A haunting… or just life?

S-BOMB warning. That’s SPOILER-ALERT, for those less crude than I.

Shirley Jackson always delivers a very enjoyable read, though sometimes I feel as though it’s been advertised wrong. Or maybe I’m a lot more comfortable reading paranormal/horror than I am watching it? The Haunting of Hill House is one such instance. I was wary of reading it, ‘cos I knew the gist of it from movies, so I didn’t want to be alone in my house reading it. So during one visit to Foo’s, I laid in bed and read it. Fast.

It’s a good read. But what appears to be severe hauntings afoot are things that I experience throughout my day, or second guess myself with via hallucinations, all the time. So it definitely left me with a “That’s all?” sort of mentality by the end of the novel.

Characters. There’s only a few, but they’re rather varied. I enjoy Theodora, who is lighthearted and odd. The main character, Eleanor, is the maddened one, the one everyone seems to feed off of briefly. Mostly, she frustrated me that she wasn’t being practical when dealing with these strange incidents, which may say more about my acceptance of my hallucinations than it does of her as a character.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable read, though characters sometimes behaved in frustrating ways. I just wouldn’t call it frightening, if anything. Jackson still proves to be an enthralling author, to put it mildly.

Interested in The Haunting of Hill House? It can be purchased here.

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~Lils

…And thus the milk curdles beyond saving!

S-BOMB warning. That’s SPOILER-ALERT, for those less crude than I.

Ah yes, The Squickerwonkers again. And this time, it’s specifically Act 1: The Demise of Selma the Spoiled. But wait, didn’t she just get introduced in the previous book? She just joined the Squickerwonkers! And now we have her demise?

Yes, indeed. These are quick little forays into a wonderfully dark world, and Selma burned so hard and fast in her selfish, needy ways that she literally eaten by her pet that she threw a right fit to get in the first place. She had been warned what taking on the beast would bring, but she didn’t listen, and here we are, at her demise. Only, it’s a rather curious demise, if I must admit. Did she overcome her Spoiled title in her demise? She certainly overcame her puppet-ness.

The next book is for Lorna, and I’m definitely excited for it. They all appear to be “Demise” books, so I’m hoping for more light shed on this curious death that the Squickerwonkers as a whole seem to be doomed towards.

Interested in The Squickerwonkers: The Demise of Selma the Spoiled? It can be purchased here.

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~Lils

Much more pleasant than spoiled milk…

S-BOMB warning. That’s SPOILER-ALERT, for those less crude than I.

Now, these are children’s books, and delightfully brief, but I’d like to review them just the same. How to describe The Squickerwonkers? Narratively, it’s playfully devious. Children are, by their very nature, a mixed bag of good and bad traits. These books seem to appeal to the bad, but ultimately lead towards the good, if you understand my meaning. Art-wise, this book and its sequel are by different artists, but in a similar vein. The art style speaks to the deviousness, the queerness of these tales.

The Pre-Show introduces us to both the Squickerwonkers themselves and Selma, soon to be Selma the Spoiled. She’s a royal brat that wants everything, and I do mean everything. It’s ultimately her downfall, and how she becomes one of the Squickerwonkers. Each of these playful characters has exaggerated traits, things that are mostly negative. My favorite design-wise is Lorna the Lazy, who looks like a sullen goth teen.

Evangeline Lilly has a playful way of rhyming, and it’s wonderful, and I’m happy to support her by owning these little beauties. I don’t have any children to share them with but the child in my head is happy enough, thank you very much!

Interested in The Squickerwonkers: The Pre-Show? It can be purchased here.

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~Lils