Catcher in the Rye, and from hearing others' opinions, it sounds like Holden is way whinier than Paul from Fade.

Like with most Cormier books, this one has spent some time on banned books lists, but it's not one of his most famous books... but it's worth a read.

I read... almost exclusively paranormal & fantasy when I was in Jr. High & High School.  It was a thing, and I thought all other books were absolutely boring.  Of course, now I know that I was just stupid and that I should expand my horizons.

And I have talked about some of my favorite paranormal books, like The Vampire Chronicles or Peeps or the Anita Blake Series.  And while I do love these books, I'm not going to talk about them again.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (which, by the way, is TOTALLY a play on words for Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dancer) is a book I was just recently introduced to.  I have a book club at the library once a month that I go to, and this was the book last month.

In some ways, it's got a lot of "been done a million times" elements.  Kid doesn't know he has powers and discovers them by accident and now a big bad is after him.

But at the same time, despite all the elements that should make it seem over the top, it's not.  You hate, hate, hate the bad guys, and love, love, love the good guys.  But, the good guys still do some shady things.  It's vampire-less (in this book anyway.  There are two after I haven't read), which is nice because that's a fad I'm kind of over.  But there are werewolves & dragons and, OH YEAH, the kid can raise the dead.  So that's kind of awesome.

Honestly, I think I was just a lot more impressed with it than I thought I would be, especially because there's so much of this literature out there, and I've read a lot of it.

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1 comment:

  1. I am not super familiar with "paranormal" fiction. I didn't even know that was a genre. I always grouped things like vampire books into fantasy. I'm not sure I have a favorite, since I already used Harry Potter for my favorite fantasy novel. Although, I guess I can go ahead and say Harry Potter if I change my favorite fantasy books to The Princess Bride and The Night Circus.