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Book Review: Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice

Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice is a young adult horror novel originally published in April 1997.  Marnie and her cousin Peter drive up to the mansion that Marnie's father rented for the summer ahead of her father.  When the cousins arrive at the mansion called Stonycraig and settle in, Marnie is nervous because she thought she saw a shadow in one of the windows.  Then, she starts hearing a woman crying late at night.  Are the stories about Stonycraig being haunted true? This is a book I originally read as a teenager, and I remember being impressed by the storyline and writing.  I recently decided to reread it as an adult to see if it was as good as I remembered.  I have to say it was phenomenal.  Well-written and unputdownable.   Even though there were parts that came back to me as I made my way through Music From The Dead , I still found it to be perfectly eerie and creepy.  There was even a little bit of romance but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen.  The only com

Book Review: Desperation by Stephen King

Have you ever found a book so depressing that it took you over four years to read? Desperation by Stephen King was that book for me. Don't get me wrong . . . it was very well written but depressing beyond on belief, so I kept putting it aside to read other novels. 

At one point, I was making so much progress that I really wanted to finish it despite it being so depressing, so I kept pushing through. Then, the nightmares began . . . every night for a week. I guess having multiple nightmares attests to how well written it is. As a side note, I've been a huge fan of horror movies since elementary school. Poltergeist, Halloween, and Nightmare on Elm Street were popular choices for me, and not one time did I ever have a nightmare. 

I'm not sure I can say there any redeeming qualities about the plot . . . a few lessons learned and a semi happy ending, but that's about it. King wrote a sequel, The Regulators, under his pen name Richard Bachman, but if it is as depressing as this book, I'm not sure I want to read it.

Have I mentioned how depressing Desperation is? I have?! Okay, let's move on. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone despite giving it a rating of three out of five stars. 


Synopsis of Desperation by Stephen King

Desperation, Nevada. If you travel Interstate 50, you'll come to the loneliest city . . . Desperation. Move right along or you might just die trying to get out. An ancient evil is unleashed upon the town of Desperation that overtakes the bodies of the city's citizens . . . one person at a time.

No one is safe . . . You can run, but you can't hide.



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