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RIP (Readers Imbibing Peril) Challenge

September 1, 2007 – October 31, 2007

**CHALLENGE COMPLETED on October 29, 2007. Great challenge – I finally managed to put this book into my “completed” stack after owning it for almost three years! Thanks for hosting this one, Carl!Read my reviews for this challenge here.

Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting his annual RIP Challenge. He is offering a lot of different options for participants, and even though I am completely “over challenged” I just couldn’t resist this one!

Readers may choose from the following:

1. Peril The First – Read any four books from any subgenre of scary stories.
2. Peril The Second (aka The Obese Book Peril) – Read two fat tomes fitting the definition of scary stories.
3. Peril The Third (Scary Sandwich Peril) – Squeeze in a shorter book between those you’ve chosen in #2.
4. Peril The Fourth (Just a Bit of Peril) – Read just one book that fits the criteria.

And then there are additional perils, including the Short Story Sunday Peril in which you read one short story a week for the duration of the challenge (I count nine Sundays!).

Carl has many wonderful examples of books that meet the criteria.Links to ALL READER REVIEWS for this challenge can be found here.

Due to my other challenges and reading commitments, I have decided to combine Peril the Fourth with the additional Short Story Sunday Peril. Several years ago I purchased a hardback of Stephen King’s Everything’s Eventual: 14 Dark Tales. It has been sitting on my TBR stack for far too long…and King’s stories certainly meet the criteria. I plan on reading the entire collection of 14 stories.

Everything’s Eventual, by Stephen King
1. Autopsy Room Four (completed 10/13/2007)
2. The Man in the Black Suit (completed 10/13/2007)
3. All That You Love Will Be Carried Away (completed 10/13/2007)
4. The Death of Jack Hamilton (completed 10/13/2007)
5. In The Deathroom (completed 10/14/2007)
6. The Little Sisters of Eluria (completed 10/24/2007)
7. Everything’s Eventual (completed 10/27/2007)
8. L.T.’s Theory of Pets (completed 10/27/2007)
9. The Road Virus Heads North (completed 10/28/2007)
10.Lunch at the Gotham Cafe (completed 10/28/2007)
11.That Feeling, you Can Only Say What It Is In French (completed 10/28/2007)
12. 1408 (completed 10/29/2007)
13. Riding The Bullet (completed 10/29/2007)
14. Luckey Quarter (completed 10/29/2007)


  1. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 21, 2007    

    Great Idea! I’m challenged out too right now, but I really couldn’t pass this one up. I love this one!

  2. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 21, 2007    

    Everything’s Eventual is an excellent collection. A few of my favourite King short stories are in there.
    Look forward to your thoughts on them!

  3. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 21, 2007    

    That’s a great idea! The stories sound really good. It was fun to see the names of all 14 stories, since I’ve never seen the book before. Thanks.

  4. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 22, 2007    

    Chris, Quixotic and Chris: Thanks for stopping by! I’m excited about doing this challenge 🙂

  5. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 22, 2007    

    I just had to join too.

  6. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 22, 2007    

    I forgot about Everything’s Eventual. My sister lent it to me months ago. Another one to add to the list!

  7. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 22, 2007    

    Of course you did!

  8. Anonymous Anonymous
    August 22, 2007    

    You see…this is the danger of cruising around the blogs – it just adds MORE to your reading list 🙂

  9. Anonymous Anonymous
    September 29, 2007    

    That’s a good idea to combine two of the perils. I’ve never read any of King’s books or short stories, are they enjoyable? I look forward to reading any reviews for the short stories in the anthology you have.

  10. Anonymous Anonymous
    September 30, 2007    

    I am doing really bad on this challenge – I will probably read this next month at this point – but will definitely post my reviews 🙂

  11. Anonymous Anonymous
    October 1, 2007    

    I haven’t read any of Kings short stories so I will keep an eye out for your reviews to see what you think. Looks like you are pretty challenged out!

  12. Anonymous Anonymous
    October 2, 2007    

    LOL, I’m OVER-challenged! I am taking a two week vacation in the middle of this month, with an all day plane ride on either end…so I’m hoping I can read King’s book then.

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