October 7, 2011 20 Comments
Cassandra of Indie Reader Houston runs the meme: “5 Best Books”. Every week, a different topic is suggested by Cassandra and participants list what they think are the 5 best book for that topic. Click HERE to see the topics for the next few weeks.
This week, the topic is Ghost stories. I don’t read a lot of fantasy-type books, but a ghost story every now and then is fun. Here are my 5 Best:
The White Devil by Justin Evans
A ghostly thriller about an American boy who spends a year at a private English school, where the poet Byron used to study, too. As he resembles Byron, he is recruited to play the main part in a play about this poet
But killings start to happen and the boy keeps seeing a ghost. It becomes rather scary when he realises his best friends are the next on the killer’s list.
Here’s my review.
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
Some time after they arrive, Julia and Valentina become aware of the ghost of their aunt Elspeth, who is still present in the apartment. They talk with her a lot (via an Ouija board). During their stay in London, the relationship between Julia and Valentina deteriorates because Valentina has had enough of being told what to do by her sister.
Valentina then plots a way to be independent of her sister. Here’s my review.
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
Lara (27) is at her great-aunt Sadie’s funeral (whom she’s never met), when a girl of her own age asks her to stop the funeral because her necklace has gone missing. No one else can see the girl and soon Lara discovers it’s the ghost of her great-aunt, in a younger form. She wants Lara to help her find her necklace as she can’t be laid to rest without it.
Sadie’s ghost keeps bothering her so in the end, there is no other option than to go looking for the lost necklace. What she finds is a thief and crook, love, and a better job.
Here’s my review.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The famous old story about Ebenezer Scrooge whose idea of Christmas is “Bah! Humbug!”. He’s got money enough but doesn’t want to spend it and has no interest in the miserable circumstances his clerk is living in.
Then just before Christmas, he is visited by 3 ghosts and they show him how great his past was, how miserable his current life, and how he will end up if he doesn’t better his life.
Just when Christmas starts, Scrooge changes into a better person and hands out goodies to the poor calling “Merry Christmas” to all who wish to hear.
Changeless by Gail Carriger
This is the second part of the Parasol Protectorate series. Alexia Tarrabotti is mystified by the sudden cessation of supernatural powers: werewolves and vampires can only take their human forms and ghosts have disappeared altogether.
Alexia travels to Scotland in a dirigible (a kind of zeppelin) to try and find the cause. My review is here.
What ghostly books are your favorites?