A Reader Imbibes Peril

Guess what time it is! IT IS RIP TIME! The twelfth annual Readers Imbibing Peril began on 1 September (as always) and will be running through the end of October. Join us, comrades, as we read perilously spooooooky books under the auspices of the marvelous Heather and Andi.


PS have you noticed that next year it will be R.I.P THIRTEEN? I hope that you have noticed. It is never far from my mind. I am doing a ghost noise about it as we speak.

My planned reads for R.I.P. 12 include:

The Painted Queen, by Elizabeth Peters and Some Interloper Who Even Cares

Weirdly, Elizabeth Peters once wrote a mystery novel about a writer who was asked to finish the book of a recently-deceased author. Life reflects art. Anyway, I am not sure how to feel about this book, which was completed after Elizabeth Peters’s death by her pal Joan Hess. I’ve been semi-pretending the Amelia Peabody series ended after Children of the Storm. On the other hand, The Painted Queen takes place in the darkest part of the Amelia Peabody timeline; i.e., between Falcon at the Portal and He Shall Thunder in the Sky. So who knows.

Passing Strange, by Ellen Klages

My TBR spreadsheet says MAGIC LESBIANS IN THE 1940S!!!!! and I stand by every one of those exclamation points. I am not, in fact, certain of how dark this fantasy is, but the blurb says noir so I say it counts.

Food of the Gods, Cassandra Khaw

Speaking of noir, I am beginning to be afraid that Cassandra Khaw is too noir for me to love her work. Sob sob. But we’ll find out for sure when I read the quite noiry-sounding Food of the Gods, which is about a gentleman who fixes up human flesh to feed to ghouls I think?, and anyway he gets mixed up in the quarrels of the gods.

The Shadowed Sun, NK Jemisin

Now that NK Jemisin’s latest trilogy is complete, I can finally read it! But for this installment of RIP I’ll stick to finishing her previous series. I liked The Killing Moon a lot and I’m eager to find out where the story goes from here. Then onward to her multiple-Hugo-award-winning trilogy.

The Bloodprint, Ausma Zehanat Khan

Ausma Zehanat Khan is the author of these excellent murder mystery novels that deal with major geopolitical conflicts, and now she is turning her hand to what I assume will be darkish geopolitical fantasy. The Bloodprint is about women saving the world by going on a road trip to find a MacGuffin. Your girl is IN.

What are y’all reading for R.I.P.? Are you excited for next year when it will be R.I.P. XIII? Is it ever a good idea for someone else to finish your favorite dead author’s unfinished manuscript?

  • Nishita

    Yay for RIP. This year though I am a little lost for recommendation. I haven’t read any of the Amanda Peabody books, so maybe that would be a good place to start. Still looking for something gothic, horror, along those lines.

  • I love how excited everyone is for RIP this year!

  • JeanPing

    I was JUST NOW realizing that I now have access to The Shadowed Sun and thinking I ought to grab it.

    Mostly, I don’t think other writers ought to finish books. But then look what Ursula did with DWJ’s Islands of Chaldea — I’m grateful to have that book!

  • Kristen M.

    I think The Painted Queen will be fine as there were so many prior Peabody books that Hess could always reference for tone and style. I am not always a fan of finishing the books of others though. I think Terry Pratchett did the right thing by having his works in progress hard drive steamrollered posthumously (even though it makes me sad). His voice would have been diluted enough in them that it would have been depressing.

  • Passing Strange looks promising! I’m pretty sure Peters would hate The Painted Queen. She couldn’t stand for anyone to mess with her work. There was one movie made from her books—Ammie Come Home—and she hated it so much rumor has it she bought every copy she could just so no one would see it, and never sold movie rights to her books again. It really wasn’t, like, THAT bad of a movie, she was just a control freak.

  • Yay! I’m excited to join this event too. I don’t know what I’ll be reading yet, but I’m excited to figure it out.

  • HOW HAD I NOT HEARD OF MAGIC LESBIANS IN THE 1940s?!?!?! *adds to TBR immediately*

  • The Bloodprint sounded so good and exciting, so I said yes to a review copy even though I’m trying not to do that so much any more but then when I started it was just boring and confusing and the characters seemed like stick figures. So disappointing! Was it just me?


  • Yesssss, Jennyyyy, you’re doing RIP! Happy reading 🙂 Such a great list, I’m also reading Bloodprint, I have such high hopes for that one. Also yay Jemisin! I feel like RIP would be the opportunity reread books 1 and 2 of her newest series and then read the final book. But I am such a slow reader :((
    “have you noticed that next year it will be R.I.P THIRTEEN?” Whaaat? I feel old. But also, it’s gonna be the creepiest yet!