01.18.09

The Young and the Hot

Posted in Favorite Books at 1:26 pm by Bridget

Yes, Houdini, the coolest dead guy of them all. I thought, in the spirit of books about dead guys, that I should contribute. But instead of an old dead guy (is he old, he seems pretty sepia?) I’d like to recommend some books that have… YOUNG dead guys in them! Or hot dead guys. Like Edward. Just to spice things up. 

These are incidentally some of my teen favs of 2008. 

My first rec along these lines is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. The main character is never actually described as hot this being Neil Gaiman and not Meg Cabot, and he isn’t actually dead. But he hangs out with dead people and learns useful dead person skills like haunting and such. And I have a vivid imagination so I can just imagine that he’s hot. This book is so well written — Gaiman never cheats and uses unnecessary adverbs or speaker attributions instead of just having solid action and dialogue, he never tells when he can show, and he pretty much walks on water writing-wise. Reading this is like rolling on crushed velvet it is so tightly put together.

If you haven’t heard of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins yet, I have to say it’s a must read. There’s a Game, much like Survivor, and only one person can survive it. Which means there end up being many young dead guys of varying hotness which fit my category, but might sound really creepy and unappealing — it isn’t, it totally adds to the tension. The idea that only one person will make it out is part of what makes this such a page turner.

One more book rec with dead guys in it — The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E.Lockhart. There is a boarding school, there is a secret society, and there is a secret notebook that’s gone missing written by people dead and gone (okay, I don’t know what they looked like, but they were guys and they kept the notebook when they were young, it’s reasonable to assume that some were hot). These all add up to a very exciting story with an incredibly strong female protag who is just so awesome.

Bridget

5 Comments »

  1. Janet said,

    January 18, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Houdini was young in the picture, but he’s been dead since 1926. That hasn’t stopped people from trying to communicate with him, though.

    I totally agree with you about the Graveyard Book. Gaiman’s writing is so crisp and efficient. This was the first of his books I’d ever read. I was very impressed.

  2. Bridget said,

    January 18, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    No way! He was young in that pic? Maybe it is that I’ve always thought of him as old. Okay, I’m opening another browser to get a better look at him…
    …Hmmmm… It must be the sepia. It isn’t very flattering age-wise — a lesson to us all, avoid sepia photos even if the Wild West photo place is calling to you. Has anyone succeeded in communicating with him from the dead? He should have turned vamp as ghosts don’t seem to fare as well communications-wise. Except in the Graveyard Book! So good. I’ve only read a few of his too — Stardust which was fab and Coraline what was so scary I can’t think about it.

  3. Janet said,

    January 19, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    I think the photo was taken in 1899. He was about 25. I think it’s the sepia. I always wanted to have my photo taken at those old-fashioned photo places in Wisconsin Dells. No more. I don’t want to look like an old lady.

    As far as I know, no one has succeeded in contacting Houdini. His wife tried to contact him every year on Halloween, the date of his death. She gave up after ten years. Apparently there are still yearly Houdini seances at the Houdini Museum in Scranton and other places. I doubt anyone has had any luck, but it looks like they want to keep trying…

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