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Book Review – “The Diviners” by Libba Bray

In Books, Paranormal, Supernatural, Writing on January 2, 2013 at 9:15 am

Diviners

I just finished reading The Diviners, by Libba Bray. I have read a lot of books every year, but I have to say that this young adult novel is special. It’s set in the roaring 1920s (which I loved reading about), the protagonist is a flapper, and there are enough creepy supernatural things going on to keep you up at night. (With a flashlight and a blanket over your head.) The time period was clearly well researched, and the details were rich without being overly done.

I was sitting on the edge of my seat through most of the novel, and really enjoyed it. If I had to come up with any criticisms, I would have to mention that the use of 1920s jargon was just a little too thickly applied. Also, there were times when I felt that Evie’s uncle would conveniently disappear just so the young adults would be left alone long enough to put themselves in extreme danger. Other than that, I give a firm two thumbs up (and maybe some big toes as well.)
Highly recommended!

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“Senseless”

In Entertainment, Family Fun, Halloween, Outdoor, Paranormal, Theatre on October 14, 2012 at 9:42 am

Deep in the heart of the forest, a band of lost souls lurk, hoping to get their ticket out of the woods forever. From behind bushes, underneath bridges, and tucked into the recesses of the trees, they wait. They have all lost one of their senses, and wish to get that sense back… from you.

Last night, my family had the privilege of attending Mercer Island’s Haunted Forest “Senseless.” This spooky show is much different than all the others out there. There are no deranged zombies running after you with chain saws; no blood and gore. What sets this show apart from the rest, is that it is actual theatre. The young actors have helped to create their characters and they do a great job of carrying the story-line all the way through. While I wouldn’t necessarily categorize this show as over-the-top scary, I would say that it is very creepy. There’s lots of interaction between the audience and the cast—that’s what makes it fun. I highly recommend that you go see the show before it ends on October 28th.

This is a great show for families, large groups, small groups, and folks of all ages.
You can get your tickets at: http://youththeatre.org/on-stage/productions/senseless-mercer-islands-haunted-forest/.

Show times are as follows:
October 13, 2012–October 28, 2012
Evening tours for ages 8+: October 13, 19, 20 & 27
First tour leaves at 6:30, last tour leaves at 9:20 (tours are approximately 40 minutes long)

Daytime tours for ages 3+:October 21 & 28
First tour leaves at 11:00 am, last tour leaves at 2:20 pm (tours are approximately 30 minutes long)

Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse) Book Review

In Books, Paranormal on September 28, 2012 at 10:26 am

(I give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars) In this second book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, Sookie travels to Dallas with her vampire boyfriend, Bill. Under obligation to help the higher-ups in the vampire community, Sookie and Bill set out to find out a missing vamp named Farrell, who is friend to Stan, a very powerful boss-man. Along the way, there is murder, a fanatical group of religious zealots bent on convincing vampires that they should “go to the sun” (or in other words, to commit suicide), and Sookie’s quest to exonerate Sheriff Andy from a crime he did not commit.
 
Compared to the previous book in the series, this book was much better. Even though the first book was a fun read, it had some inconsistencies in the main characters that distracted me. Living Dead in Dallas fixed all those inconsistencies, allowing me to just enjoy the story.

I will definitely pick up the next book in the series to see what Sookie is up to next.

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