Is your House Haunted


Sept 19 – october 17.
Is Your House Haunted?: Poltergeists, Ghosts or Bad WiringIs Your House Haunted?: Poltergeists, Ghosts or Bad Wiring by Debi Chestnut

Picked this up one year on sale at Barnes and Nobles. I bought it as I was hoping it would be good for research as well as reference. Much of it I knew and at the same time much of it I do not stand by.

Some of the information i found to be mixed with what I’ve known though the years which I found more books and paranormal groups and ‘psychics’ have said.

I will say there is a section on how to help your child, FAQs When and where to get help and how to know if you should hire that group or not. Also how to tell if your house is haunted or if it’s ‘just the wiring’.

As I was going to write much of the information I knew on my Ghost/spirits page, I highlighted some of the helpful stuff from the book on the blog page as I more or less knew most of it already but was also reading it as research. (like finding a paranormal group to help) Also it gave me a sort of outline to note and ways that helped be better define types of spirits, and the different between what a ghost is an what a spirit is.. yes they are 2 different things.

Besides we can’t have people playing with Ouija boards and holding seances this time (october) of year, the veil between the living and the dead is too thin.

As mentioned I used some of the information for reference on my Halloween Ghost page…
https://zodiacimmortal.wordpress.com/…

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Coulrophobia and Fata Morgana by Jacob M. Appel


Coulrophobia & Fata Morgana

So what is Coulrophobia?

 it is a fear of clowns. The term is of recent origin, probably dating from the 1980s, and according to one analyst, “has been coined more on the Internet than in printed form because it does not appear in any previously published, psychiatric, unabridged, or abridged dictionary.”  Coulrophobia – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Considering the upcoming AHS season and It due in theaters I think in September this is certainly a great word vocabulary word to teach. (Honestly each week or month there should be a phobia in vocabulary for class)

& Fata Morgana

A FataMorgana is an unusual and complex form of superior mirage that is seen in a narrow band right above the horizon. It is the Italian name for the Arthurian sorceress Morgan le Fay, from a belief that these mirages, often seen in the Strait of Messina, were fairy castles in the air or false land created by her witchcraft to lure sailors to their death. Fata Morgana (mirage) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I’ve read Jacob’s previous book, as I had signed up to win a free copy on Goodreads. I didn’t win but Jacob sent one to me to read and review.  Towards the end of 2016, I received this book I didn’t even sign up for anything. I just dropped Jacob a message to say thank you and I’d get to it in 2017 as I already had my reading list planned.

There are 10 short stories in this anthology the first is titled

The Butcher’s Music

Rita is a butcher shop owner and butcher herself,  her sister Tammy plays cello an the sisters have not seen each other in 3 years.  Rita has a sort of boyfriend that works next door from her shop. Tammy drops a bomb that she’s coming for a visit but the bomb is really what she reveals to Rita as to why she needs help.

 

The Punishment

Read 4 1/2 pages so far but may have to re-read that as I don’t remember a thing of what I read

There’s a character named Patzi and I think she has a son who just got in formal trouble with the law

 

Pollen

I already forget this story and what its about… and its only been a day or 2 since I read it… Yet I can remember the gist of the previous 2.

 

Boundaries

So I’m writing this up right after I finish the story.. There’s Artie Kimmel who along with a partner is pro0tecting the U.S. Canadian board. Its Christmas (or xmas eve) and the past many years they’ve had the tradition of being on together and watching holiday movies as its normally a slow night. Tonight is a snowglobe of falling and blowing snow when a car pulls up and the person inside seems to have smallpox.

 

Coulrophobia

So a mime rents an apartment and the landlord makes mime pun jokes. The Mime I think his name was. Being the parents could only afford for the boy to go to some community thing that was free Simon made a Mime camp just for the boy. Teaching him all sort of things, eventually he teaches the step mother as well. the moral of the story is basically you’ll be all alone if you are jealous and Prejudice (if you want to call it that)

Not big on this one, I did not find it interesting and frankly a bit of a scare or joke would have been nice to break up the monotony of the story (and I don’t mean the landlord’s lame mime jokes)

 

Saluting the Magpie

What peeves me more than parents that don’t pay attention to their kids is ones that freak out over the littlest (and most common) things like things er phases  that babies have gone though for  decades.

Calliope swallows a penny on her mother Gillian’s watch. First off, I’m 50% sure that since coins have been around,  babies have been swallowing them. at least once. There’s an age they get grabby, another they ‘eat’ things sometimes these happen at the same time.  I’ve swallowed pennies…yes plural… as a child but my mother said she put her fingers down my throat and got them out herself.  The woman in this book is wound too tight to be a mother, she needs one of my anti-anxiety  pills I take when I feel one coming on, basically and literally “a chill pill’

Quite honestly I wanted to smack her in the face for the hysterics, and the husband doesn’t say a word to defend himself when she’s blaming HIM for HER slack baby watching. Honestly why wasn’t the baby in the playpen?  Where/what as she doing when the baby ate it? I feel the husband’s frustration and want to yell at her for him!

Fata Morgana

a couple that lives countries apart, one in the states the other I think was Denmark or Norway. They marry and spend their honeymoon in Iceland. At this point that all I can remember besides the husband hurting his leg and the wife having some serious Nicotine withdrawal

Hearth and Home

a friendly affair, of culture and loneliness and a laugh at the end.

 

Counting

2 people working for the Census bureau go out to the desert to do their thing with 2 people who don’t want to exist.  The husband builds with playing cards so, they make a deal if he can build to the rafter of the house without it falling, then the Census get’s their answers, if it doesn’t fall then they go away otherwise then they get the information they are there for.

 

Silent Theology

Some reverend’s dead wife is cheating on him with Greta Garbo. Sort of funny in a morbid way, yet if I were to analyze it (which I hate when people do) to what it might be a metaphor for, I’d say senility, dementia etc.  The daughters are awful one a fanatic the other leans away from the family’s beliefs etc.

 

 

I think the best 2 stories were The Butcher’s Music and Boundaries. Also I can remember Counting quite well as well.

Strange but True VAMPIRES from Beyond the Grave – Rowan Wilson


Vampires: Blood Suckers from Beyond the Gravewith a copyrite in the 1990s

“What is a vampire” The theoretical start of this book asks. It covers mostly the metaphoric sort rather than the fictional.  It goes through some old cases more of superstition because at the time the decay rate was not known as it is now, it then goes into that its a type of possession (oh so wait I’m possessed not Obsessed?)

The book in the chapter ‘Monsters of the carpathians covers the story of Vlad Dracul and Elizabeth Bathory however I am not sure how reliable this book is as some of the 2 stories sound different to what I’ve read once before but there is also additional information that I had not read before either so I’m not sure about this book.  Then there’s the chapter on Vampire murderers Vincenz Verenzi, Peter Kurten, Fritz Haarmann, and Wayne Boden  and the flesh eaters Jeffery Dahmer and Issei Sagawa. as I said it’s more along the lines of the metaphoric vampire of blood lust, sex or drug addiction.

There’s also a quick look ay vampire in Fiction with the original Vampyr and Varney the Vampire: Feast of Blood. (Both of which I have on my kindle to get to.. Varney as it was part of the Penny Dreadfuls clocks in at 800 something pages) as well as Dracula which put the vampire story on the map. There’s also vampires in Film as well. There’s also miscellany facts strewn through out the book in boxes

The writing is decent enough but I feel some of the information is repeated so I would get a little confused thinking I was re-reading the same thing over. Maybe they didn’t take such good notes, (or couldn’t read them so well) Otherwise I got through it just fine. It was an interesting read if all the facts were right (even the variations in the stories of Vlad and Bathory.

It’s a short read

Dog Gone, Back Soon by Nick Trout


Dog Gone, Back Soon (Cyrus Mills, #2)    Fiction, Animals, Humor, Romance

Wait how did a fish write a book?!?!!

Mom has one of those Reader’s Digest large print  book subscriptions. She had a few laughs at this and told me a couple of them. At the start (just a chapter or so in) a big Mastiff comes in, the kid Stu made brownies tells the vet its that chocolate toxicity when in fact it was pot brownies! The dog ate the plate of them!

Being as the book large print books mom gets are 2 in one and therefore condensed, when I got to the end of the book I was just like that’s all? That’s the end? I enjoyed reading the book but wasn’t happy with the ending as it felt like it was someone brushing lint off their shoulder.

I do think it would be cool as a movie tho (maybe a tv movie would end up on Hallmark or some girly station that would be awfully written and acted.

I’d say get the real book, as this just felt like it was missing something but I’m guessing it was just the filler.

Get the paperback, or kindle version here

#booksmomloves

How to get a date with a vampire


Paranormal Fiction humor

 

This came out when I was either in my last year of Junior High or my first year of high school. I would stare at it every time I went into Walden-books, hoping it would be on sale and I could afford it (on my allowance…do kids still get those?)

You can tell just by what the female cover model is wearing that it’s from late 80s or early 90s, so now I have officially just put a date on myself.

So one day in my travels I came across a copy in the Goodwill store. You would think I found a buried treasure! I held onto the book like someone was gonna steal it from and and I’d have to fight for it!

 

“Vampires are everywhere, if you know where to look, and they are yours for the taking, if you know what to do”

 

The books tells you How to spot a vampire, Breaking the ice as well as their type and I don’t mean blood type, How to meet the family and so on. Oh yeah and they seem to have this natural affinity for the damaged and fragile.

The writing had a nice flow except when the author had to put some broken French or Italian in there while mentioning some wine or something.. I enjoyed the book, but I think I would have more so when I was younger.

as I sort of mentioned the time it came out (the book says ©1990) it is a bit dated and I wish an update could be done with the way the dating scene is now. I read a couple of the GoodReads comments and no one seemed to get the humor, unless it was all those parts with the broken language. I see the humor part being it is a guide to dating  vampires. I know they were probably actually looking for jokes within the writing which I guess, like me, you just need to be a ‘Vampire girl’ to get the humor!  (as my friends sit stone faced in movie theaters during a vampire movie like Blade… and I’m the one laughing at the jokes and they have no clue why its funny!

(no I’m not saying I stalk the night in search of blood, I have just always gotten ‘Vampire humor’ you know like there’s English humor or ironic humor and morbid humor…yep! I’m the one that laughs at the morbid, ironic Vampire humor! )

I had no expectations of the book which was good, I mean how good can this sort be, especially getting it decades after it was written? I will be saving it for another read in the future and putting it with my vampire book collection!(call me a Vampirologist!?!?)

I also would have appreciated her making up ‘Vampire zodiac signs’ as she phrased that the zodiac signs were different instead of just libra its ‘the libra vampire) what she wrote for those…. (well I only read my scorpio one) sounds exactly like the real scorpio traits! Why not make something up (and be actually original) and make up some up like make up constellations or just use ones that aren’t as popular :::checks out my planisphere) like Phoenix and Draco … woujld be PERFECT for  vampire a  zodiac signs!) mmm maybe that’s an idea for something in my Vampire Bible  (you can find it on ZodiacImmortal.wordpress.com  There’s a post but the PAGE in the menu is the one you really want!)

L is for Lawless by Sue Grafton


L is for Lawless (Kinsey Millhone, #12)

Crime/ Mystery  adventure

Cast of Characters    Kinsey Millhone   Ray Rawson  Gilbert   Laura Rawson  Helen Rawson

Kinsey is a twice divorced no kids Licensed P.I. (private Investigator) who while on vacation (for a friend’s wedding) is hired pro bono to get down to the bottom of why Bucky can’t seem to get the benefits his grandfather is owed from being in the air-force. So far the military etc cannot ‘identify’ him. (as in find his military records, as the family does not know his serial numbers etc…) He had no money but an old friend Lawson shows up. He wants to rent the place out, though it is not yet available. He’s pretty mysterious and is not telling Kinsey everything he knows.

Chester and Bucky are dipsticks, good for nothing but checking the oil IF that.  When Kinsey stakes out their place and sees someone leave with a duffle bag, she goes in pursuit to get to the bottom of things.  First, she has to be atop everything., the duffle is going on a plane though for some reason I thought this might be a red herring. As after the person leaves the scene of the crime, they pick someone up and leave with what looks like the same duffle. So what is the deal?

Not only is it a mystery thriller, but is a bit of an adventure as well as it takes Kinsey to Texas and Louisville. Plus somewhat of a scavanger hunt or I should say treasure hunt
. I pretty much saw the end coming and speaking of which I could have just rad 3-5 of the beginning chapters and just the last 2 of the 226 page novel as there’s 25-50 pages of story that was really not needed.

The main deal is getting through the first half of the book, it took me a few days over a month to read as it started out slow and was built up too much and too long. The last 1-2 chapters is where the story actually ends. everything to me between the chapters mentioned is really filler (aside from a couple of clues)

This was the thinnest book (I have on hand)  in the series so I thought it would be a nice test run to see if I liked the writing. it’s ok, but definitely the rest of the books are better to read when I am not trying to read a lot of books so I can make a dent in my pile!

Addition by Toni Jordan



Bought this book from my cousin before she moved to New Zealand years ago. Though I don’t think its part of a series, I’m still reading it, as when I’m not sure what series to read, I pull a slip of paper from my little trinket box, to help me decide what sort of book to read. I don’t remember what it was

Started this on  January 16th

Finished February 11

Yes I started off slow

As I mentioned on Goodreads …

Welcome inside the mind of Grace; a counter, she counts everything and some of it in an obsessive compulsive way! Where if there’s poppy seeds on her Orange cake she counts them and the number of those is the number of bites she must take to finish the cake!!! Counts the numerology of peoples names, that counting on a base of 60 is a pagan tendency.. (never heard of that.. 9 is normally the number)

Not all that great for my anxiety but I am staying with it just to test myself! Though there are times I can only read a page or 2 at a time.  There are times it makes me want to scream but most definitely need to read in a quiet environment to keep up with all the counting babble, and her panic attacks (if you want to call them that.) She counts her steps from bed to door, the length of her fingers, and so much more. She started doing this as a young child. She’s now or was a math teacher,  and tutor  and does all this un-needed counting.

Oh and nightmare twin (well sort of) her love interest  drops he used to have nightmares about snakes under his bed  and they would come out at night and crawl over him! Thankfully mine did not get so bold and go as far when I was little and dreamed there were some under my bed, and had to go to the bathroom so bad I was screaming cause I was afraid if I put my feet on the floor the snakes would get me. I woke my parents to carry me to the bathroom. To this day I see a snake and my feet reflex onto the bed!

There were a few parts of the book, that I, having delt with  depression and anxiety..and still do have felt.

For instance in my copy on page 235 Grace our Protagonist asks us to consider the number of times you see your body. In the mirror, windows as you walk, or your hands as you are typing or washing something. Your legs in bed and so on. All these times to be confronted by the sight of someone who is not you-not-your hands at the end of not your arms can fill you with a sense of dislocation each second of each minute of the day.

That is similar to how I feel only it’s not my whole body, it’s when I look in the mirror. This has only been a problem since 2011 when I has to go to the emergency room as that;s the ONLY place you can get the help you need when you are depressed! (And so the reason why many likely end up killing themselves when they are)  Since then I look at myself and I wonder who it is in the mirror. Certainly it’s not me, I feel the same inside in the sense that I am me but I have changed. I want the me that I was before 2011 back, and sadly I don’t think that will ever happen.

There’s a good thought she had that made me snicker…the ‘IDIOT’ conference

International Dickheads In Overpriced Ties

The character also explains how everyone may know E=MC2  because they heard it in school or was game show quiz answer but they don’t know what it Really means.  That being

“Matter and energy are the same  thing and everyone and everything is connected by a mathematical formula

In the back of the book there are questions for (I guess a book club) discussion!

 

  1. How would you describe the character of our protagonist, Grace Lisa Vandernburg? Did your Impressions of Grace change throughout the novel?
  2.  Grace can be considered an unreliable narrator, though perhaps not willfully so. How do Grace’s views on Jill her mother and Seamus differ from the views you formed as an objective reader
  3. What Parallels and differences did you discover betwen Graces life and the life of her idol Nikola Tesla?
  4. Do you think the novel is successful in presenting the perspective of someone with obsessive compulsive  disorder? Has it changed your perception of the condition?
  5. How is humor used in the novel?
  6. How and why does the tone of the novel change when grave is undergoing treatment?
  7. One one level Addition is a romantic comedy. How does it deviate  from the typical romantic comedy?
  8. Did the novel end the way you expected? Why or Why not?
  9. Is there a difference between eccentricity and insanity? Why or why not?
  10. Addition is a celebration of small things. What does this mean? What small things might you celebrate in your own life?