A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller and crime, fiction and non-fiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

#62. Gossamer by Lois Lowry

Gossamer by Lois Lowry

Pages: 140
Finished: Aug. 23, 2007
Reason for Reading: Lois Lowry is a favourite author and this is my first book for the RIP Challenge
First Published: 2006
Genre: YA fantasy
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

An owl called, its shuddering hoots repeating mournfully in the distance.

Recommend: This is a beautiful, sweet tale. It is also a sad, haunting tale. Humans are visited each night by almost transparent creatures who bestow dreams upon them; they are also visited, occasionally, by the terrifying, thundering night mares. On rare occasions, the night mares will congregate into a Horde and descend upon a helpless one and eight-year-old John is their next victim. I loved the beauty of this story, the words, the images and then, in contrast, the topics of child and spousal abuse strike a painful balance. This is a short read, but an emotional and satisfying one.


  1. Nicola, I'm so glad you liked Gossamer. I thought it was beautifully written and very powerful. Lois Lowry is one of my favorite authors, too. Have you seen her blog? I enjoy it a lot. http://loislowry.typepad.com/lowry_updates/

  2. Thanks for the link to her blog, robin! I'm off to check it out!

  3. This books sounds like something that I would love. Oh my, I can see already that this is going to be a dangerous challenge! The first two reviews are up and they're both on my wishlist already!

  4. I know what you mean Chris! I've been looking at everyone's lists and busily adding to my tbr list.

  5. I like the sound of this book! I heard of Lois Lowry for the first time recently, but she really sounds like an author I have to try.

  6. I loved this book. Loved, loved, loved it. It is just so beautiful and it felt so *true*.

  7. Certainly sounds fantastic. I know my wife and daughter have read some of Lowry's work but I have not had the pleasure. I need to rectify that.

  8. Oh, what a wonderful review! I've had this book on my amazon wish list for a while...think I definitely need to move it to the cart more sooner than later!

  9. Great review. I've only read one of Lowry's books, but this one sounds wonderful. Onto the list it goes.

  10. I like Lois Lowry too, but I have never read this. I will have to check it out! Thanks!

  11. I've read a few of Lowry's works from a really long time ago *ahem*, but nothing recent. I will have to see what else she's been doing lately.

  12. Marina, she's been quite busy this decade. You've got some good reading ahead of you!

  13. I've never heard of this book, but I'm scratching the title down. I love YA books and this one sounds terrific. Thanks for a great review!

  14. Short and sweet review. Sounds good too!

  15. I wish I had this one on my shelves so I could read it for the challenge. Sounds good and I'll keep an eye out for it.


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