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October 14, 2011 / lynnettedobberpuhl

Learned! + Spooky Book Faves

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers may not be magic, but when my bathtub is gross, they are close enough.

People who mock you are annoying but you shouldn’t knock them down.

Even a person who is making progress on the path to becoming a better person fantasizes about knocking someone down occasionally.

Just because nobody is listening doesn’t mean you don’t have something important to say.

It isn’t all about you.

 

Seasonal Stories

I have always loved spooky tales: Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Sleepy Hollow and The Dark is Rising as a young person, and then Stephen King and Dean Koontz in college. I love the Harry Potter books but Twilight? Not so much. Don’t get me wrong, I read them–I read them like crazy and then had a latter day goth romance hangover for two weeks afterward. It is just that this time of year, I get a hankering to read Harry Potter all over again, and I will never need to read any of the Twilight books again. One Stephen King book I haven’t read is ‘Salem’s Lot, and it is on my shelf. I think this October its time has come.

One of my new author favorites is Kat Richardson, who writes a detective series superimposed over a supernatural story line that starts with Greywalker and develops with each subsequent book. After dying and being resuscitated Harper, the protagonist, discovers she can see “The Grey,” the world between this and the next. It is populated with ghosts, echoes, energies, spells, vampires and other supernatural creatures which are very distracting and often dangerous. Her journey of discovery of this new world can be as bewildering to the reader as it seems to Harper, which becomes part of the charm of the series. She is a strong and gritty hero without being overly masculine.

The cable TV show “The Dresden Files” was one of my guilty pleasures on the SyFy channel a few years ago. Urban wizard Harry Dresden solves mysteries and tries to keep ahead of the bill collectors and murderous supernatural creatures while sorting out his own romantic quandaries. I love a self-deprecating hero who doesn’t take himself too seriously, and both the TV and the book series by Jim Butcher offer laughs as well as action and tension.

We are halfway through October, and there is plenty of time to pick up a spooky read from a new author or old favorite.
Enjoy! (Mwa-ha-ha-ha!)

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  1. Kelly Thompson / Oct 14 2011 8:16 pm

    “Something Wicked This Way Comes” still ranks high up on my spook list. And you beat me to “Dusk to Dawn”, you poop…so not fair…

  2. lynnettedobberpuhl / Oct 14 2011 9:02 pm

    Oh yeah, “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” totally! I tried to persuade Tom to read that last fall, and ended up reading it again myself. That is an up-until-3 a.m. fearfest. I have to ask though, “Dusk to Dawn?” not one of mine; someone else is the poopster. Spooky love!

    • Kelly Thompson / Oct 15 2011 7:32 am

      “Dusk to Dawn”…new format for your blog, poop…

      • lynnettedobberpuhl / Oct 15 2011 4:27 pm

        Ohhhhh! I thought you were referring to the scary movie–which was not quite on topic, but close enough that I was confused. As is so often the case. Yeah! neener neener, cool new theme, huh? I am sure no one would mind if you wanted to use it. Too. 😉

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