Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 15, 2014

Tax day!
This morning I finished two books on my way in to work. I'd started and nearly finished both... and they were more short stories than books anyway:
1. The Accidental Exorcist by Joshua Graham
2. The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft

Exorcist started out well enough. A psychiatrist tries to help a woman who's been accused - and confessed - to drowning her three children. But maybe it's a demon... The story cuts very quickly to the chase, and the psychiatrist finds herself calling on her long-lost faith. Or more accurately, the story becomes a heavy-handed parable on the necessity of faith in a world filled with evil.
The premise was good, but it skipped over some very important plot and character development in order to make the story short, so it was hard to empathize with either the "possessed" woman or the psychiatrist.

The Shunned House was interesting, especially since it was set in Providence and mentions places I'm quite familiar with. In fact, the "Shunned House" itself exists and is on Lovecraft tours. The story was written in 1925, and still retains some of that painful Victorian/Edwardian oblique-speak.


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