How to play: Fling means I spend a single night of passion (or possibly passionate hatred) with the book, and write a review of it, or however much of it I managed to read. Marry means the book goes back on my shelves, to wait for me to get around to it. Kill is actually "sudden death" - I read a couple paragraphs or pages, then decide to donate or reshelf (or read) based on that. You don't have to have read or previously heard of the books to vote on them. Please feel free to explain your reasoning for your votes in comments.

Italics taken from the blurbs. Gothics have the best blurbs.

Poll #18418 FMK # 2: Houses Are Terrifying
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 48


Castle Barebane, by Joan Aiken. A series of lurid murders... a roofless ruin with crumbling battlements... nephew and niece callously abandoned in a slum... a man of mysterious origins and enigmatic habits... dark emanations from London's underworld... Mungo, an old sailor...

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Fling
24 (53.3%)

Marry
14 (31.1%)

Kill
7 (15.6%)

The Five-Minute Marriage, by Joan Aiken. An imposter has claimed her inheritance... a counterfeit marriage to the principle heir, her cousin... family rivalries festering for generations... a shocking episode of Cartaret family history will be repeated.

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Fling
27 (61.4%)

Marry
9 (20.5%)

Kill
8 (18.2%)

The Weeping Ash, by Joan Aiken. Sixteen-year-old Fanny Paget, newly married to the odious Captain Paget... in northern India, Scylla and Calormen Paget, twin cousins of the hateful Captain, have begun a seemingly impossible flight for their lives, pursued by a vengeful maharaja... elephant, camel, horse, raft... The writer has used her own two-hundred-year-old house in Sussex, England for the setting.

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Fling
19 (39.6%)

Marry
14 (29.2%)

Kill
15 (31.2%)

Winterwood, by Dorothy Eden. The moldering elegance of a decaying Venetian palazzo... pursued by memories of the scandalous trial that rocked London society... their daughter, Flora, crippled by a tragic accident... Charlotte's evil scheming... a series of letters in the deceased Lady Tameson's hand

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Fling
21 (52.5%)

Marry
4 (10.0%)

Kill
15 (37.5%)

The Place of Sapphires, by Florence Engel Randall. A demon-haunted house... two beautiful young sisters... the pain of a recent tragedy... a sinister and hateful force from the past... by the author of Hedgerow.

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Fling
20 (47.6%)

Marry
7 (16.7%)

Kill
15 (35.7%)

Shadow of the Past, by Daoma Winston. An unseen presence... fled to Devil's Dunes... strange "accidents..." it seemed insane... the threads of the mysterious, menacing net cast over her life... What invisible hand threatened destruction?

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Fling
13 (34.2%)

Marry
2 (5.3%)

Kill
23 (60.5%)

davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)

From: [personal profile] davidgillon


Doesn't look like I have much tolerance for Gothics - two Flings and the rest Kill. (Though I keep wanting to write Cliff/Shag/Marry, rather than Kill/Fling/Marry, which is the name I know it under).
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From: [personal profile] sholio


Cliff/Shag/Marry is the version I originally encountered as well. I have read books I would happily chuck over a cliff.

I've been having trouble voting in these because I just don't have opinions! They all sound equally batshit!
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From: [personal profile] melannen


The "Cliff" version I know is "Cliff, Kiss, Marry", for people who think both "kill" and "shag" are too risque, but the "kiss" didn't work for the metaphor as well so I went with the obscene one. Cliff/Shag/Marry would probably have worked better! Oh well, too late to change mine now.
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From: [personal profile] rosefox


I will gladly take any of the Aikens you decide you want to get rid of.
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From: [personal profile] skygiants


I would also like to join the queue for excess Aikens >.>
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From: [personal profile] dhampyresa


Voted for the Weeping Ash on account of it being the only one with a summary that has complete sentences and for Shadow of the Past because I like "Devil's Dunes" as a name and hope theyfeature prominently.
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From: [personal profile] lilacsigil


Aiken is usually very cool, though she gave me nightmares more than once as a kid, even though I was at no risk of being hunted down by English wolves, having to work in a carpet factory or having my life essence drained.
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From: [personal profile] gehayi


I have a notion that the vengeful maharaja will be problematic, so I voted K on that one. The others all sound highly enjoyable. Also, I voted M on The Place of Sapphires because DEMON-HAUNTED HOUSE.
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From: [personal profile] blueswan


I have never read any of these, but nonetheless I have opinions. *g* I voted fling for all of them. If this Joan Aiken is the same author who writes children's book, she is a fine writer, definitely worth checking out. My mom used to read Dorothy Eden, so nostalgia factored in to that particular fling.
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From: [personal profile] ranalore


Fondly as I remember Aiken from childhood, I don't recall reading any of these books, and it looks like my tolerance for gothics is pretty low. I mostly voted Kill, and Kill with prejudice on the one set in India, which I suspect will be horrifically problematic. I did vote Fling on Castle Barebane and Winterwood, and nearly did on The Place of Sapphires, though, because I do have a weakness for haunted houses, gothic or no gothic.

From: [personal profile] cat_i_th_adage


I can't speak for the others, but The Weeping Ash has a very strong theme of sexual assault and is unspeakably depressing.

From: [personal profile] cat_i_th_adage


I just read some of the other comments.

This is not one of Aiken's kids books. Not wacky; very savage.

From: [personal profile] cat_i_th_adage


Yeah... most of Aiken swings that way, so I guess the blurb writer just went with that.

It's not a poorly written book, just a helluva shock if you were expecting something like the Cuckoo Tree.
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