Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by ThoughtsOnTomes, featuring topics that prompt bloggers and youtubers to list some of their favorite (and sometimes non-so-favorite) bookish things. This week's topic is: spooky settings.
If you follow me on social media, you know about my new passion project, Mirror Book Box, and how it has been consuming every ounce of my time. It's taken me from so many things like revising my novel and Fall-O-Ween, and although it's worth it, its made me sad :( Such sadness is only placated by the fact that today's Top 5 Wednesday allows me to talk about some favorite books.
I'm in the love with the English Moor. I've never been but whenever I see photos or watch an adaptation of this book, it's kind of breath-taking. I love the way the fog glides along the surface of the fields, daring to kiss it but not linger too long, leaving just a sliver of open air within which to glimpse an ankle or the hem of a long dress. And there's something spooky (and sort of majestic) about not being able to see into the fog and not knowing who or what may emerge.
I'm interpreting spooky in a dark sort of way here, but I think it's a fair translation. And there's something so dark about this first installment in Sanderson's epic fantasy series. The mists at night that most are afraid to go out into, the ash that falls from the sky and cakes up in the streets, the skaa slaves that work to clear the ash, the Dark Lord that rules over the entirety of the empire -- all of it contributes to this oppressive atmosphere that you can almost feel on your shoulders as you read feverishly on. If you are one of those people who has not read this book, don't put it off stupidly like I did. GO! Do not pass go, do not collection $200.
Need I say much about this? How could the King of Macabre not make a list of spooky settings? The man practically invented - or at least reinvented - it. Take your pick... a beating guilt-ridden heart beneath the floorboards, revenge so deadly someone is buried alive, death death and more death. Spooky doesn't even begin to cover the genius that is EAP.
So this is a bit of a cheat because... I haven't read it. But three of the four books are sitting on my shelves and every time I think about the premise, my mind blows will all the spook factor. If you haven't heard of it, Unwind is a series set in a world where abortion is illegal, but parents can elect to have teenagers unwound. You read that right: Parents can essentially kill their teenage children through a process called unwinding where the teen is taken apart and donated piece by piece. And you guessed it, our protagonist is in danger of being unwound. What?! Spooky, scary, creepy - all of the above!
If you are looking for something fantastically creepy but also sweet and somewhat romantic and still strong on the friendship - which of course you're looking for! - you have just found it. I can not say enough good things about this entire series, but to get to the setting, there's a quest of a centuries dead Welsh King, a strange forest by the name of Cabswater, a family of psychics and so much more majorly spoiler-y spooky awesome stuff. Just know when you think it can't get spookier or weirder, it does. Just talking about it makes me want to bury my head between its pages again.