T is for a Tuesday Meme!
Some people just can't pass up the opportunity to alliterate. =P Tuesday is the most popular day for memes, and it has a lot to do with its T-sound being an easy phonetic match for so many other words. We have "teaser" . . . "tasty" . . . "top ten" . . . and so on!
And the least popular? In my experience . . . Saturday and Sunday. (LOL--I know, right?!?!) But it has very little to do with the letter "S"! Bloggers seem to take their breaks during the weekend, and that's fair enough!
Anyway, here is a new Tuesday meme I found and wanted to participate in . . .
Sometimes the best books are already on our shelves, waiting to be read.
TBR Tuesday is a chance to spotlight books that you own
that have been languishing on the endless to-be-read pile.
As Misty explains, there are two reasons to spotlight these unread books: to bring them to the attention of those who haven't heard of them and to find out from those who have already read them whether they are worth it. It's the second reason that draws me in.
A couple of my books have never shucked their "To Be Read" status not because I never picked them up again after buying them, but because I did start to read them . . . but then never finished. Ninety-nine percent of the time, the reason I set them aside was that I just couldn't get into them at the time. (Wrong book, wrong time: no one to blame.) But there is one book that I deliberately stopped reading in the middle . . .
Six children leave the comfort of their homes for Coldharbour, an eerie wasteland of wind, rats, seagulls and rubbish tips.
Emily and Freda, the insect-like twins, find Thomas half-starving on a food tip.
They discover Walter, the giant boy, his hands buried in the ashes of a fire.
Helene reaches Coldharbour at the height of a furious storm.
Together they seek out Milo--the sixth child--whose skin is hot and bright with silver.
Unique gifts have drawn them to one another,
but will they be in time to save themselves?
. . .
What I remember was that the children were gross. One boy suddenly becomes ravenous at the dinner table, eating everything in sight--gorging on it, not even bothering to chew. Later, he starts peeling his skin off and watching his hair fall out in clumps. Then there are the twin girls who run around on all fours, whom the narrator compares sometimes to dogs and sometimes to spiders. The whole set-up is ugly--and ugly in a way it shouldn't be. It was as if someone had kidnapped a baby with hydrocephaly from the hospital and exhibited him in a carnival freak show.
And having said all that . . . I wonder if it's worth another try. British author Cliff McNish is pretty open about writing dark and disturbing books--Horror for some of the youngest readers there are. (What I call "Family Horror"!) And he says he started writing them after his daughter begged him for a scary story with a witch. (Judging by reviews of his Doomspell Trilogy, Daddy really delivered!) As for The Silver Child, it was inspired by a prompt to write more about food, because readers love it when children eat. (Oh, how true . . .) The Horror twist is that it made McNish wonder, "What if they can't stop eating?" He answered this question with the grotesquely gluttonous boy I've described, and a Horror trilogy was born.
His creative process reminds me a bit of Stephen King's now. (Thinner, anyone?) So I'm feeling rather kindly towards The Silver Child at the moment and am open to all answers to this question:
why would you say this first book is worth it?
And now for some linky cross-over love . . .
which invites all book lovers to carouse, make merry and revel
with bargain book abandon!
Now, BBB is a Monday meme; so I hope Lesa doesn't mind that I'm a day late to her party and bringing "the dark side" with me . . .
For, yes, I got my copy of Cliff McNish's Silver Child at a real bargain! (LOL!)
A big bookstore was having its annual Cut Price Sale and selling virtually every book in stock at a discount. Sometimes it's as little as 5% off, but this one was marked down 40%.
It seemed like a good incentive to start a series that had received many excellent reviews and had lovely hologram covers. And after the first half of the novel proved so disappointing, I comforted myself with the thought that at least I hadn't paid full price. =P
So now for my second question:
that you still paid more than it was actually worth?
And now I look forward to two things: reading everyone's answers and discovering that there is something in McNish's disturbing novel to love!
Image Source: The Silver Child by Cliff McNish