Thursday, August 17, 2017

Haunted:

Haunted:On ghosts, witches, vampires, zombies, and other monsters of the natural and supernatural worlds By: Leo Braudy
Non-fiction: history, pop culture, paranormal, mystery, 265 pages
Physical Book Count: 51
Book Count: 58

This book is about the changes in ideas on the supernatural and horror genres using two key turning points in the history of the western world to highlight  those changes.  Or at least that is what the book says it's about at the beginning.  It does deal with this; however, it then tries to cover the whole history of horror in books and movies, as well as veering off into  detective books and movies.   It does deal with how early detective books also deal with similar themes, and in the case of the works of Edger Allen Poe, he wrote both types of stories, but it spends s lot of time on noir films where the only "monster" is humans.  

Friday, August 04, 2017

Soul Enchilada:

Soul Enchilada By: David Macinnis Gill
Fiction: YA, Paranormal, 356 pages
Physical Book Count: 50
Book Count: 57

Bug Smoot has had a hard life, her single mother died in a house fire when she was young.  By the time she was an adult both her aunt and grandfather that raised her after her mother's death also died.  The only thing of any value that she owns is the 1958 Cadillac Biarritz that her grandfather had left her, and some one egged it.  She goes to get it cleaned at the car wash, a cute guy from high school works at, and finds it's not eggs.  It is a goo that is binding the demon Beals, i.e. Beelzebub to her car until he repossess it as well as her grandfather's soul, or Bug's if she can't find her grandfather's.  From there she gets sucked into a world that she never knew existed and has to fight for her soul as well as the world.