#6Degrees — The Turn of the Screw to…..

This month we are starting with the book The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. At least this month I’ve actually heard of this book and author. Haven’t read it and probably never will though.

Some sort of horror’y book. Which considering it is October and halloween is at the end of the month, shouldn’t surprise anyone. Another book I almost automatically think of for Halloween is the following.

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. I am not a fan of Bradbury and this was the next to last book of his that I read. That cover though, reminds me of another book.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens. Dickens did not finish this book, as he inconveniently died while in the middle of it. An unfinished book is always an unpleasant thing. Another unpleasant thing is an Unfinished Series.

The Borderlands series by Lorna Freeman was just such a series. 3 books and then the author just seemed to disappear. Sometimes an author loses interest in writing the series, but sometimes a reader loses interest in the series.

For me, The Destroyermen series falls squarely into that category. I gave up on Book 10 and when I just looked, he’s currently up to book 15? There was no end in sight with book 10, so I don’t expect much has changed with those 5 extra books. The word “HELL” stands out pretty prominently to me.

Hellsing, a manga series where the word Hell is also pretty predominant. While it was based on a great idea, it quickly devolved. A lot of mangas do fall apart, but one that didn’t is the following, it stayed strong until the last volume.

Death Note. While all of the movies were ok to bad, the manga? Outside of Akira, probably the best I’ve ever read.

And that is how you go from The Turn of the Screw to Death Note. A suitably spooky ending to this #6Degrees post I think.

If you’d like to participate in the #6degrees series of posts, head over to #6Degrees Meme to find out the starting point for each month. They’re not always punctual, so sometimes you have to wait until a week into the month.

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32 thoughts on “#6Degrees — The Turn of the Screw to…..

  1. I’m watching Bly Manor on Netflix just now, which has a novel take on the James book. Which is to say a radical take. I’m thinking of reading Drood because it’s unfinished by the author, so there’s no pressure for me to finish it myself…

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  2. raistlin0903 says:

    I have this huge black edition of Deathnote. It’s heavy as a brick (probably could use it if a burglar ever invades my home to bash my head in) but still haven’t gotten around to reading it. You saying outside of Akira it’s the best you’ve ever read? This means I’m moving it up quite a few spaces…in fact once I’m done with Orange it will be the next manga that I’m going to read.
    That cover for the Destroyermen series does look cool…but guess it’s another one of those “never judge a book by it’s cover kind of cases” 😀

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  3. Wakizashi says:

    I’m intrigued, now. You rate Death Note as one of the best manga you’ve ever read? Moving it up my tbr list right now. Ah, Akira. I remember when I first started buying comics, I saw some individual issues in my local comic shop but the price was too high for a teenage paperboy. I could only afford Spider-Man and Batman…

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I enjoyed Death Note, the manga mind you, not the anime. I’ve read it 2-3 times and would pay just as much as I did for my Akira hardcovers for deathnote hardcovers. I can dream anyway 🙂

      I can’t imagine buying Akira in the individual comics. That would end up costing a lot!

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      • Wakizashi says:

        Yes, I’ve heard other people rate the Death Note manga really highly. I will check it out, thanks. Those Akira issues were spotted back in the late 1980s when I was young and innocent and comics were cheap😉

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  4. Nice linkage! I always enjoy seeing how you go through the degrees!

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  5. BrokenTune says:

    Nice! I like your links and interesting book choices. This meme looks like a lot of fun.

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  6. I’ve been planning on checking out Hellsing at some point. It sounded fun but your mention of it devolving isn’t too encouraging. Then again, all manga series seem to go downhill by the end of the run though…. 😛

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  7. I haven’t read the manga of Deathnote, but I did enjoy the anime version of it. The movie (or movies?) I watched weren’t nearly as good as the anime series.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      What I did watch of the anime followed the manga very closely. I was impressed. I just didn’t like the color choices 😀

      The live action movies were a real mixed bag, that is for sure. I enjoyed them but more because I was such a fan of the franchise than because of how great they actually were.


  8. Ola G says:

    Heard a lot of good things about Deathnote. Same for Akira. When I get around to reading manga, I’ll keep these in mind 😀

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  9. Darren Jones says:

    Lorna Freeman’s first book “Covenants” is one of my all-time favorites. The second one was quite good. The third one was boring, and didn’t finish the series. I was annoyed by the decreasing quality, and then by the disappearance.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I enjoyed the third one, but I wasn’t sure where she was going to go with it. I was not expecting her to go No Where with it 😀

      I’ve always wondered what happened. Did she have 1 books worth of ideas but thought she had more? Did she die? Was she a fake name and the person didn’t care? If I ever win the lottery, I’ll hire a private detective and find out! 🙂

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