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review 2019-06-15 20:46
Addison House by Clare McNally
Addison House - Clare McNally

Doreen Addison is in a bind. Her landlord is selling the modest ranch house where she's been fostering local kids. With very little notice and low funds, she doesn't have much hope that she'll find something they can afford. Until, of course, she reaches the last realtor in town who, at the last second, remembers there is this one house....


'Addison House' is a complete wreck, and it is exactly what I needed. I'm not familiar with McNally's work, but I'm going to seek out more of her books. It doesn't take long after moving into the house for things to start going terribly and hilariously wrong.


The desperately lonely Doreen seems to be the only person not to think the handsome stranger who keeps showing up in or around her new house, dropping cryptic references to have been waiting for her, telling her she can't leave, and that he has six horses - something she really latches onto by the way - is maybe related to the crazy shit going on.


There is a whole cast of ghosts including a religious fanatic really concerned about whores taking her man and a scared little boy. The fanatic especially is prone to showing up at the end of chapters to rub her hands together and make villainous pronouncements that take away any atmosphere the events of the chapter had built up.


There were some effective parts featuring the ghosts manipulating or just plain scaring the shit out of the kids, but there was always a balance. A really effective turn where a young girl was almost driven to throwing herself into a near-boiling bath is undercut when her theatrics drive everyone upstairs from dinner. When they eventually march back downstairs they find that all of their fried chicken has vanished. Don't worry, the ghost didn't eat it, it just shows up later in a closet, covered in mold, with a piece of paper with the day of discovery's date on it.


There is a body count to the book, some cheap romance, a wise, raccoon-eating hillbilly, some epic friend-zoning (sorry Dr. Muscly Arms, it doesn't matter that you're a pediatrician - you just don't have enough horses), and a really productive Dr. Phil therapy session at the end to straighten the ghosts out.

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text 2019-06-12 18:49
Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 304 pages.
Addison House - Clare McNally

This book is so terrible, I love it! The ghost stole a fried chicken dinner while everyone's backs were turned.

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text 2019-04-15 10:55
Art and Books

I wanted to combine two of my hobbies, which is art and reading, of course. I attempted to draw some covers. I guess this is "fanart" of sorts. I am a fan of the covers, for sure.


(I haven't read this book yet, but the little girl in the book gets a doll, so I am assuming this is supposed to be a doll house, but who knows!)



(We read this in school, but I can't remember the content. I have a thing for silhouettes, so of course I woud want to try and draw this. People are hard. Easier when in silhouette, but proportion is a thing I need to work on.)



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review 2012-03-19 00:00
Hear the Children Calling - Clare McNally,Clare McNaly I had read McNally's "Ghost House" series and loved it. I read it in high school and still remember it...therefore I thought I would enjoy this one. I didn't. The subject matter was something that was a dime a dozen during the time it was written. I don't know if I would have finished it if I didn't need to for a challenge.
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review 2011-08-18 10:29
Ghost House (Daw science fiction)
Ghost House - Clare McNally Oh, this book was awful. My husband kept telling me to stop reading it because I kept complaining about how bad it was. The scariest part of the book was when I got to the last pages and it indicated that there was going to be a sequel "Ghost House Revenge". No!!!!
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