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 nonfiction. 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.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Monday, December 8, 2008

184. The Lake of Souls

The Lake of Souls by Darren Shan
The Saga of Darren Shan, Book 10

Pages: 220
Finished: Dec. 7, 2008
First Published: 2003
Genre: YA, fantasy
Rating: 5/5
Reason for Reading: Next in the series

First sentence:

Death was on the cards that day, but would it be ours or the panther's?

Comments: I just love the way Mr. Shan can keep a long series like this going and keep each book new and fresh! Mr. Shan does not get into the rut of following a template for each volume like that many other authors of long series. The story this time around involves a side quest. The main story arc flowing through all the books is set aside (mostly) as one of the major characters goes on his own quest and Darren Shan joins him.

I loved, loved, loved this volume. Is it possible that volume 10 in a series is my favourite? I think it is. My favourite character, Harkat Mulds, is the focus of this story and just as usual with these books the plot is exciting. The writing is wonderful. The tension builds and the book ends with a surprise twist making one anxious to get the next volume in the series. Thank goodness the series is complete and I don't have to wait a year between books!


  1. Well, now I wish I had picked these books up when I saw them! The other day when I brought books to the second hand bookstore they had like books 3-10 and I considered getting them but didn't because they didn't have book one and two. Now I wish I had!

  2. Oh, that's too bad! From reading your blog over the last couple years I'd say these would definitely be up your alley.

  3. I love reading a complete series (I am NOT a patient person lol). It's always sad when it ends and you know that there aren't any more but at least you don't have to wait any longer.