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review 2017-05-15 22:40
One Character Brought The House to Rubble
How to Hang a Witch - Adriana Mather

I really enjoyed the story, it held my interest and had me guessing at the how and what. But... The main character was a stereotypical annoying teenager with bad acting. Acting ? Yes, her character felt like an act, I just couldn't get her to fit well in my mind. She almost took the book into the DNF pile several times. I stayed for the mystery and it was worth it. The ending was a blast to finally get to with a nasty little cliffhanger for one of my favorite characters. I need to decide if I care enough to try more in this series.
The authors note at the end was a nice little bit. this is based on the history of her family. How cool is that ? Hopefully the MC wasn't. LOL

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review 2016-09-18 00:06
Who can resist a witch?
The Fifth Petal: A Novel - Brunonia Barry

This book has some of the same characters as in “The Lace Reader” though you don’t necessarily need to read the first book in order to enjoy this one. There are some mention of things that happened in the first book.  Apparently, more of what has happened between the first and second books will be contained in the author’s next release “Bone Lace”.  Although I did read “The Lace Reader”, I don’t remember it all that well so I didn’t quite remember what they were talking about in the mentions of previous happenings but it didn’t take away from the present book.


As said, I don’t really remember much about the first book and I feel that a few months from now, I won’t remember much of this book either. I enjoyed the overall ambiance of the setting in Salem, Mass and all the background information about the Salem witch trials, although I’ve read most of that before.  Also interesting was to learn about present day Salem and the effects the past has had on it.  As for the two witch stories contained in this book, the first surrounded the murder of three young woman known as the “Goddesses” in 1989 and the present-day murder of a teenage boy.  Rose Whelan, a respected expert on the Salem witch trials, was the prime suspect in both murders.  She claimed that a banshee was to blame.


I did like each of the characters in this book and I enjoyed reading the story. However, it was very drawn out and a lot of the book seemed to be just fill in.  I had trouble keeping my attention on the book and it never really hooked me.  But I did enjoy the basic story and I’m sure anyone who enjoyed “The Lace Reader” will welcome this newest addition.


This book was given to me by the publisher through LibraryThing in return for an honest review.


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review 2015-04-12 21:54
The Salem Witch Trials: An Unsolved Mystery from History - Jane Yolen,Heidi Elisabet Yolan Stemple,Jessica Almasy

Pretty good look at the witch trials.  Nicely presented and fit for children.

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text 2014-08-19 17:21
Random History Alert: Aug. 18-19 Pendle Witch Trials, 402 Years Ago
The Lancashire Witches A Romance of Pendle Forest - William Harrison Ainsworth

The link that alerted me to this anniversary is via Instagram, because it's more than just people sharing baby and lunch photos. (I'm following mostly museums, libraries and bookstores.)


So thanks to this image from The British Museum, I can share that the Pendleton Witch trials were held August 18 to 19, 1612. And later in 1849 William Harrison Ainsworth wrote a book incorporating the witches into his novel The Lancashire Witches. A novel that's never been out of print. After seeing that fact in countless books on the Victorian novel I decided to peek into the book online - and that's why it's on my currently reading list. I've decided to let myself pick up/put down that book as I feel like reading - it's on my ereader after all, and always with me, so no rush. (I haven't been a student for a decade or so, but I still love reading without a deadline.)


In the US we get fixated on the Salem witch trials (1692 - 1693ish) - well, because we tend to fixate on our own history - and lump all the European ones into "those trials over there." But the Pendleton witches also have an interesting backstory, and are a great parallel to Salem, especially in current day tourism.


I'll not bother to sum up - just direct you to the wikipedia: Pendle Witches

And note that links at the end are to Gutenberg - even the 1613 account by the court clerk called The Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster.


[I've seen both Pendle and Pendleton witches. And still am not sure which is correct.]

[Also I restrained myself from a which and witch pun there.]

[Though not entirely restrained, because I had to mention it.]


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text 2014-02-24 05:50
Source for paper a pretty entertaining read
Possessed by the Devil: The Real History of the Islandmagee Witches & Ireland's Only Mass Witchcraft Trial - Andrew Sneddon

Pretty short book at 171 pages, but there is enough meat to satisfy if not necessarily a buffet. This was a source for my paper on the Islandmagee (no, really, that is one of the correct spellings for this tiny peninsula in Northern Ireland). I basically skimmed it looking for information/quotes for the paper, but I hope to get to reading it cover to cover. Thinking this will be my history blog's March book of the month club, so I have time. Still need to write up February's book of the month club report, with reviews for here sometime this week.

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