So, here’s how the game works: I’ve taken a bunch of relatively well-known stories, all centered around the same theme, and whittled their plotlines down to a one-sentence summary. Your goal is to see how many you can match up with their original titles and authors.
The theme of the day is Stephen King, which will hopefully be tougher than the arbitrary “classics and favourites” I picked to test-drive the game. (Though a surprising of people were stumped by the tale of the red-haired orphan. As Canadians we should know that Pippi Longstocking is not the literary world’s only red-haired orphan!) The selections made can be short stories or full-length novels, but I promise none of them is the single episode of The X-Files he wrote back in the fourth or fifth season of the series.
You can check your answers here.
What if nerds ran the children’s presses? You might find books like these at your local library . . .
I made a Photoshop thing!
Okay, okay. I know there are people on the ‘Net who do this sort of thing every day, but I have never managed to make anything remotely cool-looking in Photoshop. And this I did without any help, without any begging my husband to teach me the tricks, without any form of helpless-girl routine – just me and Google and About.com, slugging it out in a battle for computer supremacy. A few false starts and one minor meltdown later, I won!
Image via . . . me! You really cannot overestimate how proud I am of this humble graphic.
I would be pleased – nay, honoured – if anybody and everybody over the great, wide Web would borrow, share, trade, and otherwise play with the image I made in service of a greater cause. Naturally, I would be most pleased of all to see people adopt it as a way to speak up against the book-burning slated for 9/11 and any other book-burning displays in general.
Credit for the original, unaltered image goes to Old Hickory’s Weblog, a blog about Andrew Jackson that mentions Hitler during a discussion on appeasement.
Image via Amazon.
Title: Good Night, Sweet Angel
Author: Clare McNally
Year of Publication: 1996
Genre Keywords: afterlife, child in danger, ghosts, haunting, murder, parenting, possession, psychological thriller, supernatural, suspense, thriller.
Summary: After her abusive ex-husband dies trying to get revenge on her and her daughter, all Jenn Galbraith wants is a new start. But that won’t be so easy. Evan’s angry spirit is searching for them from beyond the grave, wanting above all to get revenge on Emily for telling the truth about her father’s abuse. Emily has one ally in this supernatural battle – a ghost-child called Tara. But Tara isn’t always a nice friend; she can be capricious and mean-spirited, and she’s causing Emily some trouble. But surely it can’t be greater than the trouble Emily would be in if her father got to her . . .
Who’ll Love It: Anybody who likes a genuinely creepy ghost story will be enthralled by this one. Tara’s ghost leaves nobody at peace; even minor characters feel her wrath in the form of strange hauntings during a Thanksgiving visit. And don’t forget to look out for strange side characters like Laura, the fifties-throwback housewife, her creepy fieldhand, and her troubled son. It left me inspired by its perfect blend of paranormal phenomena and real-world creepiness.
A Touch of Romance: Most of the book’s emphasis is on the fear factor of a malevolent haunting, but even that leaves time for a single mother to find love. What’s noteworthy is how lovable her beau really is! Nick Hasken is an all-around sweetheart, a science professor with a love of karate, ballroom dancing, and really nerdy ties and T-shirts. Even more refreshing, he’s not your average bodice-ripping muscleman from the cover of a Harlequin romance. He has a bit of a belly, an awkward sense of fashion, and ever-present chemical stains on his skin from the science lab. But I’ve rarely found a love interest so endearing in any book I’ve read! (To carry the point forward, the evil ex-husband is repeatedly described as “handsome”. Looks really aren’t everything here!)