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The Woman in White: #Spooktober Book Review

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins was not exactly what I expected. I thought it would be more of a Gothic novel but it’s more of a mystery novel. It was still a great book. The Woman in White is considered to be Collins’ greatest work.

The book is set in the United Kingdom – Cumberland County, London and Hampshire.

There’s not just one main character. The story follows sisters Laura Fairlie and Marian Halcombe, as well as The Woman in White, Anne Catherick. The drawing teacher, Walter Hartright, helps the sisters to piece together the mystery.

The Woman in White meets Hartright on the way to Limmeridge House, where Laura and Marian are residing. Anne has just escaped from the asylum, where she was placed by Sir Percival Glyde, Laura’s fiance. The question for most of the book is why is Sir Percival so interested in finding Anne? She must know something about him that could damage his reputation but what?

After leaving Limmeridge House, Hartright joins an expedition to South America. He and Laura are in love but she still marries Sir Percival. Laura and Marian both move to Sir Percival’s estate at Blackwater Park, where they meet Count Fosco, who is married to their estranged aunt. Count Fosco and Sir Percival are definitely plotting against Laura and Marian in order to get Laura’s fortune. It is unbelievable what people will do for money.

I cannot tell you anything without giving away everything. Trust me when I say, it’s a great book and worth reading.

If you like mysteries like Agatha Christie or Hitchcock movies, then you will love this book. If you are plotting against someone to get their money, then you should read something else.

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Favorite Shows for #Spooktober: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina


The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is loosely based on “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” Think of the Netflix adaption as the darker, spookier sister of the 90s sitcom. Both shows are based on the comic book series, Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” which debuted in October 1962.


So far there are two seasons with a third season more than likely coming to Netflix in 2019 or 2020. I cannot wait to watch the next season. I would have read more of Sabrina the Teenage Witch comics but it’s possible that no one in my family wanted to buy anything witchy or non-Christian.

Sabrina lives with her aunts, Zelda and Hilda, and cousin, Ambrose in Greendale. Salem, the cat, also lives with Sabrina. You might recognize Zelda, played by Miranda Otto, from the Lord of the Rings. Aunt Zelda might be my favorite character. She’s terrible yet delightful.

If you would like to see the full cast, visit https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7569592/?ref_=ttep_ep_tt.

At the beginning of the series, Sabrina is a nearing her 16th birthday. She must decide whether she will go through with her dark baptism or continue with her life as a powerless mortal. She struggles through both seasons with the good and bad within her.

Some people are horribly offended that the witch coven sign their soul over to Satan. It’s a deal breaker for really devout Christians. Personally, I don’t think watching the show will make me . . . anything . . . Christian, Pagan, Satanist. I haven’t committed to anything spiritual yet and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina isn’t going to change that fact.

Haunted Road Trip for Spooktober

 If you are looking something a bit spooky to do this Spooktober, Car Rentals has invented a spook meter to rank seven of America’s most haunted roads. Who wouldn’t love a good old-fashioned scary road trip? When my boyfriend finds out about the haunted road trip, he will have the car packed in record time.

There is a unique story along with a podcast or book to discover even more of the legends on each road. The roads are conveniently laid out in a bone-chilling route that takes around six hours to complete.

If you are brave enough, follow the spooky link to uncover the detailed stories of Amerca’s most haunted roads.

Link Up Party: https://fresh.inlinkz.com/party/42996f230af74bd79aebe46678819d4b

Sleep Deprived Music Review: WIVES

Indie punk rock band, WIVES, will be releasing their debut album, So Removed, on October 4. It will be available in all of the usual places.

It sounds like punk and grunge. If MC5 and Stone Temple Pilots had a musical baby, it would be WIVES. Call me crazy but I like punk rock bands that actually have decent voices and can play their instruments.

So WIVES fits the bill. Their sound is loud, distorted and sometimes like they are singing into a can but it’s all good. Punk rock . . . It was hard to pick a favorite song on the album. The top three favorites are “Hit Me Up,” “The Future is a Drag” and “Waving Past Nirvana.”

 

WIVES are from Queens and Brooklyn. I’d like to listen to this album in New York City or while pretending to get ready for a night out on the town. Maybe if I listen to the album I will actually go somewhere.

Speaking of going somewhere. WIVES will be going to Europe in November. They have a show in New York on October 3. Their last show in the US before heading to Europe is October 5 in Philadelphia.

WIVES is Jay Beach on guitar and vocals, Adam Sachs on drums, Andrew Bailey on guitar, and Alex Crawford on bass.

WIVES website

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WIVES on Spotify

WIVES on iTunes

Interview with . . . Vulture Vibe

Vulture Vibe on Spotify

If you haven’t heard of Vulture Vibe of Denmark, let me introduce you to them immediately. Fans of rock and roll and hard rock will enjoy their music. They agreed to do an interview on the blog. So without further ado, please welcome Vulture Vibe!

Where was your first show as a fan? As a performer?

The first shows we attended as fans, were probably in Horsens and Silkeborg we presume! Long time ago! We talked about the first “real” big concerts we attended, – Names like Alice Cooper, Rolling Stones and Metallica came up, which is kinda cool! Vulture Vibe´s first gig was at a place called “Gyngen”, right in the heart of Aarhus – very nice starting point actually!

Do people in Denmark celebrate Halloween?

To a certain extent, yes! You are not gonna find “American-levels” of Halloween celebration in Denmark, but we suggest putting on some Tom Waits music and light up a pumpkin!

Are you guys fans of true crime shows?

We are very much obsessed with the amazing series “Mindhunter”! Very dark show – which soothes us fine.

What is the best thing about your hometown?

Well, it’s where you grew up – it´s part of who you are, somehow. You feel completely at ease with the environment and the people living there. That’s probably the best thing!

How did you guys meet?

We were part of the same music scene in Aarhus but played in different bands and constellations. So, we knew each other and became good friends. Once our previous bands were breaking up, we shared a lust for playing rocknroll music and founded Vulture Vibe!

What is your favorite story about Vikings?

Don´t watch the show “Vikings” for historical accuracy! Hell, Ragnar Lothbrok was a goddamn Dane! Show some love for the danes in that show, just saying. Other than that, we love “Cnut the great” (in Danish: Knud Den Store) – he was a badass.

Are there plans for another tour in the near future?

Right now, we are on a fall tour in Denmark, which is gonna last until the end of the year. Then in 2020, we are planning to tour Germany! Can´t wait!

What do you want people to know about Vulture Vibe?

That we play rocknroll music and that we intend to keep it alive! And… We have a new single out called “Darkness” which features Todd Ögren of Rival Sons on keys – check it out! See ya on the road !

Vulture Vibe:

Mads Ingemann Bendixen – bass and vocals
Alex Dürr Villadsen – Guitar
Kasper Østergaard Hansen – Drums

The Hazel Wood: #bookreview

The setting of The Hazel Wood was creepy and beautiful – part of the story was set in the city and part in a forest. I started reading this on a camping trip which might have been a mistake. It all worked out since there weren’t any nightmares for the whole trip. Alice did not have the same experience.

Alice is the granddaughter of a famous reclusive author, Althea Prosperpine. Alice’s mother, Ella, leaves The Hazel Wood and doesn’t plan to return. Alice and Ella live a vagabond life. They stay in one place until their bad luck catches up with them.

Her mother was kidnapped by the characters from the Hinterland – not the television series. The word Hinterland means “the land behind.” It is also the fictional setting of Althea’s Gothic fairy tales. So the whole situation of traveling to her grandmother’s estate called,The Hazel Wood, was like living in a nightmare. When she made it to The Hazel Wood, everything got even more weird.

There were a few fairy tale characters from Althea’s book that Alice met while in the Hinterland. I thought Twice-Killed Katherine was interesting. Ruthless and sneaky. You probably wouldn’t want her to corner you anywhere. She’s vicious. I mean, her name is Twice-Killed Katherine, she probably has issues.

The fairy tale character’s stories replayed over and over. If they could figure out how to change the story, would they be able to escape? I think Twice-Killed Katherine would look like this.

The time that Alice spent in the Hinterland and The Hazel Wood was similar to a vision quest. She travels there with her friend, Ellery, who knows the fairy tales. They get separated and Alice has to finish the journey alone. If she could figure out the secret then she could get out but it’s not that simple.

The Hazel Wood is one of the best books that I’ve ever read. I found it at a thrift store. Someone didn’t enjoy it as much as I did. Lucky for me. There is a sequel, The Night Country. It’s supposed to be released in January – just in time to spend my Christmas gift money.

If you are easily scared or creeped out, then you might not like this book. If you aren’t a fan of Wednesday Addams, Edgar Allan Poe or gothic fiction, then this is not the book for you.

I don’t think I’ve ever given a book 5 stars but I’d make an exception for The Hazel Wood.

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Queens of Funk: Mavis Staples

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Mavis Staples can do what she wants. She wanted to sing and there’s almost no one better.  She’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Staples has also been a Kennedy Center Honoree.

She’s still singing and writing music. Her newest album, If All I Was Was Black, was released last year. This year, she collaborated with Hozier on “Nina Cried Power.” God willing, she will always want to sing.

Bob Dylan proposed to her but I guess she didn’t want to get married so she didn’t.

 

 

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